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Building the Centennial Wall

Posted by Rachel on November 11, 2015 9:08AM

During the relatively busy and sometimes chaotic days of our lives, we rush from one thing to the next, often too busy to pick our heads up, take our eyes off our feet (or phones, I should say) as we scurry along. Being a photographer, I can’t help but notice that I’m doing the exact opposite. My eyes are in a constant state of wonder, with this unending desire to take in every aspect of my surroundings.

Back in April of this year, I was asked to photograph a meeting of President Sister Anne Munley, architect Peter Bohlin, and students as they finalized plans for the Centennial Wall through a series of refinements in color, font type, image selection, and placement. As I listened, while photographing, I immediately was eager to view the completed project.

Students from the School of Architecture and the Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts were invited to participate in the process of designing a significant component of the new Learning Commons, the Centennial Wall. This completed design was selected from a group of fourteen entries that were submitted to a panel of judges, including Marywood faculty, administration, and members of the architectural design team. The winning design illustrates many aspects that define Marywood, beginning with the school motto: sanctitas, scientia, sanitas (holiness, knowledge, health).

Since the official opening of the Learning Commons, I’ve watched as people go up and down the grand staircase, seldom picking up their heads as they hurry along. To some, the grand staircase in the Learning Commons may just be a means of transportation taking you from one floor to the next, step by step. But the imagery depicted here is more then just images. It is a story of inspiration, about determination, and the lasting rewards that hard work, dedication, and belief in a dream can bring to you.

My hope is that this post will inspire you to take a moment out of your busy and chaotic lives, to pause and reflect on the Centennial Wall, taking in all it has to offer. It is a loose timeline of images, starting from the base of the wall and reaching 55 feet to the roof, of places and people who shaped the University, including students—past and current—who exemplify the Marywood experience. The Centennial Wall is a permanent fixture in the Learning Commons and will inspire students at Marywood University for generations to come.


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Posted by Rachel Sweeney

Rachel is an administrative assistant and photographer at Marywood University. Photography is her second language, enabling her to show people what she means instead of trying to find the right words. Rachel enjoys visually documenting Marywood’s milestones, as well as the beauty and sense of family the campus offers.

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