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Message Archive

  • August 6, 2020
  • "I am very excited and proud to be following Fr. Steve Katsouros, S.J., as the next dean of Arrupe College, and I look forward to connecting with many of you in the weeks and months ahead. As our world combats a global pandemic and our nation wrestles with racial injustices, I am lifted up by the power of Arrupe." Read more.

  • May 26, 2020
  • "We remain on strict stay at home orders here in Chicago, and while classes at Arrupe for our summer term begin today, we will deliver those classes online, as we have since March. Despite these changes and challenges, Arrupe students continue to exceed expectations: 92 of our current students earned grade point averages of 3.5 or higher during the spring semester—our largest group of Dean’s List members in Arrupe’s five year history." Read more.

  • March 16, 2020
  • “I came to Arrupe College because of the affordability. I stay at Arrupe College because of the community and the opportunity.” That was what Accenture heard from student after student at Arrupe last spring when the consulting firm conducted their replication feasibility study. Last spring seems like a long time ago as the current Coronavirus pandemic challenges the opportunities Arrupe College offers our students. Along with the rest of Loyola University Chicago, Arrupe transitioned from face to face instruction to remote online education at the end of last week. Read more.
  • February 27, 2020
  • While Arrupe students aren’t required to work in order to cover their tuitions and fees, a la Cristo Rey students, they need to work. Our students have family financial obligations; often, their earnings contribute significantly to their families’ livelihoods. To assist our students - and graduates - in their searches for employment is “the jobs lady.” Read more.

  • December 1, 2019
  • I had lunch with Jose recently. Jose, a member of Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago’s first class, completed his associate’s degree in two years, with no debt. He continued at Loyola’s business school on a full scholarship, and earned his bachelor’s in supply chain management in two years. He contacted me a few months after his graduation and informed me that he landed a job. I invited him to a celebratory lunch. Read more.

  • November 20, 2019
  • As I approach my sixth Thanksgiving at Arrupe, I find myself feeling deep gratitude. I am grateful to Loyola University Chicago for imagining a college like Arrupe and for inviting me to lead it. I am grateful to Arrupe’s advisory board of directors who have provided me with good counsel and our college with generous support. I am grateful to my colleagues, whose commitment is humbling and transformative. I am grateful to our students and our graduates, whose experience and insight have influenced Arrupe’s trajectory and informed a national conversation about higher education and inclusion. I am grateful for my Jesuit brothers, in Chicago and across the country, whose prayers and companionship have encouraged me in my work. I am also grateful for you, and for the ways you support our desire to make Jesuit higher education affordable, accessible, and achievable at Arrupe. Read more.

  • October 2, 2019
  • $2.5 million.That was the total amount netted at Arrupe’s fifth anniversary celebration—more than double what we were originally anticipating for a first major fundraiser for our startup college. The occasion was Loyola University Chicago’s Annual Founders’ Dinner, which this year was dedicated to celebrating the founding of Arrupe College. Read more.