More than 300 students and faculty gathered Wednesday afternoon for the unveiling of the new statue, Los Lobos de Loyola at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus.
The artist C. Fransico “Pancho” Martinez sculpted Los Lobos de Loyola that is currently in between Dumbach Hall and Cudahy Science hall, but will eventually be moved to West Quad, the lawn near the entrance of Halas Sports Center.
There are plans to have a fireplace in front of the statue that will be lit before sports games.
“The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted that statue for Loyola,” said the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola.
Garanzini first saw the statue at a Jesuit school in Mexico City, and asked for artist of the sculpture and his contact information.
He soon contacted Martinez and asked him to create a similar statue for Loyola.
“Los Lobos de Loyola is fitting for the campus because it features two wolves and a kettle that are also existing on the university’s crest,” Garanzini said.
The sculpture stands 8 feet tall and weighs more than two tons.
It will be a reminder of Loyola’s history and founder St. Ignatius. The wolves are a replica of the ones found on his coat-of-arms.
“Los Lobos de Loyola will become a symbol of the university,” said Robert D. Kelly, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Development.
The statue will be a reminder to the students and faculty St. Ignatius, and his willingness to help others.
“It is our mascot come to life,” said M. Grace Calhoun, Director of Athletics. “It will bond us to the Loyola community.”
Students also well received the new addition to the Lake Shore Campus.
“I think it’s great to have something to remind us of our history,” said Julia McGannon, 20, a junior International Studies major. “Los Lobos will cause students to stop and enjoy the beauty of Loyola.”
The new student center at the Lake Shore Campus will be completed in about a year and we are looking for creative students to help us name various areas of the building. Specifically, we are asking you to help us name three important areas of the 100,000 square-foot building. This is a great opportunity to be creative, be original, and be a part of Loyola history!
Common Lounge (area will actually be located on the first floor of the adjacent Halas Sports Center; this area is scheduled for completion in 2014)
Submissions will be accepted through March 30, 2012. At that time, the Name Game Committee, which consists of professional staff members, USGA student reps, and other student leaders, will convene to select the finalists for each of the areas. After finalists are accepted, the Loyola student body will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite names the week of April 9. Winners will then be announced during the Weekend of Excellence on Saturday, April 21.
Winners will have the opportunity to select from one of three prizes: a $500 Loyola bookstore credit, a $500 airfare voucher, or a $500 Groupon credit. In addition, winners have the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy at Loyola University Chicago.
Questions can be directed to Bryan Goodwin, director of student centers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Name Game Committee
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