LuHi Honors Laura A. Bauer with the Pro Deo et Schola Award and Shares Updates About Strategic and Master Plans

On January 31, LuHi unveiled the Strategic Plan titled SHINE to the attendees of our annual campaign dinner, shared emerging priorities from the Strategic Plan, and initial findings from our Master Planning process.
Head of School John Buck then shared the four major goals and announced that an anonymous donor has agreed to provide a matching grant of $100,000 for gifts that come in this spring. Everyone in attendance was asked to complete a "LuHi Report Card", indicating the importance of various campus master plan priorities.

Shine Goals:
  • Engaging Education - Design and deliver a broad spectrum of deeply engaging and enriching programs that will engender passion in both students and faculty, giving them deep wells of experience along with the skills to evolve.
  • Inspired Spaces - Ensure our indoor and outdoor spaces strengthen, communicate, and inspire our commitment to excellence, community building, and the development of mind, body, and spirit.
  • Authentic Storytelling - Innovate genuine and impactful ways to extend our reach and tell our story to a wider audience in a manner that resonates and conveys all that is true and special about LuHi.
  • Sustainable Stewardship - Refine our business model, grow enrollment, and activate our community of passionate supporters and potential partners to achieve financial vitality.
The evening also celebrated an important LuHi community member with the 2020 Pro Deo et Schola Award. Literally meaning “for God and school,” this is the school’s highest honor recognizing outstanding contributions to LuHi, the church, and community. This year’s recipient was Garden City resident Laura A. Bauer.

Laura is a Long Island native. Growing up in Deer Park, she then attended Cornell University. Laura majored in Chemistry and became the President of her sorority of high achieving women. Law School at St. John’s University followed, and she joined her two academic fields by becoming a patent attorney.

Laura is married to Leonard Diana and they have two daughters Lynn and Leslie. Laura is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City. She first became active in Resurrection’s meal a month ministry. Elected to Church Council, she held positions as Outreach Chair, and on the Executive Committee, including Second VP, First VP, and congregation President. Laura also volunteered in the Patient Relations Department at Winthrop Hospital and served as a member of Adelphi’s Institutional Review Board vetting faculty and student research projects.

Starting in 2006, Resurrection took steps to plant a new church on Long Island, and Laura was offered the job of Site Developer at The Life. Laura eagerly took on this new responsibility. In this exciting role, Laura brought the meal a month program to The Life and helped the preschool obtain an NYS Day Care License. With the support of Pastor Browning, she created and lead the Homework Help after school program for children in the Westbury elementary

Both daughters, Lynn and then Leslie attended LuHi as high school students, where they each flourished in unique ways. The year Leslie graduated Laura received a call from Headmaster David Hahn asking her to join the LuHi Board.

After earning a Masters in Public Administration at Baruch in 2016, Laura moved on to a new career - she currently works at God’s Love We Deliver, an organization providing free medically tailored meals to those too ill to shop or cook for themselves. She also recently joined the Board of the Lutheran Schools Association.

It was an eventful evening, and our LuHi students contributed so well with their musical talent and as volunteers.
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Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school whose mission is to glorify God by educating young people in body, mind, and spirit.