Campion College celebrates 100 years

By Costa Maragos Posted: October 4, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Alumni will join current students to celebrate the centenary at Campion College including the Alumni of Distinction Awards Gala on October 8.
Alumni will join current students to celebrate the centenary at Campion College including the Alumni of Distinction Awards Gala on October 8. U of R Photography

Campion College has a lot to celebrate and it’s doing it in grand style this week.

Campion is celebrating its first 100 years October 4 to 8, 2017.

The celebrations include a weekend welcome social, a pub night at the Owl, a Campion College open house, the 100th Anniversary Alumni of Distinction Gala on Oct. 7 and the 100th Anniversary Sunday Liturgy on Oct. 8.

Campion Entranceway
Campion College is now more accessible thanks to major renovations in 2016 to its entranceway, elevator, and stairway. Photo courtesy of Lilyfield Photography
“Our 100th-anniversary celebrations and Alumni of Distinction Gala celebrates not only our distinguished alumni but also an important milestone in Campion’s history,” says Dr. John Meehan, President of Campion College. “Campion has served the Regina community since 1917 with the goal of providing our students with a strong foundation in the Jesuit tradition. Campion’s hope has always been to form people for others.”

The Anniversary Liturgy, October 8, will be followed by a special unveiling of selected paintings by Dr. Erica Grimm, a Campion alumna, and renowned artist.

The Anniversary gala evening, with an expected audience of 400, will award four Alumni of Distinction awards to:
  • Jackie Beaurivage (BA’74)
  • Natasha Jaques (BA ’12)
  • Jane Leibel (BMus ’83)
  • Doug McKillop (HS ’72)
“We have a long tradition of forming global citizens. Leaders who will go out and make a difference in the world,” says Meehan.

This has been a notable year for Campion. The College kicked off its 100 years of history with a major renovation, making Campion more accessible.

On December 1, 2016, a new entranceway, elevator, and stairway were officially opened. The new entranceway and relocation of the main elevator have increased accessibility for this who are physically or visually challenged. The second-floor changes include the addition of sprinklers and enhancing the library space.

“As a Jesuit college, we are committed to creating a barrier-free environment for all and the completion of this project brings us much closer to that goal,” says Meehan.

Founded by the Jesuits in 1917 in Regina, Campion College is named for the Jesuit priest and scholar, St. Edmund Campion.

The college was founded through a special Act of the Legislature of the Province of Saskatchewan as the “Catholic College of Regina.”

In 1923, Campion attained status as a Junior College of the University of Saskatchewan and was the first institution in Regina through which students could earn a bachelor’s degree. In 1964, the College was granted federation with the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, later to become the University of Regina.

Today, Campion College boasts a faculty complement of 20 full-time professors, offering courses in the areas of Arabic, Astronomy, Catholic Studies, Classics, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Pastoral Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Statistics, and Theatre Studies.

Campion College, a federated college of the University of Regina, remains the only undergraduate Jesuit University in Canada.

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