Now hiring for Summer Employment

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Conference Services is preparing for one of our busiest summer conference seasons yet and we are looking for hard-working Loyola students that want to join our dynamic team! If you are a Loyola student, interested in living and working in Chicago in summer 2015, and are customer service driven, we want to hear from you.


The mission of Conference Services at Loyola University Chicago is to provide our guests with an environment of excellence through unique and affordable event solutions. Our Jesuit academic setting encompasses state-of-the-art facilities, sustainable resources, exemplary customer service, and values-based leadership that thrives from diversity in a first-tier city.

We are looking for student employees to assist conference operations at both the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Conference Services is hiring for a variety of positions including At Your Service Desk, Guest Liaisons, Office Staff, Audio/Visual Technicians, and Conference Managers.  We are currently looking for qualified students who possess the following traits:

  1. Ability to work 32-40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and evenings.  Extra hours may be necessary.
  2. Are enrolled as a student at Loyola University Chicago.
  3. Are available from May 17th – August 15th.
  4. Have knowledge of Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses.
  5. Background and experience in customer service.
  6. Solid communication and administrative skills.
  7. Are outgoing, energetic, and customer-service oriented.
  8. Are able to attend all training sessions and participate in weekly staff meetings.
  9. Can move and handle up to 50 pounds.
  10. Are reliable, responsible, collaborative, and flexible.

Summer Conference Services employees will receive a generous compensation package including shared residence hall lodging on either the Lake Shore or Water Tower Campus. Please note, on-campus housing is required and we will not permit staff to live off campus during the summer conference season. Some positions allow for one summer class per session.  For more information and an application, please email cs-employ@luc.eduApplications are due February 13, 2015 by 5:00pm.

Cooking Classes at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus return this season

Classes Instructed by Executive Chef John Schnupp; Open to the Community

Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus has announced a series of culinary classes that begin December 13, 2014 and will run through May 14, 2015. All classes are open to the public.

The one-session events are open to the public and range in theme from Holiday Hors d’oeuvres & Appetizers 101, which will provide simple techniques to create appetizers and beverage pairings, to The World of Italian Cuisine, where participants will explore, prepare, and sample authentic regional cuisine, including fresh pasta, gnocchi, and tomato sauce.

Loyola's Executive Chef, John Schnupp

Loyola’s Executive Chef, John Schnupp

The classes will be taught by Loyola’s executive chef and former restaurateur John Schnupp in the recently opened state-of-the-art Duchossois Demonstration Kitchen and Food Systems Lab. All classes are designed to be hands-on, and attendees will participate in each step of the cooking process to ensure techniques can be mastered at home. Classes will include:

    • Holiday Hors d’oeuvres & Appetizers 101
    • Food & Wine Pairing – Red Wine with Fish
    • Mediterranean Cuisine
    • Food & Wine Pairing – Cult Wines of California
    • Food & Wine Pairing – Valentine’s Day & Fess Parker Wines
    • Food & Wine Pairing – Sweet and Savory
    • Green Thumb – Starting from seed
    • Tapas 101
    • Meet the Farmer – Gardening 101
    • Food & Wine Pairing – Vegetarian Wine Dinner with Guest Chef
    • Desserts and Cakes
    • Food & Wine Pairing – Champagnes & Sparkling Wines

To learn more or register for a culinary class, visit or call Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus at 815.338.1032.


- Article by Kristin Trehearne Lane,
Loyola University Chicago Communication Specialist


Stylized bridal photo shoot at Loyola’s Palm Court

Bridal showers are a wonderful opportunity for a bride to get together and relax with her closest friends and family before the “big day”. This is a chance to share advice and laughter before becoming a newlywed. When planning a bridal shower, it is important to be creative. The bride can incorporate small details to make the shower unique to her personality and wedding. Check out this bridal shower wedding photo shoot in Loyola’s Palm Court. Small touches like teacups and mini desserts reflect the bride’s personality and give the shower creative flair!



Photographer- Tara Wickey, Roots of Life Photography
Venue: Loyola University Chicago, Palm Court
Cakes/Sweets- Mary Plovanich, Tasty Tidbits
Makeup- Joanna of Joanna B Artistry
Hair Styling- Sarah Plovanich & Georgia Loukopoulos
Treat bags- Yuri, S
ummers, Fox & Hound Paperie
Assistant- Stephanie Ortiz
Models:Polly Nanavati, Magdalena Mentelska, Ashley Murray, Yuri Summers, Natalie Plovanich, Mary Plovanich

Teambuilding matters in the workplace

Do you ever feel disconnected from your coworkers? Are you having trouble communicating to get important tasks done? Participating in a group team building activity may be the solution and Loyola University Chicago has the answer. 

Team building has been proven to be one of most successful ways to promote trust, communication, and respect amongst coworkers. Research continues to show us that experiential activities and challenges are the best ways to strengthen teams in the work place. Experiential team building activities help reduce stress, promote group focus, and improve communication and attitudes in the workplace. When we feel like we belong to a team, we begin to feel like we are part of something that is ultimately bigger than ourselves, which can be very motivational. This can help team members recognize the mission of your organization and help them focus on promoting success and growth.

There are many different team building activities; we even offer some at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

If you’re looking for a hands on way for your team to focus on goal setting, problem solving and leadership skills the challenge and ropes course is the perfect solution. The challenge course at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus was built in 2011, and is one of the largest courses of its kind in Illinois. Some key features include a 3-sided climbing tower, two high rope courses, a zip line, and 15 low-rope elements. There are even customized challenge programs offered to meet your organization’s specific needs and goals.


The challenge course is available for half, full, and multi-day programs for groups of 12-200. For more information on bringing your group to the campus visit

Team building doesn’t stop with the challenge course; our retreat campus also offers customized cooking classes. If your team doesn’t want to brave the outdoor challenge course, you can choose to participate in a cooking class tailored to your group’s needs. Your group will divide into small teams to collaborate on a dish to create. At the end, your group will come together to show and share their creations. This is a relaxed, fun, and creative way for your team to build relationships and demonstrate that there is truly no “I” in “team”.

Up for a competitive culinary challenge? Work as a team in the Iron Chef Experience. In this activity your group works as a team to create the best possible menu. This is a competition; teams will be mentored by our campus chefs and will have the chance to sample all the menu items created. This challenge stimulates critical thinking and planning, skills which are very valuable in the workplace. At the end of the competition, there will be one winning team!  

Want to learn more?  Visit or contact at 815.338.1032.

Published by Signe Aufdencamp, Conference Services intern