From the President's Desk

Sunday, October 7, 2012 10:15:00 PM

Dear Stritch Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you all to the new Cardinal Stritch University website and StritchNews – our all-new official communications tool for student, faculty and staff news and events.

Through this new venue, we hope to better lift up important information for the campus community, and to do so in a way that brings to life the active and diverse community that exists at our university. To that end, I will personally utilize this venue to offer periodic university updates, “From the President’s Desk.”

It seems particularly fitting to offer these words of welcome during Franciscan Mission Week, as we celebrate our unique Franciscan tradition and legacy. Our 75th anniversary year is beginning to draw to a close, but there is no shortage of enthusiasm for celebrating our history and embracing our future.


Of course, you will find many colleges and universities that are far older than our own. We’re actually quite young, all things considered. And yet, a sense of history and tradition abounds here. For me, it is especially meaningful when new perspective and understanding of what this University is all about results from an interaction with one of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. These experiences can begin with a simple question: “Sister, tell me about the time when the University…”

Each time a question is posed, I have been greeted with a welcoming smile, a pause for reflection, and then there’s a story, rich in detail, crafted from the heart as well as the mind, and told with pride. You can see it in their eyes.

This is the gift that I have received so very often from the Sisters. I come to them with a question, and they leave me with something far more important and lasting than a simple answer. These answers are wrapped up perfectly in an abiding spirit and love that affirms this University’s lasting relevance and purpose – where it has been, and where it must continue to go.

That brings us to the future. And as you have undoubtedly noticed, the new website features a new logo for the University, with a rose window as the main visual element.  The rose window icon is based upon a rose window found at the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi, Italy, and it honors the pioneering work of the Sisters.

The new visual identity, as  it makes its way into the community, is a new symbol of a unique 75-year tradition, created and continually reaffirmed by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. As 2012 draws to a close and 2013 begins, we will work together to meet the educational needs of our community, state, country and world.

Warmest Regards,

James P. Loftus, Ph.D.
Stritch President