Sir George Williams University

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Sir George Williams University
SGW coat of arms.png
Active 1926–1974
Type Public University
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
45°29′49″N 73°34′44″W / 45.497°N 73.579°W / 45.497; -73.579Coordinates: 45°29′49″N 73°34′44″W / 45.497°N 73.579°W / 45.497; -73.579
Nickname Sir George Williams Georgians
Affiliations YMCA

Sir George Williams University is a former university that was located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It merged with Loyola College to create Concordia University on August 24, 1974.

History[edit]

Sir George Williams University's Henry F. Hall Building in 1970.

In 1851, the first YMCA in North America was established on Ste-Helene street in Old Montreal.[1] Beginning in 1873, the YMCA offered evening classes to allow working people in the English-speaking community to pursue their education while working during the day. Sixty years later, the Montreal YMCA relocated to its current location on Stanley Street in Downtown Montreal. In 1926, the education program at the YMCA was re-organized as Sir George Williams College, named after George Williams, founder of the original YMCA in London, upon which the Montreal YMCA was based. In 1934, Sir George Williams College offered the first undergraduate credit course in adult education in Canada.

The Sir George Williams College became Sir George Williams University (SGWU) in 1948, when it received a university charter from the provincial government, though it remained the education arm of the Montreal YMCA. SGWU expanded into its first standalone building, the Norris Building, in 1956. It established a Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies in 1963. SGWU continued to hold classes in the YMCA building until the construction of the Henry F. Hall Building in 1966.

Following several years of discussions and planning, Sir George Williams University merged with Loyola College to create Concordia University in 1974. Concordia provided students with representative student organizations and greater power over administrative decisions at the University.

Sir George Williams Computer Riot[edit]

The university gained international attention in 1969, when a group of students occupied the Hall Building's 9th floor computer lab.[2]

Sir George Williams Georgians[edit]

The Sir George Williams Georgians were the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union teams that represented Sir George Williams University.

Shortly after Sir George Williams merged with Loyola College to create Concordia University in 1974, The Georgians and the Loyola Warriors were replaced by the Concordia Stingers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ YMCA History YMCA International.
  2. ^ History of Sir George Williams University, Concordia University.