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Community Action Scholarship

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

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‌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. 

 

Application Process

  • 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 mmiro@luc.edu.

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

Art and Fairth of the Creche at LUMA

Image: Mario Mendoza, Argentina (Jujuy), 2009, clay and paint, The James and Emilia Govan Crèche Collection, Loyola University Museum of Art

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

Dog

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

Kenmore-Sheridan Update

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations

 

 

 

The Future of Storytelling

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

Shuttle Sign

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

Green Lobby Day 2014

Photo courtesy of ProgressIllinois.com.

Loyola University’s Office of Community Relations and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability partner with our local organizations Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project, Illinois Environmental Council and others to plan the inaugural Green Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois.
 
Loyola Students will team up with local residents of Edgewater and Rogers Park to engage with Illinois legislators and advocate for a series of environmentally-focused legislative measures, including a bill that would ensure the state’s continued investment in renewable energy sources, and bill that would support the investment in clean water infrastructure. Students will also encourage the Illinois General Assembly to vote in support of a bill that will properly manage pollution from major carbon sources by instituting a carbon cap. Through this event, Loyola students will be learn how to be an environmental advocate and bridge knowledge in the classroom with legislative priorities as part of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability's larger advocacy and policy focus.
 
Students will join with community members to take part in larger conversations regarding green policies on a state and national level.
 
To sign up for Green Lobby Day visit: http://luc.edu/greenlobbyday/ 
 
For more information about this event, or to participate, please contact communityrelations@luc.edu.

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!
Calling all gardeners, painters, and environmentally-conscious residents of Edgewater and Rogers Park! It’s that time of year again to green and beautify our two communities in celebration of Earth Day.
 
Given the success of last year’s North Lake Shore Earth Day, Loyola Community Relations will partner with Aldermen Joe Moore and Harry Osterman, Illinois Senator Heather Steans, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, for a second time to sponsor a series of hands-on projects to clean, green, and enhance public spaces in Edgewater and Rogers Park. Similar to last year’s event, North Lake Shore Earth Day will focus on direct student service engagement with the surrounding community, providing a positive impact on the neighborhoods, and fostering healthy student–neighbor relations.
 
Loyola’s North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014 event will take place on April 26ththwhere students and local residents will partake in hands-on service projects to support green efforts in the 48th and 49thWards. In addition, North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014 will coincide with the City of Chicago’s Clean & Green, which means all hands will be on deck to participate at variety of project sites. Projects will range from light gardening and garden-bed construction to litter-removal and fence-painting!
 
We extend our thanks to Whole Foods Market [Evanston-South], and KIND Food Company, Inc., who are generously donating healthy snacks for our Earth Day volunteers!
 
Visit http://luc.edu/earthday/ for registration details!
 
For more information or to register for an event, please contact communityrelations@luc.edu.

Students Return to Campus, Parking Restrictions in Place

Student Move-in 2014

Volunteers Assist with Move-in

 

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 communityrelations@luc.edu . If you would like regular updates from Loyola, join the e-blast by sending an email and like us on facebook! Facebook.com/luccommunityrelations

 Loyola Move-in 2014 2.0