Good News Worth Sharing

Lift UP Loyola is a campaign which reminds us of our responsibility to one another. Loyola University New Orleans has a long and rich tradition of being a community with and for others. Mollie Marti writes,“Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life.”  Serving others is an important component of Jesuit education; sometimes we can do this best by paying attention to one another.  Step Up - if you see something, say something.  As the Lift UP Loyola campaign reminds us:  Reaching out isn’t weak.  It’s strong.  If you or someone you know needs help, tell someone. It gives me great pleasure to share our commitment to delivering student programs and services that connect traditional Jesuit values with our contemporary University mission.

The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to introduce the following new staff to you:

  • Haniyyah “Honey” Bashir, Community Director, M.Ed. in higher education: Student Affairs, University of Buffalo SUNY.
  • Meghan deBaroncelli, Assistant Tennis Coach, B.S. in psychology, Loyola University New Orleans.
  • Nick Dodson, Head Track and Cross-Country Coach, B.S. in media studies, Shorter College.
  • Stephanie Hignojos, Community Director, M.Ed. in Higher Education, University of Houston.
  • Rickey Hill, Head Cheer and Dance Coach, B.S. in physical education, Methodist University.
  • Margaret "Maggie" Lunn, Office Manager, Athletics and University Sports Complex, M.B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Livia Mahaffie, Assistant Track and Cross-Country Coach, B.S. in exercise and sport science, University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  • Moira Phippen, Assistant Director of Leadership and Social Justice, M.Ed. in higher education, Loyola University Chicago.
  • Courtnie Prather, Assistant Athletic Director, M.S. in child and adolescent psychology, William Carey University.
  • Clayton Shelvin, Career Coach; CMFA, BFA in theatre arts and dance, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Elise Walter, Internship and Recruitment Manager, Career Development Center.

I am pleased to share the following good news: Kellie Kennedy, Loyola’s Head Women’s basketball coach, set the record for all-time wins in the program’s history; Jill Boatright, assistant director of Career Services,  received the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers New Professional award; Beck Flannigan, Loyola’s assistant women’s basketball coach, received the NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year; Tamara Baker, director of Career Services, was recognized by Loyola’s Black Student Union as the outstanding staff member; and Amy Boyle, director of Residential Life, served as president of the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers. Furthermore, I am honored to have received the 2016 Reverend Victor Yanitelli, S.J., Award, the highest award given by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA). 

In addition to this good news we've also recently:

  • Secured a $1.5 million gift from First NBC Bank for the naming rights of the game court in the University Sports Complex. The gift will fund renovations including permanent seating, improved lighting, and enhanced Wolf Pack branding in the facility.
  • Ranked as high as 13th in the country in women’s basketball and captured its second-straight SSAC Tournament Championship.
  • Finished second in the SSAC Championships for women's track and field. It was the highest finish in the program’s history.
  • Qualified for the SSAC Championship in Loyola baseball for the first time in program history. Loyola also led the SSAC with 14 All-Academic honorees.
  • Received votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Top Poll for men's tennis for the first time in program history.
  • Developed a model for four-year academic and career advising/planning integrating the work of faculty advisors and Career Center staff for all programs of study as part of the advising and career workgroup.
  • Managed the reporting and evaluation of over 300 for-academic-credit internships for the following programs:  School of Mass Communication, College of Music and Fine Arts, and the College of Business.
  • Created a resource for faculty in the new Food Policy, Commerce and Cultureacademic degree program. Provided information on market trends, occupational job titles, employers, educational requirements, and skills needed to enter the job market.  Data collected was used to help create academic learning outcomes.
  • Implemented The Outcomes Survey to gather first destination data of graduates.
  • Hosted two on-campus internship and part-time job fairs.  Approximately 130 employers participated.
  • Received a nomination for the 2015 Program of the Year award by LACUSPA for the "Recipes from Home" program.
  • Welcomed Kelsey Rosenbaum to the Sodexo Campus Services team as our district dietitian. Her goal for Loyola Dining Services is to educate through programming on how to make healthy choices on campus. 
  • Continued the Annual Stop Hunger Campaign in fall 2016 with Sodexo and also introduces a food recovery program to campus. All of the donations collected will be donated to homeless shelters in the Greater New Orleans area. 
  • Introduced a student manager-training program that allowed students to get hands-on experience while getting them involved in the Loyola community. 
  • Increased the level of Student Conduct training by utilizing the Association for Student Conduct Administration standards for the Board of Review and Student Justice Board.
  • Developed Standard Operation Procedures for all Student Conduct Officers and Boards.
  • Created a Student Affairs Title IX website in conjunction with a poster campaign pertaining to issues of consent, alcohol, and illegal drug use.
  • Enhanced enforcement of the University Drug Policy in conjunction with private canine units and university police.
  • Increased participation of new students participation in the online Think About It program to 99 percent, an online training program to fullfill Title IX and the Campus Save Act requirements.
  • Increased Family Weekend attendance by 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Increased overall satisfaction in Themed Living Communities by 8 percent from the previous year.
  • Reduced annual vandalism and residence hall damage assessments by 45 percent compared to last academic year.
  • Increased total number of RA applicants by 22 percent from the previous year.
  • Processed student conduct cases (from date of incident to adjudication) 38 percent faster than previous year due to centralized oversiting and administration from the assistant director of Residential Community Standards.
  • Led a full revision of the student organization adviser job description, including adviser expectations and Campus Security Authority responsibilities.
  • Implemented the Get Fit Pledge with over 100 students committing to a semester-long fitness and wellness program.
  • Hosted Get to NOLA excursions for over 350 students to explore the history, culture, and traditions of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana.
  • Launched the Omicron Delta Kappa and LEAD Themed Living Community mentorship program.
  • Hosted keynote presentation, “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation” for fraternity and sorority chapter members.
  • Conducted review of best practices and created strategic plans suitable for university’s need regarding suicide prevention.
  • Implemented ProtoCall 24/7/365 phone-in counseling sessions system. 
  • Established the Beyond Compliance Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, reviewed best practices, and made recommendations to the president. 
  • Implemented weekly anxiety management workshops during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.
  • Continued enhancement of customer service satisfaction in Student Health Services,including streamlined check-in process, reduced paperwork and addition of walk-in nurse consultation.

The Office of Student Affairs continues to provide students with high-quality, values-based programs, experiential leadership, and service opportunities that are rooted in our Jesuit mission and are fundamental to a rich campus life experience.

M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs &
Associate Provost