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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin



The Academic Resource Center provides tutoring across the curriculum and a broad range of other academic support services free of charge to all Loyola students. The center offers academic counseling and assessment to provide individual assistance to each student in formulating a personal strategy for achieving academic success. Individualized assessment of learning strengths and weaknesses and assessment of foundation in writing and math skills are provided for non-traditional students. The center also teaches study skills by offering a one-hour course called Protocols of Learning, SPST A105, and non-credit weekend and evening seminars for all undergraduate students. Disability Services provides equal access for students with disabilities by assisting students in meeting the demands of university life by coordinating campus services for students with disabilities and offering academic support services. Programs for entering freshmen and transfer students are designed to assist entering freshmen and transfers around the year through the Bridge, Fall Enrichment, and Spring Enrichment programs. The Fall and Spring Enrichment programs are designed to assist entering freshmen and transfer students in meeting the academic demands of their first two semesters at Loyola. The Bridge program allows students to begin taking their first-year courses from late June through the last week in July and affords students the opportunity to experience life on campus while earning seven credit hours.



The mission of the Center for Environmental Communications is to educate students in the field of environmental communications, to stimulate communications among environmental stakeholders, to provide the public with unbiased discussion of environmental issues, and to be a resource to the media for environmental information. Instead of focusing only on journalism, the Loyola program includes the following sequences: print journalism, broadcast journalism, broadcast production, public relations, advertising, photojournalism, and film studies. This diversity allows students to interact with faculty and students who approach communications issues with different perspectives. A hallmark of Loyola’s program is the Institute of Environmental Communications (IEC). Citizens from business, the scientific and environmental communities, government, and the rest of the Greater New Orleans community are encouraged to participate. The IEC consists of a semester’s worth of meetings during which participants will be exposed to a variety of environmental concerns and issues with discussion led by the region’s environmental leaders. Additionally, Loyola faculty and students are actively working on several projects that are increasing the communication among industry and its many stake-holders. This environmental intervention is intended to enhance the potential for win-win solutions to environmental issues. Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communications will focus on those issues unique to the Louisiana region, as well as those traditionally targeted by environmental programs (population, global warming, ozone depletion, etc.).



In the Jesuit and Catholic tradition, the Center for Intercultural Understanding was established to create and maintain a campus environment where students, faculty, and staff will be able to recognize, respect, and celebrate our differences and commonalities. These differences include, but are not limited to, age, social and economic status, sexual orientation, educational background, marital status, ethnicity, gender, individual traits, ability, race, cultural heritage, and religious beliefs.

The center will provide proactive leadership in fostering respect for the rights of others, including the right to be different. It strives to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment through programming, services, advocacy, research, and curriculum transformation, responding to the needs of students, faculty, and staff for the common good.



The Center for International Education (CIE) at Loyola University New Orleans promotes the internationalization of the university by initiating, developing and supporting a wide range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for members of the Loyola community.CIE sponsors numerous cultural programs including International Education Week, the Country Fair, the Education Abroad Fair, and many others. Through these opportunities, CIE encourages students to develop an appreciation of other cultures and of their own, and to maximize their intercultural experience whether here at Loyola or on an education abroad program.

International Students
CIE provides innovative programs and services to the more than 200 international students currently enrolled at Loyola. International students include students with F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, or other nonimmigrant visas; students who are not citizens of the United States; students whose first language is not English; and students who do not reside within the continental United States. CIE helps these students adjust to life at Loyola and ensures that they are well integrated into the Loyola community. For non-immigrant F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, CIE provides assistance for all immigration issues, particularly those related to SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

All non-immigrant F-1 students and J-1exchange visitors are required to have health insurance which includes medical evacuation, repatriation, and other requirements listed on the CIE website. Non-immigrant students will be billed for and enrolled in an international student health insurance plan, administered by The Lewer Agency, unless their insurance company completes an insurance waiver available at by the deadlines listed on the website.

Education Abroad
For students wanting an education abroad experience, the Center for International Education is the first stop with advising and information on both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, financial aid, and scholarships. A study abroad advisor along with experienced study abroad peer advisers works with students to help them find the right program that will meet their academic and personal goals, financial situation, and interests. Students must also meet with their academic adviser, the associate dean in their college, and the study abroad advisor in the CIE prior to applying to a non-Loyola study abroad program.

Numerous programs are available for Loyola students. There are semester and year-long programs, community service and immersion programs, components to academic courses, and summer study abroad. While the majority of students study abroad for short summer programs, a growing number of students are selecting semester or year-long programs. Students can attend both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, but Loyola financial aid can usually only be applied to Loyola programs. The university has a number of affiliations with study abroad programs that provide limited scholarships or discounts for Loyola students. All the information that a student needs can be found at



The Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center was established in 1985 at Loyola School of Law by act of the United States Congress in memory of the late Congressman from Louisiana whose career exemplified service to the needs of the disadvantaged. The center provides training and financial summer internships in law offices that provide legal services to the poor; opportunities for law students to do pro bono work while in law school; loan forgiveness assistance to graduates providing legal assistance to the poor; sponsor lectures and other public interest events; and, provide support to organizations who are involved in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center is a vital part of the overall commitment of Loyola University to excellence in scholarship and the pursuit of social justice.



Information Technology provides current technology, prompt service, and a robust network to allow the fair, accurate and free interchange of educational content, information and ideas throughout the Loyola community and the world.

Network Access
LoyolaNet, a state-of-the-art computer networking system, provides access to electronic mail, news groups, home pages, mailing lists, library resources, course offerings, student records, and financial information as well as a high-speed connection to the Internet and World Wide Web. All faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, residence halls, and common study areas provide outlets for connecting personal computers to the network. Wireless network access is also provided in many areas of the campus.

Computer Labs
More than 300 Dell and Macintosh computers are available for student use along with word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and web-browsing software. A variety of printers, including laser printers, are available in the labs.

In addition to general access computer labs, special-purpose computer labs have been established for writing and english composition, math basic skills, music technology, business and accounting, law school, visual arts and communications.

Mainframe computer services for online registration and access to the university libraries’ online card catalogue and bibliographic services are accessed from the LoyolaNet network on campus or from off campus using any connection to the internet.

Computer Store
Software, accessories, and supplies are available in the University Bookstore located in the Danna Student Center.

Technical Support and Training
The Information Technology Help Desk, a hotline for computer related technical support, is available M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  After-hours emergency calls will be returned as soon as possible. The Help Desk may be reached at 865-CALL (865-2255).


The Loyola community enjoys state-of-the-art telephone services including electronic voice messaging. Individual direct long-distance services and voice messaging are also provided to students in the residence halls.

Technical Support and Training
The Information Technology Help Desk, a hotline for computer related technical support, is available M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  After-hours emergency calls will be returned as soon as possible. The Help Desk may be reached at 865-CALL (865-2255).



The mission of the Loyola Institute for the Study of Catholic Culture and Tradition is to foster and promote the distinctive Catholic identity of Loyola University New Orleans across the curriculum and throughout the university community. With a sense of special responsibility for the intellectual and moral education of the young, the institute seeks to foster the formation of students who are familiar not only with the content of the liberal arts tradition, but also with the extent to which that tradition both illuminates and is illuminated by the Catholic faith. While the institute affirms the varieties of ways in which this may be accomplished in all aspects of the university’s life, it commits itself to the specific task of developing an interdisciplinary approach, which seeks to foster the growth and understanding proper to a mature and reflective Christian mind. Specifically, the institute will administer resources to promote the interdisciplinary study of Catholic intellectual, cultural, and moral traditions. To this end, the institute will draw upon the talents and intellectual commitment of the university faculty through sustained dialogue and by supporting those faculty initiatives which further the goals of the institute. The institute will sponsor the development of curricular offerings, extracurricular faculty-student seminars, lectures, research projects, and other initiatives including the development of appropriate library collections. When possible, these courses and other programs sponsored by the institute will be structured so as to be of interest and benefit to a larger audience including, among others, students from Notre Dame Seminary, members of religious congregations, and religious education teachers.



The Institute of Environmental Communications (IEC) brings together a diverse group of citizens (environmentalists, scientists, journalists, industrialists, Brown Field community people, politicians, government employees, teachers, and business persons) for 14 — 20 evening sessions to discuss issues of vital environmental importance to the region and nation. The Fellows Program is modeled after the highly regarded Institute of Politics that has been offered by Loyola University since 1968. The IEC’s first sessions began in fall 1999.



The Institute of Politics (IOP), an independent foundation that is housed on the Loyola campus, trains community leaders in practical politics. Its program is geared to the development of new political leadership in the area. The IOP educates selected young men and women in the practice and practicalities of politics, through a recognition of the professional character of politics and the need for broader understanding and training in politics. Meeting weekly at night, participants represent a broad cross-section of the metro area, geographically and professionally. Approximately 30 participants per course study voting patterns, issues and problems, organizing and conducting political campaigns, the uses of television and advertising, and political polling. Speakers represent local, state, and national levels of politics.



The primary purpose of the International Business Center (IBC) is to support and strengthen the international business (IB) programs of the College of Business (CoB) at Loyola University New Orleans. Since its inception in 1992, the IBC has carried out 10 externally funded projects that have included applied IB research studies, community outreach services, the enhancement of the CoB’s IB curricula, and several publications. The center supports the CoB's international internship, summer study abroad, and international student exchange programs. Also, the IBC houses a mini-library with a specialized collection of IB journals and studies. The IBC coordinates and supports the activities of the CoB's International Business Advisory Board (IBAB) and Loyola’s International Business Organization (LIBO), the latter being open to all students at Loyola. The IBAB’s more than 40 community leaders in the IB field meet twice per year to review the CoB’s IB strategy and give advice to the CoB’s IB faculty and administration. IBAB members come regularly as guest speakers or panelists to events sponsored jointly by LIBO and the CoB, offer internships and jobs (after graduation) to students from the CoB, and support financially the CoB’s IB programs. Finally, the IBC maintains relations with external organizations, such as the World Trade Center, the Port of New Orleans, GNO, Inc., the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Greater New Orleans, the U.S. Department of Education, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Institute of International Education.



The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library won the 2003 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, given by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Blackwell's Book Services, in recognition of programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the university. In addition, the library received the 2004 H.W.Wilson Library Staff Development Award, and for the last three years has ranked in the top 10 in the "Best College Library" category of The Best 361 Colleges by The Princeton Review.

The state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot library offers a variety of seating for more than 700 students and provides abundant wired and wireless access to the Internet. The library offers three computer labs, two multimedia classrooms, four seminar rooms, 15 group study rooms, and an art gallery. The library houses a multimedia production classroom featuring computer workstations loaded with video, audio, imaging, and music production software. The library can accommodate a collection of up to 500,000 volumes and features a reading room for the use of its valuable archival and special collections.

The Monroe Library is committed to creative thinking, collaboration, and enhancement of the educational experience. This is expressed in the library's Learning Commons, a learning space that encompasses the first floor. In the Learning Commons, students, faculty, and staff come together to study, learn, teach, create, and socialize. At the Learning Commons desk, users can get assistance with standard circulation, reference, and technology questions. Those wanting or needing more in-depth knowledge are connected to appropriate experts, materials, programs, and workshops. The Learning Commons offers a variety of learning spaces, including the Living Room, a laptop collaboration area, computer carrels for individual or group work,  multimedia workstations, and listening stations.

The Monroe Library works with faculty to ensure that Loyola students have the skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. The library encourages faculty to adopt best practices for incorporating information literacy standards in the classroom; supports the innovative use of instructional technologies in teaching and learning; advances faculty research; and builds partnerships to enhance student writing, career development, and lifelong learning.

The Monroe Library houses the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy, which serves as a national clearinghouse for information, research, and resources pertaining to literacy; Special Collections and Archives, housing the Walker Percy and His Circle Collection, the Archives of the Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, and the Frere Joseph Aurelien Cornet Collection on the art and culture of the Congo; and the Visual Arts Center and Collins C. Diboll Gallery, the fourth-floor exhibition, archival, and lecture space.

The Monroe Library's holdings include more than 382,000 volumes, access to more than 27,000 e-books and 36,000 print and electronic journals, 11,500 music scores, 90,000 microform units, and 4,700 media titles. Faculty and graduate students enjoy borrowing privileges at most of the areas academic libraries. Loyola and Tulane Universities offer reciprocal library borrowing privileges to undergraduates through the TULU program. The library's interlibrary loan service provides materials not available at Loyola's libraries.



The Jesuit Center works to enhance the Jesuit mission and identity of Loyola University New Orleans.  It seeks to share the Jesuit traditions with the larger Loyola community.   It seeks to promote teaching and research integrated with Jesuit Educational pedagogy and Ignatian spirituality.   It invites Loyola community members -- faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families -- to deepen their faith commitment in light of the faith does justice and service. 

Included among its many and varied activities are:  activities in spirituality that range from day-long retreats to offering Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises; activities in service that offer international immersion trips to Jamaica, Belize and Mexico for students, faculty, staff & alumni.  

The Center also provided orientation and on-going development on the Jesuit heritage and vision of the university for faculty/ staff and students.  It also sponsors lectures, seminars and forums on issues relating to Loyola’s Jesuit mission and identity.   Among its activities is Loyola Week, a week-long university-wide celebration of Loyola’s Jesuit character held each fall.  

It’s office is located on the first floor of Bobet Hall, and its door is always open to all.



Located in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy is dedicated to promoting adult literacy as a vehicle for personal, economic, and community empowerment. The Boggs Center seeks to nurture collaborative partnerships between Loyola and its surrounding metropolitan community. Through its collaboration with local literacy providers, faith-based, social, and community service organizations, business, government, civic and philanthropic leaders, the center serves as the intermediary to ensure that adult literacy programs and other institutions that impact the lives of adult learners and their families have access to national research and best practices and technical support.   Solutions are within reach, if we take these steps:

Form Links
An effective response to the challenge of adult literacy in this region requires new partnerships between literacy providers and community institutions.

Train Teachers
Based on the latest reading research, we must shift from relying on volunteer tutors to trained teachers.

Create Opportunity
Effective literacy instruction must be tailored to the needs of the region.  We must link literacy instruction to local employers.

Start Strong
New Orleans’ adult literacy numbers will never change significantly until K-12 public education reform succeeds.  Our children must get a solid foundation allowing them to learn at and beyond high-school literacy.



The Loyola Institute for Ministry offers a master’s degree in religious education (M.R.E.), a master’s degree in pastoral studies (M.P.S.), and a post-master’s certificate in pastoral studies both on campus and through distance education. On-campus (LIMOC) M.P.S. focus areas include small Christian community formation, pastoral care and counseling, pastoral life and administration, religion and ecology, African-American ministries (on-campus only), Christian spirituality for pastoral ministry, marketplace ministry, Hispanic ministry, youth ministry, and the opportunity for an individualized program of study. The institute also serves the continuing education needs of adults on campus and in extension by offering a certificate in religious education (C.R.E.), a certificate in pastoral studies (C.P.S.), and a post-master’s and an advanced continuing education certificate in pastoral studies. The students, faculty, and staff of the Loyola Institute for Ministry form a learning community gathered to enhance the quality of pastoral ministry in the Church. The institute serves as an educational resource for professionals and paraprofessionals engaged in, or preparing for, ministry and religious education, as well as laity who want to address themselves intentionally to their ministry in the world. The institute seeks an integration of Christian theology with skills in pastoral leadership, a facility in social and cultural analysis, and an awareness of one’s self and one’s abilities and limitations.



The Loyola Pastoral Life Center (LPLC) is a continuing education division within the Institute for Ministry (LIM). The mission and programs of the Loyola Pastoral Life Center flow directly from the mission and work of LIM. The mission of the LPLC is to provide continuing education opportunities, ministry studies programs, and spiritual enrichment for women and men involved in various aspects of the church’s life and ministries. The LPLC thus furthers the mission of the church community to promote the reign of God and the primary purpose of LIM: to educate persons for leadership in Christian ministries. In pursuing its important mission, the Loyola Pastoral Life Center is particularly dedicated to helping the national church, diocesan pastoral offices, and ministry leaders in local churches improve the quality of grass-roots level Christian life and ministry. The LPLC does so by providing seminars, training programs, resources, and networking opportunities, around emerging ministry issues, for these parties. In doing its work, the LPLC remains particularly attentive to the multicultural and ecumenical dimensions of the church in the United States, to smaller dioceses and Christian home missions, and to local church communities with new and emerging forms of lay pastoral leadership.



Loyola University New Orleans is a collaborative partner of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region (LSBDC GNOR). LSBDC GNOR provides business counseling, technical assistance, and business training for owners, operators, or managers of existing and new small businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. Business counseling services are no charge to the business owner. Assistance is provided in many areas such as business planning, loan package preparation, website development, logo design, marketing, management, research, finding sources of funding, accounting, and legal issues. Student internships are available through the LSBDC GNOR.



The Loyola Mathematics Center was established in 1981 with the original purpose of providing assistance to students in basic skills (developmental) mathematics courses. It has since evolved into a multimedia resource center for virtually all Loyola  students taking mathematics courses. The Math Center is commonly referred to as the Math Lab, where economics, chemistry, biology, and physics students frequently use it as  a working center. Well-qualified students provide one-on-one tutoring for students taking mathematics courses. Interactive computer software as well as video tapes are available to those who prefer these methods of assistance. Scientific Notebook, Matlab, SPSS, Visual Basic, Java, and other programs are available on our computers for the use of our students and staff. Textbooks, instructor's manuals, and other reference materials are available for almost all undergraduate math courses taught at Loyola. Instruction and assistance using various types of graphing calculators are also provided.



The center is designed to provide a forum in which business leaders, scholars, students, public officials, clergy, and those who serve non-profit organizations can better identify, discuss, research, address, and resolve the myriad of traditional and new ethical issues that emerge from a complex modern economy and its impact on every other institution.

Its activities will comprise but not be limited to lectures, conferences, online newsletter, resource data website, a Graduate Certificate Program in Business Ethics for Executives, and a variety of print publications. We shall provide an online database of business ethics resources and qualified speakers to address business ethics issues in a timely and professional manner; provide on-site ethics training; provide the business community with organizational legal compliance and ethics consultation, training, and/or referral services (assistance with compliance strategies to prevent criminal misconduct and integrity strategies to enable responsible development and administration of codes of conduct); sponsor Business Integrity Awards: annual awards that publicly recognize and honor responsible business leadership; provide local research partnership that use the resources of the center and the College of Business Administration to partner with local businesses to conduct ethics-related research that will enhance company performance; administer ethical audits (including needs assessments, ethics training effectiveness studies, and governance assessments. Our audits enhance leadership development, assess cultural risk management, and improve decision making. Finally, we shall conduct qualitative interviews (including videotaping) that will explore the ethical worldviews of featured speakers and nationally and internationally prominent CEOs. This data will serve as a critical piece of input for future generations of learning materials.



The Ross Foreign Language Center, located in Bobet Hall 114, was established in 1988 and named for Rochelle Ross who taught Russian at Loyola from 1967-82. Staffed by student workers under the direction of a faculty member, the center provides peer tutoring and audio CDs for the language courses taught at Loyola in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Additional materials that support language learning are also available in Bobet 114, including bilingual dictionaries, grammar reviews, and magazines. 



Housed in the Department of Communications, the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications was established in 1997 to allow students to work on real projects under the direction of a faculty supervisor for nonprofit clients who have advertising and public relations projects. Not only is this work used by the organizations, but the work by advertising students for nonprofit clients consistently wins Addy Awards from the Advertising Club of New Orleans. The center’s facilities consist of 16 PowerMac G4 computers, six flatbed scanners, one black and white laser printer, two color laser printers, two film/slide scanners, and a vast array of graphic and multimedia design software. Student assistants supervise the center about 60 hours per week to assist students with their work. The diverse clientele includes New Orleans Area United Cerebral Palsy, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, YMCA of Greater New Orleans, American Red Cross, Bishop Perry Middle School, Each One Save One, U.S. Pirg, Habitat for Humanity, Cafe Reconcile, and many others. The work has been as simple as a flyer or as complex as a full-scale integrated communications campaign. To learn more about the Donnelley Center and to view a portfolio of works visit the website at



The goal of the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice is to shape social justice consciousness through education and to take action on critical social issues confronting society. Thus, the center seeks to put into practice the principles enunciated in Goals of Loyola: Loyola is committed to a serious examination of those conscious and unconscious assumptions of contemporary American civilization that tend to perpetuate societal inequities and institutional injustices. These goals are achieved through programs including Blueprint for Social Justice, Bread for the World, the Global Network for Justice, Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), the Twomey Training Center. The accomplishments of the center are reflected in the successes of these programs in addressing the critical issues of poverty, racism, violence, and education. Several of the programs have become model programs in the community. The Twomey Center also manages the Twomey Print Shop, which provides low cost printing to the university and does limited publishing.



The Loyola University New Orleans Upward Bound Program is a federally funded program that falls under the national umbrella of TRiO Programs.  Upward Bound was established by the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the mission of helping high school students prepare for post-secondary education.  Participants receive instruction, traditionally on a college campus, in literature, composition, mathematics, and laboratory science.  Instruction is conducted after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.  After high school graduation, Upward Bound provides a “bridge” program to aid in the transition from high school to college.  To date, 971 programs are in operation throughout the United States.

Since 1966, the administration, faculty, and staff of the Upward Bound Program at Loyola University New Orleans have continued to provide educational assistance to high school students in the Metro New Orleans area.  Currently, the Program serves four target schools on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish:  Helen Cox, John Ehret, L.W. Higgins, and West Jefferson High School.  Along with serving these four schools, the Upward Bound Program also serves students living in the target areas surrounding each school.

The Loyola University New Orleans Upward Bound Program consists of three program components:  a six-week summer component, an academic year component conducted on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and a summer bridge component for college pre-freshmen.  During each program component, tutoring, counseling and individualized assistance is given to each program participant.  For further information, please visit our website or contact the Program office.



Whelan Children’s Center is a high quality childcare program for the children of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The center, located on Loyola’s campus, provides a safe and stimulating educational environment with a highly qualified, experienced, nurturing staff. Twelve full-time teachers, twenty-five work-study students, and sixty-two children ranging in age from four months to five years make up the center’s population. Teachers of three- to five-year-old children have a B.S. in education with certification in early childhood. Teachers of one- and two-year-olds have associate degrees in early childhood and certification in early childhood education; teachers of infants and toddlers have extensive experience in working with young children. All teachers are certified in Infant and Child CPR and Pediatric First-Aid. Teachers attend the annual Greater New Orleans Association for the Education of Young Children conference and workshops throughout the year. Children are grouped by ages: infants, toddlers, one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and preschoolers. A developmental program based on all areas of development: physical, social, intellectual, and emotional. Activities as well as the physical environment are carefully planned to enhance the growth and development of young children. For example, two-year-olds learn about cultural activities, music, and letter and color recognition. Older children develop social skills and academic concepts which prepare them for the kindergarten level. The center supports the philosophy that children are happiest when actively involved in learning.



The educational mission of the women’s studies program and of the university as a whole is supported by the programs and services offered by the Women’s Resource Center. The Women’s Center, located in Mercy Hall room 103, aims to provide Loyola women and men with a positive college experience by responding to their needs as gendered human beings and by fostering an environment that is free of sexism and other forms of institutional and individual forms of oppression. It strives to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment through programming, services, and advocacy. The Women’s Center encourages and promotes the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge about women amongst faculty by supporting research and course development in those areas. In all its endeavors, the center seeks to include and respond to the needs of staff members. To ensure that the community be involved in activities of the center and so that students can also find feminist role models and mentors outside of the university, the center maintains and encourages contact with alumni and the local community and links to other women’s centers, especially at Jesuit institutions. The center’s mission is to create a campus environment that addresses and responds to issues of concern relevant to the lives of women on campus, in the metro area, and beyond. In doing so, women’s services at Loyola form an integral part of the Jesuit mission in higher education.

The following resources are available at the Women’s Resource Center:

  • information about women’s studies courses;
  • information on Women’s Center programs and events;
  • information on graduate programs in women’s studies;
  • information about resources for women in the New Orleans metro area;
  • programming in support of the Women’s Studies minor and about issues relevant to women;
  • leadership initiative;
  • a comfortable conference and meeting room;
  • student-run support and consciousness raising groups;
  • support for the Women's Initiative for Learning and Leading Learning Community
  • support and resources for persons affected by sexual assault;
  • a library of feminist-friendly magazines and women's studies books



Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) supports excellence in critical thinking and writing in all undergraduate programs and classes at Loyola.  WAC offers a variety of services to help students improve their writing and to assist faculty in designing effective writing assignments.

Student Tutoring  Services
WAC provides free tutoring on writing assignments, including

  • Analytical essays
  • Argumentative essays
  • Response papers
  • Research papers in all majors
  • Book reports and reviews
  • Film and drama reviews
  • Lab reports
  • Critiques
  • Proposals, business reports, letters, and memos
  • Service learning writing projects

Students receive help with all phases of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to synthesizing sources, tightening arguments, and revising for clarity and style.  WAC tutors do not edit or correct students’ papers;  instead, they work with students to help them strengthen their critical thinking skills and improve their own writing.

Tutor Training
WAC writing tutors, who are drawn from a broad range of majors, are trained to help students with the rhetorical conventions, formats, writing practices, and citation demands of the differing academic disciplines. All first-semester writing tutors enroll in English 491, “Practicum in Teaching Writing,” and take additional tutoring workshops throughout subsequent years on staff.  In addition, beginning tutors are paired with experienced tutors who mentor them during the first year, include them as observers in tutoring sessions, and answer questions that arise about tutoring situations and resources.

WAC administers a writing center and electronic classroom in Room 100 Bobet Hall where students can conduct Internet research, draft papers, consult with writing tutors, and revise their work. The writing center makes available a library of print and online resources for writers, including discipline-specific guides to college writing, dictionaries, handbooks, grammar guides, style and citation guides, and other resources.

WAC’s tutorial services are available on a drop-in basis and by appointment seven days a week; tutoring is offered in a variety of locations, including

  • The WAC Writing Center, Room 100, Bobet Hall
  • The Reference Desk, First Floor, Monroe Library
  • Off-campus via phone consultations and e-mail

Faculty Services
WAC provides one-on-one consultation services to faculty who want to incorporate writing as a learning tool in their classes.  In these consultations, WAC professional staff work with faculty to design sequenced writing assignments for their courses, prepare guidelines for students on approaches to each assignment, and develop grading rubrics that help students identify the strengths and weaknesses of their writing.  WAC staff also offer workshops on these topics as well as others upon request.