Submit Your NameResults for the “Name Kenmore” contest are in and the street formerly known as Kenmore Avenue will now be called St. Ignatius Community Plaza. While the initial suggestion was simply St. Ignatius Plaza, the name has been slightly amended by the University and its president and CEO, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., in order to be more inclusive of Loyola’s relationship with its host communities.
CHICAGO, IL (June 9, 2014) Loyola University Chicago, announces “Summer on the Plaza” at the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Road.
Each year, more than 4,500 students move out of residence halls at the University’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. Nearly 3,000 other students who rent private apartments also prepare for their summer trip home or, if they are lucky, abroad.
The Artisan Market Streeterville will be held on Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ryan Atrium in the Northwestern University Lurie Research Center, 303 E. Superior Street. Admission is free and discounted parking will be offered two blocks south of Superior at 321 E. Erie Street.
Water Tower Campus Move-in and Block Party
Move-in schedule 2013
Join us for this fun, family event!
Challenge course open to students and general public
Loyola Students Produce Biodiesel on Campus
Attend a workshop at LUREC
Dine the Redline for only $7 this Tuesday! Give your taste buds a treat and come out to try 22 different restaurants across four ‘L’ stops! You can support local businesses while connecting with your neighbors and taking advantage of your UPASS.
On September 6, Loyola University Chicago celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for its newest project, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability.
Alderman Approves Kenmore Closure
Construction moves ahead for the new Michael R. Quinlan School of Business and Newcastle, Limited’s 35-story residential tower.
Loyola University Chicago and Newcastle Limited will begin construction of the Quinlan School of Business and Residential Tower at the State/Pearson/Chestnut sites in mid-May.
Loyola’s annual Trick-or-Treat is coming to Dumbach’s doors for its sixth year this Sunday.
Loyola students sampled to 22 local restaurants between the Red Line Howard and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations.
Volunteer Wetland Restoration at LUREC
On Friday, September 27, the office of Community Relations accidentally welcomed the Berger Park Advisory Council’s Doggy Day on campus. Residents who were aware of student-move in and family weekend intentionally came to campus to introduce their dogs to the new, student neighbors.
Loyola University’s Center for Service and Action and Office of Community Relations partnered with the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) to plan a city beautification fence-painting project.
CHICAGO, IL (June 9, 2014) Loyola University Chicago, announces “Summer on the Plaza” at the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Road.
Enjoy free programming all summer long at the Loyola Station Plaza
6300 N Kenmore Re-opens
RSVP to Loyola University's Community Holiday Party
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., the entire Loyola community, and the host committee invite our neighbors to the Community Holiday Party in the new Arnold J. Damen Student Center. You will not want to miss the party of the year to be held in a new location! Get a look at the brand new Arnold J. Damen Student Center, enjoy tasty, sustainably-made treats, live music performed by local band the T-Byrdz, and make a donation to help a local Edgewater or Rogers Park high school student to attend Loyola!
When: Monday, December 9
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Arnold J. Damen Student Center 6511 N. Sheridan Road
Loyola’s Office of Community Relations serves as one of Loyola's connections between the University University and its surrounding neighborhoods. Through a series of partnerships with City of Chicago, local schools, community policing, block clubs, chambers of commerce, neighborhood organizations and nonprofits, our office has demonstrated a commitment to improving vitality and sustainability of our neighborhoods. Acknowledging these partnerships and the long standing relationship Loyola has developed with its community partners, we have created a new Community Action Scholarship fund for Loyola students. The beneficiary of this scholarship will continue to carry out the mission of Community Relations, by designing and implementing a community-based project that will directly benefit the Rogers Park and/or Edgewater neighborhoods. The recipient of this award will meet some or all of the following criteria:
- Student is an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student
- Student has demonstrated a commitment to leadership, volunteering, and service aimed at community development (A letter of recommendation is required from a community or faculty member who served as adviser or otherwise supervised the student in community engagement projects)
Preference will be given to students who:
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Are high school graduates of Nicholas Senn, Roger C. Sullivan High School, Chicago Math and Science Academy or another Chicago Public High School.
- Are native to Rogers Park and Edgewater
- Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.
- Students will submit a written proposal for a community-based project that directly benefits the Rogers Park and/or Edgewater neighborhoods. Students will include a rationale, budget, and project timeline in this proposal. Up to $3,000 of this scholarship will go toward the student's tuition, and up to $1,000 of this scholarship will be used to fund the approved community-based project.
- Students must identify the name of a community or faculty member who will serve as their project advisor.
- Students are encouraged (but not required) to incorporate this project into their internship, practicum, or as part of their service learning requirement.
*For questions regarding the application for this scholarship, please contact Mary Miro at email@example.com.
If you would like to make a gift to the Community Action Scholarship Fund, click here.
How Artists Around the World Picture the Nativity- Coming Soon to LUMA
Looking for some artistic engagement this holiday season? Take a trip to LUMA.
As All that Lies Behind Us, Cosmologies and Ten Thousand Ripples come to a close on November 3, Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan will take their place.
LUMA’s next exhibit will center on the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It will focus on global perceptions of the Nativity by artists from countries like Armenia and Zimbabwe. Nativity scenes are illustrated with clothing, architecture and figures from around the globe. The exhibit will open Nov. 23. The opening reception will be held on Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students, and $15 for the public.
Spring Thaw Reveals Poop City
Warmer temperatures and melting snow reveal a rather unclean and unsanitary mess on Lake Shore Campus grounds. Many of Loyola's neighbors enjoy walking their pets on and near campus, however some do not curb their dogs, that is, clean up behind them especially when the weather is cold.
While the University understands that the grass and green space is inviting, it is important that a sense of mutual respect and responsibility for maintaining cleanliness in areas shared among our community members. Please bring plastic bags when walking your pet on campus and if needed, use trash cans to properly dispose of waste. This simple practice will keep campus safe and sanitary for everyone who visits.
Kenmore Update: Closure Complete
After a long year of planning, designing, meeting with community groups, and gathering feedback the 6300 block of Kenmore Avenue officially closed to traffic on December 5, 2013.
As the new owner of the property, Loyola University intends to transform the street into a pedestrian and bike- friendly mall complete with 39,000 square feet of environmentally sustainable surfaces, bike lanes, benches, trees and other native plantings. The extension of the campus experience onto this block will compliment the cutting edge research of the new Institute for Environmental Sustainability.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the planning process for their feedback and patience. Construction of the new campus will take about 10 months and I look forward to seeing you at the grand opening next summer.
Director of Community Relations
The Future of Storytelling
In September of 2013, Emmy Award winning Loyola University Professor, Liz Coffman, undertook an inspired project with her graduate Digital Media and Storytelling class in our School of Communication.
With the help of James Kneen, the Executive Director of The Clare, a residential senior living facility located adjacent to our Water Tower Campus, Professor Coffman’s class recruited four residents to provide their personal life stories for this project. To capture the rich personality and detailed stories of these residents, graduate students in Professor Coffman’s class will conduct a series of video interviews, and then use this footage to put together a brief documentary on each resident. The residents who have been recruited for this project offer unique socio-cultural perspectives on Chicago history, gender-roles, women’s advocacy initiatives, World War II, and many other topics and historical events.
The graduate students are eager to preserve the stories of these remarkable seniors via a digital media format that can be shared online, and perhaps encourage a younger population to learn about these stories. Through this project, perhaps viewers of these brief documentaries will develop a newfound appreciation for the social and political progress made in the last 50-80 years that affect the lives of younger generations today.
Shuttle Sign Brings Safety to WTC
Upon the return of the Spring semester, students, faculty, staff and neighbors may have noticed the brand new permanent shuttle loading zone sign at the southwest corner of Wabash and Pearson Street. This little addition to Wabash is already making loading safer and more effective, and Sister Jean Schmidt gives it two emphatic thumbs up.
It is hard to believe that something so simple, and needed, could take nearly two years, the continuous help of the Alderman, Chicago Department of Transportation, a city liaison, and countless meeting, emails and phone calls from Community Relations to accomplish.
This small sign has helped to alleviate congestion caused by standing vehicles who obstruct the parkway. Often, these drivers intend to run in purchase items from local businesses. However, these drivers unintentionally create difficulty for buses to access the curb lane which causes students to load or unload in the street and causes congestion through the intersection at Pearson.
Sister Jean, who faithfully monitors the loading and unloading of students, would often personally ask vehicles to move if she noticed the driver was present. As polite and sweet as she is, no one dare refuse her request.
The new sign makes a much needed impact with fewer cars attempting to stand there. According to Summur Roberts, director of Community Relations, "We are so thankful to Alderman Brendan Reilly, his staff and our contacts at the City for moving this forward, and to Sister Jean for her unwavering commitment to the safety of our students!"
Green Lobby Day 2014
North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!
Students Return to Campus, Parking Restrictions in Place
As we enter into the last months of summer, Loyola University Chicago is preparing for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. The university will welcome 4100 new and returning students. Move-in activities will take place at the Lake Shore Campus on Monday, August 18 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.
Friday, Loyola will host freshman convocation and no move-in will take place. Neighbors should take note of the days and times during which the City has provided a permit to designate “no parking” on area streets to facilitate move in the attached PDF. This will help university staff accommodate the families and students that will be unloading cars and moving trucks. Each student has received a move-in time slot and will receive a color-coded placard to display in their car window to help facilitate traffic flow. During Tuesday, August 19. Loyola Avenue will be a one-way westbound.
Thanks to helpful feedback from local residents and community leaders, Loyola has reduced the overall number of streets and amount of days with parking restrictions to alleviate strain on street parking. Any vehicle parked in no parking zones will be ticketed and towed.
Many upper-class students rent apartments in the area that are not operated by the university. While the University does not make special arrangements for these moves, Community Relations has requested a special attention to no-parking areas around Loyola University with Streets and Sanitation. The requested attention includes Loyola, Albion, Arthur, Northshore, Columbia, Wayne, Lakewood, Kenmore, and Winthrop. Student cars illegally parked in tow-zones, blocking fire hydrants, or blocking driveways and alleys will also be ticketed and towed.
If you have any questions, need any further information, or experience any undue hardships relating to move-in, please, do not hesitate to contact the department of Community Relations at 773.508.7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like regular updates from Loyola, join the e-blast by sending an email and like us on facebook! Facebook.com/luccommunityrelations
Students Ask for Divvy Stations Near Campus
Students and neighbors are pining for Divvy Bicycle Stations in the neighborhood, and they let Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) know last month.
Representatives from Metro Strategies, Inc, consultants for Divvy and CDOT came to Loyola’s community holiday party at the Damen Student Center to gain feedback on locations for Divvy stations in December 2013. They returned in January to spend an afternoon talking to the student population.
More than 100 residents and students suggested site options during Divvy’s outreach, and 17 different stations were suggested. Divvy tallied most suggestions to CTA stations near campus, including the Loyola and Granville CTA Red Line stations.
Divvy is a new bike sharing system featuring thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations from Andersonville to Hyde Park, available 24/7, 365 days a year. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, station map, and a docking system that releases bikes using a member key or ride code. You must be 16 years or older to ride Divvy.
Divvy has also recently re-launched the “suggest a station” feature on its website. The company currently has 300 stations across Chicago, but plans to add 175 this year. Help Divvy decide where to install new stations by suggesting a site in your neighborhood!
WTC Construction Update
The building continues to go vertical. Crew is continuing floor-by-floor concrete work on the site through 2015. The North barricade and fence has been relocated to the parking lane of Chestnut per the approved site logistics plan and permit. Foot traffic is diverted to the north side of Chestnut Street.
School of Business:
Northside of Pearson Street park lane from 0-18 East is obstructed for the remainder of the project. The demolition of 16 E. Pearson will be completed over the next two weeks through mid-September.
The site will be coordinating water and sewer connections through the Chicago Department of Water. Once the project receives its board of underground approval, the planned excavation will take place. Loyola will work with the water department to determine which properties will be affected for communication and scheduling of water shut off to complete the tie-in.
Weekend work: Both Newcastle and Loyola intend to work Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m., weather permitting. The sites will not operate Sunday, August 31 or Monday, September 1.
Power and Newcastle will continue to work with Loyola to prepare and send e-blasts to immediate neighbors and our Aldermen when late evening work is expected.
For more information, contact:
Summur Roberts, Director of Community Relations
Loyola University Chicago
Luau With Loyola Neighbors and Students
It’s that time of year again for the annual Student Neighbor Meet and Greet in its new location - Loyola Station CTA Plaza.
Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors, and the off-campus Loyola student community will gather for a fun, luau-themed night of circus arts, music, games, and more. Guests will enjoy delicious multi-ethnic cuisine from an assortment of local restaurants, and sweet treats from local bakeries. Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Loyola CTA Plaza - 6550 N Sheridan Road.
Featured at this year’s event will be family-friendly activities such as face-painting, art-projects, a magic show, and a cake-walk. Loyola University Chicago strongly supports the continued growth and development of our home communities in Rogers Park and Edgewater.
Through the Student Neighbor Meet & Greet, and other programming sponsored by Loyola’s Office of Community Relations and Off-Campus Student Life, we support the integration of students into our diverse neighborhood, encourage their patronage of a thriving local business community, provide them with civic engagement opportunities, and assist in their transition to living off campus. We look forward to seeing you there!
Student-Neighbor Meet and Greet
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 6:30– 8:30 PM
Where: Loyola CTA Plaza, 6550 North Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626
(Adjacent to Redline “L” Stop)
Audience: Upper-class and Transfer students who rent private apartments off-campus and non-student community neighbors. Local elected officials and Chicago Police officers will also be in attendance.
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For questions, contact Mary Miro, Community Relations Specialist at 773-508-7436