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Community Action Scholarship

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., the entire Loyola community, and the host committee invite our neighbors to the Community Holiday Party in the new Arnold J. Damen Student Center. You will not want to miss the party of the year to be held in a new location! Get a look at the brand new Arnold J. Damen Student Center, enjoy tasty, sustainably-made treats, live music performed by local band the T-Byrdz, and make a donation to help a local Edgewater or Rogers Park high school student to attend Loyola!

When: Monday, December 9

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Arnold J. Damen Student Center 6511 N. Sheridan Road

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‌Loyola’s Office of Community Relations serves as one of Loyola's connections between the University University and its surrounding neighborhoods. Through a series of partnerships with City of Chicago, local schools, community policing, block clubs, chambers of commerce, neighborhood organizations and nonprofits, our office has demonstrated a commitment to improving vitality and sustainability of our neighborhoods. Acknowledging these partnerships and the long standing relationship Loyola has developed with its community partners, we have created a new Community Action Scholarship fund for Loyola students.  The beneficiary of this scholarship will continue to carry out the mission of Community Relations, by designing and implementing a community-based project that will directly benefit the Rogers Park and/or Edgewater neighborhoods. The recipient of this award will meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Student is an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student
  • Student has demonstrated a commitment to leadership, volunteering, and service aimed at  community development (A letter of  recommendation is required from a community or faculty member who served as adviser or otherwise supervised the student in community engagement projects)

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are high school graduates of Nicholas Senn, Roger C. Sullivan High School, Chicago Math and Science Academy or another Chicago Public High School.
  • Are native to Rogers Park and Edgewater
  • Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. 


Application Process

  • Students will submit a written proposal for a community-based project that directly benefits the Rogers Park and/or Edgewater neighborhoods. Students will include a rationale, budget, and project timeline in this proposal.  Up to $3,000 of this scholarship will go toward the student's tuition, and up to $1,000 of this scholarship will be used to fund the approved community-based project.
  • Students must identify the name of a community or faculty member who will serve as their project advisor.
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to incorporate this project into their internship, practicum, or as part of their service learning requirement.


*For questions regarding the application for this scholarship, please contact Mary Miro at mmiro@luc.edu.

If you would like to make a gift to the Community Action Scholarship Fund, click here.

How Artists Around the World Picture the Nativity- Coming Soon to LUMA

Art and Fairth of the Creche at LUMA

Image: Mario Mendoza, Argentina (Jujuy), 2009, clay and paint, The James and Emilia Govan Crèche Collection, Loyola University Museum of Art

Looking for some artistic engagement this holiday season? Take a trip to LUMA.

As All that Lies Behind Us, Cosmologies and Ten Thousand Ripples come to a close on November 3, Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan will take their place.

LUMA’s next exhibit will center on the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It will focus on global perceptions of the Nativity by artists from countries like Armenia and Zimbabwe. Nativity scenes are illustrated with clothing, architecture and figures from around the globe. The exhibit will open Nov. 23. The opening reception will be held on Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students, and $15 for the public.

Spring Thaw Reveals Poop City


Warmer temperatures and melting snow reveal a rather unclean and unsanitary mess on Lake Shore Campus grounds. Many of Loyola's neighbors enjoy walking their pets on and near campus, however some do not curb their dogs, that is, clean up behind them especially when the weather is cold.

While the University understands that the grass and green space is inviting, it is important that a sense of mutual respect and responsibility for maintaining cleanliness in areas shared among our community members. Please bring plastic bags when walking your pet on campus and if needed, use trash cans to properly dispose of waste. This simple practice will keep campus safe and sanitary for everyone who visits.

Kenmore Update: Closure Complete

Kenmore-Sheridan Update


After a long year of planning, designing, meeting with community groups, and gathering feedback the 6300 block of Kenmore Avenue officially closed to traffic on December 5, 2013. 

As the new owner of the property, Loyola University intends to transform the street into a pedestrian and bike- friendly mall complete with 39,000 square feet of environmentally sustainable surfaces, bike lanes, benches, trees and other native plantings. The extension of the campus experience onto this block will compliment the cutting edge research of the new Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the planning process for their feedback and patience. Construction of the new campus will take about 10 months and  I look forward  to seeing you at the grand opening next summer.



Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations




The Future of Storytelling

The Future of Storytelling

In September of 2013, Emmy Award winning Loyola University Professor, Liz Coffman, undertook an inspired project with her graduate Digital Media and Storytelling class in our School of Communication. 

With the help of James Kneen, the Executive Director of The Clare, a residential senior living facility located adjacent to our Water Tower Campus, Professor Coffman’s class recruited four residents to provide their personal life stories for this project. To capture the rich personality and detailed stories of these residents, graduate students in Professor Coffman’s class will conduct a series of video interviews, and then use this footage to put together a brief documentary on each resident.  The residents who have been recruited for this project offer unique socio-cultural perspectives on Chicago history, gender-roles, women’s advocacy initiatives, World War II, and many other topics and historical events.

The graduate students are eager to preserve the stories of these remarkable seniors via a digital media format that can be shared online, and perhaps encourage a younger population to learn about these stories. Through this project, perhaps viewers of these brief documentaries will develop a newfound appreciation for the social and political progress made in the last 50-80 years that affect the lives of younger generations today.  

Shuttle Sign Brings Safety to WTC

Shuttle Sign

Upon the return of the Spring semester, students, faculty, staff and neighbors may have noticed the brand new permanent shuttle loading zone sign at the southwest corner of Wabash and Pearson Street. This little addition to Wabash is already making loading safer and more effective, and Sister Jean Schmidt gives it two emphatic thumbs up.
It is hard to believe that something so simple, and needed, could take nearly two years, the continuous help of the Alderman, Chicago Department of Transportation, a city liaison, and countless meeting, emails and phone calls from Community Relations to accomplish.
This small sign has helped to alleviate congestion caused by standing vehicles who obstruct the parkway. Often, these drivers intend to run in purchase items from local businesses.  However, these drivers unintentionally create difficulty for buses to access the curb lane which causes students to load or unload in the street and causes congestion through the intersection at Pearson.
Sister Jean, who faithfully monitors the loading and unloading of students, would often personally ask vehicles to move if she noticed the driver was present. As polite and sweet as she is, no one dare refuse her request.
The new sign makes a much needed impact with fewer cars attempting to stand there. According to Summur Roberts, director of Community Relations, "We are so thankful to Alderman Brendan Reilly, his staff and our contacts at the City for moving this forward, and to Sister Jean for her unwavering commitment to the safety of our students!"

Green Lobby Day 2014

Green Lobby Day 2014

Photo courtesy of ProgressIllinois.com.

Loyola University’s Office of Community Relations and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability partner with our local organizations Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project, Illinois Environmental Council and others to plan the inaugural Green Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois.
Loyola Students will team up with local residents of Edgewater and Rogers Park to engage with Illinois legislators and advocate for a series of environmentally-focused legislative measures, including a bill that would ensure the state’s continued investment in renewable energy sources, and bill that would support the investment in clean water infrastructure. Students will also encourage the Illinois General Assembly to vote in support of a bill that will properly manage pollution from major carbon sources by instituting a carbon cap. Through this event, Loyola students will be learn how to be an environmental advocate and bridge knowledge in the classroom with legislative priorities as part of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability's larger advocacy and policy focus.
Students will join with community members to take part in larger conversations regarding green policies on a state and national level.
To sign up for Green Lobby Day visit: http://luc.edu/greenlobbyday/ 
For more information about this event, or to participate, please contact communityrelations@luc.edu.

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!
Calling all gardeners, painters, and environmentally-conscious residents of Edgewater and Rogers Park! It’s that time of year again to green and beautify our two communities in celebration of Earth Day.
Given the success of last year’s North Lake Shore Earth Day, Loyola Community Relations will partner with Aldermen Joe Moore and Harry Osterman, Illinois Senator Heather Steans, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, for a second time to sponsor a series of hands-on projects to clean, green, and enhance public spaces in Edgewater and Rogers Park. Similar to last year’s event, North Lake Shore Earth Day will focus on direct student service engagement with the surrounding community, providing a positive impact on the neighborhoods, and fostering healthy student–neighbor relations.
Loyola’s North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014 event will take place on April 26ththwhere students and local residents will partake in hands-on service projects to support green efforts in the 48th and 49thWards. In addition, North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014 will coincide with the City of Chicago’s Clean & Green, which means all hands will be on deck to participate at variety of project sites. Projects will range from light gardening and garden-bed construction to litter-removal and fence-painting!
We extend our thanks to Whole Foods Market [Evanston-South], and KIND Food Company, Inc., who are generously donating healthy snacks for our Earth Day volunteers!
Visit http://luc.edu/earthday/ for registration details!
For more information or to register for an event, please contact communityrelations@luc.edu.

Students Return to Campus, Parking Restrictions in Place

Student Move-in 2014

Volunteers Assist with Move-in


As we enter into the last months of summer, Loyola University Chicago is preparing for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.  The university will welcome 4100 new and returning students. Move-in activities will take place at the Lake Shore Campus on Monday, August 18 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.

 Friday, Loyola will host freshman convocation and no move-in will take place. Neighbors should take note of the days and times during which the City has provided a permit to designate “no parking” on area streets to facilitate move in the attached PDF.  This will help university staff accommodate the families and students that will be unloading cars and moving trucks. Each student has received a move-in time slot and will receive a color-coded placard  to display in their car window to help facilitate traffic flow. During Tuesday, August 19. Loyola Avenue will be a one-way westbound.

Thanks to helpful feedback from local residents and community leaders, Loyola has reduced the overall number of streets and amount of days with parking restrictions to alleviate strain on street parking. Any vehicle parked in no parking zones will be ticketed and towed.

Many upper-class students rent apartments in the area that are not operated by the university. While the University does not make special arrangements for these moves, Community Relations has requested a special attention to no-parking areas around Loyola University with Streets and Sanitation. The requested attention includes Loyola, Albion, Arthur, Northshore, Columbia, Wayne, Lakewood, Kenmore, and Winthrop.  Student cars illegally parked in tow-zones, blocking fire hydrants, or blocking driveways and alleys will also be ticketed and towed. 


 If you have any questions, need any further information, or experience any undue hardships relating to move-in, please, do not hesitate to contact the department of Community Relations at 773.508.7450 or email communityrelations@luc.edu . If you would like regular updates from Loyola, join the e-blast by sending an email and like us on facebook! Facebook.com/luccommunityrelations

 Loyola Move-in 2014 2.0 

Students Ask for Divvy Stations Near Campus

Divvy update

Students and neighbors are pining for Divvy Bicycle Stations in the neighborhood, and they let Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) know last month.

Representatives from Metro Strategies, Inc, consultants for Divvy and CDOT came to Loyola’s community holiday party at the Damen Student Center to gain feedback on locations for Divvy stations in December 2013. They returned in January to spend an afternoon talking to the student population.

More than 100 residents and students suggested site options during Divvy’s outreach, and 17 different stations were suggested. Divvy tallied most suggestions to CTA stations near campus, including the Loyola and Granville CTA Red Line stations.

Divvy is a new bike sharing system featuring thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations from Andersonville to Hyde Park, available 24/7, 365 days a year. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, station map, and a docking system that releases bikes using a member key or ride code. You must be 16 years or older to ride Divvy.

Divvy has also recently re-launched the “suggest a station” feature on its website. The company currently has 300 stations across Chicago, but plans to add 175 this year. Help Divvy decide where to install new stations by suggesting a site in your neighborhood!  


WTC Construction Update

WTC Construction Update


The building continues to go vertical. Crew is continuing floor-by-floor concrete work on the site through 2015. The North barricade and fence has been relocated to the parking lane of Chestnut per the approved site logistics plan and permit. Foot traffic is diverted to the north side of Chestnut Street.

School of Business:

Northside of Pearson Street park lane from 0-18 East is obstructed for the remainder of the project. The demolition of 16 E. Pearson will be completed over the next two weeks through mid-September.

The site will be coordinating water and sewer connections through the Chicago Department of Water. Once the project receives its board of underground approval, the planned excavation will take place. Loyola will work with the water department to determine which properties will be affected for communication and scheduling of water shut off to complete the tie-in.

Weekend work: Both Newcastle and Loyola intend to work Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m., weather permitting. The sites will not operate Sunday, August 31 or Monday, September 1.

Power and Newcastle will continue to work with Loyola to prepare and send e-blasts to immediate neighbors and our Aldermen when late evening work is expected.

For more information, contact:

Summur Roberts, Director of Community Relations
Loyola University Chicago

Luau With Loyola Neighbors and Students

Student Neighbor Meet and Greet 2014



 It’s that time of year again for the annual Student Neighbor Meet and Greet in its new location - Loyola Station CTA Plaza.


Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors, and the off-campus Loyola student community will gather for  a fun, luau-themed night of circus arts, music, games, and more. Guests will enjoy delicious multi-ethnic cuisine from an assortment of local restaurants, and sweet treats from local bakeries. Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Loyola CTA Plaza - 6550 N Sheridan Road.

Featured at this year’s event will be family-friendly activities such as face-painting, art-projects, a magic show, and a cake-walk. Loyola University Chicago strongly supports the continued growth and development of our home communities in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

Through the Student Neighbor Meet & Greet, and other programming sponsored by Loyola’s Office of Community Relations and Off-Campus Student Life, we support the integration of students into our diverse neighborhood, encourage their patronage of a thriving local business community, provide them with civic engagement opportunities, and assist in their transition to living off campus. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Student-Neighbor Meet and Greet
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 6:30– 8:30 PM
Where: Loyola CTA Plaza, 6550 North Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626

(Adjacent to Redline “L” Stop)

 Audience: Upper-class and Transfer students who rent private apartments off-campus and non-student community neighbors. Local elected officials and Chicago Police officers will also be in attendance. 

R.S.V.P.:  Please R.S.V.P to communityrelations@luc.edu

For questions, contact Mary Miro, Community Relations Specialist at 773-508-7436

Polar Palooza to Feature Crafts, Activities, Local Vendors, and Live Music

Community Relations Presents Polar Palooza

Loyola University Chicago to Co-Host Community Winter Festival

Polar Palooza to Feature Crafts, Activities, Local Vendors, and Live Music

To kick off the holiday season, Loyola University Chicago, Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Sheridan Road SSA are co-hosting the inaugural Polar Palooza, a two-day outdoor winter festival, at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for Chicago’s north side.

Attendees of all ages can enjoy food from local restaurants, live music, face painting, holiday cookie decorating, a cocoa bar, character meet-and-greets, shopping with local vendors, and more.

In place of event admission, attendees are encouraged to donate canned food items benefitting Edgewater’s Care for Real Food Pantry. Activity tickets will be available for $5 per person and will provide access to crafts, ice skating on a synthetic rink, and unlimited holiday movies at the local cinema, The New 400 Theaters.

Volunteers are needed for the event please register for volunteer slots.
Please click the link to register: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0F45A4AF23A13-polar

Artisans and Food Vendors are still needed. Please go to Star Events website to get more information and download applications.

Artisan Application: http://starevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Polar-Palozza-Artisan-Application.pdf
Merchant Application:  http://starevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Polar-Palooza-Merchant-Application1.pdf
Non-profit Application: http://starevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Polar-Palozza-NFP-Application.pdf


For more information on Polar Palooza, visit Star Events website. http://starevents.com/events/winter-festivals/polar-palooza/




Saturday, December 6
Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, December 7
Noon – 9 p.m.


The Loyola Plaza
6550 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626


Participating Restaurants


Genoa Concessions

Hard Water Bar and Grill

JB Alberto's

Mayne Stage/Act One

Rogers Park Social


2014 Music Line Up

Saturday, December 6th

STACHE 8pm-10pm

Ear Candy 6pm-7:30pm

Blue Shag 4pm-5:30pm

Lost at Land 2pm-3:30pm

Ryan Westwood Guitar 12pm-1:30pm

 Sunday, December 7th

T-Byrdz 7pm-9pm

Urban Rhythm 5pm-6:30pm

Joyce Renee & the JK Connection 3pm-4:30pm

Cheryl and The Dynamics 1:30pm-2:30pm

Grace Affie 12:00pm – 1:00pm



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Ireland's Grand Opening is a Slam-Dunk


Loyola Limited’s student-led business enterprise launched its newest business: Ireland’s Pub.

Located in the lower level of the Damen Student Center at 6511 N Sheridan Road, Ireland’s offers delicious food as well as beer and wine options for patrons over the age of 21.

The Ireland’s team hosted a VIP grand opening Thursday, November 13. The maroon and gold balloon arch framing the door way denounced that something exciting was awaiting guests inside. Nearly forty guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the newest business to join the Loyola Limited family.

As the evening commenced, words of gratitude were spoken by Max Timm, a senior student and president of Ireland’s. Wayne Magdziarz, vice president of Capital Planning, also spoke at the event congratulating the students for such a successful endeavor and launch. Additionally, Alderman Moore offered supportive words to the students and spoke about their professionalism and determination to make Ireland’s a reality.

The Ireland’s leadership team is comprised of Max Timm, president of Ireland’s; Alyssa Mauk, Finance; Brennen Regnier, vice president of Operations; and Anthony Paladino, Finance. All are scheduled to graduate in May, 2015.

Ireland’s is named for George Ireland, winning coach who led Loyola to the state’s only national championship in 1963. Pat Schultz, assistant director of Athletics read an inspirational letter by Ireland’s daughter Judy van Dyck.

Guests were invited to sample house-made menu items and hand-selected brews. Favorites were the specialty sandwiches and gourmet hot dogs.

The beverages on the menu include Shiner Bock, Bud-Lite, and Rambler IPA from Goose Island. Red and white wine round out the selections.

A student run bar on campus sounds controversial, but the Ireland’s team is taking every precaution to make sure that they maintain a safe environment in which responsible drinking is practiced and proper identification measures are taken very seriously. The following day Ireland’s opened publicly to all of the university and community in the fashion of a sports pep-rally that would have made George Ireland proud. The Ireland’s team is extremely pleased with the success of both openings and can only hope for the same sort of success moving forward.

800 Students Unleashed: Ramblin' Around

800 Students Unleashed: Ramblin

‌Last week, over 800 first-year students set out on a quest for tasty Roger’s Park and Edgewater bites. Little did they know, they would be embarking on a multicultural adventure traversing between four different ‘L’ stops in two of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.

From Bryn Mawr to Howard along the Red Line, students nibbled on foods from 37 local restaurants over the course of three days. As they discovered new businesses, students were encouraged to take pictures of their culinary exploits and post them on social media with the hashtag #ramblinaround.

Students were able to sample foods from all around the world without even leaving the Rogers Park-Edgewater community. Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian were just some of the flavors offered throughout the evenings. Some well-loved restaurants that participated were Ethiopian Diamond, Heartland Café, Lickity Split, and Uncommon ground. Community Relations was also excited to introduce several new local restaurants into the mix: Maddiebird Bakery and Philly’s Best.

Through this experience, students learned to navigate the CTA and local business districts by foot. After all of the walking students were able to refuel with coffee and tea from Ellipsis, Royal Coffee, Sol Café and Metropolis.

The event coincided with the fall launch of Community Relation’s new student blog called “Ramblin Around.” The blog serves to better connect students with the local businesses community, through advertisements by local establishments, maps, and great discounts at local businesses!

LUREC: Falling Forward

LUREC: Falling Forward


Recently, Dr. Roberta “Bobbie” Lammers-Campbell spoke excitedly with a student, Emma Currens, about the restoration activity at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC). Dr. Lammers-Campbell said that Loyola’s ecologists are working towards reverting the LUREC grounds to their original ecological state through revitalization of the lake on the property. She explained that 90% of Illinois’ wetlands are depleted, which causes a threat to the ecology of the state and to the campus. Dr. Lammers-Campbell is pursuing a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service that will allow her and her team to completely remove the invasive buckthorn, which is toxic to the lake’s frogs, and also allow them to create a visitors’ boardwalk around the wetland.

LUREC’s prairie, which dates back to pre-European settlement, is also getting attention from ecologists and students. For the last several years, prairie volunteers have been working several times a month on controlled burns, tree planting, and trail forging. Prairie “Restoration Days” give students and volunteers hand-on experience with the flora while bettering the environment. Over 75 new oak trees and a newly marked trail with signage allow neighbors and visitors to enjoy the serene environment without trampling the plants. The waste from prairie restoration is burned, and researchers, led by Nancy Tuchman, Ph.D., are developing ways to recycle the burned waste into bio-fuel.

Dr. Lammers-Campbell is optimistic that both the restoration of the wetland and the transformation of the prairie will improve the ecological condition and create a peaceful oak savannah.

Harvesting Food and the New Chef

In September, everyone watched Chef Scott Cummings take his winning bows on Hell’s Kitchen, leaving LUREC’s Duchossois Food Systems Lab and Kitchen in the hands of the new head chef, John Schnupp. Since that time, Chef John and the Loyola farmers have been hard at work, planting carrots, parsnips, spinach, and arugula in the hoop-houses and greenhouse. He has also been making sure that every one of the 5,000 pounds of fresh produce from the season’s harvest is prepared for the upcoming winter. Chef has stocked the pantry with various pasta sauces, fermented cabbage, hearty root vegetables and squash.


LUREC would love to have you visit! Fall is the perfect time to gather with friends at LUREC’s new state of the art Duchossois Food Systems Lab and Kitchen. Sign up for classes or schedule a workshop here. Want to get your hands dirty? LUREC holds Restoration Days, open to everyone, twice a month. Find out more here.

Save the Date for Earth Day 2015!


The departments of Community Relations, Government Relations and Institute of Environmental Sustainability in partnership with the Illinois Environmental Council are hosting a day of lobbying at the State Capitol in Springfield, IL.

Loyola Students and community members are invited to join this unique opportunity to engage with legislators to lobby for several bills proposing legislation that will enhance the environmental infrastructure in Illinois.

Participation in the event is FREE  for students and all participants and includes transportation and meals. The day will begin at 6:00 AM and return to Loyola's Lake Shore Campus at approximately 9:00 PM on Wednesday April 22nd. If you plan to attend, but do not plan to take the bus, contact Mary Miro at mmiro@luc.edu or 773-508-7450 to communicate your plans. 

In addition to Green Lobby Day, there will be other Earth Day events in the month of April that students as well as community members can participate in.