Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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Effective Writing: Writing in a Diverse and Changing World (WR100D.02T)

Students will experience the power of the written word to change the world and our understanding of it. To this end, we will read and write about contemporary issues such as race, class, gender, sexuality and identity. We will explore the stories we tell and how to tell them to engage multiple audiences and achieve multiple purposes. By listening to others' stories and writing our own, we will discover how writing can deepen our understanding of ourselves and others. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Peggy O'Neill, an experienced first-year writing teacher, has taught a variety of writing courses including Effective Writing, Style, Argument, and Professional Writing as well as service-learning and diversity courses. She likes helping first-year students navigate, through writing, the transition to Loyola and Baltimore. A Baltimore native, she spends her spare time hiking in nearby parks and wandering in the city.

Law and Justice in the Business Environment (LW109D.01T)

Students will study contemporary, controversial issues at the intersection of law, justice, and business. They will engage in lively, interactive debates and exercises that consider everything from environmental law and justice, to marketing and technology. Although many people think about law as statutes or doctrines, law is really about human lives. This course highlights the stories behind landmark cases and the forces that led judges to decide cases in a particular way. The course will inspire students to think critically, understand responsible citizenship, and take action against injustice.

Professor Biography

Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, Professor, teaches law and social responsibility courses in the Sellinger School of Business. In her 28 years at Loyola, she has taught in first year programs several times. She enjoys leading and supporting students as they decide on a major and eventual career path. She also knows how to match students with high quality internship opportunities. She has been named the Harry W. Rodgers, III Distinguished Teacher of the Year (Loyola University Maryland), the Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher (Academy of Legal Studies in Business), and the Executive MBA “Most Valued Professor” (Sellinger School of Business at Loyola).

Mentor Biography

Originally from Baltimore, Marie Anderson is a 2011 graduate of Loyola University, where she studied abroad in Ghana and volunteered regularly with the community.  She returned to Loyola as a VISTA for the York Road Initiative from 2012-2013 and is now a full time staff member of the Initiative.  Marie identifies, coordinates, evaluates, and implements a variety of projects and efforts that support the York Road community, including strengthening existing York Road businesses and organizations, and promoting the area as a whole. She develops a sustainable model for the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market and establishes long-term links between Loyola resources and the community.