In partnership with Institutional Advancement, a request for funding regarding the Carrollton Hall build-out was proposed to the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation. Originally, the empty build-out space was supposed to house a convenience store with late night hours. The Carrollton Hall space was left unfinished due to a budget shortfall and was never completed. I am very pleased to report, that through the joint efforts of IA and SA, we have received a $250,000 grant toward a “learning community” facility enhancement. The space will provide an area for students and faculty to meet. Details will be forthcoming as planning progresses.
The premise of the request significantly centered on renewing the mission and role of Residential Life at Loyola University. Our chief goal is integrating the academic life of the University with a broader range of co-curricular programs. We want to provide undergraduates with supplementary options from which to choose the best facilities, often enhancing the educational experience. To that end, we focused our efforts with the Foundation, describing in detail our desire to enhance learning communities as an avenue for increased student engagement and persistence.
Who was Edward G. Schlieder?
Edward G. Schlieder was a financier, brewer, sportsman, and philanthropist. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Schlieder made New Orleans his home in 1870. Although he began his career in the cigar industry in Cuba, his business interests encompassed a wide range of industries, including banks, shipbuilding, and oil. He organized the American Brewing Company in 1890, and served as its president for 45 years. The Edward G. Schlieder Education Foundation was established in 1945. When he died in 1948, Schlieder left his fortune to the foundation. He stipulated that at the termination of the foundation, its assets are to be distributed equally among Tulane, Loyola, and LSU.
Today, this gift, along with support from the university and Sodexo, allows us to provide a creative space for bring students together in a distinctive learning community.