Loyola University Chicago

New Student Programs

Student Academic Services

Information for Faculty and Staff

Welcome students in the Cheer Tunnel 

As students approach the end of the Convocation Walk, they will enter into a vibrant and spirited “welcome tunnel” formed by Loyola faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders. Your participation in this initiative is very important to the success of the tradition, and your participation will ensure a positive, welcoming experience for our students.

To participate in the welcome tunnel, please meet on the southeast doors of the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics at 3:00 PM, on Friday, August 23. To create excitement and to set the tone, we ask that faculty, staff, and student leaders to wear Loyola gear or colors. We will provide a Loyola ball cap to volunteers at the tunnel on a first-come, first-served basis. Please join us in welcoming our newest students to the Loyola community!

Participate in Faculty Processional 

All Loyola faculty members are invited to participate in the academic processional at New Student Convocation. Faculty participating in the processional must wear academic regalia. Faculty members who do not own their own academic apparel may rent through Jostens Academic Regalia via the online registration system. The Provost's Office is pleased to provide rented apparel at no cost to members of the faculty. Faculty who rent academic apparel will be able to pick it up on the 2nd floor of the Damen Student Center beginning one hour prior to Convocation. Faculty are asked to report to Damen Student Center Multipurpose Room on the second floor by 3:30 PM. You will be able to pick up your academic apparel and discussion guide (if needed), and line up for the processional. 

Lead a First-Year Text Discussion 

Immediately following New Student Convocation, students break into groups (based on their UNIV 101/201 section) to discuss the text with a faculty or staff member and student leader. We need the help of about 150 faculty and staff members to lead thes important discussions that help students begin their academic experience at Loyola by discussing substanative issues with peers. These 50-minute small group discussions create a campus wide conversation about the Convocation address, the First-Year Text, and the first week of class. Some outcomes are to:

  • Enjoy a shared meal
  • Build community at Loyola University Chicago
  • Discuss the ideas presented in the Convocation address and the First-Year Text
  • Create a supportive campus environment for new students
  • Discuss what students can expect in the first week of classes