Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) recognized the service contributions of three alumni and one community leader during the 2018 Fête des Fidèles Annual Fundraiser and 95-year anniversary celebration on Nov. 10 at L’Auberge Baton Rouge. 

In addition to the annual awards, FranU celebrated “95 Years of Franciscan Servant Leadership” by honoring individuals who have helped build its educational legacy that has been making a difference since 1923. 

Fête des Fidèles, a French phrase meaning “Feast of the Faithful,” benefits student scholarships and new program development. 

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Sister Martha Ann Abshire FMOL, Sister Barbara Arceneaux FMOL (Provincial), Sister Ann Catherine Nguyen FMOL and Sister Margarida Vasques FMOL attend the Fête des Fidèles Nov. 10. The event honored alumni and community leaders who have supported FranU and been a part of the university’s success. Photo provided by Elaine Crowe | Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 


The 2018 honoroees were Steven R. Nathanson (Franciscan Impact Award); Andrea Normand RN, Class of 1970, (Distinguished Alumni Award); Sarah Deyo MMS PA-C (Shining Star Alumni Award) and Taylor Bush RN, Class of 2017, (Rising Star Alumni Award).

Nathanson is managing partner of Nathanson Global Emergy and a member of the Board of Directors of FMOL Health System. He is credited with encouraging Our Lady of the Lake College to expand its capacity and take the steps toward becoming FranU.

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           Steven R. Nathanson                            Andrea Normand                          

Since graduation, Normand has been a leader at OLOL Regional Medical Center for more than 45 years, almost exclusively in the emergency room. She was named RN of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation in 2016 and Louisianian of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine in 2017.

Deyo, a former physician assistant (PA) in the pediatric emergency room at OLOLRMC, is the director of FranU’s PA program. An excellent teacher, administrator and researcher, she was named the new faculty member of the year by the Physician Assistant Education Association in 2017. 

While in school, Bush was FranU’s student director for the Bonner Leaders Program where she volunteered more than 600 service hours, primarily with ARC of Baton Rouge, an agency that provides services for children and adults with autism and Down Syndrome. Bush works at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas in the inpatient rehab unit.

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                              Taylor Bush                                      Sarah Deyo