The Scoop | Fall 2023

Happy New Year,

We are moving into 2024 with momentum, a heart of gratitude, and a spirit of determination.

The College of Music and Media celebrated many milestones in the fall semester, such as winning our first Edward R. Murrow Award and being named a Top Billboard Music Program. 

The world’s largest organization dedicated to broadcast and digital journalism honored The Maroon with the prestigious Murrow Award for its environmental podcast, “Engulfed.”

The School of Music and Theatre Professions at Loyola University New Orleans once again ranks as one of the top music business schools in the world, taking its place among some of the finest collegiate music programs for the third year running.

The Department of Theater Arts and Dance hosted the premiere of ‘God Help Them if We Wake Up,’ a powerful feminist drama from playwrights Ann Mahoney and Gillian Shelly, in November in Marquette Theatre.

Loyola students majoring in Popular and Commercial Music, Hip Hop and R&B, and more took to the stage this month at Tipitina's to tackle their final performances of the semester and enjoy the chance to play in a professional music venue.

Loyola students majoring in Music Education had the opportunity to attend the 2023 Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) Professional Development Conference in November in Baton Rouge.

Retired Col. John R. Bourgeois spent nearly his entire career as a member of the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” serving the latter 17 years as its director. 

Now, he helps to bring selected students together to play in the Loyola Bourgeois Honor Band, where they perform in an annual concert with the Loyola Wind Ensemble. 

Title: Chair and Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance

Years at Loyola: 18 years; fifth year as chair


Hometown: Hopewell Valley, N.J.

Classification: Senior

Major: Popular and Commercial Music

Loyola University’s student newspaper, The Maroon, wins national a Edward R. Murrow Award for podcast examining environmental injustice in Southeast Louisiana.

The world’s largest organization dedicated to broadcast and digital journalism honored The Maroon with a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for its environmental podcast, “Engulfed,” in October in New York City.

A Loyola student has won a scholarship from AIGA, the professional association for design, for her work in graphic design.

A panel of jurors selected Jada Gunner as one of 14 winners of an AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Daniela Marx had 1,500 sheets of cardboard in her garage when the pandemic hit. 

She had been creating a large installation of letters – NOW is WONDERFUL – to welcome visitors to the French Quarter Festival in April 2020, but life in the city, and the world, suddenly ground to a halt.

Professor Olivia Scott spent three days in New York City in October with four Loyola students to attend Advertising Week 2023, the nation’s largest industry conference for advertising professionals.

Several Loyola students had the opportunity to mix and mingle with public relations experts at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) International Conference in October in Nashville.

Title: Chair and Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking

Years at Loyola: five years; second year as chair

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa

Classification: Senior

Major: Strategic Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations

The public enjoyed an evening of traditional Jazz at Loyola’s inaugural concert honoring Connie and Elaine Jones in September. The Connie Jones Legacy Band, which features musicians who played with Jones throughout his career, performed in Nunemaker Auditorium, with Ed Wise, bassist and Loyola faculty member, leading the ensemble.

The School of Communication and Design welcomed local high school students to Loyola this past summer for the SCD Experience – comprehensive, week-long boot camps exposing them to a variety of communication and design careers.


This semester you can support our talented students in a variety of ways whether it's at a Jazz Underground Series or Loyola Opera show.

The end of the semester brings us festival season, theatre performances, the Den of distinction just to name some of the events.

In the Summer we have the SCD experience from the School of Communications and Design- a comprehensive boot camp that exposes high school students to careers in motion design, graphic design, book arts, UX design, photography, design thinking, game design, journalism and film. 



Let's take a look at the many students, faculty, events, performances, special guests, etc from Fall 2023 semester that made us proud to be part of the College of Music and Media.