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‘O Holy Night’

Hear two Loyola students sing a stirring duet of this Christmas classic—plus see the University decked out for the holidays.

Faith and social justice

In this first installment of our Loyola Lens video series, James Prehn, S.J., discusses faith and social justice—and how they are at the heart of a Loyola education.

‘Loyola has transformed me...’

See how Loyola University Chicago is transforming students and preparing them to lead extraordinary lives.

‘Forge the future that you want’

Hear associate professor John Donoghue, PhD, give a rousing lecture to his History 211 students on the first day of class. Plus, see pictures from around campus as the fall semester begins.

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Learn more about Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies here.

At the heart of who we are

Just as Loyola continues to shape its campuses to improve its students’ university experience, the Core Curriculum is helping students better meet their academic, spiritual, and intellectual needs. The Core will not only influence our students as they earn their degrees, but it will provide them with the skills they’ll need after they leave school and pursue their careers.

One of these skills is understanding diversity and the appreciation that different cultures bring different perspectives to many situations. Without being aware of that in the workplace, students are going to miss something extremely important. That is not a skill you can easily put into a class, but it is one you can promote in a curriculum and educational program.

Another skill is being able to examine the ethical dimensions of every issue. It is one thing to ask if a practice is legally acceptable, but it is another thing to say, “This is an area that could lead us into greater risk-taking than is warranted.” We want to form graduates who are responsible for the society around them.

It’s called a Core Curriculum not just because it’s central to a Loyola education, but because it deals with what is at the core of a well-rounded person. The Core also encourages analysis across branches of learning. The ability to understand what different disciplines bring to an issue—how business or philosophy or the sciences might approach the same questions of truth or goodness or beauty—is invaluable. Those are the kinds of things you want to give in a broadly liberal education, and many schools miss the mark by training students for only one area of expertise.

Take, for example, a finance student. She will not graduate from the business school with just a degree in finance—she will have had as many hours of Core Curriculum as her major. Students graduating today will very likely have a number of careers, and we want to prepare them for that. That’s the liberalization of the program.

We hope our students will use the Core to begin to question how they can affect the world. We want them to ask, “What are our responsibilities to one another? What builds the human person and what detracts from that? What role do the arts play in making our daily life individually and collectively richer and more humane?”

By the end of their time at Loyola, they will have built up a set of skills and values that will help them far beyond the confines of the classroom. The Core Curriculum prepares our graduates to give back to their communities, to promote global and social justice, and to make a difference in the lives of others. Or, as we say: It prepares people to lead extraordinary lives.

Learn more about Loyola’s Core Curriculum here.


Loyola institute will focus on environmental issues

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability strives to create solutions to the stress on our planet’s natural resources, expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through teaching, research, and outreach activities on pressing environmental issues.

Learn more about Loyola’s sustainability programs here.

Why Loyola? See why these students plan to come here

More than 4,500 people attended Loyola Weekend on April 6 and 7, the largest turnout ever in the event’s history.

The weekend—an invite-only occasion for admitted students and their families—highlights Loyola’s academic programs, its study abroad options, and the University’s state-of-the-art campus, among other things.

In the above video, learn why these six incoming students plan to enroll at Loyola in the fall. All admitted freshmen can secure their spot at Loyola by submitting a deposit by May 1 at LUC.edu/deposit

Sit. Stay. Smile.

By Rianne Coale • Journalism major, Class of 2014

Are you stressed out by finals week? Do you need to take a break from all your studying? Or do you simply miss your family pet and want a friendly companion to talk to?

Then let Tivo lend you a helping paw.

Tivo, a 5-year-old purebred black Labrador retriever, is the newest addition to the Wellness Center at Loyola University Chicago and is trained specifically to be a best friend whenever he’s needed.

Tivo joined the Wellness Center team last year and is ready to work and assist anywhere he is needed around campus. He was rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy, and after extensive training, he became a licensed therapy dog.

“When he was a younger dog he did the TOPS obedience course at the canine training center for obedience,” said Joan Holden, Tivo’s official holder/trainer. “Then he worked at the sheriff’s department for a three-week obedience training. He lived with me over the summer, and I went through three more training sessions.”

Research has shown that people are drawn to pets and animals, and the Wellness Center is using that information to find new ways to engage with students on campus.

Diane Asaro, the Wellness Center director, couldn’t be happier with Tivo.

“Tivo’s job description includes being loved and playing,” Asaro said. “We use Tivo with patients for calming, for outreach in the residence halls, and to be sent out with a human counselor in hopes that students can come and pet the dog as a way to connect with the Wellness Center outside the office.”

Tivo is a hardworking dog and even has his own program, Talk with Tivo, where he visits places around campus for an hour each week with a counselor to connect with students. Counselors may bring him into counseling sessions and incorporate him into the therapy process.

“I think that dogs can help in so many ways,” said David deBoer, associate director and clinical psychologist at the Wellness Center. “Many students have left loved family pets at home, so Tivo can be a kind of surrogate pet or transitional object for students missing their dogs.

“Tivo really serves as a comfort, pleasure, and joy for college students—a friendly reminder of the comforts of home.”

When Tivo isn’t out saving the world, he lives with Father Justin Daffron in Campion Hall. After a long day with a rigorous schedule that starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends around 6 p.m., Tivo is free to go home to Campion, where he enjoys an evening filled with fetching his favorite ball and running in his grassy play yard on Sheridan Road.

The Wellness Center approached Daffron with the idea of a therapy dog, and when he moved into Campion Hall this fall, “the Wellness Center re-approached me, and asked if I would be willing to take Tivo,” he said.

“That is when the relationship was formed. I had never had a dog before, and I wanted to help the Wellness Center,” Daffron said. “I think it is just great to have him there, and he is able to help students in ways that we can’t.” 

Felice’s serves up pizza, real-world business lessons

By Akanksha Jayanthi  •  Journalism major, class of 2013

For Loyola students, a job at Felice’s Roman Style Pizza is more than just a way to earn a few extra bucks.

It’s a way to learn how to run a business.

Felice’s, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in February, is operated entirely by undergraduate students—the only pizzeria in the country that can make such a claim. The restaurant is a part of Loyola Limited, an entrepreneurial company on campus that is run and managed by undergrads.

Asma Kadri, chief marketing officer of Loyola Limited, says the first year of Felice’s was a great learning experience.

“We’ve done a lot of experimenting in year one: recipe development, making sure we had everything like payments squared away,” says Kadri, a senior international studies and advertising and public relations double major. “Now, not only is it all squared away, but it’s all going really well.”

Being a student-run business has its ups and downs, Kadri says, but it also provides some bragging rights.

“It’s something that we hold as a point of pride, not just for Felice’s, but in general for our student-run business program,” Kadri says. “In our third year of Loyola Limited being active, we’ve run higher business capital than any other student business in the nation.”

Erin O’Neill, a junior communication studies major with minors in math and Polish studies, is one of the managers and pizza artisans at Felice’s. Like  Kadri, she takes pride in what they have accomplished.

“I’m really proud to tell people Felice’s is the only student-run restaurant and that we’re still alive after a whole year of having to figure everything out from scratch,” O’Neill says.

Kadri says there is a loyal group of customers who dine at Felice’s who “wholeheartedly” believe in the company. She says many of their customers are alums of the John Felice Rome Center who are looking for a slice of pizza to remind them of their days studying in Italy.

O’Neill says she often sees customers on campus and remembers their names and pizza orders because they come in so frequently.

“It says a lot for our business and how we treat our customers because people are always coming back for more,” O’Neill says.

While Felice’s continues to see success, Kadri says they hope to expand its reach further into the Chicago community and on campus in terms of students getting involved with Loyola Limited, which also currently manages The Flats and ChainLinks.

“Loyola Limited doesn’t partner with just the business school. It’s interdisciplinary,” Kadri says. “We hire for attitude and train for skill.”

O’Neill says that she feels like she learns something different after each shift and that the lessons she learns at work aren’t confined to the restaurant.

“[Loyola Limited] wants us to understand that this isn’t just a place you show up to and work and go home. There are a lot of things that can be applied from here to later on in life,” she says. “It’s about more than just pizza.”

A new approach to medicine

Loyola University Chicago broke ground Aug. 16 on a $137 million medical research and education building that will support nearly 500 scientists and staff working together to improve human health.

The Loyola University Chicago Center for Translational Research and Education is scheduled to open in April 2016 on the university’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood. The five-story, 227,000-square-foot building is a collaboration among Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System, and CHE-Trinity Health.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola University Chicago, said one of the biggest challenges in health care is acquiring new knowledge and producing great doctors and nurses. “This new Center will transform the practice of Catholic health care education and research for the benefit of students, patients, and our society as a whole."

Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Loyola’s Health Sciences Division, told nearly 300 scientists and dignitaries: “It is almost certain that someone in your life – possibly you – will benefit from the work that is done at this health sciences campus. Patients right across the street and around the world will be able to enjoy healthier lives, thanks to Loyola health sciences. Excellence in research translates into excellence in patient care.”

Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System said: “This is about discovery, and translating that discovery to the patients who we serve. Bringing together this collection of researchers and clinicians to really build something great. . . will bring us forward for the next 10 to 15 years.”

The center will include open laboratory and support space for 72 principal investigators plus space for 40 lead scientists engaged in desktop research such as public health, health services, nursing, bioinformatics, and epidemiology. A 250-seat auditorium will provide a link with the local community, serving primarily as a showcase for health-related programming.

In 2011, Trinity Health (now CHE-Trinity) acquired the health system from the university. As part of this agreement, the university and CHE-Trinity will share the cost of a $150 million research enterprise, comprising the $137 million building and funding to attract and support leading researchers.

The center will accommodate principal investigators, postdoctoral trainees, physicians, nurses, fellows, graduate students, and students from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

Researchers now scattered among buildings throughout the Health Sciences Campus will be centralized in the research and education center. The center will be built on what is now a parking lot between the medical school and an office building.‌

On hand for the groundbreaking ceremony were (from left): Larry Warren, interim COO, CHE-Trinity; Larry Goldberg, President and CEO, Loyola University Health System; Richard Kennedy, PhD, Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Programs, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division;  Richard L. Gamelli, Senior Vice President and Provost, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division; Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President and CEO, Loyola University Chicago; Bill Laird, Senior Vice President and CFO, Loyola University Chicago; Jackie Taylor Holsten, Health Sciences Committee Chair, Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees; Linda Brubaker, MD, dean, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; and Vicki Keough, PhD, dean, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

Why is Rome so incredible? Let Loyola count the ways

Loyola students talk about their time in Rome—and why it’s an experience they’ll never forget. Learn more about the John Felice Rome Center and how you too can be transformed by a semester in the Eternal City.

‘TODAY’ visits Loyola to discuss Pope’s one-year anniversary

March 13 marked the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as the leader of the Catholic Church. NBC’s “TODAY” show came to Loyola to get students’ thoughts on his papacy and find out what they think about “The Francis Effect.”

“He does a very good job of representing our generation or the community that I have here at Loyola,” senior Mary Simon said. “He’s a really perfect face for faith in action.”

Added fellow senior Stefanie Gorski: “In our generation, people can identify with him because he just talks about how to love each other.”

Watch the entire video above and check out this “NBC Nightly News” segment looking back on Pope Francis’s first year as pontiff.

Also, Loyola is marking the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis with a March 27 symposium, “Habemus Papam +1.” The event—which will feature speakers, Vatican experts, and panel discussions—runs from 1– 5:30 p.m. in the Information Commons. It’s free and open to the public.

Get complete details at the symposium website.

A day in the life of a Loyola athlete

By Anna Gaynor

Not many students are as busy as Loyola senior Joe Crisman.

He’s a member of the Maroon and Gold Society, he’s the financial chairman for the Green Initiative Fund at the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and he’s a standout student at the Quinlan School of Business, where he’s maintained a 3.65 GPA as a finance major. He even spent last summer as a neuro-oncology research intern at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.


March 5–8: Watch Joe Crisman and the rest of the men’s basketball team at this year’s Arch Madness tournament in St. Louis. Buy your tickets.

And he’s managed all of this while being a key member of the Loyola basketball team for the past four years. But it hasn’t come easy.

“Thursday nights in college, everyone’s heading out or trying to figure out what they’re going to do, and you’re just waving at them as you walk into the library,” Crisman said. “It takes discipline, that time management skill—just knowing that you are in a different boat.”

Crisman, who is debating between medical school and a career in finance after graduation, is proving that the old stereotype of athletes breezing through easy classes doesn’t hold up at Loyola. And he’s not alone on campus.

A Top 20 program

The University has the highest Graduation Success Rate of any school in the Missouri Valley Conference, according to a 2014 report by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The GSR was developed by the NCAA to better assess the academic success and graduation performance of student-athletes. At 96 percent, this year’s score places Loyola tied at No. 16 in the national rankings and 14 percentage points higher than the national average. (Read more about Loyola’s latest GSR score here.)

“We’re making sure that we’re doing all that we can to set the foundation for success in life for our students,” said Betsi Burns, associate athletics director and assistant dean for academic services. “We are looking at the holistic development of our students and making sure that mind, body, and spirit are being nurtured during their time with us.”

For Crisman, though, it all comes down to discipline. He usually gets up around 8 a.m., then it’s off to classes, the library, the cafeteria, the weight room, the training room, a film session, and then practice—or a game, which can take him as far away as Las Vegas or San Antonio, Texas. But even after that grueling schedule, Crisman’s day is far from over: He’ll often grab a quick bite to eat and then head back to the library to finish studying.

Built for success

Having the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics on campus is a huge help for Crisman and other Loyola athletes. The complex, which houses the sports medicine and training facilities, is also home to the student-athlete academic center.

“It’s connected to our gym where we practice,” said Crisman, who is a four-time winner of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Week award. “You take 10 steps, and you’re in your academic center with advisors and with computers in the study area. It’s definitely a very big help. It forces us to stay on top of things. Our advisors are always right there: ‘How’s your class? Did you talk to your professor?’ And everything like that.”

Burns, the associate athletics director, finds that the biggest obstacle facing student-athletes is time. With traveling for games and exhausting practices, students such as Crisman face a lot of emotional and physical demands. So the center makes sure students have access to the right resources by working with professors, advisors, and other Loyola staff.

“Just as we want all of our students to be successful, our student-athletes are representing Loyola, and we want to make sure that we are really valuing and putting into practice those commitments we make as an institution,” Burns said.

Looking back

Crisman, who grew up in Munster, Ind., and competed on the prestigious Indiana High School All-Star Team, has been a steady contributor during his career at Loyola. He’s appeared in more than 100 games and has averaged 5.4 points per contest. He’s seen Loyola improve from just seven wins during his freshman year to 18 regular-season victories as a senior.

But for Crisman, juggling practice, classes, games, and homework is about to come to an end in a few short weeks as Arch Madness approaches. In spite of all the hard work, Crisman has no regrets.

“After going through it for four years, that whole lifestyle—studying, playing basketball—I’d say I’m pretty accustomed to it right now so it’s going to be weird when it’s all over in a few weeks,” he said. “But it’s definitely something that I love and definitely something I wouldn’t change.”

Study, train, play… repeat

You think your week is busy? Here’s a glimpse at what Rambler basketball player Joe Crisman’s weekly schedule looks like. During the season, Crisman and his teammates also play about two games a week against other Division 1 schools.

‘An Evening with Jackie Taylor’: Come see Loyola alum on campus

Jackie Taylor graduated from Loyola in 1973—and within three years started the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. The theater, which moved into a permanent home in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in 2011, is a vibrant institution with a bold mission: to eradicate racism and its damaging effects through theater arts.

Come meet Taylor and members of the Black Ensemble Theater on Thursday, March 26, at the Lake Shore Campus for a discussion and musical dialogue. The event—“An Evening with Jackie Taylor: With Liberty and Justice for All”—starts at 7 p.m. in the Den at the Damen Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

Watch the video above to see Taylor discuss her time at Loyola and how a liberal arts education helped her focus on social issues. 

Arrupe Night to welcome students, their families to new Loyola college

Learn more about Arrupe College—Loyola’s new two-year school for students with limited financial resources—at the first-ever Arrupe Night on May 19.


• Tuesday, May 19, from 5–8 p.m.
• Lewis Towers (13th floor), 111 E. Pearson St., on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago

Open to admitted students and their parents, Arrupe Night will let prospective students and their families learn more about the school, meet with advisors and current Loyola undergraduates, plus discuss the next steps for enrollment. (Please note: The event is full, so only people who have already submitted an RSVP can attend.) 

Check out the above video to see what some soon-to-be Arrupe students have to say about the college. You also can learn more at the Arrupe website and watch a WTTW “Chicago Tonight” feature about the school.

All admitted students can secure their spot at Arrupe by submitting a deposit by June 1 at LUC.edu/arrupe/status.

State of the University Address - Spring 2015

President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., addressed students, faculty, and staff at his final State of the University addresses on April 7 and 9. To view the Lake Shore Campus address in its entirety, see the video above. Below, please find highlights from Father Garanzini's addresses.

Academic Additions — Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago and the new engineering program are both on track to launch in the fall. A new partnership with Universidad Loyola Andalucia, a Jesuit university in Spain, will soon offer a joint baccalaureate program to students.

Facilities Updates — The Quinlan School of Business will move to the Schreiber Center in September 2015, the Center for Translational Research and Education will open in February 2016, a new residence hall, chapel, and reception area are in the works at the John Felice Rome Center—and, after the past several years, all construction at the Lake Shore Campus is complete!

Financial Stability — As in past years, the budget is in the black and enrollment numbers are strong. Endowment funds also continue to support faculty chairs and student scholarships.

2015-2020 Key Priorities — The University is finishing up a new strategic plan that will leverage the University’s talents to help address local and global social justice issues. To advance this plan, the University will focus on student success, faculty development, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and partnerships.

New Leaders — New leadership appointments have been made including Steve Watson, director of athletics, Winifred Williams, PhD, vice president for Human Resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer, and Thomas Regan, S.J., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Searches are underway for provost of the Health Sciences Division, dean of the Quinlan School of Business—and a new University president. As announced in March, Father Garanzini will continue his service to Loyola as chancellor, beginning July 1, to help with external relations and special projects.

Following his address, Father Garanzini also answered questions on topics such as: his work as the Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, the search for the next University president, commitment to environmental sustainability including the University Senate’s fossil fuel divestment recommendation, the next strategic plan, adjunct faculty, and the student government’s recent divestment resolution.

Questions regarding the addresses can be directed to Lorraine Fitzgerald at lsnyde2@luc.edu or 312.915.6400.