Loyola University Maryland

Summer Orientation

Parent and Family Schedule

Day One


9:00–11:00 a.m. - Check-In

Location: Avila Lounge (#9 on map)

10:15–11:05 a.m. - Start Your Greyhound Experience on the Right Foot: Messina and Pre-Fall Programs

Location: McManus Theatre (#3 on map)

This session will introduce Loyola’s two, first-year programs. Learn about the structure and goals of Messina and what to expect in the Fall. Also, learn about each of the five Pre-Fall Programs – one to five day theme experiences filled with community building and fun the week preceding Fall Welcome Weekend. Meet representatives from each program. Ample time will be provided for discussion and questions.

Pre-Fall Program Options: F.I.R.S.T (Find. Ignite. Reflect. Serve. Transition.), Experience: Baltimore!, MAP (Multicultural Awareness Program), Outdoor Adventure Experience, and Strategies for Success.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Lunch

Last names A-K – Boulder Garden Café and Atrium (#2 on map)
Last names L-M – 3rd Floor Student Center (#2 on map)
Last names N-R – Hug Lounge, Humanities Building (#4 on map)
Last names S-Z – 4th Floor Student Center (#2 on map)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Welcome to Students and Families

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., President
Dr. Arthur Sutherland, Dean, Class of 2020
Sara Scalzo, Associate Director of Student Engagement
Choe Sickles, ‘17, Evergreen Program Coordinator

1:00 – 1:20 p.m - Parent/Family Survey

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

During this time, parents will have an opportunity to complete a version of the New Student Survey. Data from this survey will be presented on Day 2.

1:20 – 1:35 p.m. - Coffee Break

Location: Boulder Atrium (#2 on map)

1:35 – 2:05 p.m. - Parenting a Greyhound

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

Hear about the issues that concern you most: safety and communications.

Presenters: Dr. Sheilah Horton, Vice-President of Student Development and Dean of Students
Tim Fox, Director of Public Safety

2:05 – 2:50 p.m. - Managing the Roller Coaster Ride of Your Student’s First Year

Location: McGuire Hall (#3 on map)

Changes in the first semester of college can feel like an emotional roller coaster ride for students and parents. This session will explore developmental changes first-year college students encounter, with an emphasis on today's cultural influences, and discuss ways parents and University administrators can work together to help students manage the ride.

Presenter: Dr. Christina Spearman, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life

Choose one program from each of the sessions listed below, presented by faculty and members of the Student Development Division. These workshops are designed to help parents understand the transition to college life. The focus will be on academic and social issues. A complete description of each program is included in your folder.

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. - Interest Session I

  • Housing and Campus Services – McManus Theater (#3 on map)
    **will be repeated during the 4pm Interest Session**
  • Disability Support Services– Sellinger Hall 105 (#7 on map)
  • Facilitating the Success of Your ALANA Student – Sellinger Hall 201 (#7 on map)
  • Academic Resources and Keys to Success – Maryland Hall 343 (#3 on map)
  • How First-Year Students Can Start Planning Towards a Successful Career Choice – 4th Floor Program Room (#2 on map)

4:00 – 4:50 p.m.  Interest Session II

  • Housing and Campus Services – McManus Theater
  • Study Abroad Programs – College Center Conference Rooms 113/114 (#3 on map)
  • Liberal Arts & the Jesuit Tradition – Knott Hall B01 (#5 on map)
  • Keys to a Healthy First-Year – Maryland Hall 243 (#6 on map)

4:50 – 5:15 p.m. - Parent and Family Meet & Greet

Location: Humanities (#4 on map)

Parents can use this time to relax, prior to Evening Prayer. Students will meet up with their parents/families on the walk to the Chapel.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. - Evening Prayer

Location: Alumni Chapel (#1 on map)

We invite all members of the Class of 2020 and their families to unite in prayer as you begin your four year journey at Loyola.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. - Dinner

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. - Tour the Residence Halls

Location: Flannery, Butler, or Hopkins (A and B on map)

Meet up with a member of the Student Life staff for a tour of the rooms, halls, and lounges.

To enter the buildings – Butler has one entrance; Flannery will enter through the doors facing Butler; Hopkins will enter from the foot bridge.

**Maps will be available at dinner**

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. - A Sweet Way to End the Day

Location: Reading Room, 3rd Floor Student Center (#2 on map)

Enjoy dessert in a relaxing atmosphere with other families and as well as members of the Jesuit community and Loyola’s Advancement team who will be available answer questions. Families can also use this time to complete the Student Family Profile (the sticker is on the inside of your folder).

**The last shuttle will depart from near Boulder around 9:30 p.m.**

Day Two

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. - Check-Out

Location: Avila Hall (#9 on map)

Those who stayed in campus housing should turn in their keys and swipes before starting the rest of their day.

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

Location: 4th Floor Student Center (#2 on map)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. - Daily Mass

Location: Alumni Chapel (#1 on map)

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. - Information Session: Financial Aid

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

Staff from the Office of Financial Aid will offer an overview of the application process, student and parent responsibilities, and next steps.

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Information Session: Billing

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

Learn about the various services offered by Student Administrative Services in addition to how to pay tuition and manage your student’s accounts. There will be time for a brief Q & A at the end of this session which will cover billing and financial aid.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. - Realities of College Life

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

Members of the Evergreen staff will host a live performance showing the ups and downs of your first year of college. Topics will include time management, homesickness, relationships, and fitting in. There will be a brief small group discussion following the performance.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Perceptions vs. Realities of Loyola

Location: McGuire Hall (#2 on map)

Parents and families will have the opportunity to review the data from the survey taken at the start of orientation. A panel of campus administrators will then lead a brief Q & A session and Father Linnane will wrap-up the program while previewing Fall Welcome Weekend.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

Last names A-K – Boulder Garden Café and Atrium (#2 on map)
Last names L-M – 3rd Floor Student Center (#2 on map)
Last names N-R – Hug Lounge, Humanities Building (#4 on map)
Last names S-Z – 4th Floor Student Center (#2 on map)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. - A Glimpse of Loyola: The First-Year Fair

Location: Reitz Arena (#2 on map)

Parents and families will have a chance to see what clubs, activities, academic departments, and services are available at Loyola. Representatives from various offices will be available to answer questions.

1:30 -2:30 p.m. - Departure

Shuttle service is available from Boulder Garden Café and Maryland Hall to Newman Towers.