December Updates and Christmas Wishes

December 13, 2016

Dear Loyola Health Sciences Community,

Reflecting back on 2016, I want to thank you for our many shared successes from contributing to the University’s Strategic Plan 2020 to preparing for both our Niehoff and Stritch accreditation visits to a successful opening of the Center for Translational Research and Education. In a year of much transition, I am especially grateful for your contributions, continued passionate dedication to our students, and unwavering commitment to our mission.

Before we take a well-deserved break and celebrate Christmas with family and friends, I would like to remind you of a few important items that will occur this month and next.

  • Lunches with Leadership: We are continuing Lunches with Leadership this month as well as adding a breakfast option to better accommodate schedules. Over the last year, more than 75 took part in casual small group discussions to share thoughts and exchange ideas. Lunch or breakfast times are available on December 16 and January 13. RSVP to Diane Ziomek at
  • Stritch Dean Search: Stritch Dean Search Faculty Ambassadors and Faculty at Large Open Forums will take place in January. These events are open to all Stritch faculty. The goal is to give each candidate a positive, realistic understanding of the opportunity to lead at Stritch. 
  • University Christmas Reception: A reminder that you are welcome to attend the reception at the Damen Student Center on the Lake Shore Campus on Wednesday, December 21 from 2-4 p.m. Shuttle transportation will be provided. Learn more and RSVP for the shuttle by December 16 at

Finally, I would like to again thank Dr. Linda Brubaker for her dedication as dean and chief diversity officer of the Stritch School of Medicine. She has spent the past five years as dean ensuring that our students get the best possible medical education that also instills the Jesuit values of service to others and commitment to the underserved. We simply cannot thank her enough. The dean search is ongoing and we are confident that Stritch’s stature as a highly regarded medical school rooted in the Jesuit tradition has attracted candidates who will help Stritch further that mission.

I hope you find time over the break to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy time with friends and family. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and New Year.

Merry Christmas,

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division