A student at Loyola University Chicago, Daniel Maddalozzo is majoring in film production, history, and anthropology. Significantly interested in the past and in the natural world, Daniel Maddalozzo spent a summer volunteering as a docent with the Field Museum in Chicago in its Ancient Americas exhibit. This experience also allowed him to participate on a mastodon dig.

One of Chicago’s most notable landmarks, the Field Museum provides visitors with exhibits covering many aspects of natural history and the natural sciences. Named after Chicago notable Marshall Field, it was founded in 1893 as part of the legendary World’s Columbian Exposition. It has expanded and moved locations multiple times since its opening, but remains dedicated to preserving history and educating others about our roots and sources in the natural world.

Its Anthropological Collections are some of its most important. At these exhibits, people can see artifacts from across the entire world and all time periods. The museum houses iron tools from 10th-century Kenya, pottery from prehistoric Brazil, obsidian blades from the Hopewell tribe, and countless other one-of-a-kind pieces. Researchers have used these pieces to enhance the world’s understanding of the cultural and biological development of all peoples. To arrange a trip to the museum, log onto www.fieldmuseum.org.

Loyola University student Daniel Maddalozzo is currently completing graduate courses in anthropology and documentary filmmaking. During summers Daniel Maddalozzo tutors grade-school students from underserved communities in his hometown of Chicago through the New Life Volunteering Society.

The New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS) is a nonprofit service organization started in 1999 by students at the University of Illinois-Chicago to “alleviate the struggles of under-represented individuals” through medical and educational assistance and social services.

Today, in collaboration with Loyola University and the Chicago Youth Program, collegiate volunteers at NLVS are making a difference in the lives of young Chicago students who are identified as at-risk. While there are many short- and long-term service projects underway, NLVS volunteers tutor K-12 students every week of the year.

Additionally, the organization’s Health Education Clinic, which is staffed by student volunteers, is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Overseen by attending physicians and clinic coordinators, students take patient histories and perform physical examinations.