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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted in Honor of Br. Francis Blouin

What's New, 2014-08-27

The Ice Bucket Challenge benefiting ALS Research has a personal meaning to the Walsh community. Walsh’s former President, Brother Francis Blouin, FIC, is currently suffering from this terrible disease. That is why on Wednesday, August 27, Walsh President Richard Jusseaume, Academic Vice President/Provost Dr. Laurence Bove, and Vice President for Athletics Dale Howard, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in his honor, on the steps of the Gaetano M. Cecchini Health and Wellness Center directly following Opening Day Mass. Donations from the Walsh challenge will benefit the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.

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Brother Francis Blouin served as Walsh’s third President from 1978 until his retirement in 1992. Among his many accomplishments during his tenure at Walsh, Br. Francis was responsible for bringing five Nobel Peace Prize winners to the North Canton campus including Willy Brandt in 1983, Elie Wiesel in 1987, Adolfo Perez Esquival in 1986, Coretta Scott King representing her husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986 and, most notably, Mother Teresa in 1982.  From 1992 to 2012, he spent the majority of his time serving as the Director of the Kisubi Brothers University Centre, in Kisubi, Africa, and participating in countless initiatives to bring higher education to the people of Uganda. Brother Francis Blouin was honored with the Walsh Founders' Award in 2012. Today his legacy has inspired the formation of two of Walsh’s newest service learning groups dedicated to continuing his humanitarian work globally and locally, The Br. Francis Blouin Global Scholars and The Blouin Leaders in Social Justice.