As summer break comes to a close, we are preparing the Evergreen campus for the fall. The College Center renovation is underway, and returning students will find new lighting and furniture in the Boulder dining area. The walkway toward the library and residence halls has been improved for safety. Upgrades in academic areas, such as Knott Hall, will provide better learning spaces for students.
As we look forward to welcoming your student to campus, we’re gearing up for a fun semester! All students are invited to kick off the year together at the Loyola Carnival on Sunday, Aug. 30, co-sponsored by SGA. Throughout the year, the Student Center will be a new hub for late-night programming, and the “Better Choices Better Hounds” campaign will soon launch with an abundance of fun and safe activities for students on weekend nights.
The national news continues to focus on some of the recent challenges related to April’s unrest in Baltimore. The crime reported in the news is relatively isolated to parts of the city that are not near Loyola’s campus. We continue to use staff and resources to ensure a safe campus environment, and Loyola’s Campus Safety stays in close communication with the local police. All first-year students will receive a safety briefing during welcome weekend, and returning and transfer students will discuss safety as well as on-campus programming during floor meetings when they return. There will also be opportunities for students and faculty to discuss these issues from an intellectual and justice perspective.
Here are a few reminders to help you through the last few weeks before your student returns:
I hope you enjoy these last weeks of the summer break with your student. I look forward to seeing you on campus this fall.
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students