Friday February 5, 2021
Hello, friends:

 For a number of years we’ve joked around the department that “February is the cruelest month…” mainly due to the number of converging events, recruitment efforts, searches, performances and exhibitions—a liminal month caught between catching up after the holidays and planning for next year.  This February is proving to be both the same and different—we’re still caught in the February vortex of swirling events and initiatives, but because we’ve been functioning this way for almost a year now, it’s somehow a little less painful.  We’ve learned to function in a state of uncertainty without sacrificing too many of our goals along the way. 

As we slowly but surely participate in the gradual “re-opening” of the campus and of the city, it’s important that we continue to show the care for one another and for ourselves that we’ve embraced since last March.  Our DFPA community has thus far weathered the crisis with grace and enthusiasm—let’s be sure to continue now that the end is in sight!

Upcoming Events
College of Arts & Sciences Presents Series on Global Racism
  • February 8, 2021: Race and Politics in America, Eddie Glaude, PhD, Princeton University - Sponsored by the African Studies and African Diaspora Studies Program
  • February 24, 2021: Immigration and Racism in Europe with Jean Beaman, PhD, UC, Santa Barbara - Sponsored by the European Studies Program
  • March 17, 2021: Slavery, Imperialism, and Race in the Muslim World with Rudolph Bilal Ware, PhD, UC, Santa Barbara - Sponsored by the Islamic World Studies Program
  • April 8, 2021: Pigmentocracies and Ethno-Racial Relations, Edward Telles, PhD, UC, Irvine - Sponsored by the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program
  • April 21, 2021: Perspectives on Race and Caste in the U.S. and India with Suraj Yengde, PhD, Harvard University - Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program

2021 Student Juried Exhibition
Image: Holding it Together by Abby Haworth
Feb 5 - Mar 5 | Ralph Arnold Gallery
For over twenty years the Annual Student Art Competition has showcased the best student work being created at Loyola. Students from all majors have been invited to submit artwork created in the last year for consideration by this year’s juror, Chicago artist Ruby T. From a strong pool of over 100 submissions, Ruby T. has selected the most outstanding works based on their level of originality, thoughtfulness, and skill. The best of these submissions are represented in this exhibition, where the most exceptional artworks will be honored during the opening reception with first, second and third place. Our students bring a variety of talents and ideas to this exhibition: visitors can expect to see painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and interesting combinations thereof. The Student Art Competition gives Loyolans the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery as part of an exhibition that celebrates the creativity and talent on our campus.
Virtual Reception and Awards
Saturday, Feburary 20, 2021 @ 6:30PM | Registration Link
From Dream to Reality: Voices of Hope and Action
Celebrating Black History Month
For more information on other events celebrating Black History, visit here.
  • February 22, 2021: 150 Scholars program, What is At Stake in the Study of Race in the Early Modern Period?, featuring Ian Cornelius | REGISTER

Artist in Residence, Aram Han Sifuentes
Mar 12 – Apr 11 | Ralph Arnold Gallery
The DFPA is pleased to present Han Sifuentes’ upcoming exhibition Let Us Vote! Voting Stations for Those Who Legally Can't at the Ralph Arnold Gallery. Virtual public programming associated with this exhibition will take place in March and early April.

According to the U.S. Election Project, in 2016 28.6% of Americans, equating to 92 million people, were disenfranchised and ineligible to vote in the presidential elections. The Official Unofficial Voting Station is an art project that creates symbolic voting events, performances, and art installations for those whose votes are suppressed due to disenfranchisement. Disenfranchised groups include youth under 18, non-citizens, incarcerated and ex-felons (depending on state laws), residents of U.S. territories, and those without government issued I.D.s (depending on state laws). 

What can voting look like if it were more accessible? What can voting look like if the disenfranchised could be the ones to determine what shows up on the ballots? Ballots and ephemera from the 2020 Official Unofficial Voting Stations will be on view in addition to Loyola student projects created in FNAR 393. Official Unofficial Voting Station is a site of empowerment, site for protest, site for sharing resources, site for social engagement and discussion, and is a collective art project making disenfranchisement visible and fighting against it in the United States.

Virtual Performances
Distant Singing
Distant Singing: An Exploration in Music, Imagery, and Spoken Word
With classes meeting remotely and no opportunity to gather safely together for in-person music-making, the music ensembles, like other classes, shifted to a virtual format—challenging under any circumstances, but particularly difficult for musicians, since the sound delay over Zoom and other platforms makes it impossible to actually make music in sync with one another.  But, in a combination of small and large groups and using various sound recording and editing technology, the Loyola ensembles kept singing and playing.

The Women’s Chorus created this work, called “Distant Singing,” as a way to use word and music to explore what this semester was like for this group of college students. Part 1, “Where we are,” explores the isolation of being separated from one another in our own places, as individual voices wordlessly hum the melody of the hymn. In Part 2, “Missing, Learning, and Dreaming,” we hear the spoken voices of the chorus, as they name some of the things they miss, things they have learned, and what they dream of for the future. The musical backdrop during this part evokes the experience of trying to sing together in a virtual gathering; various vocal lines, fragments of melodies, not really in sync with each other but creating their own unique beauty as the different notes mesh and overlap. Finally, in Part 3, we hear the ensemble sing the hymn together as a unified virtual choir.
The Women’s Chorus is delighted to celebrate the first week in Black History Month with the release of our final project from the Fall semester: “Breaths,” a choral piece by Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, set to words by Senegalese poet and storyteller Birago Diop. 

Birago Diop (1906–1989) was a storyteller, poet, veterinarian, and diplomat from Senegal. He drew inspiration from the traditional West African folk tales he heard and learned during his time working as a veterinary surgeon throughout the region; he is known today as one of the most outstanding African francophone writers of the 20th century. His poem “Breaths” is adapted and translated here and set to music by Ysaye Barnwell, an American composer, singer, storyteller, speaker, and educator. She was a member of the group “Sweet Honey in the Rock” from 1979-2013 and continues to speak and present workshops on African-American singing and community-building through music. Together, in this work, they remind us to listen to the voices of the natural world around us, and hear, in them, the wisdom and breath of the ancestors who came before us. 

Important Dates for Advising & Registration
  • February 10 – 14, 2021: First spring break for students
  • February 22-23, 2021: Summer registration Express Advising
  • March 1, 2021: Graduation application deadline for December 2021 graduates
  • March 6-10, 2021: Second spring break for students
  • *March 29, 2021: Deadline to withdraw with a “W” grade. *Deadline is TBD by provost
  • April 1-5, 2021: Easter break for students
  • April 15-16, 2021: Pre-registration and check your grad audit Express Advising
  • April 19-21, 2021: Fall 2021 Registration week Express Advising (extended hours until 5 pm)
  • April 22-23, 2021: Fall 2021 Registration week Express Advising (regular hours until 3:30 pm)
  • May 3-8, 2021: Final exams week
Access & Resources
Periodic Access to Campus
The Mundelein Center will remain a restricted building for the spring semester.  The University will continue to provide periodic access to restricted buildings on an established schedule so that Campus Safety can staff and/or monitor buildings with video surveillance.
Anyone accessing campus for any reason should make sure they complete the Symptom Checker before arriving each day. Please familiarize yourself with our Return-to-Campus Website, as well, to learn more about Loyola's Required Personal Safety Practices and workplace guidelines, which have been implemented to protect the health and safety of our entire community.
Mundelein Center Access on Tuesdays (east, west, and south doors) | 9:00am – 4:00pm
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25

Faculty and staff with work areas in other buildings, like the Ralph Arnold Annex, should request access by emailing Provide a specific date you wish to access your work area, with a minimum of two days’ advance notice.
Main Office Student Assistant
Main Office student assistant Samantha Gillooley will be monitoring the DFPA inbox ( closely Monday-Friday during Spring 2021.
Teaching Resources
While our operating budgets remain constrained, if you are in need of materials, technology, equipment or supplies to appropriately support the teaching of your courses we will do our best to support those requests.

Please submit this request form, as soon possible to anticipate supply chain interruptions and increased delivery times. In most cases, materials would be shipped directly to your home.
Professional Development
Although the University travel restrictions are still in place, there may still be professional development opportunities for which you can seek funding from DFPA.  If there is a class, seminar, workshop, online conference or other opportunity you would like to attend, please reach out to Mark (faculty) or April (staff), or submit your requests using this link.
Engaging Guest Artists
If you have been approved to sponsor guests in your courses, please complete the following Guest Artist Payment Form to initiate the payment of their honorarium. 

Adobe Creative Suite "at home"
If you are teaching a class that requires Adobe Creative Cloud access, note that we are centrally coordinating that access for students with ITS. You do not need to contact them directly; rosters are being sent and individual students will be issued an “at home” license through this program for the semester. 

  • Initial rosters were communicated to ITS on last month.
  • If there are changes in the enrollment of a course and you have an additional student that requires access, please submit a request directly to the ITS Service Portal, search “Adobe Creative Cloud Access” and submit for student access
  • If you have questions about whether your class is included, please reach out to April Browning at
  • If you need personal access to Adobe Creative Cloud, you should complete a service request through the ITS Service Portal, search “Adobe Creative Cloud Access” is the search bar. 
Student Instrument Rental
The DFPA maintains a limited inventory of musical instruments that are rented to music students for $40 per semester on a first-come, first-served basis. Students interested in renting a DFPA-owned wind or string instrument should complete and submit an Instrument Usage Contract. After submitting the Instrument Usage Contract, the Operations and Concert Manager will respond to confirm the availability of the instrument requested and provide instructions for payment and pick-up.

Programming & Events
Virtual Performances
This semester all our public programming will be virtual, primarily over Zoom. 
Our ever-evolving listing of events and where tickets can be reserved/purchased is still here:

Faculty and staff may request comps via the comp request form for events that have a ticket fee. 

To increase the accessibility of our performances we have reduced ticket prices to our Newhart productions and have many free performances as well. Patrons will also be able to choose to pay more for a ticket if they are able. 

Telling Our Story & Promoting Our Events
This semester, the Marketing & Communications office continues to welcome the following items to feature either on the website or on social media: 
  • Student work
    As the semester gets under way, keep an eye out for stand-out student work that is either in-progress or finished. We want to feature student process and progress, student research and writing, as well as you and your class topic.

  • Classroom/studio adaptations
    What forms of content delivery are you experimenting with? How are you adapting arts instruction – demos, presentations, technique instruction, feedback/critique structures – in this digital environment? What translates? What does a rehearsal look like now? What does an applied lesson look like now? What unique challenges are you working through in your discipline? How are your students embracing or resisting our  online environment? What things are you trying out to sustain a sense of classroom/studio community? How are issues of racial justice, political change, and public health being foregrounded in your classes? How are these conversations intentionally or unintentionally coming up in the online classroom in relation to the fine and performing arts? Please be in touch if you’re interested in inviting us into your online classes. 

For submissions, ideas, or related questions, please contact Jose Perez at
Action Items
Updated Contact Information
It is important for a variety of reasons that we have your updated home phone and address while we are working remotely, please complete this form to update our records. Thank you!
Faculty Profile Updates
If you do not currently have a faculty profile on the DFPA website or would like to update your profile, please complete, and submit the Biography and Headshot Form. Faculty pages are among the most frequently visited pages on our website. Students often look up faculty when they’re shopping for classes so it is important to keep your profile current. 
Phone and Internet Reimbursement Requests
Due to COVID-19 and needing to teach and work remotely all university employees who incur costs for using personal cell phone and/or home Internet data plans are eligible for reimbursement of such costs up to a total of $50 per month. Faculty are eligible for reimbursement starting September 2020 – December 2020.  To request your reimbursement please complete this form. If you have any questions related to Phone/Internet Reimbursement, please reach out to Patricia @  
Descriptions/Instructions for applications can be found here.
Campus COVID-19 Testing
If you plan to spend any time on Loyola’s campuses this spring, you will be expected to present yourself for testing. 

Testing sites are located at:
  • Damen Student Center 244 (Sr. Jean Room - Lake Shore Campus)
  • Mundelein Center 140 (Mundelein Auditorium - Lake Shore Campus) , east exterior entrance only
  • Cuneo Center 120 (Faculty Dining room - Health Sciences Campus
  • Maguire Hall 160 (Water Tower Campus)
Unless announced otherwise, testing hours for all locations are: 
Monday-Friday, 6:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am–12:00pm

All other details pertaining to on-campus testing protocols can be found here.
If you test positive for COVID-19, report your positive case over email to or by calling 773-508-7707. When doing so, provide your name, Loyola ID, phone number, and your date of diagnosis/test. A Loyola contact tracer will quickly follow up with you. You should immediately begin your period of isolation, as well. You can find more specifics about Loyola’s positive diagnosis protocols here.  
Should you have further questions, please consult Loyola’s On-Campus Testing site or email

Mark E. Lococo, PhD
Professor, Chair
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago

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