Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Christmas Holiday and Invitation to the University Christmas Reception

December 6, 2016

Loyola Community,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the annual University Christmas Reception. We’ll celebrate on Wednesday, December 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Damen Student Center on our Lake Shore Campus.

At the reception, enjoy food and drink while you mingle with fellow Loyolans under the University’s giant Christmas tree. We’ll also have a holiday-themed photo booth as well as visits from strolling carolers, magicians, and Santa Claus. Good luck to all during the annual raffle giveaway.

In this season of celebration, a time dedicated to friends and family as well as relaxation and reflection, the University will be closed the entire week following Christmas, December 26-30. This gift of additional holiday time acknowledges our commitment to the well-being of our faculty and staff, fostering work-life balance, and our ongoing University-wide environmental sustainability efforts. In keeping with our mission, we want you to enjoy the three extra days, December 27-29, with pay to rejuvenate and plan for what will be an exciting and focused new year ahead.

A small number of staff will be needed on campus to provide primary support throughout this holiday period. We appreciate their efforts toward ensuring the safety and continued operation of our University during this time. Department managers will reach out shortly to staff needed with details regarding work scheduling. In the meantime, please visit the Human Resources website for additional information regarding timecard coding and the use of comparable time off after the holidays for staff who work during this period.

Christmas Reception Details
Spirit Contest: The University Staff Council will host its annual holiday spirit contest. You can learn more about details, including how to register, here.

Getting to Campus: For those driving, courtesy parking will be available in the Main Parking Structure on campus. For those not driving, complimentary round-trip shuttle service will be provided for colleagues at the Water Tower and Health Sciences campuses. Anyone planning to utilize the shuttle service should RSVP no later than noon on Friday, December 16, here. Your responses will ensure that we can accommodate everyone.

  • Water Tower Campus—Shuttle service will depart from the Corboy Law Center at 1:30 p.m. Shuttles will leave the Lake Shore Campus to return to the Water Tower Campus at 4:15 p.m.
  • Health Sciences Campus—Shuttle service will depart from Fifth Avenue, just west of the Niehoff School of Nursing, at 1 p.m. Shuttles will leave the Lake Shore Campus to return to the Health Sciences Campus at 4:15 p.m.

Please call Human Resources at 773.508.3140 with any questions. We look forward to celebrating the Christmas season with you.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Winifred Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer