Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Hong Cheng, PhD, Named Dean of the School of Communication

March 25, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Hong Cheng, PhD, a scholar of international communication and mass media, has been appointed dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1, 2019.

He comes to Loyola from the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he has served as professor and director since 2013.

Cheng’s research centers on international communication, cross-cultural advertising, and global social marketing. He has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters and presented his work at conferences around the world. He has taught courses that span a range of topics from advertising to research methods. He coauthored (with Dr. Guofang Wan) Becoming a Media Savvy Student (2004) and also co-edited (with Dr. Kara Chan) Advertising and Chinese Society: Issues and Impacts (2009) and (with Dr. Philip Kotler and Ms. Nancy Lee) Social Marketing for Public Health: Global Trends and Success Stories (2011). He is the editor of The Handbook of International Advertising Research (2014).

Dr. Cheng joined VCU in 2013 from Ohio University, where he was professor in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Before that, he was an associate professor at Bradley University. He holds a PhD in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in international journalism from Shanghai International Studies University.

Dr. Cheng has deep international experience and has served on the faculty of universities on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. Currently, he is a chair professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at Xiamen University and leads VCU’s China Initiatives Team. Over the years, he has received a number of awards for teaching, research, and service.

We are grateful to John Slania for his steady leadership as interim dean and to the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Communication for their continued quality work during this transition. We extend our thanks to the members of the dean search committee and its chair, Nancy Tuchman, PhD, dean, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, for their work in filling this important position.

Please join all of us in welcoming Dr. Cheng to the Loyola University Chicago community.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Grieving With Our Brothers and Sisters

March 19, 2019

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We in the Loyola University Chicago community offer our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide, and especially to the victims and families and communities affected by the Islamophobic terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This attack upon Muslims at prayer is an attack on the sacred dignity of all human beings and a horrific violation of the human right to religious freedom. We stand in sympathy and solidarity with the Islamic community and repudiate the supremacist ideologies that drive such acts of violent hate. We must continue through prayer, reason, dialogue, and action to work against this malignant global threat.

As a Jesuit, Catholic university committed to the pursuit of understanding and inclusion of all communities of faith, Loyola values deeply all that we share with other faith traditions. We also commit ourselves to interfaith collaboration with support for our Muslim students, staff, and faculty. We strive to live this mission every day. We believe the University serves not only itself and its students but is called to be a force for justice and peace in society, above all, in defense of the poor and marginalized.

Tragedies such as this remind us how important that mission is. Thank you for all you do to advance education, peace, and social justice.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

The President's Cabinet

Malik Henfield, PhD, Named Dean of the School of Education

March 18, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Malik S. Henfield, PhD, a national leader in education and counseling, has been appointed Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1.

Dr. Henfield comes to Loyola from the University of San Francisco (USF), where he served as associate dean of academic affairs, research, and faculty advancement and as a professor in USF’s School of Education. Previously, he served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Iowa and as a faculty affiliate of Duke University. He has published many scholarly articles and books and spoken widely about his scholarship, which situates the African American student experience in broader context to explore critically how personal, social, academic, and career success can be impeded or enhanced by school, family, and community. As a counselor educator, Dr. Henfield has worked to diversify the counseling profession to better reflect current demographics. He has researched and consulted on these topics in Atlanta Public Schools, the Baltimore City Public School System, the Oakland Unified School District, and the San Francisco Unified School District, among others.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Henfield has received a number of honors, including the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division E Research Paper of the Year Award, the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society’s Outstanding Article Award, and the Outstanding Research Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). He was named an Emerging Leader by the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Education Association, a Young Academic Fellow by the Institute for Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation, and was elected chair of one of AERA’s largest Special Interest Groups (SIG), the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education SIG. 

He received a BA in biology from Francis Marion University, an MEd, and EdS in K-12 School Counseling from The University of South Carolina, and a PhD in counselor education from The Ohio State University. He began his career in education as a high school counselor in South Carolina.

We are deeply grateful to David Slavsky, PhD, for his leadership as interim dean and to the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Education for continued quality work during this transition. We extend our thanks to the members of the dean search committee and its chair, Goutham Menon, PhD, dean, School of Social Work, for their work in filling this important position. Please join all of us in welcoming Dr. Henfield to the Loyola community.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Janet Sisler Named Vice President for Mission Integration

February 28, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Janet Sisler, recent director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, has been named vice president for mission integration for Loyola University Chicago.

Janet is well known for her expertise in strategic planning, multiculturalism, technology implementation, and social policy. She has served as acting vice president for mission integration since July 1, 2018. During that time, she has provided exemplary leadership in organizing the Mission Priority Examen at Loyola and has been evaluating mission and ministry programs and structures across the University. We benefit from her continued leadership and look forward to her involvement in our 150th anniversary celebration and Loyola’s partnership with the Opus Prize, a major international recognition presented annually to faith-based humanitarians.

Janet is committed to transforming personal lives and global systems through education in a Catholic environment. In her 40 years in the educational and social service fields, she has contributed as a leader in her roles as interim and associate superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, as president of community benefit services for the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation, and here at Loyola as the director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. Janet has been influential in shaping educational systems and in developing public support for ministries to underserved populations.

She has served as president of St. Jude House, a domestic violence shelter and prevention center; on the Executive Board of the North Central Association Commission on Schools; and on the Boards for the ACERO Schools Network, Resurrection High School, Mother Guerin High School, St. Martin de Porres Academy, and St. Francis de Sales High School. Additionally, she served on the Catholic Health Association Advisory Board for senior housing and health care. Janet graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Mundelein College and holds an MA from Mundelein and an MEd from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Janet’s spirit of engagement and collaboration will guide the University to greater strategic focus and broadened mission effectiveness. We deeply appreciate her commitment to lead the important work that lies at the core of our Jesuit heritage and mission.

Please join us in congratulating Janet on her new role.




Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD



James S. Prehn, S.J., EdD

Vice President and Chief of Staff

Rector of the Jesuit Community


Loyola Establishes Office for Equity and Compliance

February 12, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

At Loyola University Chicago, we are called upon, “to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.” This mission not only invites us to strive for excellence in our service to students, faculty, and staff, but compels us to do so. Loyola has maintained a strong commitment to effectively addressing gender-based violence and bias-motivated discrimination and misconduct within our University community. In the spirit of our mission and continuing improvement to address these issues in our changing higher education environment, the University is restructuring our work around Title IX and other equity-based regulatory requirements.

Effective January 2, the University established the Office for Equity and Compliance. The office has been tasked with developing a university framework to enhance our effectiveness in managing investigations into equity, Title IX, and conduct-related matters for students, faculty, and staff. The ultimate objective is to work toward prevention and address instances of sexual harassment, sexual violence, hate conduct, and discrimination wherever they may arise. The new office will also be responsible for reviewing and updating University policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance, in addition to providing educational resources for our community.

Transition of this investigative work will occur throughout spring 2019, with the goal of having the office fully operational for the start of fall 2019. The team will manage investigations for each campus in the Chicagoland area and abroad, and will also be prepared to travel as needed to serve all of our Loyola community members.

Each academic institution is required to adhere to regulatory requirements, which includes the designation of a Title IX coordinator. We are pleased to announce that Tim Love, JD, has been named to lead this new office as executive director for equity and compliance and now serves as the University’s Title IX coordinator. Tim has significantly contributed to Loyola’s efforts to maintain best practices in an evolving regulatory landscape for more than 10 years, having served most recently as associate dean of students and chair of the behavioral concerns team, and prior to that as director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Tim also prepared and submitted Loyola’s public comment response to the proposed Title IX regulatory changes and served as a key contributor to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ joint response to the U.S. Department of Education. In his new role, Tim is committed to preserving and advancing safety and equity within Loyola’s entire community of students, faculty, and staff.

As the executive director for equity and compliance/Title IX coordinator, Tim will supervise three new full-time investigators, in addition to supervising Title IX Deputy Coordinator Courtney Bilbrey, LCSW, who will remain embedded in the Office of the Dean of Students. Recruitment to fill these positions is currently underway.

Understanding that the disciplinary and corrective action processes and protocols are different for faculty, staff, and students, this new office will respond to reports, resource complainants, conduct necessary investigations, and submit its findings to either academic leadership, Human Resources, or the Office of the Dean of Students for their appropriate action and follow up. Decision-making related to any discipline or corrective action (if warranted) will follow current protocols in place:

  • Faculty matters will follow the Faculty Handbook or applicable collective bargaining agreements
  • Staff matters will follow the Employee Handbook or applicable collective bargaining agreements
  • Student matters will follow Loyola’s Community Standards

The new office will report to the vice president for Human Resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer. This reporting structure will better align investigations conducted across the University on all Loyola campuses and enable greater consistency of our investigative policies and practices across Student Development, Faculty Administration, and Human Resources.

As a reminder, the duty to report remains in effect. Each Loyola faculty and staff member maintains a mandated responsibility to report any incidents of gender-based misconduct that you are made aware of, even if it happened in the past. In an effort to make all reports easy and straightforward, they can be made via the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline website or by calling 855.603.6988. These resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This initiative marks a significant investment by senior leadership to ensure that Loyola remains a campus where students, faculty, and staff of all identities, genders, and backgrounds are safe and supported in their educational and professional pursuits. Additional updates will be provided throughout the transition of this important work.

Thank you for welcoming the Office for Equity and Compliance as they join our University community.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Winifred L. Williams, Ph.D.

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer,

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Update on Provost Search

Dear Loyola Community,

February 5, 2019

I would like to provide an update on the search for the next provost and chief academic officer at Loyola University Chicago.

We recently reconvened the search committee to resume the work of finding an academic leader with robust expertise and experience and a deep understanding of and commitment to our Jesuit, Catholic educational mission.

I am pleased to report that each of the members of the Provost Search Committee has indicated their willingness to continue to serve, and Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, will continue as chair with Lorraine Fitzgerald, special assistant to the president, providing critical support. We have retained a new executive search firm, Issacson Miller, which has worked closely with us in several successful searches, including the recently completed dean search for the School of Nursing. The committee will meet with the search consultants in mid-February to discuss the process, timeline, and next steps and will keep our University community informed.

Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, has agreed to continue serving in the role as interim provost and Michael Kaufman, JD, dean of the School of Law, will continue as interim vice provost. We are very grateful to them for agreeing to remain in these critical roles in addition to fulfilling their other responsibilities.

We are moving forward and making significant progress with dean searches. Committees are meeting and reviewing candidates for deans in the School of Communication and the School of Education. A search committee has been appointed to find the new dean for the Graduate School, and they are scheduled to meet with our search firm to determine criteria and proceed with the process.

This is an exciting and dynamic time at the University, and the choice of a new provost and chief academic officer is critical to our continued strength and excellence. Loyola seeks an experienced leader with exceptional academic and scholarly credentials, a commitment to innovation, and the vision and energy to build and execute a strategic plan supporting a culture that encourages diverse and exemplary leadership and programming. I am confident that with a new search firm in place and with the continued support, persistence, and hard work of our search committee and broader University community, we will recruit a strong academic leader for Loyola.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Thank You for Your Dedication

January 31, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I want to express my profound gratitude to the essential staff, student workers, and vendor partners across the University who worked through the extreme conditions and helped to assure our safety and continued ability to work these past two days.

I am sure many of you juggled school closures, your studies, the needs of other family members, and the difficult logistics of commuting to keep our campuses running smoothly and our community members safe. We are particularly grateful to those in Campus Safety, Facilities, and Athletics who not only had to get to campus for work but, in many cases, braved the harsh conditions to clear roads and walkways, maintain buildings, assist those in need, and help crowds navigate safely to athletic events. Thanks also to Student Development—Campus Recreation, the Damen Student Complex staff, Student Activities and Greek Affairs, Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Wellness Center—for their dedication to our students. Laboratory technicians and comparative medicine personnel sustained our ongoing research across campuses.

Our campus food service partner, Aramark, was extraordinary in getting nearly all its staff to campus and feeding all who were on campus. Campus Transportation—notably MV Transportation facilitated our late night 8-RIDE service—and Campus Safety transported hundreds of students in the bitter cold. Our campus housekeeping partner Millard continued to keep our buildings clean and orderly. Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus staff also hosted a retreat that went smoothly despite the weather. Thanks as well to the many staff, faculty, and students who remained engaged in work remotely, and thanks to our Information Technology Services staff who made it possible for us to stay connected and informed.

We are immensely grateful to all.

As we return to normal schedules on Friday morning, please know how proud I am of the work you all do every day in service to our students. The challenges of this week reminded me of what a privilege it is to work with such dedicated colleagues. Your reliable steadiness in serving the mission and others makes our community possible. I am grateful to work with all of you. Thank you for everything.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM EdD

Tuition Information for the Academic Year 2019-20

January 22, 2019

Dear Members of the University Community,

We would like to share information about the 2019-20 tuition and fees at Loyola University Chicago, as well as provide additional fiscal context. The Board of Trustees has approved a 3.3 percent raise in undergraduate tuition for 2019–20. Most residence hall rates will have modest increases of 2 percent or less. Meal plans will increase by 2.5 percent for the five- and seven-day all-access plans to correlate directly with increased costs. There will be no increases in student activity or technology fees. These rates will go into effect for the fall 2019 semester. Additional information can be found at LUC.edu/bursar and LUC.edu/reslife.

The decision each year to determine the tuition rate involves consideration of current needs and priorities with projections of future costs, revenue, opportunities, and anticipated challenges. Throughout the process, we strive to balance Loyola’s commitment to educational excellence and competitive compensation with our coequal commitment to educational access and affordability for our students and families. The increase for the 2019-20 academic year will help provide needed investment in academic programs and strategic priorities as well as support meaningful financial aid to the greatest number of students. It will also enable us to offer faculty and staff a moderate salary increase in an era of increasing competition to attract and retain the best talent, along with continuing to support rising costs for health insurance and other benefits.

We are making new investments in Campus Safety and fortifying our information technology infrastructure and cybersecurity. We are fulfilling commitments to campus upgrades that improve the quality of education and campus life, including the construction of a new residence hall on Winthrop Avenue to open in the fall of 2020, and ongoing upgrades to other residence halls. We are refurbishing Sean Earl Field, which will open in summer 2019, alongside the Alfie Norville Athletic Practice Facility. One of our largest continuing mission investments is in need- and merit-based financial aid for talented students from all backgrounds. This fall we enrolled our most diverse and talented class in our history, and we must continue to provide the resources that ensure access and excellence.

Rising costs, decreasing state and federal support, and other factors are placing upward pressure on tuition throughout higher education. This has caused some to question the value of college and professional study. Yet higher education—especially schools like Loyola University Chicago with a large number of first-generation college students—is one of the principal drivers of social and economic mobility in the United States. We work diligently with our students to provide needed financial aid, advice, and counsel that enables them to succeed in college without incurring inordinate debt. A Loyola education remains a good investment in a fast-changing economy in which nine out of 10 new jobs created require a college or professional degree. Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, we will award more than $170 million in financial aid to students; we expect this number to continue increasing. We remain committed to enhancing fundraising results, diversifying revenue, controlling expenses through ongoing reductions and efficiencies, and advocating for programs that assist in keeping college and professional education accessible and affordable.

In 2020 we will celebrate Loyola’s 150th anniversary. It is a time both to reflect on our past and prepare for a dynamic future. We remind ourselves how Loyola—with its Jesuit, Catholic mission—has shaped so many lives, shaped a city, and has influenced the world throughout the years. Our powerful legacy supports high expectations for the future and moves us to ensure that as many students as possible have access to a transformative education. We continue to engage actively in a mission of service supported by faith that shapes society for the better. Our principal focus is to enhance Loyola’s distinctive educational mission lived by its people and to strengthen the financial stewardship that makes excellence possible.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Sharing Gifts With the World


December 12, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Throughout the holiday season, the blessings of kindness, service, friendship, and family take on special meaning. As we in the Catholic tradition with our special Jesuit mission celebrate the birth of Christ, we acknowledge and honor the many traditions and cultures that make up Loyola. We bring these gifts to each other.

The story of Jesus’ birth is a story of finding a home, and what happens when we extend compassion and love to others. In the story, hospitality, generosity and the recognition of God create the conditions for miracles. Our Jesuit tradition is about aspiring actively to “magis”, to work continually toward the greater good, toward being a better person, and especially a better person for others.  These themes resonate across many traditions that find a home at Loyola. We see this in the warmth and respect we show each other in civil discourse around hot-button issues, in our service and advocacy on behalf of  the poor and marginalized, DACA students and immigrants and refugees.

There are many examples of how the gifts you bring to this work extend well beyond campus. We recently profiled some young alumni who are using their gifts to build a better Chicago.  Wintrust recently dedicated a prominent Kennedy expressway mural to Arrupe College, a beacon for talent from all Chicago neighborhoods.

Once again this year, Loyola students will spend more than 100,000 hours in service and learning with more than 300 community partners across Chicago through our Center for Experiential Learning. In programs like our Center for Community and Global Health and Ignatian Service Immersion our students, faculty, and staff go to the margins around the world to provide essential services to those most in need.  Currently and closer to home, dozens of University departments and the Jesuit Community have contributed  thousands of much-needed items for more than 60 families in Chicagoland through Campus Ministry’s Loyola Gives program. We are grateful to all who gave, and we give special thanks to the dedicated volunteers who make it all happen.

We are excited to share the gift of extra time during this holiday season to step away from our daily work. Loyola will be closed during Christmas Week, December 24 through the 28, and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 

On behalf of our community, I extend best wishes and special prayers for a warm and wondrous holiday season. Thank you for the gifts you bring to us, to one another and to our broader community. Thank you for being a part of our Loyola family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney

President's Medallion: The Spirit of Service

On November 2, President Rooney Welcomed 2018 President’s Medallion recipients and their families to the annual award ceremony at the Water Tower Campus.

Good evening and welcome. As President of Loyola University Chicago, I have the privilege of joining you--our Rambler family and friends--to celebrate our students.

Together, we honor the legacy of our founder and first president, Fr. Arnold Damen of the Society of Jesus. Father Damen and four Jesuit colleagues founded Loyola University of Chicago nearly 150 years ago.  The President’s Ball and Medallion tradition started more than 50 years ago to celebrate and honor extraordinary students from each of our schools and institutes.

Each of tonight's fourteen President’s Medallion recipients received the recommendation of their academic dean based on outstanding academic achievements and their leadership and service. President’s Medallion recipients exemplify excellence and an intense personal commitment to education, self-discovery and inquiry in the world. They possess a high regard for creating community and for improving the well-being of others.

 A Jesuit education advances knowledge and expertise not for its own sake but ultimately for the benefit others. The students we recognize tonight carry already are lit with that spirit. They are people of integrity and commitment who embody the ideals of our Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola takes great pride in these students.  Please join me in a round of applause for these extraordinary women and men.

To our honorees, I offer my congratulations, and a challenge. Wherever your life’s journey takes you, continue to strive for excellence, to ask the hard questions, and push for deeper answers. Continue to have the courage to reach within yourself to be better, to tackle issues that might be complicated, difficult or divisive, but that are important. Take the time to look inside, to look around you, and ask, what needs to be done? What can I do for others? What can I do better, with others? How can I serve? How can I lead?

            Our Jesuit, Catholic mission is rooted in a commitment to prepare you for an extraordinary life, to be a person for and with others. You make the world a better place by being of service to it and by taking up the challenge of leadership that will transform our neighborhoods, our communities and our world.  I have every confidence that you will answer that challenge.

Your Good Work

Dr. Rooney welcomed attendees and awardees to the 2018 Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards Ceremony on Nov. 28, 2018

Good afternoon everyone.  Thank you for joining us today. I am delighted to welcome you to this afternoon’s Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards ceremony.

Each year, we honor the extraordinary service that Loyola staff provide as members of individual departments and as leaders in our university community. It is a time where we pause from our normal routines and day to day work to come together, celebrate and say thank you in a special way for everything each of you do every day.  I am grateful for the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our staff members who make our Loyola mission possible and impact lives every single day.

Being part of such a wonderful educational institution that has as its heartbeat a faith that does justice means that we are all part of exciting and important work that is so needed in our communities and world today. No matter what your job may be, whether you are on the front lines working with students, families or our communities, or whether your role is more often behind the scenes, you are contributing to this life-changing work in ways that you might not even realize. You are a critical part of creating the Loyola experience for our students, sometimes just by lending a listening ear or sharing a smile of welcome. Also, by serving our Loyola community, you are also serving our city and our society and making a difference.

Your good work, your example and even your mentorship embodies the excellence that helps our students succeed and flourish. Your work and your commitment to our mission has impact beyond campus, especially as our graduates find their path in the world as women and men for and with others. It is about being part of the transformational education and experience that we provide at Loyola. It is also about helping to lead the ongoing transformation we must do as a higher education institution; especially one that takes pride in identifying itself as catholic and Jesuit.  How do we continue to go where others have not gone?  How do we impact not just the present but help chart the future? How do we redefine the frontiers of education and faith that does justice?  These are our continuing calls to action. These are the challenges we have chosen to embrace.

But today, our focus is about celebration and gratitude. My sincerest thank you goes out to all the staff members gathered here today, and those who are unable to join us this afternoon. Know that your professionalism, collegiality, commitment and integrity helps model those qualities for our students and influences their Loyola experience in ways you may never know.

Congratulations again, and I cannot say it enough…thank you for everything that you do on behalf of LUC.  Go Ramblers!

The Impact of Philanthropy

Dr. Rooney addressed the scope of Loyola's service in the world with civic leaders, Loyola School of Medicine donors, faculty and students at the 68th Annual Stritch Award Dinner November 17, 2018.

Good evening and welcome. I am honored to gather together with you tonight. It is an evening to celebrate and be inspired by the stories of scholarship and service that touch and improve so many lives. 

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees of Loyola University Chicago, I extend profound gratitude to Marianne Vivirito and the incredible Mullins Family for their leadership of this evening’s event. In a special way, I want to offer a sincere thank you and special recognition to the Mullins Family, who have supported Loyola University and the Stritch School of Medicine for decades.

It is also appropriate for us to take a moment and show our appreciation for the late John and Joan Mullins. For many years, they consistently supported Loyola University and funded the creation and completion of all the banners for recipients of the Sword of Loyola, the highest honor bestowed by Loyola University Chicago. These banners stand as a wonderful and lasting tribute to all of the recipients of the sword, and we remember John and Joan in a special way as we view them and think of our honorees.

Tonight, we come together to honor and celebrate two outstanding physicians and teachers who exemplify our Jesuit mission and call to be of service to and for others. Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Albain (receiving the Stritch Medal) and Dr. Eva Bading (receiving the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam - Award). Thank you, as well, to all of our Junior Service League members and their families. The service work each of you has done and the support of your families has touched so many lives in lasting ways

Finally, thank you also to members of our Loyola University Chicago Team particularly: Dr. Margaret Callahan, Provost of the Health Science Division and Interim Provost, Chief Academic Officer Lakeside and Dr. Steve Goldstein, Dean of the Stritch School of Medicine. Both of you provide inspiration and leadership for our students, faculty and staff and support their academic, clinical and research work through your passion for and commitment to healthcare.

All of you, and so many others in this room, exemplify the leadership of service that we celebrate this evening.

There is no question that at Loyola University, we consider Chicagoland and its neighborhoods our home.  At the heart of our university’s Jesuit mission is a deep commitment to service. Bringing those together means that from Rogers Park to the Loop, in Maywood and on the south and west sides, Loyola students and faculty from all disciplines work together with citizens, our neighbors, to help meet basic, critical needs--safe shelter and stable food sources, education that is enriching and equitable, sustainability work that extends life expectancy, health care to close the disparity gap, and faith that does justice. As the city and our university have become global in scale and outreach, Loyola’s commitment to social, economic and environmental justice has expanded and taken the form of partnerships with people and communities around the globe.

We are called, we are challenged, to make a difference as “persons for and with others,” to use what we learn to serve one another.  Love of our neighbor is the goal of our education. Service is a path we take from being educated to being truly loving. This personal commitment to the well-being of others is a hallmark of the Stritch School of Medicine and of all of Loyola University Chicago.

For nearly 150 years, Loyola University Chicago has educated Chicagoans from all neighborhoods, from all backgrounds. We were founded as a college for first-generation students—the children of immigrants and the working class.  The Stritch School of Medicine remains the only Catholic medical school in Illinois.  Today more than ever, it is critically important that we educate physicians from all communities and backgrounds. We make a special effort to reach out to first-generation students and to others traditionally underserved by higher education to provide opportunity for an education that will not only help them make a living but will help them fashion a full and vibrant life.  Empowering our young people with the ethic of service is critical on this path. Securing resources for scholarships so that all talented students receive these opportunities is essential. 

In supporting the work we celebrate tonight, in providing funds for scholarships for our future physician leaders, you help bring life to our mission and keep it strong and vibrant for the future. You not only provide financial support for students to access a great education, you actually empower them to go forward, healing and serving others in our neighborhoods and in communities all around the world.

That is powerful philanthropy; this is life-changing philanthropy; this is visionary philanthropy.  For all of this, we are immensely grateful.


Giving Thanks--and Giving Back


November 20, 2018

Dear Loyola Community,

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and spend time in gratitude with friends, family, and those in need. Tracing its heritage to a harvest festival reminds us to give thanks for God’s abundant bounty and blessings. May we also reflect appreciatively on our lives and on our work that calls us to be women and men for and with others.

Gratitude forms the foundation of Ignatian spirituality, and the first step of the Daily Examen is to give thanks: What am I especially grateful to God for today?

As a community, we are grateful to be present and engaged at this moment. We give thanks for our vibrant learning community, for teachers and students, for alumni and colleagues, who bring their unique gifts to share from a multitude of backgrounds. We are grateful for challenges in the world that require our passion and attention and for the space to reflect upon the greater good and how we can best serve it.

At Loyola University Chicago, gratitude is giving thanks—and giving back. As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to collaborate once again with Catholic Charities for our Loyola Gives program. Each year this program helps hundreds of families across Chicago obtain winter clothing and other vital necessities. Information on the program and how you can contribute is available at Loyola Gives.

Each day, I am thankful for being part of our vibrant community: talented students, committed faculty, and dedicated staff from many backgrounds and faith traditions; Jesuits who enrich our intellectual and spiritual lives; and the supporters, donors, and friends whose shared commitment to our mission enlivens and extends our work.

I am immensely grateful for all that you do day in and day out for Loyola and in service of others. I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Shaping the Future of Health Care


November 2, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the creation of a new School of Health Sciences and Public Health (SHSPH) to educate clinicians and health professionals, address critical needs in the health care industry, and find innovative solutions to closing gaps in health care access and equity.

The new School of Health Sciences and Public Health brings together our call as a Jesuit institution to continue going to the frontiers of education, research, and practice, particularly to assist the poor and marginalized of our society. It addresses our Catholic health care calling to provide quality care to all who need it. It is a response to dynamic changes in health care that require professionals to have broad skills and cutting-edge experience to lead the future of health care delivery.

The school will begin operations and offering classes starting in the 2019-20 academic year.

Shifting demographics and advances in technology are changing the practice of health care. Health care occupations will grow 18 percent in the next decade—much faster than the average for all occupations. This will add more than 2.3 million new jobs to the sector. The demand for health informaticians, clinical data scientists, biostatisticians, and health technology security experts will increase an average of 20 percent in the same period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The University challenged itself in Plan 2020 strategic discussions to prioritize transdisciplinary collaborations in education and research to address community health disparities and broader issues of health equity. SHSPH brings together some of our strongest innovative and interdisciplinary programs to adapt to and anticipate health care needs of the future. In this new school, innovative, high-quality programs link in synergy to expand our students' educational options and provide a host of new opportunities for direct service to the community in Maywood, Illinois, and across the Chicago area.

SHSPH brings together programs for undergraduate and graduate students and for working professionals seeking a career change or additional education to supplement skills that improve clinical and patient care. Existing Loyola programs, such as those in public health, undergraduate health systems management, exercise science, and dietetics, will be part of SHSPH and will offer more degree or certificate options. Innovative and accessible program formats for adult learners will include online instruction and hybrid learning programs, which will take advantage of existing technology, classroom, and laboratory space on Loyola's Health Sciences Campus.

SHSPH will provide educational opportunities to current and future health care professionals. Some areas, such as health informatics and data analytics, are unique to the Chicago area and draw on the strength of the University's relationship and data-sharing partnership with Trinity Health and Loyola Medicine. The school positions Loyola to complement the Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and continue its leadership role in health care education and practice.

Kathy Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been named interim dean of the school. She is currently a professor in the nursing school, teaching informatics and nursing administration. She is a member of the Health Sciences Division's Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research, which uses clinical data to improve health outcomes for patients. A search for the new school's founding dean will begin soon, and we will keep the entire campus apprised of the search process and how faculty, staff, and students can be involved.

The School of Health Sciences and Public Health will create scalable programs that adapt to meet the changing landscape in health care delivery and technology. We want to educate the health care providers of the future—professionals who are committed to improving people's health and serving those in need. The SHSPH will primarily be housed at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois, also home to the Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the transdisciplinary nature of the programs will involve faculty and staff collaboration across all of our campuses. As planning proceeds, you can get updated information here.

We are grateful to Loyola's Board of Trustees and its leadership for their strategic thought partnership and support for this historic new initiative. We are indebted to the program directors, faculty, students, and staff who have contributed research, creativity, and months of work to thoughtfully build and shape the formation of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health. We are excited to bring this new chapter for Loyola University Chicago to life and to expand our commitment to educating the health care professionals of the future, improving people's health, and serving those in need. We will hold information sessions this month on the Health Sciences and Lake Shore campuses and look forward to sharing more information about the School of Health Sciences and Public Health with the Loyola community and with our broader external constituents.

To our entire community, thank you for what you do every day on behalf of our students and our mission to shape remarkable lives and learning communities.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Margaret Faut Callahan,
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division




Exercising Your Right to Vote


Octiober 8, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community:

As the November 6 election approaches, I reflect on the fact that, one hundred years ago, I, as a woman, would not have been able to vote.  One hundred years ago, two-thirds of our students would not have been eligible to vote. Women and minorities fought for the right to vote because they knew that it was the only way government would hear their voices.

We should all take this to heart. Voting is fundamental to being a person for others, and we cannot take this right for granted. Our Jesuit tradition guides us to engage in our communities and the world, and to work toward improving the world around us in every way possible. This surely includes engaging in the electoral process and electing leaders similarly dedicated to the greater good.

The fact of the matter is that the voting booth is where elected officials listen.

Yet, public officials and candidates know that college students do not vote in large numbers. They know that while students express themselves via social media or active protests, they are much less likely actually to vote than other demographics. Several polls predict that less than 30 percent of eligible voter ages 18 to 29 plan to vote in this November in the mid-term elections.

The voting booth is where you can have the most impact on policies and resource allocation. Elections, from national to local, are your most important avenue for expressing how you want your tax dollars spent. This includes everything from healthcare to education, to federal and state student financial aid, to spending that promotes alternative energies, to programs that ensure the safety of our nation and our communities.

If you are not registered to vote, please register.  November 6 is election day, and early voting in Illinois has already begun. Deadlines for absentee voting are coming up soon. Please visit https://www.luc.edu/vote/ for more information.

Your voice matters, and matters more when you vote.




Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD



Living Our Ignatian Heritage


October 30, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The spiritual and educational practices developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus shape our University’s work today, almost 500 years after Ignatius’s death. Each November, Ramblers come together in a variety of settings to celebrate and reflect on how Jesuit values and methods have evolved and adapted, and how they continue to support our aspirations, enhance our academic and research goals, deepen our mission work, and broaden our social justice impact.

I hope you will join with your colleagues in celebrating Ignatian Heritage Month in November to explore our rich Jesuit, Catholic heritage and to remember those who, inspired by their faith, struggled for justice before us. This is a time to reflect and an opportunity to thoughtfully renew our efforts toward a more equitable and sustainable world. Ignatian Heritage Month, organized by the office of Mission and Identity, includes a range of dialogues, lectures, and events—including Hunger Week, a tradition at Loyola for more than 40 years.

I invite you to attend the presentation of the 2018 Martyrs Award, given annually as part of our celebration of Ignatian Heritage Month. The award honors a worthy faith-based organization or individual and carries a monetary award of $25,000 in commemoration of the Universidad Centroamericana martyrs in El Salvador and in support of the University’s commitment to social justice. This year we present the award to Damien House in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Damien House has had an immense positive impact upon the lives of people marginalized by Hansen’s disease, once known as leprosy.

The Martyrs Award is presented on Thursday, November 15, in a ceremony open to all members of our community. The award presentation will be held on the Lake Shore Campus beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a Mass at 5:15 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel and a reception. The day’s events will conclude by 7 p.m.

This year, we seek to inquire more deeply into what our heritage means for those living the mission in this day and age—and in this time and place at Loyola University Chicago. Starting, appropriately enough, in November, many of you across all of our campuses will participate in a Mission Priority Examen being conducted by Jesuit universities across the United States. In this year-long community version of St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, we look deeply within and around us to determine the ways in which we are fulfilling our mission, where there are opportunities to do more, where we are challenged to do things differently, and how our values are manifested in our actions.

Loyola is a community characterized by a global diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, bound together in spirit by the Jesuit way of proceeding. I encourage everyone in our community to join in these conversations. This community reflection, dialogue, and action is the essence of our Ignatian heritage and helps ensure that our mission continues to adapt and evolve to serve others in the world and ground our strategic direction.

I look forward to seeing you at Ignatian Heritage Month events.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Campus Safety Independent Review Task Force Update

September 28, 2018

Dear Loyola Community:

Last spring, I convened an independent investigation guided by a task force of Loyola community members and external higher education leaders to examine an incident between Campus Safety officers and students that occurred outside Gentile Arena on February 24, 2018. The University contracted with the respected firm of Hillard Heintze to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of racial profiling and excessive force related to the incident. You may read the report here: www.luc.edu/HHreport. The report reviews the incident from a number of perspectives and offers a set of recommendations.

Campus Safety plays a critical role in ensuring the safe and effective functioning of our campus community, and we have confidence in the professional conduct of our department and its officers. We were reassured that the investigation found no racial profiling by Campus Safety officers in this incident and that the level of force used in the incident was not excessive. Nevertheless, our campus reflects the larger dynamics in our society, and just like every member of the campus community, our Campus Safety Department is dedicated to learning from incidents like this. The task force offered an opportunity to use the results of the independent investigation as a means of facilitating discussions from different perspectives, focused on ways we might improve perceptions and enhance the effectiveness of our campus police. I believe we can and must learn from every difficult interaction between police and the communities they serve, so that we understand how to do better. To that end, the task force developed a series of recommendations aimed directly at building greater trust and transparency between Campus Safety officers and our campus community which they serve. 

Recommendations and Response

The task force concurred with the recommendations of the Hillard Heintze investigation. These recommendations included:

  • Implementing body cameras for Campus Safety officers;
  • Addressing coverage gaps and prioritizing placement of surveillance cameras in high traffic and other areas;
  • Establishing a system to track and review Campus Safety officers’ engagement with voluntary contact stops through the use of stop cards and a data system for recording that information;
  • Establishing a working group that would convene regularly to provide transparency and accountability regarding complaints against Campus Safety officers;
  • Providing enhanced crowd and protest management training for Campus Safety officers and joint training with students on procedures and guidelines; and
  • Restructuring and developing a shared community-policing program that provides our Campus Safety officers and our students with input and education.

 Loyola University is at various stages of implementing a number of these recommendations. 

Body Cameras for Campus Safety Officers. Over the summer, we invested in and began equipping all of our Campus Safety officers with body cameras and initiated training for officers in the use of this technology. We have developed a draft policy around the use of body cameras in the field, as well as the storage, processing and review of body camera video. This draft policy is based on state law and standards used by police departments around the country, with clear provisions for the storage, preservation and use of the recorded material to resolve disputes. This draft policy will be reviewed, enhanced and finalized after additional input is solicited from the campus community through the Campus Safety working group that is in the process of being established.

Video Surveillance Coverage. We regularly revisit our video surveillance policies, strategies and camera locations, including the video surveillance coverage currently in place, to determine its adequacy and efficacy. Video surveillance is just one of many tools the University employs to ensure a safe campus environment and community. Practice and policies are aimed at ensuring an inclusive, safe campus, with a balance sought between protection, openness and hospitality, and individual privacy. The current video surveillance policy may be viewed here.

Police Stop Tracking System. Campus Safety is developing a system to track and review their officers’ engagement with individuals in investigatory stops on campus. Informally called “stop cards,” these brief forms will record demographic and other information on the stops that will then be entered into a database. This information will provide documentation if a complaint is made and, over time, will make it possible to evaluate the frequency and effectiveness of Campus Safety interactions and identify patterns in those interactions.

Professional Development. With the success of the men’s basketball team we expect larger crowds coming to the Lake Shore Campus more frequently this fall and winter, and we are supplementing ongoing professional development for Campus Safety officers and other University personnel in crowd control and event management. The size and frequency of these additional events and crowds will necessitate changes and accommodations by many on the Lake Shore Campus as we welcome many more visitors to these special events. 

Community Policing. Campus Safety, together with students, faculty and staff in our community, will collaborate in the implementation of a program called “Campus Safety at the Speed of Trust.” As part of that program, diversity and inclusion experts will partner with Campus Safety and Student Development professionals in a training program that will be rolled out sequentially this year to a widening circle – first for Campus Safety personnel, Student Development staff and residence hall communities, and then to off-campus students, faculty and staff. Campus Safety at the Speed of Trust will emphasize trust, character and responsibility in building strong and reciprocal relationships between the campus community and its law enforcement personnel, with the shared goals of a safe and inclusive campus environment. I strongly encourage all members of our community to attend these important sessions.

Working Group on Campus Safety. The task force identified a need for more campus community engagement and input in Campus Safety operations. I have asked Thomas Kelly, Senior Vice President for Administrative Services, to establish during this fall semester, an advisory working group composed of students, faculty and staff. This advisory working group is charged with the specific tasks of reviewing and making recommendations about the body camera policy, reviewing the array of existing training programs in Campus Safety and recommending enhancements, creating a forum for feedback from the campus community, and providing input into issues of campus safety, security, inclusivity, and equity. This working group will not adjudicate complaints against campus police officers – instead, it will provide community review and input on policies and practices such as video surveillance, body cameras and training, and also provide direct input to University and Campus Safety leadership on Campus Safety operations. 

Reporting Complaints of Bias. The task force identified a need for a more accessible and responsive system for students reporting instances of racial bias or other equity concerns, whether it involves faculty, staff or fellow students. I have asked Jane Neufeld, Vice President for Student Development, and Dr. Will Rodriguez, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, to examine the current EthicsLine reporting process and explore opportunities for developing a more robust, transparent and supportive process for reporting, responding and resourcing possible instances of bias on campus. We will communicate more details and seek input from the working group and the campus community on this bias monitoring, counseling and advocacy process as it is developed and implemented over the next few months. Once again, this is a campus community effort – feedback and active engagement by the entire campus community will be integral to its success.

We are implementing these recommendations at a time when we are examining as a campus community the larger issue of diversity, identity and inclusion in a series of college-based listening sessions using data from the Diversity Climate Survey released last spring.  I am grateful to Dr. Winifred Williams, Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for her continuing leadership and work advancing this important community discussion. Additionally, later this fall, our Jesuit university will conduct a communal mission priority Examen, in which we will review how we have aligned our Jesuit mission and values of social justice and respect for all individuals and how our future choices will help us continue to develop a community that truly lives those values and aspires to always do better and embrace the magis.

We will maintain ongoing dialogue and communications about these various efforts and issues during the coming year. I deeply appreciate the sharing of time, thought and perspectives of the task force and those efforts of administrators, staff and students who are and will be involved in implementing these responses. As a community, we all create a campus where students, faculty, staff and visitors feel safe, comfortable and welcome. Our aspiration will always be to build a community of authentic hospitality and inclusive excellence.

Thank you for all you do every day, for our students, for each other, for others in the world--and for Loyola University Chicago.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

2018-2019 Academic Year Welcome



September 4, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Welcome back to a new academic year at Loyola.

The beginning is always exciting and full of potential, with the anxiety of long to-do lists outweighed by the anticipation of reconnecting with our community friends and re-engaging with our work and our passions. We look forward as well to new frontiers–encountering new subjects, new students, new friends and colleagues, new points of view, new challenges, and new discoveries about ourselves and the world.

Over the summer, I participated in a weeklong gathering in Bilbao, Spain, where leaders from Jesuit institutions from around the world met to engage in dialogue around critical issues impacting their institutions today and to collaborate on ways to address them. Acknowledging the need to continue the collaborative work into the future, the charter establishing the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) was also signed. The underlying mission of IAJU is to support the Jesuit apostolate of higher education "to promote the development of a more just and humane world for the greater glory of God."

What does this mean for us as we return to our work at Loyola University Chicago and how must we approach this challenging mission now and into the future?

During an address to the assembly at the meeting, Father General Arturo Sosa called upon Jesuit colleges and universities to work for reconciliation and peace and to anticipate the needs for the future. He also challenged all of us to go to places that are not easy to reach and that others have avoided. For faculty and staff at Loyola, that means we must continue to extend and deepen our work and relationships, that we thoughtfully engage in civil discourse and dialogue to discern our calls to action, and that we embrace our creativity to develop and support programs, activities, and learning communities preparing our graduates to focus on changing the world for the better. For students, it means making the most of the opportunities to both extend and deepen their insights about themselves and the world. It is also about finding ways to use that knowledge and their gifts in service to others. Together, we are educating students to challenge boundaries, work across social and political divides, and become engaged citizens of the world.

The Jesuit tradition is nearly 500 years old but one of its chief characteristics is its attention to the need of the current era while also anticipating the emerging needs of the future. Loyola has been a part of the fabric of Chicago for nearly 150 years and has always reached out to first-generation students and those who have been underserved by higher education. We cultivate diversity of background and viewpoint on our campus as an educational value. It makes our community stronger and more vibrant; it deepens and enriches the educational conversation. Our Jesuit framework, dedicated to the care of the whole person and respect for each individual, compels us to model reconciliation and community. This includes authentic hospitality, inclusive excellence, empathic dialogue, critical thinking, and imaginative scholarship.

This is not just theory. These are qualities that we aspire to live every day: in the classroom or clinic, in the laboratory or library, on the playing field, and with our family and friends. This year will offer a range of important opportunities to come together as members of this community to recognize and extend our work and to grow as colleagues and as a community. We will celebrate the five-year anniversary of Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability, which has rapidly become one of the nation's leading centers for urban sustainability and a model for environmental research, action, and outreach. The manner in which IES has helped Loyola wrap sustainability throughout its curricula and campuses is an apt example of the Jesuit method and ethos in higher education. We are motivated in this work for numerous reasons but find special solidarity with the most vulnerable people who have been pushed to the margins. In so doing, we care for the whole person, for the whole planet, physically and spiritually.

This year, we welcome the largest freshman class in our history. In the coming days and weeks, we will announce new action steps from a task force established in the spring to enhance and make more transparent the work of our Campus Security office. More broadly, we will be addressing issues of race, inclusion, and personal experience at Loyola and in society by continuing a community-wide discussion begun last spring around the Diversity Climate Survey. As part of Ignatian Heritage Month in November, we will invite the community to participate in an Institutional Examen, which will be a searching inventory and measure of our performance against mission. It will empower us as a community to identify where we can do better in fulfilling best practices and our ideals today and into the future. These opportunities for us to listen and learn from each other will animate and energize our efforts to model Jesuit dialogue, reflection, and action. I encourage everyone to participate in some form in these community reflections. They are integral to our tradition, will form the basis of our future strategy, and will motivate us to be inspired and responsive to the needs of the larger world.

I am deeply grateful for each and every member of our staff and faculty and all that you do every day for students, for your disciplines, for our University, and our society. Our mission has never been more important. Let us seize the opportunities this year to truly make a difference and to educate remarkable future leaders who will help guide us to more just, sustainable, and beautiful world.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Loyola Links. On August 11, I spoke to the second graduating class of Loyola's Arrupe College. It is always a joyous and inspiring occasion as Arrupe graduates and their families and friends celebrate their accomplishments. You can read more about Arrupe's Impact in Chicago's High Schools here and my remarks to the graduates here. Over the summer, Loyola was ranked number 5 among the Top 10 Most Eco-Friendly Colleges by College Magazine. Last week, throngs of Loyolans came to the Damen Student Center to help our Sister Jean celebrate her 99th birthday. Last month, Chicago Magazine spent some time with her. In two weeks, we will welcome Loyola's closest friends and supporters to raise scholarship resources for first-generation students at the annual Founders' Dinner.