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Loyola's 2008 senior class presents gift to university

March 13, 2009

On March 6, Loyola University New Orleans’ Senior Class Gift Committee unveiled the Class of 2008’s gift to the university, “A Streetcar Named Inspire.”

The project serves as a permanent campus art piece and a class gift that embodies the spirit of the Class of 2008.

A Streetcar Named Inspire”was designed by Loyola Department of Visual Arts student Shelly Jenkins in connection with the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. Its purpose is to provide a tangible sign of hope and recovery to citizens and visitors of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.

“Nearly every graduating class since 1998 has provided a gift to the university as a symbol of gratitude and pride, and the class of 2008 is honored to continue this legacy with a gift that symbolizes our dedication to our alma mater and to our city,” Jenkins said.

The Loyola streetcar is one of 68 streetcars designed by Steve Ulness of Mardi Gras Decorators which were placed throughout New Orleans, as a project of the YLC. It will remain outside Bobet Hall until this summer and will then be permanently placed inside the Danna Student Center.

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