The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette celebrates 100 years since its establishment with events and activities starting from the fall semester and ending in the spring semester.
The College of Liberal Arts (COLA) is the largest and oldest college on campus. During the celebration, each of the nine departments of the college are given a designated month to have events and be recognized. The celebration started with events associated with the English department and will end with the Modern Language department’s activities in May.
“We have events throughout the year that will showcase both the research of our faculty as well as our undergraduate and graduate students and various public lectures from outside scholars as well coming in to talk and share research,” Christie Maloyed, the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said.
October will focus on the contributions made by the Psychology department.
One of the activities the College has planned to get started in October is called the “COLA Memory Project: Voices of the College,” where alumni, students and faculty can record memories relating to the college like “elusive final exam locations and times; the physical travails of History majors and professors in Griffin Tower; the all-night study sessions in Dupre Library (new or old); the moment when a student discovered the major that was a perfect match for their interests and dreams,” according to the university website.
“It’s just a way for people who are spread out across Louisiana, across the country, and who graduated within the last 100 years to really connect in a way that will be centralized on our website and on our social media,” Maloyed said.
Although most events will be displayed on Zoom, there are some events that students are encouraged to come out to.
On Nov. 27, before the UL vs. ULM football game, the college will host a tailgate where members get the opportunity to connect and socialize.
Destiny Broussard is the Student Government Association’s Liberal Arts president and suggested that students come out and participate since there is more freedom in the COVID-19 environment.
“I look at it as a new branch, a new wave, because we’re in the COVID times during everything,” Broussard said. “And now we have this opportunity to kind of let loose a little bit.”
Some people find the Zoom options to be convenient because of their living situations.
“The upside is that this actually makes it easier for some of our alumni who are living, you know, across the country to be able to participate in some of these events,” Maloyed said.
The college also plans to write a book in memory of the late Carolyn Dural, the assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts that passed away due to COVID-19 complications. The book will focus on the legacy she has left in the college and the impact she’s made on the students as an academic advisor and mentor.
“For many people, when they thought of the College of Liberal Arts, they thought of Ms. Carolyn,” Meloyed said.
Although they weren’t able to have her memorial in August due to the Delta variant, they intend to honor her life during the Centennial celebration in April.
An illustrated centennial book titled “Celebrating a Century of Liberal Arts at UL Lafayette” is also being created and will feature content sharing “the changing and the ongoing forces” that made the college what it is today, according to the university website. The book will date back all the way to the year of the College of Liberal Arts’ introduction in 1921.
Exhibits will also be on display in the Dupré Library to show the history of the college.
Some students are also given a chance to help create different events and activities during this celebration period.
Broussard and her team of senators are working towards finalizing the events they have lined up.
“I feel like it’s important for students to come out and get a taste of what the community of liberal arts is,” Broussard said.