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Loyola University Chicago and Health System Launch Public Phase of Half-Billion Dollar Capital Campaign
Loyola’s Largest-Ever Capital Campaign
Chicago, September 19, 2008 – Building on 138 years of academic excellence and commitment to heath care in Chicago, on September 20, alumni and friends will celebrate the public launch of Loyola University Chicago’s half-billion-dollar fundraising campaign at a kick-off event on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago.
The campaign, “Partner: The Campaign for the Future of Loyola,” will support both the University (LUC) and the Health System (LUHS) and is the largest in Loyola’s history. It aims to raise much-needed funding for endowments, scholarships, research, patient care, and facilities top priorities at LUC and LUHS. More than $250 million has already been collected toward the $500 million goal.
“We are leading the University and the Health System to a new destination that can only be reached through great partnerships. This Campaign for the Future of Loyola is for our students, patients, researchers, and teachers; it is for all of these people, and for those who will come after them,” says Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Health System are widely respected for their superior academics and health care, as well as for their deep roots in the community. Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine is the only Catholic medical school in the country that has a health system in its organization. Loyola University Chicago is the largest Jesuit Catholic research university in the nation. With an alumni base of 120,000, Loyola is inextricably connected to Chicago. This campaign will deepen that connection and build on the momentum of Loyola’s recent renaissance in growth and development.
“We just unveiled an ambitious strategic plan that will set our course in patient care, research, and the education of health-care professionals for the next 10 years,” says Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, president and CEO of LUHS. “We are at a pivotal time in our health system’s history. Partnering with our benefactors will be critical to this endeavor.”
Fr. Garanzini continues, “Educating tomorrow’s leaders, serving the underprivileged, and discovering cures to illness is all possible through our partnership with our alumni and friends.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2009 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.