October Administrative Updates
October 30, 2017
Dear Loyola Health Sciences Community,
This month I would like to share with you several important updates and reminders related to our research, academics, and operations/facilities.
Research Infrastructure Update
As you all know, we have been working to build an efficient and effective research infrastructure for the Health Sciences Division and our work with Loyola University Health System (LUHS) with the ultimate goal of better coordinating research activities across all campuses of Loyola. Over the last several months, we have been searching for a Vice Provost for Research for our campus. The search committee worked diligently and did a very good job identifying potential candidates. However, after being unable to find a candidate with the broad range of experiences we felt would best fit our needs as we also look towards future growth, we have decided to close the search at this time. I thank the search committee for all that they have done.
In order to continue building on the work already accomplished in the research area and maintain the positive momentum, Dean Goldstein has been asked to oversee research operations and the build out of capabilities at this point. He will be taking on the additional responsibility and acting in what was to be the role of the Vice Provost of Research. Throughout the process of building greater capability within the research infrastructure, Dean Goldstein will consistently engage with researchers from across campus, including the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the LUHS leadership, to assure that all research is fully supported and that future needs are identified. The Health Sciences Division and my office are committed to providing the necessary resources and oversight needed to build our infrastructure in a manner to serve all of you now and into the future.
Newly Approved Graduate Programs
I am pleased to announce the approval of two new graduate programs. The MS in Cellular and Molecular Oncology and MS in Medical Laboratory Sciences will both launch in Fall 2018. Many thanks to Leanne Cribbs, PhD, Clodia Osipo, PhD, and Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, for their great work on developing these programs.
Water Remediation Update
The water remediation and restoration in the Center for Translational Research and Education basement has been completed. Our housekeeping staff responded immediately and our remediation contractor was on campus within an hour to continue the remediation efforts and ensure the issue was resolved as quickly as possible. An investigation into the cause of flooding is underway. The contractor and design team are using photos, building designs, and a drain camera to study the issue with the goal of arriving at a long-term solution. This recent flooding also demonstrates the importance of the stormwater abatement project that is underway in the parking lots along First Avenue. Once complete, the stormwater traps will provide a place for ground water to sit, therefore relieving the pressure on our buildings.
Alcohol on Campus Policy
Please remember that for any event on campus where alcohol is served you must purchase all beer, wine, and spirits from a catering service such as our food service provider Handcut Foods. That caterer must provide a licensed bartender to serve at your event. Alcohol may only be served after 4 p.m. and under no circumstances can you bring in your own alcohol for any event at any time on campus. Please remind your staff and students of this policy.
It is a busy time on our campus with several key events taking place over the next month including St. Albert's Day, Staff Reception with Dr. Rooney, HSD Town Hall, and the Martyrs Award Celebration. I encourage you to attend one or more of these events. They provide a great opportunity to meet and interact with your colleagues.
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I welcome and value your feedback as we together work to continue building on our reputation of excellence in health sciences education, practice, and research.
Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division