August 6, 2020: As follow-up to earlier communication today, I am reaching out directly to students and families and to the wider university community to provide background on our difficult decision to suspend plans to host students in on-campus residence halls until conditions are favorable. WATCH VIDEO
August 6, 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented all of us with unexpected challenges and many difficult decisions. Like you, we face these circumstances with determination, but recognize the need for our plans to remain flexible as conditions change. The source of our resolve in these times is staying true to our Jesuit, Catholic mission while abiding by our responsibilities inherent in living cura personalis—caring for the whole person. Thank you for your ongoing patience, support, and understanding as we do what is right and in the best interest of the Loyola University Chicago community in facing the challenges of this pandemic together. READ MORE
July 24, 2020: The recently completed faculty and staff survey in anticipation of the fall semester prompted several comments, questions, and observations on Loyola University Chicago’s budget and operating expenses. We hope that this communication, as well as previous updates on the University’s finances, will be helpful in framing our current financial state, our potential revenue challenges, and opportunities we may have to align our resources in the year ahead. LEARN MORE
July 17, 2020: Thank you for your invaluable work throughout the summer preparing for our different semester. Heroic efforts have been undertaken to prepare contingency plans for several potential campus scenarios. During this summer period, our faculty and staff have maintained the same flexibility that was shown this past spring. Your resilience, resourcefulness, shared sacrifice, and care for our students and each other that has enabled us to limit the negative impacts of COVID-19 to our community. READ MORE
July 15, 2020: We are gratified by the U.S. government’s decision to rescind the July 6 ruling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. That decision would have unfairly impacted international students by requiring them to take in-person classes or return to their home countries. This is not only a huge relief for these students, but a testimony to the advocacy of the Loyola University Chciago community as part of the family of higher education institutions. LEARN MORE
July 13, 2020: We remain troubled by the disruptive guidelines announced July 6 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. These guidelines would prohibit international students living in the United States from enrolling exclusively in online classes. Last week we outlined our commitment to providing continuing opportunities for international students. In parallel, we continue to pursue legal and legislative remedies to overturn these unfair rules and want to update you on some of those actions. READ MORE
July 13, 2020: Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our Loyola University Chicago community has shown strength and mutual support. As we announce our Fall 2020 plans, we want to thank you—for your ideas, challenges, creativity, faith, and resilience. READ MORE
June 18, 2020: Over the past several weeks, our nation has been engulfed by the public outcry against ongoing racism in our society. This specter of systemic racism shadows our collective commitment to valuing human life, dignity, respect, and equality for all people in our country. READ MORE
May 31, 2020: Once again American society is witnessing outrage over the systemic racism that has led to the murders of women and men of color in the past weeks. The response understandably has been anger and fierce opposition to those who have betrayed their charge of upholding the law and protecting people by abusing their power and committing these heinous crimes of violence. Members of our own community feel these tragedies on a very personal level, yet again, and are not “all right.” We have also seen prejudice and hostility against people of Asian descent who are inappropriately being blamed for the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are keenly aware that members of black and brown communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of infection and mortality. Naturally, we want to express solidarity with the individuals, families, and communities of color who continue to be victimized unjustly. But words are not and never will be enough. READ MORE
May 29, 2020: Dear Students, The health and safety of our Loyola University Chicago community remains our highest priority as we evaluate Fall Semester 2020. After receiving a variety of inputs, including your end of spring semester feedback and recent faculty and staff surveys, we are beginning to contemplate two planning possibilities. READ MORE
Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney is among several Illinois higher education leaders convened by the Illinois Board of Higher education to shape guidance on how campuses can open safely this fall semester. LEARN MORE
May 7, 2020: This spring Loyolans showed how adaptable, driven, innovative, and supportive our community is by making the necessary changes to our campus and academic programs with speed and great care. We completed the semester successfully, though very differently than any of us originally imagined. Imagination has long been a hallmark of Jesuit education, and it has been instrumental in helping us remain focused on our core mission to prepare our students to lead extraordinary lives in service of others and the world. READ MORE
President Rooney offers some thoughts on Rambler resilience and community during this historic spring semester.
We are called to care and be community: As we continue to navigate one of the greatest global health challenges to ever face our University and possibly the world, I want to express my deepest appreciation for the numerous ways faculty, staff, students, and their families are working together. READ MORE
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 12, 2020
Dr. Rooney and University Leadership announce that Loyola is suspending in-person classes and transitioning to online delivery for the remainder of the term.
In February 1870, construction of St. Ignatius College at 12th and May Streets in Chicago continued through the winter weather. In the face of delays and debates about the value and feasibility of the project, Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ, the Jesuits, and the BVMs persevered. READ MORE
Remembering Bob Parkinson
President Rooney and the community mourn the passing of Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chair of the Loyola Board of Trustees.
A Season of Gratitude and Hope
President Rooney shares holiday reflections and good wishes with the Loyola community.
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD, Appointed Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Loyola University Chicago
President Rooney announces the appointment of Georgetown dean as Loyola's new provost
Dean Transition at Arrupe College
President Rooney and Interim Provost Callahan shared the news that Fr. Steve Katsouros, S.J., the founding dean and executive director of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago, has announced his reassignment by the Society of Jesus to develop a nationwide network of post-secondary schools based on the innovative Arrupe College model. Fr. Katsouros will serve as dean until August 2020, through the fourth Commencement of Arrupe College.
Elaine Morrato Named Founding Dean, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
President Rooney and Interim Provost Callahan announce the appointment of Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH as founding dean of the Parkinson School.
We Are Called
Remarks by Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago
Faculty Convocation, September 15, 2019
Karen Paciero Named Vice President for Advancement
President Rooney announces the appointment of Karen Paciero as Vice President for Advancement MORE