Volume 11, Edition 1
Spring 2011 Events
Blessed Basil Moreau Mass--January 20th--12PM--Moreau Center--Open to Public
Counselors Breakfast--January 27th--7:30AM--Moreau Center--Open to Public
Cultural Appreciation Day--March 9th--12PM-2PM--Moreau Center--OLHCC Community
Open House--March 23rd--5:30PM-7:30PM--Moreau Center--Open to Public
Spring Phone-a-thon--March 28th-30th--5:30PM-7:30PM--Moreau Center--OLHCC Community
Career Fair--April 6th--12PM-2PM--Moreau Center--OLHCC Community
Evening of Reflection--April 7th--6:30PM-8PM--Moreau Center--Open to Public
Leadership Dinner--April 14th--6PM--Moreau Center--OLHCC Community
Catholic Charities Easter Egg Baskets--April 5th--6PM--OLHCC Campus--Open to Public
Graduation Mass--May 21st--4PM-6PM--Moreau Center--Open to Public
Graduation--May 22nd--12PM-2PM--Alario Center--Open to Public
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OLHCC Graduate Recognized
Cornell Landry (1992, Business) was recognized in an article in nola.com on December 16th. Please find article below, which was written by Helen Williams, a Gretna Columnist.
Cornell Landry of Gretna has scored with his newest children’s book, “One Dat, Two Dat, Are you a Who Dat?” The book is in its second printing and is selling like the popular “frites’ and ‘beignet fries” in the restaurant he owns in Gretna.
“I grew up primarily in Harvey, but spent a lot of time at my dad’s house on Derbigny Street,” he said. “I love the city of Gretna. There is no place where I would rather raise my little girl. That’s why I seized the opportunity to open my restaurant here,” he said.
His daughter Bailey, 18, attends LSU, and Corinne, his 3-year-old, goes to McGehee School, where his wife, Christen Crawford Landry teaches. “When Corinne turned 1, I wrote ‘Goodnight Nola” for her as a bedtime story, wanting her to learn about the things that make New Orleans such an incredible place,” Landry said. “My friend illustrated the book, and it came out so well, that I decided to invest some money into its printing.”
“The response to ‘Goodnight NOLA’ was overwhelming. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to become that successful. It’s now in its sixth printing, still going strong.”
He said, “Jazzfest is my favorite time of year, so I wrote the second book, ‘Happy Jazzfest,’ as a kind of bedtime story for myself.
“The new book, ‘One Dat, Two Dat, are you a Who Dat?’ was written because Lauren Thom, Fleurty Girl shop-owner suggested I do a Saints/Who Dat-themed book.”
Thom was at the center of the “Who Dat” controversy, when the NFL had issues with Who Dat products in her shop. Now she’s in a legal battle with the two men from San Antonio who claim they own the phrase “Who Dat.”
“She and I agree that the people of New Orleans are the Who Dat Nation, that the saying belongs to all of us Saints supporters. I wrote the book for all of us,” Landry said.
“Lauren is featured as one of the characters in the book, with most of the fans shown wearing her shirts.”
Landry graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School in 1986 and Our Lady of Holy Cross College in 1992 with a degree in business.
Before becoming a restaurateur, Landry was in outside sales and nightclub management in prominent New Orleans clubs. “When Katrina hit, the nightclub I managed was destroyed. I then worked as a quality assurance monitor in clean-up efforts for the Corps of Engineers,” Landry said. “Evaluating which industries were growing in Louisiana led me to the movie industry. I worked as an assistant chef on a catering rig, cooking on movie sets, and working other areas of the movie business,” Landry said.
It’s not a stretch that Landry’s experience catering on movie sets could lead to owning a restaurant, but becoming a best-selling author came as a surprise to most people.
One person, not surprised, was Landry’s longtime friend, Gracie Arcement. “Cornell and my son, Joey (Billiot) were best friends and when Joey died on his birthday, Cornell wrote me the most beautiful, touching letter about Joey and their friendship, about the shock and heartache he felt at 22 of suddenly losing his best friend,” Arcement said.
“I knew back then that he had a true gift for writing. “What I love most about Cornell is his heart. He writes from his heart and he gives from his heart,” Arcement said. “In the past 20 years he has never missed a Mother’s Day or Joey’s birthday to stop by and give me a hug.”
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Want to get involved at OLHCC, but don't know how? Take a look at the options below, and give us a call 504.398.2279 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love your support!
I. Internship Opportunities
--contacting chair of specific department offering paid/unpaid internship opportunities
--helping OLHCC identify paid/unpaid internship opportunities
--network with students by providing them with career advice
--providing students with specific contacts to possible career leads
--volunteering at Pontchartrain Center in Fall for Archdiocese Fair
--contacting OLHCC recruiters to attend recruiting events at the high schools where they graduated
III. Phone-a-thon/Annual Fund
--helping to recruit volunteers
--making phone calls
--signing letters for alumni whom they have connections
IV. Class Agents
--making phone calls to alumni to promote Friends of College program
--sending emails to keep in touch with alumni
--collecting class notes from alumni
V. Event Assistance
--serving as greeters
--helping with purchasing resources (food, refreshments, paper products, etc.)
--helping with cleanup
--reading, bringing up gifts at Communion, and/or serving as an Eucharistic Minister (if possible) at mass
--helping to recruit attendees
--acting as a vendor at Fall Fest
--sponsoring a table at Cultural Appreciation Day
--buying tickets for paid events (i.e. Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast)
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OLHCC Class Agent
Class agents are alumni volunteers who are instrumental in strengthening relationships between OLHCC graduates and the College community while developing a vibrant social network that will encourage others to support the institution.
These individuals passionately dedicate their efforts to promoting College initiatives to former classmates as well as soliciting and sharing alumni news with their alma mater.
1. Supporting the fund-raising initiatives of the College (phone-a-thons, e-mails, Facebook, and letter solicitations, etc.)
2. Gathering class notes for on-line alumni newsletter from their class
3. Encouraging people to attend events
4. Helping us recruit other alumni volunteers for the College
5. Participating in alumni volunteerism workshop in July each year
As time permits:
1. Volunteering at special events of the College, such as Open House, Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast, Christmas Party for students and alumni
2. Participating in College-wide community service projects, such as the Book Fair, Habitat for Humanity, Walk for the Hungry, Adopt-a-Family at Christmas, Second Harvest project in November, etc.
• Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 504.398.2279 or email@example.com.
OLHCC is extremely grateful for the heartfelt dedication and commitment
these volunteers have for our College!
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OLHCC Staff Award
Congratulations to José Varela, recipient of the 2010 OLHCC Staff Service Award!
In being nominated, José was recognized for his many, many years of outstanding, loyal service to the Marianite Sisters and Our Lady of Holy Cross College. José serves and leads by doing ― an example of a true servant leader! Fr. Anthony DeConciliis presented the award at the annual Christmas Jazz Brunch.
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Respiratory Care Program Facts
National Pass Rate for CRT test
Class of 2010 100%
Class of 2009 100%
This pass rate is above the national average.
100% of the Class of 2010 and Class of 2009 found jobs in respiratory care upon graduation.
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Radiology Program Facts
Upon completion of the Ochsner Radiography Program, 100% of the graduating class received their baccalaureate degrees in health sciences from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.
To date, all eight graduates have taken the 2010 national certification examination. With the new ARRT instant preliminary score return upon exam completion, all students performed exceptionally well with 100% of the graduates passing the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. This meets the program benchmarks of 100% credentialing pass rate for first time examiners.
Official results from the ARRT indicate that the class average on the 2010 ARRT national examination is a 91.4. The indicated scores are 98, 96, 94, 92, 91, 88, 88 and 84. This will again exceed state and national averages for first-time examinees. 50% of the students performed in the 95th percentile or higher and 63% performing in the 90th percentile or higher. Two students performed in the 100th percentile nationally and one in the 99th percentile.
2009 Official Certification (ARRT) Results:
Six (6) graduates took the national certification examination in August of 2009. Officially, there was a 100% pass rate by Ochsner graduates and once again the graduates’ scores exceeded state and national averages. The class average was 89.2%, compared to a state average of 82% and a national average of 84.8%. The class average of 89% places the program in the 84th Percentile for 2009. Since May, 1972, Ochsner has graduated 353 graduates and has enjoyed a 100% pass rate on the national certification exam. Furthermore, Ochsner routinely exceeds state and national averages for first time test takers.
The graduating class for 2010 has a 100% employment rate of those seeking employment.
2010 Quiz Bowl
The students participated in the state quiz bowl competition in July 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA. Our radiography students placed fifth out of 11 participating Louisiana universities and colleges.
2010 Student Achievements
Amanda Oswald and Brianne Tregle were awarded “Outstanding Academic Excellence” for the class of 2008-2010. They both completed the radiography program with an accumulative GPA of 3.98 on a 4.00 scale.
Brittany Lamarque was awarded “Outstanding Student Technologist” for the class of 2008-2010.
Christopher Gutierrez and Hannah Stephany were selected as Student Council representatives for the LSRT Student Council and will represent OLHCC/Ochsner for the years of 2010-2011 until graduation in May 2011.
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Congratulations to Marie Adorno and Anita Althans. Applications by Marie Adorno and Anita Althans to serve on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) examination item development panel have been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Qualifications to serve on NCLEX panels include evidencing knowledge of the current scope and practice of nursing. Item writers create items (questions) that are administered in the NCLEX examinations. Writers must have a minimum of a master’s degree or higher and must be teaching basic, undergraduate students in the clinical area.
Congratulations to Marie Adorno who successfully completed her doctoral program. She is now Dr. Adorno!
Congratulations to Nikki Gonzales, senior nursing student, who was awarded the Breakthrough to Nursing award at the LASN convention. This award goes to a non traditional student who evidences academic excellence as well as great leadership abilities and active involvement in the community. The award was $500.
Congratulations to Christina Bragg, senior nursing student, who was elected Louisiana Association of Student Nurses Region IV Director at the LASN convention this weekend.
Congratulations to all of the OLHCC student nurses who represented the College at the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses convention in Shreveport this weekend. The group won Best Costume for Friday night at the opening gala. They were “flying pigs.”
Congratulations to Janae Lemons Arcement (2001, Nursing) who gave birth to Josephine Arcement on October 13th. Josephine weighed 8 pounds and was 20.5 inches at birth.
Congratulations to Carol Scott, Associate Professor of Art, who will have her work shown in two exhibitions. The first is the 41st Annual River Road Show which is a national juried event. It will be held at the State Archives Building, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge from December 2 through January 30.
Congratulations to Tami Valadie, administrative assistant in Academic Affairs, and her husband, Rick, on the birth of their sixth grandchild, Julia Paige. Julia was born November 11th, and weighed in at 7 lbs. 5 oz. and is 20 inches long. The proud father is Toby Valadie (1998, Business).
Congratulations to Tammy Hatt Fisse (2010, Nursing) on the birth of her daughter Kaelin Jodi who was born November 7th .
Congratulations to Melanie Boykins, graduate counseling student, and her husband, on the birth of their son, Brian Boykins, Jr. Baby Brian weighed in at 8 lbs. 7 oz. and is 21” long. Mom and baby are doing fine, and Melanie thanks everyone for all of their prayers and support.
Congratulations to Shannon Michelle Haas (2003, Biology) who is a 2010 graduate of Ross University’s School of Medicine, located in North Brunswick, NJ.
Congratulations to Ms. Martin. She graduated from University of South Alabama on December 18th with a DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice. Her doctoral project was Health Literacy Medication Education Quality Improvement.
Congratulations to Ms. Kathy Fleming (1989, Counseling) who recently graduated with her doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Congratulations to Mr. Sean Wetwiski (2006, Business) and his wife Nicole on the birth of Tyler James.
Congratulations to Mrs. Wanda Huhner Ford (2003, Education) and Mr. Kenneth Scott Ford (2006, Education) on the birth of their first grandchild.
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Please offer your prayers for Willard “Sonny” Durr, grandfather of Amber Durr, a senior nursing student. Mr. Durr has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of stomach cancer.
Please offer your prayers for the 18-month old son of Natosha Ziegel, a senior accounting student. He has been experiencing health problems.
Please offer your prayers for Josephine Arcement, newborn infant of Janae Arcement, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Please offer your prayers for Unique Robinson, a pre-nursing student. Unique and her brother were involved in an injury and are recovering. Please pray for their family as well.
Please remember in prayer the family of Deidra Martin, adjunct nursing instructor. Deidra’s aunt, Elizabeth McCraney, recently passed away.
Please offer your prayers for Joe Prechter, husband of Dr. Pat Prechter, Associate VP and Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health. Mr. Prechter recently underwent abdominal surgery.
Please offer your prayers for Marie Ducombs Waguespack, step mother of Cathy Waguespack (2006, Accounting), Director of Huamn Resources. Mrs. Waguespack recently passed away.
Please offer your prayers for Sheila Posch, mother of Tess O’Neill, Professor of Nursing. Mrs. Posch recently passed away.
Please offer your prayers for Grant Wallace, Jr, grandson of Dr. Rebecca Maloney, Associate Professor in the Education department.
Please offer your prayers for the family of Charlie Baker, Sr who recently passed away. Mr. Baker is the father of Lilly Watkins, a student.
Please remember in your prayers Diana Jemison of our housekeeping staff. Diana recently underwent surgery for a breast malignancy.
Please offer your prayers for Terri White, a counseling graduate student, who recently had surgery.
Please offer your prayers for Jim Pennington, brother of Joan Fischer (2003, Counseling), Director of the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling Center, was admitted to the hospital. Please pray for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for Jim.
Please offer your prayers for Ryan Pace, nephew of Lori Pacaccio, (2008, Education).
Please offer your prayers for the family of Dawn Matherly, a graduate counseling student. Dawn’s cousin, Amanda Dormoy, has a three month old daughter who has been diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder. Amanda recently lost her best friend of 23 years to colon cancer and also lost her aunt very suddenly.
Please offer your prayers for the family of Celeste Morvant, an undergraduate social counseling student. Celeste’s sister and 6-year old twin daughters were hit by a drunk driver.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Catherine Hebert, sister of Sr. Marjorie Hebert, MSC (1965, alumna), Vice President of Finance and Operations.
Please offer your prayers for Caitlyn Piper, niece of Elizabeth English, Executive Administrative Assistant in the Academic Affairs Office. Caitlyn recently underwent emergency open heart surgery.
Please also remember in prayer the family of Dr. Mark Carson, adjunct history instructor. Dr. Carson’s sister, Mary, recently passed away.
Please offer your prayers for the family of Jeannette Montgomery, Administrative Assistant in the Academic Affairs Office. Jeannette’s aunt, Agnes Rombach, passed away.
Please offer your prayers for Al Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences.
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