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Loyola Week kicks off Nov. 1

Loyola press release - October 26, 2009

In November, the Jesuit Center and the Student Government Association will present Loyola Week, a series of events, activities and exhibits to celebrate the Jesuit heritage of Loyola University New Orleans. Loyola Week will be held Sunday, Nov. 1 – Saturday, Nov. 7.

Loyola Week was established for the larger Loyola community to rediscover and explore the Jesuit heritage of the university, its history, founders, identity and mission. As a Jesuit educational institution, the university’s principles are based on the more than 450-year-old teaching foundations of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

“Loyola Week is a week of celebration and fun, speakers, events, lectures and prayer,” says the Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry. “It links the campus community to the 28 other Jesuit universities across the United States and the network of more than 900 Jesuit schools in 69 countries. Our Jesuit heritage is what makes us unique as an institution and this is the week we celebrate it as a community.”

In addition to the many activities planned for the week, Dziak said the Loyola community should also be on the lookout for Ignatius walking around campus beginning Oct. 27. For additional information, please contact the Jesuit Center at 504-865-2304.

The schedule for Loyola Week is as follows:

Sunday, Nov. 1

  • Outdoor Mass: Celebrating our Jesuit Identity

9 p.m., Marquette Horseshoe

The campus community is encouraged to wear maroon and gold attire to this outdoor service to celebrate Loyola’s Jesuit history.

Monday, Nov. 2

  • Outdoor Movie: ‘The Exorcist’

8-10 p.m., Res Quad

Everyone is invited to the Res Quad to watch a spooky film as we “exorcise the devil” out of our campus. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

  • Panel Discussion: Katrina’s Internally Displaced People - The Status and the Stories:

12:40 – 1:50 p.m., St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

Panelists include Allison Plyer (Greater New Orleans Community Data Center), Liz McCarthy (St. Bernard Project), and students and faculty who have been displaced by Katrina. Sponsored by the Jesuit Social Research Institute.

  • Lecture: Migration in the South

7:30 – 9 p.m., St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

Dr. Manuel Vasquez, professor of religion at the University of Florida will discuss migration trends in the deep South, including shifting of migrant situations, tensions in new destinations and role of religion. Sponsored by the Jesuit Social Research Institute.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

  • Dress it up: Dinner with the Jesuits

5:30 – 7 p.m., Orleans Room, Danna Student Center

This evening will be an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and Jesuits to get to know each other over a nice meal. Co-sponsored by Loyola Dining Services, the Student Government Association, and the University Planning Board.

Thursday, Nov. 5

  • Jesuits at Work: The Blending of Jesuit Callings and Professions

12:30 – 2 p.m., Audubon Room, Danna Student Center

During this panel discussion, Jerry Fagin, S.J., Steve Sauer, S.J., and Tom Greene, S.J., will talk about the path that led to their vocations and careers. A light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Career Development Center.

  • The Battle of Pamplona: Flag Football without the Football Tournament

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Residential Quad

Teams of 12 are invited to participate for $600 in prize money.

Friday, Nov. 6

  • Carnivale: Interfaith/Intercultural Bazaar

3:30 - 5:45 p.m., Peace Quad

The campus is invited to explore new cultures and take part in fun activities and music. The event is free, but food and drink will be available for purchase. Co-sponsored by the University Programming Board, the Muslim Student Association, the International Student Association, the Loyola Asian Student Organization, International Buddies in the United States and The Maroon Platoon. The Maroon Platoon is Loyola’s new spirit organization, which, in conjunction with athletics and SGA, promotes Wolfpack pride on campus by giving away spirit T-shirts and advertising home game days.

7 – 9 p.m., Marquette Theater

This play, adapted by Neil Bartlett is a modern rendition of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Attendees are encouraged to think about the Jesuit values in the play. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and Loyola faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Department of Theater Arts and Dance.

Saturday, Nov. 7

8 a.m. - noon, Peace Quad

This service day involves the entire Loyola community. Students, alumni, parents and friends across the country are working together to be men and women with and for others. Projects this year in New Orleans include a field day with the students of Good Shepherd School; rebuilding homes in St. Bernard Parish and Gentilly; painting at the Odyssey House; a school beautification project at Success Prep Academy; and planting fruit orchards in the 9th Ward. Sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Association. For more information, e-mail alumni@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5454.