April at a glance

April calendar

April at Loyola starts with the opening of the Arnold J. Damen, S.J., Student Center on the University’s Lake Shore Campus. Designed with students in mind, the new center is the place to go to relax, study, grab something to eat, or just hang out with friends.

The center’s grand opening is April 3, and Loyola has a full day of events and giveaways planned to usher in a new era at the University. Learn more about the Damen Center and all it has to offer.

Here’s what else is going on at Loyola in April:


Real Time with Alumni
9 a.m. – noon
This is an opportunity for students to meet individually with Loyola alumni. During these 30-minute, pre-scheduled meetings, alumni will be available to discuss their career paths and share experiences and tips from the business world. Activities are listed in RamblerLink under Events and then by clicking on Workshops.

Sustainable Schools Symposium
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn comes to Loyola to discuss sustainability issues on school campuses and to honor the University for its green initiatives. Sessions throughout the day will focus on making schools more eco-friendly, and four campus tours will be offered to highlight Loyola’s commitment to sustainability. Learn more about the symposium and see a schedule of events. (Note: Space is limited, and some of the tours may be full.)


Water Tower Campus Grad Fair
Noon – 7 p.m.
Located in Kasbeer Hall on the 15th floor of the Corboy Law Center, the fair lets students buy their cap and gown, have portraits taken, and place orders for other graduation-related items.

APRIL 5 and 6

Senior Retreat
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC)
There is no better way to reflect on your Loyola experience than our Senior Retreat. Take advantage of this retreat at LUREC by reflecting with your best friends from the past four years and celebrating where you have come from, where you are now, and where you are going. Register here for the retreat.

APRIL 6 and 7

Loyola Weekend
Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses
Exclusively for admitted students and their families, Loyola Weekend is the next big step toward beginning your college experience. Go to the Loyola Weekend website to RSVP and get a complete event schedule.

APRIL 7­-13

Generosity Week
Various locations across the University
According to legend, the Loyola family was so generous that after feeding everyone at the table they had enough food to feed the animals. This act of giving is represented by the two wolves and kettle on Loyola’s shield. Today, we celebrate this act of kindness through Generosity Week—a series of events that spreads the message of giving throughout the entire Loyola community. The cornerstone event of the week is Wolf and Kettle Day on April 10.


Civil War Lecture Series
2 p.m., Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
This is the first in a two-part series on the American Civil War. Amanda Graue, the education coordinator at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, and Laura Johns of Loyola’s Public History Graduate Program, will discuss Matthew Brady and Civil War photography. Part two of the series is Sunday, April 28. Learn more and buy tickets for the lecture series.  


Senior Send Off: Cubs vs. Rangers
7:05 p.m., Wrigley Field
Come enjoy a night out at the Friendly Confines as the Cubs take on the Texas Rangers. Learn more about the outing and this year’s other Senior Send Off events.

APRIL 19-21

Weekend of Excellence
Various locations across the University
Each spring, Loyola honors students who have excelled on and off campus during the academic year. This is an opportunity for them to share the fruits of their learning with family, friends, and neighbors. Visit the Weekend of Excellence website for more details.


Shakespeare Celebration
7:30 p.m., Newhart Family Theatre
Held in honor of the late Bernard McElroy (1937-1991), professor of English at Loyola, the McElroy Celebration combines lecture and performance to explore major themes in Shakespearean theory and criticism. Learn more and reserve your seats.


University Libraries Terry Lecture
7 p.m., Klarcheck Information Commons
Chinese-American writer Anchee Minn, author of several historical novels and a memoir about her life in China during the Cultural Revolution, will talk about her latest book, “Pearl of China,” and her upcoming memoir, “The Cooked Seed.” The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Friends of the Libraries website for more details.


Fatherhood: Ideas and Illustrations of Modern Parenting
6 p.m., LUMA
In conjunction with the exhibit “Choosing Fatherhood,” LUMA will host photographer Lewis Kostiner and Shipra Parikh, PhD, adjunct professor at Loyola’s School of Social Work. They will discuss modern fatherhood and what they have learned about men, their desires, and their ability to raise children. Go to the LUMA website to RSVP for the event.

A note about the listings: At Loyola, we are committed to providing students with an unmatched learning experience—both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why you’ll see events ranging from a trip to Wrigley Field to a celebration of Shakespeare. A Jesuit education does more than simply educate; it helps people broaden their horizons and become, well, better people.