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Messina to offer 15 Messina course pairings for 2013-2014
Student Leaders and Messina
September 2012 Updates
Loyola Living Learning Initiative to be called “Messina”
After extensive deliberations, including outreach to a broad cross-section of the University, research conducted by a marketing firm, and continued conversation among members of the President’s Cabinet, the Living Learning Advisory Board and the co-directors of the program, we have arrived at a name we believe captures the spirit, intent, and ambitions we have for this program: Messina.
Messina, a city in Sicily, Italy, was the site of the Jesuits’ first college to welcome lay students. It represents the foundations of the Jesuits’ commitment to education, much as our living learning program will represent the foundations of our students’ educational experience at Loyola. The college at Messina set the tone for how Jesuit education has developed and progressed throughout its nearly 500-year history with its hallmark commitment to academic excellence and to the development of the whole person.
At Loyola, Messina - the first-year seminars, the enrichment hours, the establishment of communities around learning—will offer a similarly distinctive beginning for our students today, the first steps toward encountering these disciplines, appreciating their interconnectedness, and taking to heart the continuing importance of learning in their personal and intellectual growth. Messina connects our faculty, administrators, and first-year students with the rich Jesuit tradition of innovation, academic excellence, and a commitment to community. From students’ first days on campus, they will be connected to a support network of academics, professionals, and peers that will challenge them to think critically, discover their God-given talents, and find ways to connect their passions and gifts to the needs of their campus, local, and global communities. While few students will recognize the name at the outset of their studies, by the end of their first year at Loyola, they will view Messina as having contributed to their development as whole persons, prepared both academically and socially to continue their journey at Loyola and in the world.
Selection of a name is only the first part in the communication strategy we will need to establish for this program. Loyola’s office of marketing and communications is in the process of developing a visual identity and message strategy designed to convey the program’s identity and purpose to our prospective students and their families. This campaign will launch this fall as the University continues to work toward recruiting the first-year class to enter in the fall of 2013, one-third of which will participate in the first year of a phased implementation of Messina.
Honors Program Pilot Update
This fall, members of Loyola’s Honors Program are participating in a living learning community that also serves as a pilot for Messina. Faculty teaching in the Honors Program pilot have begun to meet with student development administrators and student peer leaders to plan enrichment activities. Messina would like to thank the following participants in the Honors Pilot for dedicating their time, energy and talents to this new, collaborative endeavor:
Fall Faculty Participants: Angela Christman, Martha Taylor, Joe Walsh
Faculty and Administrator Participation for the Upcoming Years
Workshops have begun for the faculty and administrators who will participate in next year’s
Faculty and administrators interested in participating in 2014-2015 (with training provided during 2013-2014) should begin to speak with their department chairs and/or direct questions to Doug and Mike. We will hold information sessions in the late fall and early spring semesters and applications will be due by late March.
April 2012 Updates
Next fall, the new Honors program will begin as the “first adopters” of the new Living Learning Community model and the students admitted to the Honors Program will live together in Flannery O’Connor Hall. In addition to the two Honors seminar courses and the program’s new plenary lectures, students will attend living learning enrichment hours. All components of the program will integrate the theme of “Self and Other.” Introducing the new Honors program in a living learning format will allow us to incorporate best practices into subsequent trainings and implementation years. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Loyola will continue to offer all current first-year programs (Alpha, Collegium and FE 100).
During the 2013-2014 academic year, at least one third of the first-year class (including Honors students) will participate in the new Living Learning program. Additionally, the Advisory Board and Implementation Committee are exploring ways to offer another first year program (a modified version of the Living Learning enrichment hour experience) to first-year students beyond the one third who will be in the new program. To accommodate one third of the class in Living Learning, 25 seminars will be offered each semester. Recruitment of faculty members and administrators to participate in the 2013-2014 seminars and enrichment hours is on track to begin in May 2012. Administrators and faculty members selected will participate in training and preparation during the 2012-2013 academic year. Click here for more information regarding faculty involvement in living learning.
December 2011 Updates
The Living Learning Initiative Office would like to thank the 28 people who submitted over 60 program name suggestions over the last few weeks. We are happy to announce that Richard Sigler is the winner of the participation drawing and received a Loyola sweatshirt. The official name of the program will be unveiled next semester.
November 2011 Updates
October 2011 Updates
With the recent composition of a Living Learning Advisory Board and the Living Learning Implementation Group, elements of the program remain to be determined; toward that end, we seek insight and feedback on the Living Learning Initiative from the Loyola community with regards to:
The office of institutional research recently sent email messages with survey links to campus faculty and administrators. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and your responses to the survey will be kept strictly confidential; data from the survey will be presented only in aggregate form.
We hope this will be the beginning of many subsequent conversations about the Living Learning Program! At the end of the survey, there is an opportunity to provide your name if you’d be interested in being an active participant in future discussions of the program and its development.
Please contact Shannon Tinney Lichtinger, associate director and coordinator of first-year research and retention studies in the office of institutional research, by email or call 410-617-2680 if you have any questions or need assistance with the survey.