Loyola Newshttps://www.loyola.edu/loyolanewsLoyola Newsen{78AA6D5A-532C-4515-BB6D-2301583BC734}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0604-crisis-navigators-webinarLoyola Crisis Navigators to offer webinar for small businesses on social media in the COVID-19 era<p>Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a> (CI&amp;E) and <a href="https://www.mindgrub.com/">Mindgrub</a>, are sponsoring a free webinar on Tuesday, June 9, at 1 p.m. to help small businesses navigate social media in the COVID-19 era.&nbsp;</p> <p>Presented in partnership with the Baltimore Small Business Support Fund and Baltimore Development Corporation Technical Assistance Network, this webinar is a program offered by Loyola Crisis Navigators, a pro-bono consulting group created by the CI&amp;E to support Baltimore businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, with a particular focus on aiding minority-owned and women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Mindgrub, which is based in Baltimore, is a technical agency and creative consultancy that specializes in digital transformation that was founded by Todd Marks, a 1998 graduate of Loyola.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As part of the webinar, Laura Scruggs, director of marketing at Mindgrub, will share strategies to keep customers engaged and even gain new customers despite the shutdown. The session will also cover authentic messaging in support of issues that matter to stakeholders, including Black Lives Matter. There will be time for discussion and Q&amp;A.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Social media is one of the main ways people are consuming information and entertainment during the pandemic, but many Baltimore businesses and nonprofits have expressed uncertainty around how to use social media effectively during a crisis,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, founding director of Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;We hope this webinar provides businesses with new and impactful ways to connect with their consumers, to share critical information, and to capture their audience&rsquo;s attention during this unprecedented time.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> All Baltimore City businesses and nonprofits are welcome to join this session to learn tips on maximizing their social media presence to keep their business top of mind during the pandemic. Businesses can register for the webinar directly on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-in-the-covid-19-era-with-mindgrub-and-loyola-crisis-navigators-tickets-107116235544?aff=affiliate">Eventbrite</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For questions about the event, contact innovation@loyola.edu.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:28:32 Z{6FFAEAE2-9C82-4E63-B152-F6904D58AB38}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0601-president-allyshipMessage from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president: Responding to recent acts of racial violence<p><em>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to Loyola community on June 1, 2020:</em></p> <p>Dear Members of the Loyola Community,</p> <p>As we see protests unfolding in cities across our nation in response to recent acts of racial violence, I encourage you to consider the importance of giving voice and taking action in a proactive way that works to bring about justice.</p> <p>The news around the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor is horrifying, and it can be particularly difficult to process at a time when we are isolated from one another. It is in these moments, however, when we need to lean more fully into our Jesuit mission and consider what it means to stand in solidarity with others. We need to ask ourselves how our educational tradition urges us to stand with these issues in a different, bolder way.</p> <p>Five years ago, the death of Freddie Gray led to the uprising in Baltimore. The conversations that we have had as a university since that time have called us to name, examine, and combat the evil of racism that plagues and oppresses African-American people. We must also consider that an act of racism is not just an individual action, but that we must be aware of social sin&mdash;the concept that members of our society suffer from oppression and exploitation because of social structures that are in place. As individuals and as a community, we must identify and address the ways in which we are complicit in the structures that enable and empower racism. Whatever our individual choices and acts, we are also involved in structures that are inherently oppressive. We need to consider not just one-to-one action&mdash;which is important&mdash;but also how we can organize the power of our community to change structures that have racism and oppression at their centers. &ldquo;Racism is a sin that constitutes a serious offense against God,&rdquo; said St. John Paul II. We must take seriously that we have a moral obligation to speak against and work against racism in every form.</p> <p>In this moment, I also invite you to embrace the concept of allyship&mdash;not just in our words, but in genuinely and courageously caring for and supporting one another. As members of a Jesuit, Catholic university community, we have the opportunity&mdash;and, in fact, the obligation&mdash;to stand together in meaningful ways that will lead to greater justice in our world. Each of us will have to discern what that means for us as individuals, but we can be certain that being silent is not an option.</p> <p>We will hold a virtual university prayer service in solidarity against racial violence and systemic racism at noon on Thursday, June 4. Additional details will be forthcoming in an email to the Loyola community from Campus Ministry.</p> <p>Meanwhile, I invite you to reach out to <a href="/department/alana">ALANA Services</a> or <a href="/department/equity-inclusion/contact/office-equity-inclusion">Dr. Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Loyola&rsquo;s chief equity and inclusion officer</a>, to share your thoughts and ideas as she plans future programming and training on allyship to enhance our sense of belonging at Loyola. Please also consider attending the next <a href="https://alumni.loyola.edu/s/958/16/interior.aspx?sid=958&amp;gid=1&amp;pgid=5610&amp;cid=9777&amp;ecid=9777&amp;crid=0&amp;calpgid=283&amp;calcid=895" target="_blank">Alumni Reading Group</a>, where Rev. Tim Brown, S.J., will lead a discussion on Ibram X. Kendi&rsquo;s bestselling memoir <em>How to Be an Antiracist</em> on June 30 at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Yesterday Fr. Brown, Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J., and I offered the 5 p.m. Mass for George Floyd and all victims of racial violence. We also celebrated Pentecost, reflecting on how the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus&rsquo; apostles and kindled a fire within their hearts to serve and speak in tongues to all people. May we recognize in this moment how our Jesuit education ignites a fire within us to step forward in word and action to bring truth, light, and justice to our world.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.<br /> President</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:45:55 Z{9C4D2FD8-E421-4799-8B05-92B567E96463}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0601-ceio-message-solidarityA message from Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., chief equity and inclusion officer: We will walk the path<p><em>Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., chief equity and inclusion officer for Loyola University Maryland, published this message for the Loyola community on June 1, 2020</em></p> <p>We express our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery for the recent, tragic loss of the lives of their loved ones due to racism, bigotry and injustice. We also pause in this moment to acknowledge our own feelings of grief, frustration, and deep dismay that we once again, as a nation, face the horrific legacy of institutional racism, inequity, and exclusion that has resulted in the loss of precious life.</p> <p>As Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s inaugural chief equity and inclusion officer, I must admit this week has been a difficult one for me. More than once I have struggled to process the depth of our collective inability to fully see each other&rsquo;s humanity. The brutality of racism has taken the breath of our brother and is choking the very life of our nation.</p> <p>This past weekend, tens of thousands took to the streets to make a difference. In our work at Loyola we, too, can make a difference. Our institutional tradition provides a path.</p> <p>What has provided comfort to me over these past few days is our path. You and I as members of the Loyola University Maryland community, reconciled in solidarity, are companions in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As co-authors of this chapter of the Catholic, Jesuit educational story, we have the opportunity to make a tremendous, positive difference in the world. Over the coming academic year, we will explore what it means to be a true ally in the work of antiracism, equity, and inclusion. We will also move to full implementation of our first university-wide strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will walk the path.</p> <p>Our ability to live our mission is what makes Loyola such a special institution and gives us the power to stand witness to strong truths well lived.</p> <p>I look forward to our continued work together for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Loyola. Stay strong, Loyola. Be well.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:36:49 Z{C079CC97-4929-4D76-8C8E-228308F89A76}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0528-farmers-market-2020Govanstowne Farmers&#39; Market returns for ninth season<p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/department/ccsj/york-road-initiative">York Road Initiative</a> will host the ninth season of the Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market on Wednesdays from 3 &ndash; 6 p.m. between June 3 and Sept. 30, 2020. The market, which will feature personal shoppers and social distancing measures, will be located in the parking lot of Loyola's Transportation and Public Safety complex at 5104 York Rd. The side entrance on Notre Dame Lane will be the main point of entry for walk-up and drive-through traffic.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The mission of the Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market is to provide access to fresh produce, building community, and supporting local business,&rdquo; said Marie McSweeney Anderson, assistant director of the York Road Initiative. &ldquo;We are committed to opening as an essential business during this global pandemic. Although it may not be &lsquo;business as usual,&rsquo; all the changes to the market are for the safety of our customers and vendors. Customers can take pride in the fact they are supporting all locally-owned and operated small businesses from our state, our city, and even our own neighborhood.&rdquo;</p> <p>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year&rsquo;s market will include a few changes and social distancing measures. Only food vendors will be included. Market selections include fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, cold crabs and seafood, baked goods, and hot Mexican food, including tacos and burritos.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and details on social distancing measures, visit <a href="https://govansmarket.weebly.com/">www.govansmarket.org</a> and follow the Govanstowne Farmers Market&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/govansmarket/">Facebook page</a>. Questions from customers, vendors, and prospective vendors should be directed to govansmarket@gmail.com.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 12:13:43 Z{77C8C278-FA9A-463E-8D71-5292707160F9}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0521-loyola-celebrates-life-rev-nicolasLoyola celebrates the life of Rev. Adolfo Nicol&#225;s, S.J., former superior general of the Society of Jesus<p>Rev. Adolfo Nicol&aacute;s, S.J., who served as the 30th superior general of the Society of Jesus from 2008-2016, died at age 84 in Tokyo, Japan, on May 20, 2020. He will be remembered for his passion for service, his pastoral warmth, and the way in which he called his brother Jesuits to greater depth.</p> <p>Rev. Thomas Roach, S.J., associate chaplain in Campus Ministry at Loyola, and Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., assistant to the president for mission integration and associate professor of law and social responsibility, both attended the 35th General Congregation of the Jesuits in 2008, where Fr. Nicol&aacute;s was elected as superior general.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fr. Nicol&aacute;s was always talking about going for depth and not for superficiality,&rdquo; said Fr. Roach, who spent about a year and a half in Rome working with Fr. Nicol&aacute;s. &ldquo;He focused on depth of prayer, depth of reflection, depth of study, and the universality of the Society which he practiced.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;He was a very friendly, approachable, affable, gentle soul,&rdquo; said Fr. Roach, who recalled frequently celebrating Mass with Fr. Nicol&aacute;s during the year and a half he worked with him in Rome.</p> <p>Born in Spain on April 29, 1936, Fr. Nicol&aacute;s entered the Society of Jesus in 1953 and was ordained a priest in 1967. As a Jesuit scholastic, he was sent to Japan, where he taught theology, served as rector of scholastics and provincial, and dedicated himself to working with immigrants in Tokyo.</p> <p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola, recalls seeing Fr. Nicol&aacute;s at a meeting of the presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities from around the world in 2010 in Mexico City, where the superior general addressed the group.</p> <p>&ldquo;I found his address on superficiality in the intellectual life of a university to be really challenging,&rdquo; said Fr. Linnane. &ldquo;It has been helpful to me to think of the ways in which we engage our students today. I still reflect on his message years later. He wasn&rsquo;t negative about the Internet, but he cautioned us that it can make us more susceptible to superficiality, rather than doing the in-depth work we should do.&rdquo;</p> <p>During the 2008 meeting that elected Fr. Nicol&aacute;s, Fr. Brown recalls sitting next to Rev. Ron Anton, S.J., former dean of the Sellinger School of Business. Fr. Brown is not able to share the confidential discussions that happened at that time, but he said he kept track of each of the rounds of voting with marks on a piece of paper he still has.</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew Fr. Nicol&aacute;s was somebody people were going to consider,&rdquo; Fr. Brown said. &ldquo;He had the familiarity with Asia and the familiarity with the Philippines. A superior general really has to be able to connect the first world with the third world countries. Fr. Nicol&aacute;s was a great bridge. And he was a great linguist. He was incredibly kind, and I just loved being with him.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the documents that the 35th General Congregation developed was called, &ldquo;A Fire that Kindles Other Fires: Rediscovering Our Charism&rdquo; and subtitled &ldquo;Many Sparks, One Fire: Many Stories, One History&rdquo;&mdash;words that bring Fr. Nicol&aacute;s to mind for Fr. Brown.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fr. Nicol&aacute;s had that spark,&rdquo; Fr. Brown said. &ldquo;He had that sense of reigniting our sense of mission, our sense of solidarity with those most in need, and that importance of being more in depth. He was the right man at the right time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fr. Nicol&aacute;s spent most of his life as a Jesuit in Japan and the Philippines, including serving as director of the East Asia Pastoral Institute and as president of the Conference of Provincials of East Asia and Oceania. After eight years as superior general, he resigned and returned to Asia, where he was highly regarded and immersed in the cultures he encountered.</p> <p>It was Fr. Nicol&aacute;s who invited all Jesuit colleges and universities to participate in the Mission Priority Examen, an introspective planning initiative that Loyola completed in 2019.</p> <p>The funeral for Fr. Nicol&aacute;s will be held on May 23, 2020, at 5 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church in Tokyo. The celebration will be broadcast live, in English, on the Internet. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Rome in the Church of the Ges&ugrave; at a date to be determined.</p> <p>The Jesuit Community at Loyola remembered Fr. Nicol&aacute;s in the evening Mass at Ignatius House, the Jesuit residence, on May 20. The 5 p.m. Sunday Mass in Loyola&rsquo;s Alumni Memorial Chapel will be offered for Fr. Nicol&aacute;s.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 21 May 2020 19:28:31 Z{85020FF8-98EC-4D94-B0C1-71B6FE87081D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0518-conferral-ceremonyLoyola celebrates Class of 2020 with live conferral ceremony<p>Confetti cannons launched green and grey streamers in Loyola&rsquo;s Alumni Memorial Chapel after Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, conferred the degrees of more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students at a livestreamed ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;As you walk forward with your Loyola degree, remember that the future is also very bright. It is full of great promise and great opportunity. We just might need to be more innovative, more resourceful, and more focused on what really matters. But you&mdash;as a Loyola University Maryland graduate&mdash;have all of those qualities and more. You will succeed,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane told the members of the Class of 2020. &ldquo;Perhaps never before has a Jesuit, liberal arts and professional education been as important as it is today. You are not just ready to begin your life after Loyola and start to make a difference in the world. You are more than ready. You are, as we like to say, Loyola Ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>Almost 5,000 devices logged in to watch the event as graduates posed with the screen and celebrated in their own ways from home. Loyola University Maryland continues to plan toward an in-person Commencement ceremony for its graduates. Details are still coming together for that event.</p> <p>Before the ceremony Loyola posted the names and Latin honors to a special <a href="/join-us/2020-celebration">website celebrating the Class of 2020</a>. The site also features photos, videos, and links to other tributes to the class.</p> <p>Lily Prince, &rsquo;20, student body president, recorded a message for her classmates that is posted to the site.</p> <p>&ldquo;If there&rsquo;s any sort of silver lining to all of this, it&rsquo;s that I&rsquo;ve noticed that my Loyola friends and family are here to last a lifetime. Every class you&rsquo;ve taken, every event that you&rsquo;ve participated in, every single action and contribution that you have given to the Loyola community has been paid forward ten-fold,&rdquo; Prince said. &ldquo;So, whenever you&rsquo;re feeling down, lost, or confused, know that you&rsquo;ve left Loyola with a greater impact than you will ever know. And, as for all those last moments we were hoping to experience, know that they are coming soon.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jamie Borden, whose Master of Science in Speech-language Pathology was conferred Saturday, shared a message with her fellow graduate students in the Class of 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;I know this is not how we expected our time at Loyola to come to a close, but we accepted the predicament in true Loyola fashion with endless amounts of grace and compassion for one another. Whether you earned a bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, or a doctorate degree, you earned it through adversity,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;After all of our hard work, I cannot wait to see the amazing things we accomplish with our degrees.&rdquo;</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 17:17:46 Z{BD9F5B66-951F-4955-B322-10A5AE334701}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0515-student-athletes-spring-2020Loyola Student-Athletes Excel In Classroom During Spring 2020Fri, 15 May 2020 17:22:40 Z{A5A1D6AA-3C15-40F2-A9FE-98DA263C089A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0514-fall-semesterLoyola shares plans to reopen campuses in time for fall 2020 semesterLoyola University Maryland is actively planning toward the reopening of its campuses in time for the fall 2020 semester. The semester is scheduled to begin on Aug. 31, and Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, told the Loyola community that the University will resume normal operations to the greatest extent possible as the public health situation permits.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the next few months, we will be implementing plans to help ensure a safe return to campus for our community and continue to provide a high-quality education for those who are not able to be physically present,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said in an email sent to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and families on May 14. &ldquo;We hope and intend to offer a residential experience for the full semester, but we will be fully prepared to transition to online-only instruction at any time if there is a resurgence of COVID-19.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The University has launched a <a href="/about/coronavirus-update/campus-plan">Plans for Reopening Campuses webpage</a>, which will share continuous progress and planning through the summer. Planning is underway across the University, and three interdepartmental working groups have been formed: Academic Continuity/Modified Course Delivery, Residential/Student Contingency, and Health Care/COVID-19 Management.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Although we have months of planning ahead before we can welcome students back to campus, we know already that our residential and educational experience will look different,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;Any steps we take to return to full operations will be made cautiously, as we consider available research, constantly updated best practices from government and health officials, and guidance from the State of Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will fully assess the risks involved and always keep in mind that the health and safety of our community is paramount.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In March, the University sent students home, advised employees to work remotely, and moved all instruction online.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As we mark the close of a historic semester at Loyola University Maryland, I want to express how proud I am of all we have accomplished as a community. St. Ignatius of Loyola is often depicted with one foot slightly ahead of the other, showing that he has one foot rooted in the values and tradition of the Society of Jesus and one poised to move forward into whatever will come next,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;As we look ahead to the fall as a university community, may we find inspiration in Ignatius and consider that we are called to stay true to who we are and step forward with faith, hope, and courage.&rdquo;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 14 May 2020 18:39:01 Z{AA4F402E-081C-4507-85FB-01FEEB934094}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0513-class-2020-conferral-degreesLoyola to confer more than 1,400 degrees on the Class of 2020<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, will confer the degrees of more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students at a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.</p> <p>The live conferral ceremony, which will be livestreamed from Loyola&rsquo;s Alumni Memorial Chapel, will be visible through this <a href="/join-us/2020-celebration">link</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is not a substitution for their actual Commencement, but these students have earned their bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, and doctoral degrees, which is an extraordinary accomplishment,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;We are honored to call them Loyola University Maryland alumni and look forward to celebrating this achievement with them in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loyola University Maryland continues to plan toward an in-person Commencement ceremony for its graduates. Details are still coming together for that event.</p> <p>The University has created a <a href="/join-us/2020-celebration">Class of 2020 website</a> to celebrate graduating seniors and showcase a few virtual events leading up to the conferral of the degrees on Saturday.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 13:06:07 Z{07FDF626-2002-4914-9760-390FAFD6C37D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0507-baltipreneurs-winnerCenter for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship announces awards for inaugural Baltipreneurs Accelerator ProgramLoyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship (CI&amp;E) awarded $5,000 in funding to four small business ventures. The new round of small business capital is driven by the University&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.baltipreneurs.org/">Baltipreneurs </a>Accelerator Program, which provides funding, training, and mentorship to startups to scale, grow, and thrive in Baltimore city. The awards were distributed following a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDAhF93i2gs&amp;feature=youtu.be">virtual pitch event</a> where the program&rsquo;s cohort used a cutting-edge peer-review process to determine the winning companies.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Awards included:&nbsp;<br /> &bull;<span> </span>1st place ($3,000): Stone&rsquo;s Throw Hash, a locally-sourced natural food company<br /> &bull;<span> </span>2nd place ($1,000): Tomana Inc., a pet-sitting sharing app&nbsp;<br /> &bull;<span> </span>3rd place ($500 each): Halal Beauty Cosmetics, a beauty supply company and Smalltimore Homes, a nonprofit affordable housing initiative<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship is proud of the curiosity, commitment to continuous improvement, and dedication from all eight companies that participated in this year&rsquo;s Baltipreneurs program,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, director of the CI&amp;E. &ldquo;Each company overcame unique challenges and took advantage of the resources Loyola&rsquo;s CI&amp;E offered to grow their ventures and hone their business plans.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Initially, CI&amp;E planned to hold a Demo Day to introduce the business ventures to the public; however, due to social distancing restrictions, the cohort shifted its pitches online. Projects were evaluated based on a set of five criteria:&nbsp;<br /> &bull;<span> </span>need for the product/service,<br /> &bull;<span> </span>potential for growth,<br /> &bull;<span> </span>viability of the business model,<br /> &bull;<span> </span>social impact, and&nbsp;<br /> &bull;<span> </span>progress made during the program.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What set our winners apart was the ability to iterate and expand their ideas throughout the course of the program,&rdquo; said Bolger. &ldquo;Some of our winners even made a great pivot in their models due to the pandemic.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am honored to receive the inaugural Baltipreneurs first place award and to have worked alongside a talented and driven group of small business owners,&rdquo; said Ben James, founder of Stone&rsquo;s Throw Hash. &ldquo;This program has challenged and inspired me to grow my business in new directions I didn&rsquo;t think possible. I learned so much through the conversations, activities, and from fellow entrepreneurs, that I will continue to serve our growth and sustainability for years to come.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The first group of Baltipreneurs was selected from a competitive pool of more than 60 applicants. All program participants received a $2,000 stipend awarded in stages as they met their milestones, a dedicated mentor, business, and entrepreneurship instruction from Loyola faculty members and other partners, dedicated office space at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, one-on-one pitch training, networking opportunities, and a photo session for professional portraits.<br /> <br /> Baltiprenuers will open its 2020-2021 applications in August. Up to twelve teams will be selected. Teams are required to attend 10 sessions from November through February, before completing a Demo Day pitch.<br /> <br /> For more information on the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program and to submit an application, visit <a href="/join-us/baltipreneurs">www.loyola.edu/accelerator</a>.Thu, 07 May 2020 20:23:42 Z{82DD336F-BB70-46A3-B2F6-831D225671F6}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0506-ind-statementLoyola saddened by the closing of the Institute of Notre Dame<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, released this statement in response to the news that the Institute of Notre Dame will close its doors on June 30, 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;Since 1847, the Institute of Notre Dame has offered an outstanding Catholic education to generations of young women, graduating many successful alumnae who serve their communities in numerous ways. Over the years, many IND graduates have taught, served, and studied at Loyola, blending the charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame so effectively with the traditions and values of the Society of Jesus. There is no good time to receive such terrible news, but receiving it during the month of May, which is dedicated to Our Lady, seems particularly sad. On behalf of the Loyola community, I extend our sympathy and support to the School Sisters of Notre Dame and all those members of the close-knit IND family who are such a positive force within the greater Baltimore community.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 06 May 2020 16:47:30 Z{5AE680AF-0AD6-48D8-B04F-925176FE8A6A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0429-yri-emergency-support-servicesLoyola’s York Road Initiative provides support to Baltimore community during pandemicThe York Road Initiative at Loyola University Maryland is supporting the resident-led York Road Partnership by providing emergency support services to local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since late March, Loyola&rsquo;s York Road Initiative team has coordinated efforts through the partnership and with area non-profit and public agency partners.<br /> <br /> The<a href="https://yorkroadpartnership.org/"> York Road Partnership</a>, which encompasses more than 40 neighborhoods and affiliates, works to promote the vitality of Baltimore City&rsquo;s York Road community.<br /> <br /> Emergency support services include helping to create a Mutual Aid Network&mdash;matching residents in the Govans neighborhood to food accessibility and prepared meals, food delivery services, and weekly phone check-ins to older adult residents. Resident volunteers also provide their neighbors with information on available resources for food services and enrollment information for long-term food access programs such as <a href="https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/">Meals on Wheels</a> and federal supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits (<a href="https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program">SNAP</a>).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In the context of Loyola&rsquo;s external community work, this is a time to stand tall and realize our assets, not to move inward,&rdquo; said Marie McSweeney Anderson, assistant director of the York Road Initiative. &ldquo;In order to continue putting actions behind our words of solidarity and place-based justice, Loyola must use its resources to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are taken care of. At the very least, people need access to basic housing and food. As the largest anchor institution in the Govans area, we need to open our resources. However small they may seem to us, they may be great to our neighbors in need.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to coordinating resident volunteers, Loyola administrators and student interns from the <a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a> at Loyola have conducted phone calls to older adult and vulnerable residents in the York Road community.<br /> <br /> Loyola&rsquo;s York Road Initiative has worked with long-term partner <a href="https://gedco.org/what-we-do/community-services/cares/">GEDCO CARES</a> Food Pantry to support the continued need for food access, particularly to fresh produce. As of Friday, April 24, Loyola had donated nearly 3,000 pounds of food and produce to the CARES Food Pantry and the local Italian Cultural Center, which is distributing meals to families in the York Road community. The University continues to make produce donations every week by ordering through its food service vendor, Parkhurst Dining.<br /> <br /> In an effort to distribute food to residents while the stay-at-home order is in place, volunteers from Loyola partner <a href="https://www.rtbaltimore.org/">Rebuilding Together Baltimore</a> will begin to deliver food pantry bags directly from the CARES pantry to residents in the Govans neighborhood.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Loyola&rsquo;s York Road Initiative team will continue to support advocacy and coordination efforts for additional emergency food sites in the York Road community, especially in areas where car-access is limited. There are currently six emergency food sites supplying food and meals to residents in the 4th District. The sites include the Italian Cultural Center, Dewees Recreation Center, GEDCO CARES Food Pantry,&nbsp; Church of the Redeemed of the Lord, Yorkwood Elementary, and Walter P Carter Elementary. For more information on how to find emergency food site locations visit Baltimore City&rsquo;s Emergency Food Insecurity Response <a href="https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/food-distribution-sites">website </a>and Baltimore City Schools Meals <a href="https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites">website</a>.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The stark inequities present in our York Road community have been heightened by this pandemic,&rdquo; said Erin O&rsquo;Keefe, director of Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Community Service and Justice and York Road Initiative.&nbsp; &ldquo;Residents living on the west side of York Road, a majority of whom are white, drive cars to the grocery store or to pick up meals. Residents living on the east side of York Road, a majority of whom are black, and with a higher population of older adults, incur increased health risk by needing to take public transportation, limiting their ability to safely access free and reduced-cost food.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> To continue to provide fresh produce and food accessibility in the York Road community, Loyola&rsquo;s Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market will open for the season on Wednesday, June 3, at 5104 York Rd. New social distancing efforts will be in place, as well as a pre-ordering system, drive-through, and walk-up ordering. For more information visit the Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market <a href="https://www.facebook.com/govansmarket/">Facebook page</a> and <a href="http://www.govansmarket.org/">website</a>.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:13:33 Z{8B41B6D6-B48D-4A03-B01B-0118435E006F}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0427-haig-scholarsLoyola names natural and applied science students as inaugural Haig Scholars<p>Celebrating student achievement and the legacy of a beloved faculty member, Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/loyola-college-arts-sciences/divisions/natural-applied-sciences">natural and applied sciences academic division</a> has designated 23 Loyola students as the University&rsquo;s inaugural Haig Scholars. The honor comes with the opportunity to participate in the fall in a seminar course focusing on professional development, personal growth, planning for after graduation, and leadership development.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The students selected are juniors and seniors from all six departments within the natural and applied sciences who were nominated by faculty. Students were chosen based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership experience and potential, commitment to service, and community engagement.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Haig Scholars program was created to honor Rev. Frank Haig, S.J., professor <em>emeritus</em> of physics.<br /> <br /> The Haig Scholars are Romie Azor, &rsquo;21, Olivia Braganza, &rsquo;22, John Carney, &rsquo;21, Emily Cebulski, &rsquo;21, Delaney Connolly, &rsquo;21, Christopher Clyde, &rsquo;21, Sabrina Daglish, &rsquo;21, Ryan DeVillier, &rsquo;21, Taylor Dolan, &rsquo;22, Andrew<span> </span> Fallon, &rsquo;21, Haley Finley, &rsquo;21, Jack Flynn, &rsquo;22, Brian Hess, &rsquo;22, Katherine Mackey, &rsquo;21, Kenneth Marcelino, &rsquo;21, Victoria Matos, &rsquo;21, Kaytin Matrangola, &rsquo;21, Patrick McGinnis, &rsquo;22, Elizabeth Mullin, &rsquo;21, Matthew Robbins, &rsquo;21, Jack Rossig, &rsquo;21, Anthony Taylor, &rsquo;21, and Lauren Wolford, &rsquo;21. </p> <p>&ldquo;I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional students in the natural and applied sciences to explore how we can combine our studies and passions to meaningfully engage the communities that surround us,&rdquo; said Cebulski, a statistics and finance major from Reading, Pa. &ldquo;The interaction and collaboration with peers, mentors, professionals, and community leaders to build connections rooted in mutual commitment to academic excellence, community engagement, and service will form the foundations of a dynamic support system and professional network for years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p> The program is a tribute to Fr. Haig, who taught and inspired students at Loyola for nearly four decades. His research focused on theoretical physics, nuclear structure, elementary particle physics, and cosmology. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences, where he also served as a former president.<br /> <br /> Fr. Haig, who served as president of the Maryland Conference of the American Association of University Professors, has also served as the president of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Fr. Haig, who earned his doctorate in physics from The Catholic University of America in 1959, entered the Society of Jesus in 1946 and was ordained in 1960.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Fr. Haig is highly regarded by our faculty, students, alumni, and well-respected among the scientific community because of his distinct reputation as an outstanding teacher and an accomplished scholar,&rdquo; said Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean of natural and applied sciences and professor of physics. &ldquo;He is a great role model for younger generations of scholars. Thus, it is very appropriate to celebrate the success of accomplished natural and applied sciences scholars through the new Haig Scholars program.&rdquo;</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:05:45 Z{296D2B85-F71D-4B5F-811E-5911DB492FAE}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0427-nsf-noyce-awardLoyola University Maryland faculty awarded grant to build a strong pipeline of diverse STEM educatorsAfra Hersi, Ph.D., associate professor of <a href="/school-education/academics/graduate/literacy-reading">Literacy Education</a> and chair of the Teacher Education Department, and Tim Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of <a href="/academics/mathematics-statistics">mathematics and statistics</a>, received a $75,000 one-year grant from the National Science Foundation within the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Their project, titled &ldquo;Building Capacity for a STEM Learning Network to Prepare Highly Effective STEM Teachers for Teaching in High-Need Schools,&rdquo; will provide the infrastructure for developing a pipeline of highly qualified teachers with strong backgrounds in STEM content, as well as training in effective culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogies.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re honored to be given the opportunity to establish a network of STEM educators who have the skills needed to teach high quality math and science content to students of all backgrounds,&rdquo; said Hersi. &ldquo;This collaborative effort will help us get more diverse, committed, and compassionate science and math teachers into our state&rsquo;s highest-need schools.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> With a long-term vision of closing the student-teacher diversity gap in the Baltimore region, the grant represents a collaborative effort among faculty in the Teacher Education Department, mathematics and science faculty at Loyola University Maryland and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Loyola University Maryland School of Education faculty members Ramon Goings, Ed.D., assistant professor of Educational Leadership, and Stacy Williams, coordinator of clinical experiences, will also serve as senior personnel on the project. The team&rsquo;s work will begin in July.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This project is designed to develop and nurture effective educators who will not only teach STEM subjects, but transform STEM education here in Maryland and beyond,&rdquo; said Clark. &ldquo;Our ultimate goal is to make math and science education engaging, effective and accessible for all students.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:58:26 Z{E9128862-594B-423A-8F2C-68161A7F530D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0424-angela-christman-obitLoyola celebrates the life of Angela Christman, Ph.D.<p>Angela Russell Christman, Ph.D., a professor of theology who will be remembered for her love of teaching and her deep faith, passed away this morning after a battle with cancer.</p> <p>Christman, who began teaching at Loyola in 1994, brought a wealth of experience and talent to her vocation and made significant contributions to the life of the University. During her tenure, she served at various times as director of the Honors Program, director of the Catholic Studies Program, and chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2000 and promoted to professor in 2007. Throughout her time at Loyola, she was a strong voice and advocate for the central role of the humanities in education.</p> <p>&ldquo;Angela had a breadth of knowledge and a love of so many things that just to be with her was to be enriched,&rdquo; said Claire Mathews McGinnis, Ph.D., professor of theology and department chair. &ldquo;She was a weaver, a gardener who promoted the use of native species, a thoughtful, careful scholar, a devoted mother, and the consummate teacher. She was kind, she was funny, and her faith ran deep. I think the best tribute we can give her is to embrace life and learning with the gusto and fortitude she herself had.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christman earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia before serving as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1979 to 1983. After earning an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, she was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church&mdash;though she later returned to full communion in the Roman Catholic Church. She received her Ph.D. in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, from the University of Virginia, where she specialized in patristics. She published a number of articles and essays, edited two volumes on patristic biblical exegesis, and authored a book, <em>What Did Ezekiel See? Christian Exegesis of Ezekiel&rsquo;s Vision of the Chariot from Irenenaeus to Gregory the Great</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Angela was a woman of amazing courage and faith who loved Loyola and her department,&rdquo; said Frederick &ldquo;Fritz&rdquo; Bauerschmidt, Ph.D., professor of theology. &ldquo;She sought to serve Christ faithfully with all her heart, mind, and strength and was always willing to follow her convictions, no matter the cost. She was, after all, a former Marine. She cared for her colleagues and students in a deep and personal way. It has been one of the great honors of my life to call her my friend. One of the last things she said to me was, &lsquo;I&rsquo;ll see you on the other side.&rsquo; I look forward to that day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christman, who celebrated 25 years of teaching at Loyola this year, received the University&rsquo;s prestigious Bene Merenti Medal this spring to mark that milestone.</p> <p>&ldquo;Right up to her last days on campus, Angela was deeply involved in service to the University, serving as the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee where she was a key negotiator in the development of the newly passed revised core curriculum. Angela could be a fierce critic of policies and decisions that she didn't agree with, but always because she cared so much about Loyola and wanted it to be the best version of itself it could be,&rdquo; said Martha Taylor, Ph.D., professor of classics. &ldquo;That was also how she lived her life&mdash;fiercely and deeply with an abiding faith and constant reflection about her own weaknesses or failings always with the aim of improving herself and everyone around her.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christman regularly taught sections of &ldquo;The Ancient World&rdquo; in the Honors Program and was beloved by students, some of whom she inspired to pursue the study of patristics&mdash;the field focused on the early church theologians.</p> <p>&ldquo;Angela was a great friend, and she made all her friends better people because they knew her,&rdquo; said Steve Fowl, Ph.D., dean of Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. &ldquo;She was not always an easy friend to have. She was dedicated to her faith and her core principles; she had strong and well-considered views that were not always fashionable, but she held them with integrity. She was loyal and gracious, and her death leaves a huge hole in the fabric of those who knew her.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christman is survived by her husband, Tom, and their daughters, Sidney, who graduated from Loyola in 2013, and Cecilia.</p> <p><strong>Arrangements for services will be posted here when available.</strong></p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 17:22:11 Z{F0D604BE-EB62-4B8A-8F76-A7C0B8159FD7}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0423-top-school-serviceLoyola named Top School for Service for post-graduate service efforts<p>The Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) has named Loyola University Maryland a Top School for Service, including Loyola as one of only seven universities in the Mid-Atlantic to receive this achievement.</p> <p>Twenty-eight institutions have been named as part of the&nbsp;<a href="https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/catholic-volunteer-network-celebrates-national-volunteer-week-2020/">CVN&rsquo;s National Volunteer Week</a>&nbsp;initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p>The award highlights the work by Loyola&rsquo;s office of&nbsp;<a href="/department/campus-ministry">Campus Ministry</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)</a>, and the&nbsp;<a href="/department/career-center">Career Services</a>&nbsp;to offer service-learning opportunities and support young adults by advocating for post-graduate service programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being recognized as one of the Catholic Volunteer Network&rsquo;s Top Schools for Service says so much about how Loyola lives its mission,&rdquo; said Pat Cassidy, assistant director of immersion programs. &ldquo;Loyola&rsquo;s partnerships with resident leaders and community organizations throughout York Road and Baltimore City inform our students&rsquo; understanding of community engagement and civic responsibility. The professional experience and the personal and spiritual growth that Loyola graduates encounter through post-graduate service builds upon the academic, social, and civic learning they gain while at Loyola. It&rsquo;s a real honor to be recognized for the work that so many different individuals and departments across our university contribute towards supporting student learning and growth through engagement with community.&rdquo;</p> <p>In fall 2019, CCSJ, Campus Ministry, and Career Services hosted the Mission-Centered Service and Employment Fair, which included roughly 25 post-graduate service organizations, as well as nonprofit organizations who were recruiting for internship and full-time employment opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our students who pursue community involvement and post-college service demonstrate a deep commitment to making a difference in the world,&rdquo; said Jim Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant vice president of career services. &ldquo;This recognition is well-deserved for Loyola faculty and administrators who work to instill that value and for the many, many students who choose to act on it.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Top School for Service recognition is awarded to institutions who share the CVN vision. It focuses on a combination of factors, including successful post-grad service events, as well as a CVN Volunteer Survey, in which volunteers are asked to share their experiences and which undergraduate schools they attended. They also reflect on which campus ministers, service-learning staff, and other campus staff have demonstrated excellence in collaboration with the CVN.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;For CVN, it would be impossible to narrow down our Top Schools for Service to a list of 10, or even 20,&rdquo; said Mike McCormick, outreach coordinator at the Catholic Volunteer Network. &ldquo;Considering there are 150 volunteer programs within our network&mdash;with more than 28,000 volunteers participating in service in 2018&mdash;that means hundreds of private, public, and religious universities represented among our volunteers. Even within this large field, Loyola University Maryland had demonstrated superior commitment to post-grad service, which we are pleased to recognize with this honor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Service-learning courses and other forms of community-engaged teaching at Loyola provide students with opportunities to make contact with the Baltimore community, collaborate and share knowledge, and reflect on their experiences. Service-learning integrates community service with academic coursework, making community service, in effect, an additional textbook in the class. Community partners become co-educators, teaching students about community, diversity, justice, and social responsibility, and faculty integrate these lessons with their course aims, aided by ongoing personal and in-class reflection activities. Learn more about&nbsp;<a href="/department/ccsj/get-involved/community-engagement/service-learning">service-learning at Loyola on the CCSJ site</a>.</p> <p>Loyola&rsquo;s Top School for Service achievement was announced in a April 23, 2020, <a href="https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/2020-top-schools-for-service/">blog post by CVN</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:05:30 Z{94DEA384-7EDB-484B-A21B-8A9C6277FFC0}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0417-crisis-navigatorsLoyola to provide Baltimore-based small businesses with pro-bono consulting through its Crisis Navigators group<p>To help address concerns of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship (CI&amp;E)</a> has formed a pro-bono consulting group to specifically help Baltimore City-based businesses navigate the crisis.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know this is a time of stress and extreme market conditions, especially for our small business community,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, founding director of Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;Our experts can help brainstorm or model innovative pivots, counsel in decision-making, and help explore additional resources&mdash;including new emergency loan and grant options.&rdquo;</p> <p>The program&rsquo;s first client was referred by Erin O&rsquo;Keefe, director of Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a> and the York Road Initiative, who was in contact with many non-profit and York Road Initiative businesses early in the pandemic, providing resources and connections. O&rsquo;Keefe and Bolger developed the idea for CI&amp;E to get more involved with new pro-bono programming specific to operating businesses in need of expertise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Crisis Navigators will be mentors, problem solvers, and counselors in a time of great uncertainty for small businesses. The group consists of a diverse range of volunteer experts, including executive in residence, Kim Wagner, JD, MBA &rsquo;98, Raquel Shutt, MBA &rsquo;04, Loyola executive in residence Dave Luvison, DBA, and CI&amp;E community business partners. The Crisis Navigators are partnering with organizations across the state, including <a href="https://www.baltimoretogether.com/for-business">Baltimore City</a>, to support small businesses with specific needs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Local business and nonprofit organizations will need all the help we can provide in these unprecedented times,&rdquo; said Bolger. &ldquo;The CI&amp;E has the convening ability to offer this emergency response through the generous volunteer commitment to Loyola Crisis Navigators.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to helping Loyola students develop an innovative mindset, the CI&amp;E&rsquo;s mission off campus is to be a part of transforming Baltimore through wealth and job creation among women entrepreneurs and founders of color in our city.</p> <p>Nonprofits, startups, entrepreneurs, and other small businesses based in Baltimore City may sign up for a virtual consultation with trained business experts through the <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship/community-involvement/loyola-crisis-navigators">Loyola Crisis Navigators website</a>.</p> <p>For questions about the program contact&nbsp;Wendy Bolger, webolger@loyola.edu.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:24:29 Z{F46F2A10-D450-4D23-9BC2-97FFA8D7A3E3}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0416-virtual-relay-for-lifeLoyola students to host virtual Relay for Life event<p>The Relay for Life of Loyola University Maryland will host a virtual event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Videos from the virtual event can be viewed on Loyola&rsquo;s Relay for Life <a href="https://www.instagram.com/loyolamdrelay/">Instagram</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ACSRelayForLifeLoyolaUniversity/">Facebook</a> pages.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every year Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s student-organized Relay for Life event raises thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. Last year the committee raised $116,335. It&rsquo;s a signature event that the students work all year to create, and it culminates in an event that is full of energy and emotion as funds are raised for the cause.</p> <p>The virtual event will include Facebook lives and recorded videos throughout the day featuring messages of hope, introductions to Loyola&rsquo;s Relay for Life executive team, recorded survivor and caregiver speeches, a luminaria video, recorded videos of performances from various clubs at the University, and other informational videos.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Relay for Life event at Loyola University Maryland was scheduled for Saturday, March 28, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Megan Rumph, &rsquo;21, who is an event chair for Relay for Life at Loyola, wanted to host an event despite not being able to gather in person. She participates in Relay for Life to honor her aunt who passed away from cancer in 2011.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Even though the world is on hold due to COVID-19, that doesn&rsquo;t mean cancer is,&rdquo; said the math major and business minor who lives in Bloomfield, N.J. &ldquo;Having a virtual event shows our support to the cause. It&rsquo;s also a way to stay connected and interactive with the Loyola community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eleni Chakales, &rsquo;21, a business administration major and event chair for Relay for Life, said they will use Zoom during the event to host a Kahoot trivia game and engage viewers at home.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Cancer is something that unites everyone. Fighting for the cause is an empowering way to stand united,&rdquo; said Chakales. &ldquo;I love participating in Relay because it makes me feel that I am making a difference and doing what I can to stop cancer. By holding a virtual event, we can still see the committee&rsquo;s hard work pay off and continue to support the mission of the American Cancer Society.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information, visit the Relay for Life of Loyola University Maryland <a href="https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY20NER?pg=entry&amp;fr_id=95169">website</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ACSRelayForLifeLoyolaUniversity/">Facebook page</a>.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:20:27 Z{2DFC465B-4C66-46FA-BA4B-F1B116EE3335}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0330-3d-printer-face-shields3D printers at Loyola create face shields for local health care professionals<p>Faculty and staff members at Loyola University Maryland are using 3D printers and laser cutters to create face shields for hospitals in the Baltimore area. The initiative was launched by <a href="https://www.openworksbmore.org/">Open Works</a>, a makerspace in Baltimore, and <a href="https://www.wethebuilders.com/">We the Builders</a>, a group of makers in Baltimore who build sculptures from 3D-printed materials.&nbsp;</p> <p>Matthew Treskon, technology librarian; Billy Friebele, MFA, assistant professor of fine arts; and Yanko Kranov, laboratory manager and affiliate professor of engineering, are using a pattern created by <a href="https://blog.prusaprinters.org/from-design-to-mass-3d-printing-of-medical-shields-in-three-days/">Prusa Labs</a> in the Czech Republic to 3D print materials needed to build CDC-level recommended face shields.<span class="image_right"><img height="300" alt="3d printed face shield" width="270" src="/-/media/news/images/2020/200330-3d-printer-face-masks-2.ashx?la=en&amp;hash=72D3242BBAC439BB7C0A44723F8FA0DC19347195" /></span></p> <p>Treskon operates three 3D printers owned by Loyola/Notre Dame Library to create the two plastic parts for the top and bottom parts of the face shield. The printers can create 12 sets per day. Treskon has donated 24 sets so far and will continue to print seven days a week for as long as there is a need. Friebele is also creating two plastic parts for the top and bottom of the face shields. Kranov makes full face shields using 3D printers and laser cutters in the engineering department at Loyola. According to Kranov, it takes roughly four to five hours to complete one face shield.</p> <p>&ldquo;First responders and health care workers are today&rsquo;s heroes,&rdquo; said Treskon. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad my colleagues at Loyola and I can use our skills and technology, including the 3D printers from the Library&rsquo;s makerspace, to support our community and those that work towards keeping us all safe and healthy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loyola&rsquo;s involvement with creating face shields started when Jennifer Sullivan, program coordinator for Natural and Applied Sciences, heard about the initiative by Open Works on the local news. Loyola faculty and administrators worked to bring the initiative to Loyola in a matter of days.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I was amazed at how quickly everyone pulled together to help with this project,&rdquo; said Sullivan. &ldquo;In less than a week, three community members from different departments started producing face shields and utilizing Loyola&rsquo;s resources to aid our local health care facilities in a time of crisis. This speaks to the heart of our mission at Loyola to be people for others. The generosity of spirit, time, and talent shown by Matthew, Yanko, and Billy really captures Loyola&rsquo;s Jesuit values.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plastic parts and face shields created by Friebele and Treskon are dropped off at an organized location. Open Works takes the supplies and coordinates the configuring by We the Builders and distribution to local hospitals including LifeBridge Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the University of Maryland Medical System.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, face shields created by Kranov are donated to the Sinai Hospital and LifeBridge Health.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about 3D printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), visit the <a href="https://www.wethebuilders.com/projects/11" target="_blank">We the Builders website</a>.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:15:17 Z{65F9B142-B330-45EA-B0BB-0294C295745A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0330-newman-civic-fellowshipRiccy Amador, ’22, named 2020 Newman Civic Fellow<p>Riccy Amador, &rsquo;22, a sociology major at Loyola University Maryland, was named a 2020 Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amador, who lives in Baltimore, Md., is completing an internship focused on leadership and racial justice in Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ). She was nominated for her leadership role on campus, including her work volunteering for voter registration drives, leading neighborhood resident and student bridge-building days, and participating in an educational immersion in Apopka, Fla., to learn more about the lives and working conditions of migrant farm workers. Amador, who was born in San Lorenzo Valle, Honduras, came to the United States in 2006. When she isn&rsquo;t studying full time and participating in a number of ways at Loyola, Amador also works part-time as a waitress four days a week in Parkville, Md. Amador is one 290 students named as Newman Civic Fellows for 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone is equal, and this award gives me the opportunity to show that anything is possible with hard work and dedication,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I believe this opportunity will allow me to be more connected to individuals with the same drive for justice, develop my leadership skills, and prepare me for my future career."</p> <p>Amador was nominated by Loyola&rsquo;s president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.</p> <p>&ldquo;Riccy is passionate about addressing social injustices in her community, particularly immigration and poverty,&rdquo; said Fr. Linnane. &ldquo;A Honduran immigrant to Baltimore City, Riccy is a model of civic leadership on our campus and in our Baltimore community. Motivated by her own experiences of discrimination, Riccy participated in racial justice training and leadership to inspire her campus peers to interrupt instances of interpersonal racism and work to address systemic inequities in policies such as immigration.&rdquo;</p> <p>About the <a href="https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/">Newman Civic Fellows Award</a>:</p> <p>The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman&rsquo;s Own Foundation.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:47:36 Z{F765DB65-0196-4781-9205-CB57910FC888}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0327-virtual-massLoyola Jesuits invite community to join them live on Facebook for Sunday Mass<p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Weekly Sunday Masses will be&nbsp;<a href="/about/coronavirus-update/resources/spiritual-support">livestreamed</a>&nbsp;until further notice.</p> <p>Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J., university chaplain, and Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., associate professor of law and social responsibility, are inviting members of the community to join them virtually as they preside over Sunday Mass. The Office of Campus Ministry will livestream the Mass on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 6 p.m. via its <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LoyolaCampusMin/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&amp;eid=ARAeYteOizjFBiXYeBiEoQy6cPRFlNkfecsMosyziGW5nZsRiRWUqgn7pttN5PigYJBvAbwENmV6OLCA">Facebook page</a> and intends to make the Mass available during the coronavirus crisis.</p> <p>During this time of social distancing when the faithful are not able to attend Mass in person, Fr. Dennis and Fr. Brown hope to connect students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and other friends of Loyola in prayer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are still a community of faith, regardless of the unforeseen circumstances in which we are now living,&rdquo; said Fr. Dennis. &ldquo;The holy Eucharist is at the center of our Catholic tradition, and who better to share it with than the community in which we live, love, and work. It&rsquo;s a privilege to hopefully be a comforting presence to our students, their families, alumni, employees, and everyone who joins us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fr. Brown, who also oversees Loyola&rsquo;s office of mission integration, will serve as the homilist on Sunday.</p> <p>The livestream for the Mass will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, on the Campus Ministry <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LoyolaCampusMin/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&amp;eid=ARAeYteOizjFBiXYeBiEoQy6cPRFlNkfecsMosyziGW5nZsRiRWUqgn7pttN5PigYJBvAbwENmV6OLCA">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>Visit our coronavirus <a href="/about/coronavirus-update">website</a> for more information and a list of available resources and <a href="/about/coronavirus-update/resources/spiritual-support">spiritual support services</a>.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:26:14 Z{17F40DFD-209B-4F24-9882-5096D03412DD}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0326-ecyp-bjc-loyola-fellowsLoyola students provide mentorship to youth involved in Elijah Cummings Youth Project and the Baltimore Jewish Council<p>As a tribute to the late U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Elijah Cummings Youth Project (ECYP) provided stipends to eight Loyola University Maryland students, who served as mentors to local high school students over the past year. This is the first year Loyola has participated in this initiative, which is aimed at inspiring interfaith communications among young adults in Baltimore.</p> <p>A civil rights advocate and Democrat in the House of Representatives, Congressman Elijah Cummings served in Maryland&rsquo;s 7th district from 1996 until his passing in 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be an anchor institution in Baltimore and build relationships that are positive and impactful for both Loyola and these high school students and the community,&rdquo; said Rev. Scott Adams, assistant director of Campus Ministry. &ldquo;I see this as a three-level mentorship opportunity for the Loyola students who will gain leadership experience, increase their networks, and build their r&eacute;sum&eacute;s.&rdquo;</p> <p>The selected Loyola students are Mhret Alemu, &rsquo;22, Jamilla Battle, &rsquo;21, Amber Davis, &rsquo;22, Matthew Dorsey, &rsquo;21, Jayda Lawlah, &rsquo;21, Christian McNeill, &rsquo;22, Franklin Parks, &rsquo;21, and Kayte Rooney, &rsquo;21.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe having the opportunity to participate in this fellowship is a privilege,&rdquo; said Parks, who is an accounting major from Bowie, Md. &ldquo;This is an opportunity to continue Congressman Cummings&rsquo; legacy by helping high school student leaders reach their potential to be the change they want to see in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Over the past year, Loyola fellows provided high school students the opportunity to learn valuable leadership and professional development skills and helped the youth create an agenda for a Teen Summit&mdash;which had been scheduled for this month and may be held at a later date. In addition, the Loyola students attended monthly meetings with the youth and participated in development workshops at the University.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 20:11:37 Z{5BFC5465-3485-444A-ADF7-C229F0C08748}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0325-daily-record-top-100-womenThe Daily Record honors Loyola faculty member as one of Maryland&#39;s Top 100 Women<p>Karsonya &ldquo;Kaye&rdquo; Whitehead, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, has been included on Maryland&rsquo;s Top 100 Women for 2020 by <em>The Daily Record</em>.<span class="image_right"><img height="300" alt="The Daily Record Top 100 Women" width="270" src="/-/media/news/images/2020/200325-daily-record-top-100-women-logo.ashx?la=en&amp;hash=D250BDFF2A81D91E7A7A8483C2EAC63A4D20EBCC" /></span></p> <p>This year marks the 25th anniversary of <em>The Daily Record's</em> Maryland&rsquo;s Top 100 Women, which was founded in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership, and mentoring. More than 1,500 women have been presented with the honor.</p> <p>Four graduates from Loyola also made the list. The awardees include, Suzanne Menser, &rsquo;06, MBA; Deborah Phelps, &rsquo;97, M.Ed.; Ann Quinn, &rsquo;93, MBA; and Wendi Wagner Peters, &rsquo;89.</p> <p>Nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships, and mentoring experience. A panel of business professionals and previous Maryland&rsquo;s Top 100 Women honorees from throughout the state reviewed the final applications and selected this year&rsquo;s honorees.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored to be recognized by <em>The Daily Record</em> as one of Maryland&rsquo;s Top 100 Women. Being included in a group of women&mdash;some of whom who have inspired and challenged me to use my platform to engage with marginalized communities in and around Baltimore City&mdash;is an unbelievable honor and one I don't take lightly,&rdquo; Whitehead said. "I spend my time working with the residents of Baltimore City, actively finding ways to share their stories, and I am constantly amazed and inspired by them and by the work that is being done to radically transform our city.&rdquo;</p> <p>Whitehead is a sought-after expert and scholar on the ways race, class, and gender coalesce in American classrooms, as well as in political and social environments. She is the host of the award-winning radio show, Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM, author of the bi-monthly column, &ldquo;Dispatches from Baltimore&rdquo; for the Afro newspaper, and the author of five books, including <em>I Speak for the Unforgotten: Dispatches from Baltimore</em>, which will be published in fall 2020. She was recently included on <em><a href="/news/2019/191028-essence-magazine-honors-faculty-member"><em>Essence</em> </a></em><a href="/news/2019/191028-essence-magazine-honors-faculty-member">magazine&rsquo;s selective list of &ldquo;Woke 100 Women for 2019</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. Whitehead continuously engages our campus community in thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations around race and equity and inclusion&mdash;urging members of our community to put their education into action,&rdquo; said Amanda Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. &ldquo;Her passion for Baltimore is unmistakable, and her courageous drive to make the world a more just place inspires all of us. She constantly challenges and supports the individuals she teaches&mdash;in her classroom and through her writings and media outreach and in other ways. Her voice, which is far-reaching and well-known, compels each of us to consider what more we can do to bring greater equity and inclusion to Loyola, to our city, to our state, and to our nation.&rdquo;</p> <p>The awardees will be honored at the Maryland's Top 100 Women 25th Anniversary Gala and Awards Celebration, which will be held on Monday, July 27, from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Winners will also be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Tuesday, July 28, issue of <em>The Daily Record</em> and will be available online at TheDailyRecord.com.</p> <p>Several other events will take place throughout the year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Maryland's Top 100 Women, including a Women's Leadership Summit at Towson University on Tuesday, August 18, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://thedailyrecord.com/">TheDailyRecord.com</a>.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:42:10 Z{C4904DC8-70D8-4D01-B374-B1FD2F2276C8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0317-nick-myers-obitLoyola celebrates the life of Nick Myers, ’23<p>The Loyola University Maryland community is mourning the loss of Nick Myers, &rsquo;23, a friendly student who was engaged in his classes and often made his friends laugh. Earlier this month Myers had been hospitalized with a brain abscess and stroke and passed away on March 16.</p> <p>Myers, who lived in River Edge, N.J., had many friends on campus and was enjoying his time as a Loyola student. He was a graduate of River Dell High School, where he played lacrosse and was captain of the River Dell Hawks swim team and qualified for the state meet. He was also very involved in Boy Scouts of America and worked as a lifeguard at the River Edge Swim Club.</p> <p>Brandon Parlopiano, Ph.D., visiting affiliate assistant professor of history, was Nick&rsquo;s faculty advisor and had him in his History 101 class last semester. Parlopiano said that Nick was thinking of majoring in business administration and marketing and was always excited to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll remember Nick as a bright student who was always engaged. A student who challenged the material and someone who was very jovial and always ready with a joke,&rdquo; said Parlopiano.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nicole Reibe, Ph.D., director of program operations of the Master of Theological Studies at Loyola, who taught Nick in her Introduction to Theology course this semester, said Myers was a joy to have in class.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nick always came in excited to learn and had a good attitude,&rdquo; said Reibe. &ldquo;I got a strong sense of discovery with Nick. He was excited to learn more and ask complicated questions. He was just enthusiastic about it all, and our class always looked forward to his presence and questions in class.&rdquo;</p> <p>He will be missed by the many students, faculty, and staff who knew and loved him.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nick and I were paired randomly to live together in Flannery O&rsquo;Conner Hall,&rdquo; said Hilton Carroll, &rsquo;23. &ldquo;We were both worried about living together because we didn&rsquo;t know each other. However, when I met Nick, I knew we would be lifelong friends. He was a very lovable person, a spark of light. He could make anyone laugh, he took his friendships seriously, and his jokes would brighten up the room.&rdquo;</p> <p>In light of the recent necessity for "social distancing" the family will be receiving friends and family for those wanting to pay their last respects, on Friday, March 20, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, River Edge, with the funeral Mass immediately following at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, N.J.</p> <p>A memorial Mass will be scheduled in Loyola&rsquo;s Alumni Memorial Chapel after students return to campus.</p> <p>The Counseling Center has <a href="/department/counseling-center/students/nick_m_loss">resources</a> available to cope with feelings of grief and loss during this time.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:41:41 Z{88B832BE-FDF8-4A8F-85E2-5053AE85B662}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0317-us-news-rankingU.S. News &amp; World Report recognizes several of Loyola’s graduate programs<p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s graduate programs in business, speech, and psychology are ranked in the &ldquo;2021 Best Graduate Schools&rdquo; rankings from <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em>.</p> <p>The Sellinger School of Business and Management was included among the nation&rsquo;s best business schools for graduate specialties in accounting, business analytics, and finance. The Loyola College of Arts &amp; Sciences was also included for best health programs in speech-language pathology and clinical psychology.</p> <p>The specialty rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. The data for the rankings in six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,603 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2019 and early 2020.</p> <p>The national specialty rankings for the Sellinger School are:</p> <p>Accounting: No. 25</p> <p>Business analytics: No. 21</p> <p>Finance: No. 20</p> <p>The Sellinger School is accredited by the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and holds an additional AACSB accreditation for its accounting program. AACSB is the only agency that accredits accounting programs in the United States and only 182 accounting programs worldwide are accredited.&nbsp;</p> <p>The health rankings for Loyola College are:</p> <p>Speech-language pathology: No. 82</p> <p>Clinical psychology: No. 129</p> <p>All health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys which were sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs at schools in each discipline.</p> <p>More information about the &ldquo;2021 Best Graduate Schools&rdquo; is available at <a href="https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools">www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:31:04 Z{D0D85A8D-FD52-490A-8B72-00E43C0AAD6C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0305-commencement-speakerPlaywright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith named 2020 Commencement speaker<p><strong>Update:</strong> The 2020 commencement ceremony has been postponed. Event details will be released at a later date.&nbsp;</p> <p>Anna Deavere Smith, a playwright and actor who uses theater to explore important issues in America today, will deliver the Commencement address at Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s 168th Commencement Exercises. The Commencement Exercises will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md.</p> <p>Loyola is sharing this news with our community using a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-uM_W4PVJc&amp;feature=youtu.be">video announcement</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Smith has created more than 15 one-woman shows that delve into controversial topics that explore what she calls the &ldquo;complex identities of America.&rdquo; Her most recent play, Notes from the Field, which looks at the school-to-prison pipeline and injustice and inequality in low-income communities, won an Obie Award, the 2017 Nortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, and was named one of the Top 10 Plays of the year by <em>Time</em> magazine. Another play has been named a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, and one was nominated for a Tony.</p> <p>Smith will receive a doctor of humane letters, <em>honoris causa</em>, from Loyola during the ceremony.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every year we try to select a Commencement speaker who can deliver a strong, relevant message to our graduating students, and Anna Deavere Smith certainly has compelling insight to share,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s an accomplished artist and intellectual who inspires us&mdash;through her work&mdash;to delve more deeply into issues that are so important to our time, such as those related to race, social inequality, and health care.&rdquo;</p> <p>Smith has received the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama, and, in 2015, was named the Jefferson Lecturer, the nation&rsquo;s highest honor in the humanities. She also is the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and most recently, the 2017 Ridenhour Courage Prize and the George Polk Career Award.</p> <p>Smith is an actor on ABC&rsquo;s hit series Black-ish and the ABC legal drama For the People. She is also known for her role as the hospital administrator on Showtime&rsquo;s Nurse Jackie and the National Security Advisor on NBC&rsquo;s The West Wing. Her films include <em>The American President</em>, <em>Rachel Getting Married</em>, and <em>Philadelphia</em>.</p> <p>The founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Smith is a professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her books include <em>Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines</em>.</p> <p>She has been an artist-in-residence at MTV Networks, the Ford Foundation, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Smith was appointed to Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; 2017 U.S. Mayors Challenge Committee, a nationwide competition urging innovative solutions for the toughest issues confronting U.S. cities.&nbsp;</p> <p>She holds honorary degrees from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Julliard, among others.</p> <p>Also honored at Commencement will be:</p> <p>&bull; Nick, MBA&rsquo;84, and Suzie Simon, M.Ed.&rsquo;81, whose gift helped Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a>, will receive the President&rsquo;s Medal;</p> <p>&bull; Father Michael White, &rsquo;80, author and pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., will receive the Carroll Medal;</p> <p>&bull; Thomas Scheye, Ph.D., Loyola Distinguished Service Professor who has taught English at Loyola since 1970 and serves as senior advisor to the president for planning and strategy, will receive the Newman Medal; and</p> <p>&bull; Mercy Medical Center, one of Loyola&rsquo;s long-time community partners including through a five-year partnership with Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/academics/pre-health/health-outreach-baltimore">Health Outreach Baltimore</a> program, will receive the Milch Award.</p> <p>More information about Loyola&rsquo;s 2020 Commencement Exercises is available at <a href="/join-us/commencement">loyola.edu/commencement</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:08:26 Z{9A2FC2CC-CA8D-494C-A7DA-05B4588889B9}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0302-online-pmbaLoyola launches fully online MBA optionLoyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Sellinger School of Business and Management will add a fully online option to its Professional&rsquo;s MBA, a part-time, self-paced MBA program designed for working professionals. Courses are designed and facilitated by Loyola faculty in accelerated eight-week sessions, with an approach to online learning that is highlighted by small class size and a personalized student experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve built our new online classes from the ground up, designing them&nbsp; alongside our faculty who are dedicated to the success of every student and to providing engaging, meaningful experiences,&rdquo; said Kathleen Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. &ldquo;The online classes are an extension of Sellinger&rsquo;s commitment to powerful, ethical business education, presenting business as a crucial force for good in the world.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to the new fully online path, launching in the fall of 2020, MBA students will have expanded course options where they can blend traditional in-person, hybrid, and online courses to create a personalized plan. Loyola offers in-person MBA classes on campuses in Columbia and Timonium and select courses in downtown Baltimore.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The new online courses increase the flexibility of our Professional&rsquo;s MBA program, as students can mix and match different class formats to fit their schedules,&rdquo; said Bobby Waldrup, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of accounting. &ldquo;The expanded options meet the needs of students interested in a Loyola MBA but require additional flexibility, such as business travelers, new parents, or experienced professionals outside our immediate market seeking a career boost.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition, Loyola further streamlined the Professional&rsquo;s MBA program, now requiring 39 credits with five specializations, all which include online course options. Incoming students can specialize in interdisciplinary business, marketing, management, finance or data analytics, and digital technology. Students typically complete the program in two-to-three years.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit the <a href="/sellinger-business/academics/graduate/part-time-mba">Professional&rsquo;s MBA page</a>.<br /> <br /> Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/sellinger-business">Sellinger School of Business and Management</a> provides business education rooted in the Jesuit tradition of emphasizing strong ethical leadership, commitment to social responsibility and a global perspective. With more than 60 faculty members and 2,000 students, the Sellinger School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Part-time and full-time MBAs as well as Master of Accounting programs are delivered on campuses in Baltimore, Columbia, and Timonium, Maryland.Mon, 02 Mar 2020 15:47:10 Z{CDB29AC4-2024-4819-91B2-15B97F92F7E8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0227-k-8-computational-thinking-grantSchool of Education faculty awarded grant from the University System of Maryland’s Center for Computing EducationKelly Keane, Ed.D., senior lecturer and director of the Educational Technology program, and Irene Bal, lecturer of Educational Technology, received a $49,561 one-year grant from the Maryland Center for Computing Education (MCCE) within the University System of Maryland Preservice Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program to create a series of online micro-credentials centered around K-8 computational thinking (CT).<br /> <br /> This new micro-credential program will include three stacked, competency-based courses, with the equivalent seat time of 45 hours, to engage Loyola pre-service students, graduate students, and alumni and Baltimore City Public School educators on the topic of CT.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In our digital world, computational thinking should be integrated into all subject areas,&rdquo; said Keane. &ldquo;We hope that the creation of these courses support educators in their knowledge and skills of CT and its role in solving critical problems inside and outside of the classroom.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The faculty will partner with Loyola&rsquo;s teacher education and computer science departments as well as Baltimore City Public Schools to develop and launch this new series of courses.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re honored by the opportunity to strengthen the teacher workforce and introduce pre- and in-service educators to the world of computational thinking,&rdquo; said Bal. &ldquo;These new courses will be designed to help teachers grow their understanding of this thinking strategy and help them implement it effectively into their curricula.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Micro-credentials are an initiative through the Educational Technology program at Loyola and can be found on Loyola&rsquo;s continuing education platform, <a href="https://aspire.loyola.edu/">ASPIRE</a>. The micro-credentials are self-paced, online, specialized professional learning opportunities that allow pre-service and in-service educators to apply their new learning directly to their current or future classrooms and work environments. The CT micro-credentials will launch for Loyola and Baltimore City educators in May 2020 and be available to the public in January 2021. For more information, visit <a href="/school-education/academics/continuing-education/micro-credentials">www.loyola.edu/microcreds</a>.Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:39:01 Z{EBA44B5F-3161-4778-BB00-727CB8939D2D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0225-hanway-lecturePulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to give Hanway Lecture<p><strong>The Hanway Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, is canceled.</strong></p> <p>Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ph.D., award-winning author, will deliver Loyola University Maryland's Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required.</p> <p>Nguyen will discuss migration during the lecture titled, &ldquo;An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen,&rdquo; and focus on his <em>New York Times</em> best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, <em>The Sympathizer</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Immigration&mdash;from migration to resettlement to acculturation and assimilation&mdash;is a critical issue facing both the United States and Baltimore,&rdquo; said Mary Kate Schneider, Ph.D., director of Global Studies and lecturer of political science. &ldquo;Through personal experience as a child refugee whose family left Vietnam in 1975, Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks to this issue through fiction, creating characters that allow the reader to experience what it is like to search for a sense of belonging in places that are far removed from home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nguyen&rsquo;s debut novel, <em>The Sympathizer</em>, is a suspenseful, espionage story of love and betrayal. The book has also received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, among others. Nguyen has published additional award-winning pieces including a collection of short stories called <em>The Refugees and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War</em>, a reflection on how the Vietnam War is remembered by different countries. His latest work, <em>Chicken of the Sea</em>, is a children&rsquo;s book&mdash;which his 6-year-old son, Ellison, collaborated with him on.</p> <p>Nguyen is a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and comparative literature, and the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California. He is also a contributing opinion writer for the <em>New York Times</em>. Nguyen, a Vietnam native, moved to the United States with his family in 1975. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in English and ethnic studies, as well as a Ph.D. in English.</p> <p>For more information and ticket registration, go to <a href="/join-us/hanway-lecture">www.loyola.edu/hanwaylecture</a>.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 18:09:43 Z{0CC0B70A-630D-430E-B48A-A8C54F8E1EC1}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0218-mission-week-maryland-dayLoyola to celebrate Jesuit heritage and longstanding Maryland Day tradition during third annual Mission Week<p><strong>The Maryland Day Convocation, scheduled for March 20, 2020, is canceled. All Mission Week events are canceled.</strong></p> <p>Loyola University Maryland will host Mission Week, a series of events and activities related to Loyola&rsquo;s mission, to celebrate the University&rsquo;s Jesuit and Maryland heritage from March 15 &ndash; 22.</p> <p>Loyola will celebrate Maryland Day on March 20, honoring staff and administrators who have achieved key milestones at the institution. The Maryland Day Convocation will serve as the cornerstone of events and activities taking place during Mission Week.</p> <p>The Maryland Day Convocation brings together members of the Loyola community, as well as the local community, for a celebration of awards and a speaker who can inspire and challenge the campus community.</p> <p>This year's Convocation will feature the Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, the James and Nancy Buckman professor of theology and social ethics at Fordham University. The Maryland Day Convocation be held on Friday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Fr. Massingale, who is also the Senior Ethics Fellow in Fordham&rsquo;s Center for Ethics Education, will receive the University&rsquo;s Ignatian Citizenship Award.</p> <p>Fr. Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics. He is a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, one of the premier Catholic journals of theology. Fr. Massingale is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and has held the Bernard J. Hanley Chair at Santa Clara University.</p> <p>A scholar-activist, Fr. Massingale is a noted authority on issues of social and racial justice, having addressed numerous national Catholic conferences and lectured at colleges and universities across the nation.</p> <p>Also on Maryland Day, Java &amp; Juice with the Jesuits will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at the Ignatius House, and the Maryland Day Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Chapel.</p> <p>Other Mission Week events that are free and open to the public include:</p> <p>&bull; An Interfaith Panel Discussion: Finding Common Ground Towards Cultivating Beloved Community will be held on Tuesday, March 17, from noon-1 p.m. During the panel discussion, Heather Miller Rubens, Ph.D., and Matthew D. Taylor, Ph.D., scholars from the Institute for Islamic, Christina, and Jewish Studies, will discuss the importance of creating interfaith spaces of dialogue and collaboration.</p> <p>&bull; &ldquo;Festival Sing!&rdquo;, an opportunity to hear the Belles, Chimes, Greysounds, Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, Repertory Choir, and Loyola Singers will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel.</p> <p>&bull; Sarah Smarsh, author of Messina&rsquo;s 2019-2020 Common Text, <em>Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth</em>, will discuss topics from her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, including issues of socioeconomic class on Thursday, March 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall.</p> <p>&bull; The <a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a> will host a York Road Community Day on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will focus on a morning of community building and care for our common community. To register, contact communitydays@loyola.edu.</p> <p>&bull; Mission Week will wrap up on Sunday, March 22, in Alumni Memorial Chapel with a 6 p.m. Mass celebrated by Rev. Patrick C. Nolan, S.J., &rsquo;01, athletics chaplain and assistant director of enrollment management at Boston College High School.</p> <p>For more information and additional events that will held during Mission Week, go to <a href="/join-us/mission-week">www.loyola.edu/missionweek</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:39:04 Z{C9E8CBD5-1B72-4E58-8324-D3BA4BE36673}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0211-better-businessLoyola to hold 4th annual Building a Better World Through Business events<p><strong>All Building a Better World Through Business events, scheduled for March 24-March 26, 2020, are canceled.</strong></p> <p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Sellinger School of Business and Management will present Building a Better World Through Business, an annual series of events celebrating ways that businesses create sustainable economic and social development in their communities. The series will take place March 24-26, 2020, on Loyola&rsquo;s Evergreen campus. All events are free and open to the public, but <a href="/join-us/better-business/reservations">registration is required</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Building a Better World Through Business offers us a chance to recognize and honor the ways that businesses support and strengthen communities,&rdquo; said Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. &ldquo;These events help the Loyola community think about how we can help bring about innovative and collaborative change in Baltimore.</p> <p>The event series begins with a keynote address by Kavita Shukla, founder and CEO of The FRESHGLOW Co. and inventor of FreshPaper. Her presentation, &ldquo;Changing the World, One Piece of Paper at a Time,&rdquo; on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in McManus Theatre will focus on the development of FreshPaper and the challenges she&rsquo;s overcome as a young entrepreneur and activist for global social change.</p> <p>Shukla&rsquo;s idea for FreshPaper started as a middle-school science project, which was inspired by an Indian home remedy. Today, FreshPaper&mdash;a disposable, recyclable, and biodegradable paper that keeps produce fresh longer&mdash;is used by farmers and families around the globe. Shukla, who was the youngest woman ever to receive the INDEX Design to Improve Life Award, holds four patents, was a featured speaker at the Women in the World Summit, and was honored at Variety&rsquo;s annual Power of Women event.</p> <p>Shukla has given talks at the White House, United Nations, Global Entrepreneurship Congress, TEDxManhattan, and Harvard University, among others. Her FreshPaper innovation and quest to end global food waste has been featured by media outlets including CNN, Bloomberg, <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, and <em>Oprah Magazine</em>. Shukla, who has been inducted into the National Gallery for America&rsquo;s Young Inventors, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.</p> <p>The week will also include:</p> <p>&bull; A student poster and pitch competition, &ldquo;Rising to the Challenge: Ideas to Help Build a Better Baltimore,&rdquo; will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 6&ndash;8 p.m. in McGuire Hall West. Students will respond to the prompt, &ldquo;How might we build on Baltimore&rsquo;s strengths and respond to a current need by creating a new initiative or business venture? Research and develop an idea that contributes to the economic and social well-being of Baltimore.&rdquo; A reception for attendees will take place during the competition. </p> <p>&bull; A breakfast and roundtable discussion, &ldquo;Stronger Together: Advancing Racial Equality and Business Growth,&rdquo; will focus on how racial equity can help create and sustain financial growth. Employers and advocates will share their challenges and successes in building a diverse, equitable, and sustainable workforce. The panelists are: A. Adar Ayira, senior director, strategy and racial equity of Associated Black Charities; John Frisch, principal and executive leadership coach of Shawan Leadership; Angel St. Jean, assistant director for strategic initiatives for the Baltimore Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Employment Development; Lolita Taub, chief of staff for Catalyte; and Danielle Torain, director of Open Society Institute in Baltimore. Elizabeth Kennedy, J.D., associate professor of law and social responsibility, will moderate the discussion. The event will be held on Thursday, March 26, with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and discussion from 9 &ndash; 10:30 a.m. in Loyola&rsquo;s 4th Floor Program Room located in the Andrew White Student Center. Shuttle service to and from the 4th Floor Program Room will be provided from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen beginning at 7:30 a.m. Additional <a href="/about/directions">parking information and directions</a> to campus are also available.</p> <p>To learn more and register for events, visit <a href="/join-us/better-business">www.loyola.edu/better-business</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:49:41 Z{C9B28D1E-CCBF-4368-B3F4-85056C6FB9F8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0210-fulbright-top-producing-institutionLoyola Named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution <p>Loyola University Maryland is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most <a href="https://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/248001">2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Students</a>. Each year the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em> publishes the lists annually.</p> <p><img alt="Top producing Fulbright program 2019" src="/-/media/news/images/2020/0210-fulbright-top-producing-badge.ashx?h=300&amp;w=270&amp;la=en&amp;hash=6D4D93FA3A3630982F2EEFC52F20A6F38C3E959B" style="height: 300px; width: 270px;" class="image_right" />The annual award highlights Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/news/2019/190412-fulbright-scholarship">eight Fulbright students</a> who received the prestigious award in 2019.</p> <p>Loyola&rsquo;s Fulbright Scholarship recipients were Maggie Gillen, &rsquo;19, Lena Haaf, &rsquo;19, Justin Montague, &rsquo;19, Nicole Schneider, &rsquo;19, Allie Weis, &rsquo;19, and alumni Carla Blackwell, M.Ed. &rsquo;16, Keenan Gibbons, &rsquo;18, and Marco Orsimarsi, &rsquo;15.</p> <p>Over the past decade, more than 20 Loyola students and alumni have received the Fulbright Scholarship to teach, study, or conduct research aboard. Last year&rsquo;s eight recipients marked a record year for the University.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel the Fulbright&rsquo;s mission is the golden standard of the same ethos of social responsibility, international mindedness, and constant challenge to improve. These values are also the basis of educational philosophy at Loyola,&rdquo; said Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships. &ldquo;When students are applying for the Fulbright Scholarship, close connections between students and Loyola&rsquo;s faculty create a strong foundation for them to succeed and build similar bonds internationally. Fulbright&rsquo;s global mission of peace and prosperity through study, research, and teaching aligns well with Loyola&rsquo;s commitment to provide an education that bridges local with global and offers skills that can be applied across multiple avenues of life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loyola will be recognized during a Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders reception on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 7-9 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The Fulbright U.S. Student Program facilitates cultural exchange provided in more than 160 countries around the world through opportunities to engage in research in a foreign country or teach English for students of various age groups. Through engagement in the community, grantees interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Senate and various organizations in the host countries. More than 2,200 U.S. Students and over 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually.</p> <p>The Fulbright Scholarship recipients for fall 2020 will be announced later this spring.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:16:50 Z{5071906E-0B29-4E8A-B5A9-63CCE35FE063}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0206-conference-in-italyLoyola student selected to attend conference with Pope Francis in Assisi, Italy <p>Rennae Wigton, &rsquo;20, a psychology and theology major, was selected out of 3,400 applicants from 115 countries to attend the &ldquo;<a href="https://francescoeconomy.org/">Economy of Francesco</a>&rdquo; conference in Assisi, Italy. Wigton, who is also working toward her Master of Theological Studies at Loyola, will be one of 2,000 participants under the age of 35 to attend the conference.</p> <p>The conference, which was set to be held on March 26-28, 2020, has been rescheduled for Nov. 21, 2020.</p> <p>An initiative started by Pope Francis, the conference will host young researchers and entrepreneurs who are interested in the economy, environment, poverty, inequalities, new technologies, inclusive finance, sustainable development, and humanity. Speakers at the meeting include, Nobel Prize economist Amartya Sen, food security activist Vandana Shiva, and Muhamad Yunus, a pioneer of microcredit.</p> <p>Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis and make a solemn pact with him&mdash;ensuring their commitment to change the current economy and give a soul to tomorrow's economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope this will be a phenomenal opportunity to be an active practitioner of change,&rdquo; said Wigton. &ldquo;This is also a great way to push me out of my comfort zone and interact with diverse, passionate individuals.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Butler, Pa., native plans to earn her Ph.D. and work in a private practice treating patients who are dealing with trauma and addiction. She currently works with the nonprofit Every Rep Counts, where she offers brief meetings focusing on addition recovery and goals in the gym.</p> <p>"I've worked with Rennae over the course of three semesters. She's one of the most hardworking, diligent, and thoughtful students that I've encountered in my years at Loyola,&rdquo; said Daniel Castillo, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology. &ldquo;In wrestling with theological questions, she consistently demonstrates a mature concern for the world and for those that suffer. I'm thrilled that she'll be representing Loyola at the 'Economy of Francesco' conference in Assisi."</p> <p>During the conference, the participants will have the opportunity to conduct personal in-depth interviews with economists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, bankers, friars, sociologists, managers, innovators, and religious sisters.</p> <p><a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">The Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a> at Loyola University Maryland supported Wigton&rsquo;s application in the &ldquo;Economy of Francesco&rdquo; conference.</p> <p>The event is organized by the Diocese of Assisi, the Seraphic Institute, the Municipality of Assisi and the Economy of Communion, in collaboration with the Franciscan Families.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:00:18 Z{0140DC83-7DFA-49E2-869F-4BA2A429EC4A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0205-free-tax-servicesLoyola University Maryland students to offer free tax preparation servicesLoyola University Maryland will offer free tax preparation services now through early April at the Loyola Clinical Centers located at 5911 York Road in Belvedere Square. IRS-certified student volunteers from Loyola will prepare and e-file tax returns at no cost to qualifying taxpayers in the Baltimore community.<br /> <br /> This is the second year Loyola will host a site offering free tax preparation services. The services are made possible through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) program, sponsored by the nonprofit Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Campaign of Maryland. Loyola has participated in the program for many years, but in the past, students volunteered at other sites.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the most beneficial aspects of Loyola&rsquo;s VITA site is its location, which provides proximity to underserved communities, namely the York Road corridor. It is one small step toward realizing greater socioeconomic equality,&rdquo; said JP Krahel, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting at the Sellinger School of Business.<br /> <br /> In 2019, Loyola&rsquo;s VITA site prepared more than 200 returns and facilitated more than $300,000 in refunds to members of the local community. The student-run site is managed by site coordinators Morgan Davis and Eric Long, both graduate students in Loyola&rsquo;s Master of Accounting program. They will supervise more than 30 student volunteers, who will spend an estimated 565 total hours at the site.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way for students to implement accounting practices and give back to the community in a way that makes a difference in people&rsquo;s lives,&rdquo; Long said. It is his second year as a site coordinator.<br /> <br /> Davis said, &ldquo;The experience opened my eyes to how an accounting degree can make a really big social impact. I hope the program continues to grow and we help even more people.&rdquo; Davis volunteered last year and said she was excited to return this year in a managerial role.<br /> <br /> The free tax return services are available to people who make $56,000 or less, people with disabilities and people with limited English language skills who need assistance preparing their tax returns. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-234-8008, or go to <a href="http://cashmd.org/free-tax-preparationresources/">www.bmorefreetaxes.org</a>.<br /> <br /> Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/sellinger-business">Sellinger School of Business and Management</a> provides business education rooted in the Jesuit tradition of emphasizing strong ethical leadership, commitment to social responsibility and a global perspective. With more than 60 faculty members and 2,000 students, the Sellinger School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Part-time and full-time MBAs as well as Master of Accounting programs are delivered on campuses in Baltimore, Columbia, and Timonium, Maryland. <br />Wed, 05 Feb 2020 20:19:29 Z{15277909-57E2-497F-B6CE-43F04F90741A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0203-brand-refreshLoyola University Maryland unveils “Loyola Ready” brand<p>After a year of research and creative development, Loyola University Maryland is revealing its refreshed brand this month. The brand highlights the preparedness and confidence students achieve through Loyola&rsquo;s distinctive blend of Jesuit liberal arts education and career preparation.</p> <p>The brand&rsquo;s key message is that Loyola University Maryland students are more than ready for what the future holds. They are &ldquo;Loyola Ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>The refreshed brand will be reflected through strategic marketing and communications efforts that will highlight the experiences and outcomes of Loyola&rsquo;s exceptional students and graduates. A redesigned <a href="/">Loyola website</a> launches today, and the supporting advertising campaign and communication materials will begin to enter markets this month.</p> <p>&ldquo;The &lsquo;Loyola Ready&rsquo; brand concept is about being prepared in a very specific, distinctive way for the new world of work,&rdquo; said Sharon Higgins, associate vice president for marketing and communications. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about the depth and breadth of a Loyola education, about connections as well as expertise, about gaining deep knowledge and practicing nimble thinking, and underscoring that this depth and nimbleness instill a confidence that generates excitement, inspiration, and anticipation of the unknown.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Loyola Ready&rdquo; builds on the brand launched in 2009 when the University changed its designation from college to university. Loyola&rsquo;s brand promise&mdash;to develop well-rounded graduates&mdash;holds true today. The brand refresh, however, hones, strengthens, and further defines that brand promise. &ldquo;Loyola Ready&rdquo; reflects the University&rsquo;s culture, mission, values, and points of distinction. With a rapidly changing world and a focus on the Jesuit liberal arts education, the brand promises to prepare the Loyola community for academic achievement, the new world of work, and a balanced, flourishing, and purposeful life.</p> <p>&ldquo;Higher education institutions face a number of challenges, including declining and shifting demographics, an uncertain economy, and skepticism about the value of a college education&mdash;particularly a liberal arts education,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;Marketing the education and guidance our faculty deliver within the context of the &lsquo;Loyola Ready&rsquo; brand helps clarify who we are. A Loyola education truly ensures that our graduates aren&rsquo;t simply ready for personal and professional success. They are more than ready. They&rsquo;re Loyola Ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>The brand focuses on mentorship and guidance, Jesuit liberal arts education, career preparation, and the Greyhound Nation&mdash;Loyola&rsquo;s talented, diverse, driven, intellectually curious community. Also highlighted within the brand are the University&rsquo;s presence and role in Baltimore; Loyola&rsquo;s distinctive program for first-year students, Messina; athletics; service; and the Evergreen campus.</p> <p>&ldquo;As Loyola University Maryland continues to evolve with innovative new programs to meet the demands of today&rsquo;s competitive higher education market, the brand must evolve with it,&rdquo; Higgins said. &ldquo;Loyola deserves to be recognized for what we offer the world&mdash;educated, fulfilled, ethical leaders who are driven to better the world around them with their talents and compassion. This brand refresh positions us to share that story in compelling and far-reaching ways among our alumni, prospective students and their families, and the greater community.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:32:00 Z{F9EF53A0-9822-4CD7-9B29-C0A3A2C6A023}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0203-carnegie-classificationCarnegie Foundation selects Loyola University Maryland for 2020 Community Engagement Classification<p>Loyola University Maryland has been awarded the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a national recognition of the university&rsquo;s institutional commitment and excellence in community-engagement. Loyola is the only university in Baltimore City and the only private institution in Maryland awarded with the classification.</p> <p>The classification&mdash;which is valid until 2026&mdash;is awarded to higher education institutions who demonstrate national models for community-engaged learning and ensure reciprocal partnerships with local nonprofit, public, and other organizations.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Loyola University Maryland wholeheartedly embraces its role as a member of our community,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;Being anchored in Baltimore means we take seriously our role in this vibrant community and that we act on that responsibility in numerous ways. Just as we hope we are making a difference in our community, we also intend for our students to graduate with hearts, minds, and spirits awakened toward the needs of the world around them and a determination to apply their educations in a way that will bring about greater justice in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loyola is one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive this classification. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020. In order to receive the classification, Loyola demonstrated exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement while aligning the University mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices.</p> <p>&ldquo;This classification recognizes the work of hundreds of Baltimore community partners, local residents and Loyola faculty, students and staff who collaboratively work together to advance student learning and make an impact in our local York Road Community, and throughout our world.,&rdquo; said Erin O&rsquo;Keefe, director for Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a>, which coordinates the university&rsquo;s community engagement, service-learning, and York Road Initiative. &ldquo;We are honored to be recognized among universities across our country who take their responsibility as civic educators and members of their local communities very seriously.&rdquo;</p> <p>The central focus of the work honored is Loyola&rsquo;s York Road Initiative, which was launched in 2010 and serves as a national model for long-term, place-based community engagement. Initiatives such as Loyola&rsquo;s Clinical Centers (LCC), FreshCrate Healthy Corner Store Network, the Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market, and their connections to academic service-learning courses and faculty scholarship helped Loyola receive this award&mdash;along with continued partnerships with long-standing nonprofit organizations, coalitions, and Catholic schools in Baltimore. </p> <p>According to the 2018 National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement, 64% of Loyola undergraduate students and 72% of faculty participate annually in some form of service and community engagement and according to the Center for Community Service and Justice annual report, 2,574 students worked with over 100 community organizations in the 2018-2019 academic year.</p> <p>About the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching:</p> <p>The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement communities to solve long standing inequities in educational outcomes. The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others. For more information, visit <a href="https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/">https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:18:29 Z{3E9A2488-1601-49CE-A23A-A224D28CBB5C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0130-meif-grantMaryland Department of Commerce grant will advance biohealth innovation at Loyola<p>The <a href="https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-e-nnovation-initiative-fund-(meif) ">Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF)</a>, administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 in funding to Loyola University Maryland to establish an endowed professorship in innovation that will help to expand scientific research in biohealth and promote economic and entrepreneurial success in the state of Maryland.</p> <p>The funding will match $500,000 raised by Loyola to assist with initiatives that foster innovation and entrepreneurship at the University through 2021.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are always seeking opportunities to strengthen the education we offer to our students in the natural and applied sciences, and this grant will make it possible for our students to engage in innovative research and study related to the growing field of biohealth,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;This grant will put Loyola at the forefront of biohealth research and innovation across the state of Maryland&mdash;and will send a message to the broader community that Loyola is contributing to the body of research and scholarship far beyond our campus.&rdquo;</p> <p>The faculty member in the new endowed professorship in innovation will work in Loyola&rsquo;s biology department and be responsible for growing undergraduate biomedical research, providing students with professional skills to work in bioscience industries, create new biotechnology research opportunities that extend undergraduate students&rsquo; exposure to scientific careers, and develop community partnerships with private and public health research organizations.</p> <p>"Receiving this grant enhances the growing innovation ecosystem at Loyola, provides new context for nurturing entrepreneurial mindset of our students, fosters new research and teaching opportunities in biohealth, and boosts the status of the department of biology at Loyola within the state of Maryland&rsquo;s biohealth and biotechnology network,&rdquo; said Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean of natural and applied sciences and professor of physics.</p> <p>The endowed professor will work with biohealth research firm, Avoneaux Medical Institute, and expand collaboration with Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship to initiate and complete scientific research at the University and within the community.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Maryland is striving to be the third largest biohealth cluster in the nation by 2023,&rdquo; said David Rivers, Ph.D., professor of biology. &ldquo;Our goal at Loyola is to become a major contributor as a university to ensure the success of the bioscience industries in Maryland.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 19:21:56 Z{E413BE26-8439-46C4-B5FE-1ADCB039378F}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0123-voter-engagement-awardLoyola receives democratic engagement award for increase in student voters from 2014 to 2018 elections<p>Loyola University Maryland received the Silver Seal Award at the national <a href="https://www.allinchallenge.org/awards-ceremony/">ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony</a> for excellence in student voter engagement.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to a study by the <a href="https://idhe.tufts.edu/nslve">National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)</a>, Loyola experienced an increase in student voters from 13.9% in 2014 to 33.9% in 2018. The 20-point increase between the two election years helped Loyola receive the Silver Seal Award.</p> <p>The study also showed an increase in the number of Loyola students who registered to vote from 65% in 2014 to 79.5% in 2018. An increase in the voting rate of students who registered to vote was also reported from 21.4% in 2014 to 42.6% in 2018. In-person voting and absentee ballots were the two most popular methods of voting by Loyola students in both election years.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are honored to be recognized with the schools who have achieved the Silver Seal Award,&rdquo; said Elise Gower, associate director of programs for the Center for Community Service and Justice. &ldquo;This recognition, as well as our NSLVE data, highlights Loyola&rsquo;s commitment to civic engagement, and also serves as a call to action to support our students&rsquo; access to vote. Our university&rsquo;s strategic plan prioritizes Ignatian citizenship and the &lsquo;promotion of thoughtful and active civic and global engagement among all members of our community.&rsquo; In living out our mission and core values, we urge all members of our community to be informed and to vote.&rdquo;</p> <p>The study shows that nationwide the <a href="https://idhe.tufts.edu/2018data">voting rates at participating college campuses doubled on average</a> compared to the previous 2014 midterm. Voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://allinchallenge.org/">ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge</a> is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.</p> <p>Last year, <a href="https://turbovote.org/">TurboVote</a> ranked Loyola No. 1 for the total number of students who registered for voter resources at the University using <a href="/join-us/vote">LoyolaVotes</a> sign-ups.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:00:09 Z{805CB74F-48F0-46E2-AF6C-BD65932B8C7B}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0122-data-science-panel-discussionLoyola to host panel discussion on successful data science practices<p>Loyola University Maryland will host a data science panel discussion to promote networking and discussion on successful practices and professional growth.</p> <p>The panel discussion, Successful Data Science: Teams, Tools, Techniques, offers students a way to learn how local companies are successfully leveraging and building teams and choosing the best tools and techniques to identify and solve their operational opportunities and challenges. Professionals from a variety of industries including technology, finance, cybersecurity, healthcare, and software development will answer these questions and offer insight on their successes in the industry.</p> <p>The event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room. A career networking event will begin at 6 p.m., and the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Panelists include Neta Ezer, Ph.D., technical fellow and architect for human-machine teaming at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems; Benjamin Harvey, Ph.D., data scientist and solutions architect at Databricks; Adam Mariano, vice president of health informatics at HighPoint Solutions; Christopher Morris, Ph.D., senior principal data scientist at Jacobs; and Onur Savas, senior manager at Accenture Federal Services.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the only university in the state offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in data science, we are honored and proud to be able to host this event to promote data science as an exciting career choice,&rdquo; said Christopher Morrell, Ph.D., director of the data science master&rsquo;s program and professor of mathematics and statistics. &ldquo;This event will help advance our students&rsquo; knowledge of the field and the approaches taken to analyze data. We will highlight areas and skills for individuals at all stages of their data science path.&rdquo;</p> <p>Edward Fortunato, managing director of Constellation Energy, will moderate the event. Fortunato, who has worked at Exelon for 15 years and is the chair of Loyola&rsquo;s data science board, previously served as the vice president of natural gas trading at Merrill Lynch Global Commodities, and as a senior energy trader at Edison Mission Energy. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College in New York City and his MBA in finance from Boston University. Fortunato is active in the community where he has served as the dinner chair for Our Daily Bread for two years. He is also on the dinner committee for Partners in Excellence. Fortunato also moderated Loyola&rsquo;s panel discussion event in 2019.</p> <p>Registration is not required but encouraged. For more information and to register visit, <a href="/academics/data-science/blog/2020/success-event">www.loyola.edu/datasuccess</a>.</p> <p>For information about event parking on the Evergreen campus, visit the parking information <a href="/department/parking-transportation/parking">page</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:13:16 Z{A08355D5-9E66-45E6-86B8-DCC906551AA6}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0121-baird-awardFormer trustee William J. Baird, Jr., ’61, honored with Loyola’s prestigious Andrew White Medal<p>Loyola University Maryland awarded William J. Baird, Jr., the Andrew White Medal at a special family Mass celebrated on Jan. 18 in honor of his 80th birthday. Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, presented the medal.</p> <p>The Andrew White Medal, which was first awarded by Loyola in 1961, is named for Father Andrew White, the Jesuit chaplain to the voyagers of the Ark and the Dove, who celebrated the first Mass on Maryland soil on March 25, 1634. The anniversary of that historic event is marked with Maryland Day.</p> <p>Since 1961, the Andrew White Medal has been bestowed on dozens of individuals who have had an impact on the state of Maryland. The medal is given to distinguished individuals who make contributions to the general welfare of the community, dedicating time and energy unselfishly through public service, serving as an example of personal, domestic, and civic virtue, and making an effort to assist those who are less fortunate.</p> <p>Fr. Linnane said that Loyola chose to honor Baird with the Andrew White Medal &ldquo;for his commitment to his community, for living out the Jesuit ideals that Loyola aspires to instill in all of its graduates, and for embracing a life of service and compassion.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a Loyola student, Baird was a varsity basketball player who worked on the yearbook and served as president of the Green and Grey Society. He majored in engineering and physics and went on to build a career in the insurance industry, primarily with the Willis Group.</p> <p>Since his graduation in 1961, Baird has served Loyola in several ways, including as a trustee from 2000-2008, serving Loyola Alumni Association director, and sitting on the Parents Council with his wife, Joanna. Their eight children are graduates of Loyola.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bill has made a profound impact on our university, helping to strengthen it and increase its vitality over the years,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;Even with a demanding career and a busy family life, Bill has always been involved in the community, serving in a variety of organizations&mdash;including the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the Greater Baltimore Committee, Loyola Blakefield, Associated Catholic Charities, and Good Samaritan Hospital. His commitment to Catholic schools and other organizations in Baltimore, is an inspiration and challenge to each of us. His contributions have had an extraordinary impact on Loyola&rsquo;s community, as well as on Baltimore.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:52:57 Z{A15D65C1-B117-4275-A073-FD60C8A980FC}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0114-health-outreach-baltimore-anniversaryLoyola’s Health Outreach Baltimore program to celebrate 5 years serving families at Mercy Medical Center<p>Health Outreach Baltimore, a partnership program between Loyola University Maryland and the Mercy Medical Center, will host a five-year anniversary celebration on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in 4th Floor Program Room.</p> <p>The <a href="/academics/pre-health/health-outreach-baltimore">Health Outreach Baltimore</a> program consists of six leaders and 25 students&mdash;referred to as &ldquo;advocates&rdquo;&mdash;who come from Loyola to provide supportive services to families at Mercy Medical Center. With its motto, &ldquo;Beyond the Scope,&rdquo; Health Outreach Baltimore aims to teach students about the medical and social impacts of healthcare. </p> <p>&ldquo;Over the years, Health Outreach Baltimore advocates have continued to expand on the reflection and professional growth that goes into constantly challenging oneself and setting ambitious goals to secure the best possible client outcomes,&rdquo; said Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships. &ldquo;The program offers leadership, internship, independent study, and research opportunities&mdash;all these are hallmarks of quality and prepare Loyola students for their future medical careers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Most students stay with the program for two to three years. Since the program started in 2014, students have volunteered nearly 8,500 hours and provided aid to more than 1,500 clients. Support services include food and employment resources, childcare, and cribs for Mercy Medical Center&rsquo;s Advanced Fetal Care department, Emergency department, Family Physicians Unit, and Mother-Baby Unit. Nearly 50 advocates have graduated from Loyola and most have gone on to study medicine and work in other health professions.</p> <p>The anniversary event will feature a keynote address by Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., vice dean for public health practice and community engagement and professor of practice in health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University. His lecture, How to Get More Health out of Healthcare, will focus on how to improve healthcare and provide positive outcomes for patients and society. </p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when life expectancy is on the decline, we have to ask how health care can be more of a contributor to greater health, not just less sickness,&rdquo; said Sharfstein.</p> <p>Following the presentation, a panel discussion will be held featuring as panelists Michelle Hammack, a social worker at Mercy Medical Center; Nick Musacchio, &rsquo;17, a medical student at the University of Maryland and former participant in the Health Outreach Baltimore program; and Kristina Burns, &rsquo;20, a Health Outreach Baltimore advocate. </p> <p>For more information about the upcoming five-year anniversary celebration, contact Gardner at mlehmijokigardn@loyola.edu.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:51:29 Z{0FBB4D95-722E-414D-A484-56175908AEE8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0113-humanities-symposiumLoyola’s 2020 Humanities Symposium to reflect on experiences of war and homecoming<p><strong>The Humanities Symposium, scheduled for March 12, 2020, is canceled</strong>. The event may be rescheduled at a later date.&nbsp;</p> <p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Center for the Humanities will host its annual Humanities Symposium and a theater production event reflecting on the wounds of war.</p> <p>Phil Klay, award-winning author of <em>Redeployment</em> and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will give the keynote address titled, &ldquo;War, Literature, and the Long Road Home&rdquo; during the Humanities Symposium on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Copies of <em>Redeployment</em> will be sold at the event following the address.</p> <p><em>Redeployment</em> is a collection of short stories focusing on front-line and home-front experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The book has won many awards, including the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and it was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the <em>New York Times</em>. Klay's nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts &amp; Letters in the category of Cultural &amp; Historical Criticism in 2018. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University, and Klay's writing has appeared in the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>The Atlantic</em>, <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, and the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, among others. For more information on the speaker, visit <a href="https://www.prhspeakers.com/">www.prhspeakers.com</a>.</p> <p>Loyola faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the symposium. Faculty are also welcome to bring their students to colloquia discussions on <em>Redeployment</em> on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, in the 4th Floor Program Room.</p> <p>Prior to the Humanities Symposium event, <a href="https://theaterofwar.com/about">Theater of War Productions</a> will present a dramatic reading of <em>Philoctetes</em> by Sophocles on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Following the reading, a panel discussion will highlight the effects of war on veterans and their families. Faculty workshops will for professors teaching <em>Redeployment</em> will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at noon in College Center 114 and on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. in College Center 107. To register, please contact Bess Garrett, program assistant for the center for humanities, esgarrett@loyola.edu.</p> <p>The Humanities Symposium and dramatic reading of <em>Philoctetes</em> are free and open to the public. For more information, visit <a href="/join-us/humanities-symposium">www.loyola.edu/symposium</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:20:24 Z{E3A7DE6A-54EC-4C43-A8D9-BC176AD9CCA4}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0108-busch-lecture-springLoyola’s 2nd Busch Lecture to feature founder of Baltimore company<p>Adam Richardson, founder and chief bureaucrat of <a href="https://www.enigmabureau.com/">The Enigma Bureau</a>, will deliver the 2nd Busch Lecture, Creating Customer Experiences that Matter, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room on Loyola&rsquo;s Evergreen campus.</p> <p>The Enigma Bureau is a Baltimore-based company that offers coaching and workshops related to innovation, design strategy, and customer insights. Prior to founding The Enigma Bureau, Richardson focused on customer experience innovation at Financial Engines, a financial planning firm. He also worked at Frog Design, a global consultancy agency for 10 years.</p> <p>Richardson earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the California College of the Arts and his Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago. He published a book, <em>Innovation X</em>, in 2010, and his articles have been featured in the <em>Harvard Business Review</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Managing the customer experience is considered to be the latest battleground for organizations seeking competitive advantage,&rdquo; said Gerard Athaide, Ph.D., professor of marketing. &ldquo;I believe that this presentation will get students excited about how effectively managing customer experiences can lead to desired outcomes including innovation opportunities, cost reductions, and revenue growth.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has designated Athaide as a Busch Scholar, a faculty member who conducts and publishes high-quality research in a business discipline.</p> <p>The Busch Lecture, which is supported by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, aims to feature leaders in business who have led innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and are of interest to the academic, business, and civic communities.</p> <p>The lecture is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. For more information and to register, visit <a href="/sellinger-business/busch-lecture">www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business/busch-lecture</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:54:09 Z{CCA9BF8C-0A05-49E5-AD42-B9BAB243F56C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191212-hanwaygiftLoyola receives $1 million gift to construct Hanway Academic Loft within the Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning<p>Loyola has received a $1 million gift from Ellen and Ed Hanway to support the construction of the <a href="/department/advancement/giving-priorities/beatty-innovation-collaborative-learning">Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning</a>, which the University will break ground on in 2020.</p> <p>The Hanway Academic Loft, which will be located on the top floor of the Fernandez Center, will be a collaborative space on the top floor of the Fernandez Center, offering a place for faculty and students to engage in interactive, innovative, and interdisciplinary learning.</p> <p><img alt="Ed and Ellen Hanway" src="/-/media/news/images/2019/191212-hanwaygift.ashx?h=248&amp;w=270&amp;la=en&amp;hash=5991800D09F3176C39F398E99843D825B1B427EF" style="height: 248px; width: 270px;" class="image_right" />Ed Hanway, who graduated from Loyola in 1974, serves as a Loyola trustee and was formerly the chair of the Board. He and his wife, who both received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Loyola in 2014, are long-time supporters of Loyola, who have made transformative gifts to the University, including a $5.2 million gift that was the largest in its history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ellen and I are passionate about taking a multidisciplinary approach to education,&rdquo; said Ed Hanway. &ldquo;We are proud to support the addition of a space that will be intentionally designed to offer innovative opportunities for faculty and students to engage in learning.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Hanways&rsquo; past contributions to Loyola have strengthened Loyola&rsquo;s global studies program, bolstered the <a href="/department/ccsj/york-road-initiative">York Road Initiative</a>, created the <a href="/join-us/hanway-lecture">Hanway Lecture in Global Studies</a>, helped launch <a href="/department/messina">Messina</a>, added an endowed faculty chair, and provided resources for faculty research and student scholarships.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Hanway Academic Loft will be a tangible sign of Ed and Ellen&rsquo;s ongoing and transformative support of Loyola over the years, and it will offer a place for innovative, intellectual engagement, mentorship, and scholarship,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;I am deeply grateful to the Hanways for all the ways they have supported today&rsquo;s Loyola students and tomorrow&rsquo;s&mdash;and particularly for how they invest in helping to ensure our students graduate as leaders for our diverse and changing world.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="The rendering of the Hanway Academic Loft in the new Fernandez Center" src="/-/media/news/images/2019/191212-hanwaygiftloft.ashx?h=166&amp;w=270&amp;la=en&amp;hash=2047258D41C59D456BD05E8AE59F974B3A351DBA" style="height: 166px; width: 270px;" class="image_right" />The Fernandez Center will be named for Trustee Miguel &ldquo;Mike&rdquo; and Constance Fernandez and the Fernandez Family Foundation, which made a $5 million gift to Loyola for the Fernandez Center and to support need-based aid.</p> <p>The Fernandez Center, which will be located on the Evergreen campus, will be a dynamic, state-of-the-art building that will help Loyola advance its outcomes and reputation as a place for innovation. In addition to the Hanway Academic Loft (depicted in the rendering), the Fernandez Center will include the expanded Dan and Kelly Rizzo Career Center, the <a href="/news/2019/190926-jim-forbes-gift">Forbes Idea Lab</a>, active learning classrooms, and innovative space for faculty.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5bh9hSjpcw&amp;feature=youtu.be">Take a virtual walk-through of the Fernandez Center here</a>.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:46:30 Z{847FE5F4-A9E0-468A-845C-BFD59706D549}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191211-clinton-scholarship-springLoyola student receives William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study in Dubai<p>Cristina Kovacs, &rsquo;21, has been awarded the <a href="https://www.goabroad.com/providers/the-american-university-in-dubai/programs/the-william-jefferson-clinton-scholarship-program-125457">William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship</a> at the American University in Dubai to study abroad during the spring 2020 semester.</p> <p>Kovacs is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in forensic science and mathematics. The Toms River, N.J., native is involved in the Arabic Club, Forensic Science Club, Robotics Club, and a member of the Equestrian Team at Loyola.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am most looking forward to living in a foreign country,&rdquo; said Kovacs. &ldquo;It has been a dream of mine to live outside the United States, and I&rsquo;m excited to try it. Studying abroad will teach me how to adapt to new countries and cultures while preparing me for my future professional career.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships, says the Clinton Scholarship fellowship at Loyola continues to grow, thanks in large part to the work of Naomi Githae, assistant director of international programs, who has helped a record number of students to secure the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship and succeed during their time in Dubai.</p> <p>&ldquo;Although Loyola&rsquo;s study abroad program in Dubai is relatively new, we have cultivated a strong, positive relationship with the American University in Dubai, and the students who apply for this experience are truly outstanding,&rdquo; said Lehmijoki-Gardner. &ldquo;We are delighted that they are able to make the most of their time there academically and through the cultural opportunities that the program offers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first Loyola students studied abroad in Dubai in 2017.</p> <p>About the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship:</p> <p>The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the United States the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world. This prestigious award only grants scholarships to 10 students from the United States per semester.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:06:54 Z{BA018A9B-151F-4E27-A9D5-FD0F742C90D9}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191210-gilman-scholarship-springFour Loyola students win Gilman Scholarships to study abroad for spring 2020<p>Four Loyola University Maryland students&mdash;Olivia Hickey, &rsquo;21, Caoimhe Mannion, &rsquo;21, Shay Ryan, &rsquo;21, and Jade Wehner, &rsquo;21&mdash;have each been awarded a <a href="http://www.gilmanscholarship.org/">Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship</a>. The scholarship will support their study abroad experiences in spring 2020.</p> <p>Hickey will study in Auckland, New Zealand, Mannion will be in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ryan will go to Leuven, Belgium, and Wehner will study in Newcastle, England.</p> <p>&ldquo;The number of Gilman Scholarship recipients has continued to increase. We&rsquo;ve received double the number of applicants since the last round of recipients were announced,&rdquo; said Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., professor of law and social responsibility and a faculty member on the National Fellowships Committee, who provides mentorship for Gilman Scholarship applicants. &ldquo;Gilman Scholars receive an affordable study abroad opportunity that facilitates a well-rounded academic experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hickey, who is originally from Wakefield, Mass., is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in mathematics. She is involved in the Art Club and Environmental Action Club, and she is the treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers.</p> <p>&ldquo;A big part of my career path is constant innovation,&rdquo; said Hickey. &ldquo;By studying in a different country, the exposure to different aspects of the world will spark creativity and an alternative way to problem solve.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mannion is an elementary education major and urban education minor at Loyola, where she also serves as a resident assistant and vice president of the Environmental Action Club. Mannion was also selected as a recipient of Katherine and Larry <a href="/department/national-fellowships/jennings-study-abroad-scholarship">Jennings Scholarship</a> for summer study and research abroad.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so excited to step outside of my comfort zone and explore a culture different than my own,&rdquo; said the Phoenixville, Pa., native. &ldquo;Scandinavia is renowned for its school system and philosophy on childhood development so I&rsquo;m excited to explore this next semester.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ryan is originally from Poolesville, Md.</p> <p>&ldquo;The process of applying for this scholarship and studying abroad will help my personal and professional development,&rdquo; said the psychology major. &ldquo;I am most looking forward to getting to know Belgian culture and improving my French and Dutch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wehner is a biochemistry major from Scranton, Pa.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I always wanted to study abroad because I love to travel and learn. There's no better way to do both than through this opportunity,&rdquo; said Wehner, who is an Evergreen, a volunteer in Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Community Service and Justice, and a lab assistant. &ldquo;This experience will not only help me in my future career but also widen my understanding of the world and other countries.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Three Loyola students have also been selected as alternates for the scholarship.</p> <p>About the <a href="http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program">Gilman Scholarship</a>:</p> <p>The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship eases the financial burden for exceptional U.S. undergraduate students who study or intern abroad. The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, Texas.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:08:21 Z{C11DEECC-D45A-4BCA-A98A-1EE7D3160A8B}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191125-lessons-carols-anniversaryLessons &amp; Carols to feature new carol written as a tribute to Chapel Choir Director George Miller<p>A Loyola graduate commissioned a carol to honor George P. Miller, &rsquo;76, as he celebrates 35 years at the University this year. The world premiere of the piece will occur during the 31st Annual Festival of <a href="/department/campus-ministry/worship/annual-worship-events/lessons-and-carols">Lessons &amp; Carols</a> at Loyola on Dec. 6.</p> <p>John Oghia,&rsquo;07, commissioned this new setting of &ldquo;Lullay, My Liking&rdquo; from British composer Philip Stopford to honor Miller, who has worked at Loyola since 1985 and founded the Chapel Choir that same year.</p> <p>"We all have individuals in our lives who have played an instrumental role in our formation and growth,&rdquo; said Oghia, who was a member of the Chapel Choir and an economics major at Loyola. &ldquo;As a student at Loyola, I had the privilege of meeting and working closely with George&mdash;an experience that changed my life forever. I&rsquo;m deeply grateful to him and I could think of no better way to celebrate his 35th anniversary than through music.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Lullay, My Liking&rdquo; is a contemporary setting of a 15th century text written as a first-person account from Mary, who is rocking baby Jesus to sleep. The carol is scored for choir, organ, string quartet, and brass and is roughly five minutes in length.</p> <p>&ldquo;Commissioning a noted composer to set an original carol is a unique process, one that has taken over a year. This is a very generous gesture on John&rsquo;s part&mdash;a very kind gift and token of appreciation,&rdquo; said Miller, who is associate director of the office of Campus Ministry. &ldquo;Of the nearly 1,000 women and men who have passed through Loyola&rsquo;s Chapel Choir over the years, there are those former students who have become dear lifelong personal friends. John is certainly in that number.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his role as associate director of the office of Campus Ministry, Miller oversees liturgies, directs the Chapel Choir, leads retreats, and supervises the wedding coordinator at Loyola. He earned his bachelor&rsquo;s degree in theology from Loyola and additional degrees in music education and vocal performance from Towson University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Conducting from the University of Maryland. He has held leadership positions with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. His passion for music and singing has given him the opportunity to perform with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Baltimore, Washington National, and Annapolis opera companies.</p> <p>Lessons &amp; Carols will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 410-617-2222 or 410-617-2768. If you are unable to attend, a <a href="https://livestream.com/accounts/11715510/2019lessonsandcarols">livestream</a> will be available.</p> <p>The candle-lit service, which features music and scripture reading to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season, is a signature event for Loyola and begins the Christmas season on campus. Miller will lead the Chapel Choir and guest artists through a performance of seasonal music incorporating a range of musical styles and traditions.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:48:16 Z{E68EC5D0-1390-45B4-9E86-283C497DD642}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191120-changemaker-challenge-awardLoyola faculty members receive Changemaker Challenge Award<p>Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., professor of speech-language-hearing sciences and department chair, and Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy and co-director of the literacy program, were awarded a $10,000 cash prize for their submission in the Howard County Changemaker Challenge competition.</p> <p>Schoenbrodt and Saal&rsquo;s winning presentation, Strategic Training for Empathic Emergency Response (STEER), is a training program that will help improve communication between emergency personnel and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Schoenbrodt and Saal plan to use the cash prize to begin training sessions in Howard County in 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the help of this award we will be able to train up to 500 emergency response workers in Howard County,&rdquo; said Saal. &ldquo;There are more than 22,000 people in Howard County who have disabilities, so the chance of an EMS or fire and rescue personnel assisting someone with a disability is not only likely&mdash;it&rsquo;s almost certain. We hope this training program will have a long-term beneficial impact on the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>In partnership with Schoenbrodt and Saal, the <a href="https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Fire-and-Rescue">Howard County Fire and EMS</a> and the <a href="https://www.archoward.org/">ARC of Howard County</a> will create a curriculum for a training program between emergency personnel and self-advocate educators. This program will help targeted first responders better understand behavior patterns in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during crises or emergency situations and teach them ways to effectively communicate. Schoenbrodt and Saal hope to train up to five self-advocate educators so that they can carry out the STEER training throughout Howard County for many years to come. They recently&nbsp;<a href="/news/2019/191030-lead-program-grant">received a separate grant</a>&nbsp;to continue and expand training in Montgomery County, Prince George&rsquo;s County, and Baltimore City.</p> <p>The Changemaker Challenge is an event co-hosted by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland. Contestants are challenged with submitting innovative ideas from the arts, environment, and health and social services that will benefit Howard County. This year&rsquo;s challenge featured nine finalists with four winners receiving $60,000.</p> <p>Schoenbrodt and Saal were one of two teams that received $10,000 for ideas on how to make Howard County safer and more accessible for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:53:39 Z{09BBA679-1495-4DA9-A486-AC5809359901}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191114-roi-rankingLoyola ranks in the top 100 among universities for long-term return on investment<p>A Loyola University Maryland degree is one of the most valuable in the country, according to a study completed by Georgetown University&rsquo;s Center on Education and the Workforce.</p> <p>&ldquo;A First Try at ROI&rdquo; ranked 4,500 higher education institutions according to the net present value of future earnings at different time horizons up to 40 years after graduation. According to the report, the long-term return on investment from a Loyola degree ranks 90th in the nation, placing Loyola in the top 2% in the country. This is the case at both the 30-year and 40-year mark.</p> <p>&ldquo;Return-on-investment reports typically show students&rsquo; potential earnings up to 10 years after graduation,&rdquo; said Eric Nichols, vice president for enrollment management. &ldquo;This is the first report I&rsquo;ve seen that attempts to capture a more complete long-term ROI outlook by factoring in education costs, loan debt, career earnings, and inflation. Seeing Loyola ranked in the top 100 in the nation demonstrates that Loyola is a great investment now and throughout a student&rsquo;s lifetime.&rdquo;</p> <p>The study, which measured the cost of paying for college versus what students will earn throughout their careers, found that public and private four-year institutions offering bachelor&rsquo;s degrees had the highest ROI long term. Two-year colleges or certificate programs were found to have a short-term return on investment, including 10 years after enrollment. Private institutions like Loyola were found to have a higher ROI over the longest period.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Jesuit, liberal arts education we offer at Loyola truly prepares our students for the future&mdash;both immediately after graduation and far into the future,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;This type of ranking merely affirms what we tell our students&mdash;that a Loyola education ensures they are immediately employable and infinitely adaptable and that they are well-prepared for whatever opportunities they will encounter in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on the study, visit <a href="https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/">https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:58:44 Z{DAD3E5AB-2465-4275-BFF5-497E849CD104}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191114-outstanding-advocate-awardAdministrator receives Outstanding First-Year Advocate award for Loyola’s Messina program<p>Mary Ellen Wade, associate director of <a href="/department/messina">Messina</a>, won the Outstanding First-Year Advocate award from the <a href="https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/national_resource_center/index.php">National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition </a>and <a href="https://www.cengage.com/">Cengage</a>.</p> <p>Wade, who started working at Loyola in 2008, has helped expand the University&rsquo;s first-year Messina program. She leads enrichment sessions, encourages campus and community engagement, and offers individual support to students. Since taking on the role of associate director of Messina in 2013, she has led initiatives to help grow the program to one in which all first-year students enrolled.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mary Ellen has helped transform Messina into a universal living-learning program that is part of the fabric of the Loyola University Maryland student experience,&rdquo; said Michael Puma, student development co-director of Messina. &ldquo;This award shows that colleagues across the nation recognize the work that we are doing at Loyola.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wade will be honored at the 39th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in Washington, D.C., which will be held on Feb. 21-24, 2020. All conference fees are waived for Wade, and she will be recognized in the <em>Chronicle of Higher Education</em>, as well as through the National Resource Center&rsquo;s online newsletter and webpage.</p> <p>&ldquo;This award captures the intentional planning and creative vision that went into forming a transformative first-year student experience here at Loyola,&rdquo; said Wade. &ldquo;It will allow me to have more opportunities to continue to showcase the dedicated work of our faculty, administrators, Evergreens, and resident assistants in a national spotlight.&rdquo;</p> <p>The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition with co-sponsorship with Cengage selects two nominated individuals from designated institutional categories. Loyola University Maryland is classified under the four-year colleges and universities with 2,000 to 7,000 students. The award recipients demonstrate exceptional work in student learning, development, and success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:05:15 Z