Loyola University Chicago

Student Transitions and Outreach

Student Academic Services


The staff at STO is comprised of both full-time university employees and part-time student workers. We work together to bring you comprehensive support and services as you navigate through your first year and beyond.


Bridget Wesley, MA, LCSW

Bridget received her BA from Boston College and MA from the University of Chicago. She has worked for the Office of Student Transition and Outreach at Loyola since 2007. As a graduate of a Jesuit University, Bridget is enthusiastic about infusing all elements of First-Year Experience with a deep sense of Jesuit tradition and values.

Phone: 773.508.8789
Scott Harris, MA
Associate Director

Scott started in the Student Transitions and Outreach in 2012 and has both his BA and MA from Loyola University Chicago. Scott works with Loyola's undergraduate student population to help promote their success in a holistic way. He also works with the New Student Orientation programs, Student Transition programs, the Loyola Seminar, and New Student Convocation. He is always excited to meet new students and work with them to make the most of their Loyola experience.

Phone: 773.508.7421

Omega Cruz, MBA, MEd
Assistant Director

Omega received her BS in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University, an MBA from DeVry University and an MEd in Counseling from DePaul University. She has worked with Student Transition and Outreach at Loyola since May 2014. Omega enjoys providing academic programs and support for all incoming students. Omega is committed to implementing programs that are holistic, transformative and engaging.

Phone: 773.508.8349

Martin Finnie
Program Coordinator

Martin earned his bachelors in Business Administration-Management from UNC-Charlotte. He is currently pursuing a Masters in the School of Education at LUC. Martin joined Student Transitions and Outreach in the early summer of 2014 but has been at Loyola since July of 2013. A resident of Rogers Park, he enjoys the community feel that the students and faculty/staff provide the area. Martin is enjoying his role of first year programing to welcome new students to Loyola and help them in their Transition.

Phone: 773.508.8227


Jamie Ellis
Program Coordinator

Jamie began with Student Transition and Outreach in 2015, but began working at Loyola in 2011 with the Department of Residence Life. She was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado and received both her BS and MS from Colorado State University. Jamie oversees the Orientation program for first-year and transfer students. Jamie has a passion for helping incoming students make a positive transition into Loyola and building community among new Ramblers!

Phone: 773.508.8325

Ashely Curtis
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 773-508-7793
Jess Pedroza
Student Program Assistant, Orientation
Ethan Woyansky
Student Program Assistant, Orientation
Abigail Bautista
Student Program Assistant, Summer Scholars
Shana Ward
Student Program Assistant, Summer Scholars
Helen Ruble
Student Office Assistant