Loyola University Chicago to Host Tours of Renovations, Lectures at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens


Loyola University Chicago invites the community to tour the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills this fall for a look at the ongoing restoration projects.

In December 2009, the Cuneo Foundation donated the mansion and gardens, its extensive collection of art and furnishings, and nearly 100 surrounding acres to the University. Loyola has since completed a number of renovations, including the addition of on-site academic programming spaces, continuing the University’s commitment to broadening educational opportunities throughout the greater Chicago area. Beginning September 10, Operations Manager Lisa Cushing-Davis, PhD, will be available to brief guests on the improvements as they take self-guided tours of the historic 1916 home.

In addition to the tours, the University will host a fall lecture series. Loyola history professor Theodore Karamanski, PhD, kicks off the programming in September with a lecture on the 1893 Columbian Exposition’s role in building a modern consumer culture. In October, Cushing-Davis will speak about cultural practices during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The series will close with a lecture by author and journalist John Wasik on using the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla as a lens to spark creativity and innovation.

The self-guided tours and lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. For more information on the campus and programming, visit LUC.edu/cuneo.

The mansion and gardens will be open for tours on Saturdays between noon–4 p.m. on the following dates:

      • September 10* and 24
      • October 8* and 22
      • November 5* and 19

* Lectures will be held on these dates from 1–2 p.m. in the pavilion ballroom.

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave. Vernon Hills, IL 60061

-Media release by Evangeline Politis, Communication Specialist for Loyola University Chicago


Your guide to biking in Chicago

If you are looking for a unique way to experience the City of Chicago this summer, biking is a great option. Not only can you get places easily and not have to deal with the hassle of parking, you can enjoy picturesque views of Lake Michigan and the street lined streets of Chicago. Biking is great alternative to public transportation or taxis/ ubers and will keep your wallet in tact. Plus, you are reducing your carbon imprint and helping the environment!

The most popular bike rental (and most convenient/ readily accessible) is Divvy. Divvy typically means “to divide and share”- but the City of Chicago embraces Divvy as a whole new meaning. Divvy is Chicago’s bike share program that anyone over the age of 16 can take advantage of- and it’s a great way to have a unique lens on Chicago, get around efficiently, and get some exercise!


Start by purchasing a 24 hour pass for $9.95- which is cheaper than a 24 hour pass for the CTA. This can be purchased at any Divvy Station near our campus or by downloading “The Transit App” and purchasing a 24 hour pass through your phone. (If you’ll be staying long term, passes cost $99.95 for a full year- which even if you use it for a couple of months will pay off if you use it regularly!)

From there, you’ll either use the credit or debit card that you purchased the pass with or use The Transit App to receive a 5 digit code to unlock a bike out of the dock. From there, you have 30 minutes to return that bike to any other Divvy dock in Chicago without incurring any fees (if it’s a trip that’s 31-60 minutes, it’s going to be $2.00, 61-90 will be $4.00; etc.)- and you’re good to take unlimited trips throughout the period of your pass! Docks are all around the city- and we have some close to Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses.

We recommend that if you take longer routes that you plan them in ways that every 15-20 minutes or so you can dock your bike at a station and immediately request a new code and check out the same bike. Divvy is great for visitors as you don’t need to worry about storage, security, or maintenance of your bike!

Another option available to our conference guests staying at the Lake Shore Campus is Chainlinks, Loyola’s student run bicycle shop- located inside the Main Parking Structure at 1110 W. Sheridan Road. You can check out current prices at http://www.chainlinksluc.com/. Depending on your situation- you may want to check out a bike from Chainlinks instead. In addition to bike rentals, Chainlinks also offers tune-ups, bike repairs, and a retail store to purchase bicycle accessories.

A common concern among visitors and locals alike is safety- and a nice benefit of Divvy is that bright blue bikes are noticeable- and drivers take note of the increased bicyclists, and Chicagoans and visitors who might not normally use a bike are taking advantage of Divvy– so more people are learning to share the road. It is a bit intimidating to share the streets of Chicago with cars at first, especially on busy streets such as Sheridan, Broadway, Devon, and Clark near the Lake Shore Campus or on State, Michigan, and Chicago avenue downtown. So, if you are new to urban biking, we recommend gradually working your way up from quieter streets to larger streets. Check out a list of locations for Divvy stations near you.
Not familiar with the city, no problem. View a list of biking trails in and around the city!  Happy biking!



Loyola names new President, Jo Ann Rooney

Media Contact:
Steve Christensen
Director of Communication

Loyola University Chicago Welcomes 24th President
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, Named First Lay Leader
in Loyola’s History

CHICAGO, May 23, 2016—Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, has been elected by the Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees as the University’s 24th president and its first lay leader. Dr. Rooney was approved by the Board on Thursday, May 19, and officially introduced to the campus community today.

On August 1, 2016, Dr. Rooney will assume the role of president with an appointment that runs through 2021. She will succeed John P. Pelissero, PhD, who has served as interim president since July 2015, when long-serving president Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., stepped down and transitioned to the role of chancellor.

Today’s announcement concludes a thorough, nine-month search for the University’s next leader, which was led by Robert L. Parkinson Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, and a two-time Loyola alumnus.

“Dr. Rooney is a lifelong educator with an impressive and diverse array of experiences that will enable her to build on the University’s tremendous success of the last decade,” said Parkinson. “The outstanding leadership skills she gained from her roles in education, public service, and health care will position Loyola well to address today’s emerging higher education challenges. Most importantly, her values and faith are fully aligned with our Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity.”

This new appointment expands Dr. Rooney’s leadership in higher education, as she has served as the president of both Spalding University—a private, Catholic, doctoral-level university in Louisville, Kentucky—and Mount Ida College, a baccalaureate-level college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Newton, Massachusetts. She has also spent more than 12 years in the classroom connecting with students and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

During her eight-year tenure at Spalding, Dr. Rooney led an impressive turnaround of an institution facing severe challenges. Leveraging her strong business, finance, and operational experience—and engaging support from the internal university community, the Archdiocese of Louisville, local business and community leaders, and alumni—she was able to stabilize the university and set it on a course of continued growth, allowing it to thrive to this day. 

In July 2010, Dr. Rooney was appointed president of Mount Ida College. After only months in the position, she was called by the Obama Administration to serve her country—a life-changing event that led her on an unexpected career path as the nominee for principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness in the U.S. Department of Defense. She was confirmed for the position by the U.S. Senate in May 2011.

Within the U.S. Department of Defense, Dr. Rooney served as senior advisor to the under secretary of defense comptroller, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. As senior advisor to the secretary of defense, she managed a broad portfolio encompassing recruitment, career development, health care, readiness, pay, and benefits for service members and their families. She had direct responsibility for more than 30,000 employees and a budget of more than $70 billion, and served as a senior spokesperson for defense-wide issues.

In 2012, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta awarded Dr. Rooney the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award given to a civilian by the secretary of defense. In September 2013, she was again called to serve by the Obama Administration and asked to accept the nomination for under secretary of the Navy, the second-highest position in the department. Twice she was voted out of committee favorably, but requested her nomination be withdrawn after inactivity by the U.S. Senate.

“I have been blessed throughout my career with amazing experiences that have shaped and influenced me in numerous ways, but my passion is, and has always been, education,” said Dr. Rooney. “Education is life changing. It is the foundation for deep personal development, strong community engagement, inclusiveness, and positive, sustainable growth. Today, higher education is at a crossroads, and I am fully committed to making decisions that will allow us to thrive as an institution and community leader. During the search process, I was struck by the dedication and commitment exhibited by representatives of the faculty, students, staff, academic leadership, Jesuits, and board members. That commitment, and Loyola’s strong mission, drew me here.”

An 11-member Presidential Search Committee, with the assistance of search consultant firm Isaacson, Miller, led a process that included on-campus listening sessions, the development of a detailed leadership profile, and an intense screening and interview process that featured numerous qualified candidates.

“As the leader of one of the premier Jesuit, Catholic institutions in this country—and Loyola’s first lay president—Dr. Rooney has the full support of the Society of Jesus in this important mission,” said Very Rev. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. “Dr. Rooney is an accomplished leader and administrator with a passion for educational excellence and access. She is a woman of deep faith and strong character, and she has demonstrated her service to the Catholic Church.”

In addition to her partnership with the Society of Jesus, Dr. Rooney will work closely with the Archdiocese of Chicago and Archbishop Blase J. Cupich.

“Loyola has a rich history and well-deserved strong reputation in Chicago as this great city’s Jesuit, Catholic university. I am confident it will continue to play an important role in the region’s health through its educational philosophy rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and its vigorous advocacy for social justice that is inclusive of all people,” said Archbishop Cupich. “I have met Dr. Rooney and am impressed by her diversity of experience and public service. Her background and commitment to the faith have prepared her well to lead a complex organization like Loyola, and I look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Rooney holds a Bachelor of Science with a finance concentration from Boston University School of Management, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, a Master of Laws in taxation from Boston University School of Law, and a Doctor of Education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Other affiliations include various positions in the legal and business sectors. She is a member of the American Bar Association and three state bar associations and has served as a board member with a variety of civic and corporate organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation, and as vice chair of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare (a Catholic Health Initiatives organization) in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Regis University, a Jesuit institution located in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Rooney joins Loyola from Huron Consulting Group in Chicago, where she is managing director with responsibility for developing strategies to advance Huron Healthcare’s Federal Government Healthcare Sector consulting practice.

For more information on Dr. Rooney and the presidential search process, visit LUC.edu/presidentialsearch.

Construction begins for new Hampton Inn in Rogers Park

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Loyola University Chicago and Atira Hotels hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today, October 9th, to celebrate the construction of the new Hampton Inn Chicago North/Loyola Station in Rogers Park. The unique development partnership includes Atira Hotels serving as developer and owner of the hotel, while more than 9,500 square feet of retail space at the street level will be owned and managed by the University’s Lakeside Management group.

Located less than one block from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Loyola Red Line station, the Hampton Inn Chicago North/Loyola Station will be one of the most significant and recognized lakefront hotels north of Belmont Avenue. It will offer 145 guest rooms, along with a fitness center and rooftop terrace. The sixth floor will provide guests beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.. The hotel is estimated to have a completion date of Fall 2016 and will be a great asset to the Rogers Park and Loyola communities.

New Loyola Business School opens this Fall

We are so excited about the grand opening of The John and Kathy Schreiber Center, the new home of The Quinlan School of Business. Opening this fall, the Schreiber center boasts innovative design and cutting edge technology with sustainability in mind. The new Loyola building is located on the Water Tower campus, on the corner of State and Pearson Streets — right in the heart of bustling Chicago. A generous gift from John and Kathy Schreiber, this building hopes to transform the way education is delivered. Mr. Schreiber graduated from Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate business school in 1968, and the gift is dedicated to F. Virgil Boyd and Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., both of whom provided inspiration and shaped his undergrad career. In addition, the Quinlan School of Business is ranked Number 1 for its undergraduate business program, and Number 3 for its part time MBA program in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report.

Upon entering the 10 story facility, guests will find the Great Stairs, located at the base of the Schreiber Center. These stairs feature bleacher-like seating to facilitate meet ups, a studying space, or a spot for presentations. The 4th and 6th floors contain state of the art classrooms and breakout rooms, which are naturally lit due to the system of atria that also harness natural ventilation throughout the building. The Great Hall, located on the top floors, will serve as Loyola’s newest premier event space downtown. As a 2600 square foot multipurpose room, it will host events for Quinlan and the Chicago business community. Finally, at the top floor, Schreiber Center visitors will find the Board Room, an elegant space enhanced with cityscape views.

The grand opening is September 15, 2015. For more information click here.

Article by Emily Butterfield, Marketing Intern at Loyola University Chicago Conference Services