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Loyola University Chicago Purchases its Rome Center Campus
Owning Campus a Strategic Goal of the President
CHICAGO, August 31, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago announced that it has purchased the property in Rome, Italy where its study-abroad program, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC), has been located for over 31 years.
Opened in 1962, the JFRC holds the distinction of being the oldest continual U.S. university program in Italy. Every year, nearly 400 students from dozens of colleges and universities across the United States study at the center’s all-inclusive residential campus, which spans five acres in the upper Balduina district of Monte Mario, Rome’s highest hill. The JFRC offers an expansive curriculum of more than 40 courses, internships, service projects, and study trips throughout Europe, Asia, and India. The University closed on the purchase of the land and buildings from the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena on July 1, 2009.
The purchase of our site in Rome comes after nearly five decades of putting down deep roots in Europe, says Emilio Iodice, VP and director of the JFRC. Now, thanks to the initiative and vision of President Father Garanzini, we’ve demonstrated to our students, alumni, staff, and faculty our commitment to becoming the premier U.S. university program for study abroad.
Moving forward, administrators are in the strategic planning stages of identifying, exploring, and testing the feasibility of major renovations and improvements to both the facilities and the JFRC program itself.
By the end of this year, we hope to have started renovations to update the facility, including state-of-the-art technology and environmentally friendly features, says Iodice. Our hope is to turn the JFRC into a green campus, one that will serve as a model for environmental excellence in Europe.
In addition to the purchase, Susana Cavallo, PhD, has been named dean of faculty for the JFRC, a newly created position for the University. Dr. Cavallo, a professor of Spanish language and literature, has served as associate director of academic programs for the JFRC since June 2007. As dean of faculty, Dr. Cavallo will be responsible for all academic affairs, including faculty recruitment and development, course offerings, and curriculum development. This new position will allow Dr. Cavallo to interact as a peer with other academic administrators at educational institutions in the EU while maintaining oversight of student academic services and continuing to serve as the primary deputy to the director of the JFRC.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.