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Loyola University Chicago Launches $12 Million Rome Campus Campaign
CHICAGO, May 10, 2010 – Loyola University Chicago announced a capital campaign that will transform its John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) Campus program, one of the largest U.S. university campuses in Europe. The $12 million campaign will completely renovate the facilities on campus, increase student scholarship support, add student programming, and establish a permanent endowment.
“Almost 50 years ago, John Felice envisioned a permanent American campus in Rome dedicated to horizon-broadening cross-cultural exchange. That dream is becoming a reality, and we are closer than ever to fulfilling its potential,” says Michael J. Garanzini, S.J, president, Loyola University Chicago. “This campaign will build an even better Rome Center, one that will offer more opportunities and better facilities to every student who deserves a life-changing stay at the JFRC.”
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 and Asia. 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 campaign launch follows other positive developments for JFRC. Those include the recent acquisition of a neighboring olive grove, record enrollment this spring semester, the creation of new academic programs, and an inaugural Board of Trustees meeting to be held at the JFRC in June.
“With plans for cutting-edge renovations, 48 years of experience, and 15,000 devoted alumni, the JFRC is positioned to be the best and most comprehensive study-abroad program in Italy,” says Vice President and JFRC Director Emilio Iodice. “Those 48 years are a testament to our values and traditions, and we will be ever-mindful of this heritage as we move to provide an even better global experience for our students.”
Starting this year, the JFRC campus renovation will be completed within six to eight years and will include improvements that will beautify and better organize the campus, as well as make it more environmentally responsible. Some of the highlights of this transformation will include:
- A new, ultra-modern information commons with technology that will set the JFRC apart from every other American university facility in Europe
- A new auditorium and conference hall that will allow the JFRC to host high-profile conferences and symposiums
- Enhanced community and recreation spaces, including a new outdoor terrace
- Energy-saving enhancements, such as solar panels, that will save the JFRC an estimated 20 percent on energy costs per year
- Private bathrooms for each dormitory room
- New classrooms, fine arts studios, athletic facility, and chapel
For more on the JFRC’s ambitious plans, and to watch a video commemorating the transformative work of the JFRC, visit LUC.edu/insieme.
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.