May 8, 2013 8:32 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.
Water Tower Campus Move-in and Block Party
Raymond C. Baumhart Hall
Loyola University is excited to welcome back students to the Water Tower Campus. There are many activities planned to get students safely moved in and acclimated to campus life.
We will be welcoming 400 students as they move into Raymond C. Baumhart Hall at 26 E. Pearson. Please take note of the following days and times during which the City has provided a permit to obstruct meters on the north side of Pearson Street. This will help us accommodate the families and students that will be unloading cars and moving trucks.
Move-in activities have moved to Pearson Street from Chestnut in previous years due to the construction taking place on Chestnut. The north side of Pearson between State and Wabash will be used for safe unloading of students and their vehicles for access to Baumhart Hall. As always, the Campus Safety officers will be on hand to direct traffic. Vehicles are given a 15-minute unloading window and are quickly directed to nearby parking garages.
The table below reflects days and times activities will take place.
Sunday, August 18: Grad Students and Volunteers – 120 Students
1-26 E Pearson (northside only)
Tuesday, August 20: Undergrad Students – 245 students
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1-26 E Pearson (northside only)
The annual Fall Block Party is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The event welcomes students, staff and faculty to the new school year. Loyola is permitted to close Pearson Street from State Street to Wabash Avenue and Wabash from Chicago Avenue to Chestnut Street from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
I would like to thank you sincerely for your patience throughout the move-in and block party processes each year. If you should have any questions, comments or concerns during move-in, please feel free to speak to any staff member on site or call me directly at 773-508-7453 or at email@example.com.
In the coming weeks, Loyola will welcome a little over 4500 on-campus and several hundred off-campus student residents to Rogers Park/Edgewater and the Gold Coast. As you are very much aware, the arrival of new students and the return of upper-class students bring with it both the excitement and energy of a new academic year as well as the well-known headaches of getting them all moved-in during a short period of time.
Despite the large number of students expected, the University has worked hard to minimize the impact move-in has on our surrounding neighbors. Loyola has streamlined its parking requests to reduce the number of hours each year based on student/parent behavior. We are reducing our overall no-parking requests by 5% for 2013 despite a 33% increase in student popoulation. We will continue to find ways to REDUCE neighborhood impact in as many ways as we possibly can.
Lake Shore Campus
Move-in for Lake Shore Campus will span six days: Monday, August 19 - Thursday, August 22 and Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25.
San Francisco Hall and diNobli Hall students will move in off the 6300 block of Kenmore.
Loyola Avenue will become a temporary one-way westbound on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21.
Bellarmine Hall (Northshore and Sheridan) will move in off Northshore between Sheridan and the alley to the west.
Campus Safety will be on hand to direct cars and traffic.
Water Tower Campus
Move-in for Water Tower Campus will span two days: Sunday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 20.
Move-in will take place on the north-side of Pearson Street between State Street and Wabash Avenue.
Construction of Quinlan School of Business will not be impeded by move-in activities.
Campus Safety will be on the street to direct cars and traffic.
Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus – located in Woodstock, Illinois – features 100 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds. Its natural environment fosters spiritual growth, leadership, and community through a multitude of activities. Visitors can try their hand at the outdoor challenge and ropes course, participate in a farm workshop, or feast on a farm dinner. Visitors are even encouraged to take a peek at Loyola’s Student Farm – a student-run business that promotes healthy ecological relationships. This summer is a great time to get involved with LUREC. Keep reading for some reasons why!
The Retreat and Ecology Campus’ Challenge Course Program offers adventure education at its very best. The challenge course staff works with each group to custom design experiences that fulfill specific learning outcomes. Groups are presented with problem-solving initiatives and led through low and high ropes elements. The challenge course also features a rock-climbing tower, a zip line, jump poles, and more. LUREC’s challenge course is one of the most extensive and exciting in the region and available for groups of 12-100+ participants.
To learn more, contact Challenge Course Coordinator, Eric Howden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.338.1032.
Sent by Eric Howden
Students Build a Sustainabie Tomorrow
Biodiesal Production on Campus
The Biodiesel Program was founded, expanded, and continues based on the hard work of dedicated undergraduate students seeking a deeper engagement with the systems at play outside of the controlled environment of the university.
The projects in the program require students to incorporate scientific, business, social, and practical hands-on skills in order to not only assess, but implement solutions to pressing environmental issues. Loyola’s program is the only, school-based operation that is licensed to produce and sell biodiesel in the United States.
The Program holds itself to the same standards that a fully independent business would while simultaneously challenging students to seek magis.
The Latin term for “the more”, seeking the magis requires vigilance regarding energy consumption, the production of waste products, dissemination of information beyond our institution.. To this end students have:
Researched zero-waste biodiesel production that utilizes all of the glycerin and wash water created during the process; built a business plan that allows the Biodiesel Program to fund itself while serving others;
Helped hundreds of high school teachers introduce biodiesel and environmental sustainability into their curriculum; and
Collaborated with dozens of universities to expand this same model across the United States.
Not only does the program aim to be an example of sustainable education in action, it aims to demonstrate that well planned, conscientious businesses can thrive in a commodity economy by looking beyond a single product, a single system, or a single outcome and instead strive for magis.
This program was built by and continues to be pioneered by Loyola undergraduate students who benefitenormously from hands-on, real world, green business operations. It works hard to expand access to methods through extensive outreach with high schools across the country, local not-for-profit companies, and small business owners. The research on sustainable biodiesel production benefits the production community and adds to basic knowledge. Finally, the program benefits society by increasing the availability and awareness of renewable products (fuel, soap, etc) made from traditional waste products.
Student Collaborators- Dr. David Crumrine, Shane Lishawa, Lane Vail, 25 Student Fellowships and over 100 S.T.E.P. Students since 2007
A team of students from Loyola University Chicago has been awarded a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for developing a more natural way to reuse water from biodiesel production.
The P3 Award is a multi-phase grant program that invests in sustainable solutions to environmental problems. The Loyola team presented "From Pollution to Possibility: A Sustainable and Interdisciplinary Solution to Biodiesel Production Wastewater" at the EPA’s P3 award competition in Washington, DC. They were awarded a $90,000 grant to further research and implement the program.
This is the second time Loyola has been awarded a P3 Award. The first grant, awarded in 2008, was used to establish Loyola’s biodiesel program, which turns cafeteria vegetable oil waste into biofuel.
“We are combating climate change and reducing our carbon footprint with our biodiesel program,” said Zach Waickman, Loyola’s biodiesel lab manager and mentor of the P3 Award team. “The process, however, creates a byproduct that contains methanol, potassium soaps, and free fatty acids. With this grant we can now find a way to sustainably use this byproduct.”
This year’s competition featured approximately 300 students showcasing their sustainable projects. A panel of judges convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science recommended the winners out of 45 teams following two days of judging. Loyola was one of six universities and colleges to receive the coveted P3 Award. Other schools included University of Massachusetts Lowell, Radford University, San Jose State University, Georgia Southern University, and Cornell University.
Loyola’s P3 team is made up of three faculty/staff mentors and five undergraduates who range in grade level from freshman to senior and are majoring in subjects from physics to English. The students are part of Loyola’s Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) courses, which are part of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and bring together students, faculty, staff, and community mentors to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and action around issues of environmental sustainability.
Written by David Treering
Special Workshop: How to Save Seeds
Learn to Save Seeds at LUREC
On Saturday, August 24th, LUREC in Bull Valley, Illinois is offering a special workshop: “How to Save Seeds and Community Exchange.” Seed saving can make a garden self-sufficient and is a great way to pick the preferred vegetables and replant the seeds the following year. Participants will gain hands-on experience with seed selection, collection, cleaning, and storing. They will also have the opportunity to trade seeds with local community members. Admission is $15, and the workshop is from 1-3 p.m.
For more information on the challenge course, summer workshops, and updates on the student farm, please visit LUC.edu/retreatcampus or blogs.luc.edu/farm.
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus 2710 Country Club Road Bull Valley, IL
Written by Eric Howden
Dine the Redline at the Student Dinner Crawl
The Student Dinner Crawl is this Tuesday. Grab your $7 from the Damen Center info desk!
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.
Buy three tickets and can get the fourth ticket FREE. That’s not all- you have a chance to win prizes, too! Students who arrive at the event first will receive an awesome dinner crawl T Shirt. Students who get their passport ticket stamped at all 22 restaurants will be entered to win $200 worth of raffle prizes!
Date & Time: September 10th, from 4-8pm ( Registration/Check-in located in Damen)
Students can arrive at the event registration anytime from 4 to 6 p.m.
Tickets: $7 each, but if you buy 3 you get the 4th ticket free (4 tickets for 21 bucks)
Tickets will be sold at the Damen Center Info Desk.
Institute of Environmental Sustainability Opens on Campus
On September 6, Loyola University Chicago celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for its newest project, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability.
Loyola’s president, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Alderman Joe Moore, Alderman Harry Osterman , the university’s Board of Trustees and hundreds of faculty, staff, and community members for the ribbon cutting and blessing at noon followed by a reception and open house later that evening.
The Institute is the University’s most ambitious effort yet to confront today’s environmental challenges. Loyola’s commitment to educating young people in innovative ways to prepare them for the future is something members of the Society of Jesus have done for hundreds of years. With natural resources under threat, Loyola is answering the call to action to restore the relationship with creation.
The building is impressive in scale and function, combining academics and research with sustainable agriculture and community living. This new facility includes clean energy and biodiesel production labs, two aquaponics systems, an Ecodome, classrooms, and a 410-bedroom residence hall. The institute’s sustainable features include the largest geothermal heating and cooling installation in Chicago, rainwater harvesting, and high-efficiency heat-recovery technology.
Loyola’s Biodiesel Program is the only school-based operation licensed to produce and sell biodiesel in the United States. It is run entirely by students (with the help of one staff member) and is financially self-sufficient.
The aquaponics systems blends fish farming with soil-free agriculture to create a sustainable food production system. In the set-up at the institute, fish live in water tanks on the bottom level, while plants grow in trays on top.
More than attractive and shiny, the Ecodome is a soaring glass ceiling that wraps around the institute and serves multiple purposes:
It ventilates the building;
Collects rainwater; and
Provides plenty of natural light for the plants growing inside the dome.
At 500 ft below ground, the earth’s temperature remains about 58° year-round in Chicago. This constant temperature is at the core of the geothermal system that heats and cools the institute. The 91-well system—the largest of its kind in Chicago—is extremely efficient, cutting the building’s heating and cooling costs by 30 percent.
Speaker Madigan , Alderman Osterman, Loyola president Michael Garanzini, S.J. and Nancy Tuchman, founding director of the institute took the podium to reflect upon Loyola University Chicago’s investment in a sustainable future.
Academic program areas include: Biodiesel production, Urban Agriculture, Organic Student Farm, Composting and Recycling, Water Conservation, Farmers Market, Research and Transportation.
In addition to robust academic programming, the Institute features Engrained Café. Managed by Aramark, this café features sustainably grown foods sourced within 150 miles of campus. It is open to the public.
For more information about the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, visit their website.
Alderman Approves Permanent Closure of Kenmore
For the better part of two years, the Department of Campus and Community Planning has been working towards the goal of an expanded south campus through the vacation of 6300 N Kenmore Avenue. Through this expansion, Loyola would develop a sustainability corridor or “people street” that would bring the elements of Loyola’s newest addition, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, to the public realm for all to enjoy and appreciate.
The IES will be an innovative, interactive and adaptable sustainable living and learning environment; and provide both a prototype and a demonstration of the opportunities for innovation and integration that an urban academic/residential setting provides. The development of the outdoor corridor allows Loyola to share sustainable learning and green amenities with its students and neighbors to include:
Passive park space and play fields
Emergency access routes
On Thursday, July 18, Alderman Harry Osterman held a final public meeting, after a series of meetings hosted by Loyola, Association of Sheridan Condominium Owners, and North Edgewater Beach Association to explain the project to surrounding neighbors and property-owners and gather critical feedback.
The vast majority of attendees wholeheartedly endorsed the project and the overall positive improvements Loyola’s investments in Edgewater have garnered the neighborhood over the last 10 years including the removal of the Wincrest Nursing Home, Lakeside Boarding House, , creation of Satellite Safety Office on Granville, and conversion of former badly maintained buildings into student resident halls.
Traffic and parking concerns were a major element of concern for members of the community and the University was asked to address these concerns in its proposal. As part of the traffic study conducted prior to Kenmore’s closure in 2011, Loyola committed to reducing the additional traffic east of Kenmore in the alley by installing rubber speed humps and repaving the alley.
Additionally, the university has committed to re-opening the street to traffic during the Sheridan Road sewer, water and resurfacing project to alleviate the traffic congestion. Speeding traffic has increased considerably since Kenmore re-opened on August 5 and Loyola is working with Chicago Department of Transportation to identify solutions to traffic calming, including installing speed bumps on the 6300 block of Kenmore to ensure pedestrian safety.
Finally, to address neighbor’s concerns for deficiencies in street parking availability, Loyola is working on two separate initiatives. First, through our partnership with Sacred Heart Schools, Loyola is identifying parking near the school to provide additional spaces for Sacred Heart faculty and staff. Second, the University has created a Community Parking Program. Beginning Tuesday, September 3, residents can come to the Community Relations Office and receive a one-day pass that allows parking in the main structure at Winthrop Avenue and West Sheridan Road from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Monday Through Friday, and 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Community Relations office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is located at 6439 N Sheridan Road, Suite 220. For more information, contact Summur Roberts at 773-508-7450.
Water Tower Campus Construction Update
Construction moves ahead for the new Michael R. Quinlan School of Business and Newcastle, Limited’s 35-story residential tower.
The final phase of demolition continues for the school of business. At 14-16 E. Pearson, hand demolition moves forward in cooperation with the immediate neighbors. Structural demolition will happen in a few weeks and will be completed with great care due to the building’s proximity to the University’s adjacent neighbors. The busts that adorn the façades of 14-16 E. Pearson will also be removed by hand in a process called a “facadectomy.” Foundation analysis and underground review are in progress.
The Newcastle building has experienced some mechanical problems with the with the drilling rig and it is not currently operating. Once it is repaired, drilling will resume. Due to the unforeseen mechanical failure, however, the construction team will need to work Saturdays for the month of October to remain on schedule.
After Nov. 1, the parking lane on the south side of Chestnut Street will be restricted for construction site work. Pedestrian foot-traffic will be diverted to the north side of Chestnut Street.
Structural work is scheduled to begin in November, 2013. Sheet piling will begin at the Chestnut (north) end of the work site and move south. The crew will push the sheets into the ground in an effort to minimize vibration.
Additionally, several measures have been taken to make the entire area safer during construction. The light behind 14-16 E. Pearson will be replaced with a brighter light in the next couple of days. The Chicago Police Foot Patrol has been ticketing trucks double parked along Chestnut Street.
Stay tuned to Loyola Neighborhood News to remain updated on the projects as they move forward.
Quinlan School and Residential Tower Update
Raymond C. Baumhart Hall
Water Tower Campus is abuzz with the new Michael R. Quinlan School of Business and Newcastle, Limited’s 35-story residential tower currently under construction.
In late May, Power Construction began the demolition of buildings along State and Pearson Streets. The buildings included: the former Sally Beauty Supply, the former Chill Bar and Grill, and Alfredo’s Barbershop which relocated to Chicago and State. The Campus police have moved to 8 West Chicago Avenue, and the Copy Center and mailroom relocated to Baumhart Hall. The site is currently being graded to level the ground before excavation begins. The demolition phase is expected to be completed by September 1, 2013.
Beginning the first week of September, excavation and foundation work begins. The crew will begin laying out caissons and installing sheeting on the site which will take a month. A work trailer will also be brought to the site.
Structural work is scheduled to begin in October/November, 2013.
As part of Loyola’s efforts to improve safety, congestion and loading on Chestnut Street, Summur Roberts, Director, Community Relations, with the support of Aldermen Fioretti and Reilly, will convene a group consisting of City staff, the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and local business/property owners on Chestnut to develop recommendations on street, alley, parking and loading improvements.
According to Roberts, “When Loyola went through the planned development process for Water Tower Campus, it became very evident that Chestnut Street needed some thoughtful planning to address infrastructure concerns on the street. As an anchor institution, the University is taking a leadership role in pulling together the key partners in making these changes happen. “
Stay tuned to Loyola Neighborhood News to remain updated on the projects as they move forward.
Halloween Treats at Loyola
Loyola’s annual Trick-or-Treat is coming to Dumbach’s doors for its sixth year this Sunday.
Loyola’s Department of Programming ((dop)) will host the event. Student organizations will provide tricks and treats for Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors who visit. The organizations will decorate doors and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters, but kids are invited to participate in Halloween games and activities as well.
“It’s something free and fun for kids and their families in a safe environment,” said ((dop)) Special Events Director Calley Oresick.
Add: Head over to Dumbach Hall, 6474 N. Kenmore Ave., from 1-4p.m. to participate in the event.