Sammy Danna retiring after 40 years at Loyola

By Samuel Forrest

The School of Communication at Loyola University of Chicago will be honoring Professor Sammy R. Danna on Thursday, May 24 for his distinguished instruction and the creation of Loyola University Chicago’s radio station, WLUW, 88.7-FM, as he retires this year after a 40 years.

Here is an email link sent by the School of Communication with more details.

This spring, the School of Communication is celebrating an extraordinary person. Dr. Sammy Danna, who has served as a full-time faculty member since 1980, will retire after more than 40 years of service to the University.

Whether you know Sammy as a distinguished colleague, worked with him at Loyola radio (WLUW, WLUC or WLT), or his frequent visits around campus, join a celebration of his tenure. An open-house, chaired by two of Sammy’s former students, will be held on:

Thursday, May 24th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
School of Communication lobby
Open House Registration

The open house is free to attend, but please register to assist with planning.

Dr. Danna was instrumental in founding WLUW 88.7 FM, Loyola’s owned and operated radio station, which continues to be student-run and committed to the Jesuit philosophy of ethical action. Sammy’s influence also extends beyond the radio studio. Two alumni, graduating 22 years apart, have the same inspired thoughts on Dr. Danna:

When people use the all-too cliché term these days of “encouraging life-long learning,” I feel like Dr. Danna well may have authored the statement.  Dr. Danna has always made it a point to enrich himself and keep his own learning alive, thus, being a tremendous asset and example to every student he ever taught.  In addition, he challenged each of us to be better and to pursue our dreams. –Lorraine Nelson, BA ’90

Dr. Danna has a vast knowledge on almost every subject. There is never a question about his expectations and requirements from you – whether it is in his class or for private research. What Dr. Danna expects from his students is their best. He knows the high level of commitment that Loyola commands and has exemplified it through his own hard work every day of his career. –Parker Simensen, BA ’12