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Loyola Unveils New Center for Public Service
CHICAGO, March 26, 2007 –Loyola University Chicago announced today the creation of a new academic unit, the Center for Public Service, and the receipt of the congressional papers and archives of retired Congressman Henry J. Hyde. The newly created center will also house the papers of former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, who donated his archives to the University in 1995.
Anchored by the government archives of these prominent Illinois statespeople, the center, a non-partisan academic unit, will primarily focus on leadership, highlighting the impact that individual men and women can have upon a civil society through their dedication to public service. It will also sponsor non-partisan research and discourse on relevant public policy issues, while emphasizing the legacies of a number of public servants, rather than one particular individual.
“This is a historic day for Loyola and Chicago. We are very excited about former Congressman Hyde’s willingness to provide us with his archives, and we thank him for his interest in this new endeavor,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president, Loyola University Chicago. “The number of college graduates who are interested in working in government today is alarmingly low according to the Pew Research Center, and through this center we hope to inspire and encourage young people to learn more about the importance of public service in a free society.”
Loyola’s Center for Public Service will be housed on the third floor of the University’s new Information Commons, a 72,000-square-foot, four-level, state-of-the-art library and multi-use educational building that has been designed to achieve the Silver Level Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design. The building, located on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, overlooks Lake Michigan and is expected to open in early 2008.
Functioning much like a presidential or congressional library, the center will concentrate on five main program areas: sponsoring research and scholarship; hosting special exhibits, conferences, a speaker’s series, and workshops; publishing newsletters and journals; sponsoring public outreach programs focused on civic education and public discourse; and engaging Loyola’s alumni network in a comprehensive internship and career services program. The center will also fulfill the following functions:
- Serve as an archive and a resource for scholars for personal papers and documents relating to individuals who have had careers of public service, especially those with a connection to Loyola or Chicago;
- Organize public programs related to individuals, events, or issues addressed by its permanent collection and archives, including but not limited to lectures, conferences, and seminars;
- Sponsor public series on public service (e.g., a major annual public lecture by a significant public figure, a biennial academic conference, a topical lecture series aimed at students and/or the community);
- Host non-partisan blue ribbon panels, private conferences, and symposia which explore solutions to regional, national, and international public policy issues;
- Sponsor student experiences (especially undergraduate) designed to foster in students a desire to pursue careers in public service; this will include student organizations (Inside Government), internships, research projects, etc.;
- Serve as an organizational base for University-wide activities by schools and centers to develop an ethic of public service in our graduates.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.