The images found in the University’s crest have transformed into a three-dimensional figure visible on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Loyola President and CEO Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., unveiled Wednesday the 8-foot-tall, Los Lobos de Loyola statue of two wolves posed with a hanging kettle in celebration of the appropriately named Wolf+Kettle Day, which anchors events during Generosity Week.
More than 1,000 students gathered at the quad located between Dumbach Hall and Cudahy Science Hall to watch at least 15 people simultaneously pull maroon and gold sheets off the statue to reveal its magnificent, all-green exterior.
The freebies passed out to students included highly coveted cowbells, the sounds of which mimicked chains tapping a kettle, which created an ambiance that seemed to bring the statue to life. Clanking and cheering erupted from the crowd as onlookers anticipated the unveiling.
Leading up to the big moment, University leaders including Robert Kelly, PhD, vice president for student development, Grace Calhoun, PhD, athletic director, Father Garanzini, and student leaders touted the community’s generosity and how the statue serves as a continual reminder of Loyola’s values.
“The statue, for us, is now a visual, tangible rallying point on campus that’s meaningful and reminds us that as we’re prosperous, how important it is to give back,” says Shena Keith, director of annual giving. “We’re recipients of much generosity given to us, and if we don’t continue that momentum of helping others, we wouldn’t be who we are today at Loyola.”
Father Garanzini commissioned the sculpture after he saw a similar statue at the Ibero-American University, a Jesuit school in Mexico City.
The wolves and kettle in Loyola’s crest represent prosperity and generosity, Keith explains, which are two actions attained when donors selflessly contribute to the University.
It was Keith’s idea to give away cowbells, and like the notorious Saturday Night Live skit, Keith says, “We need a little more kettle.”