Release Date: November 29, 2005
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Honorary degree recipient gives $232,000 to
Rev. James McConica, an honorary degree recipient from the University of Regina and a member of the Basilian Fathers congregation, is donating $232,000 to the U of R's Building Dreams and Futures campaign. 

McConica, who has taken a vow of poverty, says the gift is from a family inheritance, the only asset a Basilian Father is permitted to hold. The donation creates the McConica Family Legacy Fund, which will provide scholarships to students in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

"Regina was our home, and I grew up here, so it always will be. And for our family, the resources of Regina College - the MacKenzie art collection, my sister Martha's studies in fine art with Garnett Hazard, the music at Darke Hall, the symphony and the work of the Regina Conservatory - all of these were part of our life and my upbringing," says McConica. "I firmly believe that it is in the creative arts that a society finds its identity and its soul. They need our support to nourish our own and future generations."

McConica grew up in Regina and graduated from Central Collegiate. He attended Regina College, the precursor to the University of Regina, for two years prior to completing a degree at the University of Saskatchewan. A widely published author and scholar whose work on Tudor and Renaissance history has received international recognition, McConica is in demand as a lecturer on campuses throughout the world. He was the only editor from outside England to assist with the official history of Oxford University. McConica has served as president and vice-chancellor of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of Toronto, as well as honorary degrees from the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan and University of Windsor. He has received numerous academic honours and was appointed officer to the Order of Canada in 2001. 

"Dr. McConica is a world-class scholar who understands the important role philanthropy plays in education. We are thrilled Dr. McConica selected the U of R's Faculty of Fine Arts as the place best suited to honour his family through such an outstanding gift," says University of Regina President Robert Hawkins. 

Building Dreams and Futures is a $100 million campaign to raise funds for priority areas of the University of Regina, including student and research support, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, and new ideas and opportunities. Information on the Building Dreams and Futures campaign and how to make a contribution is available at 
1-877-779-4723 and