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Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Marian University Plans New Graduate Housing

by Mark Apple | Feb 17, 2014

Marian University officials recently announced new apartments for graduate students on campus, to open in time for the Fall 2015 semester.

“We’ve conducted surveys of our current students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and many have indicated a desire to live on campus,” Daniel J. Elsener, president, said. “Having housing that is designed for graduate-level students is essential to our growth plans.”

The plans call for a 90,000 square foot, four-story, state-of-the-art graduate apartment building with 136 beds to be constructed on the northwest corner of campus, overlooking the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. This project has been thoroughly vetted by senior administration and approved pending positive review by a Special Task Force Committee, the Finance Committee, the Facilities Committee, and an affirmative vote of the Board of Trustees, which was attained at its December 2013 meeting. Following those reviews, the project will proceed with an estimated total cost of $10 million.

In order to make room for the new residence halls and associated parking spaces, the university will raze Alverna House (a faith centered living and learning community for undergraduate students) and the East Convent. Residents of Alverna House will be relocated to an area of Clare Hall, and current Alverna House residents are consulting with Residence Life staff regarding the renovations. The three Sisters who currently occupy the East Convent will move to a university-owned house adjacent to campus. Three other Sisters are already living in a university-owned house in the same neighborhood.

“With only three Sisters living in the 16-bedroom house, it made perfect sense to sell the Sisters’ Residence to the university,” Sr. Maureen Irvin said. “The Sisters are so proud of Marian University’s growth, and the role they’ve all played in it. Everyone realizes that the construction of graduate student housing is the next step in our growth process.”

Construction of the new apartment building is expected to begin in June 2014. For more information about the project, please plan to attend the State of the University address, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Marian University Theatre.
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