eNewsletter Welcome Message
May 6, 2019
This month, we experience celebrations and endings along with new beginnings and expanding opportunities.
Throughout the week, I will offer personal congratulations to our graduates as they receive their degrees at commencement ceremonies. As I do, it will also be with gratitude and deep appreciation for the work of amazing faculty, staff and supporters that make this transformational educational experience possible.
This past academic year has been marked by many accomplishments that will support new initiatives designed to grow and deepen our Jesuit mission across all campuses, fields and disciplines.
Our community came together in the fall for the Mission Priority Examen, a collaborative community reflection and conversation on how we continue to evolve and advance our Jesuit mission in a dynamic time. The participation of so many across our campuses is evidence of your deep commitment to our mission and our students, and provides an essential foundation for community-wide strategic discussions that will kick off in the fall.
This year, we announced the formation of the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, which we fully expect will take its position as a national leader in research and meeting a growing demand for healthcare professionals with expertise and compassion. It will be a place where experts from disciplines across our campuses collaborate to drive new approaches to equity in health delivery and health outcomes.
As the Parkinson school welcomes its first students this fall, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability will also inaugurate a new Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability (MSESS) to educate the next generation of environmental science and sustainability professionals who can apply an interdisciplinary approach to solve our environmental problems. Students in the program will study and work alongside sustainability scientists as well as economists, historians, legal scholars and business faculty, reflecting IES’s “whole systems” approach to environmental challenges.
Throughout the month of April, we celebrated accomplishments of the year with banquets, award ceremonies, and our Weekend of Excellence. All of us have been reminded so many times over the past weeks of the diverse ways our students, faculty and staff advance Loyola’s mission of “expanding knowledge in service to humanity through learning, justice, and faith.” This is how we lean into the work of service toward social justice, and how we live into those values.
This month, the Provost Search Committee reconvenes to resume the national search for top-tier candidates to fill the role of the University’s next chief academic officer. As the search progresses, the campus community can expect regular updates. On July 1, we will welcome three new deans to Loyola: Hong Chen at the School of Communication; Malik Henfield at the School of Education; and Lorna Finnegan at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The search for a new dean of the Graduate School is currently underway.
I am truly blessed to work will all of you in this mission to provide an extraordinary education for future generations of leaders. Our distinctive Jesuit approach is founded on the Ignatian notion that God is as much to be found in the library or classroom, in the performance studio or research lab, as in Madonna della Strada Chapel. The Divine is present in all areas of study; it is our job to find it.
I wish you all a wonderful summer.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD