On behalf of the Division of Student Development and its trusted campus partners, I am pleased to announce that the University will officially open the doors of the Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center on April 1, for residential dining use only. A grand opening celebration will be held Wednesday, April 3, starting at 9 a.m.
This ceremony will include the official ribbon cutting, blessing, and opening of the facility. Upon entering the building, students will have the opportunity to participate in the “Damen Game,” which allows the student community to self-tour the Damen Student Center. The “Damen Game” is intended for students to see the space, collect stamps at nine different locations in the facility, and turn in a completed playing card for the chance to win some amazing prizes. In addition to the game, the grand opening day-long celebration features student performances, free food, rock climbing demonstrations, and a number of other activities. The day will culminate with “The Senior HOP,” an exclusive event for seniors in the Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM Multipurpose Room on the 2nd floor of the Damen Student Center. This special event will be hosted by Father Garanzini. For more information about the schedule of events, please visit LUC.edu/damenstudentcenter.
The Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center represents the third phase of reimagine, a $100 million campaign to enhance the quality of the student experience here at Loyola. Phases one and two of the campaign included the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and the Gentile Arena, which provided our Department of Athletics, and the larger campus community, attractive spaces to better showcase the University.
The Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center represents the opportunity to provide our students with a true student union. This 100,000+ square-foot facility features comfortable residential dining, an attractive food court, state-of-the-art meeting and multipurpose rooms, expansive student lounges and common spaces, religious spaces for faith groups, and it will house several departments within the Division of Student Development, as well as the Unified Student Government Association and the Department of Programming. This building will be much more than beautiful space, as it will serve as a representation of the transformative education and Loyola Experience for all students.
I invite you to explore the building on Wednesday, April 3. We look forward to what this building will mean for the student experience at Loyola and hope you are pleased with the new facility.
Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President for Student Development