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Series of events slated for Saint Xavier's 160th anniversary

Public invited to join in celebration

Chicago (Aug. 17, 2006) – Saint Xavier University is celebrating its 160th anniversary with a slate of events for the mind, heart and spirit during the 2006-07 school year. The celebration kicks off with a concert featuring the music of world-renowned composer Shulamit Ran on Sept. 19, and a lecture by Orland Park native Bill Rancic on Sept. 20.

In 1846, the Sisters of Mercy opened the first Roman Catholic free elementary school in Chicago to provide a Catholic education for girls and young women. Today, Saint Xavier is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high quality academic programs. Saint Xavier offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study.

The 160th anniversary events are as follows:

• Sept. 2: Dedication of Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, immediately preceding 6 p.m. football game, athletic field. The dedication marks the completion of phase one work in which the grass field was replaced with FieldTurf, an artificial playing surface. 

• Sept. 19: Music & the Search for Meaning: “Interpreting the Signs and Symbols of Meaning” featuring world-renowned composer Shulamit Ran, a Pulitzer prize winner and professor of composition at the University of Chicago, who will discuss her musical works at 6 p.m. in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W 103rd St., Chicago. A concert featuring her musical works begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for SXU students, faculty and staff, Beverly Arts Center members, Chicago Composers Forum members and senior citizens. The Beverly Arts Center and the Chicago Composers Forum are co-sponsoring the series.

• Sept. 20: Bill Rancic, Donald Trump’s first apprentice. Rancic will address the ethical challenges he confronts as an entrepreneur. He also will talk about how he handles his newfound fame and how his family, faith and education influence his approach to life and work at 7 p.m. in the Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. Free. A book signing follows the lecture.

• Sept. 21: Peter Steinfels, author of “A People Adrift” and former New York Times religion editor, kicks off the “To Be in ‘Good Standing:’ Challenges to Catholic Universities Since Vatican II” 160th Anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. Free. A book signing follows the lecture.

• Sept. 22: Mercy Day (observed). Mercy Day celebrates the Sisters of Mercy and the spirit of compassion, hospitality and service that characterizes their ministry. Sept. 24 is the date of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and on Sept. 24, 1827, Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland.

• Sept. 23: 6th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Shannon Center. The course starts and finishes on the SXU campus and runs through the heart of Evergreen Park. All participants receive an SXU T-shirt, complimentary breakfast and ticket to the football game. For registration information, visit www.signmeup.com/53729 or call (773) 298-3592. Registration fee is $15.

• Oct. 10: Dedication of Rubloff Hall, Saint Xavier's newest residence hall, which is the first environmentally friendly "green building" residence hall built in the greater Chicago area. 

• Nov. 2: “Remembering the Pope John XXIII Symposium: A 40-Year Retrospective and Prospective—The Theological Task Confronting the Church Today.” In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, Saint Xavier hosted the original symposium in 1966 with an international roster of prominent theologians and 4,000 participants. Some of those who participated in the original symposium will return to Saint Xavier to reflect on the event and its outcomes. Patrick Burke, founding director of the Pope John XXIII Institute and professor emeritus at Temple University, will speak about the “symposium that made history” at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Free.

• Nov. 2: Music & the Search for Meaning: “Performers, Technology and Meaning” featuring composer James Mobberley, composer-in-residence of the Kansas City Symphony and the New Ear Ensemble, who will discuss his work and the compositions to be performed that evening at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Concert begins at 7 p.m. Free. The Beverly Arts Center and the Chicago Composers Forum are co-sponsoring the series.  

• Nov. 6: Rev. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery professor of the practice of religion and public life at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and president of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston. Part of the “To Be in ‘Good Standing’” 160th Anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Free.

• Nov. 10-11: Portraits of Women in Islam: Comparative Perspectives and Challenges.

• Dec 1: Founders’ Day. The event commemorates the five Sisters of Mercy who, with Mother Frances Xavier Warde, founded Saint Francis Xavier Academy for Females, the forerunner of Saint Xavier University, in 1846 in downtown Chicago.

• Jan. 19, 2007: “One, Just Person,” a celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

• Feb. 6: M. Shawn Copeland, associate professor of theology at Boston College. Part of the “To Be in ‘Good Standing’” 160th Anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Free.

• March 8: Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago. Part of the “To Be in ‘Good Standing’” 160th Anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Free.

• March 29: Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., associate professor of theology at Boston College. Part of the “To Be in ‘Good Standing’” 160th Anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Free.

• March 30, 31 and April 1: “Dead Man Walking – The Play,” at Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, in collaboration with Mother McAuley Theater Department. Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J., author of the book on which the play is based, will attend the March 30 performance.

• April 21: 20th Annual President’s Scholarship Ball. Saint Xavier will culminate its yearlong celebration at its annual gala at Chicago’s Field Museum. Proceeds provide student scholarships. To receive an invitation, contact the Office for University Advancement at (773) 298-3322.

For more information and details on events celebrating Saint Xavier’s 160th anniversary, visit www.sxu.edu/anniversary.

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