Loyola Newshttps://www.loyola.edu/loyolanewsLoyola Newsen{C4904DC8-70D8-4D01-B374-B1FD2F2276C8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0317-nick-myers-obitLoyola celebrates the life of Nick Myers, ’23<p>The Loyola University Maryland community is mourning the loss of Nick Myers, &rsquo;23, a friendly student who was engaged in his classes and often made his friends laugh. Earlier this month Myers had been hospitalized with a brain abscess and stroke and passed away on March 16.</p> <p>Myers, who lived in River Edge, N.J., had many friends on campus and was enjoying his time as a Loyola student. He was a graduate of River Dell High School, where he played lacrosse and was captain of the River Dell Hawks swim team and qualified for the state meet. He was also very involved in Boy Scouts of America and worked as a lifeguard at the River Edge Swim Club.</p> <p>Brandon Parlopiano, Ph.D., visiting affiliate assistant professor of history, was Nick&rsquo;s faculty advisor and had him in his History 101 class last semester. Parlopiano said that Nick was thinking of majoring in business administration and marketing and was always excited to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll remember Nick as a bright student who was always engaged. A student who challenged the material and someone who was very jovial and always ready with a joke,&rdquo; said Parlopiano.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nicole Reibe, Ph.D., director of program operations of the Master of Theological Studies at Loyola, who taught Nick in her Introduction to Theology course this semester, said Myers was a joy to have in class.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nick always came in excited to learn and had a good attitude,&rdquo; said Reibe. &ldquo;I got a strong sense of discovery with Nick. He was excited to learn more and ask complicated questions. He was just enthusiastic about it all, and our class always looked forward to his presence and questions in class.&rdquo;</p> <p>He will be missed by the many students, faculty, and staff who knew and loved him.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nick and I were paired randomly to live together in Flannery O&rsquo;Conner Hall,&rdquo; said Hilton Carroll, &rsquo;23. &ldquo;We were both worried about living together because we didn&rsquo;t know each other. However, when I met Nick, I knew we would be lifelong friends. He was a very lovable person, a spark of light. He could make anyone laugh, he took his friendships seriously, and his jokes would brighten up the room.&rdquo;</p> <p>Funeral arrangements will be posted here and shared with the Loyola community as soon as they are available. A memorial Mass will be scheduled in Loyola&rsquo;s Alumni Memorial Chapel after students return to campus.</p> <p>The Counseling Center has <a href="/department/counseling-center/students/nick_m_loss">resources</a> available to cope with feelings of grief and loss during this time.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:41:41 Z{88B832BE-FDF8-4A8F-85E2-5053AE85B662}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0317-us-news-rankingU.S. News &amp; World Report recognizes several of Loyola’s graduate programs<p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s graduate programs in business, speech, and psychology are ranked in the &ldquo;2021 Best Graduate Schools&rdquo; rankings from <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em>.</p> <p>The Sellinger School of Business and Management was included among the nation&rsquo;s best business schools for graduate specialties in accounting, business analytics, and finance. The Loyola College of Arts &amp; Sciences was also included for best health programs in speech-language pathology and clinical psychology.</p> <p>The specialty rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. The data for the rankings in six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,603 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2019 and early 2020.</p> <p>The national specialty rankings for the Sellinger School are:</p> <p>Accounting: No. 25</p> <p>Business analytics: No. 21</p> <p>Finance: No. 20</p> <p>The Sellinger School is accredited by the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and holds an additional AACSB accreditation for its accounting program. AACSB is the only agency that accredits accounting programs in the United States and only 182 accounting programs worldwide are accredited.&nbsp;</p> <p>The health rankings for Loyola College are:</p> <p>Speech-language pathology: No. 82</p> <p>Clinical psychology: No. 129</p> <p>All health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys which were sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs at schools in each discipline.</p> <p>More information about the &ldquo;2021 Best Graduate Schools&rdquo; is available at <a href="https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools">www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:31:04 Z{D0D85A8D-FD52-490A-8B72-00E43C0AAD6C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0305-commencement-speakerPlaywright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith named 2020 Commencement speaker<p>Anna Deavere Smith, a playwright and actor who uses theater to explore important issues in America today, will deliver the Commencement address at Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s 168th Commencement Exercises. The Commencement Exercises will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md.</p> <p>Loyola is sharing this news with our community using a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-uM_W4PVJc&amp;feature=youtu.be">video announcement</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Smith has created more than 15 one-woman shows that delve into controversial topics that explore what she calls the &ldquo;complex identities of America.&rdquo; Her most recent play, Notes from the Field, which looks at the school-to-prison pipeline and injustice and inequality in low-income communities, won an Obie Award, the 2017 Nortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, and was named one of the Top 10 Plays of the year by <em>Time</em> magazine. Another play has been named a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, and one was nominated for a Tony.</p> <p>Smith will receive a doctor of humane letters, <em>honoris causa</em>, from Loyola during the ceremony.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every year we try to select a Commencement speaker who can deliver a strong, relevant message to our graduating students, and Anna Deavere Smith certainly has compelling insight to share,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s an accomplished artist and intellectual who inspires us&mdash;through her work&mdash;to delve more deeply into issues that are so important to our time, such as those related to race, social inequality, and health care.&rdquo;</p> <p>Smith has received the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama, and, in 2015, was named the Jefferson Lecturer, the nation&rsquo;s highest honor in the humanities. She also is the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and most recently, the 2017 Ridenhour Courage Prize and the George Polk Career Award.</p> <p>Smith is an actor on ABC&rsquo;s hit series Black-ish and the ABC legal drama For the People. She is also known for her role as the hospital administrator on Showtime&rsquo;s Nurse Jackie and the National Security Advisor on NBC&rsquo;s The West Wing. Her films include <em>The American President</em>, <em>Rachel Getting Married</em>, and <em>Philadelphia</em>.</p> <p>The founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Smith is a professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her books include <em>Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines</em>.</p> <p>She has been an artist-in-residence at MTV Networks, the Ford Foundation, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Smith was appointed to Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; 2017 U.S. Mayors Challenge Committee, a nationwide competition urging innovative solutions for the toughest issues confronting U.S. cities.&nbsp;</p> <p>She holds honorary degrees from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Julliard, among others.</p> <p>Also honored at Commencement will be:</p> <p>&bull; Nick, MBA&rsquo;84, and Suzie Simon, M.Ed.&rsquo;81, whose gift helped Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a>, will receive the President&rsquo;s Medal;</p> <p>&bull; Father Michael White, &rsquo;80, author and pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., will receive the Carroll Medal;</p> <p>&bull; Thomas Scheye, Ph.D., Loyola Distinguished Service Professor who has taught English at Loyola since 1970 and serves as senior advisor to the president for planning and strategy, will receive the Newman Medal; and</p> <p>&bull; Mercy Medical Center, one of Loyola&rsquo;s long-time community partners including through a five-year partnership with Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/academics/pre-health/health-outreach-baltimore">Health Outreach Baltimore</a> program, will receive the Milch Award.</p> <p>More information about Loyola&rsquo;s 2020 Commencement Exercises is available at <a href="/join-us/commencement">loyola.edu/commencement</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:08:26 Z{9A2FC2CC-CA8D-494C-A7DA-05B4588889B9}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0302-online-pmbaLoyola launches fully online MBA optionLoyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Sellinger School of Business and Management will add a fully online option to its Professional&rsquo;s MBA, a part-time, self-paced MBA program designed for working professionals. Courses are designed and facilitated by Loyola faculty in accelerated eight-week sessions, with an approach to online learning that is highlighted by small class size and a personalized student experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve built our new online classes from the ground up, designing them&nbsp; alongside our faculty who are dedicated to the success of every student and to providing engaging, meaningful experiences,&rdquo; said Kathleen Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. &ldquo;The online classes are an extension of Sellinger&rsquo;s commitment to powerful, ethical business education, presenting business as a crucial force for good in the world.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to the new fully online path, launching in the fall of 2020, MBA students will have expanded course options where they can blend traditional in-person, hybrid, and online courses to create a personalized plan. Loyola offers in-person MBA classes on campuses in Columbia and Timonium and select courses in downtown Baltimore.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The new online courses increase the flexibility of our Professional&rsquo;s MBA program, as students can mix and match different class formats to fit their schedules,&rdquo; said Bobby Waldrup, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of accounting. &ldquo;The expanded options meet the needs of students interested in a Loyola MBA but require additional flexibility, such as business travelers, new parents, or experienced professionals outside our immediate market seeking a career boost.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition, Loyola further streamlined the Professional&rsquo;s MBA program, now requiring 39 credits with five specializations, all which include online course options. Incoming students can specialize in interdisciplinary business, marketing, management, finance or data analytics, and digital technology. Students typically complete the program in two-to-three years.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit the <a href="/sellinger-business/academics/graduate/part-time-mba">Professional&rsquo;s MBA page</a>.<br /> <br /> Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/sellinger-business">Sellinger School of Business and Management</a> provides business education rooted in the Jesuit tradition of emphasizing strong ethical leadership, commitment to social responsibility and a global perspective. With more than 60 faculty members and 2,000 students, the Sellinger School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Part-time and full-time MBAs as well as Master of Accounting programs are delivered on campuses in Baltimore, Columbia, and Timonium, Maryland.Mon, 02 Mar 2020 15:47:10 Z{CDB29AC4-2024-4819-91B2-15B97F92F7E8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0227-k-8-computational-thinking-grantSchool of Education faculty awarded grant from the University System of Maryland’s Center for Computing EducationKelly Keane, Ed.D., senior lecturer and director of the Educational Technology program, and Irene Bal, lecturer of Educational Technology, received a $49,561 one-year grant from the Maryland Center for Computing Education (MCCE) within the University System of Maryland Preservice Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program to create a series of online micro-credentials centered around K-8 computational thinking (CT).<br /> <br /> This new micro-credential program will include three stacked, competency-based courses, with the equivalent seat time of 45 hours, to engage Loyola pre-service students, graduate students, and alumni and Baltimore City Public School educators on the topic of CT.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In our digital world, computational thinking should be integrated into all subject areas,&rdquo; said Keane. &ldquo;We hope that the creation of these courses support educators in their knowledge and skills of CT and its role in solving critical problems inside and outside of the classroom.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The faculty will partner with Loyola&rsquo;s teacher education and computer science departments as well as Baltimore City Public Schools to develop and launch this new series of courses.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re honored by the opportunity to strengthen the teacher workforce and introduce pre- and in-service educators to the world of computational thinking,&rdquo; said Bal. &ldquo;These new courses will be designed to help teachers grow their understanding of this thinking strategy and help them implement it effectively into their curricula.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Micro-credentials are an initiative through the Educational Technology program at Loyola and can be found on Loyola&rsquo;s continuing education platform, <a href="https://aspire.loyola.edu/">ASPIRE</a>. The micro-credentials are self-paced, online, specialized professional learning opportunities that allow pre-service and in-service educators to apply their new learning directly to their current or future classrooms and work environments. The CT micro-credentials will launch for Loyola and Baltimore City educators in May 2020 and be available to the public in January 2021. For more information, visit <a href="/school-education/academics/continuing-education/micro-credentials">www.loyola.edu/microcreds</a>.Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:39:01 Z{EBA44B5F-3161-4778-BB00-727CB8939D2D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0225-hanway-lecturePulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to give Hanway Lecture<p><strong>The Hanway Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, is canceled.</strong></p> <p>Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ph.D., award-winning author, will deliver Loyola University Maryland's Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required.</p> <p>Nguyen will discuss migration during the lecture titled, &ldquo;An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen,&rdquo; and focus on his <em>New York Times</em> best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, <em>The Sympathizer</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Immigration&mdash;from migration to resettlement to acculturation and assimilation&mdash;is a critical issue facing both the United States and Baltimore,&rdquo; said Mary Kate Schneider, Ph.D., director of Global Studies and lecturer of political science. &ldquo;Through personal experience as a child refugee whose family left Vietnam in 1975, Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks to this issue through fiction, creating characters that allow the reader to experience what it is like to search for a sense of belonging in places that are far removed from home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nguyen&rsquo;s debut novel, <em>The Sympathizer</em>, is a suspenseful, espionage story of love and betrayal. The book has also received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, among others. Nguyen has published additional award-winning pieces including a collection of short stories called <em>The Refugees and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War</em>, a reflection on how the Vietnam War is remembered by different countries. His latest work, <em>Chicken of the Sea</em>, is a children&rsquo;s book&mdash;which his 6-year-old son, Ellison, collaborated with him on.</p> <p>Nguyen is a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and comparative literature, and the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California. He is also a contributing opinion writer for the <em>New York Times</em>. Nguyen, a Vietnam native, moved to the United States with his family in 1975. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in English and ethnic studies, as well as a Ph.D. in English.</p> <p>For more information and ticket registration, go to <a href="/join-us/hanway-lecture">www.loyola.edu/hanwaylecture</a>.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 18:09:43 Z{0CC0B70A-630D-430E-B48A-A8C54F8E1EC1}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0218-mission-week-maryland-dayLoyola to celebrate Jesuit heritage and longstanding Maryland Day tradition during third annual Mission Week<p><strong>The Maryland Day Convocation, scheduled for March 20, 2020, is canceled. All Mission Week events are canceled.</strong></p> <p>Loyola University Maryland will host Mission Week, a series of events and activities related to Loyola&rsquo;s mission, to celebrate the University&rsquo;s Jesuit and Maryland heritage from March 15 &ndash; 22.</p> <p>Loyola will celebrate Maryland Day on March 20, honoring staff and administrators who have achieved key milestones at the institution. The Maryland Day Convocation will serve as the cornerstone of events and activities taking place during Mission Week.</p> <p>The Maryland Day Convocation brings together members of the Loyola community, as well as the local community, for a celebration of awards and a speaker who can inspire and challenge the campus community.</p> <p>This year's Convocation will feature the Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, the James and Nancy Buckman professor of theology and social ethics at Fordham University. The Maryland Day Convocation be held on Friday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Fr. Massingale, who is also the Senior Ethics Fellow in Fordham&rsquo;s Center for Ethics Education, will receive the University&rsquo;s Ignatian Citizenship Award.</p> <p>Fr. Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics. He is a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, one of the premier Catholic journals of theology. Fr. Massingale is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and has held the Bernard J. Hanley Chair at Santa Clara University.</p> <p>A scholar-activist, Fr. Massingale is a noted authority on issues of social and racial justice, having addressed numerous national Catholic conferences and lectured at colleges and universities across the nation.</p> <p>Also on Maryland Day, Java &amp; Juice with the Jesuits will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at the Ignatius House, and the Maryland Day Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Chapel.</p> <p>Other Mission Week events that are free and open to the public include:</p> <p>&bull; An Interfaith Panel Discussion: Finding Common Ground Towards Cultivating Beloved Community will be held on Tuesday, March 17, from noon-1 p.m. During the panel discussion, Heather Miller Rubens, Ph.D., and Matthew D. Taylor, Ph.D., scholars from the Institute for Islamic, Christina, and Jewish Studies, will discuss the importance of creating interfaith spaces of dialogue and collaboration.</p> <p>&bull; &ldquo;Festival Sing!&rdquo;, an opportunity to hear the Belles, Chimes, Greysounds, Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, Repertory Choir, and Loyola Singers will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel.</p> <p>&bull; Sarah Smarsh, author of Messina&rsquo;s 2019-2020 Common Text, <em>Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth</em>, will discuss topics from her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, including issues of socioeconomic class on Thursday, March 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall.</p> <p>&bull; The <a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a> will host a York Road Community Day on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will focus on a morning of community building and care for our common community. To register, contact communitydays@loyola.edu.</p> <p>&bull; Mission Week will wrap up on Sunday, March 22, in Alumni Memorial Chapel with a 6 p.m. Mass celebrated by Rev. Patrick C. Nolan, S.J., &rsquo;01, athletics chaplain and assistant director of enrollment management at Boston College High School.</p> <p>For more information and additional events that will held during Mission Week, go to <a href="/join-us/mission-week">www.loyola.edu/missionweek</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:39:04 Z{C9E8CBD5-1B72-4E58-8324-D3BA4BE36673}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0211-better-businessLoyola to hold 4th annual Building a Better World Through Business events<p><strong>All Building a Better World Through Business events, scheduled for March 24-March 26, 2020, are canceled.</strong></p> <p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Sellinger School of Business and Management will present Building a Better World Through Business, an annual series of events celebrating ways that businesses create sustainable economic and social development in their communities. The series will take place March 24-26, 2020, on Loyola&rsquo;s Evergreen campus. All events are free and open to the public, but <a href="/join-us/better-business/reservations">registration is required</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Building a Better World Through Business offers us a chance to recognize and honor the ways that businesses support and strengthen communities,&rdquo; said Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. &ldquo;These events help the Loyola community think about how we can help bring about innovative and collaborative change in Baltimore.</p> <p>The event series begins with a keynote address by Kavita Shukla, founder and CEO of The FRESHGLOW Co. and inventor of FreshPaper. Her presentation, &ldquo;Changing the World, One Piece of Paper at a Time,&rdquo; on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in McManus Theatre will focus on the development of FreshPaper and the challenges she&rsquo;s overcome as a young entrepreneur and activist for global social change.</p> <p>Shukla&rsquo;s idea for FreshPaper started as a middle-school science project, which was inspired by an Indian home remedy. Today, FreshPaper&mdash;a disposable, recyclable, and biodegradable paper that keeps produce fresh longer&mdash;is used by farmers and families around the globe. Shukla, who was the youngest woman ever to receive the INDEX Design to Improve Life Award, holds four patents, was a featured speaker at the Women in the World Summit, and was honored at Variety&rsquo;s annual Power of Women event.</p> <p>Shukla has given talks at the White House, United Nations, Global Entrepreneurship Congress, TEDxManhattan, and Harvard University, among others. Her FreshPaper innovation and quest to end global food waste has been featured by media outlets including CNN, Bloomberg, <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, and <em>Oprah Magazine</em>. Shukla, who has been inducted into the National Gallery for America&rsquo;s Young Inventors, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.</p> <p>The week will also include:</p> <p>&bull; A student poster and pitch competition, &ldquo;Rising to the Challenge: Ideas to Help Build a Better Baltimore,&rdquo; will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 6&ndash;8 p.m. in McGuire Hall West. Students will respond to the prompt, &ldquo;How might we build on Baltimore&rsquo;s strengths and respond to a current need by creating a new initiative or business venture? Research and develop an idea that contributes to the economic and social well-being of Baltimore.&rdquo; A reception for attendees will take place during the competition. </p> <p>&bull; A breakfast and roundtable discussion, &ldquo;Stronger Together: Advancing Racial Equality and Business Growth,&rdquo; will focus on how racial equity can help create and sustain financial growth. Employers and advocates will share their challenges and successes in building a diverse, equitable, and sustainable workforce. The panelists are: A. Adar Ayira, senior director, strategy and racial equity of Associated Black Charities; John Frisch, principal and executive leadership coach of Shawan Leadership; Angel St. Jean, assistant director for strategic initiatives for the Baltimore Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Employment Development; Lolita Taub, chief of staff for Catalyte; and Danielle Torain, director of Open Society Institute in Baltimore. Elizabeth Kennedy, J.D., associate professor of law and social responsibility, will moderate the discussion. The event will be held on Thursday, March 26, with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and discussion from 9 &ndash; 10:30 a.m. in Loyola&rsquo;s 4th Floor Program Room located in the Andrew White Student Center. Shuttle service to and from the 4th Floor Program Room will be provided from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen beginning at 7:30 a.m. Additional <a href="/about/directions">parking information and directions</a> to campus are also available.</p> <p>To learn more and register for events, visit <a href="/join-us/better-business">www.loyola.edu/better-business</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:49:41 Z{C9B28D1E-CCBF-4368-B3F4-85056C6FB9F8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0210-fulbright-top-producing-institutionLoyola Named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution <p>Loyola University Maryland is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most <a href="https://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/248001">2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Students</a>. Each year the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em> publishes the lists annually.</p> <p><img alt="Top producing Fulbright program 2019" src="/-/media/news/images/2020/0210-fulbright-top-producing-badge.ashx?h=300&amp;w=270&amp;la=en&amp;hash=6D4D93FA3A3630982F2EEFC52F20A6F38C3E959B" style="height: 300px; width: 270px;" class="image_right" />The annual award highlights Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/news/2019/190412-fulbright-scholarship">eight Fulbright students</a> who received the prestigious award in 2019.</p> <p>Loyola&rsquo;s Fulbright Scholarship recipients were Maggie Gillen, &rsquo;19, Lena Haaf, &rsquo;19, Justin Montague, &rsquo;19, Nicole Schneider, &rsquo;19, Allie Weis, &rsquo;19, and alumni Carla Blackwell, M.Ed. &rsquo;16, Keenan Gibbons, &rsquo;18, and Marco Orsimarsi, &rsquo;15.</p> <p>Over the past decade, more than 20 Loyola students and alumni have received the Fulbright Scholarship to teach, study, or conduct research aboard. Last year&rsquo;s eight recipients marked a record year for the University.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel the Fulbright&rsquo;s mission is the golden standard of the same ethos of social responsibility, international mindedness, and constant challenge to improve. These values are also the basis of educational philosophy at Loyola,&rdquo; said Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships. &ldquo;When students are applying for the Fulbright Scholarship, close connections between students and Loyola&rsquo;s faculty create a strong foundation for them to succeed and build similar bonds internationally. Fulbright&rsquo;s global mission of peace and prosperity through study, research, and teaching aligns well with Loyola&rsquo;s commitment to provide an education that bridges local with global and offers skills that can be applied across multiple avenues of life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loyola will be recognized during a Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders reception on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 7-9 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The Fulbright U.S. Student Program facilitates cultural exchange provided in more than 160 countries around the world through opportunities to engage in research in a foreign country or teach English for students of various age groups. Through engagement in the community, grantees interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Senate and various organizations in the host countries. More than 2,200 U.S. Students and over 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually.</p> <p>The Fulbright Scholarship recipients for fall 2020 will be announced later this spring.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:16:50 Z{5071906E-0B29-4E8A-B5A9-63CCE35FE063}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0206-conference-in-italyLoyola student selected to attend conference with Pope Francis in Assisi, Italy <p>Rennae Wigton, &rsquo;20, a psychology and theology major, was selected out of 3,400 applicants from 115 countries to attend the &ldquo;<a href="https://francescoeconomy.org/">Economy of Francesco</a>&rdquo; conference in Assisi, Italy. Wigton, who is also working toward her Master of Theological Studies at Loyola, will be one of 2,000 participants under the age of 35 to attend the conference.</p> <p>The conference, which was set to be held on March 26-28, 2020, has been rescheduled for Nov. 21, 2020.</p> <p>An initiative started by Pope Francis, the conference will host young researchers and entrepreneurs who are interested in the economy, environment, poverty, inequalities, new technologies, inclusive finance, sustainable development, and humanity. Speakers at the meeting include, Nobel Prize economist Amartya Sen, food security activist Vandana Shiva, and Muhamad Yunus, a pioneer of microcredit.</p> <p>Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis and make a solemn pact with him&mdash;ensuring their commitment to change the current economy and give a soul to tomorrow's economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope this will be a phenomenal opportunity to be an active practitioner of change,&rdquo; said Wigton. &ldquo;This is also a great way to push me out of my comfort zone and interact with diverse, passionate individuals.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Butler, Pa., native plans to earn her Ph.D. and work in a private practice treating patients who are dealing with trauma and addiction. She currently works with the nonprofit Every Rep Counts, where she offers brief meetings focusing on addition recovery and goals in the gym.</p> <p>"I've worked with Rennae over the course of three semesters. She's one of the most hardworking, diligent, and thoughtful students that I've encountered in my years at Loyola,&rdquo; said Daniel Castillo, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology. &ldquo;In wrestling with theological questions, she consistently demonstrates a mature concern for the world and for those that suffer. I'm thrilled that she'll be representing Loyola at the 'Economy of Francesco' conference in Assisi."</p> <p>During the conference, the participants will have the opportunity to conduct personal in-depth interviews with economists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, bankers, friars, sociologists, managers, innovators, and religious sisters.</p> <p><a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">The Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a> at Loyola University Maryland supported Wigton&rsquo;s application in the &ldquo;Economy of Francesco&rdquo; conference.</p> <p>The event is organized by the Diocese of Assisi, the Seraphic Institute, the Municipality of Assisi and the Economy of Communion, in collaboration with the Franciscan Families.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:00:18 Z{0140DC83-7DFA-49E2-869F-4BA2A429EC4A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0205-free-tax-servicesLoyola University Maryland students to offer free tax preparation servicesLoyola University Maryland will offer free tax preparation services now through early April at the Loyola Clinical Centers located at 5911 York Road in Belvedere Square. IRS-certified student volunteers from Loyola will prepare and e-file tax returns at no cost to qualifying taxpayers in the Baltimore community.<br /> <br /> This is the second year Loyola will host a site offering free tax preparation services. The services are made possible through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) program, sponsored by the nonprofit Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Campaign of Maryland. Loyola has participated in the program for many years, but in the past, students volunteered at other sites.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the most beneficial aspects of Loyola&rsquo;s VITA site is its location, which provides proximity to underserved communities, namely the York Road corridor. It is one small step toward realizing greater socioeconomic equality,&rdquo; said JP Krahel, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting at the Sellinger School of Business.<br /> <br /> In 2019, Loyola&rsquo;s VITA site prepared more than 200 returns and facilitated more than $300,000 in refunds to members of the local community. The student-run site is managed by site coordinators Morgan Davis and Eric Long, both graduate students in Loyola&rsquo;s Master of Accounting program. They will supervise more than 30 student volunteers, who will spend an estimated 565 total hours at the site.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way for students to implement accounting practices and give back to the community in a way that makes a difference in people&rsquo;s lives,&rdquo; Long said. It is his second year as a site coordinator.<br /> <br /> Davis said, &ldquo;The experience opened my eyes to how an accounting degree can make a really big social impact. I hope the program continues to grow and we help even more people.&rdquo; Davis volunteered last year and said she was excited to return this year in a managerial role.<br /> <br /> The free tax return services are available to people who make $56,000 or less, people with disabilities and people with limited English language skills who need assistance preparing their tax returns. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-234-8008, or go to <a href="http://cashmd.org/free-tax-preparationresources/">www.bmorefreetaxes.org</a>.<br /> <br /> Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s <a href="/sellinger-business">Sellinger School of Business and Management</a> provides business education rooted in the Jesuit tradition of emphasizing strong ethical leadership, commitment to social responsibility and a global perspective. With more than 60 faculty members and 2,000 students, the Sellinger School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Part-time and full-time MBAs as well as Master of Accounting programs are delivered on campuses in Baltimore, Columbia, and Timonium, Maryland. <br />Wed, 05 Feb 2020 20:19:29 Z{15277909-57E2-497F-B6CE-43F04F90741A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0203-brand-refreshLoyola University Maryland unveils “Loyola Ready” brand<p>After a year of research and creative development, Loyola University Maryland is revealing its refreshed brand this month. The brand highlights the preparedness and confidence students achieve through Loyola&rsquo;s distinctive blend of Jesuit liberal arts education and career preparation.</p> <p>The brand&rsquo;s key message is that Loyola University Maryland students are more than ready for what the future holds. They are &ldquo;Loyola Ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>The refreshed brand will be reflected through strategic marketing and communications efforts that will highlight the experiences and outcomes of Loyola&rsquo;s exceptional students and graduates. A redesigned <a href="/">Loyola website</a> launches today, and the supporting advertising campaign and communication materials will begin to enter markets this month.</p> <p>&ldquo;The &lsquo;Loyola Ready&rsquo; brand concept is about being prepared in a very specific, distinctive way for the new world of work,&rdquo; said Sharon Higgins, associate vice president for marketing and communications. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about the depth and breadth of a Loyola education, about connections as well as expertise, about gaining deep knowledge and practicing nimble thinking, and underscoring that this depth and nimbleness instill a confidence that generates excitement, inspiration, and anticipation of the unknown.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Loyola Ready&rdquo; builds on the brand launched in 2009 when the University changed its designation from college to university. Loyola&rsquo;s brand promise&mdash;to develop well-rounded graduates&mdash;holds true today. The brand refresh, however, hones, strengthens, and further defines that brand promise. &ldquo;Loyola Ready&rdquo; reflects the University&rsquo;s culture, mission, values, and points of distinction. With a rapidly changing world and a focus on the Jesuit liberal arts education, the brand promises to prepare the Loyola community for academic achievement, the new world of work, and a balanced, flourishing, and purposeful life.</p> <p>&ldquo;Higher education institutions face a number of challenges, including declining and shifting demographics, an uncertain economy, and skepticism about the value of a college education&mdash;particularly a liberal arts education,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;Marketing the education and guidance our faculty deliver within the context of the &lsquo;Loyola Ready&rsquo; brand helps clarify who we are. A Loyola education truly ensures that our graduates aren&rsquo;t simply ready for personal and professional success. They are more than ready. They&rsquo;re Loyola Ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>The brand focuses on mentorship and guidance, Jesuit liberal arts education, career preparation, and the Greyhound Nation&mdash;Loyola&rsquo;s talented, diverse, driven, intellectually curious community. Also highlighted within the brand are the University&rsquo;s presence and role in Baltimore; Loyola&rsquo;s distinctive program for first-year students, Messina; athletics; service; and the Evergreen campus.</p> <p>&ldquo;As Loyola University Maryland continues to evolve with innovative new programs to meet the demands of today&rsquo;s competitive higher education market, the brand must evolve with it,&rdquo; Higgins said. &ldquo;Loyola deserves to be recognized for what we offer the world&mdash;educated, fulfilled, ethical leaders who are driven to better the world around them with their talents and compassion. This brand refresh positions us to share that story in compelling and far-reaching ways among our alumni, prospective students and their families, and the greater community.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:32:00 Z{F9EF53A0-9822-4CD7-9B29-C0A3A2C6A023}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0203-carnegie-classificationCarnegie Foundation selects Loyola University Maryland for 2020 Community Engagement Classification<p>Loyola University Maryland has been awarded the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a national recognition of the university&rsquo;s institutional commitment and excellence in community-engagement. Loyola is the only university in Baltimore City and the only private institution in Maryland awarded with the classification.</p> <p>The classification&mdash;which is valid until 2026&mdash;is awarded to higher education institutions who demonstrate national models for community-engaged learning and ensure reciprocal partnerships with local nonprofit, public, and other organizations.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Loyola University Maryland wholeheartedly embraces its role as a member of our community,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;Being anchored in Baltimore means we take seriously our role in this vibrant community and that we act on that responsibility in numerous ways. Just as we hope we are making a difference in our community, we also intend for our students to graduate with hearts, minds, and spirits awakened toward the needs of the world around them and a determination to apply their educations in a way that will bring about greater justice in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loyola is one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive this classification. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020. In order to receive the classification, Loyola demonstrated exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement while aligning the University mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices.</p> <p>&ldquo;This classification recognizes the work of hundreds of Baltimore community partners, local residents and Loyola faculty, students and staff who collaboratively work together to advance student learning and make an impact in our local York Road Community, and throughout our world.,&rdquo; said Erin O&rsquo;Keefe, director for Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a>, which coordinates the university&rsquo;s community engagement, service-learning, and York Road Initiative. &ldquo;We are honored to be recognized among universities across our country who take their responsibility as civic educators and members of their local communities very seriously.&rdquo;</p> <p>The central focus of the work honored is Loyola&rsquo;s York Road Initiative, which was launched in 2010 and serves as a national model for long-term, place-based community engagement. Initiatives such as Loyola&rsquo;s Clinical Centers (LCC), FreshCrate Healthy Corner Store Network, the Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market, and their connections to academic service-learning courses and faculty scholarship helped Loyola receive this award&mdash;along with continued partnerships with long-standing nonprofit organizations, coalitions, and Catholic schools in Baltimore. </p> <p>According to the 2018 National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement, 64% of Loyola undergraduate students and 72% of faculty participate annually in some form of service and community engagement and according to the Center for Community Service and Justice annual report, 2,574 students worked with over 100 community organizations in the 2018-2019 academic year.</p> <p>About the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching:</p> <p>The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement communities to solve long standing inequities in educational outcomes. The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others. For more information, visit <a href="https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/">https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:18:29 Z{3E9A2488-1601-49CE-A23A-A224D28CBB5C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0130-meif-grantMaryland Department of Commerce grant will advance biohealth innovation at Loyola<p>The <a href="https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-e-nnovation-initiative-fund-(meif) ">Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF)</a>, administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 in funding to Loyola University Maryland to establish an endowed professorship in innovation that will help to expand scientific research in biohealth and promote economic and entrepreneurial success in the state of Maryland.</p> <p>The funding will match $500,000 raised by Loyola to assist with initiatives that foster innovation and entrepreneurship at the University through 2021.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are always seeking opportunities to strengthen the education we offer to our students in the natural and applied sciences, and this grant will make it possible for our students to engage in innovative research and study related to the growing field of biohealth,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;This grant will put Loyola at the forefront of biohealth research and innovation across the state of Maryland&mdash;and will send a message to the broader community that Loyola is contributing to the body of research and scholarship far beyond our campus.&rdquo;</p> <p>The faculty member in the new endowed professorship in innovation will work in Loyola&rsquo;s biology department and be responsible for growing undergraduate biomedical research, providing students with professional skills to work in bioscience industries, create new biotechnology research opportunities that extend undergraduate students&rsquo; exposure to scientific careers, and develop community partnerships with private and public health research organizations.</p> <p>"Receiving this grant enhances the growing innovation ecosystem at Loyola, provides new context for nurturing entrepreneurial mindset of our students, fosters new research and teaching opportunities in biohealth, and boosts the status of the department of biology at Loyola within the state of Maryland&rsquo;s biohealth and biotechnology network,&rdquo; said Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean of natural and applied sciences and professor of physics.</p> <p>The endowed professor will work with biohealth research firm, Avoneaux Medical Institute, and expand collaboration with Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship to initiate and complete scientific research at the University and within the community.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Maryland is striving to be the third largest biohealth cluster in the nation by 2023,&rdquo; said David Rivers, Ph.D., professor of biology. &ldquo;Our goal at Loyola is to become a major contributor as a university to ensure the success of the bioscience industries in Maryland.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 19:21:56 Z{E413BE26-8439-46C4-B5FE-1ADCB039378F}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0123-voter-engagement-awardLoyola receives democratic engagement award for increase in student voters from 2014 to 2018 elections<p>Loyola University Maryland received the Silver Seal Award at the national <a href="https://www.allinchallenge.org/awards-ceremony/">ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony</a> for excellence in student voter engagement.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to a study by the <a href="https://idhe.tufts.edu/nslve">National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)</a>, Loyola experienced an increase in student voters from 13.9% in 2014 to 33.9% in 2018. The 20-point increase between the two election years helped Loyola receive the Silver Seal Award.</p> <p>The study also showed an increase in the number of Loyola students who registered to vote from 65% in 2014 to 79.5% in 2018. An increase in the voting rate of students who registered to vote was also reported from 21.4% in 2014 to 42.6% in 2018. In-person voting and absentee ballots were the two most popular methods of voting by Loyola students in both election years.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are honored to be recognized with the schools who have achieved the Silver Seal Award,&rdquo; said Elise Gower, associate director of programs for the Center for Community Service and Justice. &ldquo;This recognition, as well as our NSLVE data, highlights Loyola&rsquo;s commitment to civic engagement, and also serves as a call to action to support our students&rsquo; access to vote. Our university&rsquo;s strategic plan prioritizes Ignatian citizenship and the &lsquo;promotion of thoughtful and active civic and global engagement among all members of our community.&rsquo; In living out our mission and core values, we urge all members of our community to be informed and to vote.&rdquo;</p> <p>The study shows that nationwide the <a href="https://idhe.tufts.edu/2018data">voting rates at participating college campuses doubled on average</a> compared to the previous 2014 midterm. Voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://allinchallenge.org/">ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge</a> is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.</p> <p>Last year, <a href="https://turbovote.org/">TurboVote</a> ranked Loyola No. 1 for the total number of students who registered for voter resources at the University using <a href="/join-us/vote">LoyolaVotes</a> sign-ups.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:00:09 Z{805CB74F-48F0-46E2-AF6C-BD65932B8C7B}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0122-data-science-panel-discussionLoyola to host panel discussion on successful data science practices<p>Loyola University Maryland will host a data science panel discussion to promote networking and discussion on successful practices and professional growth.</p> <p>The panel discussion, Successful Data Science: Teams, Tools, Techniques, offers students a way to learn how local companies are successfully leveraging and building teams and choosing the best tools and techniques to identify and solve their operational opportunities and challenges. Professionals from a variety of industries including technology, finance, cybersecurity, healthcare, and software development will answer these questions and offer insight on their successes in the industry.</p> <p>The event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room. A career networking event will begin at 6 p.m., and the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Panelists include Neta Ezer, Ph.D., technical fellow and architect for human-machine teaming at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems; Benjamin Harvey, Ph.D., data scientist and solutions architect at Databricks; Adam Mariano, vice president of health informatics at HighPoint Solutions; Christopher Morris, Ph.D., senior principal data scientist at Jacobs; and Onur Savas, senior manager at Accenture Federal Services.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the only university in the state offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in data science, we are honored and proud to be able to host this event to promote data science as an exciting career choice,&rdquo; said Christopher Morrell, Ph.D., director of the data science master&rsquo;s program and professor of mathematics and statistics. &ldquo;This event will help advance our students&rsquo; knowledge of the field and the approaches taken to analyze data. We will highlight areas and skills for individuals at all stages of their data science path.&rdquo;</p> <p>Edward Fortunato, managing director of Constellation Energy, will moderate the event. Fortunato, who has worked at Exelon for 15 years and is the chair of Loyola&rsquo;s data science board, previously served as the vice president of natural gas trading at Merrill Lynch Global Commodities, and as a senior energy trader at Edison Mission Energy. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College in New York City and his MBA in finance from Boston University. Fortunato is active in the community where he has served as the dinner chair for Our Daily Bread for two years. He is also on the dinner committee for Partners in Excellence. Fortunato also moderated Loyola&rsquo;s panel discussion event in 2019.</p> <p>Registration is not required but encouraged. For more information and to register visit, <a href="/academics/data-science/blog/2020/success-event">www.loyola.edu/datasuccess</a>.</p> <p>For information about event parking on the Evergreen campus, visit the parking information <a href="/department/parking-transportation/parking">page</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:13:16 Z{A08355D5-9E66-45E6-86B8-DCC906551AA6}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0121-baird-awardFormer trustee William J. Baird, Jr., ’61, honored with Loyola’s prestigious Andrew White Medal<p>Loyola University Maryland awarded William J. Baird, Jr., the Andrew White Medal at a special family Mass celebrated on Jan. 18 in honor of his 80th birthday. Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, presented the medal.</p> <p>The Andrew White Medal, which was first awarded by Loyola in 1961, is named for Father Andrew White, the Jesuit chaplain to the voyagers of the Ark and the Dove, who celebrated the first Mass on Maryland soil on March 25, 1634. The anniversary of that historic event is marked with Maryland Day.</p> <p>Since 1961, the Andrew White Medal has been bestowed on dozens of individuals who have had an impact on the state of Maryland. The medal is given to distinguished individuals who make contributions to the general welfare of the community, dedicating time and energy unselfishly through public service, serving as an example of personal, domestic, and civic virtue, and making an effort to assist those who are less fortunate.</p> <p>Fr. Linnane said that Loyola chose to honor Baird with the Andrew White Medal &ldquo;for his commitment to his community, for living out the Jesuit ideals that Loyola aspires to instill in all of its graduates, and for embracing a life of service and compassion.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a Loyola student, Baird was a varsity basketball player who worked on the yearbook and served as president of the Green and Grey Society. He majored in engineering and physics and went on to build a career in the insurance industry, primarily with the Willis Group.</p> <p>Since his graduation in 1961, Baird has served Loyola in several ways, including as a trustee from 2000-2008, serving Loyola Alumni Association director, and sitting on the Parents Council with his wife, Joanna. Their eight children are graduates of Loyola.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bill has made a profound impact on our university, helping to strengthen it and increase its vitality over the years,&rdquo; Fr. Linnane said. &ldquo;Even with a demanding career and a busy family life, Bill has always been involved in the community, serving in a variety of organizations&mdash;including the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the Greater Baltimore Committee, Loyola Blakefield, Associated Catholic Charities, and Good Samaritan Hospital. His commitment to Catholic schools and other organizations in Baltimore, is an inspiration and challenge to each of us. His contributions have had an extraordinary impact on Loyola&rsquo;s community, as well as on Baltimore.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:52:57 Z{A15D65C1-B117-4275-A073-FD60C8A980FC}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0114-health-outreach-baltimore-anniversaryLoyola’s Health Outreach Baltimore program to celebrate 5 years serving families at Mercy Medical Center<p>Health Outreach Baltimore, a partnership program between Loyola University Maryland and the Mercy Medical Center, will host a five-year anniversary celebration on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in 4th Floor Program Room.</p> <p>The <a href="/academics/pre-health/health-outreach-baltimore">Health Outreach Baltimore</a> program consists of six leaders and 25 students&mdash;referred to as &ldquo;advocates&rdquo;&mdash;who come from Loyola to provide supportive services to families at Mercy Medical Center. With its motto, &ldquo;Beyond the Scope,&rdquo; Health Outreach Baltimore aims to teach students about the medical and social impacts of healthcare. </p> <p>&ldquo;Over the years, Health Outreach Baltimore advocates have continued to expand on the reflection and professional growth that goes into constantly challenging oneself and setting ambitious goals to secure the best possible client outcomes,&rdquo; said Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships. &ldquo;The program offers leadership, internship, independent study, and research opportunities&mdash;all these are hallmarks of quality and prepare Loyola students for their future medical careers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Most students stay with the program for two to three years. Since the program started in 2014, students have volunteered nearly 8,500 hours and provided aid to more than 1,500 clients. Support services include food and employment resources, childcare, and cribs for Mercy Medical Center&rsquo;s Advanced Fetal Care department, Emergency department, Family Physicians Unit, and Mother-Baby Unit. Nearly 50 advocates have graduated from Loyola and most have gone on to study medicine and work in other health professions.</p> <p>The anniversary event will feature a keynote address by Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., vice dean for public health practice and community engagement and professor of practice in health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University. His lecture, How to Get More Health out of Healthcare, will focus on how to improve healthcare and provide positive outcomes for patients and society. </p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when life expectancy is on the decline, we have to ask how health care can be more of a contributor to greater health, not just less sickness,&rdquo; said Sharfstein.</p> <p>Following the presentation, a panel discussion will be held featuring as panelists Michelle Hammack, a social worker at Mercy Medical Center; Nick Musacchio, &rsquo;17, a medical student at the University of Maryland and former participant in the Health Outreach Baltimore program; and Kristina Burns, &rsquo;20, a Health Outreach Baltimore advocate. </p> <p>For more information about the upcoming five-year anniversary celebration, contact Gardner at mlehmijokigardn@loyola.edu.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:51:29 Z{0FBB4D95-722E-414D-A484-56175908AEE8}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0113-humanities-symposiumLoyola’s 2020 Humanities Symposium to reflect on experiences of war and homecoming<p><strong>The Humanities Symposium, scheduled for March 12, 2020, is canceled</strong>. The event may be rescheduled at a later date.&nbsp;</p> <p>Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Center for the Humanities will host its annual Humanities Symposium and a theater production event reflecting on the wounds of war.</p> <p>Phil Klay, award-winning author of <em>Redeployment</em> and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will give the keynote address titled, &ldquo;War, Literature, and the Long Road Home&rdquo; during the Humanities Symposium on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Copies of <em>Redeployment</em> will be sold at the event following the address.</p> <p><em>Redeployment</em> is a collection of short stories focusing on front-line and home-front experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The book has won many awards, including the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and it was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the <em>New York Times</em>. Klay's nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts &amp; Letters in the category of Cultural &amp; Historical Criticism in 2018. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University, and Klay's writing has appeared in the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>The Atlantic</em>, <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, and the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, among others. For more information on the speaker, visit <a href="https://www.prhspeakers.com/">www.prhspeakers.com</a>.</p> <p>Loyola faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the symposium. Faculty are also welcome to bring their students to colloquia discussions on <em>Redeployment</em> on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, in the 4th Floor Program Room.</p> <p>Prior to the Humanities Symposium event, <a href="https://theaterofwar.com/about">Theater of War Productions</a> will present a dramatic reading of <em>Philoctetes</em> by Sophocles on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Following the reading, a panel discussion will highlight the effects of war on veterans and their families. Faculty workshops will for professors teaching <em>Redeployment</em> will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at noon in College Center 114 and on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. in College Center 107. To register, please contact Bess Garrett, program assistant for the center for humanities, esgarrett@loyola.edu.</p> <p>The Humanities Symposium and dramatic reading of <em>Philoctetes</em> are free and open to the public. For more information, visit <a href="/join-us/humanities-symposium">www.loyola.edu/symposium</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:20:24 Z{E3A7DE6A-54EC-4C43-A8D9-BC176AD9CCA4}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2020/0108-busch-lecture-springLoyola’s 2nd Busch Lecture to feature founder of Baltimore company<p>Adam Richardson, founder and chief bureaucrat of <a href="https://www.enigmabureau.com/">The Enigma Bureau</a>, will deliver the 2nd Busch Lecture, Creating Customer Experiences that Matter, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room on Loyola&rsquo;s Evergreen campus.</p> <p>The Enigma Bureau is a Baltimore-based company that offers coaching and workshops related to innovation, design strategy, and customer insights. Prior to founding The Enigma Bureau, Richardson focused on customer experience innovation at Financial Engines, a financial planning firm. He also worked at Frog Design, a global consultancy agency for 10 years.</p> <p>Richardson earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the California College of the Arts and his Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago. He published a book, <em>Innovation X</em>, in 2010, and his articles have been featured in the <em>Harvard Business Review</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Managing the customer experience is considered to be the latest battleground for organizations seeking competitive advantage,&rdquo; said Gerard Athaide, Ph.D., professor of marketing. &ldquo;I believe that this presentation will get students excited about how effectively managing customer experiences can lead to desired outcomes including innovation opportunities, cost reductions, and revenue growth.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has designated Athaide as a Busch Scholar, a faculty member who conducts and publishes high-quality research in a business discipline.</p> <p>The Busch Lecture, which is supported by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, aims to feature leaders in business who have led innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and are of interest to the academic, business, and civic communities.</p> <p>The lecture is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. For more information and to register, visit <a href="/sellinger-business/busch-lecture">www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business/busch-lecture</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:54:09 Z{CCA9BF8C-0A05-49E5-AD42-B9BAB243F56C}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191212-hanwaygiftLoyola receives $1 million gift to construct Hanway Academic Loft within the Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning<p>Loyola has received a $1 million gift from Ellen and Ed Hanway to support the construction of the <a href="/department/advancement/giving-priorities/beatty-innovation-collaborative-learning">Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning</a>, which the University will break ground on in 2020.</p> <p>The Hanway Academic Loft, which will be located on the top floor of the Fernandez Center, will be a collaborative space on the top floor of the Fernandez Center, offering a place for faculty and students to engage in interactive, innovative, and interdisciplinary learning.</p> <p><img alt="Ed and Ellen Hanway" src="/-/media/news/images/2019/191212-hanwaygift.ashx?h=248&amp;w=270&amp;la=en&amp;hash=5991800D09F3176C39F398E99843D825B1B427EF" style="height: 248px; width: 270px;" class="image_right" />Ed Hanway, who graduated from Loyola in 1974, serves as a Loyola trustee and was formerly the chair of the Board. He and his wife, who both received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Loyola in 2014, are long-time supporters of Loyola, who have made transformative gifts to the University, including a $5.2 million gift that was the largest in its history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ellen and I are passionate about taking a multidisciplinary approach to education,&rdquo; said Ed Hanway. &ldquo;We are proud to support the addition of a space that will be intentionally designed to offer innovative opportunities for faculty and students to engage in learning.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Hanways&rsquo; past contributions to Loyola have strengthened Loyola&rsquo;s global studies program, bolstered the <a href="/department/ccsj/york-road-initiative">York Road Initiative</a>, created the <a href="/join-us/hanway-lecture">Hanway Lecture in Global Studies</a>, helped launch <a href="/department/messina">Messina</a>, added an endowed faculty chair, and provided resources for faculty research and student scholarships.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Hanway Academic Loft will be a tangible sign of Ed and Ellen&rsquo;s ongoing and transformative support of Loyola over the years, and it will offer a place for innovative, intellectual engagement, mentorship, and scholarship,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;I am deeply grateful to the Hanways for all the ways they have supported today&rsquo;s Loyola students and tomorrow&rsquo;s&mdash;and particularly for how they invest in helping to ensure our students graduate as leaders for our diverse and changing world.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="The rendering of the Hanway Academic Loft in the new Fernandez Center" src="/-/media/news/images/2019/191212-hanwaygiftloft.ashx?h=166&amp;w=270&amp;la=en&amp;hash=2047258D41C59D456BD05E8AE59F974B3A351DBA" style="height: 166px; width: 270px;" class="image_right" />The Fernandez Center will be named for Trustee Miguel &ldquo;Mike&rdquo; and Constance Fernandez and the Fernandez Family Foundation, which made a $5 million gift to Loyola for the Fernandez Center and to support need-based aid.</p> <p>The Fernandez Center, which will be located on the Evergreen campus, will be a dynamic, state-of-the-art building that will help Loyola advance its outcomes and reputation as a place for innovation. In addition to the Hanway Academic Loft (depicted in the rendering), the Fernandez Center will include the expanded Dan and Kelly Rizzo Career Center, the <a href="/news/2019/190926-jim-forbes-gift">Forbes Idea Lab</a>, active learning classrooms, and innovative space for faculty.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5bh9hSjpcw&amp;feature=youtu.be">Take a virtual walk-through of the Fernandez Center here</a>.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:46:30 Z{847FE5F4-A9E0-468A-845C-BFD59706D549}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191211-clinton-scholarship-springLoyola student receives William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study in Dubai<p>Cristina Kovacs, &rsquo;21, has been awarded the <a href="https://www.goabroad.com/providers/the-american-university-in-dubai/programs/the-william-jefferson-clinton-scholarship-program-125457">William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship</a> at the American University in Dubai to study abroad during the spring 2020 semester.</p> <p>Kovacs is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in forensic science and mathematics. The Toms River, N.J., native is involved in the Arabic Club, Forensic Science Club, Robotics Club, and a member of the Equestrian Team at Loyola.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am most looking forward to living in a foreign country,&rdquo; said Kovacs. &ldquo;It has been a dream of mine to live outside the United States, and I&rsquo;m excited to try it. Studying abroad will teach me how to adapt to new countries and cultures while preparing me for my future professional career.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships, says the Clinton Scholarship fellowship at Loyola continues to grow, thanks in large part to the work of Naomi Githae, assistant director of international programs, who has helped a record number of students to secure the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship and succeed during their time in Dubai.</p> <p>&ldquo;Although Loyola&rsquo;s study abroad program in Dubai is relatively new, we have cultivated a strong, positive relationship with the American University in Dubai, and the students who apply for this experience are truly outstanding,&rdquo; said Lehmijoki-Gardner. &ldquo;We are delighted that they are able to make the most of their time there academically and through the cultural opportunities that the program offers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first Loyola students studied abroad in Dubai in 2017.</p> <p>About the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship:</p> <p>The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the United States the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world. This prestigious award only grants scholarships to 10 students from the United States per semester.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:06:54 Z{BA018A9B-151F-4E27-A9D5-FD0F742C90D9}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191210-gilman-scholarship-springFour Loyola students win Gilman Scholarships to study abroad for spring 2020<p>Four Loyola University Maryland students&mdash;Olivia Hickey, &rsquo;21, Caoimhe Mannion, &rsquo;21, Shay Ryan, &rsquo;21, and Jade Wehner, &rsquo;21&mdash;have each been awarded a <a href="http://www.gilmanscholarship.org/">Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship</a>. The scholarship will support their study abroad experiences in spring 2020.</p> <p>Hickey will study in Auckland, New Zealand, Mannion will be in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ryan will go to Leuven, Belgium, and Wehner will study in Newcastle, England.</p> <p>&ldquo;The number of Gilman Scholarship recipients has continued to increase. We&rsquo;ve received double the number of applicants since the last round of recipients were announced,&rdquo; said Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., professor of law and social responsibility and a faculty member on the National Fellowships Committee, who provides mentorship for Gilman Scholarship applicants. &ldquo;Gilman Scholars receive an affordable study abroad opportunity that facilitates a well-rounded academic experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hickey, who is originally from Wakefield, Mass., is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in mathematics. She is involved in the Art Club and Environmental Action Club, and she is the treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers.</p> <p>&ldquo;A big part of my career path is constant innovation,&rdquo; said Hickey. &ldquo;By studying in a different country, the exposure to different aspects of the world will spark creativity and an alternative way to problem solve.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mannion is an elementary education major and urban education minor at Loyola, where she also serves as a resident assistant and vice president of the Environmental Action Club. Mannion was also selected as a recipient of Katherine and Larry <a href="/department/national-fellowships/jennings-study-abroad-scholarship">Jennings Scholarship</a> for summer study and research abroad.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so excited to step outside of my comfort zone and explore a culture different than my own,&rdquo; said the Phoenixville, Pa., native. &ldquo;Scandinavia is renowned for its school system and philosophy on childhood development so I&rsquo;m excited to explore this next semester.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ryan is originally from Poolesville, Md.</p> <p>&ldquo;The process of applying for this scholarship and studying abroad will help my personal and professional development,&rdquo; said the psychology major. &ldquo;I am most looking forward to getting to know Belgian culture and improving my French and Dutch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wehner is a biochemistry major from Scranton, Pa.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I always wanted to study abroad because I love to travel and learn. There's no better way to do both than through this opportunity,&rdquo; said Wehner, who is an Evergreen, a volunteer in Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Community Service and Justice, and a lab assistant. &ldquo;This experience will not only help me in my future career but also widen my understanding of the world and other countries.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Three Loyola students have also been selected as alternates for the scholarship.</p> <p>About the <a href="http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program">Gilman Scholarship</a>:</p> <p>The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship eases the financial burden for exceptional U.S. undergraduate students who study or intern abroad. The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, Texas.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:08:21 Z{C11DEECC-D45A-4BCA-A98A-1EE7D3160A8B}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191125-lessons-carols-anniversaryLessons &amp; Carols to feature new carol written as a tribute to Chapel Choir Director George Miller<p>A Loyola graduate commissioned a carol to honor George P. Miller, &rsquo;76, as he celebrates 35 years at the University this year. The world premiere of the piece will occur during the 31st Annual Festival of <a href="/department/campus-ministry/worship/annual-worship-events/lessons-and-carols">Lessons &amp; Carols</a> at Loyola on Dec. 6.</p> <p>John Oghia,&rsquo;07, commissioned this new setting of &ldquo;Lullay, My Liking&rdquo; from British composer Philip Stopford to honor Miller, who has worked at Loyola since 1985 and founded the Chapel Choir that same year.</p> <p>"We all have individuals in our lives who have played an instrumental role in our formation and growth,&rdquo; said Oghia, who was a member of the Chapel Choir and an economics major at Loyola. &ldquo;As a student at Loyola, I had the privilege of meeting and working closely with George&mdash;an experience that changed my life forever. I&rsquo;m deeply grateful to him and I could think of no better way to celebrate his 35th anniversary than through music.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Lullay, My Liking&rdquo; is a contemporary setting of a 15th century text written as a first-person account from Mary, who is rocking baby Jesus to sleep. The carol is scored for choir, organ, string quartet, and brass and is roughly five minutes in length.</p> <p>&ldquo;Commissioning a noted composer to set an original carol is a unique process, one that has taken over a year. This is a very generous gesture on John&rsquo;s part&mdash;a very kind gift and token of appreciation,&rdquo; said Miller, who is associate director of the office of Campus Ministry. &ldquo;Of the nearly 1,000 women and men who have passed through Loyola&rsquo;s Chapel Choir over the years, there are those former students who have become dear lifelong personal friends. John is certainly in that number.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his role as associate director of the office of Campus Ministry, Miller oversees liturgies, directs the Chapel Choir, leads retreats, and supervises the wedding coordinator at Loyola. He earned his bachelor&rsquo;s degree in theology from Loyola and additional degrees in music education and vocal performance from Towson University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Conducting from the University of Maryland. He has held leadership positions with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. His passion for music and singing has given him the opportunity to perform with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Baltimore, Washington National, and Annapolis opera companies.</p> <p>Lessons &amp; Carols will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 410-617-2222 or 410-617-2768. If you are unable to attend, a <a href="https://livestream.com/accounts/11715510/2019lessonsandcarols">livestream</a> will be available.</p> <p>The candle-lit service, which features music and scripture reading to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season, is a signature event for Loyola and begins the Christmas season on campus. Miller will lead the Chapel Choir and guest artists through a performance of seasonal music incorporating a range of musical styles and traditions.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:48:16 Z{E68EC5D0-1390-45B4-9E86-283C497DD642}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191120-changemaker-challenge-awardLoyola faculty members receive Changemaker Challenge Award<p>Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., professor of speech-language-hearing sciences and department chair, and Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy and co-director of the literacy program, were awarded a $10,000 cash prize for their submission in the Howard County Changemaker Challenge competition.</p> <p>Schoenbrodt and Saal&rsquo;s winning presentation, Strategic Training for Empathic Emergency Response (STEER), is a training program that will help improve communication between emergency personnel and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Schoenbrodt and Saal plan to use the cash prize to begin training sessions in Howard County in 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the help of this award we will be able to train up to 500 emergency response workers in Howard County,&rdquo; said Saal. &ldquo;There are more than 22,000 people in Howard County who have disabilities, so the chance of an EMS or fire and rescue personnel assisting someone with a disability is not only likely&mdash;it&rsquo;s almost certain. We hope this training program will have a long-term beneficial impact on the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>In partnership with Schoenbrodt and Saal, the <a href="https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Fire-and-Rescue">Howard County Fire and EMS</a> and the <a href="https://www.archoward.org/">ARC of Howard County</a> will create a curriculum for a training program between emergency personnel and self-advocate educators. This program will help targeted first responders better understand behavior patterns in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during crises or emergency situations and teach them ways to effectively communicate. Schoenbrodt and Saal hope to train up to five self-advocate educators so that they can carry out the STEER training throughout Howard County for many years to come. They recently&nbsp;<a href="/news/2019/191030-lead-program-grant">received a separate grant</a>&nbsp;to continue and expand training in Montgomery County, Prince George&rsquo;s County, and Baltimore City.</p> <p>The Changemaker Challenge is an event co-hosted by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland. Contestants are challenged with submitting innovative ideas from the arts, environment, and health and social services that will benefit Howard County. This year&rsquo;s challenge featured nine finalists with four winners receiving $60,000.</p> <p>Schoenbrodt and Saal were one of two teams that received $10,000 for ideas on how to make Howard County safer and more accessible for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:53:39 Z{09BBA679-1495-4DA9-A486-AC5809359901}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191114-roi-rankingLoyola ranks in the top 100 among universities for long-term return on investment<p>A Loyola University Maryland degree is one of the most valuable in the country, according to a study completed by Georgetown University&rsquo;s Center on Education and the Workforce.</p> <p>&ldquo;A First Try at ROI&rdquo; ranked 4,500 higher education institutions according to the net present value of future earnings at different time horizons up to 40 years after graduation. According to the report, the long-term return on investment from a Loyola degree ranks 90th in the nation, placing Loyola in the top 2% in the country. This is the case at both the 30-year and 40-year mark.</p> <p>&ldquo;Return-on-investment reports typically show students&rsquo; potential earnings up to 10 years after graduation,&rdquo; said Eric Nichols, vice president for enrollment management. &ldquo;This is the first report I&rsquo;ve seen that attempts to capture a more complete long-term ROI outlook by factoring in education costs, loan debt, career earnings, and inflation. Seeing Loyola ranked in the top 100 in the nation demonstrates that Loyola is a great investment now and throughout a student&rsquo;s lifetime.&rdquo;</p> <p>The study, which measured the cost of paying for college versus what students will earn throughout their careers, found that public and private four-year institutions offering bachelor&rsquo;s degrees had the highest ROI long term. Two-year colleges or certificate programs were found to have a short-term return on investment, including 10 years after enrollment. Private institutions like Loyola were found to have a higher ROI over the longest period.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Jesuit, liberal arts education we offer at Loyola truly prepares our students for the future&mdash;both immediately after graduation and far into the future,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;This type of ranking merely affirms what we tell our students&mdash;that a Loyola education ensures they are immediately employable and infinitely adaptable and that they are well-prepared for whatever opportunities they will encounter in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on the study, visit <a href="https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/">https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:58:44 Z{DAD3E5AB-2465-4275-BFF5-497E849CD104}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191114-outstanding-advocate-awardAdministrator receives Outstanding First-Year Advocate award for Loyola’s Messina program<p>Mary Ellen Wade, associate director of <a href="/department/messina">Messina</a>, won the Outstanding First-Year Advocate award from the <a href="https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/national_resource_center/index.php">National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition </a>and <a href="https://www.cengage.com/">Cengage</a>.</p> <p>Wade, who started working at Loyola in 2008, has helped expand the University&rsquo;s first-year Messina program. She leads enrichment sessions, encourages campus and community engagement, and offers individual support to students. Since taking on the role of associate director of Messina in 2013, she has led initiatives to help grow the program to one in which all first-year students enrolled.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mary Ellen has helped transform Messina into a universal living-learning program that is part of the fabric of the Loyola University Maryland student experience,&rdquo; said Michael Puma, student development co-director of Messina. &ldquo;This award shows that colleagues across the nation recognize the work that we are doing at Loyola.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wade will be honored at the 39th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in Washington, D.C., which will be held on Feb. 21-24, 2020. All conference fees are waived for Wade, and she will be recognized in the <em>Chronicle of Higher Education</em>, as well as through the National Resource Center&rsquo;s online newsletter and webpage.</p> <p>&ldquo;This award captures the intentional planning and creative vision that went into forming a transformative first-year student experience here at Loyola,&rdquo; said Wade. &ldquo;It will allow me to have more opportunities to continue to showcase the dedicated work of our faculty, administrators, Evergreens, and resident assistants in a national spotlight.&rdquo;</p> <p>The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition with co-sponsorship with Cengage selects two nominated individuals from designated institutional categories. Loyola University Maryland is classified under the four-year colleges and universities with 2,000 to 7,000 students. The award recipients demonstrate exceptional work in student learning, development, and success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:05:15 Z{5988D9F0-E920-486B-9BE0-882F6DA92823}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191112-mlk-convocationPastor and social justice advocate to speak at the 27th annual MLK Convocation<p>Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor and social justice advocate, will speak at Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.</p> <p>Barber will discuss current event issues related to social and racial justice during his lecture, &ldquo;The Fierce Urgency of Now.&rdquo; This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. To register, visit <a href="/join-us/mlk-convocation">www.loyola.edu/mlk</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;This convocation is a longstanding tradition that brings together the Loyola University Maryland campus and community in remembrance and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,&rdquo; said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., the associate vice president for graduate academic affairs and diversity at Loyola who will become the <a href="/news/2019/191029-ceio-announcement">University&rsquo;s first chief equity and inclusion officer</a> beginning Jan. 1, 2020. &ldquo;The convocation is a wonderful way for us to recommit ourselves to justice, equity, and inclusion.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since 1993 Barber has served as a pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., where he focuses on interfaith and multiracial issues. His advocacy for voting rights, healthcare, immigrant rights, public education, and LGBTQ rights has led to rallies in Raleigh, N.C., as well as thousands of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience across the south.</p> <p>In 2013, Barber founded <a href="https://www.breachrepairers.org/">Repairers of Breach</a>, an organization that strives to build and expand a national movement in moral analysis, articulation, and action. He helped create a revival of the 1968 Poor People&rsquo;s Campaign that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others helped orchestrate. The movement has since built state and local non-partisan movements, which aim to build power and challenge laws and policies that pose a threat to underprivileged individuals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Barber earned his B.A. from North Carolina Central University, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and doctorate from Drew University. He has received eight honorary doctorate degrees and is the 2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Award recipient for Human Rights. He has served on the NAACP board since 2005 and was the president of the North Carolina chapter from 2006-2017. He is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and has published numerous books and articles. Barber is also a contributing op-ed writer for <em>The Guardian</em>, <em>The New York Times</em>, CNN, MSNBC, and <em>The Washington Post</em>.</p> <p>The MLK Convocation, celebrating its 27th year, is an occasion for Loyola and the Baltimore community to launch the spring semester and the New Year by coming together for shared inquiry into the legacies of race and racial justice in America. Past speakers have included Roxanne Gay, Octavia Butler, Spike Lee, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:17:41 Z{7119C647-E163-4887-AF5B-C824E89D6E99}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191112-baltipreneurs-accelerator-announcedFirst Baltipreneurs selected for Loyola’s new accelerator program<p>Eight companies and social ventures have been chosen to participate in the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program, which is being launched by Loyola&rsquo;s <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a>. This first group of Baltipreneurs was selected from a competitive pool of more than 60 applicants.</p> <p>The awardees are:</p> <p>&bull;<span> </span>Benegraft, a medical device company with a technique for dicing cartilage;<br /> &bull;<span> </span>Eatsplore, a startup company started by Loyola faculty member that matches hosts with clients who are interested in sampling local food;<br /> &bull;<span> </span><a href="https://halalbeautycosmetics.com/">Halal Beauty Cosmetics</a>, a beauty supply company;<br /> &bull;<span> </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/mckennaskupcakes/">McKenna&rsquo;s Kupcakes</a>, a bakery business operated by Loyola student McKenna Moors, &rsquo;22;<br /> &bull;<span> </span><a href="https://www.smalltimorehomes.org/">Smalltimore Homes</a>, a nonprofit affordable housing initiative;<br /> &bull;<span> </span><a href="https://www.stonesthrowhash.com/">Stone&rsquo;s Throw Hash</a>, a breakfast-based natural food company in Baltimore;<br /> &bull;<span> </span><a href="https://www.styletrail.co/">Style Trail</a>, a beauty shop and barbershop job listing service; and<br /> &bull;<span> </span><a href="https://www.tomana.co/">Tomana Inc.</a>, a pet-sitting service located in Baltimore.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Center is pleased to welcome these eight businesses into the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, director of the Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;This program will help entrepreneurs from Loyola and the Baltimorecommunity receive mentorship, instruction, and valuable experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Over the course of the program, each Baltipreneur will receive $2,000. The highest performing team can also qualify for an additional $5,000.&nbsp; All will get the chance to pitch at a Demo Day in April.&nbsp;</p> <p>Herv&eacute; Franceschi, an affiliate professor of computer science, co-founded EatSplore with Rhys Scheuren, &rsquo;19, a communication major and computer science minor, and Alyssa Schilke, &rsquo;20, a computer science major.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program will help with startup funds for EatSplore, an online program that aims to provide guests with an in-depth cultural immersion in the location they are visiting through interaction with local people and food,&rdquo; Franceschi said. &ldquo;Funding granted through the program will also help pay for registering trademarks/copyrights, server monthly fees, an advertising presence on Google and Facebook, create visibility, and find hosts to get started."</p> <p>The recipients will also receive business and entrepreneurship instruction from Loyola faculty members and other partners, dedicated office space at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library through May 2020, one-on-one pitch training, networking opportunities, and a photo session for professional portraits.</p> <p>For more information on the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program, visit <a href="/join-us/baltipreneurs">www.loyola.edu/accelerator</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:40:35 Z{D31EE58B-3C2E-454B-B392-CB96F8C8F699}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191101-grant-italian-instructionLoyola receives funding to support Italian instruction in modern languages and literatures<p>The modern languages and literatures department at Loyola University Maryland received a nearly $17,000 grant from Ministro degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation), for the 2019-2020 academic year.</p> <p>The grant, which Leslie Morgan, Ph.D., professor of Italian and French, applied to on behalf of the department, is awarded to a university to help strengthen instruction in Italian language and culture.</p> <p>This is the second year Morgan has applied and received funding on behalf of Loyola from MAECI. Last year, the University was awarded an $11,000 grant to partially fund a full-time affiliate faculty member while Morgan was on sabbatical.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very pleased to receive this support from the Italian government for teaching Italian at Loyola,&rdquo; said Morgan. &ldquo;It benefits our students and the language program overall to be able to offer the full range of courses each semester with continuing full-time faculty.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:09:25 Z{6FA6BC59-C4C1-410A-8BC3-1E50C73DC420}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191031-university-innovation-fellows-namedFour Loyola students named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University<p>Four Loyola students have been selected University Innovation Fellows (UIF) by Stanford University.</p> <p>The recipients are Cameron Galley, &rsquo;22, a psychology major from Baltimore, Md.; Benjamin Hunt, &rsquo;22, an Annapolis, Md., native who is majoring in finance; Meghan McNulty, &rsquo;22, a chemistry major from Tucson, Ariz.; and Siena Pizzano, &rsquo;22, a data science major with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship from West Orange, N.J.</p> <p>The four Loyola students are among 360 students from 90 higher education institutions throughout the world who have been named University Innovation Fellows. As fellows, selected students are challenged with bringing innovative ideas to campus to help foster entrepreneurial opportunities, creativity, and design thinking. They will also attend workshops, conferences, work alongside faculty and administrators to develop new course material and lend a student voice to conversations about higher education.</p> <p>In spring 2020, the fellows will have the chance to attend a Silicon Valley Meetup in California where they will meet with leaders in education and industry to learn strategies to help their projects and ideas thrive at their universities.</p> <p>&ldquo;The University Innovation Fellows represent the early adopters, or what can be called the &lsquo;bleeding edge&rsquo; of student innovators on campus,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, director of the Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;They are among the select cohorts of changemakers who help us gain momentum and broaden the appeal of innovation and entrepreneurship across campus. The first Loyola UIFs just graduated, moving on to graduate programs and tech careers, and they found that the teambuilding, facilitation, and problem-solving skills they developed through the program were in high demand.&rdquo;</p> <p>The international UIF program offers training and development to student leaders interested in serving as change agents and bringing innovation to their colleges and universities. This is the fourth cohort of fellows from Loyola. Past cohorts from the University have led efforts through the <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a> such as establishing makerspaces in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and residence halls and planning life-hack and TEDx events. This year the cohort will use design thinking to come up with a solution to end vaping both locally and nationally.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s humbling to be a part of such an important organization where they strive to teach us how to innovate the world around us,&rdquo; said McNulty. &ldquo;I am grateful for this opportunity not only to learn from the training and the others in my cohort but to grow as a person.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>UIF, which is a program of Stanford University&rsquo;s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, was created by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and funded by a five-year National Science Foundation grant. Loyola joined the program in 2017. Suzanne Keilson, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering, Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean of the natural and applied sciences, and Bolger serve as mentors to the fellows.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:56:21 Z{7050BAF2-B109-49F1-9279-3415386CF081}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191030-lead-program-grantFaculty members receive award for training program involving first responders<p>Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., professor of speech-language-hearing sciences and department chair, and Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy and co-director of the literacy program, have been awarded almost $100,000 from the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD)/Ethan Saylor Alliance and the Maryland Department of Development Disabilities for their innovative project, &ldquo;LEADING FORWARD: Training Self-Advocate Educators for First Responders.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is the second consecutive award the faculty have received for the LEAD program, which works to recruit, hire, train, and supervise individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These individuals will serve as self-advocate educators alongside law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS/EMTS throughout the State of Maryland.</p> <p>Previously, Schoenbrodt and Saal received funding to pilot the LEAD program in Prince George&rsquo;s Community College Municipal Police Academy. This new funding&mdash;including an additional $25,000 in philanthropic support from Lynne and Don Myers in memory of their son, Eric Davis Myers&mdash;will support the continuation and expansion of the training program in Prince George&rsquo;s County. It will also help expand the program to include Montgomery&nbsp; County first responders and Baltimore City police officers.</p> <p>The LEAD program creates strategic partnerships between law enforcement departments, academic institutions, and community-based advocacy organizations. The three components work together at a local level to recruit, equip, support, and evaluate leaders as trainers.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Our work directly speaks to the mission of our Jesuit institution by working with and for others for social justice&mdash;specifically, by supporting people with disabilities to advocate for themselves to be safe, included, and understood in first-responder training and in our communities,&rdquo; said Schoenbrodt.</p> <p>Schoenbrodt and Saal&mdash;along with their partners at Best Buddies of Maryland and other local advocacy groups for people with disabilities&mdash;have already started recruiting the new class of self-advocate educators who will train with veterans from last year&rsquo;s training program. This year&rsquo;s curriculum will help all first responders understand and apply concepts of clear communication and de-escalation techniques when working with members of our communities with disabilities. Through role plays that target real-life situations, first responders learn and practice skills to help them respond effectively and empathically to individuals with disabilities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Receiving this funding has allowed us to develop and expand this important work at a time when this training is needed most,&rdquo; said Saal. &ldquo;Each training session is an adventure and an accomplishment. We are also proud to do this work with the State of Maryland, which is leading national initiatives in this area.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:45:11 Z{7EB2F44B-0E52-4B47-978B-3100E91976E7}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191029-teacher-of-the-yearLoyola graduate named 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year<p>Teresa Beilstein, &rsquo;07, was named the 2019-2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year by the Maryland State Department of Education. Beilstein, who graduated from Loyola with a degree in economics, teaches third grade at South Shore Elementary School for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.</p> <p>Beilstein, who will compete for National Teacher of the Year next April, will spend the upcoming year as a speaker and advisor, representing the State of Maryland at meetings and events hosted by the National Teacher of the Year Program.</p> <p>&ldquo;This profession is truly an honor,&rdquo; said Beilstein, according to a press release shared by Anne Arundel County Public Schools. &ldquo;It is the intersection of my passion and purpose. I am so lucky to have a career that fulfills me as a person. It&rsquo;s more than I could ever ask for, and I&rsquo;m honored to represent my colleagues across the state.&rdquo;</p> <p>As an undergraduate student at Loyola, Beilstein was a member of the Green &amp; Grey Society, the Student Leadership Corps, the Evergreens, Student Ambassadors, and the Senior Class Gift Committee. In addition to being active in the Adam Smith Economic Society and Campus Ministry, Beilstein was involved with the Community Service Council, serving at Beans &amp; Bread and the House of Mercy. She was also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Omicron Delta Epsilon (the international economics honor society), and Who&rsquo;s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.</p> <p>Beilstein&rsquo;s professors in the Sellinger School of Business remember her as a bright, poised, and academically accomplished student who showed natural leadership and a love of learning.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Loyola, we take pride in seeing our graduates go on to achieve so much personally and professionally, and we&rsquo;re thrilled to celebrate this well-deserved recognition with Teresa,&rdquo; said Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. &ldquo;We tell our students we want them to graduate ready for anything and ready for everything. It&rsquo;s wonderful to see how Teresa is making the most of her Jesuit, liberal arts education and helping this next generation learn and grow.&rdquo;</p> <p>After graduating from Loyola, Beilstein worked for SunTrust Bank before earning a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from Walden University.</p> <p>Loyola has a history of graduates who have been selected as Teacher of the Year at the county level.</p> <p>Melinda P. Wright, M.Ed. &rsquo;93, was also a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year this year as Charles County Teacher of the Year. Wright is a second-grade inclusion teacher at Mt. Hope/Nanjemony Elementary School and runs an afterschool STEAM program for K-3rd graders and co-coaches Girls on the Run for 4th and 5th grades.</p> <p>In 2019, Heather Carnaghan, M.Ed. &rsquo;15, was named Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year, and Daleisha Myers, who completed Loyola's Certificate in Administration and Supervision in 2018, was named Prince George's County Teacher of the Year. In 2017, Justin Holbrook, M.Ed. &rsquo;17, was named Baltimore City Public Schools&rsquo; Teacher of the Year.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 21:09:07 Z{83C2C3BE-7B50-4018-84D6-9A1A335AD937}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191029-ceio-announcementLoyola names Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., as first chief equity and inclusion officer<p>After conducting a national search, Loyola University Maryland announced today that Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., &rsquo;86, M.Ed. &rsquo;89, will serve as the University&rsquo;s first chief equity and inclusion officer. Moore-Thomas, who is currently associate vice president for graduate academic affairs and diversity at Loyola, will begin in the role on Jan. 1, 2020.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to address the challenges around racism and diversity issues we know we are facing and become the welcoming, inclusive Jesuit, Catholic university we aspire to be,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. &ldquo;We have known that creating this leadership position would be integral to strengthening Loyola&mdash;and we have been looking for the right person to step into that role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Moore-Thomas earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, <em>summa cum laude</em>, and M.Ed. in School Counseling from Loyola before receiving her Ph.D., in Counselor Education with a specialization in school and multicultural counseling from University of Maryland at College Park in 2000.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being charged with leading the conversation about equity and inclusion is the honor of a lifetime. I have been the student who came to Loyola wanting to do well, but not really feeling that I had a voice,&rdquo; said Moore-Thomas. &ldquo;Now I get to think about this across the institution and challenge each of us to meet that opportunity. There is an urgency that I hope is going to inspire us&mdash;each of us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Also a professor of education at Loyola, Moore-Thomas came to Loyola as an assistant professor of education in 2001. Her leadership positions include serving as associate dean in the School of Education, chair of Education Specialties, and associate vice president for faculty affairs and diversity.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. Moore-Thomas brings a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities before us, a passion for Loyola, and a clear and compelling vision for how we can move forward,&rdquo; said Father Linnane. &ldquo;I look forward to working with her as she applies her wealth of experience and significant expertise to help us make progress on these critical issues for our Jesuit, Catholic university, as we prepare leaders for a diverse and changing world.&rdquo;</p> <p>As chief equity and inclusion officer, Moore-Thomas will partner with leadership and stakeholders to plan, strategize, and implement programs promoting inclusive academic and professional excellence, and the institutional values of equity, inclusion, diversity, and respectfulness for all individuals that differ by race, gender or other social identity characteristics. She will serve as the subject matter specialist and serves as a change management expert to intentionally build and preserve a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity appreciation throughout the institution.</p> <p>Moore-Thomas said she looks forward to connecting with students and their families who have dreams and hopes for their education and future career opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;We can exceed those dreams and those wishes and those hopes,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The key is that we&rsquo;re going to have to take the time to listen to each other and work with each other and encourage each other every step of the way, because it is a difficult journey. But full inclusion and full equity with everyone being respected and everyone being heard is the only way to excellence.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:23:11 Z{1018FB69-6F73-4C2E-AA04-B6B9E9FA416D}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191028-essence-magazine-honors-faculty-memberEssence magazine honors Loyola faculty member on list of “Woke 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 <em>Essence</em> magazine&rsquo;s selective list of <a href="https://www.essence.com/news/2019-woke-100/#474573">&ldquo;Woke 100 Women for 2019.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The list honors Black women who are agents for change both in their communities and around the country. Whitehead was named alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, American filmmaker Ava Du Verynay, CBS news anchor Gayle King, Princeton scholar Imani Perry, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Whitehead, who lives with her family in Baltimore, was the only individual selected who works in Maryland and also the only individual from Baltimore.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I saw <em>Essence</em> magazine, I was overcome with emotion. Being included in a group of women of such courage, vision, and strength&mdash;many of whom have inspired and challenged me to use my voice to tell stories that matter, to build community, and to advocate for change&mdash;is an unbelievable honor,&rdquo; Whitehead said. &ldquo;Given that our nation and world does not always value the voices and distinctive leadership of Black women, I believe that it is incumbent upon all of us to amplify the work that they are doing to bring about social justice, change, and equality. I certainly never thought that my research and writing and the work that I do in Baltimore, both in the community and on my radio show, would even be noticed at this level and in this way. I hope that my work is a powerful reminder to Black girls&mdash;and to anyone looking for encouragement&mdash;that even if the world does not see you or value you and your work; you must see yourself, you must value yourself, and you must use your voice, your talent, and your platform to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves. You must speak for the unforgotten because that is how we get better and that is how your work (and your life) can have a much greater impact than you could ever imagine.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to teaching at Loyola, Whitehead 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 <em>Afro</em> newspaper, and the author of five books, including <em>I Speak for the Unforgotten: Dispatches from Baltimore</em>, due out in December 2019.</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.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited that Dr. Whitehead's excellent work at Loyola and in the city of Baltimore is getting national attention,&rdquo; said Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. &ldquo;Dr. Whitehead is a person who puts our Jesuit mission at Loyola into action for the benefit of all people, working to advance the conversation&mdash;and inspire action with impact&mdash;around equity and inclusion.&rdquo;</p> <p>A separate, unrelated story on the arrival of the first Africans to America in the same November issue of <em>Essence</em> quotes Whitehead as saying, &ldquo;We are the descendants of Black women, our foremothers, who chose to survive and go forward rather than go backward.&rdquo;</p> <p>Whitehead received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in International Peace Studies, her graduate degree in Advanced Documentary and Narrative Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy, and her B.A. from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Among her many other recognitions, Whitehead was also recently selected as one of the 2019 &ldquo;25 Women to Watch&rdquo; by the <em>Baltimore Sun</em> and the 2019 Collegium Visionary Award. &ldquo;Today With Dr. Kaye&rdquo; received the 2019 <em>Associated Press</em> Award for Outstanding Talk Show and the second place Award for Outstanding Editorial and Commentary.</p> <p>Prior to her work in academia, Whitehead was a documentary filmmaker with MetroTV, a PBS-affiliate and a senior producer for Music Television Networks (MTV). She has been nominated three times for New York Emmy awards.</p> <p>From 2013-2015, Whitehead was chosen as one of only four experts to participate in the White House's Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History on topics ranging from the Emancipation Proclamation to the president&rsquo;s policies on women and girls.</p> <p>The Loyola community will celebrate this achievement with &ldquo;Cupcakes with Kaye&rdquo; from 11:30 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in the center of the Loyola Quad. All are welcome.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:40:45 Z{445F89EC-3B02-47A0-A920-8D18EF8509CE}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191024-thomas-dalesandroLoyola celebrates the life of former Mayor of Baltimore Thomas D’Alesandro III, ’49<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, released this statement after the death of former Mayor of Baltimore Thomas D&rsquo;Alesandro:</p> <p>&ldquo;As mayor of Baltimore from 1967-1971, Thomas D&rsquo;Alesandro was at the forefront of conversations about integration and led with a perspective that was particularly forward-thinking for his time. A 1949 graduate of Loyola, Mr. D&rsquo;Alesandro has left a legacy that was informed by his Jesuit education and Jesuit values. Over the years, Mr. D&rsquo;Alesandro was an active and ardent supporter of his <em>alma mater</em> in numerous ways, including chairing a campaign for the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and serving on a major gifts committee for Loyola. The University honored Mr. D&rsquo;Alesandro as Alumnus of the Year in 1971&mdash;and also with our prestigious Andrew White Medal in 1977 and the President&rsquo;s Medal in 1999. Our prayers are with his family, including his son, Tom, who is also a Loyola graduate.&rdquo;</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:12:42 Z{A4DC07F0-A61D-4FD8-AB8A-67FBBFADF706}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191021-baltipreneurs-accelerator-programLoyola’s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship launches program to assist aspiring entrepreneurs<p>Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to receive support for their business ideas or innovative social ventures through a new program in Loyola&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship (CI&amp;E).</p> <p>The Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program will select five to eight recipients who will receive business and entrepreneurship instruction from Loyola faculty members and other partners, as well as mentorship, dedicated office space at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library through May 2020, one-on-one pitch training, networking, a photo session for professional portraits, and a minimum $2,000 stipend.</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. Winners of the previous year&rsquo;s <a href="/join-us/better-business">Building a Better World Through Business</a> student pitch competition are automatically eligible.</p> <p>&ldquo;As part of the Center&rsquo;s dual mission to serve women and entrepreneurs of color in Baltimore, and elevate innovation on Loyola&rsquo;s campus, our pilot Baltipreneurs Accelerator will bring together city-based ventures with Loyola student, faculty, and staff innovators,&rdquo; said Wendy Bolger, director of the Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;We expect Baltipreneurs will be a great opportunity for the cohort to learn from and teach each other, with the support of expert facilitation, instruction, coaching, and mentorship.&rdquo;</p> <p>Participants in the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program are required to attend 10 weekly meetings between Nov. 14 and Feb. 20, 2020, at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. For more information on the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program, visit <a href="/join-us/baltipreneurs">www.loyola.edu/accelerator</a>.</p> <p>Applications for the program are now open, with rolling admission through Thursday, Oct. 31. Applicants can expect a prompt reply regarding the status of their application.</p> <p>Those who want to learn more about the Baltipreneurs Accelerator are invited to participate in a Q&amp;A conference call on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. Email Mauricio Vargas, program assistant for the Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship at mvargas@loyola.edu to RSVP.</p> <p>Loyola's Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship aims to nurture student innovators and make an impact in the Baltimore community through education, hands-on experiences, and creative experimentation.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:57:44 Z{9AA0A846-1C03-4E72-A46A-FE3899138B35}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191021-loyola-ccmaLoyola School of Education faculty member awarded Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award<p>Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy education at <a href="/school-education">Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s School of Education</a>, has been awarded the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic&rsquo;s Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award for her outstanding research in curricular service-learning and research in service of community members and organizations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Saal was selected based on her research, which focuses on the intersectionality of literacy and social justice. This includes her studies on the literacies of adults and older students in and out of educational programs and the preparation and support of literacy leaders to work for social justice.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. Saal is devoted to high-impact, community partner-driven research, and she is well deserving of this award,&rdquo; said Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. &ldquo;At Loyola University Maryland, we strive to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world. Her dedication to engaged scholarship makes a difference not only for her students, but also in our surrounding community.&rdquo;</p> <p>An example of the impact of Saal&rsquo;s research is her work with Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., to develop Learning to LEAD: Training Self-Advocate Educators for First Responders. The program is a collaboration between Loyola University Maryland, Best Buddies of Maryland, and local first responders&mdash;including the Prince George&rsquo;s County and Baltimore City Police Academies and Montgomery County Fire/EMS Services.&nbsp;</p> <p>Funded by a grant from the Ethan Saylor Alliance, Maryland Department of Disabilities, the LEAD Program trains self-advocate educators (people with disabilities) to train first responders on using safe and effective interactions techniques and skills when working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LEAD has received praise for its positive impact on facilitating interactions where both first responders and people with disabilities are safe, understood, and included.</p> <p>The Early Career Engaged Scholarship is awarded by the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA), a nonprofit association of public, private, two- and four-year colleges and universities. CCMA provides leadership to colleges and universities by advocating, supporting, and encouraging institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based public service and civic engagement programs.</p> <p>Saal will receive the award at the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic ceremony on Nov. 16.<br /> &nbsp;</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:36:48 Z{70A6A623-96E1-4ABF-8025-D75DDCAEFCF3}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191017-celebrating-the-life-of-elijah-cummingsLoyola celebrates the life of U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings<p>Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, released this statement on the death of U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.</p> <p>&ldquo;Congressman Cummings will long be remembered for his commitment to public service and his support for those he represented, particularly the residents of Baltimore City. A civil rights champion, he understood that the people and institutions of Baltimore faced many challenges but even more opportunities, and he led with a depth of knowledge, insight, and compassion. Loyola University Maryland is proud to host an annual Teen Summit on campus each March through our partnership with the Elijah Cummings Youth Program, which offers leadership skills, as well as a desire to engage in community service to students in Maryland's 7th congressional district. With his legacy of leadership, Congressman Cummings kindled in many not just a belief that Baltimore and Maryland have an exceedingly bright future, but also that the community&mdash;and each of us&mdash;has a responsibility to work together to bring that future to life.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:46:24 Z{50F3844F-AAF1-4978-AD69-767DBA3AE551}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191016-athletics-tied-for-fourth-graduation-rateLoyola Athletics tied for fourth in NCAA’s Division I graduation rateWed, 16 Oct 2019 17:43:41 Z{30D8BCD6-C5B1-45C1-8B39-96E0F043D084}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191007-green-grey-speakerTrustee Jeffrey A. Nattans, ’89, to speak on leadership experience at Green &amp; Grey Speaker Series<p>Loyola graduate Jeffrey A. Nattans, &rsquo;89, will discuss his experiences at Loyola and role in leadership at Legg Mason as part of Loyola University Maryland&rsquo;s Green &amp; Grey Alumni Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall.</p> <p>In his lecture, &ldquo;Holy _____! Are We the First?&rdquo;, Nattans will speak from his experience at Legg Mason, where he is the head of mergers &amp; acquisitions with a focus on strategic investment activities and initiatives. He joined Legg Mason in 2006 as a managing director in administrative management.</p> <p>Following the lecture, the Career Center will host LoyolaConnect Live, a career networking night. Students will have the opportunity to learn about careers by meeting with groups of faculty and alumni focused on business, humanities, education, natural sciences, and social sciences.</p> <p>Prior to Legg Mason, Nattans served as a vice president in the investment banking division with Goldman Sachs in New York from 1996 to 2006. Nattans earned his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and his Bachelor of Business Administration, <em>summa cum laude</em>, from Loyola University Maryland. Nattans currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Loyola and previously as the chair of the Board Sponsors of the Sellinger School of Business and Management. He also serves as the vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Calvert Hall College High School.</p> <p>While at Loyola, Nattans played soccer and basketball and was named the Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a two-time Academic All-American in soccer. Nattans was also in the first class of the Green &amp; Grey Society. He went on to play for the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League and was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame, the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Calvert Hall Alumni Hall of Fame.</p> <p>For more information and to register for both events, go to <a href="/join-us/green-grey-society/speaker-series">loyola.edu/green-and-grey</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="/join-us/green-grey-society/speaker-series">Green &amp; Grey Alumni Speakers Series</a> invites alumni who were members of Loyola&rsquo;s Green &amp; Grey Society to speak on the Evergreen campus. Since 1989, Loyola University Maryland has selected a small number of members from the senior class who demonstrated excellence in academic, personal, and spiritual integration and committed service to Loyola. In the spirit of Jesuit ideals, the Society has served as advisors to the University leaders by identifying and communicating issues of significance present in the lives of community members.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:26:46 Z{C5A5D119-C8D2-4833-8A1C-7709A766738E}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/191003-alpha-sigma-nu-book-awardsLoyola faculty member receives 2019 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award<p>The 40th Annual Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award has been awarded to Mickey Fenzel, Ph.D., professor of pastoral counseling for a book he co-edited, <em>Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transformative Catholic-Led Initiatives in Urban Education</em>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.alphasigmanu.org/awards/asn-book-awards/">Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award</a>, which is in its 40th year, is the only book award that honors scholarly writing at Jesuit universities. Fenzel received the education award within the Professional Studies category.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an honor to receive recognition from Alpha Sigma Nu for this book,&rdquo; said Fenzel. &ldquo;There are several Catholic initiatives from grades K-12 that are making a difference to improve education for marginalized groups, and the objective of this book was to tell those stories.&rdquo;</p> <p>As part of the award, Fenzel will receive a $1,000 check and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at an <a href="/join-us/alpha-sigma-nu">Alpha Sigma Nu</a> event held at Loyola at a later date.</p> <p>Fenzel co-edited <em>Responding to the Call for Educational Justice</em> with Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., executive director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College. The book focuses on innovative K-12 schools from Cristo Rey schools to Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and Fe y Alegr&iacute;a schools throughout Central and South America, that are providing high-quality educational programs for underserved children, adolescents, and adults.</p> <p>Robert Helfenbein, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of curriculum studies, and Peter Litchka, Ed.D., professor of education and director of the Educational Leadership Program, also contributed to the book.</p> <p>This is the second Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award Fenzel has received. In 2010, his book, <em>Improving Urban Middle Schools: Lessons from the Nativity Schools</em>, also received an award.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our accomplished faculty conduct research and scholarship in a number of fields,&rdquo; said Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. &ldquo;It is especially gratifying when a faculty member&rsquo;s contributions are acknowledged and celebrated at a national level in an area that is focused on marginalized populations. The Jesuits are embracing four apostolic preferences, and this book celebrates two of the four, focusing on the work that is being done to walk with those who have fewer resources, as well as accompany youth. We are very proud of Dr. Fenzel&rsquo;s work and his award.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:22:10 Z{24C6D340-8888-439D-B273-5F8344F2DBEF}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190926-jim-forbes-giftLoyola receives $1 million gift to support the Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning<p>Loyola has received a $1 million gift from Jim and Hollis Forbes to support the construction of the <a href="/department/advancement/giving-priorities/beatty-innovation-collaborative-learning">Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning</a>, which the University will break ground on in 2020.</p> <p>The Forbes Idea Lab, which will be located on the first floor of the Fernandez Center, will be designed to house activities related to the <a href="/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship">Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship</a>, which opened last year.</p> <p>Jim Forbes is a 1980 graduate of Loyola and the chairman of Loyola&rsquo;s Board of Trustees. He and his wife want to help advance the momentum around innovation and collaboration that they see growing at Loyola.</p> <p>&ldquo;Instead of traditional classrooms, the Fernandez Center will offer space for more interdisciplinary learning,&rdquo; said Jim Forbes. &ldquo;I would hope that other alumni would pause and reflect on the values they learned at Loyola and how Loyola has helped shape their careers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jim and Hollis Forbes were inspired by the $5 million gift from Trustee Miguel &ldquo;Mike&rdquo; and Constance Fernandez and the Fernandez Family Foundation, which will contribute to the Fernandez Center and support need-based aid.</p> <p>&ldquo;On behalf of Loyola University Maryland and our students, I thank Jim and Hollis for this generous and transformative gift,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m grateful to them for helping launch the Idea Lab, which will be a hub of entrepreneurial growth for our students, and for believing in the bright future of Loyola.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Fernandez Center, which will be located on the Evergreen campus, will be a dynamic, state-of-the-art building that will help Loyola advance its outcomes and reputation as a place for innovation. In addition to the Forbes Idea Lab, the Fernandez Center will include the expanded Dan and Kelly Rizzo <a href="/department/career-center">Career Center</a>, active learning classrooms, and innovative space for faculty.</p> <p>Long-time generous supporters of the University, Jim Forbes, &rsquo;80, and his wife, Hollis, gave $1 million in 2012 to renovate and refurbish Reitz Arena. The basketball court was named Forbes Court to recognize their funding for that project.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:07:43 Z{64B1D0B0-8D2D-428A-B4A0-D9E0117F8618}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190925-immigrant-children-presentationLoyola to host panel discussion on experiences of immigrant youth<p>Loyola University Maryland will host a presentation, The Journey of Immigrant Children, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in McGuire Hall. The panel discussion will focus on experiences, legal issues, and spiritual perspectives of Central American immigrant youth.</p> <p>The presentation will feature seven panelists, including two speakers who fled El Salvador as teenagers and coauthors of the book, <em>Blessed Are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children</em>, which received an award by the <em>Catholic Press Association</em>.</p> <p>Silvia Delgado, who fled El Salvador at the age of 19, will also sing songs at the event. Other panelists include Rev. Leo J. O&rsquo;Donovan, S.J., director of mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and president emeritus of Georgetown University; Williams Guevara, who fled El Salvador at the age of 17; Mikhael Borgonos, J.D., managing attorney for the <a href="https://www.catholiccharities-md.org/services/immigration/">Esperanza Center</a>; Andrea Naft, an Esperanza Center volunteer; Cary Plamondon, J.D., pro bono attorney for the Esperanza Center; and Val Twanmoh, J.D., director of the Esperanza Center.</p> <p>The event will be moderated by Scott Rose, J.D., a deacon in the Baltimore Archdiocese and pro bono attorney for the Esperanza Center&mdash;a program of the <a href="https://www.catholiccharities-md.org/">Catholic Charities of Baltimore</a>.</p> <p>A book signing will be held after the event in McGuire Hall. The book will be sold during the presentation and at the University bookstore. All proceeds will benefit the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Esperanza Center.</p> <p>"Loyola University Maryland is proud to be able to offer a space for this critical conversation,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;I hope this discussion will help our community better understand the issues immigrants are facing in our world today&mdash;and offer us insight into how we can better advocate for and support them.&rdquo;</p> <p>The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but encouraged, <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-journey-of-immigrant-children-a-panel-discussion-registration-73757678201?aff=affiliate1">www.loyola.edu/journey</a>. For more information contact Campus Ministry at 410-617-2222 or CampusMinistry@loyola.edu.</p>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:32:53 Z{62963421-D854-449E-B753-B58388E2092A}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190923-jane-rauLoyola celebrates the life of Jane Rau, longtime employee of the University<p>Remembered for her smile and friendship, Jane Rau worked for more than 30 years at Loyola University Maryland before passing away on Saturday, Sept. 21. She was 64.<br /> <br /> As a gift analyst, Rau processed, categorized, and tracked gifts for the advancement office for the University.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jane was a valued member of the Loyola family since October of 1988, and she will be dearly missed,&rdquo; said Terrence Sawyer, senior vice president. &ldquo;Jane was a dedicated and wonderful member of the Loyola advancement team, and an even better person and friend.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Rau&rsquo;s colleagues at Loyola will miss her positive attitude, her ease at conversation, and her concern for those around her.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are so many memories. They&rsquo;re all being eclipsed by sadness, but what I remember most is her giant smile,&rdquo; said Tarah Wilson, associate director of advancement services, who worked with Rau for 17 years. &ldquo;She laughed easily and often and made me laugh, too. She was always so interested in others, and I&rsquo;m going to miss her laugh and giant smile. It lit her whole face.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Among the family members who survive Rau are her mother, Janet Morris, who worked in the Jesuit residence at Loyola for many years, and Rau&rsquo;s son, Mark, who graduated from Loyola in 2003.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Arrangements</strong><br /> <br /> Viewing<br /> Wednesday, Sept. 25<br /> 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.<br /> Lemmon Funeral Home&nbsp;<br /> 10 West Padonia Road<br /> Timonium, Md.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Funeral<br /> Thursday, Sept. 26<br /> 10 a.m.<br /> Lemmon Funeral Home<br /> <br /> Interment&nbsp;<br /> Thursday, Sept. 26<br /> 11:15 a.m.&ndash;noon<br /> Dulaney Memorial Gardens<br /> 200 E. Padonia Road<br /> Timonium, Md.&nbsp;</p> <p> <br /> <br /> </p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 20:50:35 Z{18B0D920-AC9F-40AD-B16E-21EE636200E0}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190918-loyolavotes-rankingNumber of students registered for voter resources at Loyola ranks highest among universities<p>During the first week of the semester, <a href="https://turbovote.org/">TurboVote</a> ranked Loyola University Maryland No.1 for the total number of <a href="https://www.loyola.edu/join-us/vote">LoyolaVotes</a> sign-ups.</p> <p>LoyolaVotes is a non-partisan campus task force that uses an online platform called Turbovote to provide resources about voter registration, absentee ballots, and election information to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the surrounding community.</p> <p>During Fall Welcome Weekend, student leaders involved with LoyolaVotes and the office of student engagement worked to help students sign up for voting resources through the online platform. Between Sept. 1-4, Loyola had 295 people sign up for LoyolaVotes, which is the highest number of registrations at any college or university that uses TurboVote.</p> <p>Other institutions included in the ranking were the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, ranking No. 2 with 148 students registered to vote, Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 141 students, the University of Minnesota with 114 students, and Harvard University with 109 students.</p> <p>&ldquo;This ranking is an honor for the University because we are recognized for our efforts to engage students in civic responsibility by including this as an important part of their Fall Welcome Weekend experience and orientation,&rdquo; said Elise Gower, associate director of programs for the <a href="https://www.loyola.edu/department/ccsj">Center for Community Service and Justice</a>.</p> <p>Around 1,200 people have registered through LoyolaVotes.</p> <p>&ldquo;We provide information, education, and assistance in order to create a more civically engaged community,&rdquo; said Trevor Tormann, &rsquo;22, student co-leader of LoyolaVotes.</p> <p>LoyolaVotes was developed in response to the University participating in the <a href="https://www.allinchallenge.org/">All-In Challenge</a>, a national awards program and agreement between institutions, which aims to increase student voter registration and engagement. Nearly 1,000 campuses across the United States participate in the All-In Challenge.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's a part of Loyola's core values to act in pursuit of the betterment of our greater community,&rdquo; said Katie Quigley, &rsquo;22, student co-leader of LoyolaVotes. &ldquo;As members of an ever-changing, politically driven society, we have to understand the power of voting and how it is a crucial pillar of the democracy we often take for granted.&rdquo;</p>Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:19:47 Z{9E5BEEE9-CB85-4BC8-AA01-C28D9FBCDEB6}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190917-tarana-burke-sister-cleophasFounder of ‘me too.’ Movement to deliver the 29th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture<p>Loyola University Maryland welcomes Tarana Burke, the founder of the &lsquo;me too.&rsquo; Movement and a social justice activist, for the 29th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus. The lecture with Burke is a question and answer session moderated by Camika Royal, Ph.D., assistant professor of Urban Education. Burke will answer questions fielded through community participation prior to the event.&nbsp;</p> <p>Burke will speak to the origins of the &lsquo;me too.&rsquo; Movement and the premise&mdash;that the power of empathy is key to a survivor&rsquo;s healing &ndash; that it is built on. The &lsquo;me too.&rsquo; Movement&mdash;which Burke started in 2006&mdash;gives strength and healing to those who have experience sexual trauma or harassment. The movement became a national sensation in 2017 when the #metoo hashtag was used on social media after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. </p> <p>Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors. </p> <p>Burke was named one of the &ldquo;silence breakers&rdquo; that <em>Time </em>magazine honored as Person of the Year for 2017. She was named <em>The Root 100&rsquo;s</em> most influential person of 2018. Her upcoming book, <em>Where the Light Enters</em>, discusses her personal journey from &ldquo;victim to survivor to thriver,&rdquo; as well as the importance of the &lsquo;me too.&rsquo; Movement.</p> <p>Burke, born in New York, is currently the senior director of programs at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equality. </p> <p>To submit a question for consideration, you may post your question to Twitter using the hashtag #Cleophas2019 or <a href="/join-us/cleophas-lecture/question">submit your question online</a>.</p> <p><strong>Ticket information:</strong></p> <p>Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Oct. 2, for $10. A limited number of tickets will be available for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, Oct. 7. For additional event and ticket information, please contact the office of alumni engagement at 410-617-2475 or alumni@loyola.edu, or visit <a href="/join-us/cleophas-lecture">loyola.edu/cleophas</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture Series:</strong></p> <p>Founded in the early 1980s and named in honor of the late Sister Mary Cleophas Costello, RSM, former president of Mount Saint Agnes College, which joined with Loyola University Maryland in 1971, the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture features addresses by prominent women who embody the ideals Sr. Cleophas espoused, including scholarship, leadership, and artistic ability. Previous Sister Cleophas Costello lecturers have included authors Amy Tan, Mary Higgins Clark, and Piper Kerman, poet Maya Angelou, Olympian Gabby Douglas, and musician Mary Chapin-Carpenter.</p>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:44:59 Z{0D264BAB-E52D-4291-B0C3-E57665BB871B}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190917-hearing-health-initiativeLoyola Clinical Centers partnership provides free services through Hearing Health Initiative<p>The Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) is partnering with <a href="https://www.rtbaltimore.org/">Rebuilding Together Baltimore</a> and Cigna to launch a Hearing Health Initiative, which will provide free hearing evaluations and hearing aids to qualified participants, along with wellness screenings to assess mental health and quality of life to eligible members of the Baltimore community.</p> <p>The Hearing Health Initiative, which is grant funded through the <a href="https://www.cigna.com/">Cigna</a> Foundation, will provide 40 eligible community members&mdash;living in Baltimore City&rsquo;s 21212, 21218, and 21239 zip codes&mdash;with free hearing evaluations and wellness screenings.</p> <p>&ldquo;The <a href="/department/clinical-centers">Loyola Clinical Centers&rsquo;</a> partnership with Rebuilding Together Baltimore, along with the generous support from Cigna, will help us identify and support individuals in our own community by providing them with access to services and resources in their community that are often not available or may not be covered by Medicare,&rdquo; said Kara Vincent, &rsquo;91, M.S.&rsquo;93, executive director of the Loyola Clinical Centers.</p> <p>Under the supervision of Donna Pitts, Au.D., assistant professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, and Kathleen Ward, Au.D., clinical faculty member in speech-language-hearing sciences, first-year graduate students will conduct hearing evaluations and fit participants for hearing aids. The first session will take place at the Govanstowne Farmers&rsquo; Market on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.</p> <p>"The Hearing Health Initiative was purposefully designed to serve some of the most impoverished adults living in Baltimore,&rdquo; said Pitts. &ldquo;In doing so, we are fostering a strong Jesuit identity in our students by providing them the opportunity to learn and serve in a diverse world.&rdquo;</p> <p>The wellness screenings will be administered by Psy.D. students who are supervised by Katherine Hadley Cornell, Psy.D., &rsquo;09, psychology division director of the Loyola Clinical Centers and clinical assistant professor in the psychology department.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a matter of social justice,&rdquo; said Cornell. &ldquo;Hearing loss is a common occurrence in older adults, yet sadly not all seniors have access to proper hearing health services. Research has shown that untreated hearing loss in older adults is associated with depression, loneliness, social isolation, and overall quality of life. On a small scale, we are hoping to offset some of these negative effects for seniors in our community by increasing access.&rdquo;</p> <p>Participants in the Hearing Health Initiative will be asked to participate in follow-up appointments in their home or community location. Wellness survey reports will be taken during the one, three, and six-month appointments after hearing aids are given to the participants.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The community members&rsquo; participation in our Hearing Health Initiative will allow the LCC to research the relationship between social determinants of health such as hearing health and mental health wellness,&rdquo; said Vincent. &ldquo;By providing hearing aids at no cost to qualifying individuals, we aim to improve their ability to socialize and interact in their communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>To be eligible for the study, participants must be at least 65 years or older and meet income requirements. For more information about the Hearing Health Initiative and for eligibility requirements contact the Loyola Clinical Centers at 410-617-1200, <a href="/department/clinical-centers">www.loyola.edu/department/clinical-centers</a> or Rebuilding Together Baltimore at <a href="https://www.rtbaltimore.org/">https://www.rtbaltimore.org/</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:56:43 Z{BA971A97-2E8F-47FC-AE1C-B505B8027C87}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190916-aspire-continuing-educationLoyola launches new platform to expand workforce development offeringsLoyola University Maryland has launched Aspire, an extended learning community and online education platform designed to expand access to lifelong learning opportunities for residents and employees in the Baltimore area and beyond.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The initial launch includes online mini-courses in project management, cybersecurity, data analytics, education, human resources management, leadership, marketing, and sustainability. The University hopes to expand its portfolio to include additional offerings for K-12 educators, as well as courses in personal development.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Aspire will make a Loyola education accessible to all,&rdquo; said Jack Rice, director of the Center for Continuing Education at Loyola University Maryland. &ldquo;The platform will allow us to work with Baltimore businesses and organizations that have an ongoing need to develop their teams in a more customized, personalized way, while also supporting individuals anywhere who have the desire and motivation to learn new skills.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The platform will emphasize a sense of community&mdash;allowing those enrolled to connect with other learners, explore career resources, and meet with leaders and coaches.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;At Loyola, we are dedicated to lifelong learning, developing the whole person, and helping our students challenge themselves and achieve their goals,&rdquo; said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. &ldquo;Offering continuing education opportunities through the Aspire platform builds on our decades long work in professional development, and we hope it will create a significantly expanded, more accessible&nbsp; learning community for people with similar professional goals who are trying to better themselves, their careers, and their communities.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The platform&rsquo;s name, Aspire, is a nod to the Jesuit value of magis, meaning &ldquo;the greater&rdquo; or &ldquo;the more&rdquo;&mdash;which members of the Loyola community embrace in their approach to education and to life.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Continuing education courses are open to the public and will range from personal interest workshops at $20 to custom executive education and corporate training packages for $1,000-$3,000+. The majority of offerings will cost between $99 to $199. The University also intends to offer a series of free courses for community members.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information on Loyola&rsquo;s continuing education offerings, visit <a href="https://aspire.loyola.edu/">loyola.edu/aspire</a>. Join the conversation on social media by following @Loyola_Aspire and #EveryLearner.Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:58:47 Z{501BA281-19E8-45FB-9D90-A7CA5FB12DBE}https://www.loyola.edu/news/2019/190910-cardin-lectureCardin Lecture to feature international bestselling author Daniel MendelsohnInternational bestselling author, award-winning critic, and essayist Daniel Mendelsohn will deliver the 2019 Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., in McGuire Hall.<br /> <br /> The lecture, "Latkes with the Priests in Lw&oacute;w: Jews and Christians, Harmony and Horror in Prewar Poland," is free and open to the region&rsquo;s academic and religious communities and the general public. Delving into a rich store of family anecdote and legend, Mendelsohn will explore how relative harmony between diverse cultures and religions can devolve into tales of horror&mdash;and, sometimes, of heroism.<br /> <br /> In addition to serving as editor-at-large of the <em>New York Review of Books</em> and the director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, Mendelsohn teaches classics and literature at Bard College. He is the author of eight books, including <em>The Elusive Embrace</em> (a <em>Los Angeles Time</em>s Best Book of the Year); <em>An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic</em> (named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Newsday,<em> Library Journal</em>, <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em> and Kirkus); and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, about Mendelsohn&rsquo;s quest for information about six relatives who perished in the Holocaust.<br /> <br /> A <em>New York Times </em>and international bestseller, <em>The Lost</em> won the National Books Critics Circle Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Salon Book Award in the United States, as well as the Prix M&eacute;dicis in France and many other honors in the United States and abroad. With more than half a million copies in print, The Lost has been published in over 15 languages.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mendelsohn&rsquo;s third collection of essays, <em>Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones</em>, will be published in October. These essays examine how we continue to look to the Greeks and Romans as models: some argue for the surprising modernity of canonical works (Bacchae, the Aeneid), while others detect a &ldquo;Greek DNA&rdquo; in our responses to the Boston Marathon bombings and the assassination of JFK.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Cardin Lecture will be followed by a book signing with Mendelsohn and kosher reception featuring desserts and beverages. Registration is required by visiting <a href="/join-us/cardin-lecture">loyola.edu/cardinlecture</a>. For more information, call 410-617-2973 or email advevents@loyola.edu.<br /> <br /> <strong>About the Cardin Lecture</strong><br /> The Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established in 1986 by the Jerome S. Cardin family to foster exploration of topics in the humanities pertinent to the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly in the area of Jewish-Christian relations. Notable speakers have included Chaim Potok, Cornel West, Taylor Branch, Adam Gopnik, Stephen Greenblatt, Susannah Heschel, and Robert Alter.Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:35:26 Z