Communication Career Week comes to Loyola

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It’s Communication Career Week at Loyola University Chicago, when students in the School of Communication learn about resume writing, interviewing and networking with employers.

Here’s an article on Communication Career Week from Inside Loyola:

School of Communication (SOC) seniors starting that much-dreaded job search are in luck. Recruiters from Chicago’s top companies will be at the Water Tower Campus on Tuesday, February 7, and the SOC is priming students by hosting a week full of workshops before the big day.

Print out your resumes and spend the evenings of January 30-February 2 learning how to get hired for entry-level jobs in journalism, advertising, public relations, and other communication fields. Loyola staff, alumni, and field professionals will be in Regents Hall on the 16th floor of Lewis Towers each of those days from 4-6 p.m. to offer advice about resumes,  interviews, and the importance of marketing yourself in person and on the web.

Cheryl Manley, office assistant and event coordinator for the SOC, says each two-hour long workshop will begin with a panel discussion and conclude with individualized instruction for students. “The first hour will be informative with heavy note taking, but the second half will be Q&A and small group meetings that will lead to more personalized information for a student’s career search,” she adds.

Edelman, ABC, Groupon, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times are just some of the companies that have confirmed their attendance at these workshops.

Here’s the complete SOC Career Week schedule with event descriptions:

Monday, January 30 – “Resumes and Cover Letters”
Industry professionals will meet with students one-on-one to review these two job application necessities. Bring plenty of copies of both documents to have them edited to perfection.

Tuesday, January 31 – “Bragging Rights… And Wrongs”
Learn what’s missing and should be missing (hint, hint) from your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Online branding professionals will teach students the best practices for building a strong, web presence. Bringing your laptop is advised.

Wednesday, February 1 – “Ready, Set, Interview”
You may look great on paper, but seal the deal by mastering the art of the interview. Loyola’s improv group, the 45 Kings, will provide some comedic relief by showing ways to NOT get the job. Attendees will then practice their skills in several four-minute, speed dating style interviews with potential employers.

Thursday, February 2 – “Look the Part, Get the Job”

Five student models will sport their interview-appropriate attire that was purchased on a college student budget. Notable Chicago hair and clothing stylists will explain what looks make for a positive first impression.

Manley recommends students bring resumes and dress professionally for each of the workshops. Food from nearby eateries such as Flaco’s Tacos, Wow Bao, and other Water Tower Campus favorites will be served at each event.

The social media-focused “Bragging Rights…and Wrongs” is brand new this year. Heather Trulock, career counselor at the Career Development Center, believes it’s a timely topic and warns, “It’s not just enough to be online” anymore. She adds, “Because there are more candidates than open positions, having a strong branded online presence is essential in differentiating yourself from the competition and landing your dream job or internship.”

On Tuesday, February 7, students can impress potential employers with their new job-seeking skills at the SOC Career Fair from 3-5:30 p.m. in Kasbeer Hall in the Corboy Law Center, located at 25 E. Pearson.

Martin Gahbauer, employer relations coordinator for the Career Development Center, confirms that 20 companies have signed up for the fair, including Chicago Public Media (WBEZ), Groupon, and Walker Sands Communications. He says it’s typical for others to register last-minute.

Businesses will pursue candidates for full-time positions and part-time internships, so students of all class levels are encouraged to attend.

Gahbauer advises job-seeking students to “have their resumes in hand, have done research on the companies and positions they are interested in, and be dressed smartly in business attire.”

The SOC Career Week/Fair has yielded success stories in the past. Dene Brown, a 2011 graduate, was a Career Week makeover model last year. Brown was a then long-time employee at Victoria’s Secret, and her wardrobe consisted of sweatpants, low-cut shirts, and graphic tees. During Career Week, she scored an interview at a mid-size advertising agency in the north suburbs. The interview, which was scheduled the day after the makeover fashion show, went swimmingly, and Brown got the job. She credits the makeover for much of her success and says she learned a valuable lesson during that week: “Let your creativity speak through your words and work — not your hair and clothes.”

The four workshops during the SOC’s Career Week are open to undergraduate students from any school. However, the Career Fair is restricted to students with SOC majors/minors.

McCarthy backs citizens’ right to record cops

By Raven Icaza/School of Communication Reporter

Momentum for the eradication of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act was high at a recent Loyola University Chicago panel discussion:  Shattered Lens: A Citizen’s Right to Film.

“It’s pretty much black and white, cut and dry to me,” said panel speaker Gary F. McCarthy, superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  McCarthy’s recent transfer from Newark, New Jersey to Chicago made him foreign to the statute which makes it a criminal offense to take an audio recording of police acting in public without their consent.

“It appears this whole issue is going out the window.  I actually am a person who believes in the audio and visual recording of police officers,” McCarthy said in his opening address.

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The controversial law in question is unique in the nation, punishable with up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.  With the rapid emergence of “smartphones” and other audio-video recording devices, the temptation to record public events, including the actions of law enforcement officials, is not uncommon.

Panel speaker Lucy Dalgish, executive director for Reporter Committee for Freedom of the Press was mostly concerned with the law’s infringement on the practice of newsgathering.

“Most of the time, the journalist is covering protests—we have always had occasional problems.  We are now working in this all the time,” Dalgish said.  Dalgish explained how journalists are more often targeted as perpetrators of this crime.

Though Illinois has more strictly outlined the statute, law enforcement in other states have acted similarly in opposing the use of recording devices.

Dalgish cited the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota where journalist Amy Goodman was arrested along with 2 producers for videotaping protesters.  They were later awarded a $100,000 settlement. St. Paul police departments implemented an online course to train officers how to deal with protests, with a portion of that curriculum drafted by RCFP.

Harvey Grossman, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, discussed the federal lawsuit ACLU entered to challenge the Illinois Eavesdropping Act.

“We received complaints all over the state,” said Grossman.  “We had never really thought about the restraints on us until we started up our website.  We realized it was a direct restraint to us as well.”

The ACLU filed suit in district court, asking to openly record and focus on police-civilian interaction in public places in a non-obstructive way.

“The federal district court gave us a short answer- the First Amendment didn’t provide such a right,” Grossman said.   The case has been appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court.

McCarthy directed the conversation to the use of technology in a “modern terrorism world.”

When giving an example of someone photographing the underside of a bridge, McCarthy argued “a police officer should be able to articulate and question why someone is recording something.”

“I can see why officers are concerned with suspicious activity.  I don’t think its compelling enough to ban general photography,” Dalgish responded.

Grossman said agreed, saying “the place where we run into trouble is where someone is prohibited from an activity like the prohibition of photography.”

It was generally agreed that the eavesdropping law needs to be changed.  Grossman believes more attention to this issue will be drawn during this spring’s G8 and NATO meetings.

“We think this law will be problematic during G8 and Nato.  It isn’t usual for people to engage in this behavior,” Grossman said.

For now, Grossman is “hopeful” about the Seventh Circuit appeal.  Until any change is made, McCarthy intends to uphold the work of CPD officers.

“If the law makes sense, doesn’t make sense, we’re in charge with enforcing it,” McCarthy said.  “The law is the law.”

Loyola among top schools producing Peace Corps volunteers

Loyola University Chicago ranked higher than Northwestern University and the University of Chicago for the number of Peace Corps volunteers it produces. Loyola ranks No. 17 with 26 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, an increase from 18 volunteers recorded in the field the previous year.

Here is the story from Inside Loyola:

This year for the first time ever, Loyola University Chicago enters the Peace Corps’s list of top 25 medium-sized universities nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. Loyola ranks an impressive No. 17 with 26 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, an increase from 18 volunteers recorded in the field the previous year.  Loyola also now ranks fourth in the state for Peace Corps volunteers this year. Since Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 418 Loyola alumni have served in the Peace Corps. For the full story on the Peace Corps’s college rankings, click here.

In addition to the ranking, the Peace Corps’s regional recruiting office has announced that Regional Recruiter Kendrall Masten, who served in Zambia, will host a Peace Corps Week Information Session on the Loyola campus. The session will occur on Monday, February 27, at 6 p.m., in the Quinlan Life Science Center, room 312.

 

Loyola plans 2.75% tuition increase for next year

At a time when colleges and universities are facing increased pressure to hold down tuition costs, Loyola University Chicago announced a relatively modest 2.75 increase in tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year.

In addition to tuition, Loyola’s room rates will increase by an average of 3 percent, and full-time student activity fees will increase by 5 percent.

The average cost for college tuition, fees and room and board rose 8.3 percent at colleges across the nation during the current academic year, according to Trends in College Pricing 2011, an annual report released by the College Board.

The continued trend toward rising tuition has many critics, including President Barack Obama. Speaking Friday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Obama  threatened to cut federal aid to the nation’s colleges and universities if they “jack up tuition” every year.

The University of Illinois recently came under fire after announcing a 4.8 percent increase in tuition and fees for 2012-2013.

In a letter to undergraduate students, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President and CEO of Loyola University Chicago, outlined the 2.75 percent tuition increase for next year:

Dear Student,

I wanted to give you as much advance notice as possible regarding tuition and other fees for the 2012-2013 academic year. In order to maintain the quality of our academic programs, the University’s Board of Trustees has approved an increase of 2.75 percent, effective fall 2012, in undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to tuition, room rates will increase by an average of 3 percent, and full-time student activity fees will increase by 5 percent.

I understand that news of a tuition increase is rarely welcome. You should know that our management and Board of Trustees carefully scrutinize our financial resources and needs to be sure that our increases are necessary and prudent. We work to keep these increases to a minimum while providing you with the level of education you expect and deserve for your investment in Loyola. For example, we have added new faculty this year to maintain appropriate classroom sizes. We are also improving facilities to include more modern classrooms, a true student center, and remodeled athletic facilities, while optimizing the costs for these essential projects.

We have taken actions across the board to improve efficiency as well as quality of experience. For example, students are now permitted to take up to 21 credit hours per term at the standard tuition cost, and summer online courses are now available to help students graduate on time. And, in keeping with our mission, Loyola continues to provide $134 million in annual financial aid to our students, approximately 93 percent of which is funded from operations.

For details about tuition, fees, and room and board costs for the 2012-2013 academic year, please visit LUC.edu/bursar. Thank you for being a valued part of the Loyola community. My best wishes to you for a successful spring semester.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO

Man shot in arm in Rogers Park

A man was hospitalized after being shot in the arm Friday evening in Rogers Park.

Here is the story from NBC-5:

A male, whose age was not immediately known, was shot in the arm at about 9 p.m. Friday in the 6300 block of North Rockwell Street in Rogers Park, Gaines said.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in stable condition.

Loyola plans changes to core curriculum

John Pelissero

Incoming students to Loyola University Chicago will need to take a required ethics course and an engaged learning course as part of core curriculum changes set to take place this fall.

Here are details from a message from Loyola Provost John Pelissero:

Loyola Community,

As part of our efforts to advance Loyola’s Strategic Plan, I am pleased to report that the Division of Academic Affairs has nearly completed a three-year process of revising the University Core Curriculum for undergraduate students. A proposal outlining the major tenets of the revision to the Core was presented to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Loyola Board of Trustees in early December, where it was reviewed, discussed, and enthusiastically approved. I am writing now to provide you with more details regarding the revised Core, along with the plan in place for its implementation, which is effective in Fall Semester 2012. You will find these same details on Loyola’s Core Curriculum website at LUC.edu/core.

The present Core Curriculum requires students to complete up to 15 courses across 10 key Knowledge Areas, along with 4 courses in the “Values” curriculum, selected from the Core or a student’s major. This model has, we believe, been emblematic of Loyola’s commitment to academic rigor, relevant skill development, and Ignatian values. Nevertheless, over the years, faculty, administrators, and students alike have recognized its limitations. These include: 1) the lack of an introductory-level ethics course, foundational in content and emphasis; 2) the absence of sequenced courses in the Knowledge Areas, allowing students the opportunity to study a subject area with deepening complexity; and 3) a deficit of engaging learning opportunities that better integrate student learning in the Core and the major.

To address the limitations of the present Core Curriculum, the University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) and the Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUS) have worked diligently with faculty, deans, academic staff, and students to develop three significant changes to the Core:

1)      A Foundational Ethics Course, required of all students, will replace the series of applied ethics courses that currently fulfill this requirement. Given the assumption that a foundation in ethics is a hallmark of a Jesuit education, this new ethics requirement will be fulfilled through introductory-level ethics courses taught by ethics faculty who reside in the theology and philosophy departments. (It should be noted that this is a new three-credit hour requirement and will not fulfill requirements in other knowledge areas, bringing the maximum number of required Core credit hours from 45 to 48 credits.)

2)      A Developmental Sequence for the Core will bring a sequential structure to the Knowledge Areas where two courses are required. Courses will be designated as either foundational or advanced. The foundational courses provide a common experience for all undergraduate students, while advanced courses provide broad curricular choices to the student for their further exploration.

3)      An Engaged Learning Requirement provides students with the counterbalance of ”learning in context” not routinely available in traditional coursework, as well as an integrating experience for the Core and the Major. Through experiential learning courses such as internships, service learning, field work, research with faculty, study abroad, public performances, and capstones, students will fulfill the engaged learning requirement, while earning three credit hours. Three of the Core Values—understanding diversity in the U.S. or the world, understanding and promoting justice, and understanding spirituality or faith in action—will continue to be incorporated into the Knowledge Areas courses but will not be separate requirements. In effect, the four-course requirement on Values has been replaced with a single course requirement in engaged learning.

A Core Implementation Committee was constituted shortly after the Trustees approved the recommended changes in December, and met to begin its work in earnest before the Christmas holiday. The committee, led by David B. Slavsky, PhD, director of the Center for Science and Math Education and professor of physics, has established broad implementation principles to guide its work. These principles commit to:

1)      Making a smooth and timely transition to the new Core
2)      Maintaining equity and fairness for all students
3)      Allowing sufficient flexibility to enable students to graduate in four years

The Implementation Committee’s work continues to address the needs of three distinct populations of students: Incoming first-year students; continuing Loyola students; and transfer students. The needs of each student population are being addressed carefully and systematically, with the overarching goal of supporting students’ efforts to graduate in a timely manner.

I could provide you with many more details regarding the new Core, but my message would be even longer than it already is. Instead, I invite you once again to visit Loyola’s Core Curriculum website at LUC.edu/core. We are in the process of developing the site to make it a trusted source of information regarding new requirements, descriptions and explanations, courses, guidelines for students, FAQs, and advising tools for faculty and academic advisors. I encourage students to visit the site in preparation for advising meetings as you get ready to register for classes for both summer and fall of 2012. Know that the Core website is a work in progress and that you should plan to visit more than once! You may also e-mail questions concerning the new Core to CORE2012@luc.edu.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Anthony Cardoza, PhD, faculty director of the Core Curriculum and professor of history, for his leadership in overseeing the Core Curriculum since 2009 and for the critical role he played in the Core revision. I would also be remiss if I did not thank the many individuals who have served over the past three years on the University Core Curriculum Committee, as well as other faculty and administrators who have contributed tirelessly to the Core revision. Your commitment to our students and service on behalf of the University is appreciated more than you know.

Sincerely,

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost

Loyola Health offers survival guide to lice

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the lice on your head.

Nobody likes lice. So Loyola University Health System is offering a lice survival guide:

They’re small, creepy and suck your blood. Every parent dreads it, but it’s inevitable—the “lice letter.” Though a lice infestation is about as common as a cold, trying to rid your life of them can be as much of a head-scratcher as those disgusting bugs themselves.

“I had treated kids with lice in clinic, but it wasn’t until my own kids brought those scratchy, nasty bugs into our house that I truly understood their impact,” said Dr. Hannah Chow-Johnson, pediatrician at Loyola University Health System and assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Often, there is a stigma that a person with lice is dirty or doesn’t keep their house clean. According to Chow this is untrue.

“There is no shame in having lice. In fact, they are attracted to clean, shiny hair so the assumption that only unclean people having lice is false,” said Chow.

She also debunks the myth that head lice carry dangerous diseases.

“Typically, lice do not transmit infections. It’s just creepy to think about and they are a nuisance to already busy moms and dads,” said Chow.

Lice are small insects about the size of a grain of rice which lay small whitish or brownish eggs called nits. These are glued to hair shafts and are usually found within an inch or two from the scalp. Nits typically hatch in eight to nine days.
And baby lice, or nymphs, take another eight to nine days to grow to maturity before mating. They are transmitted from person to person through activities like snuggling, hugging and sleeping in the same bed. They can’t jump or fly, but make their way around when people share hats, backpacks, clothes or by using someone else’s brush or comb.

“Lice need blood in order to survive, so lice that are not attached to humans typically die in two to three days,” said Chow.

Here are some symptoms of lice:
• itchiness (especially behind the ears and the nape of the neck)
• bumps on the neck
• sometimes there is a feeling of movement in the scalp

“Try checking your child’s hair once a week. It’s inconvenient but it’s far easier to deal with lice early on than after the bugs have been there for a month,” said Chow.

To check for lice she suggests:
• Purchase a fine-tooth comb. The combs that come with other over the counter anti-lice solutions are not fine enough to look for lice or nits.
• Get a white towel and sit your child by a sink filled with warm water. If your child has longer hair, part it in sections.
• Spray either water or nit spray on a small section of hair, and starting from the roots, pull the comb completely through the strand.
• Rinse the comb and wipe it off with the towel. Repeat until you have combed through all the hairs on your child’s head.

“It’s not enough to do a quick visual by parting your child’s hair. Lice move very quickly and evade your best efforts,” said Chow.

Lice are also tenacious and can’t be killed with a hot shower or strong shampoo. If you find evidence of lice treat all members of the household. Also, wash linens and towels on a hot setting of the washing machine. Anything you cannot wash place in a large trash bag, seal it tightly, and let it sit at least 72 hours. Don’t forget car seats, booster seats, back packs, hats and jackets. If you have one family member with lice, you are better off washing and bagging everyone’s items.

There are many different types of medications for lice, but remember many of these kill live lice, but DO NOT kill nits. If you do not remove the nits, the cycle will start all over again. I remember a patient of mine complaining that the lice kept coming back. That was partially true, as they never went away,” said Chow.

She suggests using products which help highlight nits visually. These do not require a prescription and are equally effective in eradicating live lice but not the nits. The benefit of these solutions is that they need to be on the hair only about 10-15 minutes before killing lice and loosening the glue from the nits.

“For children who have many lice and/or nits, you should check his/her hair daily as it is easy to miss lice and nits. This is best way to ensure you eradicate every single one. It takes just two to tango and produce more lice,” said Chow. “After having lice your child will be more susceptible to it for 6 weeks so I suggest continuing to use the anti lice products for those weeks and continue to check daily for lice and nits.”

To prevent future lice infestation it’s important to remember that lice do not like scents such as mango, rosemary or tea tree oil. Shampoos containing these scents will help deter them. Nit and lice-repellant sprays that should be used daily also are available.

“Be vigilant! Early discovery will save you a lot of time and energy. And in this instance other parents will be grateful your child didn’t share,” said Chow.