Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Celebrates 96 Years, Honors Community Leaders

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) will recognize the service contributions of three alumni and one community leader during the 2019 Fête des Fidèles annual fundraiser, slated for Nov. 16. In addition to the annual awards, the event will celebrate 96 years of Franciscan servant leadership by honoring the reunion years of the alumni in attendance. 
The event will be held at L’Auberge and begins with a social hour and raffle and follows with a luncheon at 12 p.m.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s Fête des Fidèles ─ a French phrase meaning “feast of the faithful” ─ benefits student scholarships and new program development. For more information, visit franu.edu/fete. 

The 2019 honorees and their bios are listed here:

Franciscan Impact Award — Sue Catchings, Director, Healthcare Centers in Schools
Sue Catchings established service-learning partnerships with colleges, universities, and trade schools across the state of Louisiana to form collaborative relationships with healthcare professional students and faculty to address the healthcare needs of the East Baton Rouge Public School (EBRPS) students. In 2012, Catchings formed a service-learning partnership with OLOL College School of Nursing and recently with the physician assistant program in two health centers with integrated medical/mental health service and serving a rural population in grades pre-K through 12th grade.

Distinguished Alumni Award — Rebecca Simoneaux, Asst. Professor Radiologic Technology Program, Current Faculty Member (Class of 1997)
Rebecca Simoneaux  has over 21 years of experience in the field of radiology and has invested many of those years in the FranU Rad Tech program. As a student, she was the valedictorian of her class and recipient of the trustee’s medal. As a faculty member, she went on to volunteer as the faculty representative for the Beta Epsilon Fraternity, the rad tech student organization. She determined to instill in students a sense of importance towards the needs of their community. Under her supervision, the fraternity was awarded the Student Organization of the Year award. She is also dedicated to the field of radiology as an active member of multiple societal organizations. Rebecca has volunteered her time and effort to the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (LSRT) to host their annual convention and accompany the students to promote professionalism and activism in the field of Radiology.

Shining Star Alumni Award — Katherine Montgomery Helo, CPNP, ASN (Class of 2009) , BSN (Class of 2010)
Katherine Montgomery works in pediatric hematology oncology at OLOL Regional Medical Center, where she realized her calling to work with pediatric patients in palliative care. In 2014, Katherine received the Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama. She received board certification as a [ediatric primary care nurse practitioner in February of 2015. Katherine returned to FranU to share her knowledge and experiences in pediatric palliative care with students enrolled in the senior nursing elective Palliative Care Nursing every semester until the course dissolved in 2017. Her stories of caring for children with cancer gave students a rare glimpse into the world of childhood cancer and palliative care of these children. After one of Katherine’s classroom visits, one student stated, “There are only a few moments of nursing school that I’ll never forget and this was one of them.”

Rising Star Alumni Award — Travis Lambert (Class of 2016)
Travis Lambert works with IDEAL Preschool on the island of Sint Maarten (Saint Martin). Travis shows joyfulness of spirit and service by selflessly giving his time to assist IDEAL Preschool recover after the Category 5 Hurricane Irma decimated the entire island in 2017. Travis, himself, was displaced to the United Kingdom for the fall semester while AUC rebuilt their campus. Through all the adversity, Travis displayed joyfulness of spirit and an ability to adapt to the tough situations he found himself in – all while continuing to serve those most in need. Upon his return to AUC in January, Travis helped fundraise, organized cleanup events, and restored IDEAL Preschool’s backyard – complete with a new sensory space and garden. Travis received a Student of the Semester Award that came with $5,000 in grant money, which he is using to continue his work at IDEAL Preschool.