Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Brian Schmisek Appointed Provost at St. Mary's University of Minnesota

June 6, 2019

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

I am writing to announce that the dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS), Brian Schmisek, PhD, has accepted a position at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota effective July 8. He will become provost and dean of faculties, serving as chief academic officer and overseeing academic budget planning, development of academic policies and procedures, and supervision of all academic and research programs.

I am so appreciative of Brian’s seven years of service within IPS. Under his leadership, the institute gained national recognition as a member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). He also prioritized student services as reflected in increased retention and degree completion rates and the creation of a Student Engagement Committee. During his tenure, the institute extended its reach as it began offering summer courses at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center Campus and expanded its degree and certificate offerings as well as its continuing education programs.

After conferring with faculty within IPS, I will announce a new leader for the institute prior to Brian’s departure. This will ensure a smooth transition as we continue to educate and form future leaders in ministry.


Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN

Summer Business

June 3, 2019

Our campuses may be quieter in the summer months, but we are still hard at work. Loyola University Chicago continues to educate students and serve as a resource for the community, with summer markets, academic and sports camps for high school students. Research and scholarly work proceeds in our laboratories, libraries, and the field.

Some students enroll in summer session courses to keep on pace to graduate, to concentrate on a single course in a less hectic environment, or to focus more intensively on a research project. Others move ahead on theses and dissertations. At our Health Sciences Campus, we continue important basic science and clinical research that translates into improved health-care locally with Trinity Health and around the world. The Institute for Environmental Sustainability pursues longitudinal projects and conducts fieldwork. Administrators, staff and faculty carry on through the summer to foster the best possible environment and education for our students. I am inspired by and ever grateful for all of our continued collaborations.

Much work takes place away from campus in June and July. This year, Stritch, Niehoff and Parkinson students and faculty will work with local residents and health-care providers through Ignatian Service Immersion on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the US Mexico border, in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Belize, and Israel, among other locations. These projects serve people in need and have a lasting impact in providing holistic and culturally appropriate healthcare and help develop socially responsible global health practices and a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health and health disparities.

Closer to home, Loyola Community & Family Services works throughout the year with children from pre-kindergarten to adolescents and young adults in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods. In Maywood, Loyola Health Sciences faculty and students collaborate in the Access to Care clinic, a network of primary providers who render care to uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented people.  University Ministry continues through the summer with opportunities for worship, reflection and spiritual growth. Later this week, Loyola faculty and staff gather in the University's Inner Mission retreat for a two-day exploration of spirituality and personal mission.

Notes and Updates: A number of DACA students were among our amazing graduates at Commencement last month. Around the same time, Sen. Dick Durbin introduced the Dream Act of 2019, and we support this legislation to ensure that these talented young people keep contributing their talents to communities across the nation.

We continue the conversation around our Diversity Climate Survey results and are collaborating on future action steps to live our Jesuit values and mission in community. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion completed a series of 15 Listening Sessions over the course of the year and issued an update in May that cited areas for improvement in representation, communication, training, programming, and services. This summer we are discussing ways to engage committed members of our community in the fall to build a framework that addresses these key issues.

The Provost Search Committee convened in May to further develop and finalize a position description for our next chief academic officer, and we will be providing regular updates on this process.

Earlier this spring a task force comprising university communication staff, student media representatives, professional journalists, and outside experts from FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) collaborated on clearer guidelines for media access to faculty, administrators and university information. This collaboration resulted in a revised media policy that balances access to sources and information with privacy and practical considerations. FIRE vice president Azhar Majeed recently blogged about the policy and the collaborative revision process.

Construction continues through the summer on the Lake Shore Campus on Alfie Norville Athletic Facility, and the adjacent Sean Earl Field will re-open in plenty of time for intramural play this fall.

The distinctive Jesuit values that have built Loyola over 150 years thread through our work and activities. During the 2019-2020 year, as we move into our sesquicentennial celebrations, we will have many occasions to reflect on how that work has helped to build a city and a more educated, just and sustainable world, and how we best educate leaders for others who can address the challenges of the future.

With my deepest gratitude for all you do for Loyola and its students, I wish you a wonderful summer.


Jo Ann Rooney


Loyola Supports the Dream Act of 2019

May 16, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

Recently, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin introduced the Dream Act of 2019, in partnership with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. The Dream Act would allow immigrant students who were brought to the United States as minors and grew up here to earn lawful permanent residency and, eventually, American citizenship. 

Senator Durbin has been fighting for this legislation for 18 years, and Loyola University Chicago is grateful to him for being such a determined champion for our undocumented students. We have about 150 undocumented students currently enrolled at Loyola, including more than 30 students at the Stritch School of Medicine. The policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been officially rescinded; pending the resolution of several circuit court decisions, it has never been more important for the U.S. Congress to pass the Dream Act. This legislation provides a path to citizenship for these students and enables them to pursue their degrees and professions.

This is an important piece of legislation not just for immigrants and their families but for all of us across the nation. As a Jesuit, Catholic institution, Loyola believes in the dignity of each person and in advancing equity and social justice. These students and young people like them are woven into the fabric of our communities. They are our future doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, business owners, and leaders who will join us in lifting up the most marginalized in our world. Loyola is committed to their success.

Aaima Sayed (SSOM ’18) is an example of someone whose legal status is currently in jeopardy. Aaima is presently in the second year of a four-year psychiatry residency program at Loyola University Health System. She was born in Pakistan and brought to the United States when she was only 3 years old. Raised in Illinois, Aaima graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University in New Jersey and scored in the ninetieth percentile on her MCATs.

Aaima’s enrollment at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine was made possible through loans from the Illinois Finance Authority, which paid for her tuition. As part of her loan agreement, Aaima will practice psychiatry in an underserved area of Illinois for four years—one year for every year of her loan. Illinois faces a critical shortage of medical professionals, and Aaima is committed to addressing this statewide need. None of her accomplishments and future contributions are possible without the protections afforded by DACA or the Dream Act. Without these, she cannot practice medicine or even take her medical board exams. The underserved communities in Illinois that might have benefited from her practice would also suffer without the protections offered by the Dream Act of 2019.

I encourage members of the Loyola community to contact your hometown Congressperson and U.S. Senators. Please help persuade them to take action by passing the Dream Act of 2019. To find your representative and senators and their contact information, click here.

Your voice can make a difference, especially when joined with others on this important issue. As always, thank you for everything you do on behalf of Loyola and our students.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Loyola University Museum of Art Changes Focus

April 30, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

Over the past 14 years, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) has become a valuable resource for our faculty, staff, and students and an important venue for student art expression, internships, and intellectual inquiry. The museum has served as an integral part of Loyola University Chicago, contributing much to the University’s academic landscape and affirming our Jesuit, Catholic traditions through art and culture.

As its spring exhibitions come to a close in June, LUMA’s scope of operations will be adjusted from its current operating model. It will remain—as it has since its inception—within the administrative services structure of the University and will not migrate into any particular school. It will no longer be open to the public for daily admission, but will function as both a special event and exhibition space for internal and external groups. It will also continue to serve classes that arrange museum visits throughout the year, supporting academic enterprise across the University through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. 

The University will maintain its care for and display of the D’Arcy Collection of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. The museum will continue to show its beloved annual Crèche exhibition and solicit both internal student and/or faculty exhibitions as well as periodic external exhibitions. Additionally, the museum will also have the ability to showcase numerous other University-owned holdings, including many pieces from the Cuneo Mansion.

Loyola has begun a search for LUMA’s new curatorial leader, who will be responsible for not only caring for and leading exhibitions of the museum’s internal collections but also engaging the University with both internal—especially student-led—and external exhibitions and shaping student internship opportunities.

In addition, the University has voluntarily withdrawn LUMA’s accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums, as the alliance’s rigorous requirements were a primary driver of the continued and increasing operating deficits. It will also integrate other staff members from across the University into the operations of the museum. This will allow the University to prioritize resources in support of the museum’s academic focus and use the museum space for special events, while maintaining the visibility of its collections and exhibitions.

We encourage you to continue to incorporate LUMA into your curricula and academic careers and look forward to many more years of enjoying its incredible collections.


Thomas M. Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services

Our Prayers and Our World

April 23, 2019

We woke up on Easter Sunday to the news of mass murders in three Catholic Churches and popular hotels in Sri Lanka.  The juxtaposition of innocents killed on a day that Christians celebrate by proclaiming the resurrection of Christ is jarring.  We pray for all those affected by this despicable act of terror carried out against these families.

As with last year’s Tree of Life Synagogue killings in Pittsburgh and last month’s attack on mosques in New Zealand, this heartless assault on human beings in sacred spaces is an assault on all humanity.  Attacks perpetrated on worshippers are attacks on the sacred dignity of all. Once again, we stand in solidarity with humanity and repudiate deadly supremacist ideologies. 

As a Jesuit, Catholic university deeply committed understanding, inclusion, and respect for all, we must continue to advance understanding and reconciliation.

Please join me in praying for an end to hate-filled violence, and let us continue to work to end the racism and religious hatred that fuel acts of discrimination and terror.  Let us keep the more than 320 murdered victims of these terrible events in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers, as well as the injured and the grieving.

Despite our sadness and outrage, we remember the importance of our mission to shine faith, hope, and love into the darkness. Thank you for all you do to carry that work forward.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Blossoms of Hope and Freedom

April 17, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

During Easter week, Catholics and all Christians enter days designated as the holiest of the year. Christ’s ultimate victory over suffering and death inspires us to go deeper in our faith and renew our commitment to doing good for others. We learn from Jesus that no matter how terrible suffering may be, it is temporary. At Easter, our Greek Orthodox brothers and sisters joyfully proclaim the greeting Christos anesti! (Christ is risen!) It is this faith-filled hope that is at the heart of who we want to be in the world.

This year, Passover begins on April 19, the evening of Good Friday. We join together as communities of faith in celebrating God’s desire for human freedom and our respective paths to contribute to God’s work in the world. The foundational stories of faith, liberation, and reconciliation blossom with hope and a freedom given to us by a God who loves us. The stories teach us to engage in the hard work of education for social justice. It is this liberation and hope that empower us even when work seems daunting or even impossible.

As we (finally!) head into spring and the hectic conclusion of the academic year with final projects, final exams, grading, and Commencement, I hope you will find time to pause with friends and family to reflect appreciatively and to care for yourselves and those around you. At Loyola University Chicago, we strive for deeper knowledge and greater skill but also for a balance of mind, affect, and soul. Out of this balance we work to create deeper understanding and to build a community that embodies intellectual inquiry and compassion for the suffering and marginalized. Though we come from many backgrounds and faith traditions, we remain focused on creating a transformative environment and education that changes lives, families, and communities for the better.

At this special time of the year, I wish you and yours peace, health, and renewal. Thank you for your continuing commitment to our students and to this mission, which is needed more than ever in our world.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Dan Macaluso Named Interim Vice President for Advancement

April 11, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

I am pleased to officially welcome Dan Macaluso as interim vice president for Advancement. Dan is part of the Marts & Lundy consulting team currently working with Loyola, and comes to us having recently served as vice president of advancement at Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges. Prior to his role at Harvey Mudd, he served in leadership roles in the advancement offices of the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University.

Marts & Lundy, a well-known firm with expertise in higher education advancement, has been working with the University to assess and benchmark our current operations and provide specific recommendations for establishing best practices and a highly effective advancement unit. During the ongoing national search for a vice president of advancement conducted by the firm Meng Peeps, Dan will begin implementing steps identified in the Marts & Lundy assessment to build our advancement division into one that supports a contemporary and successful practice in university fundraising.

Once the new vice president is appointed, Dan will continue to work with us as part of the ongoing consulting support Marts & Lundy is currently providing. This will enable the new vice president to begin working immediately on fundraising strategies to support strategic plan priorities and further our Jesuit, Catholic mission. It will also enable the new incumbent, along with the Advancement staff, to enjoy the continuity of the Marts & Lundy leadership team and build on the work currently underway.

Again, I would like to thank Dr. Jeanne Colleran, who generously gave us four months of her time to stabilize and work with our Advancement staff prior to Dan’s arrival.  The Board of Trustees and I greatly appreciate Jeanne’s efforts and care for the dedicated staff in Advancement. 

Best wishes for the end of the semester.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Mission Priorities

April 9, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce the completion of the self-study and peer review phase of the Mission Priority Examen, a collaborative community version of one of the helpful tools for ongoing improvement from St. Ignatius.

In November and December, more than 90 small groups across all of our campuses came together to inquire how we live our Jesuit mission in this time and era at Loyola University Chicago. Nearly 800 students, faculty, and staff participated. 

Their input was collected into Loyola’s Mission Priority Self-Study and provides a rounded picture of the ways we strive to fulfill our Jesuit educational mission. It indicates where there are opportunities to deepen our work and respond to the challenges of today. From the process, priorities emerged around mission structure, programming, assessment, and hiring. These priorities provide a framework and direction for our 2025 strategic planning process which begins this fall.

We encourage you to review the Executive Summary and the full report as well as the Peer Visitor Committee report, which comes out of the committee’s review of the Self-Study and face-to-face meetings on our campuses. We also invite you to take part in Lunch and Learn sessions organized by Janet Sisler, vice president for mission integration, to review the report and discuss our path going forward.

We are grateful for the work of our Loyola Self-Study Committee: Janet Sisler, MA, MEd, chair; John Hardt, PhD; Virginia McCarthy, MDiv; Chris Murphy, MDiv; Michael Murphy, PhD;  Lisa Reiter, PhD; and Matthew Thibeau, MDiv. For their careful listening and observations, we thank the Peer Visitor Committee: Rev. Peter Ely, S.J., PhD, Seattle University, chair; Michael Duffy, EdD, University of San Francisco; Anne Ozar, PhD, Creighton University; and Pamela Zarkowski, JD, University of Detroit Mercy.

The energetic participation of our community in the Mission Priority Examen is evidence of our deep commitment to the ongoing evolution of Loyola and our Jesuit educational mission. We are committed to a continuing process of self-inquiry that deepens our knowledge and improves our practices to understand the world and serve others. We look forward to exploring this report and to following our community-wide strategic discussions.

As always, thank you for all you do on behalf of Loyola and its students.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

The President's Cabinet:

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN (BSN, '74)
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Pamela G. Costas
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Lorraine G. Fitzgerald
Special Assistant to the President
Liaison to the Board of Trustees

Philip D. Hale
Vice President for Government Affairs

Kana Henning (BBA '02, MBA '04)
Associate Vice President, Facilities

Thomas M. Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services

Jeremy Langford
Vice President, University Marketing and Communication

Daniel A. Macaluso
Interim Vice President for Advancement

Wayne Magdziarz (BA '82, MBA '87)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Business Officer

Susan M. Malisch
Vice President and CIO, Information Technology Services

Jane Neufeld (MEd '90)
Vice President for Student Development

James S. Prehn, S.J., EdD
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Rector of the Jesuit Community

Paul Roberts
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Janet W. Sisler (Mund '74 & '82)
Vice President for Mission Integration

Steve Watson
Director of Athletics

Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer 

One Loyola: Moving to a single provost and chief academic officer

March 28, 2019

 Dear Loyola Community,

As our search for the next provost continues, I want to share an important next step. Rather than continue using the dual provost model that we have followed for the last few years, we are transitioning to a single provost and chief academic officer for the entire University.

Furthering our goal of becoming One Loyola, this restructuring will enable us to recruit the most exceptional, qualified candidates in our ongoing provost search. We are confident that we will attract a leader with significant experience in complex institutions such as ours. This person will build on our strong foundation while fostering innovation and strategic growth as an academic leader grounded by our Jesuit mission. In an era of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration, having one provost and chief academic officer will help us further develop unified strategies and initiatives that drive research, teaching, and successful student outcomes across the University.

With her deep strategic expertise and broad experience across our campuses, and while serving in her role as interim provost and provost of the Health Sciences Division, Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, will lead the effort to unite the offices of the University provost and the Health Sciences Division provost into an integrated unit that will guide the academic enterprise across all campuses and disciplines. Once a new provost is named, Dr. Callahan will also continue to work with the new leader to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure.

Our ability to engage in a community-wide strategic planning process and focus significant effort and investment on strategy and innovation across campuses over the coming years is critical to our future success. I have asked Dr. Callahan to assume the new role of senior vice president for strategy and innovation. In addition to organizing a functional area to support this work and establishing the collaborative processes across all campuses, she will lead the University in its next strategic planning process to succeed Plan 2020. Dr. Callahan will remain responsible for leading the innovation and strategic development initiatives across the Health Sciences Division along with the added responsibility of assuming this same leadership role across all of our campuses and disciplines.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Callahan for her strong and constant leadership throughout the provost search, for her implementation of this organizational transition, and for assuming this new leadership position.

We are currently in the process of finalizing the enhanced position description for the new provost. Thank you once again to the members of the Provost Search Committee for continuing to lead us in the search; to Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, Niehoff School of Nursing, for chairing the committee; and to Lorraine Fitzgerald for providing staffing support. In the spirit of One Loyola, we will continue to update the University community regularly on the search and other information that supports our community and mission.

Thank you for all you do each and every day to benefit Loyola University Chicago, our students, and our broader community.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

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


Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Dear Loyola Community,

As Loyola University Chicago’s 150th anniversary approaches, we are excited to announce the launch of one of our biggest and boldest endeavors: the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health.

A generous $20 million lead gift from Loyola alumni Robert and Elizabeth Parkinson marks the exciting next chapter of the University’s ongoing story of educating men and women who make it their mission to serve others and be advocates for the voiceless and the vulnerable. We are grateful for the Parkinson family’s continued support of Loyola’s institutional vision. Their gift extends Loyola’s renowned work and reputation in health care education, with its foundation in the Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health will address the increasing need for health care workers with a variety of skill sets, who will be trained to be leaders, researchers, and caregivers of the future. The health care industry is changing and so is Loyola. 

This means educating public health professionals who can discern disease patterns and causes, who can respond to epidemics, design new social policies and disease prevention strategies to promote community well-being. It means harnessing our powerful partnerships with Trinity Health and Loyola Medicine and using electronic health data to improve patient care and outcomes. It means creating programs that are part of a health care system that is increasingly reliant on not only doctors and nurses, but also administrators, dieticians, therapists, and other health professionals. The Parkinson School will be a venue for collaboration with other departments and schools across Loyola to address social, governmental, economic, and environmental approaches to better health care and greater health equity.

Health care must respond to changing patient needs, and a Loyola education at the Parkinson School will balance knowledge and practice to deepen expertise in a forward-looking model that anticipates an evolving career field. Students in existing programs have already shown the impact a Loyola education has on local and global communities, and as the School of Health Sciences and Public Health continues to grow, that impact will continue to spread.

As with any new chapter, many milestones will be marked. We deeply appreciate the hard work and collaboration from faculty, staff, and students who have helped build the school from the beginning and will continue to propel it forward. We look forward to sharing more developments in the coming weeks and months.

To the entire Loyola community, many thanks for all that you do to educate students and prepare them to serve and care for others. 


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


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

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


Faculty Receptions with President and Provost

Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to invite you to join us at a reception for faculty this month. These events offer an opportunity to socialize and enjoy camaraderie with colleagues. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and no RSVP is necessary.

Lake Shore Campus
Tuesday, February 26
4–5:30 p.m.
Mundelein Center, Palm Court, 4th floor

Health Sciences Campus
Wednesday, February 27
4–5:30 p.m.
Stritch School of Medicine, Atrium

Water Tower Campus
Thursday, February 28
4–5:30 p.m.
Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, 9th floor

We hope that you will join us for one of these events and encourage you to invite a colleague to attend with you.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost
Provost, Health Sciences Division

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


Taking Time to Listen

January 16, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

Welcome back to a new semester at Loyola University Chicago. We come together as a community that has had an opportunity to refresh and reenergize and is now ready to reconnect, engage, and continue our work. We find ourselves better able to pause, actively listen to and learn from each other, reflect critically on ourselves and our communities, and find ways where we can continue to improve and grow. We push the frontiers and boundaries of our individual and collective knowledge and embrace opportunities to serve in our professional, academic, and personal spheres.

As we return to our work and mission, I encourage our community to take some time to honor and contemplate the ongoing struggle for social justice during the 2019 MLK Celebration at Loyola. This series of events, sponsored by the Executive Council for Diversity and Inclusion, focuses this year on “Addressing Disparity through Awareness, Advocacy, and Action.”

Keynote speaker at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will be former White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, addressing social policy and racial justice. At the Health Sciences Campus, Dr. David Ansell, author of The Death Gap, will discuss the racial, social, and economic vectors that come together to create glaring inequity in health care access and health outcomes in Chicago. I encourage all to attend the presentations and participate in discussions and multi-faith celebrations during the week. I particularly encourage you to volunteer at one of many opportunities across the city on MLK Service Days on January 21 and 25.

As this new year of 2019 begins, we are completing our University-wide Mission Priority Examen. Throughout these community conversations, we have challenged ourselves to look deeply within and around us, and share perspectives on how we are fulfilling our Jesuit, Catholic mission in all of its dimensions. More than 700 faculty, students, staff, trustees, members of the Jesuit community, and alumni took part in more than 90 focus groups across campus. This broad and deep participation exemplifies how our community cares genuinely for this mission, its legacy, and its importance for our future. The written summary Examen that will be given to the Jesuit leadership will be shared with our community and will serve as a foundation and directional blueprint for Loyola’s next strategic plan.

In a time of rancorous division, confusing distraction, and global political strife, our Jesuit, Catholic mission and method of education has never been more vital. Through deep inquiry and dialogue, through research and service, Loyola continues to help catalyze change that reduces disparity and advances justice with a grounding in faith.

It is truly a gift and a blessing to be here, in this time and at this place. Throughout this new year, may everyone be able to exercise the opportunity to continue shaping knowledge, compassion, and justice with all your voice and energy. May you take full advantage of opportunities to be challenged and to challenge, to be changed and to lead change, to discuss and to listen, to debate and to reflect with others as you serve your community and neighbors.

Best wishes for a wonderful semester and 2019.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Lorna Finnegan named dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

January 10, 2019

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, has been named dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. She will join Loyola on July 1, 2019.

Lorna is an experienced nurse, family nurse practitioner, educator, and leader. She joins Loyola from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, where she is executive associate dean and an associate professor of health systems science.

She held a variety of leadership roles at UIC including head and associate head of the Department of Health Systems Science, where she oversaw the faculty and operations of the largest department in the College of Nursing. At UIC, She led strategic planning efforts, mentored and coached many faculty and staff across six campuses, exceeded enrollment goals for the doctor of nursing practice programs, and helped automate and optimize faculty workload and teaching assignments and other operational processes.

Lorna also was the founding director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Saint Xavier University School of Nursing, where she created and led two academic practice partnerships in Chicago. She has practiced as a nurse in the ICU and as a family nurse practitioner in many underserved clinical settings.

Through her scholarship, clinical practice, and leadership, her innovative strategies have helped increase access to primary care and reduce health disparities in vulnerable and underserved populations. She has been principal and co-investigator on multiple grants, including National Institutes of Heath R01 grants to identify clusters of symptoms and risk factors in childhood cancer survivors and other at-risk populations. Her research has been published internationally, and she was a visiting scholar in Thailand, South Africa, and South Korea. She was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2017 and is currently president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Our thanks to the search committee for leading this national search. We are especially grateful to John Hardt, PhD, who chaired the committee while continuing in his dual roles at the University and Loyola Medicine.

We also would like to express our tremendous gratitude to Dean Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, for her years of dedication and service to the School of Nursing and Loyola as she transitions from dean to faculty member. Her strong leadership has positioned the school for a bright future.

Please join us in welcoming Lorna to Loyola.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

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

Update on the Provost Search


December 20, 2018

Dear Loyola Community,

Since last spring semester, the University has been conducting an open search for the next provost and chief academic officer at Loyola University Chicago. This person would lead the academic and co-curricular programs of the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, the University’s Rome Center, other study abroad and global initiatives, and the offices of enrollment management and student success.

The Provost Search Committee formed to guide this search was led by Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, Niehoff School of Nursing, and included a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators from across the University. The committee has done exemplary work developing a process to review more than 60 candidates, bringing four finalists to campus, and soliciting feedback from our broader community. This process yielded some very spirited, sometimes contentious debates but it also led to wonderful and honest conversations with the candidates and amongst ourselves about Loyola’s future direction and the qualities required of our next chief academic officer.

Though several of the finalists demonstrated strengths in some areas, no clear consensus on a leading candidate emerged from the process. After careful and deliberate reflection and consideration of the input of a broad range of Loyola constituents, I have reached the conclusion that we have not yet identified our next provost and must, therefore, continue our search. Following the holiday break, we will reconvene and restart the national search. We will share more details on the renewed search in the coming weeks.

While this is not the outcome any of us had hoped for at this point in the process, I do not believe we should be discouraged. We have rightly set the bar high. We have challenged ourselves to find a new chief academic officer and provost who will join us on the journey as we seek to strengthen and deepen our efforts to live out our shared Jesuit, Catholic mission. We seek a candidate who exhibits a strong record of academic and scholarly success, a commitment to needed innovation, a vision for supporting faculty research and teaching, and one who possesses robust experience in building a strategic plan and fostering a culture that encourages diverse and strong leadership and programming throughout the University. I am confident that if we persist in our efforts and continue to hold ourselves to high standards, we will find such a leader.

Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, will remain interim provost during our continued search, and we are thankful for her steady leadership. Once again, I am grateful for all of the hard work and careful deliberations done by the Search Committee and for the involvement of everyone from across the University who took the time to participate and provide their feedback. I have asked all of the members of the committee to consider continuing into this next phase of our search and to let me know of their willingness to do so following the holiday recess. I also ask all of you for your continued support of this effort in the new year.

In the meantime, please enjoy the holiday break. I hope we are able to take time to renew and reinvigorate. Thank you for all you do for Loyola and our students.


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

Midwest Jesuits Release Names of those with Established Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors Since 1955


December 18, 2018

Dear Loyola Community,

Today, the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus released the names of Jesuits with established allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1955. An established allegation is based on the facts and circumstances where there is a reasonable certainty that the accusation is true and that the sexual abuse of a minor has occurred. This list includes one with an established allegation while he was at Loyola University Chicago and others who were assigned to Jesuit communities connected to the University. From what we have ascertained from our records and to the best of our knowledge, Loyola was not aware of any allegations while any of these men were part of our community.

At Loyola we have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct. Such behavior is not limited to clergy but applies to anyone and everyone who abuses positions of power to take advantage of or abuse vulnerable individuals. We take very seriously any reports alleging harassment, abuse, or misconduct and adhere to protocols and procedures that ensure we can respond and investigate swiftly, notify the appropriate authorities, and support and care for the survivors.

During his address to an assembly of educators in Bilbao, Spain, Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, repeatedly and fervently called upon – demanded – that Jesuit universities work for reconciliation and peace and anticipate the needs of the future. He challenged all of us to go to places that are not easy to reach and which others have avoided.

However, before you can work towards reconciliation, you need to acknowledge the failings and wrongdoing and be motivated to corrective action. Like many of us, I have struggled greatly with the topic of clergy abuse and the actions, cover-up, and betrayal by so many in leadership positions throughout the Catholic Church. Trust has been shattered. Lives have been irreparably harmed. Now is the time to confront the issue and find a way forward with compassion and a commitment to do better, to be better.

The safety, security, and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty is our highest priority. We are committed to fostering a supportive community where all members feel safe and respected. Students seeking resources related to sexual misconduct or other acts of violence can contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.2530 or visit the Community Coalition on Gender-Based Violence website. Faculty and staff in need of resources are encouraged to utilize the University’s Employee Assistance Program.   

If you have been abused by an adult while at Loyola University Chicago, no matter when the incident occurred, we strongly urge you to file a report. In an effort to make notifications easy and straightforward, all Loyola reports can be made via the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline website or by calling 855.603.6988. Any reports of misconduct involving minors will be reported to law enforcement authorities as required by law. If the abuse involved a Jesuit, we also urge you to contact Marjorie O'Dea, the Midwest Province's director of the Office of Safe Environment, at 773.975.6876 or UMISafeMinistry@jesuits.org.

There are no words or statements compassionate enough to support the survivors of clergy abuse. Nor are there words strong enough to condemn the actions of those abusers or the leadership that failed to take action to protect children and adults from such reprehensible acts and abuse of power. Our concerns and prayers are with the survivors and hope they find peace and reconciliation.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Jeanne Colleran Appointed Acting Vice President for Advancement

Jeanne Colleran


December 8, 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Colleran, PhD, as acting vice president for Advancement, effective December 11. Jeanne will provide interim leadership for the division and continue to sustain our momentum in important areas as we conduct the national search to name a permanent vice president by summer 2019.

Jeanne most recently served as interim president at John Carroll University (JCU), a Jesuit university in University Heights, Ohio. At JCU, she also served as provost and academic vice president, and as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She led a successful accreditation visit, helped increase enrollment through development of new majors and partnerships, and helped raise more than $26 million dollars in gifts and grants. She is a native of Pittsburgh, a graduate of John Carroll, and received her doctorate in English from The Ohio State University.

Jeanne looks forward to working with and energizing a talented and growing development team that is engaging alumni, friends, and supporters across the country and around the world. She also will be working directly with our consultants who are completing a detailed market study and analysis for future fundraising efforts.

We are grateful to Jamie Orsini, senior associate vice president for Advancement, for her additional service as acting VP.

Please join us in welcoming Jeanne Colleran to Loyola. Thank you to all for the good work you do every day.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

James S. Prehn, S.J., EdD
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Rector of the Jesuit Community

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




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

How Do We Answer Hate?

(This message has been updated since its original posting on October 30)

October 30, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The horrific events at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh remind us of how hatred corrodes our society as it erupts in destructive rage; shattering lives, breaking our hearts, and shaking our sense of safety and civility. All decent people are grief-stricken by this anti-Semitic violence. Our first thoughts and all our prayers are with the victims, their families, the Tree of Life congregation, and the community in Pittsburgh.

It is our community, too. An attack like this, especially in a place of worship, is an attack on our social fabric, and we all feel the pain of it. No words can convey our pain, horror, and outrage.

Coupled with other recent hate crimes, it may feel like our sacred spaces of faith and even our very democracy are under attack. America was conceived as a place where there should be no need for armed guards to protect those places where we come together—our schools, markets, and houses of worship.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel observed that while “some are guilty, all are responsible.” Our responsibility at Loyola is to create a safe, sacred space of deep inquiry and debate, a space in which we can come together from many backgrounds and perspectives to address our most urgent problems and challenges. Together, we engage in reasoned discourse and collective action to help the poor and marginalized because of our faith tradition. We can continue to speak out against racism and bigotry and work to resolve deeper institutional and societal biases. We can exercise our hard-earned franchise to vote.

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is holding one of its Community Circles tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Regis Hall, Seminar Room, to help process reactions to the Tree of Life shooting in a supportive group atmosphere. Community Circles are a restorative justice practice to foster open dialogue, honesty, and attentive listening.

As we pray for the victims, let us also pray for the strength and courage to surmount our own preconceptions and fears, to listen to and respect the views of others, to see God in all others, and hold close the sacredness of every human life. 



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


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



Safety On Our Campus and In Our Neighborhood


October 4, 2018

Loyola and our Campus Safety department are working closely with the community and other authorities to respond to recent disturbing incidents, including two homicides in Rogers Park that have been highly publicized. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has determined that these two fatal shootings are connected. While not in Loyola University Chicago’s Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries and not involving Loyola students, both departments feel that the offender in these murder investigations is an ongoing threat to the campus area and Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries as well.

Our Campus Safety police officers are engaged and cooperating with the Chicago Police Department and the other local and federal law enforcement resources they are using in their intense search for this perpetrator. In addition, we are conducting additional foot patrols and intensifying other campus safety and security measures for our students. My office is in constant communication with the mayor and other city officials to ensure their focused attention on the safety and security of our campus community and the city.

No motives have been clearly established in the homicides. Campus Safety is working with CPD to assist in the investigations in any way and to best serve the University community. If you or your student might have any information relating to these homicides, I ask that you contact CPD at CPDtip.com or 312.744.8263.

We are communicating updated information and community alerts through e-mail and social media channels as well as flyers and campus wide safety bulletins. You may refer to the Campus Safety website or Crime Alerts page for updated information on the homicide investigation and for other safety and security information.

Loyola University is located in a densely populated urban area, and we take every opportunity to educate and inform our community members about the safest ways to navigate the urban environment.  We are also increasing resources for our 8-RIDE service during this time so that students do not have to walk alone at night. The service operates from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Rides can be booked through the OneMV app or by calling 773.508.7433. Details can be found at https://luc.edu/campustransportation/services/8-rideprogram/ 

We also take every opportunity to reinforce to students that they keep the following risk-reduction tips in mind. Please also reinforce these messages with your students:

  • Do not walk or jog alone.
  • If a person threatens you, follow any demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include the license plate of any involved vehicle, physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.

Please know that as president of Loyola that my highest daily priority is the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to those families and friends of the victims of the shootings as they deal with this frightening and terrible loss. My commitment to you and our entire Loyola family is that we will continue to work diligently to make our campus and surrounding communities as safe and secure as possible.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Statement from Dr. Rooney


Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Clerical Sexual Abuse and Cover-up

 October 8, 2018

Like many of us, I have struggled greatly with the recent revelations in Pennsylvania, on top of years of previous reports, about clergy abuse and the actions, cover-up and betrayal by so many in leadership positions throughout the Catholic Church.

Trust has been shattered. Lives have been irreparably harmed.

As I noted in my remarks to faculty at Convocation, whether you are Catholic by faith tradition or a member of our Loyola community supporting our Jesuit Catholic mission, there are no words or statements compassionate enough to support the victims of clergy abuse. Nor are there words strong enough to condemn the actions of those abusers or the leadership that failed to take action to protect children and adults from such reprehensible acts and abuse of power. There are no sentiments angry enough to capture the call for dramatic change.

In our position as a Jesuit Catholic University, we can ensure that these acts are not tolerated in our community. We will continue to advocate and work for the changes needed.  Know, unequivocally, that within our university, within our Jesuit province and within our archdiocese, there is no tolerance for such heinous acts of abuse. If we receive any reports of such incidents, they are turned over to the civil authorities for investigation and criminal action.

At Loyola University Chicago, intolerance for such behavior is not limited to clergy. It applies to anyone and everyone who abuses positions of power to take advantage of or abuse vulnerable individuals. There is an obligation that each and every one of us has as a member of this community--that is to report any such abhorrent behavior or incidents of which you become aware.

Loyola University is committed to a respectful campus culture that has clear policies, reporting structures and clear lines of accountability for preventing and addressing all forms of abuse. Information on resources provided through Loyola’s Title IX office can be found here. In addition, the unsettling news may be especially painful for some to to process.  I encourage those who wish to talk to someone to contact the Wellness Center. There will also be opportunities in the coming year for our community to engage in discussion around these issues, such as this Hank Center program on Integrity and Accountability in the Catholic Church coming up October 11.

It is imperative that we foster a culture of respect, trust, transparency, civility and accountability in our academic community. When we find those tenets not adhered to, we are called upon to address the issues head-on.  We desire for our students a transformational education preparing them for lives of leadership and service. As such, it is incumbent upon us to be role models and hold ourselves to those unwavering standards. I encourage all to continue to engage and to listen, to discern our moral, ethical and human paths toward healing and reconciliation.



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. The report reviewed the incident from a number of perspectives and offered 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

Update:  See the Joint Statement published May 10, 2019, available here.

Jeremy Langford Named Vice President, University Marketing and Communication

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Langford has been appointed Vice President for University Marketing and Communication (UMC).

Jeremy joins Loyola University Chicago with 26 years of experience in publishing, communications, and advancement that includes 18 years of direct service with the Jesuits, first at Loyola Press and most recently with the USA Midwest Province. Since 2005, he has served the Midwest Jesuits as the Provincial Assistant (VP) for Communications and, since 2017, as the Provincial Assistant (VP) of Advancement and Communications. During this time, Jeremy has been a leader in strategic planning, developing and implementing comprehensive communications and fundraising plans, managing teams and projects, overseeing media relations and crisis communications, crafting campaigns and appeals, and finding new ways to connect with constituents. He has served as an adviser to the communications office of the Jesuit Curia in Rome and as a leader among the communications and advancement committees of the Jesuit Conference in the United States and Canada.

Jeremy has helped the Jesuits stay current and connected by, as St. Ignatius would say, reaching people where they are with award-winning content, design, and delivery from print to social media. He has worked closely with the advancement office to meet its annual fundraising goals over the years and most recently helped lead the charge to increase giving, kickstart a campaign for senior Jesuit health care, and engage lapsed and new donors.

In 2012 he developed and launched JesuitPrayer.org to help the Jesuits reach the widest possible audience with daily Scripture, Ignatian reflection, and Ignatian prayer. Loyola’s Health Sciences Division has been working with Jeremy and his team to build its own uniquely branded version of the Jesuit Prayer website, email, and mobile app. Jeremy also worked closely with Fr. Stephen Katsouros, S.J., dean and executive director of Arrupe College, on his book Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again) about the first year in the life of the school.

A University of Notre Dame graduate, Jeremy began his career in publishing at Loyola Press, where he acquired and edited the international bestseller The Gift of Peace by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. He was executive editor of Rowman & Littlefield and editorial director of Sheed & Ward and is the author or co-author of four books and numerous chapters and articles on Catholicism and education.

Through his work and advanced studies at Catholic Theological Union and through Jesuit training programs, Jeremy has a deep understanding of and affinity for Loyola’s Jesuit mission and for articulating that mission in all its aspects to a broad array of audiences. He is well equipped to translate that understanding into compelling communications and marketing, and his experience in development work will help link our communications work to our advancement and alumni engagement goals.

We are grateful to John Buchholz and the entire UMC team for their continued quality output and for their patience during this transition period. Jeremy’s official start date is November 5, but as he closes out projects with the Midwest Province, he will engage with Loyola leadership and UMC staff to begin to carry forward the work of telling Loyola’s story to the world.

Thank you for all you do every day for Loyola and our students.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

James S. Prehn, S.J., EdD
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Rector of the Jesuit Community


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.