Message from the dean and executive director
‘Tis the season…for visiting classes at Arrupe College.
While Arrupe’s associate dean for academics, Dr. Jennifer Boyle, leads and evaluates our faculty, I visit classes regularly. I enjoy seeing our dedicated professors in action, and class visits help me to get to know our students. Recently, I took a trip down memory lane when I sat in on a class where our students were reckoning with polynomials. In College Writing I, freshmen discuss what strategies to use to persuade readers before launching into an assignment. And in Philosophy and Persons, students discussed Plato’s allegory of the cave. Professor Minerva Ahumada facilitated a discussion about the ancient Greeks’ concept of the union of the soul and the body. Ayanda, Carlos, Esther, Khalil, Lesly, Matthew, Tahasia, and Terrell shared their perspectives on Plato. Destiny made the following observation: “The soul gives the body its purpose.”
As I reflected on the class and Destiny’s remark, I thought that our students had found their purpose—in math, writing, philosophy, and all of the courses that make up Arrupe’s 61 credit curriculum. Upon further reflection, however, I recognize that the students give Arrupe College its purpose. My colleagues and I are accompanying Destiny and her classmates during their first post-secondary educational experience. As educators, we are learning from our students how to deliver a Jesuit curriculum more effectively to first-generation students. If I am ever uncertain about our purpose, all I need to do is visit a class at Arrupe.
Thank you for sharing in our purpose here, and for your interest in Destiny, her classmates, my colleagues and our work. I hope you enjoy our newsletter, in which you will encounter members of the Arrupe College community—women and men of purpose.
Steve Katsouros, SJ
Dean and Executive Director
Loyola University Chicago