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Messina Modules

Messina Modules are a series of facilitation guides and resource documents designed by Loyola departments and offices for use in Messina enrichment sessions. Modules provide instructor teams engaging activities and up-to-date information regarding a variety of first-year transition issues. To view the modules, click on a title listed below and enter your Loyola username and password. You will be directed to the Messina Share Point site where you will find all documents related to the module you requested. 

If you do not have a Loyola username and password, please call or e-mail the contact person listed next to each module for access to the resources.
If you have a Loyola username and password and cannot access a module, please call or e-mail Mary Ellen Wade for access to the resources.

If your office would like to create a new module, or if you have ideas for future modules, please contact Mary Ellen Wade, Associate Director of Messina at 410-617-2225.



Academic Integrity Honor Council Mark Lee, 410-617-2353 Students will gain familiarity with the Honor Code and the Honor Council, and be able to articulate why these exist at Loyola. Students will be able to identify honor code violations and learn which have been the most common in our community.


Baltimore 101: Getting Around Baltimore  Messina Michael Puma,
Introduces students to basic geography of Baltimore and resources that help them to navigate and experience the city. 


Career Self-Assessment
The Career Center Jackie Altebrando, 410-617-2232
It is important for first-year students to understand that identifying their interests is one part of the career planning process. Interests can help guide students toward rewarding careers, work activities, academic majors or educational programs and leisure activities.

**Please note that you do need to email The Career Center in advance of your enrichment session to receive a copy of the cards needed to facilitate this activity.***
 Fall or Spring
Collection of Community Development Activities
Messina Mary Ellen Wade, 410-617-2225
 This folder contains tools you can use to get to know your students better at the beginning of the semester. If you have additional activities that you have used with your section, please email them to mewade@loyola.edu to be included in this collection.
Common Text Facilitation Guide Messina Doug Harris, 410-617-2227 Includes Common Text discussion day conversation starters, lesson plans, primary sources, links to video and music clips and a bibliography of additional resources. 


Communication Styles Counseling Center Jason Parcover,
First-Year students will be able to identify their predominant communication/problem-solving style and consider benefits and drawbacks of that style. Students will learn about cultural differences in communication/problem-solving style. Students will interact with others with diverse styles in considering common first-year interpersonal challenges. Students will identify areas of future growth.


Community 101: York Road Initiatives Tour
York Road Initiative Marie Anderson, 410-617-1171

On this tour, first-year students will become a presence and gain some comfort in the York Road community.   They will learn the history that has led to such drastic differences between the east and west side of the road, and the current initiatives/active non-profit and community organization working for positive change in the area.

End of the Year Reflection Activity Messina Mary Ellen Wade,
This reflection activity is designed to be used during one of your final enrichment sessions to provide students a chance to reflect back on their first-year at Loyola. This can be used on its own or as a continuation of the reflection students completed during their mentor session during Fall Welcome Weekend. Spring (one of the final enrichment sessions)
Exploring Leadership: What It Means to Lead and Follow Student Engagement Ben Cowman, 410-617-5675 Students explore the interrelated concepts of leadership and followership in addition to what it means to lead and follow at Loyola. Students become familiar with opportunities and resources for leadership development and growth. Fall or Spring
Finding Grace in All Things: A Reflection Activity Messina Mary Ellen Wade,
This is a personal reflection activity for students to spend time recognizing the daily moments of grace they experience personally and provide for others. Students will leave with a memento to remind them of the grace in their lives. This is a good activity to do during stressful periods in the first year, or a tool before a separate enrichment session on discernment.

 Fall or Spring

Housing: Deciding What I Value Student Life Megan Rowe 410-617-5081 Students will be able to identify a value that important to them as an individual as they move forward in Student Life’s housing selection process.

(most appropriate in late January/ early February)

How to Interact With People on the Street CCSJ Kate Figiel, 410-617-2909 Knowing how to interact with people on the street is relevant to first year students because they are transitioning into a new identity in a college community and they need to begin to identify as part of a larger community in Baltimore. In this module, students will be able to identify their initial preconceptions about people experiencing homelessness.  Students will develop a response to utilize when encountering those living on the streets.

 Fall or Spring

Identity Trees: Exploring Aspects of Self-Identity Messina Mary Ellen Wade,    
In this module, students will explore aspects of their identity, reflecting on the aspects of self that influence their experience and discover those aspects that are most salient for their peers.  Fall or Spring
Ignatian Spirituality and Introduction to the Examen Messina Mary Ellen Wade,    
This module will introduce the examen to your students and will provide a practical opportunity to engage in a reflection using the components of the spiritual examen (or another type of examen).


Information Literacy Messina Mary Ellen Wade,
This technology-based activity provides students with a range of tools they can use for evaluating online sources while establishing a deep understanding of the difference between a general and a scholarly source.


Interfaith: Speed Faithing Campus Ministry Elise Gower, 410-617-5375 As a Catholic-Jesuit university, Loyola University Maryland is committed to fostering a spirit of inclusivity among the diversity of religious traditions, spiritual practices, and beliefs represented on our campus. The importance of interfaith dialogue requires that members of our campus community actively engage with one another, seeking to learn more about their sisters and brothers. This activity provides students with the opportunity to actively engage with their classmates and learn about the depth and diversity of faith traditions, spiritual practices, and beliefs.  Fall or Spring
Introduction to the Academy Messina Mary Ellen Wade,  
First-Year students will be able better understand their transition from high school to college by addressing the qualitative differences between the two academic environments. They will explore the motivations of both teacher and student in the college classroom. The module introduces students to the methodologies and goals of academia while underlining academic integrity as a personal responsibility with significant personal, institutional, and historical repercussions. Students will create a sense of community in the seminar based on shared experience.


Introduction to the Gallery
Julio Fine Arts Gallery
Kim Banister, 410-617-2799
Students will be introduced to the gallery as a resource and be instructed on how to look at art. The gallery provides a place to step away from a busy day and have a moment of reflection, as well as, an environment that displays thought provoking, diverse themes and points of view. Exhibits may stimulate interdisciplinary connections and creativity. It is recommended contacting the Gallery in advance to have a gallery representative lead your class in this module.
 Fall or Spring
Looking Ahead to Sophomore Year Student Engagement Ben Cowman,
If you are interested in a session related to the transition to sophomore year, please reach out to Student Engagement for assistance. A module is in development.

 Spring (Great for April!)

Recreational Sports Experiences Recreational Sports Alan Baker, 410-617-2270

The Department of Recreational Sports is available to offer enrichment sessions at the FAC or on an Outdoor Adventure Experience.  Options available are: self-guides tours, group exercise classes, team building, climbing wall, fitness 101 presentations, or day hikes. 

Fall or Spring

Service Opportunities
Are you interested in getting your class or group involved in a one-time service experience? Service at Loyola follows the PARE model of "preparation," "action," "reflection," and "evaluation" in order to maximize the educational and transformative value of each service experience. Selecting this module will take you to CCSJ's website about service opportunities available for classes.
Fall or Spring
 Social Justice  Campus Ministry Elise Gower, 410-617-5375 Students pursuing a university-level degree should expect to develop not only a skill set for their chosen fields and professions, but also a sensitivity to the challenges faced by the world and the students’ capacity to respond to those challenges. This activity is intended to raise students’ awareness of injustice, privilege, and the power of privilege to address social injustice. Fall or Spring
StrengthsQuest Messina Michael Puma, 410-617-2190

This module can be used after students take the Clifton StrengthsFinder. This assessment will list your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success. Please contact Michael Puma directly for student codes for the StrengthsFinder assessment.

 Fall or Spring
Stress Management Counseling Center Jason Parcover,
First-Year students will be able to learn ways to recognize when their experiencing stress and identify and implement healthy ways to manage stress effectively. In addition, students will be able to recognize the importance of integrating relaxation activities into your lifestyle.


Study Abroad International Programs Tremaynne Parham,

The first year is not too soon to begin planning! Students will learn more about the study abroad process including timeline, program requirements, and things to consider when thinking about applying for a study abroad program.


Sustainability 101: A Closer Look at "Stuff"
Sustainability Office
Taylor Casalena, 410-617-2421
First-Year students will gain an understanding of the complexity of global consumption, the connections between human, economic, and environmental systems and how everyday choices can impact people and the planet.  Fall
Time Management: 168 The Study

Molly Fredette,

First-Year students will be able to develop and apply time management skills that to allow them to balance their academic studies with the other aspects of being involved in the Loyola community as they adjust and transition into their first year.


Understanding Diversity ALANA Cristina Garcia,
Students will be able to identify the differences between their visible and invisible identities. They will be able to articulate the dimensions of their personal identity and explore their identities via intercultural exchange.

Late Fall or Spring

Values Discernment Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion

Zack Hitchens,

First-Year students will be able to identify 5 values that are the most important to them. Students will reflect on how those values are lived out in their daily lives and in their decisions.

 **Please note that you do need to contact the Messina Office in advance of your enrichment session to receive a copy of the cards needed to facilitate this activity.***


Writing Effective Resumes  The Career Center Jackie Altebrando, 410-617-2232  First-Year students will learn the essential components to include in a resume and have an opportunity to participate in an activity to critique a sample resume.

Late Fall or Early Spring


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