The impact of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement has been due not only to the talent, leadership and commitment of leaders whose names became household words around world but because people engaged in courageous, transforming acts in the towns and…
Starting in 2010, LMU began collecting the stories of the university as remembered by alumni, faculty and staff. Seven students, guided by Laurie Pintar, an adjunct professor of history, began the work of assembling memories and reflections of events, milestones and day-to-day life on the LMU campus.
May 2012 marks the end of LMU’s centennial celebrations. To help honor the occasion, we asked Albert Koppes, O.Carm., who has witnessed more than a third of the university’s history since being hired in 1975, to share his memories of events and developments — road marks along the path — that he witnessed and often shaped. During the past 37 years, Koppes has been a professor, department chair, dean of the school of education, academic vice president and associate chancellor, his current post. His comments here are a combination of interviews he gave to Michael Peterson ’12 and LMU Magazine Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.
The Del Rey Players for eight decades have mounted plays on and around the bluff, from a prison to Hollywood film palaces, and they’ve crossed paths with everyone from Bing Crosby to Bob Denver. View a photo slideshow of scenes from the Del Rey Players’ past here.
For two years, California historian Kevin Starr researched LMU’s history to write the definitive chronicle of the university’s first 100 years. The result is a story that begins with the arrival of Catholic higher education in Los Angeles, and proceeds through a period of world wars, economic depression, massive societal change and a merger of two Catholic institutions, culminating with growth in the 21st century. The following is an excerpt drawn from the preface of Starr’s “Loyola Marymount University, 1911–2011: A Centennial History.” The book is available through the LMU bookstore See more about the centennial year here.