Doug Umberger

Speech Instructor, College of Music and Media

Current City: Washington D.C.

Hometown: Bordentown, NJ

Territory: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and international territories (see counselor page)

Where did you go to college? York College of Pennsylvania (B.A., Speech Communication), Loyola University Maryland (M.A., Digital & Emerging Media)

What were you involved in while you were in college? Senior Class President, Student Senate, Residence Life, Greek Life, Orientation, & Theatre

Best piece of college advice: Follow your heart, and never limit your college search pool just because a school appears farther than you originally intended. Once you hash out certain parameters (big school v. small school; city v. suburban; near v. far), everything else, from my experiences, pretty organically falls into place.

Favorite New Orleans tradition? For as long as I should live, I will aspire to catch a cabbage at the St. Patrick's Day parade. 

Favorite New Orleans food? Jambalaya, hands down. If you're looking for my personal recipe, which I promise is a hit at gatherings, shoot me an email (The secret, by the way, is Crystal Louisiana hot sauce!)

As Louis Armstrong famously asked, "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?" Actually, I do - because I don't live there! I’ve always felt like a piece of me identified well with the South—but there’s something truly unique and special about New Orleans. Although I live in our nation's capital, I am thrilled to have the Crescent City as my “home away from home.” Whether you’re walking around our campus, or the surrounding Uptown neighborhood and Garden District, you’ll quickly recognize that our Wolf Pack is a proud reflection of the Greater-New Orleans community: one steeped in history and traditions, appreciative of the Jesuit values, and bursting with color and personality.

What New Orleans street do you constantly misspell?  Tchoupitoulas. Gets me every. single. time.

What makes Loyola different than other schools? Whether you're majoring in a science, business, humanities, or the arts, I believe everyone at Loyola (students and faculty alike) embodies a very artistic outlook and creative energy. It is, no doubt, a testament to the New Orleans community and a palpable feeling as soon as you step foot on campus.