King's University College (University of Western Ontario)

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King's University College at Western University
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Coat of arms of King's University College
Former names
Christ the King College
King's College
King's University College at the University of Western Ontario (2004-2012)
King's University College at Western University (2012-Present)
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
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Principal David Sylvester
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,749[2]
Postgraduates 59[3]
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
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
Kuc logo.png

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.

For the last five years, the University College has been a leader in its sector with top ratings which include an A+ for Class Size in the Globe & Mail Canadian University Report.[4]


"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."[5]


Founding of the College[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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]


Since its founding, King’s was formally owned and governed by the Diocese. In 1972, King’s took responsibility for the overall operations and governance of the College. The incorporation process was the next logical step in the maturation of the King’s as a major Catholic university in Canada. The transfer, which has been under discussion for a number of years, was approved by the Vatican in August 2012. As part of the transfer, King’s will obtain official ownership of the land and buildings currently held in its footprint. The transfer was completed in 2013 after various government regulatory processes were completed.[10]

Name Change[edit]

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 designation became part of the name in 2004.

The current name was adopted in 2012.


King's University College is situated in the city of London, Ontario, located in the southwestern end of the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. The University College is located adjacent to the Thames River, across from the Richmond Gates of University of Western Ontario. The majority of the campus is surrounded by residential neighbourhoods, with Epworth Ave bisecting the campus.

Art and Sculptures[edit]

A replica of a controversial statue depicting Jesus as a homeless person asleep on a park bench was installed at King’s University College as a gift to the community from Christ the King University Parish.[11] Jesus the Homeless, along with another statue depicting Jesus washing feet, were donated to King’s as part of the Student Life Campaign. Both statues have been installed outside the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre in 2013.[12][13]

In Rome, Pope Francis prayed over and blessed the original statue, and met with the Ontario artist, Timothy Schmalz.[14]

Environmental Sustainability[edit]

Campus sustainability at King's is managed by The Green Team and Physical Plant department as directed by the Strategic Plan. Independent initiatives and projects are also run by faculty, student clubs, and the King's University College Students' Council.[15]

In 2012, King’s completed an environmental and sustainability audit as part of the strategic commitment "To create an environmentally sustainable College".[16] Graham Casselman, who led the audit gave a presentation to the King's community on August 21 in which he outlined his findings.[17]

The Green Team Initiatives[edit]

The Green Team is the environmental committee responsible for multiple initiatives at the university college. The Green Team also works within the greater community with their support of various environmental-awareness campaigns.[18] In 2011 the Green Team's Chair, Sarah Morrison, earned an Honourable Mention at the UWO Green Awards for her environmental work.[19]

  • Tree Fund - The Green Team collects funds through campus initiatives including the sales of reusable, metal water bottles featuring the King's logo.[20]
  • Campus Plant Sale - An annual perennial plant sale which aims to support local plant life and sustainable gardening.
  • Green Up - The biannual events in which volunteers from the King's community come together each fall and spring to comb the campus gathering misplaced garbage and recyclables.

Physical Plant Initiatives[edit]

  • Ink & Toner Collection - The department collects used ink toners from on-campus photocopiers and printers, and also accepts household printer cartridges that are then appropriately recycled.
  • Cell Phones and Batteries - Drop boxes on campus are used to collect used cell phones and catteries that are then appropriately recycled.[21]
  • Light bulb recycling - The Physical Plant department has partnered with Aevitas Inc. to provide recycling of on camnpus materials usch as light bulbs from clasroms, drodms, and offices. In 2009, the College successfully diverted and recycled 550 light bulbs - producing 158.4 kg of glass, 1.97 kg of metals, 2.48 kg of phosphor and 0.016 kg of mercury.[22]

King's University College Students' Council Initiatives[edit]

The King's Community Garden is located in the backyard of the International House in London Ontario at King’s University College at Western University. This garden is volunteer based, with the goal of providing a sustainable alternative to buying groceries, and with the intent of teaching students how to create and maintain their own gardens. Students and other community members are in charge of planting, harvesting and maintaining the garden.[23]

  • Kings Wheels - The KUCSC's bike program is referred to as Kings Wheels. Founded in 2010 by Paul Di Libero, Kings Wheels was established to provide the students of Kings University College with an alternative method of transportation that is reliable, physically active, and furthermore environmentally friendly.[24]
  • Green Bus - The university college added a new propane powered shuttle bus to the vehicle lineup. This vehicle is a collaboration with Aboutown the goal of the smaller size bus and its and use of propane is to help reduce the environmental impact.[25]

Solar Power[edit]

A solar panel installation on the roof of Labatt Hall.

In June 2010 the university college was accepted by The Ontario Power Authority for the installation of a 10 kW solar panel system. A structural engineer was hired to work out the optimum panel layout within the load parameters of the roof structure. The 48 panels and associated infrastructure were installed in November 2010 on the roof of Wemple Hall.[26] The installation began generating electricity in February 2011.

The solar panel system was expanded an additional 10 kW with the installation of solar panels on the roof of Labatt Hall.

Since the installation came online, it has been able to generate up to 150 kWh.[27] The university college feeds the electricity generated into the London Hydro grid, and generates more than $10,000 per year in revenue.[28]


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.

The Silverwood Annex, now known as Dante Lenardon Hall

Dante Lenardon Hall[edit]

In 1982, King's began using the lecture theaters additional lecture theatres located in the The Silverwood Annex[29] of the Silverwood mansion on Waterloo Street, now known as Dante Lenardon Hall, named after a well respected emeritus professor.[30] 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.[31]

In addition to extensive research resources, the library includes the Eaton Special Collections Room named in honour of the Eaton Foundation. The Eaton Room houses rare and archival material, including over 750 volumes dating from late 14th through 18th centuries.

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.[32] 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.[33]

Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Labatt Hall

Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall[edit]

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 1961, following the annexation of the Broughdaie area by the city of London, the Broughdale School became part of the London public school system. Declining enrollment led to the school's closure in 1977. In 1979, the building became the London Community Hebrew Day School.

The building has gone through multiple renovations and alterations since it first opened in 1920. The original portico has been removed as part of the 1946 alteration and the original roof line was lowered as part of a renovation that added substantially to the building's overall width to provide two additional classrooms and a principal's office. A rear addition was added in the latest major renovation during the 1960s.[34]

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.[35] On March 11, 2009, the former Hebrew Dale School was rededicated as Broughdale Hall. The dedication ceremony was officated by King's Chaplin Reverend Michael D. Béchard and Rabbi Ammos Chrony of Or Shalom Synagogue.[36] The building houses lecture halls, as well as the CultureWorks offices.

King's International House[edit]

In 2010 the university college purchased a two story house located near the Cardinal Carter Library. This building has since 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.[37] The King's Community Garden is located in the backyard of the International House.

Darryl J. King Student Life Centre[edit]

Darryl J. King Student Life Centre
Green roof atop the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.

The King Student Life Centre is a 3,539 m2, two-story (plus full basement) building, designed by Perkins+Will in association with 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.[38]

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.[39] King's released a thank you video to all of their donors in support of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.[40] Construction of the Student Life Centre was completed in 2013 at a cost of $14.7 million,[41] and the grand opening ceremony held on January 7, 2014.[42]


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. Each unit has a live in residence staff member, or RA (Residence Assistant). There are 18 in total on campus. The RAs work under the direction of the Residence Manager & Coordinator of Conferences and Student Activities, and two Assistant Residence Managers (Nights)

Also available are the recently renovated 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.

Since 2010, incoming exchange students are guaranteed space at King’s Residence, and may choose to stay in the private rooms at the International House.

Townhouse style student residence


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.[43]


(as of Fall 2014)[44][45]

  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 3221 full-time, 528 part-time
  • Graduate Enrollment: 20 full-time, 39 part-time
  • Average Class Size: 42[46]
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 22:1
  • Number of Faculty: 97
  • Number of Full-time Faculty: 76

Rankings & Distinctions[edit]

The University College received an A+ rating for class size, and an A rating in Overall Student Satisfaction, Quality of Teaching, Campus Atmosphere, Libraries, and Athletics on the Globe and Mail 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Canadian University Reports. [47]

Student Life[edit]

Student Government[edit]

King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC)[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.[48]

King’s University College Residence Council (KUCRC)[edit]

Residence Council serves as a link connecting the residence students, King’s University College Student Council (KUCSC) and the College community as a whole. The Council works to enhance residence life and to coordinate activities to benefit residence students.

The Residence Council consists of representatives elected in September from each residence unit. The thirty unit representatives may then run for the positions of President and Vice-President. All residents are eligible to vote in the election of those two offices. Council Secretary, Treasurer, and Promotions Coordinator are elected within the Council itself.[49][50]


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.[51]

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.[52][53][54]


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.[55]

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.


Notable Alumni[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]


Principal Held Office
Monsignor Lester Albert Wemple
Bishop Eugene La Rocque
Owen Carrigan
Arnold McKee
John D. Morgan
Phillip Mueller
Gerald Killan
David Sylvester

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)[57]


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  1. ^ The corporate title of the university is King's University College at Western University.

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