Daleys help dedicate new campus: Crowd enjoys tours, tributes, and thanks

Ribbon cutting

With a snip of giant scissors, Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife, Maggie, ceremoniously opened our new campus at dedication ceremonies Oct. 16.

Board of Trustees chair Richard Kiphart and Kai Erikson, the son of the institute’s namesake, held one end of the ribbon while Virginia Bobins, ’90, trustee and chair of the Campaign for Erikson, and founder Barbara T. Bowman did the honors at the other end.

Applauding the moment were Erikson President Samuel J. Meisels; 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly; Professor Gillian McNamee; and Jeanna Capito, ’01, president of the Alumni of Erikson Institute.

Noting that children deserve our very best, Meisels told the crowd that the beautiful and very functional facilities are fitting for the preparation of the professionals who serve them. He thanked donors and countless others who made this dream a reality. Daley noted that education is a source of hope and strength for our children, our city, and our nation. “If you don’t give a child a good quality education here in our city, this will not be a city for all; it will be a city for just a few people,” Mayor Daley commented before cutting the ribbon. “Think about the foresight of the founders, those who came together and realized the importance of early child education.

Mrs. Daley, who holds an honorary degree from Erikson, added, “This is a building filled with light, and certainly filled with the hope that has always sustained Erikson Institute — that through research and through studies and through learning, we can deeply effect and improve the quality of life for our children.” Alderman Reilly welcomed the school to the neighborhood, noting that “75,000 square feet to promote early child education and these incredible master’s programs are a tremendous asset, not only to the city of Chicago, but to the state of Illinois, and actually, the entire country.”

More than 150 friends, alumni, donors, faculty, and staff were on hand to tour the building and join in the celebration.