Loyola promises its students an extraordinary education. While lessons learned in the classroom are the core of Loyola’s academic mission, lessons learned on quads, on courts, and over cups of coffee are no less critical. It is during these times, outside the classroom, that students transform a campus into a community.
Some of the skills we learn during this unstructured time are the ones that will serve us best in our work and personal lives. Being a member of a student organization can teach us leadership, playing on a team teaches us cooperation and discipline, and that precious time when we can just relax is the time when lifelong bonds of friendship are created.
Students need spaces in which to create these bonds, spaces where they can gather, meet, play, practice, and live. These spaces are an essential part of every college experience and form the bedrock on which to build a student community.
Planned after acquiring detailed student feedback as to their needs and wants, the five phases of reimagine will transform the northwest quadrant of the Lake Shore Campus into a new center of student life.
Phase Two: Gentile Center Renovation
Phase Three: A True Student Union
Phase Four: Halas Sports Center Renewal
Phase Five: Centennial Forum Transformation
Expected to be completed in 2015, reimagine will benefit the entire Loyola community. Many of the facilities will be welcoming to alumni, and Loyola’s continual improvement serves not only to build pride in our University, but also raises the profile of the school and the value of a Loyola degree.