Brescia’s History Chronicled in New Book


January 21, 2008

London, ON – Brescia University College’s history has been captured in a new book titled Brescia University College – Volume II, 1980-2007, by Dr. Patricia G. Skidmore, History Professor.

The book was launched at a reception on January 16 attended by more than 40 faculty and staff members, alumnae and students who purchased books personally signed by Skidmore. In her introductory remarks, Principal Theresa Topic commented on Skidmore’s work on the project. “Pat has put her heart and her many years of experience, as Brescia’s longest-standing lay member of the faculty, into this book and we thank her for it.” Skidmore has been on faculty at Brescia for 36 years.

Skidmore read passages from the book, which includes five chapters in Brescia’s history: buildings and grounds, governance, academic matters, community context and College life. “I’ve been thinking about this book for the past 25 years,” Skidmore said with a laugh. “It’s been a real labor of love for me and many people at Brescia who collaborated, and no one is happier to see it completed than I.”

In addition to hearing accolades for the book, Skidmore received a surprise honor at the reception. Alumnae Association President Mary Beth Sullivan presented Skidmore with a certificate recognizing her as Brescia’s first Honorary Alumna. Bestowing honorary status is a new initiative of the Alumnae Association.

Volume II follows up Skidmore’s Brescia College 1919-1979, which covered the founding and 60 years of growth and tradition at the College. It was published in 1980. Brescia’s distinction as Canada’s only women’s university college and its relationship with The University of Western Ontario and the London community are well-documented in the book.

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For more information, please contact: Dr. Patricia Skidmore, at 519-432-8353, ext . 28242 or Julie Maltby, Communications & Alumnae Relations Officer at 519-432-8353, ext. 28280.

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 954 women registered as full-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition while perusing Western degrees. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit

MEDIA ADVISORY for Monday, January 21, 2008


WHAT: Book titled Brescia University College – Volume II, 1980-2007 has been launched.

WHO: Dr. Theresa Topic, Principal, Brescia University College

Dr. Patricia Skidmore, History Professor, Brescia University College

Mary Beth Sullivan, Alumnae Association President, Brescia University College

WHERE: Rose Room, Ursuline Hall, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, ON

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 3:30 pm

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Media contact: Julie Maltby Communications & Alumnae Relations Officer Brescia University College 519-432-8353 ext. 28280