Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Newswire Summer 2005

Early Summer 2005

   Message from Carolyn Farrell, BVM

Special greetings from the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership! It is an exciting, busy time for us. The renovation of Piper Hall, the new home of the Gannon Center, is near completion, with a projected move-in date of mid-June. A celebration honoring Sister Ann Ida's 90th birthday and the completion of the restoration is scheduled for July 20 for Sister Ann Ida's friends and relatives, former Mundelein faculty and staff, selected Loyola administrators and faculty, and significant donors to the project.

Other open house events are planned for the fall season; invitations will be mailed later this summer. Piper's first floor will be used for the Saturday evening reception at Mundelein's reunion on Sept. 17, and an open house for returning graduates is scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m. If you travel to the city at any time, stop in for a visit.

The building looks beautiful inside and out! The white Vermont marble sparkles in the sunlight and city lights. A new west entrance harkens back to an earlier era, and provides attractive access to meet ADA requirements. New landscape work extends east to the lake and west to Mundelein Center.

The first floor, which will host elegant university gatherings, was not changed except for the reworking of the former kitchen to create a catering kitchen and easy access to McCormick Lounge. The wood is restored, floors refinished, and walls and ceilings recreated to resemble the early 1900s. The Gannon Center will occupy the second and third floor, and the lower level will contain compact storage for the archives, restrooms and the mechanical area. We are using many of the original library tables and chairs from Mundelein for different areas of the building; other furniture is new.

The restoration of this building for the new home of the Gannon Center is the result of the financial support of the friends and graduates of Mundelein College. As I have said before, you can never be thanked enough for your commitment to the spirit of Mundelein-and I am most grateful for gifts large and small.

May it be a pleasant and peaceful summer for you and yours.

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   Coffey Award honors Mundelein alumna

Barbara Baynes Mahoney ('53) is the 2005 recipient of the Coffey Award. Presented each June at Loyola's Founders' Day celebration, the award recognizes a Mundelein graduate's commitment and service to others as demonstrated by Mundelein's first president, Mary Justitia Coffey, BVM.

Barbara is an artist who serves others through her paintings by bringing forth the beauty of architecture for the world to behold. As a talented and creative student, she traveled daily from Wilmette to Mundelein College to earn her cum laude bachelor of fine arts degree. Then continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, her paintings are included in selected corporate collections that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois; Borg Warner Corp., Chicago and Tokyo; Citibank Corporate Headquarters, Chicago; and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Chicago, to name a few. A detailed story of her achievements and service will be included in the fall issue of LINKAGE.

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   In memoriam

Katharine (St. Ida) Forsyth, BVM, died July 3, 2004, shortly after the mailing of the last NewsWire. You may have heard this information from your friends or from an announcement on Loyola's alumnae e-mail posting, but it is repeated here for those of you who may have missed the news. We celebrated Sister Katharine's life in a special memorial Mass in Mundelein's chapel. Great stories were shared regarding her energy and her commitment to students. She was a remarkable woman.

We remember in prayer Sister Katharine and other graduates not listed here who achieved their eternal rest during the past year. I find it is too difficult to maintain good records for publication regarding the death of Mundelein graduates. My recommendation is to send your information to LOYOLA Magazine, the Alumni Association and Special Events, 820 N. Michigan Ave., 15th floor, Chicago, IL 60611. For correct data, the magazine staff asks that the information used for a newspaper obit be included if possible.

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Reunion Weekend set for Sept. 18 and 19

Energetic and enthusiastic representatives for classes of years ending in 5 and 0 have joined the alumnae board and alumni relations staff in creating an exciting Reunion Weekend Sept. 17 and 18. Activities will include a reception and dinner on Saturday evening, and a Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass in Madonna della Strada Chapel, followed by brunch. 1955 graduates will participate in a special brunch as they are welcomed into the Mundelein Golden Phoenix club for alumnae who graduated 50 or more years ago. Pre-1955 graduates also are invited to join in this special celebration. The Saturday evening reception will be held in Piper Hall, and an open house is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday for graduates and guests.

If you have questions about Reunion Weekend, contact the Gannon Center at 773-508-8430, gannoncenter@luc.edu, or the alumni association at 312-915-7666. Letters outlining the weekend's initial plans will be mailed to each class in early summer; official invitations will arrive in August. Come back to reconnect and celebrate the spirit of Mundelein!

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   Alumnae board sponsors area events

Chicago-area graduates gathered for several recent events planned by the Mundelein Alumnae Board. The popular "Mundelein Christmas at McCormick" reception brought grads together for Advent Vespers and sociability. Once again, guests donated much-needed items for Deborah's Place, a transitional house for women in Chicago. Approximately 90 people associated with Mundelein attended A Day at the Field Museum enjoying the exhibit Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years. The tour of the exhibit was preceded by lunch from the Corner Bakery. Event participants had great praise for the outing. The Board is reviewing events for the coming year. "Christmas in the Mansion" is a possibility, with some adjustments in 2005 given the newly restored building.

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   Alumnae board to welcome new members

The Mundelein College Alumnae Board continues its commitment to carrying forth the heritage of your Mundelein through the efforts of loyal members past, present and future. Again, I need to state that I am grateful for the extraordinary dedication and service of those members whose terms are ending, and look forward to the energy and ideas of the incoming board. Please take a moment to approve this year's slate of board members inside this newsletter.

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   Renovation around campus

Piper Hall is not the only building with a new look. The Sullivan Center/Science Library, known to some of you as the Learning Resource Center (LRC), is currently being renovated to become an academic student center. It will hold the various offices that service the students' academic needs, assisting students from advising to paying their bills. The books in the science library were reorganized into the main library and a newly created storage area in the lower level of the Sullivan Center. In March, the Gannon Center temporarily moved to Damen Hall and the Cudahy Library archives area.

Renovation is beginning inside Mundelein Center (the Skyscraper) this summer. The first project is to build two new elevators that will travel to the 14th floor. Floors 10-14 have not been used given the lack of elevators. The design of the renovation will support the fine arts: theater, art and music as well as general classrooms and supporting offices. This project is just beginning and will continue through the next year or two.

Loyola's new Life Sciences Center on Sheridan Road was completed in December and is a welcome addition on campus. The new residence hall at Winthrop Avenue and Sheridan Road opened this summer for conference participants, and will provide student housing beginning this fall semester. There are many changes along Sheridan Road. Stop by to see for yourself.