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Loyola Marymount University
October 6, 2015

On the afternoon of October 6, Venerable Director Man Kuang and Ven. Man Ching attended the installment ceremony of Timothy Law Snyder as the 16th President of Loyola Marymount University. LMU is a Catholic university promoting the education of the whole person, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice. Starting as a high school with 80 students in 1911, three years later the university was added and now there are currently more than 9500 students. In recent years, LMU professors have had interaction with Buddhist communities including Hsi Lai, Thai and Sri Lankan temples, organizing a Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue with monthly discussions and exchanges. The two and a half hour ceremony hosted by former president David Burcham was both grand and lively, interspersed with clips of hopes and thoughts for the new president from students and faculty. Nearly 5000 people were in attendance, including City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, who spoke on “Global Imagination,” working towards international diversity and promoting humanitarianism, urging students to thinking more about social justice. President Snyder illustrated his considerations, posing three questions being: “Where is the world? Where is LUM today? And What should be our mission as a growing institution looking forward?”