As the cool fall weather eases into Maryland, we are busy helping students to cope with their own changing environment. We recently sent all students an email with reminders about how to avoid catching and spreading germs, a particular concern due to the pending flu season. Students can keep themselves healthy by making smart, informed decisions about how they care for themselves. If your son or daughter has not yet received a flu vaccine, they can do so at our student health center. Also, we are continuing to monitor the Ebola virus as it has now entered the United States. While we have no reason to expect a case on campus, my colleagues who handle emergency operations have developed prevention and response plans in accordance with recommendations from local, state, and federal health authorities. This effort is rooted in our commitment to always being prepared to support our students and protect our campus, no matter the likelihood or severity of the threat.
More information about the flu vaccine and our Ebola preparedness is available in the message from the health center included in this issue of the newsletter.
I'm certain you are aware that national media attention is also focused on concerns about sexual assault on college campuses. Sadly, it is true that all colleges struggle with the sexual assault issue, Loyola included. I want to assure you that we take this issue very seriously. We provide multiple opportunities for students to receive education on prevention and awareness, and we provide bystander education to encourage students to help each other, avoid incidents, and report incidents. When incidents do happen, we offer support from multiple student service offices and respond to each situation with the appropriate attention it deserves. If you would like to learn about our policies and practices, please review our community standards manual. Also, as we suggested during first-year orientation, parents should regularly discuss their expectation that students will monitor their own behavior on and off campus.
I encourage any student who has questions or concerns to contact Loyola's counseling center, Women's Center, or office of student life.
But this message is about more than challenges—I have much positive news to report. We recently had a very successful fall career fair with 50 companies interacting with nearly 400 students. The event was a tremendous opportunity for networking and job/internship exploration. There are smaller fairs for different majors as well throughout the year, so please encourage your student to check out the Career Center calendar.
November 16-21 is Leadership Week, a series of events where students can discover leadership opportunities at Loyola, in the local community, and beyond. Leadership Week engages students and experts in conversation about what it means to be a leader, and inspires students to take on leadership roles in their personal, academic, and professional endeavors. We’re encouraging all students to attend and take advantage of the valuable resources that will be available.
Thank you for your continued support. I wish you and your family a safe, enriching holiday season.
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students