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Welcome to Spring Semester!
Greetings IPS students! We hope the Spring 2017 semester is off to a great start.

While we hope that everyone has settled into their class schedules, we understand that sometimes changes need to be made. That said, please pay close attention to the academic calendar in making the necessary adjustments to your class schedule. Failure to do so can result in academic and financial penalties!

Please remember that if you are receiving federal financial aid such as the federal Stafford loan, you must be considered a half time student which is at least 4 credit hours. You can find more information here

We’ve created the following chart for your convenience:

Date Activity What does this mean?
Monday, Feb. 20 Last day to withdraw from class(es) with a Bursar credit of 20% (zero credit thereafter) You will receive a “W” on your transcript and will receive a 20% refund/credit for any class withdrawal before this date. No credit or refund will be issued after Feb. 20. This will not impact your GPA.
Mon, March 27 Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W," After this date the penalty grade of "WF" is assigned. Withdrawal from classes after this date will result a “WF” which will negatively impact your GPA as it is considered a failing grade.

Summer 2017 Registration
Summer 2017 Registration began on Monday, February 13th.

here and here for instructions on how to search and enroll in classes.  Please review these items and enroll yourself in classes.  While we do encourage you to register yourself for classes, if you are having trouble registering, you can email Bianca at with your LUC ID number, the class and section number you are attempting to enroll in (ex: IPS 402- section 1).  Please keep in mind that classes will close once they reach capacity, so do not wait to register. As a reminder, when searching for your classes in LOCUS, you will need to use IPS as the course subject.  If you are not sure about what classes to enroll in, please contact your advisor.

Please click
here for a list of the classes IPS is offering this Summer.
Please login to LOCUS and check to see if you have any holds.  Many of you may have holds on your account that will prevent you from registering for classes.  You can find this in LOCUS, on the home screen, in the “Enterprise Menu” under the “Personal Portfolio” tab.


If you have any holds on your account that have been placed by the Wellness Center or the Dean of Students regarding “Local Off Campus Address” or “Emergency Contact”, IPS cannot remove these holds for you.  If you have a hold from the Wellness Center, please call them at 312-915-7221. If you have a Dean of Students hold, it could be for 1 or 2 reasons. Either you need to update or confirm with no changes, both your emergency contact and/or local address.  You just have to go back into LOCUS and update both sections. Your local address and permanent addresses can be the same address. 
Please note, verification of required data takes place each year. If you have not completed this process before registration, a LAD hold will be placed on your account to prevent registration for classes.

Please follow the steps below for both sections and then the Dean of Students should remove this hold in less than 24 hours. Email them with any questions:

To remove the holds, follow the steps listed below:
  • Login to LOCUS
  • Under the Enterprise Menu, you will see the tab, “Personal Portfolio” .  Click this tab.
  • You will find both the sub-tab for Addresses & Emergency Contacts.
Off Campus Hold: 

1.)          Login to
2.)          Click on “Personal Portfolio” and then “Addresses” in the upper left hand corner
3.)          Click the green “new address” button
4.)          Type in your local off campus address
5.)          Click Continue
6.)          Checkmark, “Local off campus” on the right hand side
7.)          Click the green save button


 Emergency Contact Hold:
1.)   Login to
2.)   Click on “personal information.”
3.)   Click the Emergency Contact link
4.)   Click the green "Add Emergency Contact" OR
5.)   Click the red “Confirm Info with No Changes” link
6.)   Click the green Save button


IPS Grants & Scholarships Deadline
Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) offers a number of opportunities for financial assistance. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program and meet normal admission standards. Generous awards are available and every effort is made to make our program affordable. Last year alone, we awarded over $640,000.00 in financial assistance to our students.For more information about all of our grants and scholarships, please visit our website:
Merit-Based Scholarship
IPS has a limited amount of merit scholarships funded by endowments. These awards are available to give to deserving students in recognition of exceptional promise as demonstrated by a record of outstanding achievement in previous leadership initiatives and academic work. Merit awards cover a portion of for-credit tuition for the duration of the academic year in a degree program at IPS. Exact amounts will be determined by the IPS Scholarship Committee. Please note, Merit Scholarships are not available for the Summer semester.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by:
  • Current students: March 6
  • New students admitted to the summer and fall terms: July 10
Because these funds are awarded on a limited basis, we encourage students to apply for other forms of financial assistance including the IPS Need-Based Grant, the Sponsored Matching Grant, and other outside sources of funding.

Click the following link the Merit_Based_Scholarship_Application.

Need-Based Grant
IPS Need-Based Grants are financial awards given to students by the University in recognition of financial need. Grant dollars are applied to the tuition costs of students for course work which meet the requirements of IPS degree programs, and do not include zero credit hour courses, workshops, IPS audits and/or fees. The award is $200.00 per credit hour and will be applied to each for-credit course that is taken towards the degree for the duration of time at IPS, but is dependent upon remaining a student in good standing and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better in each semester of the enrollment for all of the courses that apply to IPS degree.
To be given full consideration for an IPS Need-Based Grant, applicants must submit a completed application and all supporting materials. Applications are accepted and awards will be made on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Click the following link for the IPS Need_Based_Grant_Application.

Sponsored Matching Grant
The IPS Sponsored Matching Grant assists students actively involved in professional ministry or with a not-for-profit organization. Forms must be submitted 1 month prior to the semester for which they are applied.
If a parish, school, hospital, diocese or some other sponsoring agency is willing to pay a portion of a student’s tuition, Loyola University will match that amount (but not more than 1/2 of the 1, 2 or 3 credit hour per course tuition). These grants apply to tuition only, and do not cover zero credit courses, fees, books, supplies, IPS audits, etc. If the total would exceed 100% of the tuition (only) in any given semester this grant may not be used in conjunction with other non-loan tuition programs, including the IPS Need-Based Grant. Payments must be made from the agency directly to LUC in order for the funds to be matched, and the only acceptable method of payment is via check.

Click the following link for the IPS Sponsored_Matching_Grant_Application.
All students who have or are graduating in either Fall/ December 2016, Spring/May 2017, or Summer/August 2017 are all invited to attend the University’s Commencement occurring on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3:00pm, in Gentile Arena on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus.  Tickets are not required for guests attendance.  For more information about Commencement 2017, please visit their website:

The University will be sending a registration email for the Commencement to your LUC email address in late February. You will receive this email whether or not you plan on attending the Commencement Ceremony. If you are graduating and do not receive this email, please email Bianca Bulliner at  The university hosts only one ceremony per year for all the Fall, Spring and Summer graduates.  IPS will be hosting their own Commissioning and Graduation Ceremony.  More event information and RSVP link will be coming soon.

***Please note:  Attending the ceremony does not equal degree conferral.  You will have officially graduated and completed the program once your degree has been conferred.***
Commencement Information
All students who have or are graduating in either Fall/ December 2016, Spring/May 2017, or Summer/August 2017 are all invited to attend the University’s Commencement occurring on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3:00pm, in Gentile Arena on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus.  Tickets are not required for guests attendance.  For more information about Commencement 2017, please visit their website:

The University will be sending a registration email for the Commencement to your LUC email address in late February. You will receive this email whether or not you plan on attending the Commencement Ceremony. If you are graduating and do not receive this email, please email Bianca Bulliner at  The university hosts only one ceremony per year for all the Fall, Spring and Summer graduates.  IPS will be hosting their own Commissioning and Graduation Ceremony.  More event information and RSVP link will be coming soon.

***Please note:  Attending the ceremony does not equal degree conferral.  You will have officially graduated and completed the program once your degree has been conferred.***
Rome Scholarships
Thinking about studying abroad with IPS this summer?
There are a select number of scholarships available. The deadline is February 28th. More information about the studying in Rome for Summer 2017 and how to apply for scholarships can be found at
Student Engagement Committee Poll

The Student Engagement Committee is planning a social evening for all IPS students, faculty and staff, with food and drinks and a possible trivia/game night. Please select the best date option, that you would genuinely attend. Partners/significant others are welcome. Details to follow. Please respond by Wednesday, February 22, 2017Please complete the poll here.

Spanish Courses
Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry is offering Spanish classes this Spring. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Carol Walters at 312-534-5263 or  If you have questions about content or methodology, please contact Kathleen Leggdas, Instructor, at 847-298-5127 or Registration forms may be mailed to: Carol Walters, Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, 835 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Click on the links for registrations forms for each course below:

Beginning Spanish: March 21 – May 23, 2017
Intermediate SpanishMarch 23 – May 25, 2017
Advanced Spanish : March 23 – May 25, 2017
Course Update
The Office of Contextual Education is moving to a year-long IPS 580 course starting in the Fall of 2018 with preparation work for this new structure beginning in Spring 2018. If you are seeking to graduate in the 2017 - 2018 academic year this is you must alert us of your intention to enroll in the Fall 2017 IPS 580 course immediately. Again, this course will be offered on the old model for the final time in the Fall of 2017 and preparation assignments typically are completed in the Spring semester. Please disregard this email if you have already completed the 580 course and/or are graduating this summer.If you need more information about the structure of the Contextual Education course, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Dan Rhodes at or email You may also direct your attention to the IPS website

WTC Campus Ministry- Save the Dates
Save the Dates
Water Tower Campus Ministry upcoming events:
  • Wednesday, March 1st Ash Wednesday Mass flyer
  • Sunday, March 19th Jesuits on Tap flyer
  • Thursday, April 27th Night of Reflection: (flyer)
IPS In Action Blog

Solidarity in Action: Unite + Resist

Just a few days after the new president was inaugurated, he began making drastic changes in our country. People took to the streets, and the airports, in protest of the measure which banned immigrants  from seven Muslim countries, and Syrian refugees....

To read some of the previous blog posts click
here .

Job Opportunities
Members of the IPS Community often share job postings that may fit our students' needs. Take a few moments and check out the job opportunities listed below: 
Director of Youth Ministry, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish: OLPH in Glenview, Illinois has a wonderful and dynamic new opportunity for a full time Director of Youth Ministry.  In joint collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Youth Ministry will create, build, and lead an effective OLPH youth ministry program for high school and middle school youth to enhance and foster our youths’ spiritual formation. A primary goal will be to actively engage our parish teens beyond Confirmation which occurs in 8th grade. Please click here for a job description.  For more information or to apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to

Substitute Teacher, Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart (Wicker Park, Chicago): is seeking candidates for substitute teaching, as needed, for high school teachers using personal, professional, and sick days.  If interested, please contact Laura Forbes at   

Graduate Assistant, Campus Ministry (LSC): The Department of Campus Ministry (Lakeshore Campus) and the Office of Community Service and Action at Loyola University Chicago are seeking Graduate Assistants for 2017-2018 academic year. For a more detailed description of the positions available and information on how to apply visit

Assistant Director of University Ministry/Coordinator of Social Justice Formation, Lewis University. Reporting to the Director of University Ministry, the Assistant Director of University Ministry/Coordinator of Social Justice Formation develops and supports programs that encourage students to live and understand social justice from a Catholic perspective. The Assistant Director will also manage the Ministry facilities (Sancta Alberta Chapel, Miguel Center for University Ministry and the LaGrippe Pastoral Center), oversee the program calendar, and serve on standing committees. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director to lead the Department in visioning and in responding to opportunities.  

Associate Campus Minister, King’s College, a Roman Catholic Institution, sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, located near the Pocono Mountains of PA, is seeking a Roman Catholic to serve as an Associate Campus Minister.  Reporting to the Director of Campus Ministry, the position is responsible for developing, implementing, and facilitating women’s spirituality, peer ministry, retreat and faith sharing programs. Qualified applicants will possess a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate an exceptional ability to minister to college students.  M. Div. or M.A. in Theology preferred. Application deadline: March 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, see the website.

Associate pastor,  First Congregational Church of Naples.The Associate Pastor will join with the Senior Pastor in celebrating the life and mission of the congregation at all levels, including leadership in the services of worship, celebrating the sacraments, ministries of healing and concern, and outreach both to the congregation and the world.  The Associate Pastor shall report to the Senior Pastor concerning duties of administration and the spiritual life of the church. 
Director of Religious Education, Queen of All Saints Basilica (Chicago, IL): The Director of Religious Education serves the parish mission of evangelization and catechesis through relationships and programs which foster growth in faith, enhance ecclesial belonging and offer outreach opportunities. The Director of Religious Education reports to the Pastor and is a member of the parish pastoral staff. This is a full-time (40 hour) exempt position.  Evening and weekend hours are to be expected.  Salary is commensurate with level of education and experience according to the scale of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please see attachments here for more information about the position and here for how to apply.

Coordinator of Faith Formation/Director of Faith Formation, St. Norbert Parish. St. Norbert Parish in Northbrook, IL, a suburban parish of 2100 families, is currently seeking a full-time Director or Coordinator of Faith Formation. This person will be responsible, along with the pastoral staff, for developing and implementing a plan for lifelong comprehensive and systematic catechesis as it pertains to children in grades K-8. Send Cover letter and Resume to: Rev. Bob Heinz, Pastor

Event Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago (Chicago, IL): The event coordinator will collaborate with key professionals as well as Parish Vitality and Mission staff to assist in executing events and calendared projects.  He or she will be responsible for the successful completion of system events, including (but not limited to) professional gatherings and retreats, award ceremonies, fund-raisers, technology conferences, and other events furthering systemic growth. For more information about this position please see attached flyer and contact Krystle Frey and Anna Dudek
Site Coordinator and Cook  for Young Neighbors in Action. Coordinate Catholic service-learning weeks for high school youth groups.  The time commitment is 1 week during the summer, and a couple hours a week (mostly for emails/phone calls) starting in the next month or so. The stipend is $1400. We are especially looking for help the week of June 25-July 1, but July 9-15 is also kind of up in the air as well. Cook, would be comfortable preparing 2 meals a day for groups of 80-100, in case you know of anyone with that particular skill set. Contact:

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (Multiple Locations): NFCYM has several openings for positions in youth ministry.  To inquire about these positions and how to apply please visit

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Educator, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ann Arbor, MI) The CPE Educator provides Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), which is professional training for ministry within clinical settings, to Chaplain Interns and Chaplain Residents in programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), an educational provider recognized by the US Department of Education. Please contact Tara Kopasz for more information: 248-345-1826 or email your resume/CV to: Candidates should also apply online at CPE Educator – St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. More information on this position can be found here.

Rector, Notre Dame University (Notre Dame, IN): The heart of the Notre Dame experience is its residence life, and Notre Dame rectors make that experience unique, formative, and cherished. With the vision and leadership of rectors, students experience a residence life unique to Notre Dame. Students become life-long friends, and residence halls become communities of faith and learning, where students discover how to integrate and live out the intellectual, spiritual, and social dimensions of their education. Rectors include priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross—the founding order of the University—women and men from other religious orders, and married and single lay women and men. Working with hall staffs, other student life professionals, and the wider University community, Notre Dame rectors help the University achieve its mission to bring young men and women to completeness, educating their minds and hearts to be a force for good in the world. The Rector application will be found on the website when it is posted in the early spring. If interested, please email Margaret Morgan Director of Residential Life: Rector Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention at
Family Therapist, MaineStay Youth & Family Services (Park Ridge, IL): Maine Township’s MaineStay Youth & Family Services in Park Ridge is seeking to hire a full-time Family Therapist to provide counseling to youth, adults, couples, and families. This position requires a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, or a related field; experience working with youth and families; excellent communication, organizational, and computer skills; and the ability to work day and evening hours. A clinical level license (LMFT, LCPC, LCSW) is preferred; AMFT, LPC, LSW license will be considered. Excellent benefits. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to MaineStay Director Richard Lyon at
Please visit for other career related news and the job board, Ramblerlink 

Upcoming LUC Related Events
Ignatian Solidarity Network panel discussion: As immigrant communities face increased marginalization in the wake of changing White House policies, the need to support undocumented students and other community members could not be more urgently needed. In this spirit, this THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, from 3 PM to 4 PM EASTERN, we will host an online conversation with five Jesuit college and university faculty and staff at Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, and Saint Peter's University, to discuss how they are supporting undocumented students amid the changing immigration realities. You can RSVP for this session, which will take place via video conference, here.

2nd Annual Loyola Information & Technology Showcase : Thursday, February 23rd  To register, please visit

Encountering God in the Busyness-Morning of Reflection-March 11 Encountering God in the Busyness, presented by Becky Eldredge, Saturday, March 11 at Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus.  More info and registration:
 "Re-Calibrating Our Lives: Making God our Center" presented by Becky Eldredge, Monday, March 13 at Sheffield's Chicago. For more info and to register:

The Celebration of Faculty Scholarship will take place at the Information Commons, Lake Shore Campus, on April 19th from 3-6pm. The President will attend and address the group.

No Room in the Inn: A Bold Response to Street Homelessness both Home and Abroad
Thursday April 6th , 6:00-8:00pm, Location TBD. Panel members: Mark McGreevy (Group Chief Executive Depaul International, Founder Institute of Global Homelessness), Charles Levesque (Executive Director Depaul USA), and  Dr. Nonie Brennan (Chief Executive Officer All Chicago, Making Homelessness History). 
Interested in learning about more University events? Simply take a look at the University Calendar for all the things going on, here

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Lake Shore Campus (LSC) Map
Water Tower Campus (WTC) Map
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