A New Year, A New Strategic Direction
August 18, 2015
I hope you have been able to take some time to gather with family and friends this summer to rejuvenate and relax. As we look forward to the beginning of the academic year, we are readying our campuses to welcome more than 2,200 new freshmen (our third largest class), 500 transfer students, and over 1,800 new graduate and professional students. We also officially opened the doors of Arrupe College yesterday and welcomed 159 associate degree students. We are grateful for the hard work of our enrollment management team and the many faculty and staff members who have collaborated in these efforts.
As in past years, there was much work done to renew and ready our campuses over the summer. The new Father Damen sculpture memorial was installed on the south end of the West Quad last week and is sure to become a popular place to greet fellow Loyolans on the Lake Shore Campus. A dedication ceremony for the sculpture will be held August 23 at 4:30 p.m. We also opened a new Alumni House on Winthrop Avenue that I encourage you to visit. Downtown, we are looking forward to the official opening of the Schreiber Center, which will house our Quinlan School of Business at the Water Tower Campus. At the Health Sciences Campus, the new Center for Translational Research and Education is nearly complete and will be fully operational in spring 2016.
This academic year promises to be a busy one as we embark on implementation of the University’s new Strategic Plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” which was adopted by the Board of Trustees in June. "Plan 2020" details our four institutional priorities for the next five years: leveraging University resources to ensure student access and success; advancing our social justice mission through faculty development; promoting multidisciplinary collaboration to address societal challenges; and engaging local and global societal challenges through partnerships. A Strategic Plan Steering Committee will be spearheaded by Susan Malisch, VP and CIO, Information Technology Services, and will include members from across our lakeside and Health Sciences Division campuses. We will be sending information to the University community in the coming weeks regarding opportunities to contribute to, and be involved with, our strategic planning efforts this fall. I hope that you will join in this important institutional-wide effort. "Plan 2020" and the list of the current committee members is online at LUC.edu/strategicplanning.
This Friday, August 21, everyone is invited to join in an official welcome for our new undergraduate students at the New Student Convocation, which will take place in Gentile Arena at 4 p.m. The annual Convocation Walk will precede the event at 3 p.m. and I encourage you to participate. The University community is also invited to Mass of the Holy Spirit, which will take place on August 23 at 5 p.m. in the Gentile Arena, and on August 27 at 11:30 a.m. on the Health Sciences Campus in the SSOM building atrium. We hope you will join us for these special events this month.
John P. Pelissero, PhD