Back in the mid 1990s, Long Island native Lou Romano figured he was bound for a college close to home. Then a friend went to visit Loyola and came back with great reviews. Lou soon decided to check the Baltimore university out for himself.
"I loved the campus," he says. "And I believed the quality of life there would be better given the size of the school and the attention you could get in smaller classes."
Lou's initial impression turned out to be accurate, and his experiences during his four years at Loyola have inspired his continued commitment to the University as a member of the John Early Society.
"The faculty and staff did a really good job in making us comfortable from the moment we stepped on campus," he says. He became involved in a wide variety of campus activities, from intramural baseball and basketball to the peer judicial board to the Financial Management Association, where he served as treasurer.
Lou, who majored in finance and is now a private banker for JPMorganChase, believes that his Loyola education, with its strong liberal arts core, gave him an advantage over other students looking to enter his field.
"At Loyola, it's a mix of IQ and EQ—emotional intelligence," he says. "Emotional intelligence is really important in my role now. You have to be able to communicate with people to help them with their finances. If you can't communicate your ideas, you can be the smartest guy in the world, but you might not be taken seriously. And of course, we had to take ethics, which is certainly in the spotlight now. I think a deeper study of ethics can really help Wall Street and the economy begin to run the right way."
As a student, Lou benefited from an endowed scholarship. Today, his support for his alma mater is an act of gratitude. "The significant aid I got from Loyola made it much more financially palatable for me to go, and I got my first start at JPMorgan from the campus recruitment program. Now I get a chance to pay it back, to say thank you, and to help the University continue to build its brand and make our degrees even more valuable."
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