Loyola University Chicago

Orientation

About us

Orientation is the key to unlocking all that Loyola has to offer when you arrive on campus. 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
Director
 
Bridget received her BA from Boston College and MSW from the University of Chicago. She has worked for the Office of Student Transitions and Outreach 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 Student Transitions and Outreach 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!
Jess Pedroza
Student Program Assistant for Orientation - Staff Development and Family Programs
 
Jess is a Junior studying Supply Chain Management and Marketing at Loyola University Chicago. Jess has been a member of the Student Transition and Outreach office for the past 2 years as an Orientation Leader and now is the Program Assistant for Staff Development and Family Programs. Outside of her studies, Jess is a member of the Quinlan Business Honors Program, an alumna of the John Felice Rome center (Fall 2017), and is very involved in Campus Ministry where she has participated in the Alternative Break Immersion program (The Mercy Center Bronx, NY Spring 2017), facilitated and attended retreats at Loyola’s Ecology campus in Woodstock, IL (LUREC), and participates in the Christian Life Communities (CLC). Jess is very excited to be working with and welcoming future Rambler and their families to Loyola University Chicago!  
Ethan Woyansky
Student Program Assistant for Orientation - Advising and Logistics
 
Ethan is a junior studying finance at Loyola. From the city of Cleveland, Ethan found his passion for Chicago from his experience as an Orientation Leader. He began working with Student Transitions and Outreach in the summer of 2017 and strives to make the transition to college for new students reflective, engaging and exciting. Through his involvement in Loyola’s Latchkey Kid improv team, Ethan has developed a love for mixing fun and creativity into everything he does. He can’t wait to meet Loyola’s incoming students and welcome them to the university!