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Second Year Initiatives Programming


Game Night v. Valpo
February 19, 7:00pm
Gentile Arena
Pre-game reception and and prizes during halftime for sophomores only!

Sophomore Supper
February 26, 6pm
Mundelein 14th floor
Come dressed to impress at this dinner where sophomores have the
opportunity to meet with some of Loyola's most famous staff and faculty members!
You might even find a mentor in the crowd.

Sophomore Retreat
March 22-24
April 12-14
This retreat at LUREC allows sophomore students to come together in the hopes
of gaining a deeper personal understanding. Sophomore participants will experience team
building through challenge course activities, individual/group reflections, and
meaningful conversations.

Mystery Bus Tour
April 9
This is a program specially designed just for second year students.
The destination of the bus is the mystery in its title. You have to be
on it to find out where  it is heading, but we can guarantee you that it
will be somewhere fun in the city- like a zoo, aquarium, maybe even a cooking
destination. The only way to find out is to join the tour.

Campus Partners' Programs

Off-Campus Living Seminar
These peer-led, one-hour sessions will teach you about important topics such as conducting an effective
apartment search, the legal realities of signing a lease, Loyola's Good Neighbor policy, and working with Loyola Campus Police and the
Chicago Police.
For a full list of dates and locations of these seminars, please visit:

Understanding Identities Workshop
February 11th, 7:00pm
Quinlan Life Science Building 312
Join the Interfaith Companions for a workshop that explores the various identities we hold. Participants will leave the workshop with a better sense of their own
identity and how that will serve them in their leadership roles throughout college.

WE ARE UNBREAKABLE: A Celebration of Resilience
February 8, 3:00pm
Information Commons 4th floor
This event creates a safe space for people to share their stories of survival. Everyone faces challenges and struggles in their life, here is an
opportunity to share your story and celebrate your resilience.

State of the University Address
February 11, 4:30pm
Galvin Auditorium
Father Garanzini will deliver his address and then take questions from the audience. Faculty,
staff, and students who attend the event, either in Galvin Auditorium or at one of the community satellite
locations on the Water Tower or Health Sciences campuses, will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The address will run approximately one hour, and punch and cookies will be available, in each location, at the end of the address.

LUROP Fellowship Applications Due
March 1st

Being R.E.A.L.
March 14th, 7:00pm
Quinlan Life Science Center, Room 312
By exploring what it means to be "real" students will reflect on their personal
values as they relate to leadership, discuss ethical approaches to leadesrhip,
and will consider leadership as a collaborative, inclusive process.

Alternative Break Immersions
March 2-10 and May 13-19
ABIs provide students with opportunities to expand learning beyond the classroom. Each ABI involves a combination of direct service and cultural immersion.

Move-In Volunteers
Upperclassmen are invited to return to campus early before first-year students to assist with move-ins. Because of the two year residency requirement, volunteers are typically primarily sophomore students.

Sophomore Learning Communities
Sophomore students may opt to live together in one of the sophomore learning communities.

Financial Matters Workshop
These workshops vary by topic and help students learn about scholarships, how to have a hold removed, and the overall financial aid disbursement process.

Links to Partner Sites 

Loyola 4 Chicago
Loyola4Chicago is a program of the Center for Community Service and Action in which students provide weekly volunteer service in Chicago during the academic year. Students work in service teams at various sites including work with children, immigrants, persons with mental disabilities, persons experiencing homelessness, and others. Each team is led by a student leader who coordinates meeting times and facilitates the group’s reflection on the service experience.

Student Activities and Greek Affairs
Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA) offers opportunities for students to connect, learn, and engage beyond the classroom. Through shared experiences students gain a greater sense of self and community to foster positive social change.

Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Loyola University Chicago advances the recognition and appreciation of our diverse community, promotes multicultural education across campus, strives to ensure the retention and success of underrepresented students, and fosters a supportive, inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry welcomes all students, faculty and staff to the Loyola community. As part of a Catholic Jesuit University, Campus Ministry values faith and spirituality as essential components of education. Students are invited to celebrate their faith and discover its depth and richness by connecting with others, engaging in service opportunites and growing in spirituality.

Center for Community Service and Action
The mission of the office for Community Service and Action (CSA) is to serve the diverse Loyola and local communities by fostering mutually beneficial partnerships designed to support neighbors in need.  We aim to build the greater good by combining our gifts and talents to create the change we seek.

Additional Resources

Campus Speak

Campus Speak is an interactive website to help students create and improve their student organizations and groups! You will learn great ways to organize and engage your fellow students and provide your groups with the tools you need to make a difference.

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