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2000 to 2009

  • 2000 Loyola University of Chicago celebrates 130 years of excellence. Sho Yano enters the university as a freshman at the age of 9. EVOKE (Eliciting Vocation through Knowledge and Engagement) is established; and a state of the art Neurosciences Critical Care unit opens at Loyola University of Chicago Medical Center.  Loyola adopts a new logo emphasizing its Jesuit idenity. 

  • 2001 The Center for Ethics and Social Justice celebrates its 10th anniversary. Several new student organizations are formed including Campus Life at Water Tower; Chinese Student and Scholars Association; Indian Graduate Student Organization; and Alpha Epsilon Mu. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., becomes Loyola's 23rd President.

  • 2002 The Women's Studies Program awards its first master's degree. The Center for Faith and Mission celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the School of Education moves from Mallinckrodt Campus to Water Tower Campus.

  • 2003 Loyola hosts the National Campus Antiwar Network conference attended by over 300 students from 100 plus colleges and universities. The Gannon Center celebrates its 10th anniversary. Siedenburg Hall, home of the School of Social Work at Water Tower Campus, is demolished. 

  • 2004 The Michael R. and Marilyn C. Quinlan Life Sciences and Research Center opens.  The Anthropology-Sociology department separates into two departments. The Women's Studies program celebrates its 25th anniversary, the oldest and largest Women's Studies program at a Jesuit college or university. The Communications department introduces two new majors - journalism and international cinema, video, new media studies.


  • 2005 New Core Curriculum is announced. The School of Education introduces a new major - Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Piper Hall is re-dedicated after 4 years of restoration and becomes the home of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. The Loyola University Museum of Art opens at the Water Tower Campus.  Regis Hall is constructed. The National Catholic AIDS Network and Loyola University establish a collaboration agreement in attempt to increase AIDS/HIV education. 

  • 2006 The Rev. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. Residence Hall and Terry Center, a 25 story high rise, opens on the Water Tower Campus. The Black World Studies major is introduced.

  • 2007 Renovations on Madonna Della Strada are completed and it is rededicated. The Fine Arts and Ceramics building on Sheridan Road is demolished.

  • 2007 The School of Communication is approved by Loyola's Board of Trustees.
  • 2008 The Klarchek Information Commons opens and the Jesuit Residence, built in 1922 as the Adminstration Building, is demolished. On September 20, Loyola announces its $500 Million campaign "Partner: The Campaign for the Future of Loyola" at a gala on the Water Tower Campus, becoming the largest fundraising initiative in the University's history. A new pipe organ is installed in Madonna Della Strada.


  • 2009 In December 2009 Loyola University of Chicago receives the largest gift in its over 140 year history from John F. and Herta Cuneo, Jr., and the Cuneo Foundation - the Cuneo Museum and Gardens plus money for scholarships, academic buildings, and maintaining the historic house museum and gardens.