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LOYNO Master Plan: Student Life and Ministry

Subject line: Do Whatcha Wanna

Sent: January 19, 2022

Grad school isn’t only about academic growth—it’s also a time to form connections, pursue your interests, and try new things. And the Department of Student Life & Ministry (SLM) offers endless ways for you to get involved and do whatcha wanna outside the classroom. We are here to help you make the most of your Loyola experience. Visit our office on the Lower Level of the Danna Student Center or connect with us online! 

Get Involved

Whether you are looking to get involved on campus or with specific graduate organizations, Loyola has a lot to offer our student body. Check out HowlConnect for a full listing of our student organizations, which are all open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Don’t see a student organization that interests you? Learn how to start your own student organization

Loyola also offers graduate specific organizations, such as the Alpha Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, designated for counseling graduate students, and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society designated for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Talk to a representative from your academic department to learn about more opportunities to get involved on campus. 

Develop Your Skills

Loyola's Student Government Association (SGA) has many options to help you pay for professional development while you’re a graduate student, including funding for software, testing, conferences, or travel. Students can apply for a testing or a software reimbursement up to $100 per semester. Students can also apply for the Richard Franck Research Grant up to $2,000 per semester. This research grant helps aid students to further explore their area of studies. Students may also apply for a $500 grant, as individuals, to attend conferences. In addition to providing funding, SGA serves to be the voice of students on campus while making their Loyola experience as engaging as possible. SGA has two Graduate Student Senator positions available. To learn more about opportunities, please email us at

Stay Active

SLM offers numerous campus recreation programs that allow you to live an active lifestyle and improve your personal wellness. There are a wide range of sports and fitness programs for students—competitive and non-competitive, organized and informal, group and individual, virtual and in-person. You can also get your sweat or swim on at the University Sports Complex, just keep in mind our guidelines for a safe and socially-distanced workout. Download the app MemberMe+ from the Apple Store or Google Play to stay up to date with the USC schedule.

Eat Well 

While you’re busy learning on campus, you can take advantage of the great food options available to students. We also offer mobile ordering to-go options available through GrubHub. 

In addition to our main dining hall, known as the Orleans Rooms, the Danna Center food hall also has a Subway, Smoothie King, Tsunami Sushi by AFC, and Original Burger Company. The Market is your go-to for snacks and essentials, and we have a Starbucks on campus for an energy boost when you’re studying. Check out the hours of operation and details on our dining website and follow us at @loynodining to see what we're cooking!

Find Support

Food insecurity among college students has become a national social justice issue on college campuses. To ensure that our community has equal access to the food that they need to be healthy and productive, Iggy’s Cupboard provides students access to non-perishable food, hygiene items, and other essential items.

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