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The coat of arms of La Salle University is a product of the combination of the seventeenth century family crests of La Salle, from Reims, France, with the traditional eagles and condor, the cactus plant and the volcanoes of the Valley of Mexico, symbols of alliance in university values.
Sport activities include: Basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis, tae kwon do, aerobics, yoga, cheerleading, etc. Cultural activities include: theater, choir, dance, photography, gastronomy, cinema, literature, student music group or “estudiantina”, cultural trips, camping, among others.
In the gardens of the University grows the seed of the Lasallian work sown more than three centuries ago by our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle. In 2005, each Lasallian institution planted a “Tree of the Hundred Years” to celebrate the first centennial of the Lasallian Brothers’ presence in Mexico. Today this leafy tree over 6 meters (19 feet) tall, adorns one of the main corridors of La Salle University reminding us every day that our humble, daily and selfless service, bears fruit.
The space where the prisms of the monument Atrévete a Ser Dare to BE rest was for more than two decades, the only meeting point for the Lasallian Community. It was a multifunctional space: an area for recreational and physical activity, flag ceremonies and to park cars, it was the only courtyard for the High School and Administration. Today the Bicentennial Plaza embraces the Atrévete a Ser monument, a set of five vertical prisms of different heights and a triangular base, pointing skyward. Its author, Brother Jose Cervantes Hernandez details the work in a poem:
“Together and by Association” . Thus La Salle wanted us. Community, our university model: each one different, and each one encased in the group. … In all seasons, in every winter and summer, in deluges or in innocent clarities, these columns here will remain, witness of the meeting with a friend that, in truth and love, we all want to be, emblem, effigy, sign, like them, you too dare to be.
Built in 1913-1914 by the engineer, architect and geologist (Don) Manuel de Anda y Barreda, the house integrates the most modern construction techniques of the time, such as steel beams, electrical and hydraulic installations and was beautifully decorated with ornate molded (coffered) plaster and framed panels. When the property was acquired by the University in the eighties, it was in a deplorable condition. Today this building is considered a Cultural Heritage structure located in the Condesa neighborhood and houses the offices of La Salle’s Center for International Education, the entity responsible for the internationalization of the University. The spacious dining room and meeting room can be reserved for meetings and activities.
The statue located in Plaza La Salle is the first replica created from an original made in Carrara marble which is located next to the chapel of the House of Formation of the Brothers, in Tlalpan in the south of Mexico City. (Don) Luis Fernandez González, founder of Fernandez Publishing Company, graduated from the Colegio Cristobal Colon and a great enthusiast of Lasallian work, ordered the construction of a statue honoring St. John Baptist de La Salle, universal patron of educators, to be placed at the entrance of the publishing company. Years later, the statue was donated and placed in what is today the building for the Mexican Faculty of Medicine. From this statue multiple replicas were created which are situated in those institutions inspired by the Lasallian Brothers in Mexico.
It is a sculpture of a woman holding in balance the scales of justice. The woman’s left foot is stepping on a serpent’s head that is resting on the Code of Legal Rules defending the ideals and virtues pursued by the legal profession. The statue was unveiled on the 30th anniversary of the School (Faculty) of Law. The sculptor, Carlos Espino, was requested to create a sculpture reflecting the idea that, despite the vicissitudes of life, we must always hold high the banner of Justice, Truth and Honesty, faithful and always united to the Lasallian mission.
This is a white spiral of dynamic and innovative art, which has at its center a red sphere that speaks of truth and unity, representing the heart that binds the Lasallian Community. The statue was unveiled at the 35th anniversary of, the Mexican School of Architecture, Design and Communication (FAMADyC) after a competition had previously been convened for architecture students. The first place went to the architectural piece called “Beauty and truth are my fundamental pillars”, created by the team of Alvaro Carrera and Sergio Lopez, under the guidance of professor and architect Pedro Vazquez Estupiñan.
In order to create a cordial experience when entering our facilities, the main corridor entrance to Unit I, began a phase of remodeling that included a fountain that would bring an atmosphere of life and energy and would welcome visitors to our university community. The fountain is a wall built with mosaics of small blocks of crafted and assembled stone fragments, highlighting the phrase of Leonardo Da Vinci “Thou, O God, dost sell us all good things at the price of labor”
Embellishing the lobby of the Teatro De La Salle in the Mexican School of Medicine is the mural “The History of Medicine” by Brother Antonio Carrillo. Worked in sections and painted in Puebla, the wall approximately wide 12 m long x 2.40 m wide (100 feet long by 20) feet evokes periods, passages and characters from the history of medicine, including the Greeks, Egyptians, alchemists, herbal medicine, microscopes, MRIs and all those who contributed something to the evolution of medical science. The History of Medicine gives life to the cultural, social and academic space that the Theater offers to the entire University community.
Until 1974, the building 1D housed, in the sixth, seventh and eighth floor, the living quarters of the House of the Lasallian Brothers. After the earthquake in 1985, the building underwent renovations, which included the restoration of a mural, created by Brother Antonio Carrillo. It was not possible to counteract the deterioration caused by the passage of time and humidity so the mural was replaced with a new one. The mural, also a creation of Brother Carrillo, includes features such as a scene of God and the creation of man, the most important Greek philosophers located to the right and to the left modern intellectuals representative of humanity, reflecting the union of minds in the field of education, philosophy, theology and poetry.
In 2002, the then School of Architecture, Design and Communication launched a competition to create a proposal for a plastic arts figure representing the icons of these disciplines. The winning proposal was presented and developed by architect Fidel Meraz, who was able to synthesize in this work of majestic size, divided into 13 modules, significant milestones in the evolution of architecture, design and communication. You can visit this mural in the corridors of the FAMADyC, building 2C.
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of La Salle University, the well-known sculptor and painter Manuel Felguerez was asked to create a mural inspired by the heraldry of La Salle. Curves and reliefs, voids, textures and shadows break through the symbol of the University, transforming it into books. This impressive mural embellishes the central plaza and corridors with our institutional colors.
A plaza enhanced by a sculpture in bronze, mounted on a square stone. The scene is composed of a Spanish man, a Mexican woman and a little girl who emerges as a fusion of both cultures, which we call “the origin of a race”: the Mexican race. The Plaza offers a terrace with tables and chairs for outdoor eating on a sunny afternoon.
Located on the side of Plaza La Salle, this four-faced clock welcomed the new millennium in January 2000. Built in Zacatlan de las Manzanas, Puebla, known for its artistry in building large commemorative clocks, it has a glass cover, displaying the beauty of its machinery. Its gears symbolize the coming and going of students and teachers, its ticking symbolizes the heartbeat that gives life to our community, and that is why each semester the letters containing the aspirations of each class of freshmen are deposited in its interior. In an emotional moment at the end of their academic program, they recover their letters.
As a result of the fraternal work between teachers and students, this aluminum and brass clock was developed in the engineering workshops, to commemorate thirty years of training principled professionals of the highest standards in engineering education. The accuracy and the key to its performance reside in its geometry and inclination. It is oriented according to the seasons; the settings are astronomical according to the geometry of circles and angles. The arrow in sight (gnom) projects a shadow on the numbers and indicates the time.
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the School (Faculty) of Business, a sculpture that symbolizes the main activity in the world of business was selected, choosing two hands shaking amicably sealing an ethical and honest commitment. A time capsule was placed inside the blue bronze and limestone monument, along with a plaque with thoughts written by St. John Baptist de La Salle in his work Meditations for Teachers.
Tres piezas curvas, dispuestas casi entrelazadas, componen la escultura Luz del Milenio, representando cada una 1000 años de historia. La terminación en punta de las piezas de forma helicoidal representa la proyección hacia el infinito, equivalentes a la asociación física del movimiento tal como ocurre en la naturaleza: crecimiento de especies de árboles, turbulencias y remolinos; disposición de los astros y reacciones químicas tales como el fuego, e incluso la forma helicoidal en estructuras moleculares del ADN. La escultura que da vida a la Facultad de química es el remate visual desde el acceso principal, sirviéndole de identidad y referencia, brindando unidad al conjunto de edificios que le rodean; representando al “punto de encuentro” de la Comunidad que los habita.