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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 2nd annual Academic Excellence Weekend will be held Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. In addition to a reception for students and faculty, several honor society inductions (including Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu), the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium and Emerging Scholars scholarship symposium for graduate students, we aim to expand how we celebrate all types of student academic achievement in a variety of venues and for all students. Students to participate in the following events:

*Student panels wherein the students will share their research, scholarship, or experience (even a project or experience in progress) and discuss its role in their broader learning at Loyola.

*Student poster presentations of individual or collaborative work (research, scholarship, visual art) or classroom projects wherein students (or even paired Messina classes) would discuss their projects in poster format: Contact Arthur Sutherland

Schedule of Events *tentative*

Friday, April 21

 2 - 4 p.m. Speech Honor Society Induction  4th Floor Program Room
 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Undergraduate 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.

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Oral Presentations
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

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. McGuire Hall
Poster Presentations and Reception

6:30 p.m. McGuire Hall
Keynote and Awards Presentation
Keynote Speaker: TBD
 5 p.m.

Emerging Scholars Graduate Research Symposium
The eighth annual “Emerging Scholars: A Celebration of Graduate Research,” is an event highlighting the scholarly work of Loyola’s graduate community. The event is sponsored by graduate studies and graduate student services. More info.

5 p.m. - Ridley Auditorum
Awards Ceremony

5:30 - 7 p.m. - Ferguson Gallery

5:30 p.m. - Ferguson Gallery
Graduate Research Poster Sessions

Dame Library
 7 p.m. Pi Mu Epsilon Induction
National Honorary Mathematical Society
4th Floor Program Room
 8 p.m. Earth Day Movie TBD

 Saturday, April 22

 12:15 - 2:45 p.m. Forensic Conference: Student Research Posters Donnelly Science
1st Floor Foyer
 12:30 - 4 p.m. Fine Arts Student Exhibit Julio Fine Arts 
 12:30 - 2 p.m. Excellence in Interdisciplinary Work  TBD
 12:30 - 2 p.m. Excellence in Applied Business Learning  TBD
 12:30 - 2 p.m. Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Learning  TBD
 2 - 4:30 p.m. Beta Gamma Sigma Induction
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.

2 - 3 p.m. Reception

3 - 4 p.m. Induction Ceremony
McGuire Hall Atrium
and McGuire Hall
 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Academic Excellence Reception Reitz Arena
 6 - 9 p.m. Honors Wine Tasting 4th Floor Program Room
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Financial Management Association Induction
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.
Sellinger VIP Lounge
7 - 9 p.m. Coffeehouse Reading Hug Lounge and Refectory

Sunday, April 23

 9 - 11 a.m. Alpha Sigma Nu Induction
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.
4th Floor Program Room
 1 - 3 p.m. Upsilon Pi Epsilon Induction
Honor Society for the Computing Sciences
Sellinger VIP Lounge
2 - 5 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction
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.

2 - 3 p.m. Alumni Memorial Chapel
Induction Ceremony

3 - 5 p.m. Hug Lounge and Refectory

Alumni Memorial Chapel
and Hug Lounge &

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 21.

For a look at last year's schedule, go to the 2016 Academic Excellence Weekend website.