University Celebrates Centennial on October 5

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Ohio Dominican University will host a free concert, “Transforming Lives Through Scripture and Song,” at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, featuring national artist Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P. The event will be held in Sansbury Hall’s Christ the King Chapel, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219.

The concert is open to the public; however registration is required and can be made by contacting Sr. Catherine Colby, O.P., Ed.D., Vice President for Mission & Identity at 614-251-4722 or by e-mail at Guest parking is available in the Gold Lot, West of Sunbury Road on St. Dominic Way.

Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P., a Dominican priest, preacher, composer, conductor, singer, and woodwind instrumentalist, offers parish missions, retreats, concerts, lectures, keynotes, and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Chicago Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, and serves on the Provincial Council.

Centennial Celebration Background:The University was founded on October 5, 1911. The campus community launched a 20-month-long celebration to honor its Centennial on October 5, 2010 with a dedication of the Centennial Plaza and a new historical marker. The Centennial Plaza is a green space with benches and a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary near Battelle Hall, ODU’s new science building. The Plaza features bricks with messages from ODU alumni and friends expressing their fond memories and support of the University. The historical marker, located outside Erskine Hall, recognizes ODU’s history as well as the University’s founding members from the St. Mary of the Springs Congregation, now Dominican Sisters of Peace. Another tribute to ODU’s Centennial is the history wall that was unveiled at the opening of ODU’s new Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center in August 2009. The theme of the history wall is “A Century of Transforming Lives,” which is also the theme for ODU’s Centennial Celebration.

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