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What does it mean to be an Registered Student Organization (RSO) at Loyola University Chicago?

Being an RSO means creating a welcoming space for individuals of similar interests to meet one another, share stories, build community and have tons of fun! Our RSO’s at Loyola have been successful in empowering students to find their sense of community on campus by providing a wide array of organizations covering a diversity of topics. Whether your passions lie in activism, rock climbing or anime, you are guaranteed to find your place with 200+ active organizations always open to new members. 

             Our RSO’s hosted well over 1,800 events last year, both large and small scale, for the Loyola community. These events help to educate students on different cultures, current affairs, sorority and fraternity life, and everything in between. Furthermore, these events serve to enrich the campus experience as they provide students constant opportunities to be engaged and make new connections.RSO’s are the cornerstone of student activities and joining an organization provides a sense of belonging and makes students feel more connected to campus. Additionally, involvement in the  RSO community helps students develop their leadership by allowing them to run for executive board positions or sit on sub-committees for events. Meaningful relationships, active leadership, and passionate individuals can all be found within the RSO community at Loyola! 

           Understanding the important role played by RSO’s, there are multiple resources available for the development and growth of this community. First and most relevant is the Student Activities and Greek Affairs (SAGA) Office in Damen Suite 127. Staff members in this office are here to help create new organizations, maintain existing organizations, finance events, manage conflicts and other various forms of support. Under the SAGA umbrella, there is also the Campus Activities Network (CAN) whom serve as the liaisons between students and student organizations. CAN is here to help student organizations develop their mission statements, increase membership, and host relevant events. The Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) office also serves as a resource through UID funding and other forms of support. The Allocations Committee of Student Government Loyola Chicago (SGLC) also serves as a point of information pertaining to the budget process. Office hours, deadlines, emails, and contact information for all of these resources can be found on the Loyola website.

To learn more about how to get involved with an RSO log-on to LUCentral‌, with your Loyola UVID and password.  

 

            

As returning student, you may be wondering how Welcome Week is still relevant to your experience and what it offers as you move through your sophomore, junior, and senior years at Loyola. Find out why of our sophomore Welcome Week Leaders, Pippa S. is  excited to be back for another year!

 

 Welcome Week is a great chance to meet new, diverse groups of people and make new friends.

  • I was the only person from my high school coming to Loyola and one of only three coming to the Chicago area from Boston. Like every college freshman I was both eager and terrified to make new friends. The events throughout Welcome Week created the perfect environment for all of us to go do something fun that interested us and to meet new people there, too.

Welcome Week helps you get a feel for Loyola and gives you a chance to explore Roger’s Park

  • Welcome Week showcases the spirit of Loyola. Welcome Week is not just a welcome to the new freshmen. It’s also a Welcome Back to everyone at Loyola. Students from all years participate in Picnics on the quad,  Comedy show, the block party (also known as New Year's Festival)  and so many more activities held throughout the week. There are so many opportunities to become part of the Loyola Community, whether it’s joining clubs and organizations at the Org Fair, or participating in Greek life or Student Government.

 Welcome Week showcased the spirit of Loyola, and was a great way to welcome everyone back to the school year!   

 For all these reasons (and more!), our sophomore leaders love Welcome Week, and you will too. Catch Pippa and the rest of our brilliant crew at one of the many amazing events put on by SAGA and our campus partners! #LUCWelcome #WelcomeWeek2017 

 

Welcome Week Leader

Top 4 Welcome Week Events to Build Community!

Top 4 Welcome Week Events to Build Community!

Can you make lifelong friends during Welcome Week? The answer is yes, yes you can! Welcome Week is jammed packed with different events that you can attend by yourself or with your roommate.  During my freshman year, I threw myself out of my comfort zone and met tons of people at Welcome Week events! In this article, I share my favorite Welcome Week Events that are guaranteed to take you out of your comfort zone and make a friend during your first week at Loyola!

1. Speed Greeting

I attended Speed Greeting with my roommate, and we were both very nervous. The minute we got there, we immediately started to participate in different ice breakers that forced each of us out of our comfort zone.  Not only did this push us to try new things, it also separated us!  Little did I know that these initial nerves would result in finding my next roommate!

 

2. Trolley Tours

Who doesn’t want to get free Garret’s Popcorn and take a trolley to view downtown Chicago? As you munch on your Garret’s Popcorn heading towards Lakeshore Drive, you will get to know all the people you are sitting with, and make plans to go to other events together.

 

3. Trip to Target

Need a last minute poster for your new room?  Head to Target with other students who are looking to pick up some last minute items too! Loyola students are able to shop the aisles of Target after it has closed, allowing you to be surrounded by other Ramblers – all while winning some cool prizes!

 

4. New Year’s Festival

While it’s not December, at Loyola we kick off the new school year with a HUGE event that everyone attends! Free food, a giant inflatable chair, and live music - it’s everyone last chance to relax before all the homework rolls in. This is a great event to grab your roommate or new friends you met during Welcome Week, to relax after the first week of classes!

Being an out-of-state student I was very nervous attending these events, but the end result was totally worth the nerves. Other classmates from my residence hall joined me, and I made friends at every event I went to. College is a fresh start for everyone, so get out of your comfort zone and make a new friend. I hope to see you during Welcome Week!

Why I, as a Senior, still love Welcome Week!

Why I, as a Senior, still love Welcome Week!

As returning student, you may be wondering whether Welcome Week is still relevant to your experience.  Find out the top 4 reasons that our Welcome Week Team Leader, Elizabeth Black, still attends as a Senior!

 

1)     You meet SO many people. Some of the people I met during Welcome Week as a freshman are still my best friends – one of them is my roommate this year! And you don’t have to be a freshman to meet new people and make lasting friendships. Every year I get to know more awesome Loyola students and staff and it always gets me thinking: “Where have these people been all my life?!” Who knows – maybe you’ll meet one of your life-long friends at Welcome Week festivities this year.

 

2)     It allows you to get to know your home for the next four years. As a freshman, Welcome Week gives you the first REAL impression you’ll have of being a student at Loyola. The school’s website and on-campus tours are great, but they only skim the surface of what it’s like to be a Rambler. As an upperclassman, it reminds you how fantastic Loyola is. The amazing staff and students you meet at Welcome Week, along with all of the awesome activities, resources and free swag, make you feel right at home – again and again.

 

3)     It’s a fresh start. Whether you are an incoming freshman or a returning student, coming to campus in the Fall is a chance to start anew. There are so many opportunities to look forward to in a new semester: meeting new people, seeing old friends, new classes, awesome extracurricular and volunteer opportunities, and getting to (re)explore one of the best cities in the U.S.

 

4)     Welcome Week reminds me that I’m not just a “number” at Loyola. It can be easy to feel like you’re just another face in a sea of students at college. But not at Loyola. The staff, faculty, and students you meet during this time are unparalleled in their genuineness, commitment, and enthusiasm in getting to know you personally and making your Loyola Chicago experience top-notch. People go above and beyond to help you out; not to mention, they learn your name and remember it. In my opinion, that’s pretty cool.

Jesu-WHAT? Jesuit Values & Welcome Week!

Jesu-WHAT? Jesuit Values & Welcome Week!

When you join the Loyola community this fall, you will become a part of a university that was founded on Jesuit principles. But, what does this mean, and how does it relate to Welcome Week? In this post, we explore these questions. 

Loyola was founded in 1870 by Fr. Arnold Damen, a Jesuit priest and educator. Loyola grew to become one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States, and is part of a network of 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education. While these schools are located all over the country, they commonly seek to integrate philosophies of scholarship, faith, and social justice in their curricula and student activities. 

Loyola's motto is "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam", which translates to, "For the Greater Glory of God." As an institution, Loyola encourages its students to "seek God in all things", and go forth to serve communities in-need with their talents. The Loyola Student Promise is about Care: Care for oneself, Care for others, and Care for one's community. 

During Welcome Week, you will have several opportunities to apply the Loyola Student Promise. Family Mass, Saturday of Service, Discover your Chicago, Speed Greeting, and other events, are all forums to engage with and learn more about your fellow students, and the LUC community. Through meeting others, and learning about Loyola's place in Chicago and the world, you will start the school year with ideas of how to apply your abilities to "set the world on fire", as we say at Loyola. 

More information on Loyola's mission and identity can be found here. There will be frequent points of discussion and contemplation throughout your time here. We can’t wait to celebrate our values and share in community with you!

Chicago - Did you know?

Chicago - Did you know?

While we count down the days to Welcome Week, we are in the midst of a beautiful summer here in Chicago. #SummertimeChi means many exciting events on the calendar - Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, fireworks at Navy Pier, Cubs and White Sox baseball, and trips to the beach.

When you move to Loyola’s campus, you are also moving to a vibrant, lakefront city (the 3rd largest in the US). Chicago is ready to welcome you & we are so ready to welcome you to Chicago! Here are five fun facts about what makes your new hometown uniquely “Chicago”:

 

1. Chicago has quite a few nicknames – the Windy City, the Second City, and the City of Big Shoulders. Downtown Chicago is called “the Loop”, and the train system is called “the L” (elevated train).

2. The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards. The river also is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day, and provides stunning views of the city’s architectural accomplishments.

3. The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the US. It has 1.5 million visitors from all around the world annually, more than one million square feet, is very well-known for its massive impressionist/post-impressionist collection. It is located in between two large downtown parks – Millennium Park & Grant Park.

4. Chicago has dozens of festivals each year - many of which are free! Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival.

5.Chicago invented the Ferris Wheel in 1893 for the World’s Fair. You can find the 15-story wheel at Navy Pier!

 

Pretty soon, you will be here in-person, to check out some of these highlights, and create your own Loyola Chicago adventure.