Loyola University Chicago

Weekend of Excellence

Putting students in the spotlight

This year, Loyola celebrated the achievements of its students at the 8th Annual Weekend of Excellence on April 19-22, 2018. The weekend's events included research symposiums, awards ceremonies, and student performances.

School of Education Awards Ceremony

5:30–7:30 p.m. — Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall, Water Tower Campus

2018 Student Organization Awards

6–8 p.m. — Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus
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School of Communication Honors Reception and Student Showcase

12:30–3 p.m. — Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall, Water Tower Campus
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Military and Veteran Students Recognition Ceremony

1–3:30 p.m. — Mundelein Center, Palm Court, Lake Shore Campus

Diversity Awards Reception

4–5:15 p.m. — Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus
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Opening Reception – By Invitation

5:30–7 p.m. — Cudahy Library, Donovan Reading Room, Lake Shore Campus

Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards Banquet – By Invitation

7–9 p.m. — Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus

Spring Jazz Showcase

7:30–9 p.m. — Mundelein Center, Newhart Family Theatre, Lake Shore Campus
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Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Symposium

Quinlan Life Sciences Building & Palm Court, Mundelein Center

  • 8:30 a.m. — Registration
  • 9–10:15 a.m. — Paper Session
  • 10:45–11:45 a.m. — Poster Session
  • 12–12:30 p.m. — Lunch (Palm Court)
  • 12:30–1:15 p.m. — Guest Panel
  • 1:30–2:45 p.m. — Paper Session
  • 3–4 p.m. — Poster Session
  • 4–7 p.m. — Awards Reception (Palm Court)

Psychology Honors Ceremony and Psi Chi Induction

9:30–10:30 a.m. — Piper Hall, Lake Shore Campus

Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony

9:30–10:30 a.m. — Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge, Lake Shore Campus

Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium

Mundelein Center, Auditorium and Newhart Family Theatre, Lake Shore Campus

  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Research Poster/ Community Engagement Session 1
  • 11 a.m.–12 p.m. — Dance Symposia (Newhart Theatre)
  • 12:45–1:45 p.m. — Oral Presentations
  • 2–3:30 p.m. — Research Poster/ Community Engagement Session 2
  • 3:45–4:30 p.m. — Award Presentation (Newhart Theatre)

Trio Event – By Invitation

12:30–2 p.m. — Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge, Lake Shore Campus

For(e)ward – 2018 Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

2–5 p.m. Opening Reception — LUMA, Water Tower Campus

Beta Gamma Sigma Membership Recognition Ceremony – By Invitation

3–4:30 p.m. — Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, Water Tower Campus

Let’s Get Lost – 2018 Visual Communications Senior Exhibition (Runs April 21 – May 13)

3–6 p.m. Opening Reception — Ralph Arnold Gallery, Lake Shore Campus

Tau Sigma Honors Society Induction

4–6 p.m. — Regis Hall, Regis Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus

Excellence Awards Ceremony – By Invitation

7–9 p.m. — Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus

Mass

10:30–11:30 a.m. — Madonna della Strada Chapel, Lake Shore Campus

Scholarship Lunch – By Invitation

12–2 p.m. — Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus

International Student Recognition – By Invitation

2–4 p.m. — Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge, Lake Shore Campus

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony – By Invitation

2–5 p.m. — Mundelein Center, Palm Court, Lake Shore Campus

Spring Concert: Concerto/Aria Competition Winner

3–4:30 p.m. — Mundelein Center, Auditorium, Lake Shore Campus
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Interdisciplinary Honors Program Celebration – By Invitation

4–5:30 p.m. — Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus

Mass

5–6 p.m. — Madonna della Strada Chapel, Lake Shore Campus

 

History

Learning that Transforms Lives

The Weekend of Excellence shares the story of the Loyola experience and demonstrates how integrated learning can transform students’ lives and communities. Cosponsored by Student Development and Academic Affairs, this weekend celebrates the scholarly and creative excellence, outstanding co-curricular contributions, and inspiring civic work and service of Loyola’s students. It recognizes that relationships—among students, faculty, staff, and the wider community—are central to advancing learning and building community.

Award winners

Hundreds of students and more than a dozen organizations received awards at the 2018 Weekend of Excellence for their outstanding work throughout the school year. View Award Recipients

Meet the standouts

Jessica Talwar

Sociology; political science

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Olivia LaRocco

Economics; anthropology

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Ethan Holleman

Environmental science

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Ximena Aranda Mejia Galán

Economics; business management

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Frances Rafferty

Environmental policy

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Erika Oller

Multimedia journalism

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Kevin White

Environmental science conservation restoration ecology; environmental policy; political science

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Dara Eleazar

Film and digital media

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Erna Roth

Advocacy and social change

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Afreen Hussaini

Biology; psychology

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Helen Ruble

Special education

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Amanda Guse

Advertising/public relations

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Taylor Beck

Theatre; business management

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Allison Fila

Psychology; statistics

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Trisha Camara

Political science; global and international studies

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Tim Platten

Political science; sociology

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Kathleen Meis

Environmental policy; advocacy and social change

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Meet the standouts

Jessica Talwar

Majors: Sociology; political science
Minors: History; Islamic studies

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Hannah Chin

Major: Journalism
Minor: Political science

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Olivia LaRocco

Majors: Economics; anthropology

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Ethan Holleman

Major: Environmental science
Minors: Public health; computer science

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Ximena Aranda Mejia Galán

Majors: Economics; business management
Minor: French

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Frances Rafferty

Major: Environmental policy
Minor: Catholic studies

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Erika Oller

Major: Multimedia journalism
Minor: Computer science

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Kevin White

Majors: Environmental science conservation restoration ecology; environmental policy; political science
Minors: Urban studies; sustainability

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Dara Eleazar

Major: Film and digital media

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Erna Roth

Major: Advocacy and social change
Minors: Management; sociolegal studies; peace studies

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Victoria Nguyen

Major: Nursing

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Addison Mauck

Major: Sociology
Minors: Urban studies; communication studies

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Long Yi Yip

Major: Nursing

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Afreen Hussaini

Majors: Biology; psychology

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Helen Ruble

Major: Special education

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Amanda Guse

Major: Advertising/public relations

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Kristen Surla Aldridge

Major: Master’s in education

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Matthew Henderson

Majors: Political science; history

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Christopher Le

Major: Psychology

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Taylor Beck

Majors: Theatre; business management
Minor: Musical theatre

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Sarah Miklius

Major: Theology
Minors: Peace studies; Catholic studies

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Allison Fila

Majors: Psychology; statistics
Minors: Neuroscience; physics

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Madelynne Drescher

Major: Psychology
Minor: Leadership studies

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Trisha Camara

Majors: Political science; global and international studies

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Tim Platten

Majors: Political science; sociology

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Kathleen Meis

Majors: Environmental policy; advocacy and social change

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