Thank you to those of you who joined us last week for our President's Week Celebration. Approximately 1,000 community members gathered for a week of Rambler festivities all rooted in faith, community and connection.
Please view our photo gallery and videos below to relive the celebration.
In the spirit of our Ignatian tradition, the week began on Tuesday, November 1, when the Loyola community gathered to celebrate the Feast of All Saints with Mass presided by Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ.
On Wednesday, November 2, a great crowd enjoyed our celebration of the arts—“Lights, Camera, Action! From Loyola to the Silver Screen”—at the beautiful Greenhouse Loft in Chicago. Loyola alumni and filmmakers Paul Detjen ’02, Meredith A. Lavender ’96, Matthew A. Cherry ’99, James C. Boratyn ’07 and Colleen A. Shaw ’07 talked about their work and showed short clips of their films to a captivated audience.
The next day, we were treated to a tremendous luncheon at Gibson's Steakhouse for "Excellence On and Off the Ice" as Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, his son, Daniel R. Wirtz ’95 and Blackhawks announcer Patrick J. Foley '72 discussed their winning leadership practices.
Later that evening, guests enjoyed a night of networking as some of the Loyola community’s most influential and innovative business leaders reflected on the Jesuit values that have guided them in their careers and share their stories and strategies for success: Hanley Dawson IV ’86, president of the Patrick Dealer Group; Jimmy Samartzis ’94, vice president of food services and the United Club at United Airlines; Ryan M. O’Donnell ’95, owner of Gemini Bistro and Coda Di Volpe; Sarah A. Hamilton ’99, managing director at Kivvit; Erin Casey Wolf ’98, cofranchisor of Bella Bridesmaids; Michael A. Salvatore ’99, owner of Heritage Bicycles General Store and Heritage Outpost; and Loyola parent Susan Hayes Gordon, senior vice president and chief marketing and external affairs officer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Mass and Dinner with the President was held on Saturday, November 5 , at Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus. The Madonna della Strada Chapel provided a stunning backdrop to Mass and the Sister Jean Schmidt Ballroom hosted Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, and guests for dinner. Fr. McGrath reflected on Loyola’s time-honored Jesuit traditions and shared his vision for the future.
President’s Week came to a close with a Family Mass on Sunday evening where we honored longtime Loyola educator Joseph Taylor, the recipient of our 2016 Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ, Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Youth.