Chicago Star program expands to Loyola

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Six Chicago-based universities, including Loyola, are set to join the Chicago Star scholarship program says a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Star, which began one year ago, provides free tuition to City Colleges of Chicago for CPS grads who maintain a B average.

It has since expanded to provide a $5,000 break on tuition for students to finish a bachelor’s degree, which was first offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago in August, according to a DNA info article by Ted Cox.

Emanuel and City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman are scheduled to hold an event Tuesday to officially announce the expansion of the program to the following universities: DePaul, Loyola, Roosevelt, Governors State, National Louis and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

To learn more about the CPS Scholarship Program click here.

Loyola appoints new dean of School of Education

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Terri Pigott, PhD, has been officially appointed as the new official dean of Loyola’s School of Education.

Dr. Pigott has been serving as the interim dean for the school since last November.

Her appointment takes effect today, Oct. 1.

The following email was sent to the Loyola community regarding her official appointment.

In August, I reached out to her colleagues to collect feedback on her leadership abilities and I received an overwhelming number of messages in support of her work. Many comments focused on her thoughtfulness and fairness in decision-making, as well as her commitment to, and respect for, the goals of the school and the programmatic and research efforts of the faculty. Many also praised her collaboration with Ann Marie Ryan, PhD, the new associate dean of academic programs, and saw their work as a major asset that would yield effective partnerships with schools and community organizations in Chicago.

I have seen Dr. Pigott’s commitment to the School of Education and her focus on teacher preparation firsthand, and I am confident we picked the right leader for the school at a very important time. As statistics continue to show the need for more educators at both the local and national level, I know that Dr. Pigott will continue to move the school forward, remaining true to its focus on students’ academic, spiritual, and social formation.

Dr. Pigott’s research interests center on meta-analysis, a statistical technique for synthesizing research across studies. She is the methods editor for the Campbell Collaboration, an international organization that supports the production and dissemination of systematic reviews on social interventions, and serves on the editorial boards of Psychological Methods, Psychological Bulletin, and Elementary School Journal. Her University service includes work on the recent Higher Learning Commission University Accreditation Committee, chair responsibilities on the Faculty Appeals Committee, resource membership on the Academic Affairs Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, and a vice chair role on the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects (2006—10).

Dr. Pigott received her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Education from the University of Chicago, specializing in measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis. She started her academic career at National Louis University in 1990 and then served as associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago from 1996—1998. She joined Loyola’s School of Education faculty in fall 1998, was appointed associate professor in 2004, and then professor in 2011. In January 2013, she assumed the role of associate dean of faculty.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pigott on her new role as dean of the School of Education.


Samuel A. Attoh, PhD
Interim Provost

Brick thrown through window at Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chamber President Bill Morton was getting a cup of coffee early Tuesday morning, when a brick smashed through a window at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office.

Morton attributes the occurrence to recent cyber-attacks against him and the Chamber on social media.

CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos covers the story in more detail here.

Construction to block sidewalk at Loyola Red Line stop

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

The sidewalk on Sheridan Road near the Loyola Red Line stop will be partially obstructed due to track work beginning tomorrow, Sept. 30.

An email from Loyola’s Community Relations was sent to students regarding the construction.  It is shown below:

The Chicago Transit Authority is completing track work near the Lake Shore Campus this week. Beginning tomorrow, September 30, through October 2 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the sidewalk on Sheridan Road near the Loyola Red Line stop will have partial obstruction between 6443-6501 N. Sheridan. A northbound lane of traffic will also be closed. The campus entrance will remain open during this time.

CTA is currently making track improvements to remove slow zones and to improve rail service on the Purple Line as part of the Purple Line Express Track Improvement Project. The project will fix aging track infrastructure, including replacing ties and the restoration of track alignment from Lawrence to Jarvis.

For questions about the project, please contact the CTA at 1-888-968-7282.


Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations

Loyola Alert system to be tested

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago will be testing its alert system Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 pm.

The exterior emergency public address systems on Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will be tested, along with the message alert system.

Students were sent an email from Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety regarding the test.  It appears below:

The Department of Campus Safety will conduct a test for those who have registered for the Loyola Alert system on Wednesday, September 30, at 2:30 pm. A test of the exterior emergency public address systems on the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will also take place.

Those who have registered for Loyola Alert can expect to receive a phone call, text message, and/or e-mail, depending on which communication channel(s) they have chosen.

If you are already registered, please visit to verify that your information is correct. If you haven’t already registered, please do.

We strongly encourage everyone to register. We will ONLY use this system for critical on-campus emergencies that are of an immediate threat, including:

  • Barricade/hostage incidents
  • Severe and threatening weather incidents
  • National civil emergencies
  • Terrorist or other violent acts
  • Health emergencies (as ordered by public health authorities)

If you believe you signed up for Loyola Alert but after the test do not receive any or all of the delivery methods you’ve selected, go to and verify your contact information. If the information is accurate, and you did not receive communication or experienced a delay in receiving the messages, send an e-mail to

For more information, please review the FAQ here or contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or


Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Bishop, mayor to attend ceremony at Arrupe College

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Roman Catholic Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will headline the blessing ceremony of Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago at 3:30 p.m. Friday on the university’s Water Tower Campus, according to a university news release.
Students at Arrupe College. Photo courtesy
Students at Arrupe College.
Photo courtesy
The dignitaries will join University and Arrupe College administrators, board members, students, faculty, staff, and supporters to celebrate the opening of Loyola’s first associate’s degree program, according to the release.  
Launched this year, Arrupe College is a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated Chicago students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution after graduation. Students receive a degree that is fully transferable to more than 100 Illinois institutions, and they graduate with little to no debt. Nearly 160 students enrolled this fall, the news release said.

Loyola Family Weekend begins today

For three days, Loyola University Chicago is inviting parents and families of current Loyola students to explore the campus and take part in a series of activities in Rogers Park and across the city.

Families will get the chance to enjoy a family barbecue in the West Quad along with an on-campus Second City comedy show and fireworks on Saturday night.

Family Weekend kicks off tonight and continues until Sunday, Sept. 27.

For a schedule of events click here.

Man arrested in Sept. 11 Rogers Park shooting

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Nathanial Richardson has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Sept. 11 in which couple were shot in their car while driving on the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace.

The 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were driving by a roadside memorial when they were shot after offending the shooter with the loud, pumping music in their car.

The memorial in Rogers Park was for a 19-year-old slain gang member.

A DNAinfo article by Linze Rice reports the following details of the shooting:

The shooter was apparently “offended” by the song — and “boom, boom, boom,” police Officer Robert Dworak said Tuesday night at a community policing meeting.

Dworak didn’t identify the offending tune, but did tell residents the innocent victims — a 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — survived and are in good condition.

The couple are reported to be in good condition.