FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus
Launches Public Academic Programming
Registration for a Variety of Courses Now Open
CHICAGO, March 21, 2011 – This summer, Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) will host academic programming that is open to the public for the first time. Five different field courses will be offered at the 100-acre campus in Woodstock, Illinois and students will be given the opportunity to live at LUREC for anywhere from two and a half to four weeks, depending on the course and student’s choice, and experience the University’s newest educational facilities.
Courses offered include:
-Ecology Lab: This course centers around topics of ecology and will allow students to sample the various ecosystems on campus and around McHenry County.
-Plant Biology: Students will take the time to observe families of native plants in great detail, while also learning about their structure and function within the ecosystem.
-Sustainability Agriculture: Students will learn about industrial farming and the intricacies of the food system in the U.S. They will also develop their own organic and sustainable farm right on campus and food from the garden will be used in the dining hall.
-Creative Writing: Classic natural historian literature is the focus of this course. Students will not only hone their creative writing skills, but they will also gain inspiration from nature as they spend time roaming around the campus grounds seeking inspiration.
-Drawing I in Nature: This class will place students in the outdoors and ask them to reinterpret the beauty of the outside world through art. They will learn how to draw landscapes and create natural shapes, colors, and movements.
Housing at the Woodstock campus is quite similar to a living experience students would receive in a freshman dorm, but with a few distinct differences. Each room is newly renovated and designed to house two students, complete with a bunk bed, simple furniture, and closet space.
“It’s very much a culture of restoration here on the LUREC campus. We’re starting from the bottom up [and] trying to make this [campus] as friendly, as green, and as ecologically responsible as we possibly can. Everything from our paper towels to our cleaning products has been purchased and used with thought, so we’re really trying to lessen our impact,” says Nancy Tuchman, vice provost and LUREC academic administrator.
For more information on these summer courses, prospective students can visit LUC.edu/summer. Registration is now open. Please call 312.915.6507 with any other questions about the Retreat and Ecology Campus courses.
About the Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus
Originally built in the 1970s as a novitiate for the Congregation of the Resurrection, the building was later converted to a retreat center in the 1980s by the Congregation. After building an additional wing and 50 rooms to the center in the early 2000s, the retreat center eventually closed in 2009. In May of 2010, Loyola University Chicago, the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, purchased the 100-acre Resurrection Retreat Center located at 2710 South Country Club Road in Woodstock, Illinois, from the Congregation of the Resurrection. The retreat center, which was named the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, has allowed the University to offer a number of faculty, staff, and student retreat programs, academic programming, and more.
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 nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 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 and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 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 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.