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The Franciscan Center announces January 2020 events

The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University is pleased to announce the Janaury slate of events.

Monday, January 13

Lourdes University College of Nursing will host a White Coat Ceremony for new Nursing Students. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Jodi Spewick, Co-Chair of Undergraduate Nursing, at (419) 824-3781 or, for more information.


Tuesday, January 14

Starting with ideas presented in TED Talk videos, we have discussions about issues that ultimately affect us all. January’s talk is “A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right,” from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. Feel free bring your lunch—we provide the coffee and cookies! Hosted by the Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lifelong Learning. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! For more information contact Dr. Laura Megeath at (419) 824-3707 or email


Friday, January 17

Lifelong Learning presents The View from Here and There, with Tom Estrella and Dr. Dale Lanigan. Debates across the political isle are not usually friendly or entertaining. Tom Estrella, retired Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Dale Lanigan, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Justice Studies, are from opposite sides of the political spectrum yet remain good friends despite their ideological differences. Their previous debates for Lifelong Learning have ranged from immigration policy to gun control to poverty. This year, they ask Lifelong Learning members to suggest topics. So bring an assignment for the professors! Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by the debate from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., January 17, in the Franciscan Center. Free for members and first-time visitors.


Friday, January 17

Lifelong Learning Hosts Life changes for seniors lead to new choices in finances, housing, legal issues, medical care, nutrition, and transportation, a Hot Topic discussion, from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Making the right choices requires quality information and services. Chris Cremean of the Caregiver Resources Group will discuss making informed choices in care and services for yourself and loved ones. Reservations are requested at least one week prior. $10 for Lifelong Learning members, $15 for nonmembers, and includes a buffet lunch.


Saturday, January 18

Join Lourdes University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country for a Euchre Tournament at 7:00pm. $10 for students and children. $15 for adults; $25 for teams of two. One raffle ticket included with ticket price. Pizza for sale and cash bar available. Sign up at Contact Coach Cheryl McLean at (419) 824-3689 for more information.


Tuesday, January 21

In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the Sylvania Franciscan Village invites you to  Seekers of Justice - A world café conversation at 4pm. Reflecting on Dr. King’s dream of unity, all are invited to participate in the generative power of dialogue, as we discuss how to seek racial, economic and environmental justice in today’s world.  Join us to hear guest speaker, Pastor Randall Parker III, who will share his insight in what it means to be a seeker of justice, followed by small group conversations where we discover shared meaning, access collective intelligence, and evolve the future towards a more just society for all people.   Refreshments provided.  Free and open to the public.  For more information contact Sophia Lloyd at  or 419-824-3533.


Tuesday, January 21

Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment Hosts Troubled Waters: Our Endangered Great Lakes and How to Protect Them, part of their free public lecture series from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Presenter Blair Tatrault, is a volunteer Alliance Ambassador for The Alliance for the Great Lakes and a retired Social Security Administration manager. All are welcome. For more information contact the SAVE office at (419) 824-3691 or email


Saturday, January 25

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund will host the School Choice School Fair for grades K-8 from 10am to 1pm. Private, public, magnet and charter schools will participate allowing parents to ask questions, and find the school that best fits their children. Representatives from participating schools and homeschooling will be in attendance to answer questions and interact with families. Scholarship information will also be available including EdChoice and Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Riddle at (419) 720-7048 or visit


Sunday, January 26

Jewish Toledo presents It Must Be Schwing, part of their Winter Flick series, from 4:00pm to 6:05pm. In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young immigrants from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note in New York. Discovering and producing international jazz stars like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, It Must Be Schwing tells the moving story of two friends united by a passionate love for jazz and the belief in equality for all. $8 per person. Free parking, popcorn and water included. To purchase tickets or for more information contact Hallie Freed at (419) 724-0362 or


Wednesday, January 29

The Red Cross Club of Lourdes University hosts a Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to give blood are asked to register online at using the code LOURDES. Donors must present a photo ID at appointment. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211. 

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