SECOND ANNUAL MISSION RESEARCH CONFERENCE
OLD SPANISH MISSIONS
OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY
SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
August 6, 1983
Welcome and Amenities
Dr. Albert J. Griffith
Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs
Our Lady of the Lake University
Our Lady of the Lake takes pride in its association with this conference and with the Missions of San Antonio. Whatever else we might say about the Missions, one thing stands out very clearly, I think, and that is that they were the first to do the things that they did in this area.
Our Lady of the Lake also has been the first in many things that it has attempted to do in this area. It was the first fully accredited institution of higher education in San Antonio; it was the first to have a School of Social Work in this whole region of the country; the first to have a bilingual-bicultural teacher education program; the first to recruit substantial numbers of minority students; the first to have extensive programs for nontraditional students, including the weekend college; the first to have a competency base for general education programs.
In short, we have been pioneering, too, we think. We have been kind of a missionary endeavor, maybe, in many parts of our history.
One of our recent innovations has been our Intra-Cultural Institute for Training and Research, which is a co-sponsor of this conference. We are very proud that the Institute has as one of its adjuncts the Old Spanish Missions Historical Research Library, which we feel is a very valuable resource and which I am sure many of you have made use of.
We are very pleased at Our Lady of the Lake to have you here, to have this association with your research and with your activities and we welcome you and hope you enjoy the conference.
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