This summer will officially kick off La Salle University’s 150th anniversary celebration, with several events slated for the 2012-2013 school year and others on the horizon. La Salle’s sesquicentennial will observe the University’s founding in 1863 and commemorate La Salle’s proud history as a Catholic and Lasallian institution.
Part of that proud history is La Salle’s strong commitment to service in the community. On September 29, 2012, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will volunteer their time with a number of organizations locally, nationally, and internationally during the Lasallian Day of Service.
“Part of our Lasallian heritage is about faith, service, and community. As a campus community, we pride ourselves on the service we do,” said Brother Bob Kinzler, F.S.C., ‘77, Director of University Ministry and Service.
In recent years, La Salle students have contributed more than 50,000 hours of service annually to the local community. The Day of Service will highlight what La Salle students do on a regular basis and enable the La Salle community to share that gift in a different way. “It’s a chance to get the whole community involved.”
The Day of Service will be a wide-scale organized effort for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to volunteer at more than 45 local sites as well as alumni clubs in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties, Southern New Jersey, Washington, D.C., New York, N.Y., St. Louis, Mo., Chicago, Ill., San Francisco, Calif., Boston, Mass., and Yakima, Wash. Other sites will be added throughout the summer.
“Alumni from clubs and chapters across the United States and overseas will volunteer for the Day of Service by participating in painting, landscaping, working with children or elderly, and helping to renovate schools,” said Trey Ulrich, ’99, MBA ’02, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. “There are plenty of activities for people to get involved in, and it will be a great opportunity for alumni and students to work together in the community.”
Prior to the Day of Service is the first of many anniversary events. La Salle Music Theatre will commemorate 50 years with a celebration on June 23, 2012. Former performers will return to entertain guests in the Dan Rodden Theatre.
“This event will appeal to anyone who had anything to do with our Music Theatre, whether as participant or attendee,” said Anna Allen, ’80, M.A. ’02, Associate Dean of Students and former La Salle Music Theatre member. “At the time in Philadelphia, this was one of the premier music theaters and drew in a lot of well-known talent.”
Other confirmed events include Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter speaking at La Salle’s Opening Convocation August 23, 2012, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput accepting an honorary degree during Honors Convocation on October 7, 2012. At the Alumni Awards Dinner on November 16, 2012, Sean Callahan, Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will accept the Signum Fidei Medal on behalf of CRS for its work in advancing humanitarian principles. Later, on March 21, 2013, during La Salle’s Heritage Week celebration, Pulitizer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D., will present “Civil War and Philadelphia.”
These events and others will bring speakers and organizations to La Salle that celebrate the positive impact the University and its alumni have had and continue to have on the City of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and beyond, said Brian Elderton, Vice President of University Advancement and co-Chair of the 150th Anniversary Committee along with Julie Morrison, Director of University Events. The 150th anniversary events highlight La Salle’s academic strengths and celebrate the University’s distinctiveness, he said.
“La Salle alumni have become some of our region’s and our nation’s most accomplished professionals, assuming leadership roles in whatever corporate, academic, volunteer, religious or cultural community in which they are engaged,” Elderton said. “Our alumni are living the promise through successful lives imbued with the Lasallian ethic that calls them to be attentive to the needs of others.”
As events are confirmed, further details will appear on the 150th anniversary Web site at www.lasalle.edu/150. The Web site also includes an extensive section on La Salle’s history.