Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Loyola College Literary Society (LoCoLitSo)

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If you have an interest in literature, or just like participating in events with your English department, give LoCoLitSo a try. The only prerequisite to join or become an officer is interest and enthusiasm— no hidden fees or obligations. Past events have included Scrabble Nights, Poetry and Pizza, and Spelling Bees to raise money for a worthy cause, sponsorship of faculty debates, and tours of area used bookstores.

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Giuseppina Iacono Lobo

LoCoLitSo Events 2012-2013

Co- President: Maura Munley, Senior
Co-President:  Megan Byrne, Junior
Vice President: TBD
Secretary: TBD

LoCoLitSo Event Schedule 2012-2013:

Fall Semester  2012:

September 19, 2012- First Meeting
        • Discuss events for the year.
        • Vote for officers.    
October 3, 2012- Croquet on the quad
        • Discuss how to publicize
        • Discuss who will be there
        • Discuss who will hang fliers, etc.
October 10,2012- Croquet on the quad
        • Rain date
English Feast
        • We will be helping with the planning of the Feast. 
Book Drive
    • We will be collecting books and donating them.

Spring Semester  2013

First Meeting
    First Week of School- TBD by club.
Scrabble event:
    • Our beginning of Spring Semester Event will be scrabble.
    • We will challenge the professors and have snacks.
    • Date TBD by club.
Relay Read-a-thon
    • This is our largest event of the year.
    • We will get a relay team of professors and students and read a book for 2 twelve hour
    • All the proceeds  will go to Relay for Life
    • We need to come up with options, and have people vote on which book they want to
    • We need to count the votes.
    • We need to publicize the event.
    • We need to temporarily borrow furniture from humanities to decorate our camp site.
    • We need to get volunteers to read in shifts

 Summary of 2012 - 2013 Events:

Wickets, Tiles and Pies

This was the most active year in memory for LoCoLitSo; the society’s collaborations with the Cura Personalis and Student Futures faculty committees guided many majors toward career goals and shored up our community spirit.

            On October 3rd, students, faculty, and Dr. Forni’s sons played croquet on the quad. Cathy Carroll, our resident croquet aficionado, kicked off the event by showing everyone the ropes—or wickets. Although the participants’ enthusiasm was not matched by their expertise (except for Dr. Norman, who proved to be a fierce malletman), the dozen or so players enjoyed the games, even as they spryly intercepted (sometimes with their noggins) stray football throws from Jesse and Jack Glanz—thereby proving proved that croquet can be a contact sport.

            On October 10th, 22 a dozen students attended an alumni panel presentation featuring five alums in various careers and career stages, including law, sports marketing, student development, writing, editing, and technology. Attending students not heard about the successful if circuitous paths of grads in action; they also learned about and practiced informal networking and mentoring. Along with sage advice, pizza was consumed.

            On January 23rd, LoCoLitSo and the Student Futures Committee held a workshop in conjunction with the Career Center. The twelve attending students were enlightened about career planning. Afterward, faculty sponsors vowed to mount a more concerted effort to involve all Humanities studies in career planning. More pizza was consumed.

            On February 19th, LoCoLitSo sponsored “Scrabble the Scholars,” in which students and faculty engaged in some friendly word competition—while again wolfing down the ubiquitous Italian pies.