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The pursuit of happiness

Al Gini Ethics

By Al Gini
Professor of Business Ethics
Chair of the Department of Management

As a society, we seem obsessed with the quest for happiness. Go online or into any bookstore, and you will find hundreds of quick-fix self-help books dedicated to finding and acquiring happiness. Most, but not all, suggest that happiness is a particular physical thing. That is, just lose weight or run 10 miles a day or switch to a vegan diet or do hot yoga, and all will be well. Other texts argue for more cerebral endeavors such as meditation or psychoanalysis or biblical studies.

Of course, beyond the self-help texts, the predominant message of our modern consumer society is that happiness is a thing or an experience that can be purchased or possessed. In a consumer society, we are what we possess; and, the more we possess and the quality of our possessions determine both our status in society and our personal level of happiness. And ultimate happiness in a consumer society is “being able to want and get that which we don’t yet have!”

After much reflection, I am convinced of only two things: happiness is a process, and happiness is made up of many different elements. Process: I think Aristotle was right when he said, “Never judge a person happy until they are dead.” For Aristotle, happiness was not an all-or-nothing state of affairs; it’s a continuum, a living event. Happiness has to be judged in the aggregate and not on any individual moment. Money is not the defining factor, but it is a necessary ingredient. So, too, is health, friendship, meaningful work, love, etc. Each one is critical, but each individually may not necessarily be enough.

Added to all of this are three vital factors. One: there is no single “recipe” that works for everyone. Two: happiness only comes to those who know when to be satisfied. Three: an obsession with happiness thwarts the actual achievement of it.

The moral to this essay is a modest one: seek happiness, but proceed cautiously!

This article appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Loyola Magazine. Read more →

Identifying victims of Burge torture

Burge Torture Story

When Cook County Criminal Division Judge Paul P. Biebel Jr. needed a neutral legal professional with a background in criminal law to help identify inmates who may have suffered physical torture at the hands of former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge, he turned to Dean David Yellen.

Burge was convicted in 2010—not for the police torture of more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991, as the statute of limitations on the claims of abuse had passed, but for obstruction of justice and perjury for lying about his role in the torture.

To do this work, Yellen was assisted by seven Loyola law students. “I couldn’t have begun to sort through 500 letters from inmates and dozens of court files without the integral assistance of these students,” Yellen says. “It’s been a great experience for them; all had at least some background in criminal law, but for most of them, it’s been a much deeper dive into how criminal cases work.”

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

Opening up opportunity

Adrienne Bailey Story

In spring 1965, Adrienne Y. Bailey and a group of her Mundelein College classmates marched on Selma, Alabama, in support of civil rights. She knew it was a crucial moment for social change.

“The Student Activity Council posted a sign inviting people to join the march,” Bailey recalls. “You couldn’t help but be affected by what was coming across the TV. We felt we had to answer Dr. King’s call to go to Selma and give witness. Mundelein had a place there, and I was happy to represent the college, along with 27 other students.”

What Bailey didn’t yet know was how the experience would reverberate throughout her own life and career.

A longtime student of the French language, Bailey left shortly after Selma to study abroad in France. She graduated from Mundelein with a degree in French and secondary education and planned to be a French teacher. But she soon found that French teachers weren’t in great demand. So she started to look for something else. Soon after taking a summer job as a neighborhood youth corps supervisor at the South Shore YMCA, Bailey heard about a program coordinator position at the Circle Maxwell YMCA.

Bailey’s experience at the YMCA changed her career path, stoking her enthusiasm for community activism through education.

“That experience was my first real base in a community activism role,” she says. “I only had to go there to see there were substantial needs on the West Side of Chicago. It led me to create an agenda of education as a form of civil rights and social justice.”

Bailey left the YMCA position after a year to pursue her MEd in education sociology at Wayne State. She earned a PhD in education administration under the auspices of the TTT program at Northwestern, which focused on preparing a cadre of leaders to serve effectively in urban communities. In 1973, Bailey became a charter member of the Illinois State Board of Education and served concurrently as a senior staff associate at Chicago Community Trust, where she directed the educational grant-making program.

“During my tenure at Chicago Community Trust, I think we opened new doors to philanthropy,” Bailey says. “We offered workshops to demystify the grant-awarding process. We designed a minority internship program and expanded the trust’s grant-making to give major operating grants to more than historically privileged universities. We provided greater access so the community could benefit from the generosity of donors to the trust.”

In the 1970s, the drive to end segregated education remained a critical aspect of the civil rights movement.

“We spent many late nights debating options to force resistant local school districts to desegregate,” Bailey says. “We were pressuring them, cajoling them into doing what was within our legal power to force action without cutting off funding. The principle of this work, which has influenced much of my career, is the right of all students to have access to high quality education.”

In 1981, Bailey became the first African American vice president of academic affairs for the College Board of New York, which administers standardized tests and determines high school curricula. Bailey considers her accomplishments at the College Board among some of her most important.

“My mantra was to use the College Board’s influence to leverage issues of equity and justice in academic affairs,” Bailey says. “I’ve done this throughout all the places I’ve been in my career. For one thing, the set of academic advisors did not include much diversity. So we increased the pool of higher education faculty and high school teachers of color who served as advisors to the College Board.”

Bailey also worked to establish quality and equity in terms of teaching practices and include more diverse perspectives in high school curricula.

“These are things people don’t think about in terms of the civil rights struggle,” Bailey says. “What inequitable structures exist? We need to blame the systems, not the students.”

Bailey has served in many positions over the course of her career, including senior liaison at Stanford University’s Center for Opportunity Policy in Education; study director for the Standards and Assessment Partnership at the Consortium for School Research, University of Chicago; deputy superintendent for instruction at the Chicago Public Schools; and others.

Bailey now serves as a consultant to the US Department of Education and as senior consultant at the Panasonic Foundation, where she provides strategic coaching and equity solutions to urban school districts.

In addition to her US work over the last 20 years, she pursues her passion for supporting vulnerable children by leading international work directed toward primary and secondary schools throughout South Africa.

“I first went to South Africa in the early ‘90s, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of Selma,” Bailey says. Through the Windy City chapter of nonprofit organization the Links, Incorporated, Bailey has helped provide students at Mofu Primary School with musical instruments, soccer uniforms, cultural experiences, books, a library, and more. Mofu is located in a deep rural community north of Durban with little water, electricity, or sanitation. “Students often attend school without shoes or underwear, which is unbelievable, since over the mountain you can see the beautiful Mabhida World Cup Stadium,” Bailey says.

She has helped develop partnerships with other US and South African organizations to provide resources in the areas of health, youth leadership, and clean water. She also helped provide university scholarships with assistance from the Links Fayetteville (NC) Chapter to students at Esizibeni High School located on Durban’s South Coast.

A theme of Bailey’s life and ongoing career, both professional and volunteer, has been to open doors not only for herself but also for others.

“It’s a mixed blessing, in a sense, that many of my career opportunities have been firsts,” Bailey says. “It’s a privilege and opportunity to be the first African American in a role, but it’s also a lonely place to be. Breaking down the barriers in major organizations has been challenging. But I’ve always seen it as a pathway for opportunity for others. I always saw myself reaching out to make sure others could follow in my footsteps.”

Bailey acknowledges that progress toward breaking the links between race, poverty, and educational outcomes has been slow and that there is much more to be done. “It’s always a struggle to have courageous conversations about race and racial impacts,” Bailey says.

“As I look back, what’s been rewarding is leaving a legacy with mentees I’ve sponsored throughout my life, both in South Africa and Chicago, some now pursuing university degrees and many already being successful professionals,” Bailey says. “My reward has been in opening up doors of opportunity for these youth across the globe.”

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

A powerful force for change

Candace Musick Story

By Nick Greenhalgh (BA '15)

Candace Musick (BSW ’08, MSW ’09) knew from the start that she wanted to help people, but she never intended to spend her days working with teenagers. “I did not want to work with teenagers or kids. I didn’t enjoy being a teenager myself, so why would I want to be surrounded by that every day?” Musick says. “But I came in here and fell in love with the work we do.”

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Musick is the residential services coordinator at the Open Door Youth Shelter in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, part of the Night Ministry—a Chicago-based organization that provides housing, health care, and human connection to people experiencing poverty and homelessness around the city. “The youth are just so incredibly resilient and amazing and spunky. It really keeps it interesting and made me fall in love with this work,” she says.

While studying at Loyola’s School of Social Work, Musick began interning with the Night Ministry. After her internship, she was offered a job there and has stayed for the past seven years.

Musick coordinates cultural activities, outings, and life-skills groups for homeless youth, spending much of her time in the shelter. She enjoys working directly with the youth in order to motivate them and help them grow as individuals.

Musick has served over 100 homeless youth ages 14 to 20 in her time at the Night Ministry. “I’ve met so many people over the years. It’s incredible to me that youth still come in and say, ‘Hi, Ms. Candace,’ and want to talk to me,” she says. “I know they’ve encountered so many people in their lives. That speaks to the connections we make.”

For Musick and the Night Ministry staff and volunteers, joy comes from seeing young people accomplish small life successes that others may take for granted. “To be able to see a youth get her first job or fill out her first resume and run around the building excited to show everybody…I think those are small and important successes.”

Musick attributes much of her achievement to the experience provided by the School of Social Work. She knew from her first semester at Loyola that social work was the field for her. “My freshman year, first semester, I had Social Work 101. I remember after my first class going home to my roommate and saying ‘This is it. This is what I need to do.’”

Musick has seen the field of social work change over the years, though one thing has remained constant. “Empowerment is a huge part of social work and being a social worker. You’re not always doing the change; you’re helping empower people to make changes for themselves,” Musick says. “Social work can be a powerful force for enacting change. I think it can totally change communities and people.”

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

Coworking in the community

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Nicole Vasquez (MBA ’11) is an entrepreneur who rents space to mobile workers in blocks as short as four hours.

Nicole Vasquez (MBA ’11) knew two things in 2008: she wanted to open her own business, and Loyola would provide her with the knowledge and tools to get started. “I was attracted to Loyola’s all-star reputation and how easily it fit into my schedule,” Vasquez says.

Vasquez applied to Loyola while working in a traditional 9–5 desk job, which she described as isolating and frustrating. Her initial frustration led her toward a new career path in sales and marketing, where she was able to work from home most mornings and meet with clients in the afternoon. However, Vasquez soon discovered that the “kitchen table office” was equally detached from the working world.

This led to the creation of her first company, BLEND, during which time she began attending communal events at 1871, an entrepreneurial hub and coworking space located in the Merchandise Mart. Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, where self-employed people or people working for different companies can rent and share work space.

“When I first visited 1871, it literally caused me to stop in my tracks,” Vasquez recalls. “After that initial visit, I started going to other coworking spaces, and I fell in love with the concept.”

Armed with an MBA and inspired by the productivity, creativity, and community that coworking spaces offered, Vasquez opened her own coworking space, The Shift, in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. “Everyone works from home or a coffee shop up here,” Vasquez says, “and I thought, why are these shared spaces only downtown?”

The Shift’s mission is to offer an affordable space that caters to individual schedules, encourages collaboration, and fosters community. Customers can reserve a four-hour time block, or one shift, for $16 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, or opt for a membership. Membership benefits include networking events, access to networking communities, and classes taught by industry experts.

“My business is here to help support other people’s businesses and passions,” says Vasquez.

This article appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Loyola Magazine. Read more →

Lawrence Benito: Advocate for immigrants' rights

Lawrence Benito Story

Lawrence Benito (MSW '98) serves as the chief executive officer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Coming to Loyola

I had just returned to the US from the Peace Corps in Ghana and wanted to do more international development work. Most people working overseas in development have master’s degrees. I was working with adults with developmental disabilities, and my supervisor there was connected with Loyola and encouraged me to apply in social work.

Transformation Abroad

Everything they tell you about the Peace Corps is true. It was the hardest job you’ll ever love. It was the best decision I ever made and a humbling experience looking at America through the eyes of others.

Finding a Path

I was interested in policy advocacy. One of my internships at Loyola through the Center for Urban Research and Learning was with the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees with people in the field doing community organizing. Through that experience, I decided that’s what I wanted to do.

From the Heart

I’ve spent the last 13 years at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). My experience growing up as a child of immigrants from the Philippines, seeing my parents’ experiences, and helping them find their voice shaped my life as an organizer. I wanted to educate people about public life and how laws are made and how people can organize themselves.

His Cause

ICIRR is a statewide coalition of organizations that advocates on behalf of and with immigrants and refugees to impact immigration laws. We work to pass legislation that helps immigrants fully participate in public laws.

Progress

We’ve seen participant growth since the 2006 “megamarches” (a Chicago demonstration for immigration reform that catalyzed similar protests around the nation) in voter registration and turnout. Two years ago, we saw the passage of immigration-enforced legislation reform. We’ve had many victories at the state level.

A Lived Faith

I went to Catholic schools my whole life. It wasn’t until I started organizing that I realized the impact of my Catholic faith on social justice and my values. Nothing made me prouder to be Catholic than during the 2006 “megamarch.” I learned a lot about Catholicism through organizing.

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

Lifetime Loyolans

Lane and Ward Story

Marty Lane (BS '65) and Bob Ward (BS '65), both celebrating their 50th reunion and induction into Loyola's Half-Century Club, stroll through Chicago's Jane M. Byrne Plaza (formerly known as Historic Water Tower Park), along Michigan Avenue.

Marty Lane (BS ’65) and Bob Ward (BS ’65) both worked at Loyola University Chicago, were classmates in college, and are celebrating their 50th reunion this year. In the interview below, they reflect on their time at Loyola as students, staff members, and alumni.

Tell us about yourselves, where you’re from, and how you came to be at Loyola.

Marty: I’m from Chicago, from St. Gertrude Parish, at Granville and Broadway. My major was political science, which I loved. I grew up in a political family—my father was a Democratic Org committee member under the first Mayor Daley. I was on the Lake Shore Campus, and Bob was at the Water Tower Campus, so I really didn’t know him in college.

Bob: I grew up on the South Side of Chicago around 79th and Halsted. I was also a political science major, and my family was politically active. When I first came to Loyola, it took me a while to find myself. But as time went on, I got active in a few things, my grades improved, and I met my wife, Jean, in the Marquette Center in my last semester. We call that “just in the nick of time.”

You two didn’t have classes together?

Bob: One that we know of—Western European Governments.

What did you do after graduation?

Marty: I went through Army ROTC, so I had an obligation of two years. I was a lieutenant, so I spent a year in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968. I was very lucky and blessed with that experience, where God was good to me and saved me. Two out of my class of 20 were killed. I came back and thought of how much I enjoyed Loyola. Fr. Baumhart was becoming the president, and he hired me for credit and collection. That led to the development office then to the director of Alumni Relations in 1971.

Bob: I went to law school at Northwestern, graduated in 1968, and practiced law for 26 years. I joined Loyola as a gift officer in 1996 and spent 10 years here. I eventually became director of Gift Planning and was director of Alumni Relations for a period of time. I moved on to do some other things, and then I came back in 2013 as alumni ambassador until retiring in June 2015.

Marty, why did you choose to spend your career at Loyola?

Marty: My undergraduate experience was so positive, I just wanted to come back here. I enjoyed the people, the work, and talking with alumni. My daughter Melissa went to school at Loyola and earned two higher degrees in psychology here. I liked Fr. Baumhart a lot, and he was the president for 23 years. We’re still friends now; he’s 91.

Do you have a favorite Loyola memory?

Marty: One of my favorite Loyola memories was in 1977, when I worked on the 25-year reunion. We made a major effort to get Bob Newhart to come back, and he did. I was the point person with him, on the phone with him, coordinating with him. What a happy experience it was for my wife, Carol, to meet Bob Newhart and his wife. They couldn’t have been nicer to us.

Bob: I remember how much fun we had going to the old Chicago Stadium to watch Loyola play basketball. My friends and I from Loyola and old friends from the South Side would go to all those games. We were in awe of the city of Chicago. We thought it was the biggest, greatest, and most powerful place on the face of the earth.

What do you do in your free time?

Marty: Quite a bit of the time is babysitting our grandchildren. On Thursdays, we go to the local Y in Irving Park where they have free swim. I’m also pretty active with my church, St. Edward, on the Northwest Side.

Bob: We bought a house on a small parcel of land up in Wisconsin a couple of years ago, and we spend a lot of time up there now. I try to read, and I write some, including about Loyola. I’m a lifelong and passionate basketball fan. I have a very strong appreciation of what Loyola has meant in our lives and what I think Loyola has meant to the city of Chicago.

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

Discovery: Chemistry meets nature

Daubenmire Story

Chemistry Professor Patrick L. Daubenmire prompts students to consider chemistry's relationship to the environment.

Chemistry Professor Patrick L. Daubenmire strives to teach students about more than the nuts and bolts of chemistry. He wants them to understand why the subject is valuable and how it affects people’s lives—particularly with regard to sustainability.

“It’s critical to impart those concepts,” Daubenmire says. “Students need to be aware of the science that is helping us think about what we can and can’t do with natural resources.”

As part of his mission, he was part of a Chicago-area volunteer program for high school students to emphasize the intersection of chemistry and sustainability.

“For example, the Law of Conservation of Matter corresponds to why our trash doesn’t just go away,” Daubenmire says. “Or the limitations of energy transformations explain why we’ll eventually run out of fossil fuels.”

In addition to classroom lessons, the high school students were encouraged to monitor their household energy and water usage and to lower them over the course of the program.

“We saw a change in pro-environmental behaviors in all students—even the ones who just got classroom lessons,” Daubenmire says. “It was wonderfully surprising. Based on the amount of participation, we saw some change in family members’ behaviors as well.”

Award-winning efforts

Daubenmire is one of four recipients of the 2015 Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education, a prestigious award from the American Chemical Society and its Committee on Environmental Improvement. Daubenmire has also received the Loyola Excellence in Teaching Freshmen award. He teaches general chemistry as well as the University core-scientific foundations course.

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

Q&A with the interim president

Interim President Interview

At the request of the Board of Trustees, John Pelissero, PhD, is serving as the interim president of Loyola University Chicago. Pelissero has been a member of Loyola’s political science faculty for 30 years. He joined University administration in 2003, when he served as associate provost for curriculum development until 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he held the position of vice provost, and, in 2010, he was elected as provost and chief academic officer. His deep knowledge of Loyola, his commitment, and his invaluable contributions to Loyola’s strategic efforts make him uniquely qualified to lead the University during this transition. John and his wife, Paula, a human resources consultant, have two children—Carolyn Moretti and Steven—who attended Jesuit institutions and live and work in Chicago. The Pelisseros reside in Skokie.

What are your priorities as interim president?

The University has accomplished so much under the inspirational leadership of Father Garanzini for the past 14 years. My priorities will be to maintain the University’s solid financial position, ensure a strong enrollment plan for the next academic year, attend to key University internal and external stakeholders, and communicate regularly and effectively with our University community.

Loyola has recently experienced a period of growth and expansion. How will the University continue that momentum?

The momentum of the University will continue, particularly as we open the new homes for our Quinlan School of Business and the research enterprise at the Health Sciences Campus—the Center for Translational Research and Education. As a private university, it is most important for us to continue our successful enrollment strategy that ensures we have about 10,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate and professional students while looking for new opportunities, such as the expansion of our online programs, enrollment of adult students, and recruitment of more international students.

The next five-year strategic plan is being finalized. What are the plan’s priorities and goals?

The Board of Trustees approved the new strategic plan in June. “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World” extends the goals of our former plan and situates social justice at the center of our strategy. The plan has four new institutional priorities focused on students, faculty, programs, and partnerships, which include: I) Leverage University Resources to Ensure Student Access and Success; II) Advance our Social Justice Mission through Faculty Development; III) Promote Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Address Societal Challenges; and IV) Engage Local and Global Societal Challenges through Partnerships. As part of the plan, Loyola will launch a series of major initiatives, including Arrupe College, a faculty recruitment and development program that will advance the Jesuit humanistic tradition, a health disparities program of research and action, and deeper partnership programs with our local neighborhoods.

What are the biggest challenges facing higher education right now?

First, there are fewer high school graduates and college-bound students, particularly in our region. Second, we must provide access and affordability of higher education for all, but especially for first-generation and historically underrepresented students. Third, the availability of federal and state programs of financial aid that have helped so many students achieve a college degree is decreasing.

How is Loyola tackling those challenges?

It is reflected in our strategic plan. Arrupe College is designed to provide access to college at an affordable value, especially for Chicago-area students who do not have all of the means to realize their educational goals. It is present in the development of new program—environmental science, engineering science, and specialty graduate programs that will attract new students. And Loyola is taking an active role in advocating for federal and state programs of financial aid to help students access a college degree.

How will you be working with Father Garanzini in his new role as chancellor?

I am grateful to Father Garanzini for his willingness to extend his service to Loyola in his new role of chancellor. He wants to help me and the next president with any projects for which his knowledge and experience can continue to help advance the University. We will be collaborating on alumni relations, University advancement, our partnerships in Catholic health care, the Arrupe College initiative, and some of our international projects in Rome and Vietnam—which connect well to his global role as secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus.

Did Father Garanzini give you any advice?

Essentially, he said to listen well before making decisions, be a good communicator, and reserve time for my family. And I think he may have implied that I should be careful not to mess things up!

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

The Chicago kid

Canellis Story

Photo: FOX 32

By Anastasia Busiek

"It's a dream job. Every day I'm so excited to wake up. It's no lie. I can't wait to go to work."

These are the words of a man who is particularly well suited to his profession. Lou Canellis (BA ’87), the lead sports anchor at FOX 32 in Chicago, host of Chicago Bears television programming, and more, is a lifelong sports fan with years of experience in Chicago media.

Growing up in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois, Canellis’s father instilled a love of sports in him—both watching and playing—from an early age. In fact, Canellis aspired to be a baseball player, with sportscasting as a backup plan. He chose Loyola because it was close to home and was gearing up its radio/TV program. Early on, he got involved at WLUW and started an internship at WLUP—97.9 FM. Canellis took to broadcast like a moth to a flame.

“I had a passion for it. It just fueled me,” he says. “The reason I am where I am is because of the internship program at Loyola. I didn’t make a penny. But that was the greatest way to get experience.”

Halfway through his Loyola education, Canellis was offered a job at Sports Phone—a dial-in service that offered minute-long sports reports throughout the day. A frequent caller himself, he took the job, while continuing his internship and classes.

Canellis continued to work his way up through internships and broadcast jobs. He was hired as executive producer of WMAQ’s Chicago Bulls coverage for the ’91–’92 season and shortly after landed the gig that would make him a household name in Chicago sports. Pretty much everyone watching the Bulls in the mid-’90s—that is, pretty much everyone—watched Canellis’s exclusive and electric courtside interviews with Michael Jordan after the games.

“I knew I was living out a dream. I was touring with the Beatles,” he says. “I remember sitting on the team plane thinking, ‘Can I stop time?’”

Although Canellis’s eight years with the Bulls are among some of the most treasured of his career, he went on to cover many other momentous events in Chicago and international sports.

“I remember being with the White Sox in Houston when they won the World Series and the Blackhawks when they won the Stanley Cup in Boston,” he says. “I walked around the ice live on FOX for an hour getting players’ reactions. These are great moments for me as a Chicago kid. The first presents I received as a boy were a Blackhawks jersey and ice skates.

Canellis also counts covering the 1996 and 2000 Olympics among his most cherished accomplishments. He won his first of six Emmys in 1996 and has gone on to work for various news outlets, including ABC’s 190 North TV show, ESPN Television for 17 years, and ESPN Radio. Now, as lead sports anchor for FOX 32, where he shares his love and knowledge of sports every night at 9, Canellis continues to live the dream.

“It’s the coolest job in the world,” he says. “I’m lucky to be able to do what I do and have my mom be able to watch me every night.”

But dream jobs don’t come easy.

“I start at 9 in the morning, flipping through newspapers, finding out what hot stories Chicago sports fans are talking about. That’s what I need to talk about on the 9 o’clock newscast,” Canellis says. “I have my news meeting at 2. I write my own copy, go through my own highlights. I do my own interviews. I put in 60, 70, 80 hours a week. But I love it.”

Over the course of his career, Canellis has seen sportscasting grow and change. With the rise of the Internet age and the decline of network TV, Canellis has had to adapt his methods.

“Social media has taken over the field. It’s as important as anything I do in my career,” Canellis says. “I have to be on Facebook. I have to be on Twitter. I go to Bulls practice, taking pics on my iPhone and promoting the fact that I’m going to talk about Derrick Rose that night at 9. That’s been the most obvious addition to media these days. The other thing is people don’t watch TV like they used to. We’re more challenged today than ever to go out and get new viewers and to make my sportscast that much more appealing. To win in TV, I think you have to start as soon as you wake up.”

Canellis has been the main sports anchor at FOX 32 since 2010. In 2014, he collaborated with two other sportscasters and a group of restaurateurs to open a River North restaurant, Reverie, which Canellis says has been busy but fulfilling. He’s got a lot of success under his belt and credits it to an even larger amount of work.

“I know that it’s a cliché to say you have to put in 150 percent, but it’s true in this business,” he says. “You have to outwork everyone else. And you have to take advantage of the opportunities you’re given.”

Family Matters

Nick Kladis, one of Canellis's uncles, was an All-American basketball player at Loyola from 1949 to 1952. Kladis was a volunteer assistant coach for the 1963 team that won the NCAA championship. Kladis's jersey number at Loyola, 3, was retired. He partnered as an investor with Harry Caray to open the first Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in 1989.

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →

Sr. Gannon turn 100

Sr. Gannon Story

Former president of Mundelein College and lifelong educator, Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, turned 100 this year. Sr. Gannon’s introduction to Mundelein College was in 1928, when she attended Immaculata High School in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood. As a clarinet player, Sr. Gannon volunteered to play in the Mundelein band to help welcome Cardinal Mundelein at the building’s dedication. Soon after, she received a scholarship to Mundelein College but decided to join the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary instead.

After receiving her PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University, Sr. Gannon joined the faculty at Mundelein College to teach philosophy. In 1930, after six years of teaching, she received a letter stating her appointment as president of the college.

Sr. Gannon’s mission was to educate women and place them into male-driven fields like medicine and law. During the course of her presidency, she created a weekend program for working students, served on boards ranging from education to women’s rights, and accepted students’ convictions at face value.

Mundelein alumni, faculty members, donors, and Fr. Garanzini gathered in Piper Hall to celebrate Sr. Gannon’s birthday on April 2.

Leadership Legacy

Boards served on: 21
Sr. Gannon was appointed by President Nixon to the Presidential Task Force on Women's Rights and Responsibilities. Other boards included WTTW Chicago Public Media and American Council on Education.

This article appeared in Loyola Magazine. Read the entire issue →