Books published by Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House recently received top category awards from Foreword Magazine and the Catholic Press Association.
Author Jay Sullivan’s Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge was named “Best Book from a Small Publisher” by the Catholic Press Association in the 2014 Catholic Press Awards. The book chronicles Sullivan’s firsthand experience serving as ‘the only big brother’ to 250 boys at an orphanage run by nuns in Kingston, Jamaica. For two years in the mid-1980s, Sullivan followed the relationships the boys built with each other that kept them from being completely alone in the world.
Foreword Magazine named Katey Schultz’s Flashes of War: Short Stories the ‘Gold’ winner in the 2013 IndieFab Awards war and military category. The collection of short stories questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness to the shared struggles of all who are touched by it.
“This is quite an honor for two incredible books, and the awards further recognize Apprentice House as a quality and respected press,” said Kevin Atticks, Ph.D., Apprentice House director.
Raising Gentle Men has been adopted by Scranton University as its common text and has been used by numerous colleges to prepare students embarking on service learning trips. All of the author’s proceeds from the book go to support the work of the Mercy Sisters and the Jesuits in Jamaica.
In addition to the IndieFab award, Flashes of War was named 2013 “Best Literary Fiction Book of the Year” by the Military Writers Society of America.
About Apprentice House:
Apprentice House is the nation’s first entirely student-managed book publisher. Students at Loyola University Maryland are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process, from acquisitions to design and publication of every book. The mission of Apprentice House is, first and foremost, to educate students about the book publishing process. As a program within the communication department at Loyola, it is driven by student work conducted in three academic courses. The students in these courses serve as staff in Apprentice House’s acquisitions, design, and marketing departments. After students move on, professor-managers and student staff sustain the ongoing operation of the company and market its frontlist and backlist titles.
Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and fellow leaders representing Baltimore’s education and medical institutions to sign the Baltimore City Anchor Plan (BCAP), a collaborative effort to strengthen communities and foster economic growth and development across the city.
Through BCAP, Loyola and other anchor institutions will partner with city government to focus on innovative initiatives in four priority areas: public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life. Anchor institutions are Baltimore City’s largest employers and serve as catalysts to attract and retain residents, create jobs, and drive economic growth.
Institutions that signed BCAP include Loyola, Johns Hopkins University, Bon Secours Hospital, Coppin State University, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Baltimore, Morgan State University, and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
“Across Baltimore, new developments are revitalizing our neighborhoods, and much of the credit belongs to the institutions that are represented here today,” said Rawlings-Blake at the signing ceremony at City Hall on June 25. “We need to plan for the future. For me that means bringing the city and our anchors together under one vision.”
The mayor emphasized that BCAP builds on work already being done by existing partnerships and commended several specific projects, including Loyola’s York Road Initiative.
“We’ve made phenomenal progress in the five years since we made a commitment to improve the lives of people living, working, and learning in our neighboring Govanstowne community and York Road commercial corridor,” said Fr. Linnane. “The Baltimore City Anchor Plan is an opportunity to work together and make even more progress as agents of positive change in the community.”
BCAP tasks Baltimore City government agencies with coordinating with anchors on homeownership incentives, neighborhood revitalization, recreational assets, public works and transportation capital investments, and business and employment services, and other city services.
The next step is to create a quarterly interagency meeting schedule and organize biannual Presidents Roundtable meetings between the mayor and anchor institution presidents to coordinate on priority areas.
The full plan is available at baltimorecity.gov.
Loyola University Maryland has been designated an accredited arboretum by the Morton Register of Arboreta for the University’s dedication to nurturing and preserving dozens of tree species on the Evergreen campus. By achieving high standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, the Loyola Arboretum is now recognized among other professional public gardens all over the world.
The plan to establish an arboretum at Loyola began in 1999, and today the 80-acre Evergreen campus boasts more than 2,200 trees that represent 84 varieties. An arboretum collects, grows, and displays trees, shrubs, and other pants for people to study and enjoy, and generally is open to the public for education and inspiration. The Loyola University Maryland Arboretum is one of only 11 arboreta in the state of Maryland on the Morton Register.
“Our mission is to provide a beautiful and sustainable environment for Loyola students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Helen Schneider, associate vice president of facilities and campus services. “Maintaining the Loyola Arboretum is an opportunity to preserve the natural aesthetics of our historic campus and enhance its biodiversity.”
Loyola met the requirements for Level I accreditation by the Morton Register by implementing a program to care for, label, and document trees, among other criteria. The Quad at the center of the Evergreen campus features a self-guided walking tour through a mixture of mature monarch trees and trees planted over the past few decades. Thirty tree varieties on the walking tour and elsewhere on campus are currently labeled.
Improvements planned for the future include labels for every tree variety and the development of a second walking tour in the area surrounding the Fitness and Aquatics Center. The additions will help the Loyola Arboretum achieve designations as a member of Tree Campus USA and Level II status with the Morton Register.
The Morton Register of Arboreta is a comprehensive list and database of arboreta and other public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants. The purpose of the Morton Register is to identify all of the organizations that collect and display trees, shrubs, and other woody plants for the benefit of the public, science, and conservation. The Morton Register, ArbNet, and the Accreditation Program are coordinated by the Morton Arboretum as an international initiative to support the work of arboreta in saving and planting trees.
"The AJCU Education Conference, comprised of Deans, Chairs, and Directors within the 28 Jesuit Schools/Colleges of Education across the nation, has embarked on an independent research initiative with Eduventures, Inc., a research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on higher education. The final report of the study, to be released in December 2014, will highlight unique attributes and outcomes associated with graduating from a Jesuit institution. It will also detail the lengths to which programs in the Conference have gone to articulate mission, revamp curriculum, and document outcomes in teacher preparation. One long-term goal involves utilization of common outcome measures across the member institutions of the Education Conference. This initiative and future directions are expected to exceed the value and quality of program review and assessments processes currently required by state accreditation, national accreditation, and other unsanctioned entities concerned with teacher quality and teacher preparation."
Joshua Smith, Ph.D.
President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Education Conference
Dean, Loyola University Maryland School of Education
The AJCU's statement on the 2014 NCTQ Teacher Prep Review Report is available at ajcunet.edu.
To celebrate APIA month, Asian Cultural Alliance invites you to listen to our keynote speaker, Nina Davuluri. She was crowned Miss America 2014 and is the first Indian American and second Asian American to win this prestigious title. She is also the first contestant to perform a Bollywood dance at the competition.
As part of Miss Davuluri's platform, "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency," she will be speaking about the importance of inclusion and diversity, among other topics. After her lecture, there will be a question and answer session.
Tickets are free, but required for this event, as there are a limited amount of seats. Reserve your ticket at www.loyola.edu/alana.
All are welcome.
Members of the Loyola community will share how their lives were impacted by sexual assault and what it is like to love a survivor. Following their stories, the event will open into a discussion so that Loyola can learn how to support everyone affected by sexual assault. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week and is sponsored by the Take Back the Night Student Organization.