Loyola University Maryland


Messina Mentor Information

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Download the Messina Mentor Information Sheet

Download the 2015-2017 Messina Mentor Application (for new applicants)

Download the 2016-2017 Messina Mentor Intent to Return Form (for current Messina Mentors) 

I Qualities of Faculty, Mentors and Student Leaders that would excel in the collaborative nature of Messina:
  • Ability to engage with first-year students in and out of the classroom 
  • Understanding of Jesuit Mission and Pedagogy
  • Understanding of first-year student transition issues
  • Demonstrates organization and is able to prepare in advance 
  • Flexibility 
  • Demonstrates basic multicultural competencies 
  • Understanding of group dynamics and working with groups of students 
  • Well versed in campus resources and referral sources
II Requirements of Administrators participating in Messina 

Messina Mentors:
  • Have, in most cases, two years of experience working at Loyola in a salaried position before the Messina academic year begins.  Hourly employees are not eligible to serve as Messina Mentors. 
  • Have the ability to attend two enrichment hours each week during the work day (planned in collaboration with faculty and Messina Evergreen).
  • Attend 2-3, theme-wide events each year (including occasionally on evenings and weekends and as planned in collaboration with other faculty, administrators and Messina Office).
  • Participate for at least two years (through the end of the 2016-2017 academic year).  Additional years may be negotiated in consultation with supervisors, office directors and the Messina Co-Directors.
  • Possess a willingness to work as part of a collaborative working group of faculty, administrators and student leaders. 

II Expectations during the 2015-2016 Academic Year (Preparation Year)

Messina Mentors will:
  • Prepare for Messina by attending a variety of scheduled workshops (about one per month beginning in January 2016) and small group meetings.  Workshops will take place in large group, theme-based and  smaller, self-directed informal working group settings. 
  • Collaborate with members of a working group to plan 10-12 enrichment sessions each semester of the 2016-2017 academic year (totaling 15-25 hours of student interaction) for each seminar course the working group is affiliated with (either 1 or 2 seminar classes each semester).  Normally, the enrichment sessions will take place during a regularly-scheduled, 50-minute course period. 

III Expectations during the 2016-2017 Academic Year 
Note:  Some administrators that participate in Messina will work with two faculty members and two Messina Evergreens to plan enrichment activities in and out the classroom for two seminar sections consisting of 15-17 students each semester.  Other administrators will be asked to collaborate with two faculty members and one Messina Evergreen to plan enrichment activities inside and outside of the classroom for one seminar group consisting of 15-17 students over the course of two semesters. 

Messina Mentors will:

1. Participate in a professional learning community of faculty, administrators and student peer leaders.

Prior to Fall Semester:

    • Meet with working group members to discuss program goals and outcomes and to craft syllabi and enrichment sessions
    • Attend the Messina May workshop day. 
    • Participate in aspects of summer orientation relevant to Messina (Note: This does not mean everyone is expected to be at every orientation.) 
    • Attend workshop/planning day held the week before the semester begins to review syllabi and coordinate first week and/or orientation interactions 
    • Attend fall Welcome Week sessions coordinated in conjunction with Messina and Office of Student Engagement (such as the Common Text Discussion and small group discussions). 

During the fall and spring Semesters:

    • Meet with working group and Messina Program Coordinator to discuss progress of the individual students, classes, and cluster (At least 3 such working group meetings during the academic year – mid-fall, pre-spring, and mid-spring check-ins are expected.)
    • Complete mid-semester check-in progress reports for students of concern and nominate students for leadership positions on behalf of your working group.
    • Ongoing planning as needs arise 

2. Collaborate on the Planning and Implementation of Enrichment Sessions
  • Discuss connections of courses and co-curricular activities to overarching theme.
  • Infuse first-year student transition and development issues into the design and implementation of enrichment sessions and co-curricular activities. 
  • Attend and assist in the facilitation of 10-12 enrichment sessions per semester (totaling 15-25 hours of interaction with your students) for each seminar class. Note: enrichment sessions should include at least one Baltimore excursion and one theme- related activity each semester.

3. Participate in the Messina Themed Community
  • Attend a theme-wide event (one planned per semester). 
  • Be available to assist with at least one additional Messina or theme activity each semester (in conjunction with Messina office, residential staff and Evergreens).
  • Develop ongoing relationships with 15-34 students outside of the classroom. 

4. Discuss student conduct issues (when they arise) with students connected to enrichment hours and assist in student’s reflection process.

5. Empower participants (faculty, administrators and students) to notice and address student concerns and refer to appropriate resources when necessary. 

6. Provide feedback to Messina by participating in program evaluations, surveys and other assessment efforts.

IV Estimated Time Commitments 
  • For the 2015-2016 academic year, training and preparation will take approximately 3-5 hours each month beginning in January 2015.   
  • For the 2016-2017 year, it is expected that attending meetings on a regular basis, developing content for enrichment hours and co-curricular activities for 1 or 2 sections of students, mentoring individual students, attending/facilitating enrichment hours for 1-2 sections of students, reviewing student e-portfolios/reflections and maintaining involvement in the life of the theme will take 3-6 hours per week. 

Applications are due on Friday, October 16,  2015 at 5:00pm.  Please use the online forms (above) to submit applications. 

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