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Thank You for Your Dedication

January 31, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I want to express my profound gratitude to the essential staff, student workers, and vendor partners across the University who worked through the extreme conditions and helped to assure our safety and continued ability to work these past two days.

I am sure many of you juggled school closures, your studies, the needs of other family members, and the difficult logistics of commuting to keep our campuses running smoothly and our community members safe. We are particularly grateful to those in Campus Safety, Facilities, and Athletics who not only had to get to campus for work but, in many cases, braved the harsh conditions to clear roads and walkways, maintain buildings, assist those in need, and help crowds navigate safely to athletic events. Thanks also to Student Development—Campus Recreation, the Damen Student Complex staff, Student Activities and Greek Affairs, Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Wellness Center—for their dedication to our students. Laboratory technicians and comparative medicine personnel sustained our ongoing research across campuses.

Our campus food service partner, Aramark, was extraordinary in getting nearly all its staff to campus and feeding all who were on campus. Campus Transportation—notably MV Transportation facilitated our late night 8-RIDE service—and Campus Safety transported hundreds of students in the bitter cold. Our campus housekeeping partner Millard continued to keep our buildings clean and orderly. Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus staff also hosted a retreat that went smoothly despite the weather. Thanks as well to the many staff, faculty, and students who remained engaged in work remotely, and thanks to our Information Technology Services staff who made it possible for us to stay connected and informed.

We are immensely grateful to all.

As we return to normal schedules on Friday morning, please know how proud I am of the work you all do every day in service to our students. The challenges of this week reminded me of what a privilege it is to work with such dedicated colleagues. Your reliable steadiness in serving the mission and others makes our community possible. I am grateful to work with all of you. Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM EdD
President