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Loyola Marymount University
The university seal
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam — Tua Luce Dirige
Motto in English For the greater glory of God. — Direct us by thy light.
Established 1911 (1865)
Type Private, Roman Catholic (Jesuit and Marymount)
Endowment $293 million[1]
Faculty 839
Undergraduates 5,746
Postgraduates 3,226
Location Los Angeles, California, United States
Campus Urban, 150 acres (0.6 km²)
Conference West Coast Conference
Colors Crimson, Navy
Mascot Lion
Website www.lmu.edu
Lmu logo.png

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a comprehensive co-educational private Roman Catholic university in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions located in Los Angeles, California, United States. The University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education.

Loyola Marymount University was created through the 1973 merger of Marymount College and Loyola University of Los Angeles. Loyola University, founded in 1911, was the successor to St. Vincent's College, founded in 1865; Marymount College, founded in 1933, has its roots in Marymount School, founded in 1923. Loyola Marymount is the parent school to Loyola Law School located in downtown Los Angeles.

The university has consistently been ranked as having one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States.[2] Today, Loyola Marymount is the largest Roman Catholic university on the West Coast[3] with nearly 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and law school students, as of 2010.[4]



St. Vincent's College, first location, 1866

The names "Loyola" and "Marymount" have long been associated with Catholic higher education in countries around the globe. Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of The Society Of Jesus, sanctioned the foundation of his order's first school in 1548. The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary have conducted educational institutions since their establishment in France in 1849 by Father Jean Gailhac. These two traditions of education have come together in Los Angeles as Loyola Marymount University.

St. Vincent's College, second location, 1905

The present University is the successor to the pioneer Catholic college and first institution of higher learning in Southern California. In 1865, the Vincentian Fathers were commissioned by Bishop Thaddeus Amat y Brusi to found St. Vincent's College for boys in Los Angeles. John Asmuth, C.M. served as the first President Rector. The college was originally located in the Lugo Adobe House at the southeast corner of Alameda Street and Los Angeles Street. The building was one of few two-story complexes in the city at that time and had been donated by Vincente Lugo. Although the building no longer stands, its original site is across Alameda Street from the current Union Station, on the Plaza near the southeast end of the city's historic Olvera Street. After two years, the school moved several blocks over. The campus was surrounded by Broadway, 6th Street, Hill Street, and 7th Street. St. Vincent's College folded into the Society of Jesus's newly founded Los Angeles College in 1911 as they simultaneously opened their high school division (Loyola High School). Richard A. Gleeson, S.J. served as the first Jesuit President.

Rapid growth prompted the Jesuits to seek a new campus on Venice Boulevard in 1917; with this move, the name of the school was changed back to St. Vincent's College. In 1918 the name was once again changed to Loyola College of Los Angeles. Graduate instruction began in 1920 with the foundation of a separate law school (though instruction at the undergradate level remained all male, women were admitted to the law school). The law school was the first in Los Angeles to admit Jewish students as at the time USC's law school did not. The school relocated under then-President, Joseph A. Sullivan, S.J., to the present Westchester campus in 1929, and achieved university status in 1930 becoming Loyola University of Los Angeles. Loyola Law School did not move with the rest of the university, but remains to this day in a location just west of downtown Los Angeles. The current law school campus was designed by Frank Gehry. The formation of a graduate division occurred in June 1950, although the graduate work had formed an integral part of the Teacher Education Program during the preceding two years. Loyola University continued to be an all-male school until its merger with Marymount College in 1973. (Note: There were a few female students enrolled and articulated in Loyola University the 5 years of transition to Loyola Marymount University prior to 1973, primarily Engineering and Business majors. Also, women were allowed to enroll in summer classes prior to 1973.)

In separate though parallel developments, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary began teaching local young women in 1923. In 1933 Marymount Junior College opened as an all-women's school in the Westwood district of Los Angeles. The school became Marymount College of Los Angeles when it started awarding bachelor's degrees in 1948, and moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1960.

In 1967 Raymunde McKay, R.S.H.M., President of Marymount College had extended an invitation to Mary Felix Montgomery, C.S.J., General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, to join in their affiliation with Loyola University of Los Angeles. In 1968 the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange partnered in the governing and staffing of Marymount College—it was then that Marymount College moved to the Westchester campus of Loyola University as an autonomous institution.

Simultaneously St. Joseph College of Orange, a four year liberal arts college for women religious run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, merged with Marymount College. It became one of three branch campuses of Marymount College (Orange, Palos Verdes, and Westchester); St. Joseph College of Orange was renamed Marymount College of Orange. St. Joseph's College was originally formed as St. Joseph's Teacher's College, a junior college affiliated with The Catholic University of America in 1953. In 1959 it was incorporated as an autonomous, four year institution and assumed assumed the St. Joseph's College name. As part of the Marymount College Agreement, Marymount College was administered "co-equally" by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. During the academic year, it remained a college for women religious seeking their baccalaureate degrees; college courses were offered to men and women during the summers at the Orange campus. Through the merger of Marymount College and St. Joseph's College of Orange, it was agreed that through joint administration and support of Marymount College by both communities, the traditions and heritage of both the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange would be carried in the Marymount name in the affiliation with Loyola University.

In 1970, the Student Governments of Loyola University (ASLU—Associated Students of Loyola University) and Marymount College (ASMC—Associated Students of Marymount College) joined to form the Associated Students of Loyola and Marymount (ASLM).


Creation of Loyola Marymount University

After five years of sharing faculties and facilities, Loyola University and Marymount College merged and formed Loyola Marymount University in 1973. Through this union, the expanded university maintained the century-old mission of Catholic higher education in Los Angeles. At this time, ASLM became known as the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University (ASLMU).

Father Donald Merrifield, S.J., who had served as the president of the former Loyola University from 1969 until 1973, became the first president of Loyola Marymount University.[4] During Merrifield's tenure as president thirteen new buildings were constructed on Loyola Marymount's main campus including the Von der Ahe Communication Arts Building, the George Page Baseball Stadium, Doolan Hall, Gersten Pavilion, Burns Fine Art Center, the Laband Art Gallery, the Leavey Faculty Center and the Loyola Apartments.[5] Merrifield also oversaw the expansion of Loyola Law School's campus in Pico-Union, near downtown Los Angeles.[5] Merrifield and the university commissioned architect Frank Gehry to design the new campus, which was needed to accomdate increased enrollment.[5]

Merrifield also implemented a number of programs to increase minority enrollment, such as financial aid packages and scholarships, and added African American and Latino studies programs.[4][5] He stepped down as president of Loyola Marymount in 1984, but remained the university's chancellor until 2002.[4]

Marymount College's four-year program subsequently separated from its two-year program. The Marymount two-year program remained incorporated as a separate institution and received accreditation in 1971 as the indepenently run Marymount College, Palos Verdes, which is currently operates in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

With the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College in 1973, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange joined the Society of Jesus and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary as one of the sponsoring religious communities of Loyola Marymount University. Marymount College of Orange was renamed the Orange Campus of Loyola Marymount University. The Orange Campus offered continuing education and summer courses to men and women through the 1980s. The Palos Verdes campus of Marymount College was not part of the merger between the two institutions and continues to offer a two-year associate's degree program.

Recent history

In 2007, the university reestablished its presence in Orange County when the Theological Studies Department began offering a two-year Master's program in Pastoral Theology in Orange, California. The first cohort graduated in the Spring of 2009 and the second cohort began the following the fall. The classes are held in the Marywood offices of the Diocese of Orange, not far from the now defunct Orange Campus of Loyola Marymount University.

In articulating a vision for this collegiate enterprise, the Board of Trustees turned to the history of the four-century old Jesuit educational philosophy, as well as to the history and traditions of the Marymount and St. Joseph's Sisters.

On March 1, 2010, Loyola Marymount President, Father Robert B. Lawton, announced his resignantion as head of the university, effective at the end of the academic year in May 2010.[6] [7] Lawton cited health problems, including a slow recovery from a 2009 back surgery, as the main reason for his departure.[6] He had served as president for eleven years, beginning his tenure in 1999. The LMU board of trustees has named LMU provost David W. Burcham as the interim head of the university until Lawton's permenant successor can be named.[7] The board hopes to name the 15th president of Loyola Marymount by June 2011.[6]


View of Bluff
Xavier Hall

LMU sits atop a bluff area 150 acres (0.61 km2) in the Westchester area of West Los Angeles located in the Del Rey Hills. The original 99 acres (400,000 m2) were donated to the university by Harry Culver. Xavier Hall, named for St. Francis Xavier, S.J., a companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, S.J., and St. Robert's Hall, named for St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., a cardinal and Doctor of the Church, were the first two buildings to be built on the current Westchester Campus. Following their completion in 1929, Xavier Hall housed both the Jesuit Faculty and the students at the time while St. Robert's Hall served as the academic and administrative building.

Sacred Heart Chapel and the Regents Bell Tower were the next non-residential structures to be built on the campus (1953–1955). The Malone Student Center, named for Lorenzo M. Malone, S.J., an alumnus of the university and former Dean of Students and Treasurer of the University, was completed in 1958 and renovated in 1996. LMU now houses 36 academic, athletic, administrative, and event facilities as well as 12 on-campus residence halls (dormitory and suite models) and six on-campus apartment complexes.

The campus also houses two large open grass areas not reserved for athletic play. Both Alumni Mall and Sunken Gardens provide scenery to the campus that is already laden with views of the entire Los Angeles Basin, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, and the Pacific Ocean.

University Hall
Sculpture Gardens

The university's acquisition of University Hall in 2000 brought to the campus a new entrance as well as much needed office and classroom space. University Hall is a facility unique to any academic institution[citation needed], in that it was originally constructed for Hughes Aircraft as their world headquarters, and converted from an exclusively corporate facility, to a building thriving with academic life. Loyola Marymount University acquired the 1,000,000-square-foot (93,000 m2) building in January 2000 from Raytheon, which bought Hughes Aircraft. LMU completed the interior remodel of approximately 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) in April 2001. The building itself, which houses the university's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, is constructed of steel and concrete, and is divided into seven separate structures above ground. University Hall has over 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) of floor space, and contains over 1,000 parking spaces in 3 underground levels. The 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) of atrium space has, and will continue to be the venue for many LMU events. LMU is currently constructing a new building, the "Ortega," donated by Mrs. Ortega for Hispanic Studies.

The Princeton Review has recently ranked LMU as having the 7th most beautiful campus in America.[8]. CampusSqueeze college e-zine ranked LMU as having the 3rd most beautiful campus in America.[9]


LMU has a large solar electric rooftop array that generates 868,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, providing 6 percent of the annual campus electrical needs.[10] The university purchases another 6 percent of its electrical energy through renewable energy credits.[11] LMU has committed to LEED Silver standards for all new construction on campus. There are three LEED-certified buildings on campus. All new and renovated roofing projects include installation of a highly reflective white membrane cool roof.[12] Student sustainability jobs are available within the recycling program, and the student government has a position dedicated to environmental responsibility. Loyola Marymount earned a grade of a "B-" on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010[13], published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute[14].


Loyola Law School

In addition to being the parent school of Loyola Law School in Downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is also the home to six colleges and schools. LMU also offers an Air Force ROTC program, an Honors Program in which the students have a different core curriculum, and several year-long, semester, and summer study abroad programs across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Admission to LMU is competitive. Students from every U.S. state attend LMU. Some of the recent honors received by LMU are:

  • U.S. News & World Report, in its "Best Colleges 2009," ranked Loyola Marymount 4th out of schools in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs.
  • Named among the “25 cutting edge schools with an eye toward the future” Kaplan’s “You Are Here” College Guide, 2008
  • Included in “Best 366 Colleges,” “Best Colleges in the West”, "Happiest Students" and “10 Most Beautiful Campuses” Princeton Review, 2008
  • Ranked 4th in “Best Universities With Master’s Program in the West” U.S. News & World Report, 2008
  • BusinessWeek magazine, 2007 Entrepreneurship program named among top 10 in the nation Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, 2007
  • The part-time MBA program is ranked #4 in the nation according to Business Week 2007; and #14 in the nation, US News & World Report, 2008
  • Named a “top producer” of Fulbright scholars, 2006–07 Institute of International Education
  • Named “Hottest for Hispanics” Newsweek/Kaplan’s “How to Get into College” Guide, 2006

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts includes twenty-five undergraduate programs of study as well as five graduate programs of study. It embodies the wider University goals of liberal education, which is the heart of the University's core curriculum for all undergraduates. The college is named for the Jesuit scholar, St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, S.J., a cardinal and Doctor of the Church.

College of Communication and Fine Arts

The College of Communication and Fine Arts offers majors in Art History, Communication Studies, Dance, Music, Studio Arts, and Theatre Arts as well as a graduate program in Marital and Family Therapy. The Department of Music has long been known for its choral organizations. Two choruses provide singing opportunities for a broad cross section of the university community. Promoting the university's long tradition, the 100-voice Concert Choir presents music for mixed voices. The smaller, more advanced Consort Singers presents varying styles of choral music and frequently appears in the Los Angeles area as the ambassador group for the university. It is also the parent college of Loyola Marymount's award winning Debate Team. The Debate Team frequently finishes in top positions in both national and international tournaments. The current dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts is Barbara Busse.

College of Business Administration

Hilton Center for Business

The College of Business Administration was started to assist inquisitive minds in learning more about the effective principles and practice of business through foundation building, undergraduate programs, and flexible graduate programs for advancing professionals. It is home to eight undergraduate programs of study as well as an MBA program for graduate studies.

Mission:The College of Business Administration’s mission is to educate for ethical leadership. Education for ethical leadership is fostering the development of a frame of mind which encourages people to learn to take action, to motivate others, to achieve results through others, to learn from mistakes, and to take responsibility for organizing scarce resources to achieve desired results. Education for ethical leadership is not just teaching about ethics and leadership as disciplines. It is encouraging people to observe, to think, to learn, and then to perform as ethical leaders in any business function or activity, at any level. It is teaching people to look for opportunities in which to demonstrate their leadership skills and potentials. It is encouraging leaders to be of service to others


  • The part-time MBA program is ranked #4 in the nation according to Business Week 2007;
  • The part-time MBA program is ranked #12 in the nation, US News & World Report 2009.[15]
  • BusinessWeek magazine, in 2007 ranked the Entrepreneurship program among top 10 in the nation.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report the MBA Entrepreneurship emphasis and the MBA Accounting emphasis were ranked #21 and #29 in those categories respectivley.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review ranked the Loyola Marymount 17th in undergraduate entrepreneurship and 12th in graduate entrepreneurship[16]

Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering sees its purpose to be the education of principled leaders. It contains thirteen undergraduate programs of study as well as six graduate programs. Graduate programs are offered in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, in environmental science, in computer science, and in engineering management.

The college is committed to delivering science, engineering, and mathematics education to students through individual attention with emphasis on self-learning, service to society, and ethical behavior. Undergraduate students experience close interactions with the faculty as a result of small class sizes. Students conduct sophisticated state-of-the-art research by working very closely with their professors and they participate in various undergraduate student research conferences and student design competitions.

The College was ranked 19th nationally by US News & World Report's "2005 Best Colleges Guide" in the category of institutions whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's.

School of Education

Edward T. Foley Center

The School of Education at Loyola Marymount has four undergraduate programs of study (Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Bilingual Education, and Special Education). A student wishing to receive their credential upon graduation majors in any other program and applies to one of the four undergraduate education minors during their sophomore year. Many students seeking a credential in Elementary Education major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts' Liberal Studies program, which is designed to educate one in the various arts and letters they will be teaching children. The School of Education also offers nine graduate programs including a Doctorate in Education...

School of Film and Television

The School of Film and Television, established in 2003 and consolidating LMU's already well-regarded programs in film and television,[17] offers curricula that hold storytelling as their unique centerpiece. SFTV's vision, being grounded in humanism, innovation and diversity, is unique and differentiated for a film school. A range of advanced facilities and equipment are available to students, including a film soundstage, a television stage, editing labs, a screenwriting library, and sound studios. The primary screening venue is the Mayer Theatre.

SFTV offers a B.A. in Production (Film & Television), Screenwriting, Animation, and Recording Arts as well as an M.F.A. in Production (Film & Television) and Screenwriting. Overall, LMU has produced 6 Student Academy Award winners.[18] Alumni have also garnered several Academy Awards and Emmys.[19]

Loyola Law School

Loyola Law School is the law school of Loyola Marymount University. Its Frank Gehry-designed campus is located in the Pico-Union neighborhood just west of downtown Los Angeles, and is separate from the Westchester main university campus.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola Law School 71st[20] in its "America's Best Graduate Schools 2010" feature. Loyola was ranked 21st overall in the annual 2009 Judging the Law Schools rankings.[21]

Loyola ranks higher on alternative guides such as The Princeton Review in addition to the Coolely rankings (also known as the Brennan rankings)[1]. The Cooley Rankings ranked Loyola Law School 23rd in the Nation in 2008 [2]

For speciality rankings:

Distinct from most law schools, which typically reside in one or two centralized buildings, Loyola has a separate law school campus. The campus, sitting on a full city block just west of downtown Los Angeles, is made up of an open central plaza surrounded by several contemporary buildings designed by Frank Gehry.[6] Its recently renovated library is one of the largest private law libraries in the western U.S., with a collection of nearly 560,000 volumes.[7]

Including its day and evening J.D. programs, Loyola has the largest and most diverse student enrollment of any California law school, and it prides itself in its civic duties. It was the first California law school with a pro bono graduation requirement,[8] under which students perform 40 hours of pro bono work.[9] After Hurricane Katrina, Loyola was also one of a handful of schools to open its doors to students of law schools in New Orleans who were forced to relocate for a period of time after the hurricane.[10]


The governing body of the university is the school's independent Board of Trustees, headed by a Chairman.

The University's executive officer is the President. Prior to 2009, a prerequisite to serve as the University's president was membership in the Society of Jesus, however, the Board of Trustees voted to allow educators not a part of the Jesuit Order to become president. These changes were made at the recommendation of the American Assistancy of Jesuits, the collective body of Jesuits in the United States in response to the declining number of Jesuits as well as those prepared to serve as the president of a major university.

The President is assisted by the Chancellor, Assistant to the President, Director Internal Audit, The Vice President for Mission and Ministry (under whose direction the Office of Campus Ministry and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality operates) and the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs.

The Executive Vice President & Provost reports directly to the President and oversees all campus operations.

The University Cabinet consists of: The President, Executive Vice President & Provost, Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer (under whose direction the Deans of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, School of Education, School of Film and Television, and University Libraries operate), Senior Vice President for Administration, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Senior Vice President for University Relations, and Senior Vice President Fritz B. Burns Dean of Loyola Law School.

The Jesuit Community is headed by a Rector (appointed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus) who serves as the ecclesial superior of the university, serving a six-year term.

Sponsoring religious orders

LMU is sponsored primarily by three religious orders that have long been associated with education, the Society of Jesus, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange. Although, other Religious Orders such as the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmelites) and the Sisters of Saint Louis also have members employed on campus.

Society of Jesus

The Jesuit Community of LMU is the largest in the California Province of the Society of Jesus. The campus' Jesuits were housed in Xavier Hall until the recent completion of the new Jesuit Community Complex. LMU is home to 51 Jesuits (2006-2007 academic school year) holding various positions in administrative, staff, and faculty positions throughout the university. The LMU Jesuits also started and run Loyola productions, a non-profit creative media company that builds on the 450 year old Jesuit tradition of effective involvement in the communication arts.

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary also house several religious sisters adjacent campus. The Marymount sisters, like the Jesuit priests, hold various faculty, staff, and administrative positions throughout the university. They also sponsor the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts which attempts to preserve the transformative educational tradition of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and promotes a dialogue between faith and culture as expressed in fine, performing, literary and communication arts.

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange

Like the Jesuits and Marymount Sisters, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange play a great role in preserving the Roman Catholic identity of the school. Several sisters of the order reside adjacent to the campus, working in administrative, staff, and faculty roles.

Campus Ministry

Sacred Heart Chapel and the Sunken Gardens

As old as the University, the Peg Dolan, RSHM Campus Ministry Center was originally titled University Chaplain, this office became known as the Office Campus Ministry in 1973 with a stipulation that the Director would be a Jesuit. By 1986 this requirement was waived when Margaret ("Peg") Mary Dolan, R.S.H.M. became the Director. In 2008, as part of the university's Centennial Capital Campaign, it was announced that a $8-million fundraising goal was set to endow the office as the Peg Dolan, RSHM Campus Ministry Center in honor of Dolan's contributions to the university. Dolan, an alumna of Marymount College's class of 1958, received her Master's from LMU in 1974 and has served the university as a housing director, campus minister, alumni chaplain, director of campus ministry, director of alumni relations, resident chaplain since, and alumni chaplain 1973. In 2008 the university asked her to address the class of 2008 at the undergraduate commencement exercises and she was awarded an honorary doctorate. At the dedication ceremony in September 2008, over 700 alumni returned to campus to honor her legacy at the university. When Dolan passed away in 2009, over 1000 people returned to campus for two days of liturgies celebrating her life.

Located at the north end of the University, Sacred Heart Chapel is the main worship space on campus. A basilica style church, Sacred Heart has two side alters and the Mary chapel, which is located behind the crucifix, in addition to the main chapel space. The chapel is lined by tall stained glass windows. Each window bears the seal of one of the 28 other Jesuit Universities in the United States.

See: Loyola Marymount University, Campus Ministry

Mission Statement

Loyola Marymount University declares its mission and purpose to be the following: the service of faith and the promotion of justice, the encouragement of learning, and the education of the whole person. Being rooted in Jesuit tradition, Loyola Marymount University follows in their strong dedication to education. A committee on campus meets regularly to analyze the campus' overall strengths and weaknesses in fulfilling this mission statement.

The Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts

Founded in 1991, the Marymount Institute was designed to help strengthen the legacy and contributions of the Marymount tradition at LMU, and encourages interdisciplinary and intercultural scholarly and artistic activity in the form of research, publication, exhibits, performances, conferences, seminars, and lectures.

2008 saw the opening of the Marymount Institute Press. Itself an imprint of Tsehai Publishers and Distributors, the MIP was founded by the Ethiopian-born journalist, publisher, and social activist, Elias Wondimu, and already has two publications to its credit: "Panim el Panim: Facing Genesis, Visual Midrash" and "A Journey into Love: Meditating with Piers Plowman".

The President's Marymount Institute Professor in Residence is Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.



Athletic teams at Loyola Marymount are known as Lions; the school's primary athletic affiliation is with the West Coast Conference. While LMU has had success in several sports, it is probably best remembered for its men's basketball teams between 1985 and 1990, with Paul Westhead as coach and for the death of star player Hank Gathers (#44), who collapsed during the second round of the WCC tournament on March 4, 1990 and for his friendship with teammates Michael Craven (#21) and Bo Kimble (#30). Their jerseys have been retired at LMU. [edit] To this day, LMU games occupy the top five spots in the list of highest-scoring NCAA Division I basketball games.

Especially well-remembered was the 1990 team, led by Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble until tragedy struck in the WCC tournament. Gathers collapsed during a game and died due to a previously diagnosed heart condition. Playing for their fallen teammate, the Lions advanced to the Elite Eight (regional final) of the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual champions UNLV.

The primary indoor athletic facility is Gersten Pavilion.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher C. J. Wilson attended and pitched at Loyola Marymount in 2001.

LMU Softball holds many records. It owns more titles than any other PCSC (Pacific Coast Softball Conference) team, with three in 2003, 2005, and 2007. In 2007, Tiffany Pagano and LMU beat UCLA 4-2 in the Los Angeles regional in the NCAA Tournament, to mark their first win over the Bruins, and the first time that UCLA had not won a regional and advanced to the Women's College World Series.

Student government

ASLMU, The Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University, is the functioning student government. The government body is composed of an Executive Branch, composed of the Management Team and Cabinet Departments; a Legislative Branch, composed of the Senate; and a Judicial Branch, composed of the Judicial Committee. The only elected positions are those of the President, Vice President and the Senate. Unlike the senators, the President and Vice President have a limited term of two years[23].

Student media

Loyola Marymount has a rich history of student created and directed media. As a private institution, LMU and its various student media outlets have a tenuous relationship based on disagreements in regards to First Amendment rights, access difficulties, and privacy conerns.

Los Angeles Loyolan newspaper

The Los Angeles Loyolan newspaper has been published for over 80 years. It was originally titled "The Cinder" for the cinders kicked up by the trains passing the downtown campus of St. Vincent's College. In 2007, The Loyolan moved from its long standing weekly Wednesday publication schedule to a twice a week - Monday and Thursday - schedule. The Loyolan is supported by its advertising department which has historically paid from 80% to 100% of the cost of publication. The Loyolan's regular sections include "News", "Opinions", "Sports", "Arts & Entertainment", and "Classified Ads".

In 2005, the paper won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association award for "Best Four-Year Weekly Tabloid."

Tower Yearbook

Over the years, the Loyola University Los Angeles yearbook was known by several titles including the Lair Annual. After the merger the university began publishing the annual Tower Yearbook which is financed through a mandatory annual student yearbook fee (collected along with tuition).

The student-run yearbook at Loyola Marymount University was named "Best in Show" at the 85th Annual National College Media Conference in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct 30. "The Tower" took first place in the "Yearbook 300-Plus" category among other prestigious colleges from around the nation. The 2006 yearbook was honored for its unique design and its "re: 2006" theme. Director of Student Media, Tom Nelson, said "Editor in Chief Ashlee Goodwin and the entire Tower staff put an incredible amount of effort into the 2006 yearbook, which was not only the best but the largest ever produced at Loyola Marymount University."


KXLU (88.9 FM) is an FM radio station broadcasting out of Loyola Marymount University in southwest Los Angeles, California. It was first on the air in 1957, and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is a non-commercial college radio station that plays many styles of music broadly classified under rock, specialty, fine arts, and Latin jazz. KXLU has an annual fundraising drive known as "fundrazor" which supports the station's ongoing operation. The station has a large following in the Los Angeles area.

KXLU is also the 'flagship' station for LMU athletics featuring every Lions Men's basketball game each season.

The university boasts both an AM/closed circuit and FM radio station.KLMU is the other radio station on LMU's campus, which can also be streamed online for listeners across the country. KLMU offers undergraduates an opportunity to host their own radio shows.

ROAR Network

ROAR Network is the newest student media on-campus. It provides a forum for student produced programming to be broadcast both via the on-campus cable TV system and, eventually, via the local cable access system(s). ROAR Network is the only TV Station made for, and run by students on the LMU campus. The station provides student produced programming every two weeks, with its primetime block from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. every night. Current and previous episodes are also available for viewing and download online at ROAR Network's Website

Center for Service and Action

Unique to Loyola Marymount is its Center for Service and Action (CSA). Dedicated to fostering the Jesuit principles of the service of faith and promotion of justice, CSA offer students opportunities to serve the campus and surrounding communities. The mission of CSA is to educate and form men and women with and for others, especially with and for the disadvantaged and the oppressed.

The Center for Service and Action resulted in LMU being awarded the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a school can receive for civil service.[24]

One of the many opportunities provided by CSA to students looking to do service work is the Alternative Break Program. LMU's Alternative Breaks program promotes service and cultural exchange on the local, national, and international level through hands-on, community-based learning. Students are immersed in diverse contexts throughout the world with concrete challenges that heighten social awareness.

Service organizations


CSA also oversees LMU's student service organizations. The seven service organizations work to help the university and surrounding community of Los Angeles.

Each Service Organization has its own unique mission, history, charism and organizational structure. The members of these organizations make themselves available for on-campus service as well as on-going commitments to serve at specific non-profit agencies in Southern California. Each organization has a moderator and a chaplain (though in some of the organizations the same priest or woman religious serves as both moderator and chaplain).

The Center for Service and Action works with the service organizations in fostering on-campus service and community service as well as reflecting upon their experience of service. CSA coordinates communication between the leadership of these organizations, the Service Organization Council. CSA also coordinates the distribution of the On-Campus Service Requests.

The organizations and their respective dates of founding are Crimson Circle (1929), Belles (1960), Gryphon Circle (1968), Ignatians (1981), Sursum Corda (1992), Marians (2003), and Magis (2003).

Campus Greek life

LMU is also home to a number of campus Greek Organizations. The campus fraternities are as follows: Alpha Delta Gamma (1952), Sigma Chi (1991), Sigma Phi Epsilon (1996), Sigma Lambda Beta (1999), Lambda Chi Alpha (2002), Beta Theta Pi (2005). The campus sororities are as follows: Alpha Phi (1976), Delta Gamma (1981), Delta Zeta (1986), Kappa Alpha Theta (1999), Delta Sigma Theta (2000), Sigma Lambda Gamma (2000), Pi Beta Phi (2002), Delta Delta Delta (2005), and Sigma Gamma Rho (2006)

There are also a number of unrecognized Fraternities and Sororities that contribute positively to campus life, although they receive no official acknowledgment from the student Greek council and university authorities. National Fraternities including Kappa Sigma have petitioned Loyola Marymount University for acceptance but have been denied despite heavy student involvement. Greek life is gaining acceptance at Loyola Marymount, and events in the near future will necessitate a greater need for more Greek organizations and expansion.

Half of Loyola Marymount University's recognized Fraternities have been accepted as part of Greek life in the last ten years, and six of the recognized Sororities have likewise been accepted in recent years. This is evidence of a shift in the dynamic of the University from a sleepy and small college towards a more prestigious University with a heavily active student body. Currently, approximately 26% of undergraduates are affiliated with LMU's registered fraternities and sororities.

Notable alumni

Noted professors



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