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In the News

Loyola's Executive Chef, Scott Commings, featured on Hell's Kitchen

The Executive Chef at Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus was recently featured as a contestant on the popular FOX reality show, Hell's Kitchen. Chef Commings is one of 20 chef's participating in the 12th season of the show in which constestants are critiqued by celebrity Chef, Gordon Ramsay, and battle it out in an intense culinary competition. The show airs on Thursday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. CST. View a short clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn_NsbKDniw

Group Team Building

Are you up for a Challenge?

Looking for a fun and interactive challenge for your group to participate in this spring or summer? Loyola's challenge course at the Retreat and Ecology Campus is one of the largest and most exciting ropes courses in Illinois. Participants will have the opportunity to transfer learning on the course to their everyday lives through a reflective process, while developing trust, communication, and leadership capacities.

Culinary Team Building Events

New Demonstration Kitchen at LUREC opens this April

Loyola is thrilled to announce that its new demonstration kitchen will be complete by the end of April with the goal of bringing the experience of a professional kitchen to students, community members, and others, including those not familiar with food preparation. The kitchen, in conjunction with the campus farm, will allow students and guests to learn techniques that will lead to better, smarter, and healthier ways of living. Some team popular team building offerings include an Iron Chef Experience, Employee Incentive Program, and Farm Workshops.

New Facility

Explore the Institute of Environmental Sustainability

The new Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus combines academics and research with sustainable agriculture and community living. And it does it all in one amazing facility.

Sr. Colette Revives LUREC Prairie

Sr. Colette Fahrner, a Sister of the Living Word (SLW), is an integral part of the Retreat and Ecology Campus' history. Before Loyola purchased the property that is now LUREC, Sr. Colette tended to its beautiful prairie.


Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road · Woodstock, IL 60098 · Phone: 815.338.1032 · lurec@luc.edu

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