Friday, May 14, 2021
Greetings, Friends:
As you look over the last of our monthly newsletters until we come back together in August, pat yourselves on the back for a job well done in completing a wholly difficult and challenging year.  I’ve said throughout the year how proud I am of our DFPA community, and our ability to come together to solve problems and arrive at the most ingenious and creative of solutions.  I’m certain that we’ll continue to face challenges of adjustment as we return to campus; and I’m also certain that we’ll face even larger, new challenges raised through the self-examination of our institutions and practices we’ve undergone this year.  Because we’ve been through the gauntlet of this year, in many ways we’re stronger and more committed to moving forward. 
But now, I wish all of you a restful, rejuvenating and enjoyable summer.  Continue to check in with our weekly DFPA re-opening emails, and we’ll be back with you in this format in August!

Upcoming Events
Sensory Overload: 2021 Loyola Fine Art Senior Exhibition
APR 16 - MAY 14 // Online Reception and Awards MAY 14 @ 5:00 CDT | REGISTER
Sensory Overload is an online exhibition of the work of Loyola University Chicago’s most recent Fine Art graduates. With a variety of approaches to making across multiple disciplines, this exhibition represents the ambition, passion, and activism that make Loyolans stand out. The investigations and discoveries within Sensory Overload are often poignant and surprising and have become even more complex in these unprecedented times of protest and pandemic. Like the rest of the world, these students are asking the difficult question of what comes next — not just for themselves, but for the world that their work represents. 
Senior Recital: Rory Parker, voice
JUN 12 | Sat @ 7:00 PM CDT | PianoForte Livestream
Vocalist Rory Parker will be performing a wide selection of works from the Baroque and Romantic eras. These selections include works by Donaudy and Scarlatti. She will also be performing selections from Schubert's Winterreise and Rachmaninoff's 14 Romances. She will be finishing her performance with selections from Libby Larsen’s Try Me Good King.

Building Community Scholarships
The Building Community Scholarships for Juniors and Seniors are awarded to twelve students from marginalized groups within the College of Arts and Sciences. These annual scholarships, created in coordination with our University partners, are given to students who have had a positive impact at Loyola and/or in other communities through their advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Congratulations to juniors Kalliope Bessler, Theatre (left) and Nia Montgomery, Dance (right), the 2021 Building Community Scholarship Winners in the College of Arts and Sciences for Fine and Performing Arts!
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
May 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.
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!
Vaccine Information
LUC is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the fall 2021 semester. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine, as well. Read the announcement here.

Vaccine appointments are now available at Loyola Medicine. If you are an existing LUHS patient, please view the MyLoyola Scheduling COVID Vaccine document for instructions on how to schedule your appointment. If you are a new LUHS patient, please view the Create MyLoyola Account document to get started.

If you have already secured your vaccination, please upload your vaccination card via the Loyola mobile app. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

Surveillance Testing
If you plan to spend any time on Loyola’s campuses this summer, you will be expected to present yourself for testing.  Loyolans who have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine are still required to participate in our surveillance testing program. Learn more here.

The surveillance testing site in Mundelein Center has been closed. For those on Lake Shore Campus, the surveillance testing site in the Damen Student Center—Room 244, Sr. Jean Room—is still open during normal hours through Sunday, May 23.  The testing sites at the Health Sciences and Water Tower Campuses remain open as well. 

  • Monday-Friday, 6:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday, 9:00am–12:00pm
Summer Testing Hours 
If you plan to spend time on our campuses this summer, please also note that hours of operation will shift at all of our surveillance testing locations starting on Monday, May 24.
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
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
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.
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. 

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

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