The naming of the plaza also recognizes Lipic's many years of dedication and support to the University as a DuBourg Society member.
|Joseph and Joan Lipic pose for a photo after the clock tower plaza dedication ceremony Tuesday. Photo by Mike Meehan|
University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J., who blessed the clock tower, said the Joseph G. Lipic Clock Tower Plaza serves as a fitting and permanent tribute to the Lipic's devotion to make SLU an outstanding institution.
"Naming this plaza in Joe's honor demonstrates our great admiration and appreciation for his continued generosity to Saint Louis University," Biondi said.
Ellen Harshman, dean of the John Cook School of Business, said it was an honor to have the opportunity to recognize Joe Lipic and his continued contributions to the University.
"A 1957 graduate of what was then called the school of commerce and finance, Joe Lipic's personal and professional life personify what it means when Father Biondi declares our graduates to be sons and daughters of Saint Louis University forever," Harshman said.
In 1953, Lipic stood at the intersection of Spring and West Pine Avenues as a freshman, getting ready to cross the street and register for classes with the then Saint Louis University Commerce and Finance School.
"I spent an awesome four years at this schools, and am grateful for the multitude of incidents, and the many people who have given insight and meaning to my travels," Lipic said. "This clock located at this place has great meaning for all who pass."
The Clock Tower Plaza is located in the center of campus and serves as a hub of activities for many student groups, along with just a place for students, faculty and stuff to sit and relax for a moment.
Constructed in 1993, the clock tower project also included the closing of the remainder of West Pine within the campus between Spring and Vandeventer Avenues to vehicular traffic to connect the existing a pedestrian mall from Grand Avenue.
"Although our campus has many wonderful spots, I think the clock tower serves as a unique niche on this campus," said Matt Ryan, 2011 president of the Student Government Association. "I want to thank Mr. Lipic for his contribution to the SLU community. It is the type of generosity that enables my peers and I to receive a wonderful education on a beautiful and inviting campus."
Mark Knuepfer, president of the faculty senate, continued by saying that the clock tower will provide a lasting tribute to the Lipics on the campus.
"As graduates of this university, Joseph and Joan Lipic learned these lessons well and have applied them to their life's work and support of the mission of the university," Knuepfer said.
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