Meet Your International Admission Counselor
Get to know Loyola's International Admission staff. We are here to assist you throughout the application process!
Maria Aulisa, Assistant Director Rome Start
Phone: (+39) 06.355.88.328
Degrees: BA in Romance Languages & Political Science, New York University; MA in Translation/Interpretation, Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori, Milan, Italy
What I like most about Loyola: I love the fact that Loyola embodies the great Jesuit tenets of global awareness and service to others in educating its students. I was raised bi-cultural/bi-lingual and traveled extensively starting at a tender age, so global awareness has always been a central part of my life and education, influencing me at home and in the classroom. I also work at Loyola’s Rome Center, where I have the pleasure of witnessing the positive transformation our students undergo while studying in Rome, participating in our social justice and service learning projects in Roman neighborhoods while experiencing Italy and Europe. It’s absolutely inspiring.
- Rome Start
Fluent in Italian and Spanish
Stephen Barnes, Assistant Director
Degrees: BA in Public Communication from Truman State University; MA in Higher Education from St. Louis University
What I like most about Loyola: As an international educator, what impresses me most about Loyola is our active commitment to diversity and increased global awareness. Loyola embraces students and staff from all walks of life, and that openness and inclusivity is inherent in our Jesuit mission. Our students come from all over the country and world. We have a global presence with a worldwide alumni network and three of our own centers in Rome, Beijing, and Ho Chi Minh City. And here on campus, students actively participate in a wide variety of cultural programming, community service, social justice activities, and open practice of various faith traditions. Loyola is a great place for those who want to expand their mind in order to be prepared to take on the world!
- Latin America
- Puerto Rico
Eliza Plous, Assistant Director
Degrees: BA in History with a Minor in Eastern/Central European Studies from Beloit College and MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute
What I like most about Loyola: I love that Loyola is the “best of both worlds” in several ways. Students have all the camaraderie of a traditional college campus while also living in one of the greatest cities in the world. They receive a rigorous, holistic education that encourages philosophical thought, and are also required to engage in professional training through internships and field experience. Finally, I love that Loyola is a Jesuit Catholic institution that encourages students to grow their Catholic faith, while also welcoming and celebrating our students from a wide range of faith backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities.
- East, Central, and Southeast Asia
Joe Serdar, Associate Director
Degrees: BA, History, Loyola University Chicago
What I like most about Loyola: As an undergraduate, I loved going to school with motivated and compassionate people from all over the country. The support I received from faculty and staff was excellent, from picking a major to making plans after graduation. I also enjoyed the wide variety of things to do in Chicago, especially during the summer.
- The Americas
Cameron Simon, Assistant Director
Degrees: AA in Religion, Northwest University—Salem Campus; BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, North Central University; MA in Middle Eastern Cultures & Religions, Jerusalem University College
What I like most about Loyola: I enjoy the way that Loyola connects students to the resources and opportunities that allow them to pursue their dreams. The combination of top-notch classroom instruction, hands-on experiential learning, and insightful faculty mentoring prepares our students to thrive in our complex and changing world.
- Middle East