The last campaign, To See Great Wonders, significantly transformed Xavier’s campus with an abundance of new buildings. But there is more to do.
Together under one roof, the Health United Building has ushered in a new way of providing a health-conscious experience for college students, including featuring:
• Classrooms for health-related academic programs.
• A new state-of-the-art fitness and recreation center.
• A new health and wellness space that provides expert care for students, faculty and staff.
"The Health United Building serves 1,400 students academically from the College of Professional Sciences, plus an average of 1,000 students engaged in intramural sports, plus wellness," said Paul Gore, former Dean of the College of Professional Sciences. "Up to 25 percent of the campus might be in the building at any given time—making their experience of campus and their learning richer and deeper. One of our emerging areas of expertise and national recognition is our capacity to provide interprofessional collaboration. These are students who are going to work together in the same type of facilities when they graduate and get jobs."
"What sets Xavier Athletics apart from other universities is the strong sense of community, a community that has been an integral part of our successful move to the Big East," said Greg Christopher, Director of Athletics. "A key part of the plan is the Heidt Family Champions Center, a competitive advantage for our 11 sports that make a home here. At the end of the day, you're trying to get better and you're trying to do more. And that's what this facility represents — us trying to take one step further."
The Heidt Family Champions Center will change the landscape for Xavier’s Olympic sports and the nearly 250 student-athletes that will call it home. The building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 and will be the new home to cross country, track and field, swimming, men's soccer, women's soccer and baseball.
The relocation of Xavier’s Olympic sports to a newly renovated, state-of-the art “Olympic Village” will transform the experience for 60 percent of Xavier’s student-athletes and nearly half of the department’s staff and coaches.
Renovations will include:
“The Champions Center will revolutionize the way we train and develop as a program," said men's cross country and track athlete Jordan Perez. "As we continue to build ourselves up, the Champions Center builds alongside us. Thank you to everyone who donated to support the Champions Center.”
Xavier University seeks to establish a Center for Roman Catholic Social Teaching as a way of embedding the richness of this tradition within the institutional life of the University in multiple ways, so as to enhance Xavier’s ability to deliver on its mission as a Jesuit Catholic university, shape people for and with others, and contribute to regional conversations around themes of justice and the common good.
As Pope John Paul II has said, Roman Catholic Social Teaching “rests on the threefold cornerstones of human dignity, solidarity and subsidiary.” These are apt: the dignity of the person, for human persons always and everywhere are made in the image and likeness of God; solidarity, which balances the potentially atomizing individualism of an exclusive focus on the individual human person with the conviction that the human family is single, whole and interconnected, and that all human action must therefore be directed toward the common good; and subsidiary, which emphasizes that effective social action to address issues must always be grounded in levels of society as close to the particular issue as possible to maximize the participation of people in activities which determine their well-being and their future.
Seven key themes emerge from these principles and all have been developed progressively across the history of Roman Catholic Social Teaching: the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person; the call to family, community and participation in the pursuit of the common good; the reciprocity of rights and responsibilities in the pursuit of peace and social justice; the preferential option for the poor and the vulnerable; the dignity of work; solidarity and the universal destiny of the goods of the earth; and care for God’s good creation.
The Center will promote the body of Roman Catholic Social Teaching and bring others into dialogue with it so that it doesn't’t remain “the Church’s best kept secret.” The Center will operate best in close collaboration with other University Centers as it seeks to share the storehouse of Roman Catholic Social
Teaching with multiple stakeholders:
• With faculty, through the Center for Teaching Excellence,
• With faculty and staff, through the Center for Mission and Identity,
• With students, through the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice,
• With external stakeholders, through the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue,
• And through the local faith community that is Bellarmine Chapel.
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