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Loyola at a glance


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT What’s past is prologue. —William Shakespeare, The Tempest As Loyola University New Orleans concludes the final year of its first century, Shakespeare’s words seem appropriate for the occasion. The prologue often sets the scene for the play. For Loyola, our past is a prologue that helps us to understand where we are today and envision possibilities for the future. During the past 100 years, Loyola has provided Jesuit education rooted in the liberal arts and sciences with the aim of freeing the individual person and allowing him or her to examine the world critically. As the achievements both past and present in this report illustrate, Loyola’s mission today is the same in many ways as it has always been. As we work toward the end of our first century, we also work to finalize the goals of Loyola 2012, the strategic plan meant to guide Loyola to its centennial. The plan focuses on enhancing Loyola’s Jesuit values and improving the overall collegiate experience for Loyola’s students. We have made great progress on both fronts in the past year. Last fall, we welcomed 1,002 new students and maintained a 77-percent retention rate, well above the national average. A Loyola education remains in high demand, thanks in large part to the substantial support of our alumni and friends, our excellent faculty, and our stalwart commitment to our mission.

Cover and Inside Cover Photos Then and Now: Marquette Hall, the centerpiece of Loyola University New Orleans’ campus, was completed in 1911. The first classes were held September 11, 1911.

Once complete, Loyola 2012 will provide both a strong foundation and great momentum to begin our next century. I am excited to begin a new era at Loyola, and grateful for the opportunity to help continue its noble legacy. With prayers and best wishes,

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., President

THE FINAL YEAR OF OUR FIRST CENTURY Loyola University New Orleans’ accomplishments in 2011 might appear exceptional, but in fact they reflect the values and strengths the university has demonstrated for 100 years. As we reflect upon the final year of our first century, we also look to the past to understand that our recent achievements are not isolated, but instead are part of a long tradition and a larger mission.

Though much has changed since Loyola was chartered in 1912, many things have not: • OUR STUDENTS’ CURIOSITY AND DEDICATION TO LEARNING








The combined classes of 1912 and 1913.

The Princeton Review ranked Loyola No. 1 nationwide for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction� in its 2012 Best 377 Colleges list. Our student body includes 39 percent ethnic minorities, and we host students from 24 countries.


Loyola’s diversity today is the result of challenging the status quo early on. In 1952, three years before the Montgomery bus boycott, Loyola’s School of Law admitted its first AfricanAmerican student, Norman Francis, J.D’55, H’82, Ph.D. Francis went on to become president of Xavier University of Louisiana—the nation’s only historically black, Catholic university—a position he has held for more than 40 years.

• Leah Michelle Birch, a computational mathematics senior, won a scholarship as part of the 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. She also studied over the summer at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

• Holly Marisa Gardner, a physics senior, was awarded the prestigious presidential scholarship from George Mason University, where she will pursue a doctoral degree in computational science and informatics. Gardner also participated in the 2011 Program for Women in Mathematics at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in its School of Mathematics.

• Adam Mayon, a piano junior, won first place in the piano division of the highly competitive 2011 Music Teacher’s National Association’s Young Artist Competition. The prestigious award included a $25,000 Steinway upright piano and invitations to play concerts in Chicago and New York.

• Loyola MBA students worked with local microbrewery NOLA Brewing to streamline the three-year-old company’s bottling process in a collaboration that was part of the Idea Village’s 2011 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Competition.

• History major Keaton Postler received a prestigious SHEAR/Mellon Fellowship to work on his thesis over the summer at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Norman Francis with Fr. Joseph H. Fichter.

Carl H. Brans, Ph.D., emeritus professor of physics, was elected this year by the American Physical Society (APS) for his outstanding contribution to physics, in particular for developing a gravitational theory alternative to Einstein’s theory of relativity. Fewer than half a percent of APS members are honored with this award.


Brans’ achievement comes in a long line of accomplishments by Loyola’s physics faculty. Fr. Karl Maring, Ph.D., established the physics program in the early 1930s, and in 1938, took charge of Loyola’s seismographic station. The station is still in operation and is the only seismographic station in Louisiana, and one of only a few in the South.

• Two Loyola law professors accepted positions in federal courts this year: Stephen Higginson, J.D., was voted unanimously by the U.S. Senate to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and Nannette Jolivette-Brown, LL.M., was nominated by President Obama for a federal judgeship in the eastern district of Louisiana.

• Thanks in part to biology professor Frank Jordan, Ph.D., and Loyola student researchers, the Okaloosa darter, a freshwater fish indigenous to the bayous of northwestern Florida, was downgraded from endangered to threatened on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list.

• Law professor Robert Verchick, J.D., contributed to a report to President Obama as well as an inter-agency working group for the “America’s Great Outdoors” campaign, a federal conservation initiative. Verchick is a former administrator within the Environmental Protection Agency. The American Library Association listed his book, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action in a Post-Katrina World, as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title this year.

• Josefa Salmón, Ph.D., professor of languages and cultures, conducted research in Bolivia for the 2010 – 2011 academic year on a Fulbright scholarship.

• Luis Mirón, Ph.D., dean of the College of Social Sciences, was a featured speaker at the Sixth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in New Orleans. Fr. Maring was assigned to Loyola University New Orleans in 1932.

• Alice V. Clark, Ph.D., professor of music history, was awarded a position in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar, “Art, History, and Culture in Rome, 1527 – 1798,” held at the American Academy in Rome.

We welcomed two new members to the Loyola Jesuit Community: Fr. Gregg Grovenburg, associate chaplain for sacraments and faith formation in the Office of Mission and Ministry; and Sylvester Tan, visiting assistant professor of English and languages and cultures.


Eleven Jesuits signed the charter on April 15, 1912, that formally inducted Loyola as a university. These 11 Jesuits constituted Loyola’s original governing corporation and established a robust physical Jesuit presence on campus, which is an integral part of a Loyola education today.

• The Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., director of Loyola’s Jesuit Social Research Institute, served as moderator for the week-long 2011 General Assembly in Rome of Caritas Internationalis. Caritas has member organizations in 165 countries that directly help 24 million people in 200 countries each year. It has 440,000 paid staff, 625,000 volunteers, and its member organizations have a combined estimated worth of U.S. $5.5 billion. This year’s assembly theme was “One Human Family, Zero Poverty.”

• The 2011 Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Campus Program went to Loyola’s iLIVE program, which provides all Loyola undergraduate students co-curricular experiences to discover, develop, and apply principles based on Jesuit values to build ethical and meaningful lives. The Jesuit Association of Professional Administrators, which works to promote excellence in Jesuit higher education, awarded the medal to Loyola.

• Sixteen Loyola students, faculty, and staff traveled to Belize to take part in the Ignacio Volunteer Program, founded 20 years ago by Fr. Ted Dziak, vice president for Mission and Ministry at Loyola. The volunteers run a summer camp Dziak founded that has graduated teachers, police officers, and even one Belizean senator. Loyola also operates an Ignacio Volunteer Program in Kingston, Jamaica.

Fr. Albert H. Biever, S.J., first president of Loyola University New Orleans, on the steps of Marquette Hall.

The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy addresses new challenges and works to infuse literacy promotion into every institution in the city. In 2011, it expanded its outreach into computer literacy labs throughout the city and continued work with the New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium. Petrice SamsAbiodun, Ph.D., the center’s director, was appointed to the Orleans Parish Workforce Investment Board, which allocates federal funding to workforce development programs.


The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy was dedicated to Loyola in 1999 to enrich the lives of people by helping them achieve their full potential through literacy. At that time, literacy was more narrowly defined, primarily as reading, writing, and basic problem solving.

• U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan led a Department of Education TEACH town hall meeting at Loyola, which also included Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, J.D.’85, H’05, and New Orleans Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence. The event honored excellent New Orleans teachers in hopes of inspiring the next generation of teachers.

• The Loyola School of Nursing, recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation’s best, was awarded a $985,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support student loans for nursing doctoral students.

• Loyola hosted “Debating Across Borders,” for which eight of the world’s best college debate students debated the topic of “securing liberty.” The Open Society Institute-funded program brought top students to Loyola from Turkey, Australia, Slovenia, the United States, Colombia, South Africa, Canada, and France.

• Former Louisiana death row inmate John Thompson, founder and director of Resurrection after Exoneration, shared his powerful story about injustice at the hands of the judicial system during a talk, “Prosecutorial Immunity: Deconstructing Connick v. Thompson.” Congresswoman Lindy Boggs and Fr. James C. Carter, S.J., announcing plans for the literacy center.

• Andre Perry, Ph.D., associate director for educational initiatives for Loyola’s Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, was a featured keynote speaker at the 39th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

• Republican political consultant Mary Matalin accepted an appointment as a visiting distinguished lecturer in political science at Loyola. She will develop public programming with national speakers on current events.

Loyola’s students and faculty take part in numerous activities that involve them intimately with the city that the Jesuits helped shape. Our law clinics, service learning program, and other social justice initiatives engage Loyola students in ways that enable them to help build a better world.


Loyola’s Jesuit heritage is part of a long history of Jesuit activity in New Orleans. In 1725, Fr. Nicholas-Ignace de Beaubois established a Jesuit House in New Orleans from which the Jesuits conducted outreach and ministry. It also included a school for males and females as well as a clinic that would eventually become Charity Hospital.

• The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice received two grants to expand its Workforce Justice Project, which educates, advocates, and litigates for low-wage workers in the greater New Orleans area. The law clinic and center also moved into a newly renovated facility, which provides better facilities for its clients.

• The Loyola program that teaches computer literacy to homeless men at Ozanam Inn received a grant to continue its efforts. Loyola students, faculty, and staff are involved in the program in a variety of ways, from acquiring equipment to teaching classes to conducting research on the psychological benefits of heightened computer literacy in homeless men.

• The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted by Loyola’s College of Business, provided aid to small businesses in Louisiana affected by floods from the Mississippi River in April and May of 2011. The SBDC acts as a first-responder for businesses after disasters, working on the ground immediately after to devise solutions to keep businesses afloat.

• Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., was appointed to and elected as chair of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission, which oversees the city’s Civil Service Department.

• Loyola English professor Jarret Lofstead partnered with the Louisiana Fr. Nicholas-Ignace de Beaubois welcoming the Ursulines to New Orleans in 1727 as depicted in “Landing of the Ursulines” by Paul Poincy, 1892. Courtesy of Jesuit Archives, New Orleans Provence, Society of Jesus, Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.

Humanities Center to create an event series that brings together prominent New Orleanians to discuss the intersection between money and culture.

Loyola continues its forays into mass media, in part through its illustrious alumni. This year, Emmy-winning journalist and Loyola alumnus Tom Llamas ’01 became anchor of WNBC’s 5 p.m. newscast in New York City, the nation’s largest news market.


In 1922, WWL (World Wide Loyola) radio was founded as a licensed station on Loyola’s campus. WWL broadcasted the first radio program in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and went on to become a local media empire. Loyola sold WWL, which then included a television station, in 1989.

• Loyola sculpture alumna Nancy Hairston ’90 and her company, MedCAD, developed a groundbreaking technique to use 3D technology to digitally develop custom cranio-facial implants and surgical planning devices for reconstructive surgeries. Through this work, Hairston is changing the lives of disfigured soldiers, accident victims, and cancer patients around the world.

• The South Coast Angel Fund, a venture capital enterprise launched by Loyola alumnus Clayton White ’76, M.B.A. ’93, J.D. ’07, and his partner Chastian Taurman began investing in south Louisiana’s burgeoning entrepreneurial community to provide capital to support high-growth businesses.

• Two Loyola law graduates, Ameca Reali, J.D. ’11 and Adrienne Wheeler, J.D. ’11, founders of Cooperative Advocacy for the People, were chosen as 2011 Fellows by Echoing Green, an organization that supports bold social visionaries.

• POISE, a nonprofit foundation launched by Dawson McCall ’04, continued to provide financial assistance to Project Uplift and two other educational organizations that help marginalized students in the United States and Africa.

• Loyola business alumnus Carlos Ayala ’57 passed away this year.

The “Dawnbusters,” featuring (left to right) Margie O’Dair, Pinky Vidacovich, and Henry Dupre.

During his life, he achieved remarkable success as an investor. Through a substantial planned gift to Loyola, he made one final investment: a $1.5 million gift to Loyola to support the College of Business’ finance program.

2010 – 2011 UNIVERSITY CABINET MEMBERS The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. President Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jay Calamia Vice President for Finance and Administration The Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J. Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Director of the Jesuit Center Bill Bishop Vice President for Institutional Advancement Salvadore A. Liberto Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost

2010 – 2011 REVENUES AND EXPENSES REVENUES Tuition and fees, net of aid Gifts, grants, and contracts Investment income Auxiliary enterprises Other sources

1,541,900 9,493,000 11,022,550 415,557 $94,342,069

EXPENSES Instructional $42,530,537 Research 172,267 Public service 1,346,882 Academic support 13,890,633 Student services 7,856,989 Institutional support 24,581,163 Auxiliary enterprises 6,421,592 $96,800,063

M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost

Net before Transfer

Tommy Screen Director of Government Relations

Transfer from Plant Fund

Gita Bolt General Counsel


Net after Transfer


$2,557,994 $100,000

Chartered in 1912, Loyola University New Orleans, one of the 28 Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the U.S., offers a welcoming campus atmosphere and a liberal arts and sciences education emphasizing self-discovery, the exploration of values, and the fostering of personal initiative and critical thinking.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS 2010 – 2011 PROFILE 11:1 Student to Faculty Ratio 4,982 Total Students 879 First-Year Students 39% Minorities 4% International Students 84% Undergraduates Receive Financial Aid 23% First Generation 5 Colleges 63 Undergraduate Programs 12 Graduate Programs

Loyola University New Orleans has fully supported and fostered in its educational programs, admissions, employment practices, and in the activities it operates the policy of not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation. This policy is in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines.


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President's Report 2011  

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