UNIVERSITY NEWS | Every day, Loyola Marymount University contributes to the wellbeing and progress in the city of Los Angeles. But sometimes a day is set aside to underscore the mutual appreciation.
The City of Angels celebrated LMU on Sept. 18, 2018, declaring it “LMU in L.A. Day.” A crowd that included LMU leaders, students, faculty and staff members and alumni cheered in the Los Angeles City Council chambers as Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the 11th District where LMU is located, enumerated the many ways that LMU contributes to the Los Angeles region. He noted LMU’s leadership in diversity, recognized the students’ social justice and volunteer work, and praised the university’s hosting of the recent Sport in the Service of Humanity conference. Bonin made special note of the university’s sustainability initiatives and the work of the Family of Schools in LMU’s School of Education.
Throughout his 10-minute presentation, Bonin noted the number of LMU graduates working in city hall, some of them by name, and he extolled LMU’s “integration into and leadership in his district.”
President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., thanked council members for the honor and said, “every day, LMU seeks to serve the city.” He remarked on the shared bond the university has with L.A.: “a common purpose for the better.” Snyder pointed to the new LMU Playa Vista Campus as evidence of the university’s continued ties to the creative spirit of Los Angeles and how the Silicon Beach campus will ignite the imagination of students and the new neighboring high-tech and entrepreneurial companies.
Snyder also noted the work the LMU community does to serve the homeless, to welcome transfer students from Los Angeles community colleges and to live up to the credo “creating the world in which we want to live.”
Snyder was joined at the podium by Vice President for Mission and Ministry John Sebastian, Vice President for Marketing and Communications John Kiralla, Iggy, members of the LMU cheer squad, and a handful of trustees, regents and staff.
In the evening, the celebration of LMU continued when Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon and about 50 LMU alumni gathered in the rotunda of L.A. City Hall for a reception lauding LMU’s commitment to community and public service in Los Angeles.
Marketing and Communications coordinated the events in conjunction with an alumni steering committee led by Kate Hannigan-Ohanesian.