Loyola University Chicago

Welcome Week

Welcome Week Leaders

Each year, Welcome Week Leaders (WWL) help execute the events associated with Welcome Week. They are informed about all things Welcome Week, a great resource for information and advice, and a new friend to our first-year incoming students! Look for our WWL team in their maroon "Welcome Week" t-shirts at Welcome Week events.

Get to know your 2015 Welcome Week Leaders and staff below:

Jason Moon - Welcome Week Team Leader

Year: Senior
Hometown: Detroit MI
Language you wish you spoke: Japanese, Arabic
Favorite Musicians: Kid Cudi, Andre 3000
First thing you'll do when your back on campus: Go to Insomnia Cookies!

Nicole Shoemaker - Welcome Week Team Leader

Year: Junior Accounting Major
Hometown: Henderson, Kentucky
Favorite part of Chicago: The Lake and architecture
Language you wish you spoke: French
Favorite musician(s): Luke Bryan, Sunday Best, Drake
First thing you’ll do when you’re back on campus: I’m already here!
Thing you’re most excited about for the new year: Being a part of the Welcome Week team!

Elizabeth Black

Year: Junior
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Lake Shore path, Glazed & Infused donuts
First thing you’ll do when you’re back on campus: Hang out with my best friends!
Thing you’re most excited about for the new year: Studying abroad in the spring! (Hopefully in Switzerland!)

Katie Butler

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Columbus, OH (Go Bucks!)
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Belmont Avenue, Eataly and Luxbar
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: See all my amazing friends I met during my first year and my sorority sisters in Kappa Kappa Gamma!
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: I am super excited to meet all of the incoming students and making your first week one of the best! Loyola is my home away from home and I can't wait to make it your home as well.

Sydney Desando

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: St. Charles, IL
Favorite Parts of Chicago: Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln park, Navy Pier, North Avenue beach
Languages I wish I spoke: Italian and French
Favorite Musician: Lana del Rey

Emily Devane

Year: Junior
Hometown: Quincy, MA
Thing you are most excited for about the new year: Studying Abroad

Alexis Hayes

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Lincoln Park
Language(s) you wish you spoke: American Sign Language, Latin
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Working with Campus Ministry as a First-Year Companion!

Olivia Hill

Year: Second Year at Loyola University Chicago (Lake Shore Campus)
Hometown: St. Paul, MO
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Belmont Street in Lincoln Park, Running Trails in Grant Park, The Lake Shore Path, and Heartland Cafe
Language(s) you wish you spoke: Spanish(I wish I spoke better) and Italian
Favorite Musician(s): Jon Bellion, Willie Nelson, The Steeldrivers, Goat Rodeo
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: Unpack my collection of antique fire hydrants, wouldn't want them to get dusty in their boxes.
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Finals week. I'm stoked. 

Stacey Johnstone

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Favorite stops on the EL: Addison, Belmont, and Chicago
Favorite places to eat in Chicago: Lou Malnatis, Le Colonial, and Uncommon Ground
Favorite activities to do at Loyola: Watch the soccer and volleyball games, participate in greek life events, walk around the lake, and hang with friends (and go to class of course)

Hannah Konopinski

Year: Junior
Hometown: Woodstock, IL
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: The zoo and The Shedd
Language(s) you wish you spoke: Italian and Polish
Favorite Musician(s): Maroon 5 and One Republic
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: Go by the lake and relax
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Meeting all the new freshmen and helping them become part of the community.

Victoria Landa-Steinau

Expected Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Favorite Parts of Chicago: Downtown, Hyde Park, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Museum Campus
Languages I wish I spoke: French, German
First thing I’ll do when I’m back on campus: take a ride on the el
Thing I’m most excited about for the new year: taking classes I am really interested in 

Jordan Lieberenz

Year: Junior
Hometown: Lombard, IL
Favorite Parts of Chicago: Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue
Favorite El Stop/Chicago Neighborhood: Addison stop, Wrigleyville
What you’re doing this summer: Studying abroad in Rome
Best thing you’ve eaten in Chicago: Portillos

Sara Lopez

Year: Second-year student at Quinlan School of Business
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: The Loop, Lake Shore Drive, Museums and Zoos!
Language(s) you wish you spoke: Chinese and Hindi
Favorite Musician(s): There are many! I like a variety of music genres.
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: Visit Madonna Della Strada and take a photo of LakeShore Campus from Palm Court in Mundelein.
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Business classes and meeting new students!

Abby Maas

Year: First year undergraduate for a degree in Psychology and Theater
Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Favorite part of Chicago: The Miracle Mile and the Shedd Aquarium
Language you wish you spoke: Pig Latin
Favorite Musicians: The Killers!
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: Get macaroni and cheese pizza from Felice's!
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Returning to my favorite city.

Olivia Meyer

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Favorite parts of Chicago: Wicker Park, Belmont Avenue, Lincoln Park
Thing I'm most excited about this year: Studying abroad in Rome my spring semester and spending another year in Chicago!!

Emily Mulcahey

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Michigan Avenue, North Avenue Beach
Language(s) you wish you spoke: German, Chinese
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: Go to the beach!

Alexis O'Connor

Year: Senior
Hometown: Carpentersville, IL
Favorite parts of Chicago: The skyline, the food, the Art Institute
Languages that I wish I spoke: French and Spanish
Favorite musicians: Banks, Boy, and so many more
Thing most excited for: Senior year!

Kurt Patel

Year: Junior
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
Favorite part of Chicago: The view
Language you wish you spoke: Wish I had a British accent

Matthew Petersen

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Lincoln Park, Shedd Aquarium, Mag Mile, the Loop, Andersonville
Language(s) you wish you spoke: German
Favorite Musician(s): Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Guns n’ Roses, Bob Dylan
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Studying abroad in Ireland!

Zohaib Sherwani

Year: Junior
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: Wrigleyville, Downtown
Language(s) you wish you spoke: French, Mandarin
Favorite Rapper(s):  Logic, Drake, J. Cole
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: go to the beach
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: this new research position I just got accepted into.

Sarah Stefaniu

Year: Junior
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL
Unique Talents: Spinning a basketball on all 5 fingers, drawing Mickey Mouse, tripping up flights of stairs
What I’m Doing this summer: Studying abroad at the John Felice Rome Center, working a part-time job in downtown Chicago, and volunteering as a basketball coach
Favorite Study Spot at Loyola: the greenhouse on the 7th floor of Mundelein
Why I Love LU: Loyola allows me to make connections not only with other students and teachers on campus, but also with the greater Chicagoland community and the world…literally! From on campus events to career fairs, engaged learning courses, and study abroad programs, Loyola gives you the opportunity to experience it all. Start getting excited!

Carly Sullivan

Year: Second year student at Loyola University Chicago
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Language(s) you wish you spoke: Italian and Afrikaans
Favorite Musician(s): Mac Demarco, Jimi Hendrix, Tyler the Creator, Alabama Shakes  
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: Reconnect with everyone I haven't seen in three months!
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Creating shiny new memories and experiencing new things.

Kiran Syed

Year: Junior
Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL
Favorite parts of Chicago: magnificent mile, Buckingham fountain, restaurants!
Language(s) you wish you spoke: Arabic, French, Italian
Favorite Musician(s): Beyonce, Shakira
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: I’m already here!!
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Another fresh new start in extra curricular and academics plus meeting all of you!

Ali Watch

Year: Rising Sophomore!    
Hometown: Queens, New York
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: The Armitage area and the Downtown area
Language(s) you wish you spoke: Italian and Spanish
Favorite Musician(s): Maroon Five, Sia, the SMASH cast, Sleeping At Last, Bruno Mars, and Carrie Underwood
First thing you'll do when you're back on campus: other than unpack, go to Navy Pier (Haven't been there yet)!
Thing you're most excited about for the new year: Trying new restaurants and exploring Chicago!

Briana Wojcik

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
Favorite part(s) of Chicago: The Field Museum, Lakeshore path, and Lincoln Park
First thing I’ll do back on campus: Eat at a million different places with my roommate
Favorite musician(s): MILEY CYRUS