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Fall 2013

Feature Story

Greetings Loyola Parents and Families!

The Office of Parent Engagement engages parents and families to be a part of the life of Loyola University Chicago.  We collaborate with campus partners to develop and maintain meaningful relationships between families and the University to enhance the student experience and promote and support the mission of Loyola University Chicago.

We are thrilled to have you as part of our community and look forward to including you in this exciting time for your student. We hope our quarterly newsletters provide you with information and resources that are beneficial for your family. We’ll highlight events sponsored by our office, offer links to campus resources, and provide updates from our Parent Leadership Council.  We thank you for being proud Loyola parents and supporters!  Go Ramblers!

Family Weekend 2013

The Division of Student Development hosted this year’s Family Weekend on September 27-29th.  Parents and Families were invited back to campus to join students, faculty and staff in an exciting three-day event.  Families had the opportunity to explore life at Loyola inside the classroom and out. The Office of Parent Engagement was happy to host the first Parent Leadership Council meeting on campus during Family Weekend on Friday, September 27th.  Loyola President and CEO Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J, joined the Council for breakfast and discussed campus priorities and ways for the Council to be involved.  Goals include committees that focus on the priorities for the Advancement, Admissions and Student Development offices. On Sunday, September 29th, Advancement and Parent Leadership Council Chairs Steve Squinto and Adrienne Block (parents of Adam ’15) hosted a parent brunch attended by over 700 Loyolans in Gentile Arena.  

Click here to view the full schedule from the weekend.  We hope to see you next year!

New Family Welcome Receptions

This summer, the Office of Parent Engagement hosted three regional New Family Welcome Receptions, in California, St. Louis and Chicago. These receptions are designed to introduce new parents and families to each other as well as connect them with current Loyola parent ambassadors. It's a great way to bring families together to ask questions, learn about parent involvement opportunities and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with being a part of the Loyola family! We are grateful to the families who hosted and hope to increase our regional presence next summer! Click here to see photos from this year's receptions.

Interested in hosting new families during Summer 2014 from your area? Contact Jessie Reick, associate director for University Engagement at jreick@luc.edu.

Parent Fund

The Parent Fund offers an opportunity for parents to make targeted annual contributions that directly impact the student experience and enhance our Jesuit identity. Last year, 1,243 parents made contributions that went directly to Student Development initiatives and programs. These programs help maintain our Jesuit identity and include Campus Ministry, The Labre Ministry program, Second Year Experience programming, retreat programs and Community Service and Action programming.

Say YES! Be a part of the community of parent donors today! Make A Gift

Parent Leadership Council

The Parent Leadership Council is comprised of a group of dedicated Loyola parents who serve as ambassadors to the Loyola parent community. Members endorse Loyola's mission by supporting the University with an annual leadership gift and are recognized as members of the Parent Leadership Giving Society. Members reach out to other families through regional parent events, campus events and University communications to promote and support the mission of Loyola University Chicago.

Click here to learn more about the Parent Leadership Council.

In the Spotlight: Father Patrick Dorsey, S.J.

I am writing to introduce myself. My name is Fr. Patrick Dorsey, SJ, Special Assistant to the VP for Advancement. Some of my responsibilities include: attending alumni functions, help with weddings, funerals and other important pastoral events, create and implement a retreat for alumni, to name a few.
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Upcoming events sponsored by The Office of Parent Engagement

Rambler Family Day
February 9, 2014
Gentile Arena

Come cheer on our men's basketball team as they take on the Illinois State University Redbirds! Loyola Athletics and the Office of Parent Engagement team up for a game filled with prizes and fun for the whole family! Invite and ticket sales to follow.

Arch Madness
March 6-9, 2014
Missouri Valley Basketball Championship
St. Louis, MO

Click here to read more about our move to the Missouri Valley Conference, and what it means for our athletes.

Interested in hosting a regional reception for fellow parents to gather? Contact Jessie Reick, associate director for University Engagement at jreick@luc.edu.

Upcoming events sponsored by Campus Ministry

Thanksgiving meal for students on campus
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Campus Ministry and Loyola Dining team up to make a special Thanksgiving meal for our students who will be spending Thanksgiving on campus. More information and registration here:

Lessons and Carols
December 7, 2013
7:30pm, Madonna della Strada Chapel

William Ferris Chorale
December 14, 2013
7:30pm, Madonna della Strada Chapel


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Visit our website at luc.edu/parents or contact Jessie Reick, associate director for University Engagement at jreick@luc.edu or 312.915.7698. Click here to update your contact information.