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Spring 2016 Registration Opens Thursday, Oct 29th
Do you know what classes you need to take next semester? Spring 2016 registration opens on Thursday, October 29th at 12:30 CST. 

The most accurate list of courses being offered can be found on LOCUS. IPS has also provided a convenient listing of our course offerings here.

Please email your academic advisor if you are unsure of what classes you need. To find out who that is, visit: > Academics (on the left hand side) > View my Advisors
The first person listed should be your primary academic advisor and they can help you determine which classes to take.
For additional support in class selection, check out the following resources:
1.     Schedule of Required Courses
2.     IPS Syllabus Project
3.     Degree Program & Graduate Certificate pages to find the course curriculum

Last Day to Drop a Class without a WF
Please be advised that the last day to drop a class and still receive a grade of W is Friday, October 30th. 

Dropping a class past this date will yield in a WF on a transcript, which will have the same effect on your GPA as an F. 

For more information about drop deadlines, please consult the University calendar

How Are You Engaging in Self Care?
With the middle of the semester approaching, do you need some pick me ups? Are you engaging in self care? 

Here are some awesome suggestions to help you care for yourself (and for others) on or around the LUC campuses:

LUC Women's Documentary Film Series
The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and the School of Communication invite you to join them for 5 award-winning documentary films.

The 5 Films by Women Screening Series includes: 
October 1 -  Band of Sisters, which is a film about nuns working for social justice.
October 25 (double feature)  - Spilled Water, a film that looks at women in China’s new economy & Jens Jensen: The Living Green, a film discussing Jen Jenson, a pioneering environmental champion
November 1 – The Curators of Dixon School, a documentary that asks, what happens when you place museum quality art in public schools?
November 15 – Sole Survivor, a CNN documentary film that speaks to individuals who were involved in flight crashes and were the only ones to survive. What happens when you live a mere few blocks from the crash site? 

Filmmakers will be present at each screening for Q&A after the show!   

See the attached flyer for details and ticket information or visit

Advent Retreat for Teachers
Prepare your spirit for the season of Advent at this retreat sponsored by the Institute of Pastoral Studies and the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Catholic Schools. Learn to understand scripture, relate it to your personal faith story, and how to invite students to do the same. Elementary and secondary school teachers welcome.

For pricing and additional information, see the informational flyer

The 2016 Commencement Date Has Been Set
If you are graduating this winter, spring, or summer, the official Loyola commencement has been set! Check out the schedule, here. IPS commencement will be held on Tuesday May 10th at the Lake Shore Campus. 

Please also be aware that you MUST apply for graduation by December 1st if you plan to graduate this Spring! Please begin to process now so that you have enough time to touch base with your advisor in case you are missing any pertinent requirements. 

Check out Loyola's Graduation Information Checklist to get information on the process and see what you need to walk in May 2016. The instructions on how to apply are located, here

Faith and Public Life: The Church in the Americas
Thursday, 8 October 2015
3:30PM - 5:30PM
Piper Hall, Lake Shore Campus
Loyola University Chicago

This event is free and open to the public!

In 1999, Pope John Paul II issued a post-synodal apostolic exhortation entitled Ecclesia in America. The pope asked the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to reflect “on America as a single entity, by reason of all that is common to the peoples of the continent, including their shared Christian identity and their genuine attempt to strengthen the bonds of solidarity and communion between the different forms of the continent’s rich cultural heritage.”

Loyola University Chicago will host a conversation following the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba and to the United States. Leading this conversation will be: Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, Dr. Miguel H. Díaz, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, and Dr. Peter M. Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science. Among the questions that will be explored by this panel include: What influence did Vatican II and Medellín have on the American continent? What are some ongoing socio-political challenges facing the American continent? What can nations on this continent do to birth a New Spring in human relations? How might the normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and the role that the Church has exercised in this process contribute to the stabilization of inter-continental relations? What positive role can Catholic faith leaders exercise within the continent, especially now under Pope Francis, the first Latin-American pope in history? Join us and add your own voices to this relevant conversation that explores the present and future of Church and society in our American continent.

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: 

President and CEO, Religious Institute (Location Flexible): The Religious Institute is looking for a dynamic, visionary President and CEO to lead the organization in its role in a changing religious, cultural and philanthropic environment. For a full job description and application instructions, visit the organization's website

Bilingual (Spanish) Community Organizer, Archdiocese of Indianapolis/IndyCAN (Indianapolis, IN): The Archdiocese of Indianapolis and IndyCAN are looking for a community organizer to engage people of faith and congregations to deepen their prophetic ministry and in the public arena and who will oversee Indiana’s multi-faith movement to uphold the dignity of family and end criminalization of immigrants and people of color by winning local, state, and national policy reforms including a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. Detailed information on the position can be found here

Communications Liaison, St. Alphonsus Church (Chicago, IL):St. Alphonsus Church is looking for a part-time communications liaison who is savvy in various forms of social media.  Responsibilities would include updating the parish Facebook page, electronic newsletter or bulletin, create and maintain a Twitter account, manage Constant contact entries and distribution.  They are moving to Wordpress over the next 4 months as the format for a new website so upkeep on that would be required. Interested applicants should reach out to Connie Mottley ( 
Christian Education Director, Westminster Presbyterian Church (Des Moines, IA): Westminster Presbyterian Church is seeking a qualified candidates to plan, supervise, energize and lead the ministry of Christian Education (CE) for the church. Additional information on this position can be found here.

Diocesan Director of Social ActionDepartment of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown (Youngstown, OH): The Department of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown is looking for a Diocesan Director of Social Action who will be responsible for managing the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, Criminal Justice Ministries, and Diversity and Racial Justice Ministries; monitoring immigration policy and its impact on migrants and refugees; serving as Director of Rural Life Ministry; and educating Catholics and the community about Catholic social teachings regarding public policy, advocacy, and governmental responsibilities. Additional information on this position can be found here

Please visit for other career related news and the job board, Ramblerlink

Upcoming Events
CURL Friday Morning Seminars - Friday, Ongoing, 10:30am to noon (Cuneo Hall 417, LSC)
Join CURL every Friday morning for seminars on various topics during the fall and spring semesters. Check out all the seminars here

Young Adult Mass  - Sunday, ongoing, 7 p.m (St. James Chapel, WTC) 
Join the LUC community for weekly Young Adult Mass at St. James Chapel in the Quigley Center located on the corner of Rush and Pearson. Sunday night services start at 7 pm and a social will follow afterwards. Please RSVP by emailing Nicole Chmela at .

Jesuits on Tap - Sunday, ongoing beginning Oct 11 from 8:00 - 9:30pm
Meet the Jesuits of Loyola University Chicago in a relaxed environment, enjoying free drinks and appetizers at Lu’s Deli. Please email Nicole Chmela for more information at 

Journal Impact Metrics - Wednesday, October 7, 4:30 – 5:00pm (IC 120, LSC)
The Journal Impact Factor is the most widely recognized measure of the relative research impact of individual journals.  This workshop will include an overview of the Journal Impact Factor, as well as alternate metrics for measuring journal impact. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (

How to Fill a Notebook: Techniques for Taking Useful, Organized Notes - Thursday, October 8, 2:30pm – 3:00pm (IC 120, LSC)
Research indicates that learning is most effective when notes are written by hand.  Discover strategies for creating a notebook that is well organized and notes that will help you succeed academically by attending this workshop.  Questions may be sent to Jane Currie (

Child Soldiers Froced to be Cruel - Thursday October 8, 4:30 to 7:00 pm (Damen Student Center, LSC)
The Center for the Human Rights of Children will host a reception and panel discussion to kick off the installation of our exhibition, entitled "Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel," based on a book by Leora Kahn. This exhibit features photographs that depict child soldiers from around the world who have been manipulated by war criminals and subjected to unspeakable violence. There will be a panel discussion followed by a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception. Please find more information about the event, here

Graduate Student of Color Mixer - Friday, October 16, 6pm (Kasbeer Hall, WTC)
For more info and to RSVP, visit the event's Facebook invitation.  

Graduate Masquerade Ball - Saturday, October 31st, 7pm (Regents Hall, WTC)
Looking for a Halloween party? Look no further... For more info and to RSVP, visit the event's Facebook invitation.  

5th Annual International Symposum on Digital Ethics - Friday November 6, 8:30am to 6:00pm (Regents Hall, WTC, Registration Required) 
The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at LUC will host this event on Digital Ethics with keynote speaker Hasan Elahi, an interdisciplinary media artist with an emphasis on technology and medial and their social implications. Other prominent speakers include Susan Etlinger, Kishoma Gray, Thomas Kolster, and Maggie Orth. Information on how to register and more information can be found, here

Inspiring Faith, Building Bridges - Friday and Saturday, November 13 &14 (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
From the Organizers: This annual two-day catechetical gathering promises to be a new beginning in our work together, as we present exciting new initiatives and responsive, engaging tools, including a new model of catechists and teacher certification and on-line formation. It is a time for us to gather as leaders and volunteers, principals, teachers and catechists to share best practices – effective methods of teaching, faith engagement and catechetical formation in our parishes and schools. Register for Friday and/or Saturday
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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