Contributions from alumni, donors and benefactors have made Loyola Marymount University the respected, dynamic institution of higher education it is today. “Right Place. Right Time. The Campaign for LMU” enhanced the university in five key areas.
ACADEMICS: The quest for academic excellence begins even before students start their first class: The ACCESS program — A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship — gives science and engineering students a three-week run-up to their freshman year. Other programs and centers include: the Center for Catholic Education; the Steed Symposium: “The Business of the Business” forum for School of Film and Television; the Huffington Ecumenical Institute; Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and Advocacy Institute; and the recently added CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
ANNUAL NEEDS: LMU’s resources are scrutinized to see that the fullest value is gained from any expenditure. The discretionary funds that are under the direction of the president, the college and school deans, and the Athletics Department are targeted to make immediate benefits for students in response to unexpected opportunities.
FACILITIES: LMU built the William H. Hannon Library, which was recently named among the
Princeton Review’s top 20 university libraries
in the nation. Other important additions were: Communication and Fine Arts’ Thomas P. Kelly, Jr. Student Art Gallery; the James E. Foxworthy, Ph.D., Fluid Mechanics Laboratory in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering; the Lions Athletic Center in the Athletics Department; and SFTV’s Walter and Grace Lantz Animation Lab.
FACULTY: The recruiting and retaining of high-level teacher-scholars was deeply enhanced by the campaign. This faculty support came in the form of: endowed chairs, such as the R. Chad Dreier Chair in Accounting Ethics;
endowed professorships, such as the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology; departmental awards, such as Seaver College’s Rudinica Family Endowed Prizes that reward faculty and research mentors; the Cosgrove Family
Distinguished Visiting Artist at SFTV; and many more.
STUDENTS: A plethora of sources now fund scholarships and internships that: allow LMU students to study abroad and bring international students to LMU; promote leadership skills; support the economic and ethnic diversity of the student body; and strengthen programs by recruiting and retaining excellent students.