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Loyola University Chicago to Host First Weekend of Excellence
Festivities to Celebrate and Showcase Scholarly and Civic Work of Students

CHICAGO, April 1, 2011 – Loyola University Chicago will host its first Weekend of Excellence from April 15 through April 17, 2011. Loyola’s student development and academic affairs divisions have joined forces to create a weekend of celebratory activities in honor of the scholarly and civic work of the Loyola student body. The weekend kicks off Friday, April 15 with an opening reception to welcome students, their families, and the local community; celebrate their hard work, and set a tone of celebration and achievement.

Loyola’s Weekend of Excellence is an opportunity for students to share the results of their learning with family, friends, and neighbors. A number of events are scheduled throughout the weekend that celebrate Loyola students and showcase excellence in a variety of learning settings, including fine arts performances, research projects, student leadership initiatives, service-learning work, and community-engagement activities. The weekend also aims to increase interest in the learning opportunities available at Loyola.

“These outstanding accomplishments of our students are a symbol of our model of education, a supportive campus community guided by faculty and staff mentors,” said Robert Kelly, PhD, vice president of student development.

Weekend events include:
North Lake Shore Earth Day – A free, all-day, family event in the Quinlan Life Sciences Center that will include workshops, art projects, interactive programs, environmental information stations, and much more
Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposiums – A showcase of the extensive research that students conduct throughout the year with faculty members across an array of disciplines
Pippin – Theatre performance by Loyola students
Organ Concert at Madonna della Strada – Five outstanding students studying organ at Loyola University Chicago, along with the University Schola Cantorum choir, present the first ever concert of music for the organ at the Madonna della Strada Chapel.
Scholarship Brunch – Students and donors will come together to celebrate the overwhelming generosity of University donors and the achievements of specific scholarship recipients

“All year, our students, both graduate and undergraduates, do such impressive work in multiple subject areas, and we wanted to dedicate a time to showcase their accomplishments to their peers and the Loyola community,” said John Pelissero, PhD, the University’s provost.

For complete information on the weekend’s events, including a full schedule, and to view profiles of some of the students involved, please visit LUC.edu/excellenceweekend.

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.




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