Loyola begins search for new athletic director

John Planek
Loyola University Chicago announced Wednesday that it will begin searching for a new athletic director as John Planek is stepping down after 12 years in the position and transitioning to a new role.

John Planek’s bio click here: John Planek

Here is a letter detailing the move from Robert Kelly,Vice President, Student Development:

“As you know, Loyola is committed to creating a student community that is second to none. The strategic plan spells out that commitment, and the reimagine campaign on the Lake Shore Campus includes phases of improvement aimed at this goal. A key part of reimagine is upgrading our student athletics facilities and programs to serve as a centerpiece of action and energy on campus.

As part of the process of “reimagining” athletics, we will begin searching for a new Athletic Director (AD) in the coming months. John Planek, PhD, will remain in his current position until a new AD arrives on campus, at which time he will transition to a new role. We are extremely grateful to John, who has served for the past 12 years as the leader of the athletic program and for his advancing of the department to its current state. His accomplishments include exceptional care for students who are both scholars and athletes, 25 regular-season and conference-tournament championships, improvements to the Gentile Center and soccer and softball fields, and additional staffing for coaching and support within the department. Please join me in thanking John for his years of service as Director of Athletics. The new AD will be in place by the start of the 2011–12 academic year.

As we enter a new decade, significant improvements in athletics facilities, additional resources to support athletics for players and spectators alike, and new-found leadership will be evident. Collectively, these changes reflect a new era in Loyola athletics, the goal being to improve campus life and enhance the student experience at Loyola.

I hope you will be sure to attend Midnight Madness on October 15 at the Gentile Center to help kick off the 2010–11 men’s and women’s basketball season. For more information on that event, visit LUC.edu/athletics.”


Robert Kelly, PhD
Vice President, Student Development

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Rogers Park woman dies after struck by minivan

An elderly West Rogers Park woman has died several days after she was hit by a minivan while crossing a downtown street, Chicago Breaking News reports.

Ann Marie Guerra, 70, of the 2100 block of West Arthur Avenue was declared dead about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Guerra was hit by a minivan in the 100 block of East South Water Street about 6:55 p.m. on Friday,  Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety told Chicago Breaking News.

 The minivan was headed east on South Water when Guerra apparently stepped out into traffic and was hit, he said.

 Information about whether the driver of the minivan, a Chicago resident, was cited, was not immediately available, police said.

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Rogers Park Business Alliance adds social media workshops

Rogers Park Business Alliance just launched its new social media Web site designed to help members “market [their] business or organization through social media and get the attention of a broad audience and create loyal customers.”

 Members can reap the benefits of the new Takin’ Care of Business initiative. Check out the news release:

Takin’ Care of Business

Rogers Park Business Alliance Presents: Takin’ Care of Business

Website Development
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Presented by: CJ Jelinek
Search engine traffic is vital to the success of e-commerce Web sites. Simply having a Website does not guarantee traffic. The most successful companies use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to enhance site traffic and increase online sales. However, hiring an SEO company can be very costly. Fortunately, there are still ways to achieve great results for little of no cost. Find out how!

Social Media
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Presented by: Linda Frothingham
Learn how to take advantage of the reach of social media to increase your visibility. Market your business or organization through social media and get the attention of a broad audience and create loyal customers. “Liking” your content on Facebook, Tweeting your offer on Twitter, generating a buzz about your business are just a few of the things you’ll learn how to do in this workshop. Find out how to get started!

 Workshops will be held at 1448 W. Morse Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m.  $10 for RPBA Members, $20 non-members. Space is limited – Scholarships are available.

For more information, info@rogers-park.com or 1.773.508.5885.

– Emmy Carragher

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Some students think Loyola shuttle is a gas

Loyola Student Dispatch recently asked Loyola University Chicago students what they thought about the university’s shuttle bus service. Here is another in a series of reports:

By Brendan Healy

Most students at Loyola University Chicago support the shuttle bus service that runs from the Rogers Park campus to the downtown campus, but think improvements can be made.

The shuttle bus runs in a continuous loop between the Lake Shore Campus and the Water Tower campus, at approximately 20-minute intervals, Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a.m. from the Water Tower and 7:30 a.m. from Lake Shore. The final two shuttle buses of the day are scheduled to arrive at both campuses at 12:30 a.m.

There is no shuttle service on Saturday or Sunday. After 8 p.m. the buses run about every 30 minutes. However, some students believe those rules aren’t always followed.

“One time I got to the 6:20 shuttle at 6:17 and it was already pulling away. I had to wait for the 6:40 shuttle and I was late for class,” said Erin White, 19, a sophomore Communication major.

The students insist there are positives to the shuttle program and that it deserves a good grade for efficiency.

“I’d give it a B+ to an A. It’s a fine service,” said Jake Brusha, 20, a junior communication major. “I like that it’s safer than the CTA because only Loyola students ride it.”

The consistency of the shuttle schedule is convenient for Loyola students traveling between the Water Tower and Lake Shore campuses.

“It comes every 20 minutes or half-hour,” said Matt Kamey, 19, a sophomore business management major. “The city buses are kind of sporadic.”

While some see positives and negatives to the shuttle bus, others dislike the service altogether.

“I think it’s always very crowded and never on time,” said Erin Gilroy, 21, a senior special education major.

One of the main complaints from students is the rush period, where a number of classes end at the same time creating a long line for the bus.

“I want the bus schedule to be geared around class schedules,” said Tim Doyle, 20, a junior marketing sport management major. “I know [the buses] fill up really quick.”

Along with rush periods, some students think night classes should warrant the 20 minute interval instead of the 30.

“At night, the shuttle sits for 15 or 20 minutes before it actually leaves,” said Lisa Reitz, 24, a higher education major. “9:30 p.m. should be considered a peak time, because a lot of students get out of their night classes then.”

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