King's University College (University of Western Ontario)

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King's University College at Western University
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Motto Christus Via Veritas Et Vita
Motto in English Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life
Established 1954
Type Affiliated college of the University of Western Ontario, Public
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Principal David Sylvester
Undergraduates 3,243 full time + 549 part time
Postgraduates 21 full time + 43 part time
Location London, ON, Canada Canada
43°0′42.31″N 81°15′27.85″W / 43.0117528°N 81.2577361°W / 43.0117528; -81.2577361Coordinates: 43°0′42.31″N 81°15′27.85″W / 43.0117528°N 81.2577361°W / 43.0117528; -81.2577361
Campus Urban/Suburban
Former names Christ the King College
(1954-1966)
King's College
(1966-2004)
King's University College at the University of Western Ontario (2004-2012)
King's University College at Western University (2012-Present)
Colours Gold and Green          
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU, CIS, ACU, ACCUC, IFCU, ACCU, UWO, St. Peter's Seminary, Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario
Website King's University College
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King's University College (locally known as "King's College" or simply "King's")[note 1] is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts college located in London, Ontario, Canada.

It is affiliated with St. Peter's Seminary and the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

The University College offers programs in Arts, Social Science, Childhood and Social Institutions, Management and Organizational Studies, Social Justice and Peace Studies, Social Work, and Theology through its affiliation with St. Peter's Seminary.

Mission[edit]

"King's is a Catholic University College committed to the ongoing creation of a vital academic community animated by a Christian love of learning and the pursuit of truth. The College strives to foster an environment based on open inquiry, Christian values and service to the larger community."[1]

History[edit]

King's was founded as the "College of Christ the King" in 1954, at which time it was an all-male college affiliated with St. Peter's Seminary.[2]

A group of local clerics, headed by London Bishop John Christopher Cody, along with Monsignors Roney and Mahoney and Fathers McCarthy, Feeney, and Finn began to meet to discuss plans for a new College in 1954.

A discussion on March 22, resolved several key issues pertaining to the size and location of the new building. Initially the structure was to be located close to Ursuline College because of its proximity to the university campus. However, "because of the attendance of the seminarians and the necessity of staff going from the Seminary to the new College, the site on the Seminary grounds is more favourable". Upon completion, this new building was to house about one hundred men and become the cornerstone of the new College.[3]

On March 25, 1954, Bishop John C. Cody chaired a meeting at the Hotel London and announced that the Diocese of London would establish an arts college, called Christ the King College, which was to be affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

The ten acre parcel of land upon which the College would be built was donated by St. Peter's Seminary to the Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of London.

Construction of the new building that was to become Christ the King College (now Monsignor Wemple Building) began in June 1954 and was scheduled for completion in September, 1955.

By June 9, 1954, all the estimates had been received and it was decided to award the contact to the Pigott Construction Company of Hamilton, which completed the building for a final cost of $1.5 million.

On June 15, 1954, the ground was blessed and broken by Bishop Cody and the corner-stone for the Monsignor Lester A. Wemple Hall laid by Cardinal McGuigan of Toronto in the company of the Papal Delegate to Canada, John Panico.

A ceremony marked the official opening of Christ the King College on September 14, 1955. Assembled at the top of the steps of the new institution were the leaders of London's educational, political and religious communities, while on the front lawn a crowd of about 300 persons - largely priests, nuns, and seminarians.[4]

Initially, the College consisted of 55 double residence rooms, seven classrooms, a library, a dining hail, two recreation rooms and a chapel. The all-male faculty and administration were composed largely of priests from St. Peter's Seminary. The first class that enrolled in September 1955 was 46 men in total, by 1958 150 full-time students were registered.[5]

The name was changed to King's College in 1966 after it became affiliated with UWO. Unlike Brescia and Huron, UWO's other affiliated colleges, King's initially did not adopt the "University College" designation (owing to an institution with a similar name, The King's University College, in Edmonton). The current name was adopted in 2004.

Campus and buildings[edit]

Monsignor Wemple Building[edit]

Wemple Hall, the school's first building

King's was originally located in what is now the Monsignor Wemple Building on the north side of Epworth Avenue, with classrooms, the original Monsignor Wemple Library, chapel, offices, and dining hall located on the lower and ground floor, and living quarters on the upper floors. The Lester A. Wemple Library was expanded in 1970 and again in 1980. The college building further expanded in 1970 to include two lecture halls and additional classrooms.

Dante Lenardon Hall[edit]

The Silverwood Annex, now known as Dante Lenardon Hall

In 1982, King's began using the lecture theatres additional lecture theatres located in the The Silverwood Annex[6] of the Silverwood mansion on Waterloo Street, now known as Dante Lenardon Hall, named after a well respected emeritus professor.[7] Prior to being used by King's, the mansion was used by the Richard Ivey School of Business and the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Music.

For many years cement music practice buildings remained on site and were used as offices until being demolished to make way for the Faculty Building. In 2007, a new building of dedicated office space was built behind Dante Lenardon Hall, and named the Faculty Building.


Cardinal Carter Library[edit]

Cardinal Carter Library

Construction of a new two-story library began in July 1994 along Waterloo Street, adjacent to Silverwood mansion now known as Dante Lenardon Hall. The library is named after Cardinal Carter, formerly Bishop of London. The original library became a student lounge, and the Monsignor Wemple name became the name of the original college building. Construction of the library completed in June 1995 and the formal opening was held on 29 September 1995.[8] Shortly after the formal opening the library attracted an international photography exhibit Echoes of Ancient Egypt which featured the archival collection of the Royal Geographical Society. [9]In 2011 the library was host to The Human Library, which allowed the public to loan specialty and rare books for the duration of the event.[10]


Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall[edit]

Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Labatt Hall

An additional building, Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall, was opened between the library and mansion in 2003, and features three lecture halls, an auditorium that can be split into three classrooms, faculty offices, and a large atrium.

Broughdale Hall[edit]

In 2008, the school purchased and renovated what was the London Hebrew Day School, and formerly the (Middlesex county) pre-city country school known as Broughdale on Epworth Avenue.[11] On March 11, 2009, the former Hebrew Dale School was redirected as Broughdale Hall. The dedication ceremony was officated by King's Chaplin Reverend Michael D. Béchard and Rabbi Ammos Chrony of Or Shalom Synagogue.[12] The new building houses lecture halls, as well as the CultureWorks offices.

King's International House[edit]

In 2010 the school purchased a two story house located near the Cardinal Carter Library. This building has been named International House and is used to house international exchange students and for meeting space for social events. Incoming exchange students are guaranteed space at King’s Residence, and may choose to stay in the private rooms at the International House.[13]

Darryl J. King Student Life Centre[edit]

Darryl J. King Student Life Centre

The King Student Life Centre is a 3,539 m2, two-story (plus full basement) building, designed by Cornerstone Architecture and built by K & L Construction. The new Student Life Centre combines a café, learning lounge, a 490 seat auditorium, fitness space, meeting rooms, games room and classrooms.[14]

In 2011 the school began fund-raising for the building of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, a community and recreational centre for the college that is physically connected to the Cardinal Carter Library. The cornerstone of the building was dedicated and blessed by Reverend Michael D. Béchard on September 29, 2012. A video on the progress of the Student Life Centre was uploaded on the King's University Website.[15] King's released a thank you video to all of their donors in support of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.[16] Construction of the Student Life Centre was completed in 2013 at a cost of $14.7 million,[17] and the grand opening ceremony held on January 7, 2014.[18]


Residence[edit]

Townhouse style student residence

Students living in residences on campus number approximately 400, and many others live in houses or apartments close to the school. The buildings available for students are the upper two levels of the Wemple building, Alumni Court that was constructed in the beginning of the 1990s, which until recently was reserved for female residents only. Also available are the town-houses lower down the hill which had their exteriors redone, along with landscaping, in the summer of 2007 and their interiors in 2008. There are ten units in total, with some interconnections existing between 1-3, 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10.

Academics[edit]

King's has approximately 3600 students, almost all of whom are undergraduates. Programs offered at King's are described fully on the school's website, made available below. For instance, King's is becoming known for its competitive-entry King's Foundations in the Humanities, a first-year plan of study that explores history, literature, and philosophy, and for Social Justice and Peace Studies, a four-year cross-disciplinary program.

Although there is a heavy emphasis on undergraduate studies, there is also a full or part-time graduate program in social work. By virtue of King's affiliation with St. Peter's Seminary, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Divinity degrees are also offered.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

  • Arts (Catholic Studies, Catholic Studies for Teachers, Dramatic Literature, English, King's Foundations in the Humanities, French, Philosophy, Religious Studies, World Religions)
  • Childhood and Social Institutions
  • Social Science (Canadian Studies, Criminology, Economics, Finance, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
  • Social Justice and Peace Studies
  • Management & Organizational Studies

Professional / Graduate Programs[edit]

  • Business Administration (Ivey HBA)
  • Business Administration (Ivey MBA)
  • Communication Sciences
  • Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law (LLB)
  • Library Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Thanatology

CultureWorks ESL[edit]

For more than ten years King's has maintained a partnership with CultureWorks ESL, an English as a Second Language school, whose offices are located on site in Broughdale Hall. Students who successfully complete the CultureWorks program are granted entrance to King's. In 2005 nearly 50 graduates of CultureWorks attended King's CultureWorks has funded a scholarship for graduates of its ESL program attending King's.[19]

Student Life[edit]

Magazine[edit]

The Regis is a student-run, and funded magazine first published in 2009. The magazine editions are published quarterly by King’s University College Students’ Council of King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario. It serves the student readership by reporting the news, entertaining readers, and promoting debate on issues involving the King’s and Western community and the City of London.[20]

King's Cultural Festival[edit]

King’s Cultural Festival is an annual event first held in 2003. The festival is the largest annual multicultural event on campus attended by close to 300 people from across Western and the city of London. Performances showcasing various cultural traditions may include: dance, singing, poetry, acrobatics, story-telling, country presentations and more.[21]

Student Government[edit]

King's students are represented by King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC). It is a student-run organization providing services and activities ranging from administering a medical and dental plan to concerts and orientation activities.[22]

Services[edit]

University Parish[edit]

On November 25, 2005, Ronald P. Fabbro, Bishop of London, decreed that Christ the King University Parish be established to serve the Catholic faithful connected to Western University.[23]

Christ the King University Parish, formerly Holy Spirit Parish, offers Roman Catholic services daily in the chapel at Monsignor Wemple Building, and on Sundays at Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall. These services are intended for and tailored to university students, but are open to the public with several local families in regular attendance.

People[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]

Principals[edit]

Principal Held Office
Monsignor Lester Albert Wemple
1955–1965
Bishop Eugene La Rocque
1965-1968
Owen Carrigan
1968-1971
Arnold McKee
1971-1976
John D. Morgan
1976-1985
Phillip Mueller
1985-1997
Gerald Killan
1997-2009
David Sylvester
2009–present
[24]

See also[edit]

  • Mark John Santandrea - '"The Best of Both Worlds": A History of King's College as a Catholic Post-Secondary Institution in Ontario' (MEd Thesis, The University of Western Ontario, 1998)[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About King's
  2. ^ Who We Are - About King's
  3. ^ Phelan, Patrick (1979). Studium Et Hospitium: A History of King's College. London, Ont.: King's College Library. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Phelan, Patrick (1979). Studium Et Hospitium: A History of King's College. London, Ont.: King's College Library. p. 7. 
  5. ^ Mark John, Santandrea (1998). The Best of Both Worlds": A History of King's College as a Catholic Post-Secondary Institution in Ontario. p. 20. 
  6. ^ Killan, Dr. Gerry (2005). King's Herald (Fall). p. 6. 
  7. ^ King's Herald - Silverwood Annex
  8. ^ "Cardinal Carter Library History". 
  9. ^ "Echoes of Ancient Egypt Exhibit". 
  10. ^ "Human Library at King’s University College". 
  11. ^ "King's dedicates new Broughdale Hall". Western News. March 11, 2009. 
  12. ^ Carrie, Gubesch (2003). "Broughdale Hall rededication". The King's Herald (Fall): 4. 
  13. ^ "Incoming Exchange". 
  14. ^ "About King's - Darryl J. King Student Life Centre". 
  15. ^ King's Student Life Centre making progress!
  16. ^ Thank You - Student Life Campaign 2013
  17. ^ Mayne, Paul (January 9, 2014). "Fit for a King's: Western affiliate opens new student life centre". Western News. 
  18. ^ Student Life Centre Grand Opening
  19. ^ Touchstone Winter 2006
  20. ^ "The Regis". 
  21. ^ "King's Cultural Festival 2013". 
  22. ^ "King's University College - Students Council". 
  23. ^ "Campus Ministry - About King's". 
  24. ^ "About King's - Office of the Principal". 
  25. ^ "The Best of Both Worlds": A History of King's College as a Catholic, Post-Secondary Institution in Ontario
  1. ^ The corporate title of the university is King's University College at Western University.

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