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First DREAMers welcomed at Stritch On August 4, Loyola University


Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s notoriously fiery personality couldn’t shake Scott Commings: He went on to win the popular reality show Hell’s Kitchen.


Loyola chef beats the heat and wins Hell’s Kitchen

In July, Scott Commings, for-

merly the executive chef at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus, was declared the winner of Fox TV’s Hell’s Kitchen, the high-pressure cooking show hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The winning prize includes a position as head chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Commings, who beat out 19

other contestants to win the show, had a simple goal when he started at Loyola in 2010: create a dining experience that people would love—and do it with seasonal, locally grown food. It was a goal

that meshed perfectly with Loyola’s commitment to sustainability. Commings took that farm-to-

table ethos and ran with it. He oversaw the five-acre farm at the campus, which yields enough produce to supply a large portion of the food used in the campus’s kitchen and dining hall. Commings also created a series of extremely popular hands-on culinary classes and programs at Loyola. Although Commings moved to

Las Vegas for his next adventure, Loyola remains committed to sus- tainable farming and building upon the programs that he started.

Chicago Stritch School of Medicine welcomed its Class of 2018, students who will be spending the next four years working to achieve their dream: to become physicians. Mak- ing this first day of class historic was the inclusion of seven “DREAMers” among the 161 new students. This welcome came nearly two

years after Stritch became the first medical school to amend its admis- sions policy to allow applications from “DREAMers”—undocumented US residents who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arriv- als (DACA) program. A special event on Loyola’s Health

Sciences Campus hosted by Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean and chief diversity officer at Stritch, was the highlight of the day. Stritch faculty and students (including the DREAM- ers) applauded Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and US Sen. Dick Durbin, author of the DREAM Act, to thank them for their support. William Brandt Jr., a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and chairman of the board of the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA), also was on hand. The IFA was instru- mental in facilitating the move by funding tuition loans to the DREAM- ers, which must be repaid and which require a year of service in Illinois for each year of the loan.

To the heart of the matter, more quickly Between 60 and 70 percent of

patients who complain of chest pain do not have heart attacks. Many of these patients are admit- ted to the hospital, at considerable time and expense, until a heart attack is definitively ruled out. Stritch School of Medicine

researchers are reporting a possible new blood test to help diagnose heart attacks more quickly. Only one protein now used in

blood tests for heart attacks is spe- cific to the heart. But it takes at least four to six hours for this protein to show up in blood tests following a heart attack. So the search is on for another heart attack protein that is specific to the heart. Loyola researchers believe they

may have found it—a large protein known as cardiac myosin binding protein-C. The protein is specific to the heart, and a Loyola study is the first to find that it is released to the blood following a heart attack. “This potentially could become

the basis for a new test, used in con- junction with other blood tests, to help diagnose heart attacks,” said senior author Sakthivel Sadayap- pan, PhD. Sadayappan is an assistant

professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at the Stritch School of Medicine.


Celebrate Mundelein

The legacy of Mundelein College lives on through the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. Celebrate Mundelein is a five-year fundraising initiative to in- crease the Gannon Center endowment by $10 million. This recently launched effort will support the mission of the Gannon Center, though the University is focusing on support for the Gannon Scholars—an outstanding cohort of young women working to become leaders in their communities.


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