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.
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!