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Mayor Gregory Ballard to Speak at Marian University Celebration - 6/4/2009

Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard will speak at the main entrance of the Marian College campus on Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m., when Marian College celebrates officially becoming Marian University.

The name change is the most significant event for the college since it moved to Indianapolis in 1937. Mayor Ballard’s remarks will discuss the institution’s important role as a great Catholic institution in Indianapolis; Marian College—soon to be Marian University—gives its graduates an education illumined by faith. Many of these graduates remain in Indianapolis, enriching the city with their commitment to service and conviction to be a powerful force for good in society.

Others who will speak at the event include: Sr. Barbara Piller, OSF ’71, congregational minister for the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg; D. Anthony Watt ’69, chairman of the Marian College Board of Trustees; William P. Eckman ’74, Marian College trustee, and Daniel J. Elsener, president of Marian College.

The entire Marian College and Indianapolis community is invited to the name change celebration. There will be a breakfast that morning in Allison Mansion, followed by the final State of the College Address by President Daniel J. Elsener. After the 10 a.m. celebration, there will be campus tours and a picnic lunch (cost for the picnic is $4 for adults and $3 for children; there is no charge for the other events). R.S.V.P. by June 19 to Beverly Day at or 317.955.6207.

Building a Great Catholic University
On October 25, 2007, before an audience of nearly 800 guests, Marian College president Daniel J. Elsener announced that Marian College will become a university. The announcement was part of the college’s annual scholarship fundraiser and celebration of its 70th year in Indianapolis. “Marian College has dramatically evolved over the past 70 years, and becoming a great Catholic university in the heart of one of America’s greatest cities is the next logical step,” said Marian College president Daniel J. Elsener. On May 9, 2008, the Marian College Board of Trustees approved a resolution stating that the official date of the renaming of the institution will be July 1, 2009.