2010 Letter to Alumni
As another school year comes to a close, there is much to celebrate at Loyola. I couldn’t be more proud
of the nearly 4,500 young men and women who recently participated in our 140th Commencement
exercises and of the 132 new physicians from the Stritch School of Medicine who will participate in their
commencement ceremony on June 6. We are confident that all of our graduates are well-prepared to
make significant contributions to the betterment of society.
I am very pleased to announce that John P. Pelissero, PhD, was appointed provost in May. He served
as interim provost since March and as vice provost since 2005. A professor of political science, Provost
Pelissero has been a member of the University’s faculty for more than 25 years. Loyola also welcomes
Janet Sisler, MEd (BA ’74, MA ’82), to her new role as director of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for
Women and Leadership. A double alumna of Mundelein College, Ms. Sisler most recently served as
executive director of the Madonna Foundation and as a senior leader of the Franciscan Sisters of
Chicago Service Corporation.
I can also report that while the economy remains challenging, the financial health of the University
remains stable. Our endowment is showing a positive return of nearly 20 percent, compared to last year’s
negative 27 percent, and operations are strong with projected operating surpluses of $47 million in fiscal
year 2010. In addition, our Health System is making strides to balance its budget. As always, our goal is to
keep tuition increases to a minimum, while maintaining excellence in our educational programs through
On the Lake Shore Campus, the demolition of Damen Hall will begin this summer. There will be a new
academic building constructed on this site, Cuneo Hall, which promises to be as energy-efficient and
innovative as the award-winning Klarchek Information Commons.
On the Water Tower Campus in March, we dedicated the newly named Philip H. Corboy Law Center in
honor of the law school’s single largest gift, which was given by Philip H. Corboy (JD ’49) and his wife,
Mary A. Dempsey. The addition to 25 E. Pearson on the south side of the building also was completed,
giving the University 15 additional classrooms on the Water Tower Campus, as well as retail space on
a high-traffic portion of Chicago Avenue. The School of Communication also opened its convergence
studio, which provides our students with unmatched experience in producing broadcast media. The
studio’s location on the corner of Wabash and Pearson attracts the attention of local pedestrians and
tourists on our campus.
In Rome, we welcomed 250 John Felice Rome Center alumni from around the country to an all-class
reunion earlier this month. During the reunion, we announced the launch of Insieme per il futuro
(“Together for the future”), a $12 million campaign to renovate and renew the JFRC campus. Additionally,
our newest group of Ricci scholars was recently selected and will travel to Rome and Beijing next year to
study, travel, and research. The University boasts four Fulbright scholars so far this year, including
elementary education major Andrea McKinley (BS ’10), French and political science major Eric Ports (BA
’10), philosophy major Michael Steichen (BA ’10), and PhD candidate in theology Alexander Lucas. This ties
the record for the number of Loyola Fulbright scholars in one year, and we congratulate these students on
Students, faculty, and staff continue to make a variety of contributions to the University’s “Help Haiti”
initiative, which was launched to assist victims of the Haitian earthquake in January. To date, more
than $20,000 has been raised for the earthquake victims. Local and national Loyola service projects and
outreach initiatives continue to be robust, including the Alumni Association’s third annual National
Day of Service on April 17 when volunteers worked at needy schools and agencies in Chicago and
around the country.
I would once again like to acknowledge the recent transformative gift from benefactors John and
Herta Cuneo and the Cuneo Foundation. We are busy planning a full slate of summer programs
at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, including drawing, painting, and creative journaling classes,
a summer music concert series, a juried art show, and more. A full program of events is available
online at cuneomansion.org.
We also are grateful to Allan Norville (BS ’60) and his wife, Alfie, who have taken a leadership role
in the recently launched reimagine campaign on the Lake Shore Campus. The Norvilles’ generosity
enabled us to break ground on the first stage of the five-phased, five-year, $100 million building project
by naming the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics. Scheduled to open next spring, the new
three-story facility, which will wrap around the south and east sides of the Gentile Center, will create
space to support and inspire student-athletes at Loyola. In addition, we have created the reimagine Blue
Ribbon Task Force co-chaired by Trustee Jim Bouchard (BBA ’84) and Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM.
The group is comprised of students, alumni, trustees, parents, and staff who will continue to play an
important role as this project ushers in a new era of community for Loyola’s students.
We have much to be grateful for at Loyola, and we are thankful to all of our alumni, partners, and
friends for their continued support of and commitment to the University. Be sure to mark your calendar
for the third annual Loyola Family Weekend, September 24 –26, for three days of exciting reunions,
events, and programs. Visit LUC.edu/familyweekend for more details on the weekend’s events.
As always, I am humbled by what the Loyola community accomplishes, and I know that we couldn’t do
any of it without the ongoing support of alumni and friends like you. I wish you and your loved ones a
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.