Loyola Newshttps://www.loyola.edu/loyolanewsLoyola Newsen{DD4F1697-9A42-4ACE-B4BE-F7F8FBEC3D7C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0903-pgcps-awardsLoyola partners with PGCPS to award more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants to educators<p>In partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s School of Education will award more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants through the second annual PGCPS CEO Employee Scholarship Program. Inspired by PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson, Ed.D., the annual employee scholarship program aims to provide PGCPS employees with the opportunity to receive scholarship funding for continuing education pursuits.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the 2020 award season, Loyola provided funding for 26 employee recipients who will use scholarship and grant awards to begin graduate degrees at Loyola University Maryland this fall.</p> <p>Employee scholarships and grants were awarded to qualified applicants based on prior academic achievements and the strength of their scholarship application essay. This year's recipients will enter a variety of programs, including several of Loyola&rsquo;s online and hybrid site-based <a href="/school-education/academics/cohorts">cohort master&rsquo;s&rsquo; and graduate certificate programs</a>, as well as the University&rsquo;s part-time <a href="/school-education/academics/graduate/mat">Master of Arts in Teaching</a> program.</p> <p>The Prince George&rsquo;s County CEO Employee Scholarship Program is a highly coveted honor offered annually through the county&rsquo;s Office of Community Partnerships and Office of Professional Learning and Leadership. The program is designed to create accessible pathways for developing a high-performing workforce to pursue continued professional development and education. All PGCPS employees are invited to apply for the annual scholarship opportunity.</p> <p>This year's awarded recipients include:</p> <p><strong>Full-Tuition Master's &amp; Graduate Certificate Scholarship Recipients</strong></p> <ul> <li>Iesha Caisey - International High School at Langley Park&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Amy Lahlou - Dora Kennedy French Immersion</li> <li>Szeman Chang - Lewisdale Elementary School</li> </ul> <p><strong>Half-Tuition Master's &amp; Graduate Certificate Scholarship Recipients</strong></p> <ul> <li>Roslyn Hamilton - Oxon Hill High</li> <li>Addie McNeil - Mattaponi Elementary School</li> <li>Ashley Meeder - William Hall Academy</li> </ul> <p><strong>Enrollment Grant Recipients (Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.)&nbsp;</strong><br /> <span></span></p> <ul> <li><span>&nbsp;</span>Sonya Anyaka - Apple Grove Elementary School</li> <li>Autumn Ellison - Kingsford Elementary School</li> <li>Celisa Glasper - CMIT Academy North Elementary School</li> <li>Gabrielle Glover - Robert Frost Elementary School</li> <li>Melissa Griffith -&nbsp; Tulip Grove Elementary School</li> <li>Duane Harper - Thomas Johnson Middle School</li> <li>Erica Leake - Apple Grove Elementary School</li> <li>Zainab Nicholas - CMIT Academy South</li> <li>Cherish Williams - Langley Park-McCormick</li> <li>Rebecca Starosta - Carrollton Elementary School</li> <li>Peace Ainerua - Accokeek Academy</li> <li>Megan Higgenbotham - Greenbelt Middle School</li> <li>Renee Battle &ndash; Oxon Hill Middle School</li> <li>Twinda Harvey- Perrywood Elementary School</li> <li>Allison Gibson - Rogers Heights Elementary School</li> <li>Emelda Guin-Allen - William Wirt Middle School</li> <li>Terrance Sellman - Rogers Heights Elementary School</li> <li>Sarah Bailey - Whitehall Elementary School</li> <li>Charese Plater - Barnaby Manor Elementary School</li> <li>Rhonda Urlin-Knights - Dr. Henry Wise High School</li> </ul> <p>To learn more about Loyola&rsquo;s School of Education, visit <a href="/school-education">Loyola.edu/school-education</a>.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:39:04 Z{49097D99-7206-43AF-9940-8EAF74F0A257}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0901-mission-examenThe Society of Jesus affirms Loyola’s commitment to its Jesuit, Catholic identity<p>After a year-long review process, Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s commitment to its Jesuit, Catholic identity has been affirmed by the Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is both an accomplishment and a reminder of the importance of living out our mission,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. &ldquo;Our Jesuit, Catholic principles anchor us and inspire us to challenge ourselves constantly to improve as we strive to have a positive, transformative impact in our community and on our world.&rdquo;</p> <p>All Jesuit colleges and universities are required to participate in the <a href="/department/president/priorities/mission-priority-examen">Mission Priority Examen</a>. Through the process, Loyola engaged in institutional reflection on the mission and established three concrete priorities for mission enhancement over the next 5-10 years: Ignatian formation, equity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.</p> <p>The Steering Committee chaired by Robert Kelly, Ph.D., vice president and special assistant to the president and Amanda Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, was made up of faculty, administrator, and staff representatives from across the University, as well as members of Loyola&rsquo;s Jesuit Community. The committee was charged with guiding the Loyola community through the Examen.</p> <p><a href="/department/president/priorities/self-study">The self-study is available online</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when many present and future challenges are clear, Loyola welcomes this opportunity to name the tensions we are facing together directly, set priorities to position our Jesuit university on a path for future progression, and step forward with confidence, grace, and faith. The educational tradition the Society of Jesus introduced to the world 500 years ago is firm and yet flexible,&rdquo; the report&rsquo;s conclusion reads. &ldquo;As we envision the University we aspire to be, we recognize that the journey that was undertaken in 1852 in two large townhouses in downtown Baltimore is&mdash;in many ways&mdash;just beginning.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 12:43:32 Z{5777F0B5-E97D-4E44-B0E2-E62D44911444}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0828-welcome-class-2024Loyola welcomes the Class of 2024<p>Loyola University Maryland welcomed the Class of 2024 at the New Student Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Parents, faculty, administrators, staff, and other members of the campus community celebrated the Class of 2024 during a <a href="https://livestream.com/accounts/11715510/2020convocation">virtual ceremony.</a></p> <p>When Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., addressed the students, the president of Loyola shared his excitement for students to join the community and begin an experience of a lifetime.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is my hope that you will commit yourself to being intentional about your education at Loyola and to taking the fullest advantage of these opportunities,&rdquo; said Fr. Linnane. &ldquo;If engaged fully and maturely, an education at a Jesuit university should help you discern what is truly good, valuable, and enduring so you can make every year that you live the best that it can possibly be. We want you to have a fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable experience not just while you are a Loyola student, but also for all the years that will follow.&rdquo;</p> <p><span class="image_right"><img height="300" alt="Marianna Carlucci, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology" width="270" src="/-/media/news/images/2020/200827-welcome-classs-2024-marianna.ashx?la=en&amp;hash=6CD290D2A1BA933D52B8FB8277968155D28289F5" /></span>Loyola&rsquo;s 2020 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Marianna Carlucci, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, inspired students to trust themselves and tasked them with engaging in new opportunities at the University.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being yourself means acknowledging that we are not perfect. We&rsquo;re just ourselves, and that&rsquo;s perfect,&rdquo; said Carlucci. &ldquo;Loyola isn&rsquo;t perfect either. And we need you to help us grow. So, join me. I&rsquo;m here. I want you to be yourself. I accept you exactly as you are right now. We are all with you.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s first-year students read as the class&rsquo;s common text, <em>Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen</em> by Jose Antonio Vargas, as part of their participation in Messina. Messina is a living and learning experience designed to help first-year students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow.</p> <p>New students have the opportunity to make connections and get acclimated to college life during the virtual Fall Welcome Weekend, which continues through Sunday, Aug. 30. The virtual program will consist of live stream sessions, pre-recorded videos, and small group meetings.</p> <p><strong>Class of 2024 by the numbers:</strong></p> <ul> <li>1,028 total students</li> <li>3.63 Average High School GPA</li> <li>18% are first in their family to attend college</li> <li>35% self-identify as students of color</li> <li>70% of the students are from outside Maryland&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Class of 2024 is also the most racially and socioeconomically diverse class on record at Loyola.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:27:49 Z{BB6DFB14-D5C2-4F19-8189-B6F4DEA55F5C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0826-nsf-grantLoyola faculty member receives grant to support STEM education research<p>Qi Shi, Ph.D., associate professor of education specialties, has been awarded a $193,853 two-year grant from the National Science Foundation&rsquo;s HER Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research program. The grant will support her professional development and research, &ldquo;A Phenomenological Analysis of STEM Interest, Access, and Persistence of Latina English Learners.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shi&rsquo;s study aims to describe the lived experiences of Latina English learners (ELs) in STEM majors and to understand the meaning of their experiences in the structures of three key developmental milestones in social cognitive career theory: interest, access, and persistence. Viewing Latina ELs from an anti-deficit perspective, this study will also emphasize the influence of Latina ELs&rsquo; assets and resources. In addition, the study will help inform the development of counseling programs and interventions in both secondary and postsecondary schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;As we think about making systematic efforts to broaden the participation in STEM nationally, I hope this project will lead to the creation of replicable STEM education and career development models that could be utilized with Latina EL students and other underrepresented student populations,&rdquo; said Shi. &ldquo;I also hope the insights gained from this research can be used to develop retention and recruitment policies and practices to increase the number of Latina EL students entering STEM pipelines and workforce.&rdquo;</p> <p>This two-year grant will also fund Shi&rsquo;s professional development activities to expand her capacity to carry out rigorous STEM education research. Shi will complete research with faculty from Bowie State University, Florida State University, and the University of Texas El Paso.</p> <p>Shi said this grant will benefit her students in the school counseling program, who are pre-service school counselors, by providing them the opportunity to learn about unique experiences and strengths that help facilitate Latina English Learners&rsquo; interest, access, and persistence in STEM.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 16:55:17 Z{865E56A3-2159-4118-8992-8DC679681C8B}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0825-john-palmucci-obitLoyola celebrates the life of John A. Palmucci, Jr.<p>John A. Palmucci, Jr., former vice president for business and finance and treasurer at Loyola, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 23. He had celebrated his 81st birthday earlier this month.</p> <p>Palmucci, who served at Loyola from 1994 through June 2010, will be remembered for his kindness and warmth, his astute financial insight, and his leadership during a time of tremendous growth for the University. In gratitude for his significant contributions to Loyola, John was designated vice president for finance <em>emeritus</em> and awarded the Cardinal John Henry Newman Medal at Loyola&rsquo;s 2010 Commencement exercises.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was very much a visionary. He really watched the markets so we would be the best-situated for our ratings with the rating agencies,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;He understood how green I was when I became president&mdash;and the area where I was most green was finances. He took me under his wing, and we would go out to dinner so he could update me and let me know what we needed to do in terms of financing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Palmucci&rsquo;s former colleagues remember how he opened his home to entertain and serve guests his homemade Italian food.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whenever I was at his house, it was always a crowd,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said.</p> <p>That love of people and community translated into his work for Loyola, where Palmucci is remembered for his friendly nature and his smile.</p> <p>&ldquo;John lived on the sunny side of the mountain at all times,&rdquo; said Terrence Sawyer, J.D., senior vice president. &ldquo;In John&rsquo;s eye, obstacles were small and relatively easy to overcome. He was very much about getting to whatever the prize was. He was a very solution-oriented leader who was always very positive, very optimistic, and just also joyful. He was almost always smiling and laughing.&rdquo;</p> <p>When Palmucci traveled with Sawyer to Flintstone, Md., to look at the property that would become the Loyola Retreat Center, Palmucci asked the Presbyterian minister who owned the property to take a walk. In that moment, Sawyer knew Loyola would be making the purchase.</p> <p>&ldquo;John was the perfect dealmaker because he was so congenial,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;He was so kind and so friendly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Palmucci was the financial mind behind an unprecedented period of physical growth for Loyola, including the construction of the Sellinger School of Business building, the renovation of Jenkins Hall and the Study, the construction of the Fitness &amp; Aquatic Center, the opening of the Ridley Athletic Center, an extension of the Donnelly Science Center, the expansion and renovation of Loyola/Notre Dame Library, and other projects. Beyond Loyola, he was known nationally for his expertise and leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p>Palmucci earned a B.S. in Management and an MBA in Finance and Management from Northeastern University. Throughout his career, Palmucci had 45 years of experience serving mission-driven nonprofit institutions, including Merrimack College, Northern Essex Community College. Northeastern University, and Valparaiso University.</p> <p>Palmucci had leadership roles in a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the Investment Management Institute. He received the EACUBO Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and the NACUBO Distinguished Business Officer Award in 2003.</p> <p><strong>Arrangements</strong><br /> A virtual service for John Palmucci will take place on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. The Zoom information to join the Virtual Service for John Palmucci is:<br /> +1 929 205 6099<br /> Meeting ID: 939 9880 1971<br /> Passcode: PALMUCCI<br /> <br /> Please visit <a href="https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/punta-gorda-fl/kays-ponger-uselton-funeral-homes-cremation-services/8390">www.kayspongerpg.com</a> to share a memory or leave condolences to the Palmucci family.<br /> <br /> In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harvey-Himmelman-Palmucci Scholarship Fund at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St, No. Andover MA 01845, or to the charity of your choice.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> </p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:54:27 Z{4B3E401E-F821-4361-BEAF-06772E3557E1}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0821-baltipreneur-apps-openLoyola’s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship accepting applications for Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program<p>Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to receive support for their business ideas or innovative social ventures through Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship (CI&amp;E).</p> <p>The Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program will select up to 12 recipients who will receive business and entrepreneurship instruction from Loyola faculty members and other partners, as well as mentorship, one-on-one pitch training, networking, a photo session for professional portraits, and a minimum $2,000 stipend.&nbsp;</p> <p>Preference will be given to applicants who identify as underrepresented entrepreneurs, including but not limited to women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color, entrepreneurs with disabilities, or veteran entrepreneurs. </p> <p>&ldquo;Baltimore&rsquo;s entrepreneurs will be the leaders in innovating our way out of this crisis and shoring up the economy,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, director of the Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;The Baltipreneurs program is growing this year to accommodate more of Baltimore's entrepreneurs, and we are adjusting to the circumstances by shifting sessions online. Just like the entrepreneurs we will be working with; we are pivoting our model to keep up with the challenges of COVID-19. For Baltipreneurs the goal is to ensure we can support founders who include Loyola students, faculty, and staff, and women founders and entrepreneurs of color from the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Participants in the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program&nbsp; are required to attend 10 virtual sessions from November through February, ending with a <a href="/join-us/baltipreneurs/demo-day">Demo Day</a> pitch in early spring.</p> <p><a href="/join-us/baltipreneurs/cohorts/apply">Applications</a> for the program are now open, with rolling admission through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Applicants can expect a prompt reply regarding the status of their application.</p> <p>This is the second year of the Baltipreneur Accelerator program. Read more about the <a href="/news/2020/0507-baltipreneurs-winner">awardees from last year</a>. </p> <p>For more information on the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program, visit <a href="/join-us/baltipreneurs">www.loyola.edu/accelerator</a>.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:34:45 Z{6BBD3D3D-3944-41FA-B784-D4C73B66449D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0819-rukert-board-marylandLecturer at Loyola appointed to the Board of Psychologists for the State of MarylandSamantha Rukert, Psy.D., lecturer of psychology, was appointed to the Board of Psychologists for the State of Maryland. Rukert, who has been teaching at Loyola since 2009, was sworn into her position on July 7, 2020, and will serve on the Board for a term of four years.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Several other members of Loyola's psychology department have served on this board over the years, and I am happy to carry on that tradition,&rdquo; said Rukert. &ldquo;I look forward to serving the state of Maryland, particularly at a time when the stakes are so high.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Board is a group of seven licensed psychologists and two consumer members. The Board's mission is to ensure that consumers in Maryland receive quality psychological services in accordance with state laws and regulations.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Dr. Rukert&rsquo;s appointment to the Board of Psychologists is an important moment for her, for our department, and for the State of Maryland,&rdquo; said Frank Golom, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department. &ldquo;The Board serves critical gatekeeping and consumer protection functions for the practice of psychology in the state. All of us who utilize or provide psychological services rely on the Board for regulatory oversight, particularly in these challenging times. The Board ensures that the practice of psychology can meet the uncertainty and complexities of the current moment. It needs members who are keenly aware of the trends in our field, the needs of our constituents, and the demands of providing ethically responsive and culturally sensitive services to all who seek them. Dr. Rukert could not be a better fit for this crucial role.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Board members are appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate. Rukert&rsquo;s appointment falls under the longstanding &ldquo;<a href="https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/02/14/halfofhogansgreenbagappointeesarewomen/">Green Bag</a>&rdquo; tradition, in which nominations are delivered to the state Senate once a year in a green bag. Governor Larry Hogan marked 2020 the &ldquo;Year of the Woman,&rdquo; as half of the appointees to various boards and commissions were women.&nbsp;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:04:34 Z{5B8A2E44-ED3F-4D5A-81EC-D31E4AA414BC}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0818-princeton-review-rankingLoyola named one of the nation’s best colleges for 2021 by The Princeton Review<p>Loyola University Maryland has been named one of that nation&rsquo;s top institutions for higher education by The Princeton Review in its latest annual college guide, <em>The</em> <em>Best 386 Colleges</em>.</p> <p>Loyola again was also featured on the &ldquo;Best Northeastern Colleges&rdquo; list, as the only Jesuit, Patriot League, and Maryland school on the list. Loyola also ranked No. 14 for Best College Dorms.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Loyola University Maryland, we take pride in the Jesuit, liberal arts and professional education we provide to our students, who become educated, fulfilled, ethical leaders who are driven to better the world around them,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;When our students graduate, they are well-prepared to thrive in the ever-evolving world of work and lead balanced, flourishing, and purposeful lives.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the Princeton Review&rsquo;s most popular guides, <em>The Best 386 Colleges</em> publishes rankings that are based on student surveys of 143,000 students among the 386 top colleges. Colleges are chosen primarily for their outstanding academics and are listed in alphabetical order from one to 386. The Princeton Review also reports 62 ranking lists of the top 20 colleges in various categories.</p> <p>A full list of the Princeton Review&rsquo;s best colleges for 2021 is available at <a href="https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-386-colleges">princetonreview.com</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:39:27 Z{3A85F8C2-61F9-4B90-8057-5461B7CECBFE}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0817-class-2019-destinationLoyola’s Class of 2019 reports high employment rateEach year Loyola&rsquo;s Career Services team releases the results for the previous year&rsquo;s graduating class about their first destination after graduation. This year, 97.8% of the Class of 2019 were employed, enrolled in graduate school, and/or engaged in post-graduate or military service. The full-time annual salary of the graduates averaged $54,150.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As we celebrate these strong results with pride and congratulations to these alumni, we are also mindful of the very different and challenging employment landscape our 2020 graduates are navigating,&rdquo; said Jim Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for career services. &ldquo;Our team is committed to doing all we can to mitigate the impact of global economic challenges on Greyhounds near and far.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more than a decade, roughly 95% of Loyola graduates have reported that they are employed, attending graduate school, serving in the military or engaged in a post-college service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or Teach for America. The first destination data collection for the Class of 2020 began this June, and Career Services continued special outreach and efforts to support our newest alumni including through a collaborative virtual career fair with 20 fellow AJCU institutions on Thursday, July 23, 2020.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Loyola utilizes the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) methodology, the national standard, for collecting and reporting our results. The national summary for the Class of 2019 is due to be released in September 2020.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Popular employers from the <a href="/department/career-center/about/outcomes">Class of 2019 data collection</a> included Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Morgan Stanley, among many others. For more information on the data collection, visit the Career Services <a href="/department/career-center/about/outcomes">website</a>.<br /> &nbsp;Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:32:59 Z{BE96278C-2F55-47A1-A9C1-1312F53B0B2A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0813-humanities-symposiumLoyola’s 2020 Humanities Symposium will reflect on experiences of war and homecoming<p>Phil Klay, award-winning author of<em> Redeployment</em> and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will deliver a virtual keynote address for Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Humanities Symposium this fall. Klay&rsquo;s address, &ldquo;War, Literature, and the Long Road Home,&rdquo; will be livestreamed on Monday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., via <a href="https://loyola.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_70JeGXOpRHCEjsVjkZHwoQ">Zoom</a>.</p> <p>The event, which is hosted by Loyola&rsquo;s Center for the Humanities, was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Redeployment</em> is a collection of short stories focusing on frontline 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>.</p> <p>Klay currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University, and his 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. His 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. For more information on the speaker visit <a href="https://www.prhspeakers.com/">www.prhspeakers.com</a>.</p> <p>Loyola faculty are encouraged to have their students attend this virtual event.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="/join-us/humanities-symposium">www.loyola.edu/symposium</a>.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:36:38 Z{520F959E-D07B-47E7-82A4-E9684D12F60F}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0810-reading-specialistLoyola’s Reading Specialist Program Receives National Recognition for Teacher Readiness from International Literacy Association<p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/school-education/academics/graduate/literacy-reading/med-reading-specialist">Reading Specialist program</a> has been recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA) for its outstanding preparation of literacy professionals and continuous efforts to transform lives through literacy. The Reading Specialist program is one path offered through Loyola's Master of Education in Literacy and leads to certification.&nbsp;</p> <p>Loyola is the only institution in Maryland that offers a Reading Specialist program aligned to the new ILA standards. Additionally, Loyola is one of only five literacy programs in the entire United States to receive this recognition &mdash; further reinforcing its reputation of developing high-quality teacher education programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;This recognition demonstrates that our new 30-hour program is committed to excellence and preparing literacy graduates to address challenges in education while serving as sources of change in their communities,&rdquo; said Kristina Collins, literacy graduate program co-director. &ldquo;As equity is a cornerstone of our standards and curriculum, this recognition also highlights our work in training literacy leaders to work for social justice and educational equity.&rdquo;</p> <p>Earning ILA National Recognition illustrates that an institution adheres to a specific, rigorous set of standards for preparing literacy professionals. For a program to achieve recognition, its reading and literacy specialist candidates must have the following at the conclusion of their program:</p> <ul> <li>A valid teaching certificate,</li> <li>Teaching experience, preferably two years&rsquo; worth,</li> <li>The equivalent of 21&ndash;27 graduate credits in literacy and related courses, and&nbsp;</li> <li>Supervised practicum experiences related to their work with students and their work with colleagues.</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;Through our hybrid and fully online program, we take seriously our mission to prepare educators with the highest professional standards and evidence-based practices available,&rdquo; said Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., associate professor of literacy. &ldquo;This ILA National Recognition and corresponding school-based practica showcase the value our program places on partnerships with the school systems and, especially, the culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 students, families, and communities we serve.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:32:23 Z{C5BDAA15-62E2-4239-AC47-4A1F366A479F}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0810-castillo-awardsLoyola faculty member receives awards from the Louisville Institute and The Kroc Institute of Peace Studies at the University of Notre DameDaniel Castillo, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, received a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute. The $29,873 grant partially supports Castillo&rsquo;s salary while on sabbatical as well as conference travel. Receiving this highly competitive grant will allow Castillo to work on his book, &ldquo;<em>I Have Seen&rdquo;: God-Talk and Christian Praxis in the Anthropocene</em>, during the 2020-2021 academic year. In further support of this project, Castillo was also named a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. As a fellow, he will have the opportunity to converse with a number of scholars from around the world, working out of diverse disciplines.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;<em>I Have Seen&rdquo;: God-Talk and Christian Praxis in the Anthropocene</em> argues that the Anthropocene should be interpreted in light of this geological era&rsquo;s historical roots in Western colonial and neocolonial practices of extraction. The project then reflects on what forms Christian discipleship should take within this context.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;My work elaborates on the need for communities of faith to cultivate beauty and justice upon the earth while simultaneously entering into practices of prophetic mourning,&rdquo; said Castillo. &ldquo;<em>I Have Seen</em> concludes by examining concretely how these practices can serve to construct both a political ecology and a spirituality of reparation.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Castillo also plans to use this time to develop themes and topics related to theology and political ecology to assist with his future teachings at Loyola.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I'm deeply grateful to receive these awards from the Louisville Institute and the Kroc Institute,&rdquo; said Castillo. &ldquo;I'm heartened that Louisville and Kroc are funding work that explores the root causes of the unfolding eco-social planetary emergency and considers how communities of faith might respond rightly to the moral dilemmas this emergency brings with it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> For more information about the project, please visit both the Louisville Institute&rsquo;s <a href="https://louisville-institute.org/our-impact/awards/sabbatical-grant-for-researchers/">website</a> and the Kroc Institute&rsquo;s <a href="https://kroc.nd.edu/people/visiting-research-fellows/">website</a>.Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:43:15 Z{164545E1-B904-46A5-95E8-E9877D2B42FA}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0806-fall-online-instructionLoyola to offer online-only instruction for Fall 2020<p>After reviewing the national and statewide effects of COVID-19, Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Board of Trustees and leadership have decided the University will offer online-only instruction to its undergraduate students for the fall semester. Graduate programs, which are mainly part-time programs for adult learners, will also be offered primarily online.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our carefully researched and well-formulated plans to welcome students in person were predicated on a model that expected COVID-19 to die down over the summer,&rdquo; Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, wrote in a message to the Loyola community. &ldquo;That transition would have given us the opportunity to open the University as scheduled. Unfortunately, the data have proven that did not happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his letter, Fr. Linnane cited the availability of testing and turnaround times on tests, as well as the rise in COVID-19 cases in Maryland. While acknowledging the students&rsquo; grief over the loss of this time in person, he encouraged them to make the most of this time and look forward to being together. Loyola intends to welcome undergraduate students back for a full residential and academic experience for the Spring 2021 semester.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are disappointed, but we are not defeated. And we will make the most of this time, even as we look forward to being together again soon,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;A pandemic cannot stop the intellectual engagement that you participate in at Loyola. A pandemic cannot get in the way of essential conversations we are having around equity and justice within our community. A pandemic cannot overthrow the hopes and dreams and plans you have for your future. I invite you to grasp this moment and move forward with conviction and determination and a promise to yourself&mdash;and to your fellow students&mdash;that our goals are bigger than this moment in history.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMWxSp7n2y4&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Fr. Linnane shared this video message with current and incoming students</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:00:09 Z{55120088-C8B2-462A-830E-035DEA74BF03}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0731-payscale-rankingLoyola ranks in top 7% of U.S. universities for mid-career salary potential<p>Loyola University Maryland is ranked in the top 7% percent of U.S. universities for mid-career salary potential of graduates in PayScale&rsquo;s College ROI Report for Best Value Colleges. Loyola ranked No. 132 on the list of more than 1,500 schools in the 2020-21 report. Loyola was also ranked No. 6 in the State of Maryland for best return on investment.</p> <p>Loyola alumni submitting salary information to PayScale earned a median early career pay of $67,395 and a median mid-career pay of $122,700.</p> <p>PayScale also ranked Loyola&rsquo;s majors by salary potential:</p> <ul> <li>Business: No. 47</li> <li>Computer Science: No. 104</li> <li>Humanities: No. 64</li> </ul> <p>PayScale also included Loyola on a variety of category-specific lists, including:</p> <ul> <li>Best Value Private Colleges: No. 60</li> <li>Best Value Religious Colleges: No. 12</li> <li>Best Value Colleges for Sports: No. 63</li> <li>Best Value Colleges for Business Careers: No. 80</li> <li>Best Value Colleges for Marketing Careers: No. 208</li> <li>Best Value Colleges for Technology Careers: No. 296</li> </ul> <p>The College Salary Report includes salary data from undergraduate alumni of more than 4,000 schools across the nation who earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree or went on to earn a higher degree. For more information view the full report.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Loyola, we like to say that our students are not just ready to achieve personal and professional success after graduation. They are more than ready&mdash;Loyola Ready,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;Seeing that our graduates consistently help the University earn rankings like this one reflects a portion of that success and helps us make the compelling case for the deep, lasting value of a Loyola degree.&rdquo;</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 20:14:17 Z{EC7833A7-F430-4A30-BB37-4BD5C1FC4AF5}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0728-templeton-awardLoyola faculty member receives grant to continue research in theology and the philosophy of science<p>Meghan Page, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, has been awarded a $1,455,601 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support her project, &ldquo;Building Foundations in Science-Engaged Theology: Insights from Philosophy of Science.&rdquo;</p> <p>The three-year project aims to apply insights from contemporary philosophy of science to recurrent debates in philosophy of religion and theology. To do this, the grant will fund a series of summer seminars that explore how scientific concepts can be applied to questions about the nature of the divine, its role in the world, the extent of human freedom, and the shape and structure of the natural order.</p> <p>In addition to the summer seminars, which are aimed at early to mid-career theologians and philosophers of religion, the grant provides funds for the development of both research and pedagogy that integrates philosophy of science with investigations of the divine.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very excited for this project and the opportunity to bring together philosophers of science and theologians, both of whom hold unique perspectives on understanding the richness and complexity of the natural world,&rdquo; said Page. &ldquo;Loyola will make an excellent host institution for this grant, as it exemplifies the Ignatian values of wonder, curiosity, and the pursuit of truth in all intellectual endeavors.&rdquo;</p> <p>The grant will be overseen by a board consisting of faculty from universities in the United States and United Kingdom. Rebekah Eklund, Th.D., associate professor of theology, will also represent Loyola in addition to Page, and Jennifer Juhn, Ph.D., from Duke University who will also serve as an instructor at the seminars.&nbsp;</p> <p>Page plans to incorporate the philosophy of science and religion research and insights learned from this grant into her courses at Loyola.</p> <p>&ldquo;This grant will not only be beneficial for faculty studying these topics and working in the industry, but also for my Loyola students who will get to experience some of the lessons learned,&rdquo; said Page, who has been at Loyola since 2015.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 19:26:42 Z{C34F7043-CF7D-475A-913B-9CAF2D9A17C4}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0722-ada-statementMessage from Loyola’s president and chief equity and inclusion officer on the 30th anniversary of the ADA<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, and Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., chief equity and inclusion officer, released this statement on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2020:</p> <p>The historical passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, knocked down barriers and paved the way for individuals with disabilities to engage with equal opportunity to programs, services, and activities as non-disabled individuals. Since that time, the law has provided many triumphs, successes, and opportunities, as well as the ongoing message that we must continue to work to provide accessible physical and online environments for individuals with disabilities.</p> <p>The ADA&rsquo;s legacy of equal opportunity, inclusion, and access for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, including higher education institutions, employment, transportation, public services, and telecommunications, remains strong today. The Loyola University Maryland community is enriched by the presence of individuals with disabilities who contribute to the life of our university in numerous ways, including intellectually, socially, and athletically.</p> <p>During the 2020-2021 academic year, we will share a number of opportunities to increase awareness of disability-related topics among members of the campus community, including a disability justice panel that Loyola&rsquo;s Commitment to Justice Committee will hold on Oct. 6, 2020.</p> <p>As we celebrate this anniversary, let us remain vigilant in our efforts to increase awareness of accessibility matters so that people with disabilities feel welcomed, respected, and included as valued members of our community. </p> <p>See a list of events celebrating the anniversary on the Loyola.edu/equity <a href="/sitecore/service/404.aspx?item=web%3a%7b88685270-1AA2-4E67-AA3C-63370293E8BD%7d%40en">website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:14:49 Z{83D949A1-C548-4537-8F9C-815879F9F053}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0721-forensic-patternLoyola launches Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis program<p>Loyola University Maryland is starting a Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis program in fall 2021 to prepare students for growing career opportunities in the forensic sciences.&nbsp;</p> <p>The University is introducing this graduate program to help meet the educational and training needs of forensic science laboratories and agencies in filling jobs in the comparative sciences. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be more than 2,400 <a href="https://www.bls.gov/OOH/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm">positions in forensic science</a> by 2028, an increase of 14% compared to the number of positions today.</p> <p>"The new degree addresses an important need in the forensic science community and fills an education gap not currently being addressed by any university in the region,&rdquo; David Rivers, Ph.D., professor of biology. &ldquo;Loyola&rsquo;s program is anticipated to be one of the first of its type in the United States, positioning the University to become a top destination for education and training in forensic pattern evidence."&nbsp;</p> <p>Students who complete the program will have the skillsets needed to work as a forensic scientist, latent printer examiners, firearms/toolmarks examiners, crime scene investigators, and numerous related fields. The program is designed for undergraduate students continuing their education into the forensics sciences, and for individuals looking to grow in their current field or change careers.</p> <p>Through completion of the program, students will be trained in the foundation and advanced topics related to fingerprint examination, comparisons testing including image and data base analysis, communication of forensic pattern analysis in technical writing and testimony, statistical approaches to comparative sciences, and examine ethical issues associated with forensic science and the judicial system. They will also receive instruction and training related to several other subfields of forensic pattern evidence, as well as have opportunities to pursue unique course work in forensic entomology, forensic biology, cognitive bias, and advanced statistical training.</p> <p>The Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis program at Loyola can be completed either full or part-time and is intended to be completed in as little as two years. Classes will be taken in-person at Loyola&rsquo;s Evergreen campus in Baltimore. Select courses will be offered online or in a hybrid format.</p> <p>Classes in the Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis will include Introduction to Criminalistics, Introduction to Fingerprints, Mock Trial for Forensic Pattern Evidence, and Crime Scene Investigation.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a full list of courses and more information about the program, visit <a href="/academics/forensic-studies/forensic-pattern-analysis">www.loyola.edu/forensics</a>.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:50:52 Z{5826996D-08C8-498F-B583-8B8D054629FD}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0716-zippia-rankingZippia names Loyola “Best College for Getting a Job” in Maryland<p>Loyola University Maryland was named the &ldquo;Best College for Getting a Job&rdquo; in Maryland by <a href="https://www.zippia.com/">Zippia</a>&mdash;an online career search engine.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.zippia.com/advice/best-college-state-getting-job-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3MRktHk-R1q2SSZWxPf-BcCVEUVHvWBG0iSV2biVCqX_o4n4-36tPzCOE">ranking by Zippia</a>, the University has a 94% placement rate among recent graduates.</p> <p>&ldquo;The true measure of a modern university&rsquo;s success is the way it shapes both a student&rsquo;s holistic personal development and professional readiness. Loyola&rsquo;s dedication to a Jesuit, liberal education with guidance on defining professional depth for all of our students&mdash;likely contributed to this ranking,&rdquo; said Jim Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for career services. &ldquo;What inspires me most about this work is how our entire Loyola community&mdash;faculty, administrators, alumni, and other partners&mdash;has deepened its commitment to these interrelated goals. The dedication and resources provided by each department including career services prepares our graduates to make their mark on the world with both compassion and competence. This is &lsquo;Loyola Ready&rsquo; in action.&rdquo;</p> <p>Zippia creates the ranking by using the <a href="https://www.zippia.com/advice/best-college-state-getting-job-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3MRktHk-R1q2SSZWxPf-BcCVEUVHvWBG0iSV2biVCqX_o4n4-36tPzCOE">Department of Education College Scorecard data</a> to search for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement numbers 10 years after graduation. Then every college in the country is ranked from the highest employment levels to the lowest. Any college that did not have this data or suppressed it was excluded from the running. The ranking focused on the best colleges to graduate with your bachelor&rsquo;s degree. To do this, Zippia looked at colleges that predominantly offer four-year degrees, excluding some two-year colleges. Then they selected the college with the highest rate of employment in each state, rounding to the second decimal point for readability.</p> <p>View the full list on <a href="https://www.zippia.com/advice/best-college-state-getting-job-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3MRktHk-R1q2SSZWxPf-BcCVEUVHvWBG0iSV2biVCqX_o4n4-36tPzCOE">Zippia.com</a>.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:57:21 Z{989DC8F9-13D5-4989-A9B9-B60AACAD74FA}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0716-class-2020-resourcesLoyola University Maryland offers free ASPIRE courses and career support to the Class of 2020<p>In light of the unique challenges caused by COVID-19, Loyola University Maryland has developed a robust program to help support alumni from the Class of 2020. As part of a joint initiative between the office of continuing education, the Loyola Alumni Association, and career services, Loyola will provide professional resources to these recent graduates, who are facing distinctive challenges as they launch their careers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through the initiative, members of the Class of 2020 receive free and discounted online courses through the University&rsquo;s <a href="https://aspire.loyola.edu/">ASPIRE</a> program, career counseling services, and virtual opportunities to connect and network with alumni throughout the country.</p> <p>ASPIRE, Loyola&rsquo;s extended learning community, has created a custom platform to offer members of the Class of 2020 four free online courses and 50% off all ASPIRE courses through the end of the calendar year.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Providing these services through the ASPIRE platform is a way for the University to show support to our recent graduates who had an unprecedented semester,&rdquo; said Jack Rice, director of the Center for Montessori Education at Loyola. &ldquo;This is a way for us to give them the tools they need to continue their education and help them advance in their careers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The four free ASPIRE courses are Transitioning Your Learning Experience Online, Virtual Meetings, Ace Your Job Search, and Personal Finances. The online courses will provide graduates with networking skills, details on crafting a resume and cover letter, and basic skills for achieving financial success.&nbsp;</p> <p>Students from the Class of 2020 who enroll in the ASPIRE courses will join an online community where they can stay in touch with their classmates and tap into continuing education resources including links to the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/loyola-aspiration">ASPIRE podcast</a> and a discussion board.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to acknowledge the harsh turn of events that occurred for the Class of 2020,&rdquo; said Jim Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for career services. &ldquo;In February, we were operating in one of the hottest job markets of all time. Today, we&rsquo;re facing a global health crisis with record unemployment numbers. Still, our graduates are pursuing their next steps with a resilient spirit and confidence in their ability to make a difference in whatever path they choose. The coronavirus pandemic has presented so many challenges, but it has also reinforced my belief that Jesuit-educated graduates are exactly who the world needs now.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amid the current pandemic, the career services team at Loyola has worked to provide virtual services for students and the Class of 2020. They turned their spring career fair into a virtual event using Zoom technology and connected 22 employers with over 100 students. They hosted a four-part &ldquo;Loyola Ready Summit&rdquo; that engaged more than 300 students, alumni, and parents on topics of job market realities, resilience, and inspiration to take action.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is important to support our most recent alumni, especially in this challenging time,&rdquo; said Colleen Riopko, &rsquo;02, director of alumni engagement. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s our plan to support this class throughout the year as they adjust to life after Loyola and navigate the current pandemic.&rdquo;</p> <p>Career services and Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="https://alumni.loyola.edu/s/958/16/home.aspx?sid=958&amp;gid=1">Alumni Association</a> is also partnering with 20 fellow Jesuit universities to host The 2020 Virtual Career Consortium of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for the Class of 2020 on Thursday, July 23, 2020, between noon-3 p.m. Interested alumni can register for the nationwide virtual career fair <a href="https://www.careereco.com/User/LogIn?ReturnUrl=%2fUser%2fFairRegistration%3ffairId%3df36c7f3c-3439-4464-9e63-abe40145ac8d%26privateRegistrationId%3d9eacceac-ad5e-492d-b5db-8027b587cc4c&amp;fairId=f36c7f3c-3439-4464-9e63-abe40145ac8d&amp;privateRegistrationId=9eacceac-ad5e-492d-b5db-8027b587cc4c">here</a>. There will be employers from around the country representing industries such as media, marketing, financial services, health care, technology, government and law, and many more.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In addition, alumni&mdash;including the Class of 2020&mdash;can schedule one-on-one appointments with career services through Handshake, attend any of Loyola&rsquo;s on- and off-campus events in the future, and access career networking support from places like <a href="https://loyola.peoplegrove.com/">Loyola Connect</a>. The career services team has also put together a <a href="/department/career-center/resources/online-services">comprehensive list of resources and answers to frequently asked questions</a>, which may be helpful to recent graduates now looking for employment opportunities.<br /> <br /> For more information and to register for the ASPIRE courses, visit <a href="https://aspire.loyola.edu/">ASPIRE</a>. If you have specific questions about the program email <a href="mailto:ASPIRE@loyola.edu">ASPIRE@loyola.edu</a>. Please stay tuned to the Evergreen Update and visit the Alumni Association&rsquo;s website to view upcoming virtual events and alumni benefits.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:08:45 Z{91EDED99-83BD-4662-B47A-94DDB2B20DB1}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0715-career-services-bridgeallianceLoyola co-founds BridgesAlliance to provide real-world career experience to studentsTo provide additional support to students during a global pandemic, Loyola has joined the BridgesAlliance, a growing network of more than 50 universities worldwide launched by <a href="https://www.peoplegrove.com/">PeopleGrove</a>. Members of the BridgesAlliance have pledged to connect students to meaningful experiential learning and open doors to non-traditional career opportunities.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;Our three-year partnership with PeopleGrove has helped generate thousands of interactions for our Greyhound community within the <a href="https://loyola.peoplegrove.com/">Loyola Connect</a> platform,&rdquo; said Jim Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for career services. &ldquo;This new BridgesAlliance will go beyond networking and career advice, allowing our students and recent alumni to gain real-world project experience with the guidance of caring professionals. During such economic uncertainty, this initiative is particularly important to supporting first-generation college students and those who do not have deep professional networks within their families. We&rsquo;re proud to work with PeopleGrove on this effort, ensuring all of our students have access to valuable, skill-building project experiences.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This partnership will help Loyola students receive virtual internship and microproject-based experience with real companies. Students will be able to use the skills they&rsquo;ve learned in the classroom and through career services in a professional setting.<br /> <br /> In addition to Loyola, founding members of the BridgesAlliance include Johns Hopkins University, Georgia State University, University of Miami, Drew University and Wellesley College, including many more. These institutions will leverage their networks, including alumni, parents, supporters and corporate partners, to provide students with real-world career experiences.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Hiring freezes and the withdrawal of jobs and internships are just a couple of challenges today&rsquo;s students and recent graduates are facing. We must tap into the wealth of knowledge and innovation that exists in higher education,&rdquo; said Adam Saven, co-founder and CEO at PeopleGrove. &ldquo;Universities from across the world have banded together to form BridgesAlliance and will work to identify new ways to get graduates into the workforce at a time when their skills are needed most.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> PeopleGrove helps higher education institutions bring personalized, connection-focused communities to students and alumni. PeopleGrove created Bridges as an online platform to empower students and universities to tap into their network of alumni, families and friends for short-term project-based work. BridgesAlliance magnifies the power of Bridges, providing access to real-world work experience shared across PeopleGrove&rsquo;s network of innovative institutions.<br /> <br /> To learn more about BridgesAlliance, please visit <a href="https://bridgesalliance.org/">bridgesalliance.org</a>.Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:17:54 Z{46BC41D0-86B6-4E74-A51A-DD72CF1A5B35}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0709-ice-statementMessage from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president: Responding to ICE guidance for international students<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., released this statement in light of the guidance that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued on July 6, 2020, related to international students:</p> <p>&ldquo;As institutions of higher education prepare to welcome students back to their campuses for the fall semester, the guidance that ICE has issued adds additional, detrimental challenges for international students&mdash;and the institutions that serve them. These students, who are pursuing educational opportunities in the United States, benefit from their studies here. They also enrich their institutions and our communities in many ways. They&mdash;and their institutions of higher education&mdash;need flexibility to be able to support and educate these students, particularly during this time when adaptability and innovation are critical to the world of higher education.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has released <a href="https://www.ajcunet.edu/press-releases-blog/2020/7/9/ajcu-statement-on-ice-guidance-for-international-students">this statement</a>.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:18:50 Z{957FF7D4-8C51-45C0-8A55-0871DC3FEE70}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0622-voices-equity-webinarsLoyola to host anti-racism webinar series<p>This summer Loyola University Maryland will host &ldquo;Voices on Equity: A Lunchtime Series with Loyola,&rdquo; a series of webinars discussing topics around race, anti-racism, and living out a deeper commitment to Baltimore.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our Catholic, Jesuit tradition calls us to be contemplatives in action,&rdquo; said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., chief equity and inclusion officer. &ldquo;The Voices on Equity: A Lunchtime Series with Loyola offers an opportunity for us to hear from experts across our campus as we reflect and commit to the work we must do in the aim of anti-racism. This summer series is an important step in Loyola&rsquo;s continuing commitment to action, offering practical approaches that help us lean into our mission more fully. This series is a part of a cohesive and inclusive plan to condemn racism at Loyola and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>The scheduled webinars are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>&ldquo;Walking Through the Moment: Lessons Learned and Ways to Recognize and Practice Antiracist Behavior&rdquo;</strong><br /> Presented by Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola, and Helina Haile, M.A., Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame<br /> Wednesday, June 24, 2020<br /> Noon-12:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>&ldquo;The Social Construction of Systemic Racism: Why Doing Nothing Makes You Complicit&rdquo;</strong><br /> Presented by H. Lovell Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology<br /> Wednesday, July 8, 2020<br /> Noon-12:30 p.m.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>&ldquo;Activism, Engagement, and Baltimore&rdquo;</strong><br /> Presented by Erin O&rsquo;Keefe, &rsquo;03, director of Center for Community Service and Justice and York Road Initiative<br /> Tuesday, July 14, 2020<br /> Noon-12:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>&ldquo;Reflection on Anti-racism&rdquo;</strong><br /> Presented by Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., associate professor of law and social responsibility<br /> Wednesday, July 22, 2020<br /> Noon-12:30 p.m. This presentation will not include a Q&amp;A session.</li> </ul> <p>Additional webinars may be scheduled later this summer.</p> <p>Questions for the presenters can be submitted in advance of the webinars, which are being organized by Loyola&rsquo;s office of equity and inclusion. Registration is required, but all are welcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>To register and for more information, visit <a href="/sitecore/service/404.aspx?item=web%3a%7b914ADEBB-ECA1-4906-BA52-25A4C79963A7%7d%40en">www.loyola.edu/voices</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Loyola&rsquo;s Office of Equity and Inclusion</strong></p> <p>Moore-Thomas is Loyola&rsquo;s first chief equity and inclusion officer at Loyola University Maryland. In planning for concrete action steps, the office of equity and inclusion approaches these issues with an integrative model of leadership, which draws its strength from partnerships and collaborations extending to every division of our university. The President&rsquo;s Council on Equity and Inclusion is leading the development of the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan. This plan will have measurable outcomes in the following areas: education and assessment; inclusion and accessibility; and defining what it means to be an Ignatian citizen in the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These measures are being developed as we speak and will be rolled out in fall 2020 with a three-year plan that will challenge and engage our whole institution. For more information visit the <a href="/department/equity-inclusion">Office of Equity and Inclusion website</a>.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> </p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 17:03:25 Z{89CF3E75-F98E-4D80-9D1A-F289B0E6D785}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0619-bannersLoyola installs banners in support of Black lives and racial justice<p>Loyola University Maryland has installed banners on campus as a visible sign of the University&rsquo;s opposition of racism and advocacy for racial justice. The banners were installed on the USF&amp;G Pedestrian Bridge at 4501 N. Charles Street on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, 2020.<span class="image_right"><img height="300" alt="Black Lives Matter Banner 5104 York Road" width="270" src="/-/media/news/images/2020/0619-banners.ashx?la=en&amp;hash=71308774E688179D44AAA4EDC23472E9CC85D9FF" /></span></p> <p>Two banners declaring &ldquo;Black Lives Matter&rdquo; and two sharing a quote from Pope Paul VI, &ldquo;If you want peace, work for justice,&rdquo; have been installed on the bridge.</p> <p>A &ldquo;Black Lives Matter&rdquo; banner will also be on display at the <a href="https://govansmarket.weebly.com/">Govanstowne Farmers Market</a>, which is held at 5104 York Road each Wednesday from 3 &ndash; 6 p.m. from June through September.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope that the banners affirm the University&rsquo;s commitment to racial justice," said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. "These are powerful words, but we also have to step up and take new and additional actions."</p> <p>Although the banners are a<span class="image_right"></span> temporary addition to campus, the University is participating in conversations and planning around racism, equity, and inclusion. Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., who started in her role as Loyola&rsquo;s first chief equity and inclusion officer, is guiding the President&rsquo;s Council on Equity and Inclusion in creating a three-year diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan, which will be launched in fall 2020.</p> <p>A free upcoming webinar series on recognizing and practicing antiracism, <a href="/sitecore/service/404.aspx?item=web%3a%7b914ADEBB-ECA1-4906-BA52-25A4C79963A7%7d%40en">&ldquo;Voices on Equity: A Lunchtime Series with Loyola,&rdquo;</a> will launch on June 24. For more information visit the <a href="/department/equity-inclusion/contact/office-equity-inclusion">office of equity and inclusion website</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:11:00 Z{3306DBF7-ACF2-414F-940B-D6C1E7AC54B8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0618-daca-supreme-court-rulingMessage from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president: Responding to Supreme Court DACA ruling<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., released this statement in light of the Supreme Court's ruling related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:</p> <p>"Jesuit institutions throughout our country have joined those advocating for persons coming to the United States in search of freedom, opportunity, and safety. Loyola is proud to be part of that conversation and fortunate to have Dreamers within our university community. This Supreme Court ruling is gratifying in the way it upholds the justice this nation was founded on--and particularly in the way it serves as a reminder to each of us to speak out for immigrants and others whose voices are ignored."&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has released this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ajcunet.edu/press-releases-blog/2020/5/17/ajcu-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-daca">statement</a>.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 17:49:14 Z{5460088E-BE39-4CFF-82D8-40F477109C2A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0610-gracie-awardJenny Glick, WTOP reporter and lecturer at Loyola, receives Gracie Award<p>Lecturer in journalism and WTOP reporter Jenny Glick was named a 2020 Gracie Award recipient for her reporting on eating disorders, &ldquo;Starving for Perfection.&rdquo; The Gracie Award is a prestigious honor given by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to recognize exemplary programming created by, for, and about women in radio, television, and interactive media.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel honored to have received such a prestigious award,&rdquo; said Glick. &ldquo;My hope is that more people will listen to the story and understand that an eating disorder is not a choice&mdash;it&rsquo;s a destructive and potentially life-threatening mental illness. I hope students who listen to the story will take away that a story is only as good as its sources. It&rsquo;s our job as reporters to not share our own opinion, but to find the best storytellers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Starving for Perfection&rdquo; is a five-part audio series and three-part web series that examines eating disorders, their impact, and the road to recovery. The audio series won the Gracie Award. <a href="https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2019/09/starving-for-perfection-eating-disorders-impact-millions-of-americans-often-go-undiagnosed/">Part one</a> of the three-part web series shares the story on a young woman in Virginia who has an undiagnosed eating disorder. The <a href="https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2019/09/starving-for-perfection-parents-walk-tightrope-when-dealing-with-kids-eating-disorders-social-media-use/">second part</a> examines the impact on the family unit and how social media reinforces a dieting culture and eating disorders. <a href="https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2019/09/starving-for-perfection-insurance-coverage-can-become-second-battleground-with-eating-disorders/">Part three</a> details the impact of inadequate health insurance for those with eating disorders.</p> <p>In receiving a Gracie Award in the 45th year of the program, Glick joins the list of esteemed honorees including Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, Tamron Hall, among many others. Honorees are selected from national, local, and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Gracie Awards, which were established in 1975, is scheduled to celebrate an <a href="https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fallwomeninmedia.org%2Fgracies%2Fgracies-gala%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmkrobey%40loyola.edu%7C1a6b57f3530043dda07a08d80694cc57%7C30ae0a8f3cdf44fdaf34278bf639b85d%7C0%7C0%7C637266583441507051&amp;sdata=VXxULjZzJf0Hsh6O4TtfHWjo%2F2Vk0rgGCMCaHPKobTo%3D&amp;reserved=0">evening event</a> on the West Coast on Sept. 22, 2020, and a <a href="https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fallwomeninmedia.org%2Fgracies%2Fgracies-luncheon%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmkrobey%40loyola.edu%7C1a6b57f3530043dda07a08d80694cc57%7C30ae0a8f3cdf44fdaf34278bf639b85d%7C0%7C0%7C637266583441497066&amp;sdata=goL%2FHRjJXl5QTqMvjahp8xcH%2F5mESjAYrMDa%2Fkl8ONY%3D&amp;reserved=0">luncheon</a> on the East Coast on June 24, 2020.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:45:12 Z{C3D290D1-03E8-499D-9193-DFF1EB9871D1}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0609-class-2024Loyola expects to welcome record-breaking Class of 2024 this fallAfter a challenging spring semester for recruitment due to COVID-19, Loyola University Maryland has exceeded its goal for deposits for the Class of 2024. As of June 9, 2020, the University had 1,090 deposits from students&mdash;40 students ahead of the target for the incoming class.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Given the COVID-19 crisis, we know that this isn&rsquo;t a typical year, and enrollment behavior may be different this summer leading to higher than normal melt,&rdquo; said Eric Nichols, vice president for enrollment management. We will be working hard over the coming months to minimize the melt, and to maximize the number of qualified first-year and transfer students whose circumstances lead them to us during the summer.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As the class stands today, it is also the most racially diverse class welcomed to Loyola, with 34% of applicants identifying as students of color, and it boasts the highest average high school GPA the University has seen. Incoming students from Maryland stand at 29% of the class, which would mark the largest in-state enrollment for an incoming class in more than a decade.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The rise in the number of in-state students is an example of the influence COVID-19 has had on the enrollment cycle as more students look to stay closer to home this year,&rdquo; said Nichols.<br /> <br /> The Class of 2024 is also the strongest academic incoming class on record with an average GPA of 3.64. It is one of the most socioeconomically diverse classes on record; 18% of the class is Pell Grant eligible. In addition, 17% of the class are first-generation college students&mdash;the second largest cohort of first-generation students on record.<br /> <br /> The incoming members of the Class of 2024 are currently from 27 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and five countries, including the United States.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The applicant pool continues to amaze me&mdash;the academic strength, talent, diversity, and spirit,&rdquo; said Jennifer Louden, dean of undergraduate admission. &ldquo;I look forward to welcoming this multifaceted group of students to campus in August.&rdquo;<br /> <br />Tue, 09 Jun 2020 19:22:36 Z{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;Connor 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="/sitecore/service/404.aspx?item=web%3a%7b4F837FCC-862A-47D6-8D44-C9D0BDC23863%7d%40en">resources</a> available to cope with feelings of grief and loss during this time.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:41:41 Z