FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maeve Kiley, director of communications
Loyola University Chicago Kicks Off Major Capital Investment
to Transform the Student Experience at its Lake Shore Campus
$100 Million of Improvements Over Five Years
CHICAGO, January 22, 2010 – Loyola University Chicago announced today the launch of reimagine, an ambitious, five-phased, five-year project that will touch every facet of student life at the University’s Lake Shore Campus. Loyola plans to invest $100 million in the project, which includes a $10 million donor campaign.
“At Loyola, we want to offer our students a better venue for intercollegiate and on-campus activities,” says Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president, Loyola University Chicago. “We also want to provide the necessary atmosphere for leadership development and social growth. The new spaces we are creating allow us to do these things and do them in an energy-efficient and sustainable way. I am excited, too, that we have a new vice president for student development, Dr. Rob Kelly, who brings vision and energy to see this project through to completion.”
The five phases include:
Phase I. Intercollegiate Athletics Center
Ground has already been broken on the first phase of the reimagine campaign. The Intercollegiate Athletics Center, a three-story, state-of-the-art athletics facility, will offer a number of improved services for student-athletes.
Phase II. Joseph J. Gentile Center Renovation
Phase two will begin in summer 2011. Renovations will transform the Ramblers’ home court into a true sports arenaa place to ignite the spirit of athletic competition.
Phase III. A New Student Union
The third phase of Loyola’s campus redevelopment includes a 70,000-square-foot complex that will house the offices for Student Activities and Greek Affairs, the Phoenix student newspaper, Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Student Leadership, USGA, Student Ministry, and more.
Phase IV. Halas Sports Center Renewal
The fourth phase of Loyola’s project to improve student life will keep what works at the existing Halas Sports Center while adding significant facilities to help keep our students fit and healthy. The 20,000-square-foot renovation is to be completed by 2014.
Phase V. Centennial Forum Transformation
Phase five, the capstone of our campaign to transform student life at Loyola, is a reimagined Centennial Forumto be completed by 2015. With space for large-scale conferences and serving as a new face for Loyola on Sheridan Road, the transformation of Centennial Forum will complete Loyola’s campus revolution and usher in a new era of community and connectivity for Loyola’s students.
The University is set to unveil the new reimagine campaign to students, alumni, faculty, and staff at a pep rally on Saturday, January 23, in Loyola’s historic Alumni Gym, at 2 p.m., prior to the men’s basketball game that will start at 3 p.m. against Horizon League foe Valparaiso.
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 15,800 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 10 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 its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.