Loyola hosts the 3rd Annual BRIDGE Symposium


Students interested in pursuing a graduate education have an opportunity to “build roads” to increase diversity in graduate education at Loyola University Chicago‘s 3rd Annual BRIDGE Symposium.  According to Loyola’s University Calendar, Graduate Students of Color Alliance, Latin American Student Organization and Minority Association of Pre-Health Students will be sponsoring the event from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The BRIDGE Symposium is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate education and are looking to obtain further information on how to apply and survive graduate schools.

This year’s Symposium will feature a Q & A, insider tips on applying and surviving graduate school, an essay contest open to Loyola undergraduate students, opportunities to sign up for our mentoring program and a reception as well.

For further details, contact Sandra Vanegas at svanegas@luc.edu.

-Jordan Gutterman

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Loyola praised for producing strong educators

Some of Illinois’ reputable teacher education programs are leaving future educators unprepared for the classroom, according to a news report released Tuesday by Chicago Breaking News.

But the report says that Loyola University Chicago’s Education Program is making the grade.

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated 111 undergraduate and graduate programs in 53 schools across the state and found several to be inadequate, specifically in math and reading education. This included Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University, two of Illinois’ largest producers of teachers.

“If you look at what it takes to become a doctor or a lawyer, the prescription is remarkable,” said Kate Walsh, president of the Washington-based research group. “Well, here with ed schools, we’re talking about a free-for-all.”

Northwestern University was the only school of all evaluated programs to earn an A-minus on the NCTQ’s grading scale. Other institutions praised for their strong overall education programs were: Elmhurst College, Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at both Chicago and Ubrana-Champaign campuses, and Principia College. Graduate programs that received high marks were the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Despite the results of the evaluation, education deans from schools rated both low and high rejected the report’s conclusions. One called it “just a small piece of the puzzle.”

The council on teacher quality began the review of Illinois education schools last year and plans to broaden the study to include 1,400 education programs across the country in 2012. The nonpartisan group advocates for changes in teacher education, training, and quality.

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-Allie Stigall

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Theater performance to shed light on mental illness

Erasing the Distance will come to Loyola University of Chicago to perform its “Facing the Rain”: College Edition on Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Center Galvin Auditorium.

Erasing the Distance is a group devoted to shedding the light on mental illness through theater.  Since 2005, Erasing the Distance has become one of the nation’s most creative leaders in generating increased understanding, compassion and insight around issues of mental health.

Their performance at Loyola will showcase five different true-life stories of people who deal with mental issues.

This event is part of Psychology Week at Loyola, which takes place from Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19.  It is sponsored by the Psychology Club, the American Medical Student Association, and Psi Chi and funded by SAF.  The event is open to the public and free of charge.

For more information or if you have questions, e-mail:

Christina Amaro: camaro1@luc.edu (Psychology Club)
Lauren Potthoff: lpotthoff@luc.edu
or Tameer Siddiqui tsiddiqui2@luc.edu (AMSA)

– Cassie Sheppard

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Loyola microbiologist wins Pasteur Award

Paul Schreckenberger, PhD, has won the 2010 Pasteur Award from the Illinois Society for Microbiology for significant and outstanding contributions in his field.

Here is the news release from the Stritch School of Medicine:

Microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger, PhD, of Loyola University Health System has won the 2010 Pasteur Award from the Illinois Society for Microbiology.

The award recognizes individuals who have made “significant and outstanding contributions in the field of microbiology.” Eligibility is not limited to members of the society or to Illinois residents.

Schreckenberger received the award during the society’s fall meeting in Des Plaines, Ill. The society is a branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Schreckenberger is director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Loyola and associate director of molecular pathology. He is a professor in the Department of Pathology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Schreckenberger has been active in the field for 40 years, teaching and directing clinical microbiology laboratories. He is co-author of the Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. He has written more than 180 articles, abstracts, monographs and self-study courses, and is a member of the editorial boards of two major journals.

– Kara Romonosky

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CTA bus stops turn up the heat this winter

Red Line riders in Rogers Park can be comforted in knowing that additional heat shelters and benches will be installed this winter at the Jarvis, Morse and Loyola stops, according to Chicago Now’s CTA Tattler.

Citizens voted earlier this year in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process to fund the extra amenities. And Alderman Joe Moore has been working with the CTA to install them before winter hits. “People decided by their votes that these amenities were important to them,” said Alderman Moore. “It’s these little things that mean a lot.”

From the CTA’s perspective, “The process worked very well and as a result community members are able to get the specific improvements they want for all to benefit from on a daily basis,” said CTA President Richard Rodriguez. “The CTA very much appreciates the funding support provided to enhance its facilities.”

In the Participatory Budgeting project, 49th Ward citizens voted on how to spend about $1.3 million in so-called aldermanic “menu money.”

This is a great way to get new CTA amenities without busting the CTA’s budget. Other examples can be found at the Red Line Wilson station where a $3 million rehab is being funded through the Wilson Yard TIF.

– Cassie Sheppard

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Memorial service to honor noted Loyola surgeon

A Memorial service will be held at 4:30 Friday for noted Loyola University Hospital surgeon Dr. Roque Pifarré.

Dr. Pifarré was a surgeon at Loyola University Hospital and was the first to perform Illinois’ first heart transplant in 1984.

Here are portions froma news release by Stritch School of Medicine:

“Dr. Pifarré had a profound impact on Loyola’s heart program and he will be greatly missed,” said Dr. Paul Whelton, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System.

Under Dr. Pifarré’s leadership, more than 25,000 cardiac procedures were performed at Loyola. Dr. Pifarré established the heart transplant program and performed Illinois’ first heart transplant in 1984. He also performed the state’s first heart-lung transplant in 1986 and first placement of a Jarvik-7 artificial heart in 1988.

“He was not afraid to try new things or new approaches to help his patients,” said Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos, chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Loyola. “Dr. Pifarré had confidence in his ability, and with good reason. He was one of the most accomplished surgeons I have known.”

Another colleague, retired cardiologist Dr. Rolf Gunnar, said, “It always was a delight to send patients who needed surgery to Dr. Pifarré, because I was confident the outcome would be successful.”

Dr. Gunnar, who was chairman of the Department of Medicine at Loyola, said Dr. Pifarré also was a great teacher. “He taught by example and trained many wonderful surgeons, including my son,” Dr. Gunnar said.

Dr. Pifarré died June 21 in Barcelona, Spain. He was 80.

Dr. Pifarré was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Lleida, Spain. His interest in biological sciences began in high school. He earned his medical degree from Barcelona University Medical School in 1953. Dr. Pifarré completed his internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, N.J., and his residency in general surgery at Prince George’s General Hospital in Cheverly, Md.

Dr. Pifarré completed a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at Georgetown University and earned a MSc degree from McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Pifarré had an appointment in surgery at Georgetown before joining Loyola as chief of the section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1969. Under Dr. Pifarré’s leadership, the section became the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

In 1978, Dr. Pifarré received the Civil Merit Award from King Juan Carlos of Spain for outstanding contributions to the field of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. In 1982, Dr. Pifarré received the Stritch School of Medicine’s highest honor, the Stritch Medal.

In 1983, Dr. Pifarré was listed as one of Chicago magazine’s Top 40 Doctors. In 1995, he was the first to be named the George M. Eisenberg Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences at Loyola. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Canada’s Royal College of Surgeons. He retired from Loyola in 1996.

The many honors Dr. Pifarré received never went to his head. “He was a humble, down-to-earth guy,” Dr. Bakhos said. “He was very nice and very gentle, and his patients loved him.”

Dr. Pifarré is survived by his wife, Teresa; one brother, Pere, and one sister, Joana.

– Yasmin Darwish

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Loyola entertained and educated by Muslim show

By Melanie Enright

Rohina Malik performed a one-woman live show for the Loyola University Chicago community Thursday night, providing an insight into the racism and hate crimes which Muslims endured in the aftermath of September 11.

Malik was able to show multiple sides of the hate towards Muslims as she portrayed five very different women, each with their own unique story of how their lives were affected after the attack on the World Trade Center.

“She not only made the viewer see the difference between being Muslim and Arab (a very common misconception), but made them see her as a human being…treated horribly by the color of her skin, or by the religion she practices, two fundamental rights in this country,” said Lena Asfour, a senior at Loyola and President of the Middle Eastern Student Association, which sponsored Thursday’s event.

Although Malik’s message was a serious one, she was able to keep the audience laughing throughout the show as she articulately weaved humor into each of the five stories. There were several hilarious one-liners and the five characters themselves were all charming and relatable.

Galvin Auditorium, the location of the performance, was packed with students, faculty and even neighborhood locals. It was a truly diverse crowd as both Muslims and non-Muslims attended the performance.

“The Arab or Muslim students were really happy that we brought someone to campus who could articulate the trials that we all went through as children during 9/11. It was really an isolating experience and the students who attended felt that she did a wonderful job articulating the confusion,”  Asfour said.

The non-Muslim or Arab students also seemed to be extremely impressed with Malik’s show. However, they were also able to take away from it a new understanding that they may not have learned nine years ago.

“Our generation was young in that time and they may not have been aware of what was happening. I think it gave them a new sense of understanding especially on why Arabs and Muslim groups seem to isolate themselves from others due to a lack of trust in their American brethren. They now know where that lack of trust stems from,” Asfour explained.

As the title hints, Muslims–and in this case Muslim women–should not have to suffer because of their “veils,” or hijab which they wear to cover their hair as a religious expression. In one eloquent and meaningful statement Malik reflected this idea in her show.

“You see I wear a veil on my head, but my heart is not veiled.”

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