Loyola University Chicago

University Staff Council

April 2015

Danielle Pernini

Title/s:  Marketing Communications Specialist



Department/School/Division: Enrollment Management Marketing & Communication
Water Tower Campus
Years at Loyola:

What is your favorite thing about working at Loyola?
The people at Loyola are the best part about working here. I sincerely look forward to interacting with my colleagues each day! I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know fellow Loyolans from other departments. There are so many different roles and unique efforts that come together to make this University what it is, and I am intrigued by the individual work that we each contribute. 

What is your most memorable achievement as a Loyola employee?
In my first role at Loyola, I was an enrollment advisor for graduate students in the School of Social Work. Volunteering at my first Commencement and being there for the graduation of the students I’d worked with was an awesome experience. I had helped some of them make the choice to come to Loyola and, in some cases, choose social work as their next career path. Seeing their joy in achieving their degrees and their excitement for their next steps in the field—and knowing I had a small part in getting them there—was such a fulfilling experience for me.

What does Loyola's mission mean to you?
To me, the Jesuit mission means considering the needs of others and our world when considering ourselves, our work, and our life choices. I think becoming a “person for others” is a process, and one that Loyola aims to cultivate for not just our students, but staff and faculty, too. The process involves defining what our true passion is, what we love to do and what makes us thrive, and then determining how we can take this and apply it to our work or extracurricular efforts to better the world in which we live. As employees at Loyola, I think this ideal transformation permeates our work and efforts. We constitute a huge part of the University and are thus charged with living this mission in our daily lives as well as supporting that our students do the same.

What motivates you to succeed each and every day?
I am motivated by the desire to be my best self each day, per my belief that doing so makes the small part of the world I live in a better place. There’s so much negativity and injustice in the world, but I think it can really make a difference to be as positive as possible and put forth every effort to do more and become more. I’m also motivated to contribute my best personal and professional self, because I know and expect the people I’m working with, interacting with, and affecting through my efforts are doing the same.

Tell us how you show your Rambler pride. 
I point and shout “Loyola!!! Woo!” every time I see our brand anywhere—on taxis, garbage cans, billboards, in the RedEye—you name it, and I’m going to let whoever I’m with (or whoever’s walking on the street next to me) know that I’m excited about it.

Tell us something most people at Loyola would be surprised to know about you. 
I am an identical twin! We grew up side-by-side, interested in the same things, dressing the same, and having people confuse us daily. Though we are now quite different and look much less alike, she is still the closest person to me—I’d say we talk an average of 17 times a day, and I commit a majority of my vacation days to visiting her wherever she may be. Currently, this is Boston.