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Welcome Week

Welcome Week Leaders

Each year, Welcome Week Leaders (WWL) help execute the events associated with Welcome Week. They are informed about all things Welcome Week, a great resource for information and advice, and a new friend to our first-year incoming students! Look for our WWL team in their gold or maroon "Welcome" t-shirts at Welcome Week events. Get to know your 2014 Welcome Week Leaders and staff below:

CAITLIN SMITH, WELCOME WEEK INTERN

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Year: Grad student at Northwestern
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: fresh pasta and focaccia from Eataly; baked goat cheese at Pasta Palazzo
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Evanston and the West Loop
What You’re Doing This Summer: Planning Welcome Week, training for a half marathon, and taking my puppy to the beach
Favorite Crayola Color: Brilliant Yellow and Wild Orchid
Where You’d Go if You Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Lake Como, Italy

BRIAN HOUZE, COORDINATOR FOR RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL
Year: I have worked in Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA) full-time since January 2013, but this will be my 4th Welcome Week!
Favorite Song(s): This Must Be the Place (Talking Heads), Build Me Up Buttercup (The Foundations), Marrow (St. Vincent)
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Impossible to pick just one! Recommended: the tacos at Estrella Negra on Fullerton/Western
What You’re Doing this Summer: Planning Welcome Week, getting SAGA ready for the new school year, and spending as much time on my bike as possible!
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Italy, Belgium, New Zealand

JOSH METAYER, COORDINATOR FOR RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Hometown: Miami, FL
Year: I have worked in Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA) full-time since July 2013, so this will be my 2nd Welcome Week here at Loyola!
Favorite Song(s): Right now: Gust of Wind - Pharrell, Stay Ready - Jhene Aiko, Animals - Martin Garrix
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: I gotta say Wildberry for brunch is pretty serious
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Jamaica, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: Gotta be the lake passage behind the Crowne Center

ALLISON ADAMS

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Year at Loyola: Senior
Favorite Song(s): Anything by Paramore/Fall Out Boy/All Time Low/Taylor Swift
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Pizza from Eataly
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Edgewater/Andersonville because it's so cute
What You’re Doing this Summer: Studying abroad in southern France‌

JESS BAUTISTA

Hometown: Zion, IL
Year: Junior
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: bopNgrill’s fries
Favorite Crayola Color: Caribbean Green
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Bora Bora, Sydney, Crete
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: Halas Palace

EMILY DEVANE

Hometown: Quincy, MA
Year: Sophomore
Favorite Song(s): This week it’s probably the newest The Band Perry album and the Last Five Years soundtrack
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: I went on an Ice Cream tour across the city with my friends a while ago, so all of that
Favorite Crayola Color:
Razzmatazz (who can resist a name like that?!)
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: Basement of Corboy

KAT DIB

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Year: Senior
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Vegan Milkshake at the Chicago Diner (best milkshake I've ever had!)
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Belmont and Grand
Favorite Crayola Color: Wild Strawberry
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: 2nd Floor of the IC

ISRAA ELHALAWANY

Hometown: I was born in Oak Lawn, IL but grew up in Brooklyn, NY
Year: Rising senior!!
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood:  Argyle, where I get the best ingredients for my Asian dishes
What You’re Doing this Summer: finally working out, internship, taking one class and fasting this summer (Ramadan is coming up)
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Thailand, Croatia, Amsterdam
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: the fourth floor of Mundelein and the beach of course!

MIKE FLOWERS

Hometown: Homer Glen, IL
Year: Sophomore
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Grand (River North) or Roosevelt (Museum Campus)
What You’re Doing this Summer: Living at Loyola, working for Conference Services and working at Burnham Harbor downtown
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: facing the lake at the front of the chapel / 19th floor of Mertz facing the lake/city

KAYLEIGH HARPER

Hometown: Plainfield, IL
Year at Loyola: Sophomore
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Portillos
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Chicago Stop (The Mag Mile, enough said!)
Favorite Crayola Color: Mint Green
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Flights Anywhere in the World: London, Ireland, & Alaska

ANTHONY KOZIK

Hometown: Orland Park, IL
Year:
Senior
Favorite Song(s): Wake me up by Avicii Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Remember the name by Fort Minor
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago:
Pizza from either Giordano's or Lou Malnati's
What You’re Doing this Summer:
Working at WTC for Conference Services
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Barcelona, Bora-Bora, and Brazil

JACKSON KOZLOWSKI

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Year: Sophomore
Favorite Song(s): Two Lips (Acoustic) by Hoodie Allen
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Steak at Wildfire
What You’re Doing this Summer: Interning for IOPO (Indiana Organ Procurement Organization)
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: IC Quad

KIMMY MARROQUIN

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year: Senior
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Mario's Italian Ice by UIC (Everyone MUST TRY!!)
What You’re Doing this Summer: Just got back from Guatemala, Belize, Island of San Pedro and Caye Caulker; now I’m interning for the Chicago Police Department
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Tennessee, Rome, Spain

JACKIE MARTIN

Hometown: Bartlett, IL
Year: Senior
Favorite Song(s): Skyfall by Adele
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Chicago El Stop
What You’re Doing this Summer: Producing a Summer Theatre Production at my High School
Favorite Crayola Color: Pink
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: The Harry Potter Reading Room on the 3rd Floor of the IC

REBECCA MAY

Hometown: Largo, FL
Year: rising Senior
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: the 3AM burger from Rock Bottom Grill
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Evanston or Lincoln Park
Favorite Crayola Color: Cerulean
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Greece, Mars (?!), and Iceland- to see the Northern Lights :)
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: on the rocks along the lake

JULIE MURPHY

Hometown: Belleair, FL
Year at Loyola: Rising Senior
Favorite Songs: At the moment, Fancy by Iggy  ... it's my jam
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago:  basically everything at Found or the umami burger at bopNgrill
Favorite Chicago Neighborhood: Evanston!
Favorite Crayola Color: I'm a fan of Tickle Me Pink
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: the fountain with all the tulips!

VINA NGUYEN

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year: Sophomore
Favorite Song(s): Such a hard question, but probably anything by Jake Bugg, Bon Iver, or on MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular album
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Patbingsu--part Korean dessert, part heaven
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: the Argyle stop (gotta to stick to my Vietnamese roots)
What You’re Doing this Summer: Camp counselor at a nature camp and babysitting
Favorite Crayola Color: Either Dandelion or Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown

ALEXIS O'CONNOR

Hometown: Carpentersville, IL
Year: Junior
Favorite Song(s): Anything by Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Taylor Swift
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Bubble tea!!
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Paris, Australia and Ireland
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: The sitting place by Madonna in front of the lake and the upper floors of Mundie, like the art studios and green house

TREASURE PASCAL

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Year: Rising sophomore
Favorite Song(s): They change LITERALLY every day. But my music choice varies from hip-hop, R&B, pop, rap, Indian (Punjabi), and African (West African/azonto) music
Favorite Crayola Color: Vivid Violet and Aquamarine
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: India, Australia, and Kenya
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: DAAAAMEEEENNNNNNNN lol

ZOHAIB SHERWANI

Hometown: Palatine, IL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Favorite Song(s): Anything by Kendrick Lamar
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Chicago/State
Favorite Crayola Color: Periwinkle
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Australia/London/Copenhagen

NICOLE SHOEMAKER

Hometown: Henderson, KY
Year: Sophomore
Favorite Song(s): This is How We Roll by FGL
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Wrigleyville (Addison)
Favorite Crayola Color: Coral
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: Quad

MICHELLE SINGAPORI

Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Year: Rising Senior
Favorite Song(s): I have an ever-growing list, but these are few songs I listen to now: Love never felt so good, Problem, Stay with me, and How did I get here
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: Lamb at Fogo de Chao
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Bucktown
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: Information Commons (IC)

EMILY STRATTON

Hometown: DeKalb, IL
Year: Senior
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: This is very hard. There's this place called Hash House a Go Go down town and there I had a burger with mashed potatoes on it. It ruled.
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: I love Lincolnwood
What You’re Doing this Summer: Nannying and working with Dr. Haden in her psych lab
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: I love sitting in the quad and looking at the flowers and the water running down in front of the IC

MADDY TOFANELLI

Hometown: Washington, IL
Year: Rising sophomore
Favorite Song(s): I enjoy a variety of music including, but not limited to, Bastille, Mumford & Sons, and the Lumineers, though Sia and Robyn are my current summer artists
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Addison (Wrigleyville) is my favorite stop as well as the Belmont area
Favorite Crayola Color: I love anything purple
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: I love the beach on warm days and the second floor of Damen when it's gross outside

JOHNNY WALKER

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Year: Sophomore
Best Thing You’ve Eaten in Chicago: tapas at Fullerton
What You’re Doing this Summer: going to music festivals/working as a camp counselor
Favorite Crayola Color: Cerulean
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Patagonia/Amsterdam/Barcelona
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: the beach ;)

SHARON YU

Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
Year: Rising Sophomore
Favorite Song(s): Right now it's Somebody Loves You by Betty Who
Favorite Crayola Color: Magic Mint and Turquoise Blue
Where you’d Go if you Had 3 Free Flights Anywhere in the World: Wooo I wish this could happen! I guess they would be Tokyo,
Rio and Bangkok!
Favorite Place on Loyola’s Campus: The lake shore and anywhere you can see the lake!‚Äč

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