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Fun Facts

Below are fun facts about Loyola University Chicago campuses, buildings, people, etc.

If you know of any fun campus facts, please send information via e-mail to: communityrelations@luc.edu.

Mundelein Center

On December 13, 1928: "Catholics Will Build College for Women Near Loyola Campus" (Chicago Daily Tribune, 1928). Sister Mary Tertulla announces plans of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to build Mundelein Center.
On September 1931: "POPE PRAISES GREAT CATHOLIC COLLEGE HERE" (Chicago Daily Tribune, 1931). "'I don't know that it is the greatest college in the world, but I am sure it is the one nearest heaven.'-PIUS XI?"
On March 1932: "And Now College Girls Learn to Broadcast" (Chicago Daily Tribune, 1932). Catherine Gould Roche, daytime studio director at WGN, led a radio broadcasting class offered through the drama department at Mundelein College. The course was said to be the first of its kind in Chicago.
For more about the history of the Mundelein Center, view this timeline (PDF).

The Virginia G. and Kenneth M. Piper Hall

In 1909 — Albert and Cassie Wheeler build the mansion now known as Piper Hall along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
In 1916 — Second owner Albert M. Johnson, president of the National Life Insurance Co., purchases the mansion.
In 1934 — The building is purchased by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs) to house the library for the adjacent Mundelein College, opened in 1930. Except for the addition of bookshelves and reading tables, the structure is kept in its original state through 1948.
For more on Piper Hall, view the Piper Hall brochure. (pdf)