From the President
Tackling society’s challenges through innovation
Last month, we welcomed a talented and diverse group of new and returning students—over 16,000 in total—to Loyola. We begin the fall semester with enthusiasm and a deeply rooted commitment to our Jesuit, Catholic mission to educate hearts and minds to transform our world. My many interactions with our students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, donors, and friends during my first year at Loyola underscored the passionate commitment of all members of our University community for the transformative education that we deliver and for the impact this education has on our students and graduates.
We will continue to work diligently to ensure affordable access to a Loyola University Chicago education for all who are inspired by our mission and who want to study here. Our current University-wide review of our fiscal and operational priorities is designed to help us do this by strategically leveraging our strengths while concurrently revealing new opportunities for growth and innovation in our classrooms and laboratories on each of our campuses. By embracing a culture of innovation, we will be able to ensure that we are preparing students in the best possible ways for future professions and challenges that are not even on our radar today. Our promise to “prepare people to lead extraordinary lives” can only be fulfilled by guiding our students’ growth and skills in critical thinking, communication, and complex problem-solving and reasoning, all of which will continue to be key in expanding global interactions.
We are preparing our students for lives of engagement with our communities and each other by encouraging them to examine their own perspectives and biases and consciously educate themselves in all aspects of any issue. In this way, they will have the skills and knowledge to address the most vexing issues standing in the way of social justice. One such intractable issue facing our city and our world is crime and violence, oftentimes directed at the most vulnerable members of our communities. At Cardinal Cupich’s elevation to the College of Cardinals last fall, Pope Francis reaffirmed his call for our diverse global community to end this “epidemic of animosity and violence.” The pope highlighted the impact that ignorance, apathy, and indifference have on bolstering this epidemic.
Our Jesuit, Catholic mission is rooted in a commitment to educate and inspire students to transform our world by serving as agents of positive change. There are numerous examples of extraordinary ways that Loyolans are doing just that. In the fall issue of Loyola magazine, you will find several stories detailing how faculty, alumni, and students from various disciplines are responding to crime-related concerns and being of service to those in need. You will learn about psychology professor Art Lurigio’s own experience as a victim of armed robbery and how this has shaped his work with crime victims, see how alumnus Ken Cygan (BA ’07) is changing the lives of inmates at DuPage County Jail, and read about how violence impacts the medical community. These stories represent just some of the ways Loyolans are taking on this vexing issue and working to make our communities and the world a more just and better place.
In this issue, we have also highlighted the first graduating class of Arrupe College, our two-year college program for talented women and men from across the Chicagoland area. Last month, over 100 students participated in the first graduation ceremony for this unique program and will be moving into four-year institutions, trade school, or employment. We are extraordinarily proud of these graduates and all they have achieved in pursuit of their dreams. We are also very grateful to John (BBA ’68) and Kathy Schreiber for their recent gift in support of our Arrupe graduates and students. The Schreibers’ generous support, along with the support of numerous donors, will enable us to
expand the reach of Arrupe College and empower our Arrupe alumni to live lives of service to each other and to our world. They will become, in the words of Pedro Arrupe, S.J., “persons for others.”
I hope you enjoy this issue of Loyola magazine, which will continue to feature stories on all our schools, colleges, and institutes in future issues. On behalf of all of us at the University, thank you for your continued support of and commitment to Loyola and our students.
Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President, Loyola University Chicago