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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Earth Week 2018

Time: 10 am to 7:30 pm

Contact: Kimberly Kahn · · 5048652599

Location: Peace Quad & Monroe Hall

Earth Week 2018 April 16th – 20th Hosted by Loyola University New Orleans’ Environment Program, Earth Week 2018 will teach community members to celebrate the environment, as well as how to protect and sustain it. Most events are free and open to the public. Free parking in the West Road garage for all Earth Week events.


Multi-Faith Earth Celebrations & Meditations
Peace Quad, Monroe Lawn, Monroe Library  10 am-2 pm


Cosmic Walk
10:00 AM; 11:00 AM & 1:30 PM  (Arrive 5 minutes before start time.)
4th Floor Gallery Space, Monroe Library
Guided ritual on our human place in the universe with Sister Alison McCrary.

  • The Cosmic Walk: a guided walking meditation on our place in the universe, led by Sister Alison McCrary.
  • The Cosmic Walk is a ritual of bringing our knowledge of the 14-billion-year Universe process of evolution and creation unfolding from our heads to our hearts. The purpose of the Cosmic Walk Ritual is to awaken a deeper consciousness in the human of the amazing beauty and age of the unfolding life process of the Universe and to evoke a sense of mystery, awe, and reverence in the person who participates in this ritual. The spiral on the ground will take us on the 14 billion year cosmic and evolutionary journey with each instance of emergence in time marked at a proportionate distance along the length of the spiral. We will begin at the very center of the spiral, the Flaring Forth of the Universe itself and allow the Sacred Story to unfold before us through story, song, reflection, symbols, movement, and candles. If you would like to serve as the "walker" of the spiral or a reader, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the ritual to receive instructions. After the ritual, time will be allocated for facilitated small group, large group, and private reflection and processing of the sacred universe story, how it impacts our lives and shapes our worldview, and what commitments we want to make as a result. 

Earth Meditations Ceremony
12:30 – 1:15 PM
Peace Quad
Followed by food and fellowship

11:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Monroe Lawn
Self-guided labyrinth meditation.

  • Labyrinth walking: LABYRINTH HISTORY 
    The labyrinth is an ancient human symbol known to go back as least 3500 years. It is a form of reflection and prayer that has been rediscovered in recent years. A labyrinth is not a maze, but a walking meditation device with a single winding path from the edge to the center. The same path is used to return to the outside. 
    Combining a number of even older symbols, including the circle, spiral and meander, the labyrinth represents the journey inward to our own true selves and back out into the everyday world. 

Nature by Design
Critique Exhibition Space, Monroe 411  5:30-7:30 pm

  • Loyola’s Design Department are proud to be collaborating with the Environment Program for this year’s Earth Week 2018. From the 16th until the 20th of April, environmental-themed exhibition Nature By Design will be displayed on the Fourth Floor of Monroe Hall, with an Opening Reception on Wednesday the 18th from 5:30 until 7:30pm.

  • The exhibition features students from across the University and promises to showcase a broad range of dynamic and contemporary artwork celebrating the Natural World and our place within it.

Mirabeau Water Garden talk by Dr. Bob Thomas
Whitney Room, Thomas Hall  7-8:00 pm

  • Robert Thomas is Professor of Mass Communication at Loyola and holds the Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communications. He was Founding Director of the Louisiana Nature Center. He is recipient of numerous awards for his work in conservation and environmental education.

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International Student Scholarship Fundraiser Soiree

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm

Contact: Ditmar Dittrich · · 504-864-7550

Location: Collins C. Diboll Gallery, 4th Floor, Monroe Library

Cost: General Admission $15, Students $10 Get Tickets

The International Student Scholarship Fundraiser Soiree reaches out to the entire campus community. We select a theme and invite performers that spotlight a particular geographic region or a specific area of interest. The event is open to the entire Loyola community.

This year, we will highlight Mexico, a close neighbor of the U.S., and its culture, in particular through a celebration of its cuisine. For this purpose, Sodexo will create a selection of Mexican dishes and a signature cocktail. The specific menu is always one of the main attractions of the Fundraiser Soiree and at the same time an important means to share in the culture of this foreign region together. The food items will be presented as a variety of small hors d’oeuvres on a buffet, so that the participants can sample many different Mexican recipes.

The Michael Salgado Jazz Trio will perform Afro-Cuban and Latin American jazz during the entirety of the event; band leader Michael Salgado is one of our Loyola students with Mexican heritage. All current Loyola students from Mexico will be invited to the event and introduced to the guests.

In addition, we will include works from the Ninth Loyola International Photo Contest and all of the winning photos with international motifs will be on display as a gallery exhibit. We also have a silent auction that showcases beautiful items from all over the world. Ethnic food will be available to all ticket holders and all ticket and silent auction sales benefit the International Scholarship Fund.

The recipient of the 2018/2019 International Student Scholarship will be announced at the Soiree. The International Student Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 to help international students who perform well at Loyola and make contributions to cultural understanding and diversity at Loyola, but who need additional financial assistance to continue their studies here.

Special thanks to the Student Government Association and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for their sponsorship.


Dittmar Dittrich, PhD
Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services
Center for International Education
Loyola University New Orleans | 6363 St. Charles Ave., Box 205 | New Orleans, LA 70118


Mirabeau Water Garden and Related Projects: Inspired resilience

Time: 7 pm to 8 pm

Contact: Lorraine Chotin · · 504-865-3034

Location: Thomas Hall, Whitney Bank Presentation Room

New Orleans is recalibrating its water management strategies. Stimulated by a thoughtful reevaluation by architect David Waggonner of the roles water may play in local resilience, emphasis is shifting from removing water from the city to retaining water and adjusting to its heretofore unseen benefits. Discussion will enumerate new pathways to better living with water as a friend and not an enemy.

Robert Thomas is Professor of Mass Communication at Loyola and holds the Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communications. He was Founding Director of the Louisiana Nature Center. He is recipient of numerous awards for his work in conservation and environmental education.


Time: 9 pm to 9:30 pm

Contact: Ken Weber · · 5048653167

Location: Ignatius Chapel, 1st Floor, Bobet Hall