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Academic Excellence Weekend

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Student academic excellence is at the heart of our University’s mission and our purpose as scholars and educators. Loyola is committed to celebrating student achievement and building the campus culture that spurs our students, graduate and undergraduate alike, to think more about their own creative and scholarly voices and to aspire to make their own marks as researchers, artists, and scholars.

Loyola University Maryland’s inaugural Academic Excellence Weekend which will be held Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. In addition to the Dean’s List Reception, several honor society inductions (including Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu), and the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium, we aim to celebrate all types of student academic achievement in a variety of venues.

We encourage students to participate in the following events: 

  • Student Panels on Experiential Learning, Internships, Study Abroad, Engaged Scholarship, or Service-Learning as well as on Independent Projects and Study wherein the students will share their research or experience (even a project or experience in progress) and discuss its role in their broader learning at Loyola.

  • Student presentations of collaborative work or classroom projects wherein groups of students (or even paired Messina classes) would discuss their projects and the fruits of collaborative, perhaps interdisciplinary, work.

  • Exhibitions of Visual Arts and Student Performances, which will showcase student work in the visual arts (studio art, photography, computer graphics, communication, etc.) and student musical and other artistic performances.

  • A Reading of Student Literary Work, an event at which writers and poets in Loyola publications could read from their work in a coffeehouse-type setting.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 8, 2016

Pi Epsilon Pi Induction, 3 p.m. (Writing Department Lounge)

Pi Epsilon Pi is a national writing honor society, founded by Loyola in 2006. The purpose of the writing honor society is to function as an honor and professional society for undergraduate students pursuing studies in writing. In fulfilling this role, the organization will support activities that stimulate creative and scholarly work in writing studies and that cultivate the appreciation and recognition of the art and craft of writing. As the society's name announces, petens eloquentiam perfectam embodies the Jesuit ideal of seeking eloquence in written expression.

For a complete list of Phi Epsilon Pi Inductees.

Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium

Once a year Loyola University Maryland hosts a campus-wide forum highlighting undergraduate student research and scholarship. The goal of the colloquium is to encourage scholastic endeavors that focus on either the generation of new knowledge or creative integration of existing scholarship. More info.

  • Oral Presentations, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Maryland Hall 241 - Arts
Maryland Hall 244 - Humanities 1
Maryland Hall 247 - Humanities 2
Sellinger Hall 221 - Natural and Applied Sciences
Sellinger Hall 223 - Social Sciences

  • Poster Presentations and Reception, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (McGuire Hall)
  • Keynote and Awards Presentation, 6:30 p.m. (McGuire Hall)

Keynote Speaker: Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology

Apprentice House Reading and Book Party, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Atrium)

Karl Dehmelt, The Hard Way Back to Heaven
Wesley Peters, Between the Doors
Moderator: Kevin Atticks, DCD, Apprentice House Director and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Communication  

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fine Arts Student Exhibit, 12:30 - 4 p.m. (Julio Fine Arts Gallery)

Poster Presentation of Student Research, 12:30 - 5 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Atrium)

Molly Cioffi and Madeline Jonz, Purposeful and Proportionate: A Pilot Proposal for High-Risk Offenders in Baltimore's Western District
Amanda Guth, Hospital-wide Impact of Mandatory Infectious Disease Consultation on Staphylococcus aureus Septicemia
Rebeccah Swerdlow, Temple Beth Israel: Its Congregation and Community

Excellence in Interdisciplinary Work, 2:30 - 4 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Room 001)

Michael Drager, Foreign Military Aid: Too Many Hands in Too Many Cookie Jars?
Madeline Galler, Uncovering Pompeii and Pollena
Leo Gray and Cristian Margarida, Baltimore Cinema History Project
Kathryn Wright, Excavating in the Aegean: the Case of Despotiko
Moderator: Douglas Harris, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Political Science

Excellence in Applied Business Learning, 2:30 - 4 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Room 008)

Christian Dean, Vision is Everything, Keeping Motivated When Circumstances are Not in Your Favour
Arizona HutchinsonLove Your Melon
Matthew Wilmer, Chesapeake Collection
Moderator: Theresa Jefferson, D.Sc., Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management

Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Learning, 2:30 - 4 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Room 003)

Colleen Ensor, Education and Perceptions of Feminism
Jessica Valenti, The Effects of Rites of Passage on Victims of Human Trafficking
Jacquelyn Hardenburgh, Upset and Maintained Gender Norms Seen in the Classroom at the Esperanza Center
Jessica Haas, Chun-Shin Taylor, Marion Toscano and Anika Wilson-BrownFerguson Speaks: Are We Listening?

Moderator: Tania Rosas-Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication

Afternoon Reception, 4 - 5 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Atrium)

Performance by the Loyola University Singers

Julia Anderson         Enrique Mercado         Colleen Samot
Maria Appolonia       Ellen Mitchell               Andrea Shirocky
Isabel Cieri               Douglas Moreno          Hannah Squires
Carla Cornejo           Raven Morris               Julia Stengel
Andre Hahm             Ryan O'Leary               Amy Swartz
Christopher Kelble    Louise Pasciuto           Abby Warren
Madeline Kolesar      Madeline Pikus            Mitchell Washburn
Stephanie Lerner       Lydia Pritchard
Marysa MacKoul       Alexandra Rasch
Amanda Marsh         Stephanie Rubinstein
Sarah Marty

Clayborn Price, DMA, Director of Choral Studies

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction and Reception, 4 - 6:30 p.m. (McGuire Hall East) *by invitation only

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society in the field of business administration recognized by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Each fall and spring semester, in accordance with Beta Gamma Sigma regulations, Loyola's chapter invites undergraduates majoring in accounting or business administration to join the national honor society. Spring invitations are extended to the top 10 percent of the junior class; fall invitations are extended to the top 10 percent of the senior class.

  • Reception, 4 - 5:30 p.m. (McGuire Hall Atrium)
  • Induction Ceremony, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (McGuire Hall) 

For a complete list of Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees, click here.

Financial Management Association Induction, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (4th Floor Program Room) *by invitation only

Established in 1970, the FMA is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. The mission of the FMA is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students, promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices, and to enhance the quality of education in finance.

For a complete list of the Financial Management Association Inductees, click here.

Coffeehouse Reading, 7 - 9 p.m. (Hug Lounge and Refectory)

Sierra Blackwell            Blake Lubinski  
McKayla Coyle             Alicia Mcenearny           
Christopher Czapla       Casie Morgan      
Emma Ditzel                 Kelly Murphy 
Michael Ebmeier           Anna Quinn 
Jean Gillingham            Chemine Sharpe
Sarah Joyce                   Karina Smolyuk
Rachel Kingsley            Haley Yackavage

Moderator: Lucas Southworth, Assistant Professor of Writing  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction, 9 - 11 a.m. (4th Floor Program Room) *by invitation only

Alpha Sigma Nu is the national Jesuit honor society or men and women. Students nominated by the members of the society, approved by the dean of their school and the president of the university, who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, service, and loyalty to the university are elected to the society in junior and senior years.

For a complete list of Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees, click here.

Dean's List Reception, 12 - 2 p.m. (McGuire Hall) *by invitation only

The Dean's List Reception is a chance for the Loyola community to recognize those sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have received Dean's List honors during both the fall and spring semesters of the Previous academic year. The event is sponsored by the office of the vice president for academic affairs and each student will receive a commemorative certificate honoring his or her achievement. More info.

Welcome: Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology
Student Remarks: Moira Pannepacker, Dean's List Honoree and SGA President

Recognition of Students Presenting at the Council of Undergraduate Research

Julie Carlin         Emma Muir
Allison Meyers    Catherine Serzan
Emily Mansour

Music Provided by the Loyola Jazz Combo

Madeline Candelas, Flute      Mark Osteen, Ph.D.,Tenor Sax
Aaron Davis, Bass                 Roman Sandroni, Alto Sax
Caleb Gross, Trombone         Stephen Vanyo, Drums
Jeffrey Mosco, Guitar             Anthony Villa, DMA, Piano and Director

For a complete list of students who received Dean's List both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, click here.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction and Reception 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. *by invitation only

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Each year Loyola's chapter, Epsilon of Maryland, elects a small number of seniors and juniors majoring in the arts and sciences. Requirements for election include outstanding academic achievement and evidence of good character.

  • Induction Ceremony, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Alumni Memorial Chapel)
  • Reception, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Hug Lounge and Refectory)

For a complete list of Phi Beta Kappa Inductees, please click here.

Parking Information for Families and Guests

Parking, with shuttle service, will be available at the York Road Lot (5104 York Road), and on North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. Limited parking will be available in the Jenkins Parking Lot on Saturday, April 9.