Original Campus Construction Photos

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Oct 022014

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These photos were recently shared with us by 1964 alum, Janet Schmitz. She was editor and photographer for the student newspaper, the Teresian.  And she brought a number of her photos to share with classmates at their 50th reunion last week. Janet appears in both of these photos of the Avila campus under construction (around 1963). Her class was the first to graduate from the new campus and under the new college name in 1964.

Thank you Janet Schmitz!

Welcome Back Alums!

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Sep 252014

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This TBT is dedicated to our returning alumni. We’re glad you’ve decided to party with us this weekend!

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Avila University (formerly the College of St. Teresa) was originally housed in this building that still stands on the campus of the all girls Catholic high school, St. Teresa’s Academy. Avila grew out of St. Teresa’s Academy, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1866. The College of St. Teresa began as a two-year women’s college in 1916 and remained so until 1940.

Go Fly a Kite!

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Jul 242014

I thought this was a great pic from the 70s for today’s TBT. I haven’t discovered any details about this photo so far, but I am now on the lookout. When I locate additional information I’ll post it here.


The Gleam: Student Publication

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Jun 262014

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This TBT features three covers of The Gleam, the combined student publication for the College of St. Teresa and St. Teresa’s Academy, dated 1923 & 1924. For those who are unaware, the College of St. Teresa is also Avila University. Our name changed when we moved to our current Wornall Road location in 1963. These original student publications can be found in the University Archives collection. If you would like to access these materials, give us a call or send us an email! Also, many of our student publications/newspapers have been digitized and will be publicly accessible online in the near future. So stay posted.

Avila Campus Groundbreaking

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Jun 192014

I am woefully behind on posting to my blog, so I’ll at least put up a TBT to keep it active.

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These images of Avila’s groundbreaking ceremony in 1962, were generously shared with us by one of our alumna, Sarah (Sally Dove) Reinemeyer, ’66.

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