Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Friday, May 7, 2021 12:25 PM CDT

In Gratitude to Faculty and Staff

May 7, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we conclude this semester at the end of a historic academic year in which we were teaching and working mostly remotely, I want to express admiration and deep appreciation to each of you for the courage, compassion, strength, and resilience you have shown.

In a year of challenges and uncertainty, Loyola University Chicago’s students were supported and sustained by the outstanding care and concern shown to them by faculty and staff. You persisted on their behalf while managing through significant change and challenge brought on by this pandemic in your own personal and professional lives.

Thank you for pivoting and innovating, adjusting and readjusting, and for working tirelessly throughout the year to educate and lift up our students and one another in ways large and small. From many locations and circumstances, you came together to help see our students through while always maintaining an eye toward the greater good.

As we look ahead to next week’s virtual Commencement activities, we are reminded of our mission, values, and the meaningful work we do at Loyola to prepare our students to lead extraordinary lives. It is my honor and privilege to accompany you in this mission every day.

We are also heartened by the positive developments we are seeing in the city, state, and country that give us even greater reason and hope that we remain on track to return fully to our Chicagoland campuses.

With our fall semester return to campus plans underway, we have learned much over the past year and have confidence in our ability to adapt and thrive while keeping our community safe and engaged.

I wish you great health and the very best for a wonderful, revitalizing summer. And with great anticipation, I look forward to seeing you and our students in person in the fall.

With warm regards and in gratitude,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD