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Spring 2021: Student Life and Ministry

Subject line: Do Whatcha Wanna 🎶

Sent: January 13, 2021

Student Life at Loyola

College 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! 

Whether you’re here on campus or joining us virtually, you can explore leadership development and engagement opportunities through student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, new student programs, university traditions, and more. 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! 

Lead the Pack 

Here at Loyola, we believe everyone has the potential to be a leader. Through leadership programs you will have the opportunity to live, learn, and breathe leadership! We believe that leadership and social justice are inseparably tied and our Ignatian values call us to work for the betterment of society as a whole. Whether you choose to attend a workshop, become an executive member of a student organization, or participate in one of our leadership programs, Loyola offers the chance to turn your leadership into action. 

Our Emerging Leaders Program, for example, is a four-week social justice and advocacy leadership development program catered to first- and second-year students. Participants will engage in social events and workshops with their peers and community activists, allowing them to explore their values, strengths, and passions in order to fully realize and understand their own leadership philosophies. For more information, contact Heather Malveaux at hnmalvea@loyno.edu

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. 

Intramurals are organized recreational activities that allow you to get involved in a variety of team and individual sports, regardless of your skill level or experience. Club sports are self-organized and self-run university chartered student organizations designed to serve individual interests in different sports and recreational activities. For more information about registration deadlines and start dates, create an account on IMLeagues and explore events on HowlConnect

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.

Geaux Greek

Loyola University hosts 14 Greek organizations with rich traditions of brother and sisterhood, philanthropy, service, and academia. Learn more about how to join Sorority and Fraternity life at Loyola and don’t miss recruitment events coming up for on-ground and virtual students! 

Find Your Fit

One of the best ways to enrich your collegiate years is to join clubs and organizations that fit your interests. With more than 120 student organizations on Loyola’s campus, you’ll find plenty of ways to get involved. Browse HowlConnect to explore organizations and events. Be on the lookout for a brand new transfer student organization! If you are seeking to meet other transfer students, as well as gain tools and resources to be successful at Loyola, consider joining. For more information about our new transfer student organization or other clubs, contact Dale Hall, Coordinator of Student Engagement.

Make a Difference

There are many ways to make a difference, both within and outside the Loyola community. One way to do so is by joining the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), which is a social justice and service-oriented organization that is completely led by students. LUCAP students get involved through service projects in areas such as rebuilding, hunger and homelessness, tutoring and mentoring, and environmentalism. Explore LUCAP on HowlConnect to see current projects and email lucap@loyno.edu to get involved. Alongside volunteering with LUCAP, there are many other opportunities to give back to the Greater New Orleans area. Check out the Student Life and Ministry’s community service page for a list of local nonprofit organizations in the area.

Stay Nourished

Food insecurity among college students is becoming 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.

Worship in Your Own Way  

Loyola Student Ministry Programs are here to help you find what centers you, feeds your soul, and fuels your passion. Spirituality can come to us in many different forms—from a reflective moment in nature to weekly worship services. Here are some ways to deepen your spirituality at Loyola.

  • Our Interfaith Ministries support students of diverse faith backgrounds, and our Interfaith Prayer Room located in the lower level of Danna Student Center provides a meditative place to pray throughout the day.
  • Catholic Masses and other devotions are celebrated weekly and streamed live on YouTube. 
  • We offer several retreat opportunities to help students explore their spirituality, build community, and reflect on who they are and who they want to be. 
  • Sacramental Preparation enables the Loyola community to prepare for or receive the Sacraments of the Church and for all to enrich their individual faith lives, incorporating our Jesuit values and Ignatian Spirituality. 
  • Our Prayer Resources offer virtual and off-campus opportunities to deepen your spirituality, find a house of worship, or connect to the Jesuit community. 
  • Resident Ministers and Jesuits-in-Residence are available for spiritual conversation and pastoral counseling by appointment. You can also meet and chat with them at their weekly "Sweet-n-Greets" in Biever, Buddig, and Carrollton Halls. Learn more about spiritual companioning and counseling available to all students at Loyola. 

Visit our This Week in Ministry page for a full listing of the current events and programs available, and follow @loynoministry on Instagram to stay connected to the ministry community through interactive reflections and events.

Connect Virtually 

You don’t have to be physically on campus to experience the Loyola community. Our virtual engagement opportunities will keep you active and connected. Explore faith offerings, virtual events, and fun ideas for how to stay entertained from home.


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