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Pittsburgh, September 4-- The campus community embarked on a new academic year on Monday, August 26, a day that included the official opening of the new classroom building adjacent to the Zappala College Center. The Most Reverend Donald Wuerl, STD, Bishop of Pittsburgh, marked the occasion by blessing the building with holy water and a prayer. Completed in August, the $5.5 million addition houses an enlarged bookstore, faculty offices, the Office of Academic and Career Advising, and a dozen “smart” classrooms that are wired for telecommunications, data transmissions, Internet access and cable television.

Prior to the blessing, Bishop Wuerl served as celebrant for the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Zappala College Center Square. In his homily, the Bishop challenged new and returning students to embrace the opportunities that college affords them.

“It is a fact of life right now with the knowledge explosion that everything we are learning will be obsolete in ten years’ time,” said Wuerl. “What will never be replaced will be the answers to the basic questions of life. How shall I live? What values am I going to express to direct my life? Part of the reason for La Roche College is to help you find the correct answers.”

Later in the afternoon, Monsignor Kerr officially welcomed the new freshman class during Convocation 2002. Students met new faculty members and received a challenge from Kerr.

“You are the decision-makers in your life. Follow your dreams. But at the same time, keep those eyes and those ears and those minds open to what other enriching experiences may come your way,” said Kerr. “Wherever you are from – whether it’s Pittsburgh or Senegal – open yourselves to those who are here.”

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