Loyola University Chicago


About us

Orientation is the key to unlocking all that Loyola has to offer when you arrive on campus this fall. And as a staff, we're committed to helping start your Loyola Experience on the right foot.

Throughout your first year, you'll focus on academics and building community. All of this begins with orientation: meeting new friends, registering for classes, learning about student activities, and getting a firsthand feel for college life.

We're looking forward to meeting you. In the meantime, get to know us!

Bridget Wesley, MSW
Bridget received her BA from Boston College and MSW from the University of Chicago. She has worked for the Office of First-Year Experience at Loyola since 2007. As a graduate of a Jesuit University, Bridget is enthusiastic about infusing all elements of First-Year Experience with a deep sense of Jesuit tradition and philosophy.

 Jamie Ellis
Program Coordinator for Orientation
Jamie began with the Office of First-Year Experience in 2015, but began working at Loyola in 2011 with the Department of Residence Life. She was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado and received both her B.S. and M.S. from Colorado State University. Jamie oversees the Orientation program for first-year and transfer students. Jamie has a passion for helping incoming students make a positive transition into Loyola and building community among new Ramblers!


Kyle Wagner
Student Program Assistant for Orientation - Staff Development and Training
Kyle began working with the Office of First-Year Experience in the summer of 2015 as an Orientation Leader. He will receive his B.S. from Loyola University Chicago in May 2017. Kyle is excited to welcome in new Ramblers to the Loyola community while supporting them in their transition to college.


Emma Kautz
Student Program Assistant for Orientation - Advising and Logistics
Emma is a Junior at Loyola studying Finance and International Business. After being an Orientation Leader this past summer, she is now working as Program Assistant of Logistics and Advising for New Student Orientations. Emma is also a 360 Retreat Leader and involved in the business organization Enactus where she applies socially responsible business concepts to help develop outreach projects for those in needs. She is passionate about helping students transition to college and excited to continue to expand the Rambler community!