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Bookstore celebrates makeover

September 18, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans Bookstore will celebrate its post-renovation grand reopening on Thursday, Sept. 24, with a full day of activities, including free food, a book signing, music, prize giveaways and a poetry slam.

Schedule of events:

  • 9-11 a.m., performance by vocalist and guitarist, Riva Precil
  • 9:30 a.m., preview party with free coffee and pastries
  • 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Whelan Children’s Center bookmark crafting event
  • 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Silpada Designs Trunk Show in the Spirit Shop
  • 12:30 p.m., dedication, ribbon cutting with Dr. Edward J. Kvet, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. M.L. “Cissy” Petty, vice president for student affairs and associate provost and Follet regional managers Diana Jackson and Kieran Keenan
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m., performance by Leah Mullholland, Katie Bertschi, Cecilia Burns and Hilary Jones (pianist/vocalist/flutists)
  • 1 p.m., book signing of “Oyster” and “The Torturer’s Apprentice” with John Biguenet, Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans
  • 3:30-4 p.m., Genesis Gospel Choir
  • 4 p.m., faculty author spotlight – S.L. Alexander, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Mass Communication
  • 5 p.m., poetry slam
  • All day, samples of Soft Lips and Colgate products giveaway

The bookstore reopened on the first floor of the Danna Student Center on Sept. 8, after a complete renovation and redesign by Follett Higher Education Group. Follett began managing the bookstore in May, after a competitive application process.

The store’s redesign incorporates more technology into bookstore operations and provides space for author readings and small group meetings. The bookstore also offers fashion-forward and seasonal clothing lines and specialty items, promotes fair-trade and sustainable and green products and uses local merchants and wholesalers, where possible.

Follett was chosen for its proposal to create a strong brand for the bookstore and for its commitment to social justice and ethical vendor policies. Follett is a member of the Fair Labor Association, employs a vice president to monitor compliance and hires Ernst & Young to independently audit and inspect manufacturing plants. In addition, Follett maintains a commitment to the environment and sustainable practices with energy, shipping cartons, flooring, lighting, construction materials, course textbook recycling and the Green Textbook Initiative.

Ivon Fascio, bookstore manager said, “We are delighted to have been chosen as Loyola’s bookstore provider and look forward to a successful partnership in servicing the campus and community through excellence in customer service.”

Follett operates more than 830 bookstores in the United States and holds accounts with 17 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

For more information on the Loyola University New Orleans Bookstore, call 504-865-3262 or visit www.loyolano.bkstr.com.

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