Monthly Archives: September 2011

State of the University Address

The Loyola community is invited to attend Father Garanzini’s State of the University addresses on Monday, September 26 at the Lake Shore campus and September 29 at the Water Tower Campus.  Father Garanzini will bring us up to date on developments around our campuses, and he will also take questions from the audience. Each of these addresses will run approximately one hour, and a reception will follow.

Monday, September 26
Crown Center Auditorium (Lake Shore Campus)
4–5 p.m. – Address
5–6 p.m. – Reception (Crown Center Lobby)

Thursday, September 29
Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor, Corboy Law Center (Water Tower Campus)
3–4 p.m. – Address
4–5 p.m. – Reception

For those who are unable to attend in-person, the Lake Shore Campus address will be streamed live on the Inside Loyola news site. The event will also be streamed live on the digital screens located in the Centennial Forum Student Union and the Terry Student Center.

Loyola Graduate Student Retreat – Mind, Body, Spirit

Loyola Chicago Graduate Student Retreat:

Mind, Body, & Spirit

When: October 22nd-October 23rd

Where: LUREC (Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus) Woodstock, IL

For Whom: Graduate Students at Loyola

Cost: $35 includes food, lodging, and social hour

Departure Time: Saturday October 22nd at 9:30 am

Arrival Back on Campus: Sunday October 23rd at 3 pm

What is it? Opportunity for relaxation, reflection, and to meet new people.

Financial aid is available.



IPS Hosts Field Education Supervisors for Breakfast & Conversation

On Wednesday morning, September 14th IPS hosted field education supervisors from all the degrees to talk about their experiences working with IPS students in sites all over Chicago.  To view pictures from the event, visit the IPS facebook page here.


Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of attending a reception and photography exhibit at LUMA – the Loyola University Museum of Art.  The photographer Noah Addis captured positive images of individuals moving from homelessness to housing.  Sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) and the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness among others, the exhibit confronts the dominant stereotypes that homeless individuals are helpless street beggars or that organizations serving them are just providing handouts without addressing long-term solutions.  Many of the subjects were present at the lecture, and they were eager to tell their stories.  The exhibit will be at LUMA until January 15th.  It is free for Loyola students.  LUMA is located in Lewis Towers, entrance across the street from the Old Water Tower on the east side of the building.

Meet Jerica Arents, IPS Alum, 8th Day’s First Mary Elsbernd, OSF Award Recipient

Jerica Arents

Jerica is a graduate of Loyola’s Master of Social Justice program and co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Jerica also works with Witness Against Torture, a grassroots campaign to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and recently spent a month in Afghanistan, learning about the effects of U.S. policies of war on ordinary Afghan people. She is interested in using alternative choices and integrated nonviolent resistance to create more sustainable communities for our neighbors and the Earth. She has worked in interfaith circles on issues of worker’s rights, juvenile justice and racial reconciliation.

Jerica lives at the White Rose Catholic Worker in West Rogers Park. The White Rose Catholic Worker was formed in 2008 when Jerica and two fellow graduate students of the Institute of Pastoral Studies decided to launch an experiment living out the Gospel call to nonviolence with folks on the margins. In less than two years, the community has more than doubled in size. Along with housing two or three people who are suffering from homelessness, the White Rose tends a sizable urban garden, shares its space with eight chickens and has three open meals every week. The White Rose is spending this year experimenting with farming an acre of land south of Chicago in Monee, IL. They often invite groups of students into their home for social justice teach-ins and nonviolence trainings. Two Fridays a month, the White Rose hosts “Roundtable Discussions” where people are welcome to bring their thoughts on an issue, learn and share for clarification of thought.

Jerica has written numerous published articles, such as: “‘Come and See’: A Reflection from Afghanistan”, which appeared in Sojourners; “Drones on trial, and a judge listens”, which appeared in National Catholic Reporter; “Drones on Trial: Narrowing the Gap Between Law and Justice”, which appeared in Common Dreams; and co-authored “Making Friends in High Places”, which appeared in The Humanist.