Archive of messages from the Office of the President distributed to the Loyola University Chicago community via email prior to October 2022.
Susan Sher (JD '74), Chair of the Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees, pays tribute to outgoing Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and announces the re-naming of Mundelein Auditorium in her honor.
President Rooney Welcomes Students, Faculty, and Staff to the 2022-2023 Academic Year
President Rooney thanks Winifred Williams, PhD, for her service to Loyola as Dr. Williams moves to a new role at the College of American Pathologists.
July 6, 2022: Dear Loyola Community, We are pleased to announce that Michael Behnam, PhD, has been appointed dean of the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, effective September 1, 2022.READ MORE
June 24, 2022: Dear Loyola Community, Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade. We acknowledge that many are feeling frightened or vulnerable, and are concerned that they must stand alone in facing the future. I assure you—that is not the case. In this significant moment for our country, we call for compassion, thoughtfulness, and respect regardless of personal position.READ MORE
June 13, 2022: Dear Loyola Community, I am pleased to announce that Maciek Nowak, PhD, interim dean and professor in the Quinlan School of Business, has agreed to take on the role of Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning and Implementation.READ MORE
President Rooney announces the largest gift in Loyola University Chicago history--$100 million from John (BBA '68) and Kathy Schreiber
After a successful return to in-person Commencement, Dr. Rooney thanks faculty and staff for their work throughout the year.
At a May 3, 2022 campus event, Loyola’s 24th President, Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, welcomed Dr. Mark Reed as Loyola University Chicago’s 25th President.
May 3, 2022: Experienced leader joins Loyola from Saint Joseph's University.READ MORE
On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, we invite you to join us as we introduce Loyola University Chicago’s 25th president to our community tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 3
11:00 a.m. Central time
Lake Shore Campus
The event will include brief remarks followed by a reception open to all students, faculty, and staff. An additional reception will be held at the Health Sciences Campus at the Stritch School of Medicine Atrium at 4:30 p.m.
We encourage all to attend and look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, visit the Presidential Search site.
March 1, 2022: We are pleased to announce that Claire Noonan, D.Min, is joining the Loyola University Chicago community as vice president for mission integration, effective July 1, 2022.READ MORE
January 27, 2022: We are pleased to announce that Michèle Alexandre, JD, has been appointed dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, effective July 15, 2022.READ MORE
Dr. Rooney announces an historic collaboration with the Vatican to facilitate dialogue between university students and Pope Francis.
January 12, 2022: To provide Loyola University Chicago students and their families with adequate time for financial planning, we write to you regarding tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year. For the 2022-2023 academic year, Loyola's Board of Trustees has approved a 3.65 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, to $48,100 from $46,410—an increase of $1,690. Tuition for graduate and professional programs will increase up to 3 percent, depending on the program.READ MORE
January 6, 2022: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, We wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that you were able to enjoy the holidays with loved ones, whether that meant gathering in person or virtually. This message describes our steps for safely returning to campus for the spring 2022 semester.READ MORE
December 14, 2021: The Presidential Search Committee (PSC) and Spencer Stuart have finalized the President Prospectus for the position. It is now available for download from the Presidential Search website.READ MORE
November 16, 2021: Dr. Rooney announces that Loyola has accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic 10 Conference effective July 1, 2022. The A-10 is a 14-university, 21-sport league that is universally hailed as one of the best conferences in the country.READ MORE
Dr. Rooney announces that Loyola University Chicago is among the inaugural signers of the Vatican's Seven-Year Journey to Integral Ecology and outlines the University's leadership role in this global action plan.
November 1, 2021: Dear Loyola Community, We are excited to announce that Keith M. Champagne, PhD, is joining Loyola University Chicago as our new vice president for student development. Dr. Champagne is a seasoned leader in academia who stood out among the applicants we interviewed for his student-centered vision that has helped institutions create a sense of place, purpose, and belonging for students and others within the campus community.READ MORE
October 25, 2021 - Dear Loyola Community, As we achieve the midpoint of our fall semester, this is an exciting and opportune time to update you on our progress with Loyola University Chicago's Strategic Plan and next steps in working with University leaders to shape key performance indicators and prepare for the plan's effective implementation.
October 14, 2021: Dear Loyola Community, We are pleased to share that Loyola University Chicago’s new Sustainable Investment Policy was recently approved by the Board of Trustees and Loyola senior leadership, furthering the University’s commitment to sustainability and addressing the ongoing global climate crisis.READ MORE
September 28, 2021: Dear Campus Community, After the completion of a successful search process, I am proud to announce Loyola University Chicago’s first Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dominique Jordan Turner.READ MORE
Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago, delivered remarks to faculty at the conclusion of Loyola Chicago’s 2021 Faculty Convocation.
President Jo Ann Rooney's message on the passing of Loyola basketball legend and civil rights pioneer Jerry Harkness.
July 16, 2021: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, Loyola University Chicago is committed to creating a healthy and clean campus environment as part of the Jesuit value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. On August 1, we will become a smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free university in recognition of the health risks associated with tobacco. We are proud to join 22 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. in being smoke free.READ MORE
May 27, 2021: Norberto Grzywacz, PhD, will transition from his position as provost and chief academic officer of Loyola University Chicago to focus on his research and academic interests at the University. Effective immediately, Michael Kaufman, vice provost for academic strategy and dean of the School of Law, will serve as acting provost and chief academic officer until he transitions to his new role as dean of the School of Law at Santa Clara University this summer.READ MORE
May 4, 2021: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, We are pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago will become smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free effective August 1, 2021.READ MORE
April 28, 2021: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, We are entering the final week of spring semester classes in what has been an extraordinary academic year. We have much to reflect on, including compelling reminders of racial injustice in our nation. Last week’s verdict and other recent events remind us that we are called to recognize the harsh realities that many Black communities face at this critical time. We are also called to act within our own institution.READ MORE
April 20, 2021: Dear members of the Loyola community, As the jury has now reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, we are united in remembering George Floyd and extend our prayers to his family and everyone impacted by this unconscionable murder. We also remember and pray for all those whose lives were taken through the actions of some police officers and failures in law enforcement systems.READ MORE
April 15, 2021: Dear Loyola Community, I am pleased to announce that the Search Committee for the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VP of Institutional DEI), with assistance from Koya Partners, has finalized the Position Profile for the inaugural VP of Institutional DEI at Loyola University Chicago.READ MORE
March 26, 2021: Dear Loyolans, So much has happened in our lives since Easter time 2020, yet it also feels as though the pandemic has forced so much to remain the same. A sense of optimism and hopefulness, however, seems stronger this spring than even just a few months ago.READ MORE
March 17, 2021: Dear Loyolans, On behalf of our Loyola University Chicago community, I am saddened and outraged by the latest acts of racial violence and loss of life that occurred yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, where a gunman killed eight people—six of them Asian women. We extend our prayers to the victims and their families and stand in solidarity with members of the Asian community.READ MORE
March 11, 2021: Dear Loyola Community, As Chair of the search committee for the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion position, I wanted to update you on our progress. I am thrilled to share that we have selected Koya Partners to help guide the search for the new role.READ MORE
February 26, 2021: Dear Loyola Community, Last week, President Jo Ann Rooney announced the creation of the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) position. This position will be dedicated to leading and coordinating DEI efforts across every aspect of the University and establishing measurable institutional outcomes for progress that can be monitored and challenged as Loyola pursues broad and sustainable cultural change.READ MORE
January 29, 2021: Though a worldwide public health crisis has curtailed some of our plans to come together as one to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Loyola University Chicago, we are happy to announce that we will virtually gather our campus and global community this spring in a special 150th Anniversary series of reflection and dialogue with some of Loyola’s most esteemed faculty.READ MORE
January 19, 2021: Dear Rambler Community, We want to welcome everyone to the start of the spring semester. While this semester will continue to be one in which we connect mostly virtually, we are pleased to hold an increased number of on-campus classes and host some students in our residence halls. By working together, we will make it a vibrant and safe experience for everyone.READ MORE
January 15, 2021: Dear Faculty and Staff, We write to share the news that Kevin Stevens, dean of the Quinlan School of Business, will be stepping down as dean and transitioning to a faculty role on June 30, 2021. Dean Stevens will return to the faculty for the 2021-22 academic year, after which he is planning to retire from the University.READ MORE
January 13, 2021: Dear Loyola Community, It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to join the Stritch School of Medicine on Thursday, January 28 for a unique opportunity: a conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, renowned physician expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.READ MORE
January 7, 2021: Dear Loyolans, Like so many of you, I watched and listened to the dramatic, disturbing, and inexcusable events that took place in our nation’s Capitol yesterday. As someone who personally had the privilege to take and uphold the oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the United States earlier in my career, experiencing this direct threat to our democracy has been deeply jarring and emotional.READ MORE
December 16, 2020: We wanted to share the news that Michael J. Kaufman, vice provost for academic strategy and dean of the School of Law, has accepted a new position as dean of the School of Law at Santa Clara University (SCU) in Santa Clara, California.READ MORE
December 10, 2020: We are pleased to announce the creation of the Rule of Law Institute at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law. The Institute extends Loyola’s leadership in promoting and strengthening the rule of law domestically and in developing nations and emerging democracies around the world.READ MORE
November 23, 2020: As we approach our national Thanksgiving holiday, many of us may be struck with a sense of irony, and initially, may feel a bit strained to list things for which we are grateful this particular year. However, St. Ignatius regularly reminds us through his Spiritual Exercises that the most fundamental response to God’s presence—which is found everywhere—is our own gratitude for being loved.READ MORE
As we head toward the holiday season, we are grateful to all members of our community for the diligent work, flexibility, and resilience you've demonstrated as we navigate this challenging semester. We understand the demands of adapting to remote work and instruction have meant juggling extra time, training, work, and personal priorities. Work-life balance on many days is more aspiration than reality.
November 11, 2020: On Veterans Day, Loyola University Chicago honors and extends our gratitude to students, staff, and faculty who have served in the military. For over 245 years, U.S. service members have answered the call of the nation and protected the freedoms we all exercise. Originally established as Armistice Day, the first anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day commemorates all those who have honorably served during conflict and peacetime.READ MORE
November 9, 2020: The President’s Ball and Medallion has been a tradition at Loyola University Chicago for more than 50 years. Each year, we celebrate and honor extraordinary students from each of our colleges, schools, and institutes who exemplify leadership, scholarship, and service. These students extend the legacy of our Jesuit, Catholic mission, which is traced from Loyola’s founder and first president, Father Arnold Damen, and extends through his 23 successors.READ MORE
November 2, 2020: Our students have demonstrated tremendous strength and resilience during our most unusual fall semester. In addition to classes, many students have engaged in rewarding internships, service projects, and discussion groups that have expanded their networks and experiences. This rings especially true for the students in our Class of 2021.READ MORE
October 28, 2020: We appreciate your resilience and patience as our Loyola University Chicago COVID-19 response working groups and many other colleagues across the University have been diligently planning the next steps for safely and responsibly reopening more of our three campuses for the Spring 2021 semester. Our plans include an increased number of classes on our campuses, modifications to the spring break schedule, and offering students the opportunity to live on campus.READ MORE
October 26, 2020: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, It is hard to believe that we’re midway through the fall semester. We want to express our gratitude for all your hard work and continued commitment to the Loyola University Chicago community. As we continue to advance the goals and strategies outlined in our Anti-Racism Initiative, we’re writing to discuss some of the next steps. We would like to ask for your input as we proceed with our planning and implementation.READ MORE
October 20, 2020: Dear Loyolans, You have urged me to keep communications short and succinct when possible. However, this communication cannot be limited to bullet points or limited characters on a social media post. Our country’s history is full of examples of racial injustice, systemic racism, and missed opportunities. While some progress has been made, it is a sad truth that the Black community continues to be marginalized and dehumanized.READ MORE
August 6, 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented all of us with unexpected challenges and many difficult decisions. Like you, we face these circumstances with determination, but recognize the need for our plans to remain flexible as conditions change. The source of our resolve in these times is staying true to our Jesuit, Catholic mission while abiding by our responsibilities inherent in living cura personalis—caring for the whole person. Thank you for your ongoing patience, support, and understanding as we do what is right and in the best interest of the Loyola University Chicago community in facing the challenges of this pandemic together.READ MORE
Message from the President and Cabinet
President Rooney shares an update on the 2021 fiscal year budget including information on the successful balancing of the budget, University-wide efforts to close the budget gap, the conclusion of the staff furlough/reduction-in-force process with fewer positions impacted and ways in which the university community can help going forward.
September 25, 2020: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, The grand jury ruling in the death of Breonna Taylor earlier this week continues a pattern of painful imprint on the American soul. Hence, now more than ever, we must acknowledge the areas where Loyola University Chicago can deepen our commitment to racial justice. Loyola wants to grow and make a difference. We must thus first seek to understand with humility and openness those aspects within ourselves that unintentionally prevent us from fully attaining the virtues that we aspire to as people.READ MORE
September 24, 2020: Dear Loyola Community, I am pleased to share the news that the Board of Trustees has approved the elevation of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) to the School of Environmental Sustainability, creating Loyola University Chicago’s 11th school. The School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) solidifies our University’s continued commitment to addressing the causes and impact of global climate change.READ MORE
September 18, 2020: Dear Faculty and Staff, The fall semester is underway amidst the challenges we are navigating. While many at Loyola University Chicago worked tirelessly over the summer to prepare for our fall reopening, none of us could have anticipated what campus “operations” would now look like as we continue to deliver a first-rate Jesuit education and keep our campus community safe. We are especially grateful to faculty and staff for their flexibility and commitment to welcoming our students back to Loyola and delivering a robust academic experience.READ MORE
September 10, 2020: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, The country continues to grapple with newer revelations of racial injustice. Recently, they have included the late-August shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to details surrounding the March arrest and death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York. These recent examples contribute to the pain of our nation as it wrestles with racism.READ MORE
Read the August 28 message from the Division of Student Development in support of our Black students and peaceful protests.READ MORE
August 6, 2020: As follow-up to earlier communication today, I am reaching out directly to students and families and to the wider university community to provide background on our difficult decision to suspend plans to host students in on-campus residence halls until conditions are favorable.WATCH VIDEO
July 24, 2020: The recently completed faculty and staff survey in anticipation of the fall semester prompted several comments, questions, and observations on Loyola University Chicago’s budget and operating expenses. We hope that this communication, as well as previous updates on the University’s finances, will be helpful in framing our current financial state, our potential revenue challenges, and opportunities we may have to align our resources in the year ahead.LEARN MORE
July 17, 2020: Thank you for your invaluable work throughout the summer preparing for our different semester. Heroic efforts have been undertaken to prepare contingency plans for several potential campus scenarios. During this summer period, our faculty and staff have maintained the same flexibility that was shown this past spring. Your resilience, resourcefulness, shared sacrifice, and care for our students and each other that has enabled us to limit the negative impacts of COVID-19 to our community.READ MORE
July 15, 2020: We are gratified by the U.S. government’s decision to rescind the July 6 ruling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. That decision would have unfairly impacted international students by requiring them to take in-person classes or return to their home countries. This is not only a huge relief for these students, but a testimony to the advocacy of the Loyola University Chciago community as part of the family of higher education institutions.LEARN MORE
July 13, 2020: We remain troubled by the disruptive guidelines announced July 6 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. These guidelines would prohibit international students living in the United States from enrolling exclusively in online classes. Last week we outlined our commitment to providing continuing opportunities for international students. In parallel, we continue to pursue legal and legislative remedies to overturn these unfair rules and want to update you on some of those actions.READ MORE
May 31, 2020: Once again American society is witnessing outrage over the systemic racism that has led to the murders of women and men of color in the past weeks. The response understandably has been anger and fierce opposition to those who have betrayed their charge of upholding the law and protecting people by abusing their power and committing these heinous crimes of violence. Members of our own community feel these tragedies on a very personal level, yet again, and are not “all right.” We have also seen prejudice and hostility against people of Asian descent who are inappropriately being blamed for the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are keenly aware that members of black and brown communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of infection and mortality. Naturally, we want to express solidarity with the individuals, families, and communities of color who continue to be victimized unjustly. But words are not and never will be enough.READ MORE
May 29, 2020: Dear Students, The health and safety of our Loyola University Chicago community remains our highest priority as we evaluate Fall Semester 2020. After receiving a variety of inputs, including your end of spring semester feedback and recent faculty and staff surveys, we are beginning to contemplate two planning possibilities.READ MORE
May 12, 2020: We are pleased to announce that Father Thomas Neitzke, S.J., has been appointed dean of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago, effective August 1, 2020.READ MORE
May 7, 2020: This spring Loyolans showed how adaptable, driven, innovative, and supportive our community is by making the necessary changes to our campus and academic programs with speed and great care. We completed the semester successfully, though very differently than any of us originally imagined. Imagination has long been a hallmark of Jesuit education, and it has been instrumental in helping us remain focused on our core mission to prepare our students to lead extraordinary lives in service of others and the world.READ MORE
May 2, 2020: Dr. Rooney's & Provost Grzywacz's thank you message to all students and parents.
Dr. Rooney thanks Loyola faculty for extraordinary work during the 2020 Spring semester.
President Rooney offers some thoughts on Rambler resilience and community during this historic spring semester.
President Rooney updates the extended Loyola community on Loyola's response to COVID 19 and the remarkable resilience of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Dr. Rooney shared a Zoom message from her home office with faculty and staff thanking the community for their extraordinary response in shifting to online classes and remote working as part of the public health response to COVID-19.
We are called to care and be community: As we continue to navigate one of the greatest global health challenges to ever face our University and possibly the world, I want to express my deepest appreciation for the numerous ways faculty, staff, students, and their families are working together.READ MORE
Dr. Rooney and University Leadership announce that Loyola is suspending in-person classes and transitioning to online delivery for the remainder of the term.
In February 1870, construction of St. Ignatius College at 12th and May Streets in Chicago continued through the winter weather. In the face of delays and debates about the value and feasibility of the project, Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ, the Jesuits, and the BVMs persevered.READ MORE
Welcome back to a new semester, a new year, and a new decade at Loyola University Chicago. January 2020 also marks the start of our sesquicentennial year and celebrations. I hope that many of you had an opportunity to refresh and reenergize over the holiday break.READ MORE
President Rooney and the community mourn the passing of Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chair of the Loyola Board of Trustees.
President Rooney shares holiday reflections and good wishes with the Loyola community.
President Rooney announces the appointment of Georgetown dean as Loyola's new provost
President Rooney and Interim Provost Callahan shared the news that Fr. Steve Katsouros, S.J., the founding dean and executive director of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago, has announced his reassignment by the Society of Jesus to develop a nationwide network of post-secondary schools based on the innovative Arrupe College model. Fr. Katsouros will serve as dean until August 2020, through the fourth Commencement of Arrupe College.
In my monthly newsletter, I share notes, links, and items of interest with the Rambler community. As always, I am grateful for all you do for Loyola and our students.
President Rooney and Interim Provost Callahan announce the appointment of Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH as founding dean of the Parkinson School.
President Rooney shares news of the passing of Rev. Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, Loyola's longest-serving president.
President Rooney shares campus updates, news, and reflections in her October newsletter.
Remarks by Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago Faculty Convocation, September 15, 2019
In her September newsletter, President Rooney welcomes reflects on the excellence of Loyola's faculty and upcoming strategic planning activity.
President Rooney announces the appointment of Karen Paciero as Vice President for AdvancementMORE
In her August newsletter note, Dr. Rooney previews the beginning of a new academic year.
Loyola will celebrate 150 years of education and service with a number of events and celebrations during 2019-2020.
As we near the end of the Spring 2021 semester in a year when we have been largely remote, President Rooney highlights some of the important accomplishments of the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) and expresses her gratitude for their work across the University and community.READ MORE
June 8, 2021: Dear Loyolans, I am excited to share the news that, last week, Loyola University Chicago's Board of Trustees approved and endorsed the Strategic Plan for our University. With its overarching theme, To The Greater Good, the plan empowers us to strengthen our mission and blaze bold paths toward greater understanding, wider justice, equitable societies, and a more sustainable world.READ MORE
President Rooney joined Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, and Chicago business leaders June 17 at the 117th Annual Meeting of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to offer perspectives on the region’s resilience through the pandemic and the role of higher education in strengthening Chicago’s economic future.WATCH VIDEO
Read President Jo Ann Rooney's message on the passing of Loyola basketball legend and civil rights pioneer Jerry Harkness.
October 7, 2021: As Loyola University Chicago celebrates its 150th Anniversary, we have a deepened awareness of and respect for the people and history that long preceded us on the lands where our campuses now sit. Over the past two years, we have engaged in a communal process of discernment toward action to develop a University-wide Land Acknowledgment. Ahead of Indigenous People’s Day, we are grateful and humbled to share with the community the University’s approved Land Acknowledgement Statement.READ MORE