As the semester comes to an end, I am reflecting on the year.
The campus has been abuzz with events. In November, nearly 150 students attended a “Paint Night” sponsored by the student support and wellness program. The success of this event is evident beyond the impressive turnout. Students from different class years, across the spectrum of artistic talents from total beginner to seasoned expert, made meaningful connections over a common form of expression. Our students are curious creators who value opportunities to learn from each other and engage new people — and have fun doing it!
We have several interesting events for students scheduled in the new year.
We’ll begin the spring semester with one of our most popular community events: our annual MLK Convocation on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. This year, writer and photographer Teju Cole is our featured speaker. I encourage your student to consider joining the hundreds of others who will attend the event. I also encourage you to send your student back prepared for the Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 5. The fair is open to all students from all majors and all class years, and is the perfect opportunity to discuss internships and careers with a variety of prominent employers. Check out the The Career Center website for more information.
The end of the fall semester can be a very stressful time for students, with packing, traveling, and final exams. Please remind your student that our dedicated team at the Counseling Center is available for support. In addition, the Women’s Center, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, student activities, and rec sports have already offered special events and activities to help students destress.
The campus is in good health at the moment—there are no major illnesses to report, largely as a result of our ongoing prevention efforts and students’ own awareness and vigilance. In the announcements section, please read an update from the health center about outbreaks of mumps reported recently at other colleges and what students can do to further mitigate their very low risk of contracting the disease.
Last week you received a message from Loyola’s president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., announcing my plans to leave Loyola for a position at Wellesley College after the spring 2017 semester. Since I arrived at Loyola five years ago, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to connect with many of you and work with some of the brightest, most committed students I’ve met in my 30 years in academia. I will be forever grateful for these experiences, and I am looking forward to experiencing more throughout the spring semester.
Wishing you the best holiday season,
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students