Friday December 11, 2020
Dear Friends:
I’m pretty sure the trend for New Years’ parties this year will be to see how badly we can trash 2020, this “challenging” year that has handed us disease, discord and dysphoria.  Believe me, I’ll be doing the same, myself.  
But I also hope to mark the transition with a little reflection on how much I’ve learned, how much I’ve evolved, new and unexpected skills I’ve acquired.  While I’m banking on the fact that 2021 will be better—healthier, more humane, just EASIER—I’m also determined to  acknowledge how profoundly the events of the past year have affected me.  I will resist the urge to “put it all behind me” and instead try to incorporate these experiences, events and feelings into a new perspective—wearied, a little scarred and jaded, but wiser and more prepared for the next challenge.
One of the bright spots of the past year for me has come from the sense of community we share as the DFPA.  Seeing us collectively rely on one another and care for one another has been inspiring, and in that way I am certain that this year has made us stronger in many ways as a community.  I look forward to what we can accomplish when the challenges abate and we’re able to fully focus our strengths and energies on the art that drives us.

Upcoming Events
Fall Dance Informance
DEC 12th // SAT @ 6:00PM CST
Dance students of all levels showcase their semester’s work in an informal dance performance. Featuring a wide variety of genres, the performance offers students the opportunity to showcase their growth. This event celebrates each level of our program and the inclusive arts community that is fostered at Loyola.
Book your tickets here.
Access & Resources
Holiday Closures
The DFPA Main Office will be closed from December 19 – January 3.
The University will be closed from December 23 – January 3.

Action Items
Spring Semester COVID-19 Testing Protocol
Critical to Loyola University Chicago’s plans to reopen campuses at limited capacity in the spring semester is the ability to perform comprehensive surveillance testing of the entire community.  
To accomplish this, the University has announced that it is partnering with SHIELD Illinois to administer the saliva-based test developed by the University of Illinois.  In the spring semester, Loyola will operate conveniently located collection sites on all three campuses for students and employees to participate in this mandatory testing program.  Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Program website for detailed information about the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test, testing frequency, compliance and, most importantly, how you’ll need to prepare to take your first test. 
The mandatory testing program will require that everyone sign a COVID-19 Testing Consent form, which is due no later than Friday, December 18.  A signature is required in order to create a patient account, schedule your visit, and present yourself for testing.  If you have any questions about this process, please direct them to
You all have my fondest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

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

\ \  S T A Y   I N F O R M E D  / /
Subscribe to our email list.