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100 years for the Loyola campus

by Nelly Sérandour-Amar October 25, 2016
100 years for the Loyola campus

The Loyola campus celebrated the establishment’s 100th anniversary and the harvest season

Concordia University celebrated the end of the harvest season and Loyola campus’ 100th anniversary on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The day was filled with family-friendly activities, including fitness classes, games and a concert, as well as food and drinks provided by the Hive Café and Seasons Catering, Concordia’s in-house catering services.

The west-end campus opened its doors a hundred years ago. Photo by Savanna Craig.

The west-end campus opened its doors a hundred years ago. Photo by Savanna Craig.

Despite the heavy rain, people of all ages joined the festivities inside the lobby of the Vanier Library, as well as in the Hive Café Solidarity Cooperative. People were able to buy produce from the Farmers’ Market, see the football game where the Concordia Stingers played against the McGill Redmen, and finally a concert in the Loyola Chapel featuring The Zara Strings performing music of Edwin Orion Brownell.

André Roy, the dean of Concordia’s faculty of arts and science, spoke on behalf of the Loyola campus and said the school was very proud to be celebrating 100 years. “From its Jesuit roots to the many local outreach projects we’re involved in today, Loyola has always played an important [role] in our community,” Roy said.

The official date of the anniversary was Sept. 23, but last Saturday was an occasion to celebrate the fall season and the 100-year milestone. Loyola College was originally a Jesuit college before being consolidated with Sir George Williams University and becoming Concordia University in 1974. The college was first established at the corner of Bleury and Ste-Catherine Street in 1896, but moved to the present west-end campus on Sherbrooke Street West in Notre-Dame-de-Grace in 1916. This is why 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment.

“This fall, as we mark the milestone anniversary, we are pleased to invite community members to celebrate with us,” said Roy. “Here’s to 100 more years of Loyola in NDG.”

The Loyola campus includes the Communications and Journalism building, the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex, the Vanier Library, and others.

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