March 2014 board report

Dear Loyola Community,

On March 6 and 7, Loyola’s Board of Trustees gathered in St. Louis to show their support for the University’s first appearance at Arch Madness, the Missouri Valley Conference’s men’s basketball tournament. At their quarterly meeting, they reviewed a number of topics and also welcomed a panel of students who shared their experiences at Loyola. Below, please find some of the highlights from the March board meeting and basketball tournament.

March to the Arch—On Thursday, March 6, board members joined members of the Council of Regents, the National Alumni Advisory Board, and Rambler students and fans at a pep rally and the men’s basketball team’s inaugural appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament. Our Loyola team gave fans a great win with a last-second three pointer, shot by freshman athlete Milton Doyle, to beat the Bradley Braves 74-72. Milton’s shot, which earned the Ramblers a spot in SportsCenter’s top 10 plays of the day, sent the team into the quarterfinals a night later against Indiana State, where they were defeated 75-62. It was a great run by our team, and everyone was proud to be in St. Louis supporting our student athletes.

Understanding the Loyola Experience—
As a follow up to a December 2013 meeting discussion that focused on the experiences of our students while at Loyola, the board invited five students to share their thoughts on what it is like being a Loyola student and to make suggestions regarding how to continually enhance the student experience here. Seniors Gerald Guevarra, Antoinette Isama, Elizabeth Reilly, Kenneth Stromdahl, and junior Tyler Hough met with the trustees at their meeting and responded to a number of questions from board members related to their experiences thus far at the University. It was a lively conversation, and the trustees were appreciative of the students’ thoughtful remarks about why they chose Loyola, what their transition to Loyola was like, and what they think the University does well and could do a better job on, and more.

Alumni Relations—For the first time, the Loyola National Alumni Advisory Board (NAAB) and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees came together for a joint meeting to discuss issues of mutual importance. At the gathering, Steve Bergfeld, advancement division leader, provided a division update, introduced the new leadership team, and discussed the division’s assessment of current operations and alumni engagement levels. Members of the NAAB also shared feedback on the division’s new phonathon approach, which has shifted from solicitation to more impactful stewardship calls that thank alumni for gifts, invite them to upcoming events, etc. The shift in strategy to more meaningfully engage Loyola alumni and donors was widely praised by the members of the Board of Trustees.


Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO