September 3, 2021 
Hello, everyone!

I hope we’re all maintaining our equilibrium as we encounter all the MANY, many changes to our lives this month.  It’s a joy to be back to our home on our campus, in the Mundelein Center, the Ralph Arnold Annex and the Crown Center.  As we re-inhabit many of those classrooms and use our equipment for the first time in over a year, we’ll need to be patient as we dust off the cobwebs and re-orient ourselves to our shared spaces.   We’re already off and running with rehearsals and scheduling all our public programming for the semester, and with a little caution in our planning, we’re offering a robust semester filled with the kinds of performances we’ve missed for the past 17 months. 
As I mentioned last month, we’re about to embark on the process of a DFPA Academic Program Review.  As part of our self-study process in the first semester, we’ll be reaching out to faculty in all divisions to canvas them for an assessment of the learning outcomes for each major and minor.  This offers us the opportunity to examine, update or shift the focus of our academic offerings to accommodate changes in pedagogy, innovations in the various arts, and industry standards.  Once we are past the rocky first weeks of the semester, we’ll be proceeding full speed ahead in the first steps of that process.

My fondest welcome back to all of you—students, faculty, staff—let’s take the opportunity to relish this moment of taking on some new (old) ways of working and interacting.

Upcoming Events
Ralph Arnold Gallery: Open
Image: Renata Berdes, A bed, 2017, acrylic, chalk, pastel, and glitter on canvas, 20x24
SEPT 17 - NOV 5 | On view from W. Sheridan Avenue
Virtual screening & discussion: October 15, 5-6:30PM | Registration Link
In collaboration with Arts of Life
Participating Artists: 
Renata Berdes
Ted Gram-Boarini 
Hubert Posey

Open features the work of three artists working with Arts of Life, Hubert Posey, Renata Berdes, and Ted Gram-Boarini. This exhibition explores intersections of access, identity, and creativity. Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. 
This fall semester, we will be inviting Loyola faculty, staff, and students to attend our events in person. Any other audiences will be invited to experience our events virtually. We will be offering livestreaming for all our events in the Newhart Family Theatre this fall. 

Our public programming site will be incorporated with the University’s Single Sign On. When you go to buy a ticket, you will be able to log in as a Student/Faculty/Staff using your UVID and password.  

Polaroid Stories
SEPT 30 - OCT 10 // THU-SAT @ 7:30PM, SUN @ 2:00PM
Written by Naomi Iizuki
Directed by Lavina Jadhwan
In telling our stories, perhaps we all can become gods. Drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and interviews with homeless youth, Polaroid Stories uses the prestige of Greek mythology to illuminate overlooked voices in the contemporary United States. Playwright Naomi Iizuka navigates the epic and the intimate in this synthesizing play about dreams, desperation, and desire in a harsh reality. The vulnerable and marginalized characters transcend violence and loss through storytelling and song. As they share the true and devised details of their lives, the figures become as magnificent as the Greek gods themselves.

In-person tickets are available for Loyola students, faculty, and staff. Log in using your UVID to access these options. Student tickets are priced at $10, faculty/staff at $20, and livestreaming at $10. You must present an active Loyola ID and wear a mask at all times upon entry for in-person performances. 

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Access & Resources
Returning to Campus
We are excited to welcome everyone back to campus. Prior to returning to campus, please make sure you have familiarized yourself with all the University Guidance included in on these websites:
Please note two recent University Announcements that will affect your return to campus:
In addition, the DFPA has developed department specific guidelines; it is strongly encouraged you read through all this information carefully to be aware of the changes in our environment as we come back to campus. DFPA Re-Opening Plans/Protocols Fall 2021It is expected that all DFPA faculty and staff will follow the university and departmental protocols while on campus. Please include a link to the Re-Opening Plans/Protocol in your syllabi. 
Updated Service Request Portal
The Facilities Department has launched a new service request portal with a user-friendly and intuitive page to submit and track requests.  The Loyola community now has access to submit a facilities related service request via this link or by visiting and clicking “Submit a Service Request.”
Please click on this link for a brief instructional video. 
Syllabi & Office Hours
Our department is required to have a copy of each of the syllabi of courses being taught at the beginning of the semester. We have prepared some guidance on assembling your syllabi here. Additionally all faculty are expected to post and hold office hours weekly. If you are teaching less than 3 credits, it should be one hour a week, more than three credits at least two hours a week. Please submit both your syllabi and office hours by September 7, using this form. If you have key concerns, part time faculty please contact Patricia Moore, full time faculty member please contact Jeff Hart. Also, please review the ITS Tech Housekeeping Check List as you return to your office. 
Here is complete DFPA faculty and staff listing for Fall 2021. Please review, if you are new to department, your office assignments are included.

If you are a part-time faculty member, please see Patricia Moore ( for keys to your classroom and office locations. Full-time faculty should contact Jeff Hart ( for keys.

Plan to meet your class during your scheduled final exam time. It is not permissible to give final exams during the last week of classes. Be sure to include your final exam time on your syllabus. For classes that do not begin on the typical class grid, follow the final exam time period over which your class falls.  Please do not use the “other” category. If you are still confused as to when your final is to be scheduled, reach out to
SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement
If you are a non-tenure track faculty member, full or part-time, you must be a part of the union. There are several policies and procedures pertaining to non-tenured faculty. You can find a copy of the ratified contract here
Engaging Guest Artists
The process for Engaging Guest Artists has changed. If you have a desire to bring a guest to your class or have some other reason you hope to engage an individual, please familiarize yourself with the new process. Please review the guidelines before starting the process. Once you are ready to start the process, please complete the Guest Artist Engagement Form.  
Student Instrument Rental
The Department 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
Sharing Our Story and Spotlighting Our Community
The DFPA develops artists, designers, scholars, and arts leaders in a creative community that shares the Loyola vision of valuing freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth, and care for others. We do this through creative mentorship in and out of the classroom, studio, and rehearsal hall, through the application of arts research and practice in our public programming, and by teaching our students the value of critical reflection within a liberal arts context. 

You and your students are our story, and we want to partner with you to share the activities of this unique arts community with others at Loyola and beyond through our websites, social media channels, and more.

We invite you to help us tell your stories in the following ways:

The Arts Classroom/Studio:
The magic happens in the arts classroom, practice rooms, and studios! Please contact José Pérez if you’d like to share something you’re working on in your classes – projects, presentations, demos, guest artists, etc. Here’s an example of how activities in the art classroom could be presented on our websites. Please consider sharing activities at any stage of development. We want to celebrate process!
Student Features:  
Our students are involved in exciting arts research and engaged learning beyond the Lakeshore Campus. They are involved in projects in class or are growing in noticeable ways. Often our instructors and advisors are the first to know or play a mentorship role in these activities. Please point us in the direction of students that are involved in creative inquiry. We want to connect with them and feature them like in this example
Faculty and Staff Activities:  
Let us know about your upcoming creative, research, and scholarship activities – especially if there is a public-facing aspect – by submitting this form.   
For submissions, ideas, or related questions, please contact José Pérez at
Faculty Action Items
Book Orders
If you have not done so already, to order books or materials contact Loyola University’s bookstore at
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.  
I’m pleased to set a standing meeting for the DFPA DEI Task Force that formed last year, and guided us through the year-long Racial Justice Examen.  To begin, I’d like to invite any and all members of the task force last year to continue to serve—and also to extend that invitation to anyone else that might be interested in working with us this year.  While most of the focus of the group was taken up by the RJE las year, I hope this year will enable us more ability to focus on action steps and positive work towards a more inclusive and supportive community.
Our first meeting will be on Friday, September 9, 10:00-11:00 AM (note that this link will only serve for the first meeting; we’ll reach out with appointments for subsequent meetings, but I hope we’ll be able to maintain this time for bi-weekly meetings).  Meeting ID: 827 5805 4655. Please reach out to me with any questions.
Faculty and Staff please note that we are completing development of a “one-stop” portal to apply for professional development funds and resources.  We plan to have all requests routed to the appropriate office at the CAS or DFPA level, as well as advisement on proposal formats, necessary materials for submission, etc.  We hope to post that link by the middle of the month; further information to follow.


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

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