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Shaping the Future of Health Care

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the creation of a new School of Health Sciences and Public Health (SHSPH) to educate clinicians and health professionals, address critical needs in the health care industry, and find innovative solutions to closing gaps in health care access and equity.

The new School of Health Sciences and Public Health brings together our call as a Jesuit institution to continue going to the frontiers of education, research, and practice, particularly to assist the poor and marginalized of our society. It addresses our Catholic health care calling to provide quality care to all who need it. It is a response to dynamic changes in health care that require professionals to have broad skills and cutting-edge experience to lead the future of health care delivery.

The school will begin operations and offering classes starting in the 2019-20 academic year.

Shifting demographics and advances in technology are changing the practice of health care. Health care occupations will grow 18 percent in the next decade—much faster than the average for all occupations. This will add more than 2.3 million new jobs to the sector. The demand for health informaticians, clinical data scientists, biostatisticians, and health technology security experts will increase an average of 20 percent in the same period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The University challenged itself in Plan 2020 strategic discussions to prioritize transdisciplinary collaborations in education and research to address community health disparities and broader issues of health equity. SHSPH brings together some of our strongest innovative and interdisciplinary programs to adapt to and anticipate health care needs of the future. In this new school, innovative, high-quality programs link in synergy to expand our students' educational options and provide a host of new opportunities for direct service to the community in Maywood, Illinois, and across the Chicago area.

SHSPH brings together programs for undergraduate and graduate students and for working professionals seeking a career change or additional education to supplement skills that improve clinical and patient care. Existing Loyola programs, such as those in public health, undergraduate health systems management, exercise science, and dietetics, will be part of SHSPH and will offer more degree or certificate options. Innovative and accessible program formats for adult learners will include online instruction and hybrid learning programs, which will take advantage of existing technology, classroom, and laboratory space on Loyola's Health Sciences Campus.

SHSPH will provide educational opportunities to current and future health care professionals. Some areas, such as health informatics and data analytics, are unique to the Chicago area and draw on the strength of the University's relationship and data-sharing partnership with Trinity Health and Loyola Medicine. The school positions Loyola to complement the Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and continue its leadership role in health care education and practice.

Kathy Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been named interim dean of the school. She is currently a professor in the nursing school, teaching informatics and nursing administration. She is a member of the Health Sciences Division's Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research, which uses clinical data to improve health outcomes for patients. A search for the new school's founding dean will begin soon, and we will keep the entire campus apprised of the search process and how faculty, staff, and students can be involved.

The School of Health Sciences and Public Health will create scalable programs that adapt to meet the changing landscape in health care delivery and technology. We want to educate the health care providers of the future—professionals who are committed to improving people's health and serving those in need. The SHSPH will primarily be housed at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois, also home to the Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the transdisciplinary nature of the programs will involve faculty and staff collaboration across all of our campuses. As planning proceeds, you can get updated information here.

We are grateful to Loyola's Board of Trustees and its leadership for their strategic thought partnership and support for this historic new initiative. We are indebted to the program directors, faculty, students, and staff who have contributed research, creativity, and months of work to thoughtfully build and shape the formation of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health. We are excited to bring this new chapter for Loyola University Chicago to life and to expand our commitment to educating the health care professionals of the future, improving people's health, and serving those in need. We will hold information sessions this month on the Health Sciences and Lake Shore campuses and look forward to sharing more information about the School of Health Sciences and Public Health with the Loyola community and with our broader external constituents.

To our entire community, thank you for what you do every day on behalf of our students and our mission to shape remarkable lives and learning communities.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

Margaret Faut Callahan,
CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

 

 

 

Living Our Ignatian Heritage

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The spiritual and educational practices developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus shape our University’s work today, almost 500 years after Ignatius’s death. Each November, Ramblers come together in a variety of settings to celebrate and reflect on how Jesuit values and methods have evolved and adapted, and how they continue to support our aspirations, enhance our academic and research goals, deepen our mission work, and broaden our social justice impact.

I hope you will join with your colleagues in celebrating Ignatian Heritage Month in November to explore our rich Jesuit, Catholic heritage and to remember those who, inspired by their faith, struggled for justice before us. This is a time to reflect and an opportunity to thoughtfully renew our efforts toward a more equitable and sustainable world. Ignatian Heritage Month, organized by the office of Mission and Identity, includes a range of dialogues, lectures, and events—including Hunger Week, a tradition at Loyola for more than 40 years.

I invite you to attend the presentation of the 2018 Martyrs Award, given annually as part of our celebration of Ignatian Heritage Month. The award honors a worthy faith-based organization or individual and carries a monetary award of $25,000 in commemoration of the Universidad Centroamericana martyrs in El Salvador and in support of the University’s commitment to social justice. This year we present the award to Damien House in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Damien House has had an immense positive impact upon the lives of people marginalized by Hansen’s disease, once known as leprosy.

The Martyrs Award is presented on Thursday, November 15, in a ceremony open to all members of our community. The award presentation will be held on the Lake Shore Campus beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a Mass at 5:15 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel and a reception. The day’s events will conclude by 7 p.m.

This year, we seek to inquire more deeply into what our heritage means for those living the mission in this day and age—and in this time and place at Loyola University Chicago. Starting, appropriately enough, in November, many of you across all of our campuses will participate in a Mission Priority Examen being conducted by Jesuit universities across the United States. In this year-long community version of St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, we look deeply within and around us to determine the ways in which we are fulfilling our mission, where there are opportunities to do more, where we are challenged to do things differently, and how our values are manifested in our actions.

Loyola is a community characterized by a global diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, bound together in spirit by the Jesuit way of proceeding. I encourage everyone in our community to join in these conversations. This community reflection, dialogue, and action is the essence of our Ignatian heritage and helps ensure that our mission continues to adapt and evolve to serve others in the world and ground our strategic direction.

I look forward to seeing you at Ignatian Heritage Month events.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

How Do We Answer Hate?

(This message has been updated since its original posting on October 30)

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The horrific events at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh remind us of how hatred corrodes our society as it erupts in destructive rage; shattering lives, breaking our hearts, and shaking our sense of safety and civility. All decent people are grief-stricken by this anti-Semitic violence. Our first thoughts and all our prayers are with the victims, their families, the Tree of Life congregation, and the community in Pittsburgh.

It is our community, too. An attack like this, especially in a place of worship, is an attack on our social fabric, and we all feel the pain of it. No words can convey our pain, horror, and outrage.

Coupled with other recent hate crimes, it may feel like our sacred spaces of faith and even our very democracy are under attack. America was conceived as a place where there should be no need for armed guards to protect those places where we come together—our schools, markets, and houses of worship.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel observed that while “some are guilty, all are responsible.” Our responsibility at Loyola is to create a safe, sacred space of deep inquiry and debate, a space in which we can come together from many backgrounds and perspectives to address our most urgent problems and challenges. Together, we engage in reasoned discourse and collective action to help the poor and marginalized because of our faith tradition. We can continue to speak out against racism and bigotry and work to resolve deeper institutional and societal biases. We can exercise our hard-earned franchise to vote.

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is holding one of its Community Circles tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Regis Hall, Seminar Room, to help process reactions to the Tree of Life shooting in a supportive group atmosphere. Community Circles are a restorative justice practice to foster open dialogue, honesty, and attentive listening.

As we pray for the victims, let us also pray for the strength and courage to surmount our own preconceptions and fears, to listen to and respect the views of others, to see God in all others, and hold close the sacredness of every human life. 

Sincerely,

 

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

President

Exercising Your Right to Vote

Dear Members of the Loyola Community:

As the November 6 election approaches, I reflect on the fact that, one hundred years ago, I, as a woman, would not have been able to vote.  One hundred years ago, two-thirds of our students would not have been eligible to vote. Women and minorities fought for the right to vote because they knew that it was the only way government would hear their voices.

We should all take this to heart. Voting is fundamental to being a person for others, and we cannot take this right for granted. Our Jesuit tradition guides us to engage in our communities and the world, and to work toward improving the world around us in every way possible. This surely includes engaging in the electoral process and electing leaders similarly dedicated to the greater good.

The fact of the matter is that the voting booth is where elected officials listen.

Yet, public officials and candidates know that college students do not vote in large numbers. They know that while students express themselves via social media or active protests, they are much less likely actually to vote than other demographics. Several polls predict that less than 30 percent of eligible voter ages 18 to 29 plan to vote in this November in the mid-term elections.

The voting booth is where you can have the most impact on policies and resource allocation. Elections, from national to local, are your most important avenue for expressing how you want your tax dollars spent. This includes everything from healthcare to education, to federal and state student financial aid, to spending that promotes alternative energies, to programs that ensure the safety of our nation and our communities.

If you are not registered to vote, please register.  November 6 is election day, and early voting in Illinois has already begun. Deadlines for absentee voting are coming up soon. Please visit https://www.luc.edu/vote/ for more information.

Your voice matters, and matters more when you vote.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

President

 

Staff Receptions with the President

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to join us at a reception for staff this fall. These events will offer us an opportunity to socialize and enjoy camaraderie with colleagues. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and no RSVP is necessary. Please see below for reception details.

Lake Shore Campus
Monday, November 12
4:30–6 p.m.
Mundelein Center, Palm Court

Water Tower Campus
Tuesday, November 13
4:30–6 p.m.
Baumhart Hall, Pere Marquette Suite, 25th Floor

Health Sciences Campus
Wednesday, November 14
4:30–6 p.m.
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Quiet Study Lounge

We hope that you will join us for one of these events and encourage you to invite a colleague to join you.

Sincerely,

 

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

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

Faculty Receptions with President and Provost

Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to invite you to join us at a reception for faculty this fall. These events offer an opportunity to socialize and enjoy camaraderie with colleagues. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and no RSVP is necessary.

Health Sciences Campus

Tuesday, October 30

4–5:30 p.m.

Stritch School of Medicine Atrium

Water Tower Campus

Wednesday, October 31

4–5:30 p.m.

Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, 9th floor

Lake Shore Campus

Thursday, November 1

4–5:30 p.m.

Piper Hall 

We hope that you will join us for one of these events and encourage you to invite a colleague to join you.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

President

 

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN

Acting Provost

Provost, Health Sciences Division

 

 

 

Safety On Our Campus and In Our Neighborhood

Loyola and our Campus Safety department are working closely with the community and other authorities to respond to recent disturbing incidents, including two homicides in Rogers Park that have been highly publicized. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has determined that these two fatal shootings are connected. While not in Loyola University Chicago’s Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries and not involving Loyola students, both departments feel that the offender in these murder investigations is an ongoing threat to the campus area and Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries as well.

Our Campus Safety police officers are engaged and cooperating with the Chicago Police Department and the other local and federal law enforcement resources they are using in their intense search for this perpetrator. In addition, we are conducting additional foot patrols and intensifying other campus safety and security measures for our students. My office is in constant communication with the mayor and other city officials to ensure their focused attention on the safety and security of our campus community and the city.

No motives have been clearly established in the homicides. Campus Safety is working with CPD to assist in the investigations in any way and to best serve the University community. If you or your student might have any information relating to these homicides, I ask that you contact CPD at CPDtip.com or 312.744.8263.

We are communicating updated information and community alerts through e-mail and social media channels as well as flyers and campus wide safety bulletins. You may refer to the Campus Safety website or Crime Alerts page for updated information on the homicide investigation and for other safety and security information.

Loyola University is located in a densely populated urban area, and we take every opportunity to educate and inform our community members about the safest ways to navigate the urban environment.  We are also increasing resources for our 8-RIDE service during this time so that students do not have to walk alone at night. The service operates from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Rides can be booked through the OneMV app or by calling 773.508.7433. Details can be found at https://luc.edu/campustransportation/services/8-rideprogram/ 

We also take every opportunity to reinforce to students that they keep the following risk-reduction tips in mind. Please also reinforce these messages with your students:

  • Do not walk or jog alone.
  • If a person threatens you, follow any demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include the license plate of any involved vehicle, physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.

Please know that as president of Loyola that my highest daily priority is the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to those families and friends of the victims of the shootings as they deal with this frightening and terrible loss. My commitment to you and our entire Loyola family is that we will continue to work diligently to make our campus and surrounding communities as safe and secure as possible.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Campus Safety Independent Review Task Force Update

Dear Loyola Community:

Last spring, I convened an independent investigation guided by a task force of Loyola community members and external higher education leaders to examine an incident between Campus Safety officers and students that occurred outside Gentile Arena on February 24, 2018. The University contracted with the respected firm of Hillard Heintze to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of racial profiling and excessive force related to the incident. You may read the report here: www.luc.edu/HHreport. The report reviews the incident from a number of perspectives and offers a set of recommendations.

Campus Safety plays a critical role in ensuring the safe and effective functioning of our campus community, and we have confidence in the professional conduct of our department and its officers. We were reassured that the investigation found no racial profiling by Campus Safety officers in this incident and that the level of force used in the incident was not excessive. Nevertheless, our campus reflects the larger dynamics in our society, and just like every member of the campus community, our Campus Safety Department is dedicated to learning from incidents like this. The task force offered an opportunity to use the results of the independent investigation as a means of facilitating discussions from different perspectives, focused on ways we might improve perceptions and enhance the effectiveness of our campus police. I believe we can and must learn from every difficult interaction between police and the communities they serve, so that we understand how to do better. To that end, the task force developed a series of recommendations aimed directly at building greater trust and transparency between Campus Safety officers and our campus community which they serve. 

Recommendations and Response

The task force concurred with the recommendations of the Hillard Heintze investigation. These recommendations included:

  • Implementing body cameras for Campus Safety officers;
  • Addressing coverage gaps and prioritizing placement of surveillance cameras in high traffic and other areas;
  • Establishing a system to track and review Campus Safety officers’ engagement with voluntary contact stops through the use of stop cards and a data system for recording that information;
  • Establishing a working group that would convene regularly to provide transparency and accountability regarding complaints against Campus Safety officers;
  • Providing enhanced crowd and protest management training for Campus Safety officers and joint training with students on procedures and guidelines; and
  • Restructuring and developing a shared community-policing program that provides our Campus Safety officers and our students with input and education.

 Loyola University is at various stages of implementing a number of these recommendations. 

Body Cameras for Campus Safety Officers. Over the summer, we invested in and began equipping all of our Campus Safety officers with body cameras and initiated training for officers in the use of this technology. We have developed a draft policy around the use of body cameras in the field, as well as the storage, processing and review of body camera video. This draft policy is based on state law and standards used by police departments around the country, with clear provisions for the storage, preservation and use of the recorded material to resolve disputes. This draft policy will be reviewed, enhanced and finalized after additional input is solicited from the campus community through the Campus Safety working group that is in the process of being established.

Video Surveillance Coverage. We regularly revisit our video surveillance policies, strategies and camera locations, including the video surveillance coverage currently in place, to determine its adequacy and efficacy. Video surveillance is just one of many tools the University employs to ensure a safe campus environment and community. Practice and policies are aimed at ensuring an inclusive, safe campus, with a balance sought between protection, openness and hospitality, and individual privacy. The current video surveillance policy may be viewed here.

Police Stop Tracking System. Campus Safety is developing a system to track and review their officers’ engagement with individuals in investigatory stops on campus. Informally called “stop cards,” these brief forms will record demographic and other information on the stops that will then be entered into a database. This information will provide documentation if a complaint is made and, over time, will make it possible to evaluate the frequency and effectiveness of Campus Safety interactions and identify patterns in those interactions.

Professional Development. With the success of the men’s basketball team we expect larger crowds coming to the Lake Shore Campus more frequently this fall and winter, and we are supplementing ongoing professional development for Campus Safety officers and other University personnel in crowd control and event management. The size and frequency of these additional events and crowds will necessitate changes and accommodations by many on the Lake Shore Campus as we welcome many more visitors to these special events. 

Community Policing. Campus Safety, together with students, faculty and staff in our community, will collaborate in the implementation of a program called “Campus Safety at the Speed of Trust.” As part of that program, diversity and inclusion experts will partner with Campus Safety and Student Development professionals in a training program that will be rolled out sequentially this year to a widening circle – first for Campus Safety personnel, Student Development staff and residence hall communities, and then to off-campus students, faculty and staff. Campus Safety at the Speed of Trust will emphasize trust, character and responsibility in building strong and reciprocal relationships between the campus community and its law enforcement personnel, with the shared goals of a safe and inclusive campus environment. I strongly encourage all members of our community to attend these important sessions.

Working Group on Campus Safety. The task force identified a need for more campus community engagement and input in Campus Safety operations. I have asked Thomas Kelly, Senior Vice President for Administrative Services, to establish during this fall semester, an advisory working group composed of students, faculty and staff. This advisory working group is charged with the specific tasks of reviewing and making recommendations about the body camera policy, reviewing the array of existing training programs in Campus Safety and recommending enhancements, creating a forum for feedback from the campus community, and providing input into issues of campus safety, security, inclusivity, and equity. This working group will not adjudicate complaints against campus police officers – instead, it will provide community review and input on policies and practices such as video surveillance, body cameras and training, and also provide direct input to University and Campus Safety leadership on Campus Safety operations. 

Reporting Complaints of Bias. The task force identified a need for a more accessible and responsive system for students reporting instances of racial bias or other equity concerns, whether it involves faculty, staff or fellow students. I have asked Jane Neufeld, Vice President for Student Development, and Dr. Will Rodriguez, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, to examine the current EthicsLine reporting process and explore opportunities for developing a more robust, transparent and supportive process for reporting, responding and resourcing possible instances of bias on campus. We will communicate more details and seek input from the working group and the campus community on this bias monitoring, counseling and advocacy process as it is developed and implemented over the next few months. Once again, this is a campus community effort – feedback and active engagement by the entire campus community will be integral to its success.

We are implementing these recommendations at a time when we are examining as a campus community the larger issue of diversity, identity and inclusion in a series of college-based listening sessions using data from the Diversity Climate Survey released last spring.  I am grateful to Dr. Winifred Williams, Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for her continuing leadership and work advancing this important community discussion. Additionally, later this fall, our Jesuit university will conduct a communal mission priority Examen, in which we will review how we have aligned our Jesuit mission and values of social justice and respect for all individuals and how our future choices will help us continue to develop a community that truly lives those values and aspires to always do better and embrace the magis.

We will maintain ongoing dialogue and communications about these various efforts and issues during the coming year. I deeply appreciate the sharing of time, thought and perspectives of the task force and those efforts of administrators, staff and students who are and will be involved in implementing these responses. As a community, we all create a campus where students, faculty, staff and visitors feel safe, comfortable and welcome. Our aspiration will always be to build a community of authentic hospitality and inclusive excellence.

Thank you for all you do every day, for our students, for each other, for others in the world--and for Loyola University Chicago.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

Jeremy Langford Named Vice President, University Marketing and Communication

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Langford has been appointed Vice President for University Marketing and Communication (UMC).

Jeremy joins Loyola University Chicago with 26 years of experience in publishing, communications, and advancement that includes 18 years of direct service with the Jesuits, first at Loyola Press and most recently with the USA Midwest Province. Since 2005, he has served the Midwest Jesuits as the Provincial Assistant (VP) for Communications and, since 2017, as the Provincial Assistant (VP) of Advancement and Communications. During this time, Jeremy has been a leader in strategic planning, developing and implementing comprehensive communications and fundraising plans, managing teams and projects, overseeing media relations and crisis communications, crafting campaigns and appeals, and finding new ways to connect with constituents. He has served as an adviser to the communications office of the Jesuit Curia in Rome and as a leader among the communications and advancement committees of the Jesuit Conference in the United States and Canada.

Jeremy has helped the Jesuits stay current and connected by, as St. Ignatius would say, reaching people where they are with award-winning content, design, and delivery from print to social media. He has worked closely with the advancement office to meet its annual fundraising goals over the years and most recently helped lead the charge to increase giving, kickstart a campaign for senior Jesuit health care, and engage lapsed and new donors.

In 2012 he developed and launched JesuitPrayer.org to help the Jesuits reach the widest possible audience with daily Scripture, Ignatian reflection, and Ignatian prayer. Loyola’s Health Sciences Division has been working with Jeremy and his team to build its own uniquely branded version of the Jesuit Prayer website, email, and mobile app. Jeremy also worked closely with Fr. Stephen Katsouros, S.J., dean and executive director of Arrupe College, on his book Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again) about the first year in the life of the school.

A University of Notre Dame graduate, Jeremy began his career in publishing at Loyola Press, where he acquired and edited the international bestseller The Gift of Peace by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. He was executive editor of Rowman & Littlefield and editorial director of Sheed & Ward and is the author or co-author of four books and numerous chapters and articles on Catholicism and education.

Through his work and advanced studies at Catholic Theological Union and through Jesuit training programs, Jeremy has a deep understanding of and affinity for Loyola’s Jesuit mission and for articulating that mission in all its aspects to a broad array of audiences. He is well equipped to translate that understanding into compelling communications and marketing, and his experience in development work will help link our communications work to our advancement and alumni engagement goals.

We are grateful to John Buchholz and the entire UMC team for their continued quality output and for their patience during this transition period. Jeremy’s official start date is November 5, but as he closes out projects with the Midwest Province, he will engage with Loyola leadership and UMC staff to begin to carry forward the work of telling Loyola’s story to the world.

Thank you for all you do every day for Loyola and our students.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

James S. Prehn, S.J., EdD
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Rector of the Jesuit Community

 

2018-2019 Academic Year Welcome

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Welcome back to a new academic year at Loyola.

The beginning is always exciting and full of potential, with the anxiety of long to-do lists outweighed by the anticipation of reconnecting with our community friends and re-engaging with our work and our passions. We look forward as well to new frontiers–encountering new subjects, new students, new friends and colleagues, new points of view, new challenges, and new discoveries about ourselves and the world.

Over the summer, I participated in a weeklong gathering in Bilbao, Spain, where leaders from Jesuit institutions from around the world met to engage in dialogue around critical issues impacting their institutions today and to collaborate on ways to address them. Acknowledging the need to continue the collaborative work into the future, the charter establishing the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) was also signed. The underlying mission of IAJU is to support the Jesuit apostolate of higher education "to promote the development of a more just and humane world for the greater glory of God."

What does this mean for us as we return to our work at Loyola University Chicago and how must we approach this challenging mission now and into the future?

During an address to the assembly at the meeting, Father General Arturo Sosa called upon Jesuit colleges and universities to work for reconciliation and peace and to anticipate the needs for the future. He also challenged all of us to go to places that are not easy to reach and that others have avoided. For faculty and staff at Loyola, that means we must continue to extend and deepen our work and relationships, that we thoughtfully engage in civil discourse and dialogue to discern our calls to action, and that we embrace our creativity to develop and support programs, activities, and learning communities preparing our graduates to focus on changing the world for the better. For students, it means making the most of the opportunities to both extend and deepen their insights about themselves and the world. It is also about finding ways to use that knowledge and their gifts in service to others. Together, we are educating students to challenge boundaries, work across social and political divides, and become engaged citizens of the world.

The Jesuit tradition is nearly 500 years old but one of its chief characteristics is its attention to the need of the current era while also anticipating the emerging needs of the future. Loyola has been a part of the fabric of Chicago for nearly 150 years and has always reached out to first-generation students and those who have been underserved by higher education. We cultivate diversity of background and viewpoint on our campus as an educational value. It makes our community stronger and more vibrant; it deepens and enriches the educational conversation. Our Jesuit framework, dedicated to the care of the whole person and respect for each individual, compels us to model reconciliation and community. This includes authentic hospitality, inclusive excellence, empathic dialogue, critical thinking, and imaginative scholarship.

This is not just theory. These are qualities that we aspire to live every day: in the classroom or clinic, in the laboratory or library, on the playing field, and with our family and friends. This year will offer a range of important opportunities to come together as members of this community to recognize and extend our work and to grow as colleagues and as a community. We will celebrate the five-year anniversary of Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability, which has rapidly become one of the nation's leading centers for urban sustainability and a model for environmental research, action, and outreach. The manner in which IES has helped Loyola wrap sustainability throughout its curricula and campuses is an apt example of the Jesuit method and ethos in higher education. We are motivated in this work for numerous reasons but find special solidarity with the most vulnerable people who have been pushed to the margins. In so doing, we care for the whole person, for the whole planet, physically and spiritually.

This year, we welcome the largest freshman class in our history. In the coming days and weeks, we will announce new action steps from a task force established in the spring to enhance and make more transparent the work of our Campus Security office. More broadly, we will be addressing issues of race, inclusion, and personal experience at Loyola and in society by continuing a community-wide discussion begun last spring around the Diversity Climate Survey. As part of Ignatian Heritage Month in November, we will invite the community to participate in an Institutional Examen, which will be a searching inventory and measure of our performance against mission. It will empower us as a community to identify where we can do better in fulfilling best practices and our ideals today and into the future. These opportunities for us to listen and learn from each other will animate and energize our efforts to model Jesuit dialogue, reflection, and action. I encourage everyone to participate in some form in these community reflections. They are integral to our tradition, will form the basis of our future strategy, and will motivate us to be inspired and responsive to the needs of the larger world.

I am deeply grateful for each and every member of our staff and faculty and all that you do every day for students, for your disciplines, for our University, and our society. Our mission has never been more important. Let us seize the opportunities this year to truly make a difference and to educate remarkable future leaders who will help guide us to more just, sustainable, and beautiful world.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

 

Loyola Links. On August 11, I spoke to the second graduating class of Loyola's Arrupe College. It is always a joyous and inspiring occasion as Arrupe graduates and their families and friends celebrate their accomplishments. You can read more about Arrupe's Impact in Chicago's High Schools here and my remarks to the graduates here. Over the summer, Loyola was ranked number 5 among the Top 10 Most Eco-Friendly Colleges by College Magazine. Last week, throngs of Loyolans came to the Damen Student Center to help our Sister Jean celebrate her 99th birthday. Last month, Chicago Magazine spent some time with her. In two weeks, we will welcome Loyola's closest friends and supporters to raise scholarship resources for first-generation students at the annual Founders' Dinner.

Update: Voluntary Transition Incentive Program

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

                As many of you know, in May Loyola University Chicago extended a Voluntary Transition Incentive Program (VTIP) to staff at all campuses. The program was offered to staff who are 65 years of age or older and have at least 10 years of service at Loyola.  The program has now closed and I write to report on the outcome.A total of 70 employees were eligible for the program, and 45 have accepted the VTIP offer.  For most of these long-term employees, their last day at Loyola will be on July 20, 2018.  In rare instances where the press of university business required a longer stay, employees will remain through September 28, 2018.  These employees represent nearly 1,038 years of combined service to Loyola.  We are all indebted to them for their contributions and commitment to our university, and we wish them the very best for a happy retirement—or in some cases, their move to another career or position.

                The VTIP program is one of several initiatives designed to reduce our expense base to achieve greater alignment with our revenues and identify resources for new investments in programs and initiatives that will serve our students in the future.  The goal of the VTIP program is to permanently remove $2.5MM in salary/benefit expense from our base budget, or about 50 percent of the total salary and benefits represented by the 45 employees who accepted the VTIP offer.   Some of these positions, by reason of their critical role at Loyola, will be replaced, though most will not.  Senior leaders and managers have identified ways to re-assign work and salary dollars and to restructure their departments in light of these upcoming departures.  The Strategic Financial Planning Team (formerly Budget Review Team) will carefully consider position re-fill requests and inform the relevant vice president of its decision no later than July 15.

                As we prepare the fiscal year 2020 budget for approval by the Board of Trustees in December, I am confident Loyola’s financial projections will remain strong.  The VTIP was a successful part of our budget planning initiatives, though there is more work to do. Along with our previous human capital project management project and initiatives from the Strategic Financial Planning Work Groups, we will continue to strengthen the resources that support our mission. However, as we work to keep future tuition increases as low as possible, continue to provide competitive annual salary and benefits increases for faculty and staff, and maintain our core commitment to high academic quality and service, we must continue to find new and creative ways to identify sources of revenue and reduce expenses.

                This fall I will be on all campuses updating the Loyola community on our progress, financial projections and challenges as we begin to frame our major assumptions for the next three fiscal years.  As usual, I am confident that the Loyola community will continue to engage with us as we work to insure that Loyola remains financially healthy.

                Thank you for all you do for Loyola.

Sincerely,

Wayne Magdziarz
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Business Officer

 

John Slania Appointed Interim Dean of School of Communication

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Slania as acting dean of the School of Communication, effective August 1.

John will serve in the role as we search for a successor to Don Heider, PhD, the founding dean of our School of Communication. Don has been appointed executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Professor of Social Ethics at Santa Clara University.

John has served as an administrator in the School of Communication for the past 10 years, first as director of the journalism program and most recently as associate dean. John knows the school well and will continue building on its quality and momentum as we form a committee and conduct a national search for a new dean.

John joined Loyola in 2003 and helped develop the journalism major and several community engagement initiatives, including a four-year journalism curriculum at Senn High School. Most recently, he secured grants from the McCormick Foundation and After School Matters to open the RogersEdge Reporter, a Rogers Park/Edgewater neighborhood news bureau.

He is a veteran journalist who spent two decades as a newspaper reporter and editor. He holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in communication and English from Loyola.

We are all grateful to Don for his extraordinary service to students and his contributions in building a nationally recognized communication program at Loyola. I thank John for stepping in during the transition to assure continuity and continued momentum.

Sincerely,

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Dear Loyola Faculty and Staff,

Saint Ignatius of Loyola encouraged his followers to seek God in all things, to serve those in need, and to become persons for others. His spiritual and educational legacy are seen today at Loyola in the professionalism, compassion, and service of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

We invite you to honor our mission in celebration and service as the Loyola community comes together this summer to mark the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius.

The feast day is celebrated on July 31. On that Tuesday, we will hold the annual picnic, open to all faculty, staff, and retirees, on the East Quad at noon. Everyone is invited to take part in a feast day Mass preceding the picnic in Madonna della Strada Chapel at 11 a.m. Loyola will also remember Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, as part of this Mass.

Saint Ignatius’s vision helps us to become closer to those marginalized by injustice through understanding, prayer, reflection, and action. As part of our celebration, we will come together for two Ignatian Service Days on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, August 4.

This is a special opportunity to join in person and in spirit to celebrate our mission. In the coming days and weeks, you will receive more details about the feast day celebration, service days, and related events. We hope you are having a wonderful summer.

As always we are deeply grateful for your work on behalf of Loyola and our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President

Fr. Jim Prehn, S.J.
Rector of the Jesuit Community

Dr. Winifred Williams
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Keeping Families Together

To The Loyola Community:

Like many, I am extremely disturbed by the practice of children being separated from their parents during a new period of so-called “zero-tolerance” enforcement at the US-Mexico border. Forced family separations are contrary to our Jesuit, Catholic values and our ideals as a nation. Such practices greatly increase trauma for children and adults who are already at high risk.

I join Pope Francis and the US Council of Bishops in calling for the end of the unjust and immoral practice of separating children from their parents. I urge members of our community to contact their elected officials to urge them to end family separations immediately and work toward a humane solution to dealing with asylum seekers and immigrant families. 

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

President

Campus Safety Independent Review Task Force Update

In March 2018, President Rooney announced that an external investigation, guided by an appointed task force of internal Loyola community members and external higher education leaders, would examine the incident that occurred outside Gentile Arena on February 24, 2018.

The University contracted with an experienced and respected firm, Hillard Heintze, to carry out an independent investigation and produce a report of its findings. The task force was charged with overseeing the investigation, reviewing the report and developing a series of recommendations to be sent directly to the President. Those recommendations, generated by the task force, along with the report, have been received and are currently being reviewed by the President and university leadership. 

The link provided below is to the full report from the Hillard Heintze investigation. The names of all but two students, who are currently involved in a public lawsuit, have been redacted in the interest of privacy. The names of the two men scalping tickets were also redacted.

Once the recommendations have been reviewed and an implementation plan developed, we will share them with the Loyola University Community. Some task force members feel it should be noted that the period when students were being invited to interview with investigators coincided with the last week of classes, exam week and graduations. This may have had an impact on student willingness to participate.

We deeply appreciate the contributions of everyone involved in the investigation, report review and development of the recommendations.  Our goal remains focused on building a campus of inclusion, safety, and diversity. These actions represent the first of what we believe will be many steps we undertake to create an inclusive community that reflects our Jesuit ideals of justice, diversity and civil discourse.

You may read the report here: www.luc.edu/HHreport

Gabrielle Buckley Appointed New Director of Gannon Center

May 11, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community:

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gabrielle Buckley as the new director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University Chicago.

Gabrielle brings extensive experience focused on international law, human rights, social justice, and the empowerment of women and children. In addition to her legal career, she works with nonprofits and raises significant funding for organizations that serve the homeless, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable populations. Her record as a thought leader, advocate, and alliance-builder will serve the Gannon Center and the University well.

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mundelein College and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University. She is an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School, serves on the Leadership Council of the National Immigrant Justice Center, and chairs the board of WorldChicago. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce (Midwest) and is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics.

She is currently a partner at Vedder Price P.C., where she counsels companies on all aspects of immigration law and assists clients in obtaining temporary and permanent immigration status.

Among her many honors, Gabrielle is ranked amid the best lawyers in business immigration issues in Chambers Global and holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers from 2013 to 2018, being named one of the publication’s “Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” in 2013.

Twenty-five years ago, the Gannon Center began as an idea among Loyola’s women leaders to extend the academic legacy of Mundelein College. Named for Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a longtime president of Mundelein and pioneer in women’s education, the Gannon Center has become an intellectual hub for thinking about women’s scholarship, issues, and concerns in an academic setting. It is a place where the work and vision of women religious remain a central element in Loyola’s mission, conversation, and outreach.

We are deeply grateful to Janet Sisler for extending that vital legacy in her remarkable eight years of leadership at the Gannon Center. Please join us in welcoming Gabrielle Buckley, who will begin her new role July 1.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

Margaret Faut Callahan,
CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Janet Sisler Appointed Acting Vice President for Mission Integration

May 8, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Janet Sisler, recent director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, has been asked to serve in the role of acting vice president for mission integration for Loyola University Chicago.

Janet recently announced her retirement from her position with the Gannon Center. However, the value that Janet brings to Loyola compelled us to leverage her innovative and strategic approach to leadership by asking her to take on the interim responsibility for the areas of mission and ministry for the University.

Janet will assume her new role effective July 1, 2018. During this assignment, Janet will report directly to James Prehn, S.J., vice president and chief of staff and rector of the Jesuit Community.

Janet’s primary responsibilities as a part of this interim assignment will include, but are not limited to, providing leadership for the “Examen” initiative across the University, and completion of a thorough evaluation and development of recommendations for the various mission and ministry programs and structures across the University—including campus ministry, staff mission formation, and chaplain efforts.

As a part of this transition, Lisa Reiter and Campus Ministry as well as Chris Murphy and Staff Ministry will report directly to Janet. Janet will perform in this interim role pending completion of the search process to fill the position, which is expected by the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

We are confident in Janet’s ability to help shape the mission culture of our great institution. Janet’s spirit of engagement and collaboration will guide the University to the next level of strategic focus and broadened mission effectiveness. We deeply appreciate Janet’s commitment to remain actively engaged to lead this important body of work, which is at the core of our Jesuit heritage and mission.

Please join us in congratulating Janet on her new role.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

James S. Prehn, S.J., EdD
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Rector of the Jesuit Community

Announcing the Voluntary Transition Incentive Program

May 4, 2018

Dear Loyola Faculty and Staff:

During the past year, the University has engaged in proactive measures to assure our standing as a first-class, student-focused university that attracts outstanding students, faculty, and staff. In anticipation of changing demands in higher education and imminent funding challenges, major initiatives have been undertaken to reduce salary, benefits, and operational costs to maximize the University’s ability to deepen and fulfill its mission on a continuing basis.

This type of forward thinking and adaptability are hallmarks of Jesuit education. As we make progress on a number of different and important initiatives, we continue to work diligently and strategically to steward our resources and plan for the future. During the past year and a half, we have worked to address these challenges with the goal of achieving stronger fiscal and academic positioning for the University. As a result, several proactive initiatives were undertaken. The first included implementation of Financial Planning Working Groups. These teams were tasked with reviewing current business operations and processes and proposing recommendations to reduce University expenses, enhance efficiencies, and identify opportunities for further development. Much good work came from these teams, and several recommendations have already been adopted. Next was our Human Capital Management initiative, which consisted of a robust, proactive analysis conducted by management in each school and division to analyze existing staffing resources and assure appropriate alignment with the scope, objectives, and overall operation within the respective business unit.

These steps, incorporated within our three-year budgeting process, along with ongoing efforts to identify efficiencies and cost reductions, are positioning us to be more financially strategic and nimble, staying ahead of the changing cycles and trends facing higher education. It is anticipated that our overall enrollment numbers for the 2018–19 academic year will be favorable, once again, thereby enabling the University to sustain a strong financial position in the near term. Nonetheless, we must continue to anticipate the challenges ahead and continually seek opportunities to maximize more efficient business operations within the University.

Today, we are announcing another initiative in this continuing effort focused on operational alignment. Loyola University Chicago is pleased to offer a Voluntary Transition Incentive Program (VTIP). This one-time program will be available to eligible staff members only. Faculty members, including librarians, are not eligible to participate in this program. Staff members in grant-funded positions are excluded and, therefore, are not eligible for participation in the program.

To be eligible for the VTIP program staff members must be age 65 or older (by December 31, 2018) with ten or more years of continuous service. Eligible staff who volunteer for this program will transition from the University on July 20, 2018, with a compensation package designed to assist staff members in pursuing a career or life change, including retirement. VTIP participants who have 10 years of continuous University service will be Loyola retiree eligible.

Staff who are eligible for the program will be notified by Monday, May 7, via e-mail from VTIP@LUC.edu with detailed information about the program.

Loyola’s Human Resources Team will host town hall meetings beginning next week to assure that eligible staff have access to pertinent information to assist them in making an informed decision about participation in the VTIP program. In addition, the University has arranged for group sessions and individual meetings with financial advisors from Transamerica and tax advisors from H&R Block to be held at each campus. Outplacement services will also be available for interested staff members.

Eligible staff members are encouraged to seriously consider this initiative. We express our deepest appreciation to each of you for your diligent contributions and valued commitment over the years to serve our students and position Loyola for strength and success into the future.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

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

Wayne Magdziarz
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Business Officer

NTT Faculty Vote to Ratify Agreements with SEIU Local 73

April 27, 2018

Non-tenure-track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and English Language Learning Program (ELLP) have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their respective three-year collective bargaining agreements with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. The final step is for the University’s Board of Trustees to approve the agreements, which is expected to occur at the June board meeting.

The agreements with CAS and ELLP SEIU-represented faculty extend through June 30, 2021. They:

  • Provide significant pay increases for all SEIU-represented faculty;
  • Make Loyola CAS non-tenure-track faculty among the highest paid non-tenured faculty in Chicagoland;
  • Offer a 38–40 percent increase to the standard per-credit-hour rate for part-time CAS instructors;
  • Provide annual raises for SEIU-represented faculty, consistent with those earned by tenured and tenure-track faculty;
  • Provide greater job security and longer appointments for both full-time and part-time unionized faculty;
  • Establish a new classification of part-time faculty, known as “Adjunct Instructors,” which would come with a pay raise and a two-year appointment; and
  • Create a professional development fund specifically for unionized faculty in CAS.

Our non-tenure-track faculty are integral to the fabric of our academic community. These contracts reflect not only Loyola’s appreciation for the many contributions of our NTT faculty but also our core mission of providing a high-quality, affordable education to all of our students.

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President
Loyola University Chicago

SEIU Local 73 Negotiations – Tentative Agreements Reached

April 17, 2018

Dear Loyola University Chicago community:

I am pleased to inform you that last night, Loyola University Chicago reached Tentative Agreements (TAs) with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 for three-year collective bargaining agreements with our 350 full- and part-time non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and seven faculty in the English Language Learning Program (ELLP).

Loyola’s goal from the start has been to reach fair and reasonable agreements that are consistent with our commitment to social justice and our Jesuit values. The TAs reached last night achieve this goal. The final steps in the process are for SEIU-represented CAS and ELLP faculty to vote to ratify their respective TAs beginning on Thursday, April 19, and approval by the University’s Board of Trustees in June. The union ratification process is expected to take a few days.

The TAs reflect not only Loyola’s appreciation for the many contributions of our NTT faculty but also our core mission of providing a high-quality, affordable education to all of our students. We strongly encourage all SEIU-represented NTT faculty to vote in favor of their respective agreements, which provide highly competitive compensation and enhanced job security.

 If ratified by Loyola’s unionized faculty, the agreements:

  • Provide significant pay increases for all SEIU-represented faculty;
  • Make Loyola CAS non-tenure-track faculty among the highest paid non-tenured faculty in Chicagoland;
  • Offer a 38–40 percent increase to the standard per-credit-hour rate for part-time CAS instructors;
  • Provide annual raises for SEIU-represented faculty, consistent with those earned by tenured and tenure-track faculty;
  • Provide greater job security and longer appointments for both full-time and part-time unionized faculty;
  • Establish a new classification of part-time faculty, known as “Adjunct Instructors,” which would come with a pay raise and a two-year appointment;
  • Create a professional development fund specifically for unionized faculty; and
  • Are fiscally responsible, ensuring Loyola can continue to offer a high-quality, affordable education to our students.

Additional information related to the SEIU negotiations and the tentative agreements can be found at LUC.edu/bargaining.

We want to thank the bargaining teams from Loyola and SEIU for their hard work on these agreements and all of our faculty, staff, and students for their patience throughout this process. With these agreements finalized, we look forward to uniting as a campus community around our shared, core commitment to delivering a transformative educational experience for our students.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President
Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Receptions Hosted by the President and the Acting Provost

Loyola faculty members are invited to join Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, and Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, at a reception this spring. These events will offer the community an opportunity to socialize and enjoy camaraderie with colleagues. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and no RSVP is necessary.

Lake Shore Campus
Thursday, April 26
4–6 p.m.
Mundelein Center, Sky Lounge, 1st floor

Water Tower Campus
Monday, April 30
4–6 p.m.
Baumhart Hall, Pere Marquette Suite, 25th floor

Health Sciences Campus
Wednesday, May 2
4–6 p.m.
Cuneo Center/Stritch School of Medicine Atrium

Loyola's Distinctive Light

March 27, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

As Catholics and Christians worldwide begin our celebration of Holy Week and Easter, we enter a period of deep reflection on mortality and spiritual anguish that culminates in a renewal of life and hope. Christ’s ultimate victory over suffering and death inspires faith and constancy, along with a commitment to doing good for others in a fractured world.

This year, the start of Passover coincides with Good Friday. Our Jewish community commemorates the passage of the Hebrews, whom God has claimed as his people, from slavery to freedom. In the Jesuit tradition, we join in celebrating God’s desire for human freedom so that we might follow our respective paths to contribute to God’s work in the world.

These foundational stories of faith, redemption, and reconciliation from different religious traditions teach us to engage in the hard work for social justice even when the challenges seem daunting. At Loyola, we strive deeply every day to manifest a community of academic freedom, compassion, civil discourse, peace, and forgiveness. We are reminded that through the darkest times, if we keep faith in our mission to serve others, and if we create and model the community that is needed in the world, we can serve a greater good. We keep faith in each other’s good intentions, even—and especially—when we doubt or disagree.

We can carry the transformative spirit of these holy days into our daily work as students, teachers, and staff. Our Jesuit tradition encourages us to continually reflect and act on how we can best embody our mission every day, in our classrooms and laboratories, on our campuses, in our residence halls and communities.

As the week unfolds, Loyola’s maroon and gold light up Chicago’s skyline. It has been an incredible journey as our Ramblers advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This team—and Sister Jean—have captured the attention and the hearts of the nation. They have united Loyolans on campus and around the world. They have united the city, which has embraced them as Chicago’s team.

We could not be more excited and thankful. We could not be more proud of how these student-athletes and their coaches are representing Loyola. In their selfless and acclaimed teamwork, they epitomize synergy within diversity. Their hard work and discipline model Ignatian aspiration and improvement. They illustrate in their own unique way what a commitment to inclusion, communication, and engagement looks like and how our differences can serve as our most powerful strengths. They radiate good will and reflect Loyola’s distinctive light into the world.

I wish you blessings of the season, a Happy Easter, and a Happy Passover. Across every tradition, I wish you and yours peace, health, and renewal. Thank you for your remarkable work on behalf of our students and in support of our mission.

I am deeply grateful for all you do to make Loyola shine. Go Ramblers!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President, Loyola University Chicago

Reaffirming Our Commitment to an Inclusive Community

February 27, 2018

Dear Loyola Community,

As many of you know, we have had two incidents involving students in the past month that, regardless of intent, have been perceived as racially motivated. More importantly, these incidents have greatly upset members of our community. Concerns over occurrences such as these are not limited to any one group; they impact our entire community. Our strength and our foundation lie in our community, and the pain and suffering of any one of us is an issue for all of us.

As a Jesuit, Catholic institution, our core value mandates that we demonstrate care for all people, which includes providing an inclusive environment where students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, genders, identities, beliefs, and backgrounds feel safe and supported. If even one person feels otherwise, we are falling short and must commit ourselves to listening and working harder to uphold our Jesuit values.

I, along with all of Loyola’s leadership, believe it is essential to speak to these issues, and collectively, we are committed to doing so. As you know, we recently undertook the University’s first Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey. Initial results identify positive momentum in some areas and also highlight places in which we need to grow and improve. We look forward to sharing this data and beginning community discussions focused on next steps and developing our long-term strategy for improvement. We expect to have results to share with the community upon return from spring break.

Our motivation in collecting such data was to identify gaps and areas in need of improvement and build a plan for implementation and positive change, beginning with intentional dialogue. Such conversations, while challenging, are essential. This is not a simple process with a finite goal. It is, and should be, an ongoing conversation, with continuous assessment and collaborative efforts aimed at finding solutions. Let us begin with the first step in the process of bridging the gaps by engaging in open, courageous, and respectful dialogue.

To that end, we are planning to hold listening sessions with students, faculty, and staff in the second half of spring semester and encourage everyone to participate whenever possible. Please look for the forthcoming dates and further information.

What I am hearing very clearly is that we can and must do more. We need to try harder by listening better with the purpose of understanding and supporting one another. Following the teaching of St. Ignatius, we are women and men for others—and for each other. Let us not forget this, and let us reaffirm this message and focus, especially during these turbulent and unsettling times in our country.

Over spring break, I encourage all of us to reflect on how we can best contribute to this conversation. Our Christian faith compels us to work toward a more just social order, and we must live out this commitment, not just give it passing attention. We must make sure that every voice is heard.

I am confident that as a community bound by our shared Jesuit values and mission, all of us care deeply about making this a better, more inclusive community and will work together tirelessly to do so. As we come together to address the hurt and move from divisiveness toward a culture of support and understanding on our campuses, know that doing so will position us to have a direct and positive impact on our neighbors and the broader community. Let us all strive to ignite compassion and embody inclusiveness in our city, our country, and beyond as we go forth into the world.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President, Loyola University Chicago

Tuition Information for the Academic Year 2018-19

January 22, 2018

Dear Students,

Today, we would like to share information regarding tuition and fees for the 2018–2019 academic year and give context to Loyola’s commitment to educational excellence and affordability.

To provide needed investment in academic programs and strategic priorities, provide meaningful financial aid to the greatest number of students, and be able to offer faculty and staff a moderate salary increase in an era of increasing costs and medical insurance, the Board of Trustees has approved a 2.4 percent raise in undergraduate tuition for 2018–2019. This represents the smallest increase in tuition at Loyola in a number of years. Meal plans will increase by 2.5 percent to correlate with increased food and labor costs, and housing costs will increase from zero to 4.7 percent depending on the type of accommodation.

Graduate and professional tuition rates in law, graduate medicine and nursing, and the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences are increasing by 2.5 percent, with the exception of the RN to BSN program, which will not increase. Other graduate programs will have no increase for the second year. Loyola is not increasing the student activity fee or technology fee. Most other miscellaneous course fees are either increasing less than 2.5 percent or not increasing at all. These fees cover the direct costs of running certain labs and other course-related items. These rates will go into effect for the fall 2018 semester. Additional information can be found at LUC.edu/bursar and LUC.edu/reslife.

Upward pressure on tuition at leading colleges and universities, including Loyola, is driven by several factors. Financial aid to students is one of Loyola’s biggest annual expenses. During the 2016–2017 academic year we awarded $175 million in scholarships and grants; every year, these resources as well as external funding, stipends, and other forms of support make a Loyola education possible for students who could not otherwise afford to attend.

We have an obligation and desire to maintain the excellence of the Loyola experience. We continually invest in optimal learning, living, and research spaces to keep pace with our peers, compete effectively for top faculty and students, and to prepare graduates for today’s workplaces. From 2004–2015, we invested more than $1 billion in 18 major construction projects, including 13 academic buildings, a research complex, and student facilities across our three Chicagoland campuses. Universities employ large numbers of professionals who are paid competitively, and the costs of health insurance and other benefits continue to increase.

As a Jesuit institution, Loyola is deeply committed to providing excellent education to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to create a truly diverse and vibrant intellectual environment. In line with our values and mission, Loyola continues to focus strategically on keeping college affordable. We have instituted a three-year strategic budgeting and cost-reduction process to better mitigate expense growth and anticipate enrollment trends and fluctuations in federal and state student aid. We have engaged our broader campus community in this work as well.

We are developing new strategies and partnerships to diversify revenue and develop sustainable programs. We are working to reduce expenses and energizing fundraising to increase scholarship funding. The University is fiscally healthy, and, as illustrated by our advocacy on DACA and tax reform, the leadership team, in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and the community, will continue to proactively address external issues that affect affordability in the short and long term.

Throughout higher education, tension over affordability is creating an environment where all of us face difficult decisions. Yet higher education—especially schools like Loyola with a large number of first-generation students—is the principal driver of social and economic mobility in this country. A Loyola education remains a good investment. The average person with a college degree will make 67 percent more annually than a person with high school degree; that is nearly $1 million more over the course of a career. Out of every 100 new jobs created since the Great Recession, 99 require a college or professional degree. We expect that trend to continue and that the needs for a highly educated workforce will be even greater in our fast-changing global economy.

Thank you for choosing Loyola University Chicago as your academic home. We are grateful to have you here. Loyola’s powerful legacy moves us to ensure that as many students as possible have access to a transformative education and that we continue to engage actively in a mission of service that shapes society for the better. Our principal focus as a team is to enhance Loyola’s distinctive educational and Jesuit Catholic mission and strengthen the financial stewardship that makes excellence possible.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

Transforming the Narrative

January 16, 2018

Dear Loyola Community,

Whether you decided to travel for the holidays or stayed in town, welcome back to a new semester at Loyola University Chicago. As we reflect on Epiphany and move into a new year, I wish everyone in our community success in discerning your path, discovering your unique strengths and gifts, gathering new knowledge, and directing your insights and passions toward the service of others.

We come together in the spirit of community, resolved to push the frontiers of our individual and collective knowledge to arrive at new insights and skills. In a fractious time in politics and culture, we recommit ourselves to remaining a welcoming and inclusive campus. We engage respectfully and thoughtfully in civil discourse. We look critically at ourselves and our communities and find ways where we can continue to improve. We embrace opportunities to serve in our professional, academic, and personal spheres.

I can think of no more appropriate way to return to this work and this mission than to take some time to honor and reflect on the legacy of Dr. King during the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Loyola. Sponsored by the Executive Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the theme of this year’s celebration is “Transformative Thinking: Transforming the Narrative Toward Justice and Peace.” I encourage all to participate in the reflections, discussions, and multifaith celebrations during the week. I particularly encourage you to consider volunteering at one of many opportunities across the city on MLK Service Day, Friday, January 26.

I am taken aback to realize that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s martyrdom. In that half-century, our culture has evolved and our laws have progressed, yet deep divides and stubborn inequalities remain. Racism persists, with its legacy of health, economic, and achievement gaps.

In a time of loud voices and extreme politics, our Jesuit mission has never been more vital. Education through all levels including graduate school is the primary driver of social and economic mobility in American society. Loyola, through teaching, research, and service, continues to advance effective and meaningful change. We work to assure that a Loyola education is accessible to students from all backgrounds who will advance their horizons and push new frontiers. Along with others, we will continue to speak out about provisions in state and federal regulations that would limit access to college and graduate education. We continue to advocate for DACA students and other state and federal programs that support students and families with financial limitations.

All of you who make up our special Loyola community continually inspire me and so many others. In your studies and service work, you are transforming the narrative and moving us toward justice and peace. Even with rigorous academic schedules, you commit thousands of hours of direct service to the community every semester as a result of deeply held faith. Your involvement in research and clinical outreach helps serve patients and families and address inequities. Across disciplines you excel and grow and go on to provide service, education, hope, and healing. You add your distinct voice to the world. We are proud of your accomplishments and even more impressed with your impact.

Dr. King famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Drawing upon King’s words, President Barack Obama said decades later, “The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.”

I ask you to use your unique talents, determination, faith, and passion to bend this arc in the ways only you can. Advance knowledge, compassion, and justice with all your voice and talent. This semester, take full advantage of opportunities to be challenged and changed, to study and reflect, and discuss and debate, to serve your community and fellow human beings. Take time to listen and to take care of each other, and reflect upon what we as individuals and as a community can do for the world.

All the best wishes for a wonderful semester.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President

The Gifts We Bring

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Christmas and the holiday season are times of hope. A season that, while profound in its darkness, resonates in its light. In that richness and contrast, we can discern the spirit of what connects us and what matters most.

Throughout this season the blessings of compassion, friendship, and family take on special meaning. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we acknowledge and honor the many traditions and cultures that make up Loyola, for these are the gifts we bring to each other.

The Jesuit tradition is about aspiring, actively, to be a better person, and being a better person for the world. This aspiration—to find a home and act in community—is consonant across cultures and faiths reflected in our diverse student body, our faculty, and our staff. Many traditions find a home here, all with the aspiration to bring their gifts to the world, to bring light, healing, and hope.

I experienced Loyola’s open spirit in the way you welcomed me into the community over 18 months ago. I see it every day on our campuses, in momentous achievements and expertise, and in simple acts of listening and teaching, compassion, and hospitality. Your kindness has been particularly evident over the past month, when dozens of University departments and the Jesuit Community contributed much-needed items for more than 60 families in Chicagoland through the Loyola Gives program. We are grateful to all who gave, with special thanks to the dedicated volunteers who make it all happen.

At Christmas we look back, and we look forward, giving thanks for the year past and asking for light on plans and promises in the year to come. We recommit ourselves to the work of building a more just and peaceful world by using our gifts in service to humanity and all of God’s creation.

On behalf of our community, I extend best wishes and special prayers for a warm and wondrous holiday season. Thank you for the gifts you bring to us and to one another, and thank you for being a part of our Loyola family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President

Invitation to the University Christmas Reception

December 6, 2017

Loyola Community,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the annual University Christmas Reception. We’ll celebrate on Wednesday, December 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Damen Student Center on our Lake Shore Campus.

At the reception, mingle with fellow Loyolans under the University’s beautiful Christmas tree, enjoy food and drink, listen to strolling carolers, take holiday-themed pictures with friends in a photo booth, watch magicians mesmerize, win big through the annual raffle giveaway, and visit with Santa Claus!

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

Getting to Campus
For those driving to the reception, 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.

Shuttle Service
Anyone planning to utilize the shuttle service should RSVP no later than noon on Friday, December 15, 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 Marcella 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.

We invite everyone to come out and join us at the reception and celebrate the holiday season together. Please call Human Resources at 773.508.3140 with any questions.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President
Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

WTC Staff Reception Rescheduled for February 13

December 4, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

In consideration of busy year-end and holiday schedules, we are rescheduling the Water Tower Campus Staff Reception, originally planned for next Tuesday, December 12. We hope you will join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Schreiber Center on Tuesday, February 13, from 4-6 p.m. No RSVP is necessary. We will send a reminder of this invitation in the new year as well.

We look forward to hosting you at this reception in February and encourage you to invite a colleague.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President
Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Legislative Update: Advocating for Our Students

December 3, 2017

Dear Loyola Community,

Over the past few weeks, the University has been energetically engaged in direct advocacy with congressional leadership and members of the Illinois delegation with the goal of mitigating and modifying provisions of tax reform legislation that pose a major threat to students and universities.

At my direction, Philip Hale, vice president for government affairs, as well as senior administration and members of the Board of Trustees, have engaged vigorously with congressional leaders and members of the Illinois delegation to protect the well-being of our students, the interests of Loyola, and the vitality of higher education, one of America’s strongest assets in the global economy. These efforts are informed and undergirded by detailed analyses from Financial Services on the costs and implications of key provisions in the legislation. We continue to monitor that impact as the provisions evolve.

We have joined in lobbying efforts with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), the American Council of Education (ACE), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities (FIICU), and others to oppose elements of the legislation that have a direct and potentially disastrous effect on students and their families.

We are most concerned about provisions in the House version of the tax bill that will have onerous effects on our students, staff, alumni, and their families: the elimination of the deduction for interest on student loans and the provision to tax graduate tuition waivers as income, which affects our graduate students as well as tuition waivers for employees and their family members.

The former places another barrier for students of modest means in achieving a college degree. The latter places heavy financial burdens on many graduate students and their families, discourages continuing education in important disciplines, and impedes vital classwork and research in which doctoral students play an integral role.

We are encouraged that the Senate bill, passed by a narrow vote this weekend, retains the student benefits the House tax bill eliminates. However, we will continue to advocate against provisions in this bill that negatively impact students and undermine institutions by reducing charitable giving, creating an unprecedented tax on private colleges and universities, increasing costs and regulatory burdens on many colleges and universities, reducing the ability to access tax-exempt bonds for capital projects, and threatening state investment in higher education.

There are indications that if an agreement is reached, the final result will most resemble the Senate version, and we are intensifying our efforts at this critical time. As the process moves toward conference or reconciliation of the two bills, Philip Hale will be in Washington, DC this week to meet with legislators, including members of the House Ways and Means Committee, to continue our advocacy.

I am deeply grateful to Phil and all those who continue to advocate directly at the federal level on behalf of the Dream Act and in shaping a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that keeps higher education affordable and accessible for all students who seek it.

The current tax code helps reduce the cost of higher education for good reason—not just because a higher education benefits individuals, but because it benefits society at large by increasing social and economic mobility and driving innovation and discovery that help to power our competitiveness in a global economy.

We will continue to advocate against any legislation that makes higher education more expensive for students and erodes the financial stability of public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities. We believe it is possible to offer tax relief in a way that does not increase costs or make a quality higher education less accessible. We will work energetically to that end.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

John P. Pelissero, PhD, Transitioning Out of Provost and Chief Academic Officer

November 14, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

When I began my presidency, our provost and chief academic officer, John P. Pelissero, PhD, graciously agreed to continue in his role in order to maintain the momentum of the University’s strategic academic and enrollment initiatives, as well as “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World.” We have agreed that it is now an appropriate time to commence a transition, begin a University-wide consultation process, discern what experiences we desire in our next chief academic leader, and embark on a national search for the next provost.

Personally, I am very grateful for John’s leadership, his generous and wise counsel, and his passion for Loyola’s academic and learning enterprise. His unwavering commitment to the students, faculty, and staff at Loyola has been demonstrated throughout his tenure over the last 33 years as a faculty member, department chair, provost, and interim president. In order to prepare for his return to the faculty as professor of political science in the 2018–2019 academic year, John will start a well-earned and long-delayed leave of absence on January 1, 2018, and will formally conclude eight years of service as provost on June 30, 2018.

Beginning January 1, 2018, and continuing throughout this transition period, Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, will serve as acting provost and chief academic officer for the entire campus community. Margaret has also agreed to serve as interim provost and chief academic officer, effective July 1, 2018, until we have concluded our national search and named a new provost, at which time she will resume her current role in the Health Sciences Division. Margaret is presently serving as provost for the Health Sciences Division, having joined Loyola on September 1, 2015. I appreciate her willingness to step into this expanded academic role and continue with her leadership of our Health Sciences Campus as well.

Please join me in thanking John for his tireless work and leadership, particularly during these last 15 years, which have helped shape Loyola University Chicago and prepared us well for an exciting future.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

Exploring Our Ignatian Legacy

November 1, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Our Ignatian heritage is all around us. We note it in our classrooms and labs, in hospitals and clinics where our faculty and alumni practice, in our studios and performance halls, in our neighborhoods. We see it in the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The heritage of St. Ignatius of Loyola fuels our passion for social justice and our commitment to excellence and sustainability to people and communities in need.

Ignatian principles form our commitment to cura personalis, the “care of the whole person,” and to magis, the “more” universal good.

It is amazing that all of this began more than 450 years ago, when a wounded war veteran suffering spiritual upheaval set out on his own healing journey. He exerted a conscious effort to cultivate his faith and overcome his obsession with what others thought of him. He nurtured a growing compassion by engaging with his neighbors and with the problems of their shared world.

He became a student and found relief in study and conversation with teachers and peers. He encountered like-minded friends and shared with a widening circle an approach to theology and education in which reason and faith were complementary. He founded a religious order, the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits—based around a daily practice of engaging the mind and heart in experience, reflection, and action.

This veteran, of course, would become St. Ignatius. The Spiritual Exercises he developed—a continual inquiry of the self, the world, and of the self in the world—are sometimes called the Ignatian way of proceeding. It is a way of faith as well as a method of pedagogy, and it forms the essence of a Jesuit education.

I invite you to join me in celebrating Ignatian Heritage Month in November to explore our rich Jesuit, Catholic heritage, to remember those who have struggled for justice before us, and to renew our efforts toward a more equitable and sustainable world. It is an annual opportunity for us as a community to engage in the Ignatian way: to reflect, to take action, and to discern our purpose and path going forward.

In addition to dialogues, lectures, events, and actions, Ignatian Heritage Month includes Hunger Week, a tradition at Loyola for more than 40 years. I encourage all Loyolans to participate in one of the upcoming service activities and mission events taking place on our three campuses.

A signature event of the month is the 2017 Martyrs Award Presentation and Memorial Mass. This award honors the memory of the Universidad Centroamericana martyrs and is presented to a faith-based organization in support of our shared commitment to the struggle for social justice. I am pleased to announce that this year’s award goes to the Quinn Community Center, a social outreach program of St. Eulalia Parish that serves our neighbors in Maywood with programs addressing hunger and nutrition, youth and family issues, community health, immigration, and computer education.

The vision and perseverance of Ignatius, a wounded soldier who became a saint, has blossomed into worldwide work that continues to transform lives and shape societies for the better. Ignatian Heritage Month is an embrace of our present and an exploration of our future as much as a celebration of our past. We honor those who embody the Jesuit mission of today, and we reflect, together, on the best ways to embody that mission in the face of our urban challenges before us.

I am immensely grateful for the work you do every day on behalf of our students, our partners, and our community. Please join our Loyola family and me during November as we engage with one another to celebrate, investigate, discuss, and deepen the powerful educational legacy represented by the name above our door.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
President

Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey

October 30, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are excited to announce Loyola University Chicago’s first University-wide “Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey.”

Historically, Loyola’s colleges, schools, institutes, and administrative departments have worked to provide a variety of diversity-related initiatives to support access, representation, respect, inclusion, and acceptance. These efforts strengthen our overall cultural competency and acknowledge the importance of fostering and cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable classroom and workplace experience for our University community.

Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of Loyola’s mission and work. The survey will provide better understanding about the current climate and identify opportunities for improvement. Loyola has partnered with Willis Towers Watson, a leading survey research company, to administer our campus climate survey. The survey audience includes all faculty, staff, and students. The goal is to get feedback regarding personal diversity-related experiences throughout our Loyola community.

The Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey will open on October 31 and close on November 17. In preparation for the survey, focus group sessions were conducted with faculty, staff, student, and University leadership groups to create a campus dialogue and to gather insight about campus diversity and inclusion experiences. Benchmark survey questions are included to compare our responses to other schools within other colleges and universities.

Survey results will be shared with the University community in January 2018. Results will provide action-focused outcomes as a part of Loyola’s continued efforts to naturally incorporate diversity, inclusion, and equity practices into the University’s Jesuit culture of acceptance, difference, and humble inquiry. Action planning teams will analyze the survey results to see what’s working well at Loyola in the area of diversity and inclusion and where we need to improve. These teams will lead the development of action plans.

Tomorrow you will receive an e-mail with a link to the survey. Our goal is 100 percent participation. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard, and your participation is strongly encouraged.

Several incentives are included to inspire participation and some friendly competition:

  • The first department made up of less than 50 faculty and staff members to complete the survey during the first week will win a pizza party.
  • The first department made up of 51–125 faculty and staff members to complete the survey first by week two will receive a pizza party.
  • Twenty-five randomly selected student survey respondents will be chosen to receive a special gift card on the initial survey launch date.
  • Once the survey window has closed, 100 randomly selected student survey respondents will be chosen to win a special prize.
  • Should you have questions about the campus climate survey project, please feel free to email climatesurvey@luc.edu.

We encourage you to participate in the survey so that together we can foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

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

Paul Roberts Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success

September 7, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Roberts as vice president for enrollment management and student success, effective immediately.

In his new role, Paul will lead and integrate Loyola’s enrollment and student success efforts. This integration ensures the critical alignment of all student recruitment and retention efforts—including the enhancement of our recruitment and retention of students of color—while supporting all students on a path to successful degree completion. Paul will also oversee student academic services and report directly to Provost and Chief Academic Officer John Pelissero, PhD. He will continue to serve on the Council of Deans and the Council for Student Success. He will also join the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees Student Development and Success Committee as a University representative.

Paul joined the University in 2002 and served initially as Loyola’s associate vice president of graduate and professional enrollment management, and in 2007, he was appointed associate provost for enrollment management. As associate provost, Paul has had responsibility for the past 10 years for freshman, transfer, and graduate recruitment and admission; financial aid; enrollment marketing; and enrollment research. During his tenure, undergraduate applications to the University increased by 32 percent. In addition, total University enrollment increased by 10 percent, undergraduate enrollment increased by 14 percent, and the size of the freshman class has increased by 30 percent. While increasing the freshman classes to the largest in our history, Paul and his enrollment management team have also simultaneously increased the overall academic profile and diversity of the classes.

Paul came to Loyola from DePaul University, where he served as executive director of university admission. Prior to that, he served as the director of MBA programs at The University of Illinois at Chicago. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College and an MBA from DePaul University.

Please join us in congratulating Paul on this appointment.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Statement on the Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

September 5, 2017

We are extremely disheartened by the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As a Jesuit, Catholic institution, Loyola University Chicago firmly believes in the dignity of each person and in the promotion of social justice. It defies understanding that we as a country would squander the wealth of talent, commitment, and grit exhibited by this extraordinary group of people who we know as our colleagues, our classmates, and our neighbors. These young individuals are woven into the fabric of our communities and have a basic right to contribute to our society. They are our future doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, business owners, and leaders who join us in lifting up the most marginalized in our world. Loyola University Chicago is committed to their success.

Backed by the passionate commitment and hard work of the Dreamers Committee, we will continue to support and advocate for our students and work with our local, state, and federal partners to find a legislative solution. In the past year, Philip Hale, vice president for government affairs, and I convened meetings with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, as well as congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, to advocate on behalf of our students. We have also signed on to public statements with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and UniversitiesAmerican Council on Education, Pomona College, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and Illinois Business Immigration Coalition that reflect our shared and ongoing commitment. It continues to be clear that by working together with our higher education partners and coalitions, we can strategically leverage our resources and maximize our efforts on behalf of our students.

Currently, we are in close dialogue with organizations that are developing various legal initiatives and examining how the University and/or our DACA students might participate. We encourage everyone to advocate for new legislation that will uphold the current protections of DACA. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to act in the next six months to preserve the program’s protections.

Providing support to our students remains the focus of our efforts. Please visit the Undocumented Student Resources page to learn more. This site contains information about students’ legal rights as well as campus contacts and training opportunities.

Our University is an intellectual community shaped by hope, faith, and service—hope for a more just future, faith that it can be achieved, and service for others in need. While the challenges facing us may be daunting and the future we aspire to may at times appear distant and difficult to reach, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protect and provide access to education for all members of our Loyola community.

Loyola is a community devoted to tackling the most complicated issues and doing what we can to elevate the most marginalized in our society. As we confront social injustices today and in the future, I ask that we do so in a way that advances our dialogue and understanding, and with a core tenet of our Jesuit, Catholic faith in mind: dignity and respect for all.

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President, Loyola University Chicago

University Closure in December

August 30, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing you today with an important update to the University’s 2017 holiday calendar. After discussion with many campus leaders and feedback from members of the President’s Cabinet, we are pleased to announce that the University will close the entire week of Christmas—December 25–29—and reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. You will receive full pay for the week and are not required to use any accrued vacation or personal days.

This gift of extra holiday time acknowledges our commitment to work-life balance. We respect our community’s need for time away from campus and hope you will take this week to spend time with family and friends while also reflecting on 2017 and rejuvenating for the upcoming calendar year.

Please note that the planned Christmas Eve holiday will change. Originally scheduled for Friday, December 22, it will now be observed on Tuesday, December 26. This means that the University will be open the full week of December 18.

Christmas Day on Monday, December 25, and New Year’s Day on Monday, January 1, 2018, will remain observed holidays. In addition, University staff and faculty will be gifted another three days: Wednesday, December 27, through Friday, December 29.

We were heartened by the number of faculty and staff members who expressed their appreciation for last year’s gift of time, and this encouraged us to repeat the gesture this year. As a community committed to cura personalis, this decision, on a personal level, is an easy one.

Similar to last year, we know that some staff members will be needed on campus to provide support during this week-long closure. To those employees, thank you for your commitment. Please know that your department managers will work directly with you to ensure that you are able to take advantage of this gifted time 45 days before or after the closure. We are also asking all department heads to prepare plans for their area to ensure that critical business functions continue during this week and are handled remotely, if possible.

Also, please save the date for the annual University Christmas Reception. Join us in the Damen Student Center at the Lake Shore Campus on Wednesday, December 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. We will share more details closer to the date.

Again, we are happy to share all this news with you. We hope that it demonstrates our thanks to you for all the work that you do and our commitment to the well-being of all our faculty and staff.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

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

2017-2018 Academic Year Welcome

August 22, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The start of a new academic year fills me with excitement as I look forward to all that we will accomplish and discover. Whether we are engaging in service projects locally or globally, pursuing breakthrough research in health care and science, joining with our community partners to improve local K-12 education, or working with new entrepreneurs to start neighborhood businesses and so much more, we are finding new and innovative ways to set the world on fire.

By their very nature, universities must be the ideal location, and offer the perfect setting, to safely explore your interests and transform your life. And yet, the repulsive events involving white supremacists on a college campus in Charlottesville this month remind us that our country remains deeply flawed. This is a significant moment for our nation, and bolstered by our Jesuit and Catholic mission, we must stand unified against such bigotry and hatred.

A Jesuit, Catholic education prepares individuals for more than just a job or a career—it transforms you and allows you to go out into the world and serve as a change agent in service to one another, particularly those marginalized and underserved. The hate on display in Charlottesville—and globally in Spain and Finland—has absolutely no place in a civilized society. I call on each of us, our Loyola community, to be sure that it has no place on our campuses. The first step in ensuring that we remain an open, welcoming, inclusive community is a relatively simple one: We must engage with each other respectfully and thoughtfully. Start by taking the time to get to know your classmates and colleagues—turn and talk to that person you see in the elevator every day, find common ground with a student organization that represents a perspective different from your own, or seek out individuals you disagree with and commit to a better understanding of each other’s views. This enables us to fully embrace and live out the principles and values imparted to us by St. Ignatius and makes them come alive in our contemporary world.

Loyola University Chicago is a community made stronger by our diversity. We welcome everyone—of all faiths, backgrounds, and identities—and we will not tolerate discrimination. We are dedicated to moving the world forward, and to do so we must be able to encounter philosophies that we disagree with and have conversations that sometimes make us very uncomfortable. Only when we take the time and spend the intellectual energy to learn all sides of an issue will we be able to successfully engage and advocate for our position. It is a university’s responsibility to challenge you, present you with a spectrum of ideas, and teach you how to responsibly sort through opinions and information. Spirited debate is critical to the success of our students and to our University. When we reflect on our own perspectives, learn to respectfully hear one another, and participate in discourse in a way that illuminates and advances dialogue and understanding, we grow as individuals and as a community. Yes, we intend to change the world.

When you joined Loyola you committed yourself to be a person for others, someone devoted to tackling the most complicated issues and doing what you can to elevate the most marginalized in our society. I ask each of you—whether student, faculty, or staff member—what will you do this academic year to make a difference? How will you go to the marginalized, as we are called to do, and effect change within our community, our city, and our world? What frontier will you explore and understand better than we do now?

We must live out the ideals of our mission and continue doing so every day. Providing access to institutions like Loyola, for example, is critical and is the cornerstone of our Arrupe College, which celebrated its first graduating class earlier this month. Issues of health equity demand our attention, and many innovative initiatives are underway. Awareness and care for our environment in responsible, sustainable ways will impact not only us but also future generations to come, and our Institute of Environmental Sustainability is leading the way. There are examples like this all across our University, and we must continue this important work if we are to resolve the divisive societal issues in front of us.

Universities across the country, including ours, will open their semesters with a renewed commitment to conversations around race relations and diversity. How lucky we are to be welcoming Wil Haygood, author of our First-Year Text, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, as our speaker at the New Student Convocation on Friday afternoon. All faculty and staff are encouraged to join me in participating in this timely address and wonderful tradition. I am eager to meet all our students—approximately 16,700 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across the University.

I wish you the richest of experiences in your academic and extracurricular pursuits throughout the year. May we all continue to embrace our differences and celebrate our diversity as the source of our strength as we come together in the spirit of our shared mission to seek God in all things and contribute to the greater common good.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

 

Statement from Dr. Rooney

STATEMENT FROM JO ANN ROONEY, PRESIDENT OF LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Clerical Sexual Abuse and Cover-up

 

Like many of us, I have struggled greatly with the recent revelations in Pennsylvania, on top of years of previous reports, about clergy abuse and the actions, cover-up and betrayal by so many in leadership positions throughout the Catholic Church.

Trust has been shattered. Lives have been irreparably harmed.

As I noted in my remarks to faculty at Convocation, whether you are Catholic by faith tradition or a member of our Loyola community supporting our Jesuit Catholic mission, there are no words or statements compassionate enough to support the victims of clergy abuse. Nor are there words strong enough to condemn the actions of those abusers or the leadership that failed to take action to protect children and adults from such reprehensible acts and abuse of power. There are no sentiments angry enough to capture the call for dramatic change.

In our position as a Jesuit Catholic University, we can ensure that these acts are not tolerated in our community. We will continue to advocate and work for the changes needed.  Know, unequivocally, that within our university, within our Jesuit province and within our archdiocese, there is no tolerance for such heinous acts of abuse. If we receive any reports of such incidents, they are turned over to the civil authorities for investigation and criminal action.

At Loyola University Chicago, intolerance for such behavior is not limited to clergy. It applies to anyone and everyone who abuses positions of power to take advantage of or abuse vulnerable individuals. There is an obligation that each and every one of us has as a member of this community--that is to report any such abhorrent behavior or incidents of which you become aware.

Loyola University is committed to a respectful campus culture that has clear policies, reporting structures and clear lines of accountability for preventing and addressing all forms of abuse. Information on resources provided through Loyola’s Title IX office can be found here. In addition, the unsettling news may be especially painful for some to to process.  I encourage those who wish to talk to someone to contact the Wellness Center. There will also be opportunities in the coming year for our community to engage in discussion around these issues, such as this Hank Center program on Integrity and Accountability in the Catholic Church coming up October 11.

It is imperative that we foster a culture of respect, trust, transparency, civility and accountability in our academic community. When we find those tenets not adhered to, we are called upon to address the issues head-on.  We desire for our students a transformational education preparing them for lives of leadership and service. As such, it is incumbent upon us to be role models and hold ourselves to those unwavering standards. I encourage all to continue to engage and to listen, to discern our moral, ethical and human paths toward healing and reconciliation.