Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Excellence Weekend

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Schedule of Events | Parking Directions 

Loyola University Maryland’s fourth annual Academic Excellence Weekend will be held Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Student academic excellence is at the heart of our university’s mission and our work as scholars and educators. We are committed to celebrating student achievement and building the campus culture that spurs our students, graduate and undergraduate alike, to cultivate their own creative and scholarly voices and to aspire to make their own marks as researchers, artists, and scholars. Knowing that you share these commitments, we ask that you encourage your students to participate in the weekend's activities.

The weekend will feature several honor society inductions (including Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu); the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium; a lunch honoring both the students formerly recognized at the Honors Convocation and those who received Dean's List honors last academic year; and additional activities highlighting our students' academic accomplishments.

The 10th annual "Emerging Scholars: A Celebration of Graduate Research," an event highlighting the scholarly work of Loyola's graduate community will be held on Friday, April 26. We encourage you to attend to support our graduate students. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please visit the Emerging Scholars website.

Please contact Kristen Fisher if you are interested in hosting an event during Academic Excellence Weekend.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 5
2 - 3 p.m.

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Honor Society Induction*
Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA has approximately 13,400 members with chapters at more than 325 colleges and universities. NSSLHA membership is available to any part- or full-time graduate or undergraduate student interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Students pursuing academic study as speech-language pathology assistants, students pursuing a doctorate of philosophy or doctorate of audiology, as well as students enrolled in CSD programs outside of the United States can be members of NSSLHA.

View complete list of NSSLHA Inductees.

Sellinger VIP
2 - 3 p.m.

Pi Epsilon Pi Induction*
Pi Epsilon Pi is a writing honor society, founded by Loyola University Maryland Writing Department in 2006. As of 2019, the organization has chapters at five different universities in the United States. The purpose of PEP is to function as an honor and professional society for undergraduate students pursuing studies in writing. In fulfilling this role, the organization will support activities that stimulate creative and scholarly work in writing studies and that cultivate the appreciation and recognition of the art and craft of writing and recognition of the critical role of literate activity in contemporary society. As the society's name announces, "petens eloquentiam perfectam" embodies the ideal of seeking eloquence in written expression.

View complete list of Pi Epsilon Pi Inductees.

Maryland Hall 040
3 - 6:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium
Once a year Loyola University Maryland hosts a campus-wide forum highlighting undergraduate student research and scholarship. The goal of the colloquium is to encourage scholastic endeavors that focus on either the generation of new knowledge or creative integration of existing scholarship. Please visit the USRSC website for more information.

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Oral Presentations
Maryland Hall 242 - Social Sciences 1
Maryland Hall 244 - Social Sciences 2
Maryland Hall 243 - Humanities 1
Maryland Hall 247 - Humanities 2
Sellinger Hall 203 - Business
Sellinger Hall 223 - Natural and Applied Sciences

4 - 5:30 p.m. - McGuire Hall East
Poster Presentations and Reception

5:30 p.m. - McGuire Hall West
Keynote and Awards Presentation

View complete list of Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Participants.

McGuire Hall and Various Classrooms
6:30 - 7 p.m. 

University Innovation Fellows Pinning Ceremony
The University Innovation Fellows are student leaders who demonstrate a passion for innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial mindset, and who have a drive to make a lasting impact at Loyola. This ceremony will recognize their accomplishments over the past year and encourage them to share their learnings to benefit others.

View complete list of University Innovation Fellows.

McGuire Hall West
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

National Fellowships Reception
The reception celebrates students who have shown their commitment to excellence through participation in prestigious and international scholarships application processes, including Barry Goldwater Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship, DAAD-Rise Research Scholarship to Germany, and Loyola’s Katherine and Larry E. Jennings Summer Research and Study Abroad Scholarship. The celebratory address will be given by Dr. Patrick Brugh, Director of the Language Learning Center and a Fulbright Scholar to Germany (2005).

Hug Lounge and Refectory
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Financial Management Association Induction*
Established in 1970, the FMA is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. The mission of the FMA is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students, promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices, and to enhance the quality of education in finance. The attire is business casual.

View complete list of Financial Management Association Inductees.

Sellinger VIP
7 - 9 p.m.

Pi Mu Epsilon Induction*
Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

View complete list of Pi Mu Epsilon Inductees.

4th Floor Program Room
Saturday, April 6
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction*
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Each year Loyola's chapter, Epsilon of Maryland, elects a small number of seniors and juniors majoring in the arts and sciences. Requirements for election include outstanding academic achievement and evidence of good character.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Alumni Memorial Chapel
Induction Ceremony

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Hug Lounge and Refectory
Reception

View complete list of Phi Beta Kappa Inductees.

Alumni Memorial Chapel and Hug Lounge and Refectory
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Global Studies Poster Session
Capstone projects are showcased in an annual poster session. For the capstone, Global Studies seniors work together with community partners to develop a project that applies a local solution to a global issue.

View complete list of Global Studies Poster Session Presenters.

McGuire Hall East
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction*
Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society in the field of business administration recognized by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Each fall and spring semester, in accordance with Beta Gamma Sigma regulations, Loyola's chapter invites undergraduates majoring in accounting or business administration to join the national honor society. Spring invitations are extended to the top 10 percent of the junior class; fall invitations are extended to the top 10 percent of the senior class.

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. - McGuire Hall Atrium
Reception

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - McGuire Hall
Induction Ceremony

View complete list of Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees.

McGuire Hall Atrium
and McGuire Hall
5 - 7 p.m.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Induction*
The computing and information disciplines are relatively young. Yet despite their comparative youth, the computing and information disciplines have had an unparalleled effect on almost every aspect of contemporary life. Indeed it is difficult to predict the ultimate place of the computer in our world. It is the express purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon to promote the computing and information disciplines and to encourage their contribution to the enhancement of knowledge.

View complete list of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Inductees.

Sellinger VIP
6 - 9 p.m.

Honors Wine Tasting*
An annual event sponsored by the Honors Program for members of the class of 2019 who are in the Honors Program, Honors Program professors, and invited guests.

View complete list of Honors Wine Tasting Participants.

4th Floor Program Room
7 - 9 p.m.

Coffeehouse Reading
The Academic Excellence Coffeehouse showcases some of the best creative writing produced over the year at Loyola University Maryland. A group of ten students, each nominated by faculty members, read their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

View complete list of Coffeehouse Reading Participants.

Hug Lounge and Refectory
Sunday, April 7
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Kappa Delta Pi Induction*
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million. KDP membership is a lifelong connection to an international network of exceptional educators working in various levels of education, including some of today’s top thinkers and practitioners in education, all dedicated to providing quality education for all.

View complete list of Kappa Delta Pi Inductees.

4th Floor Program Room
12 - 2 p.m.

Academic Excellence Luncheon
A signature event during Loyola's Academic Excellence Weekend, this luncheon is a chance for the Loyola community to recognize students formerly recognized at the Honors Convocation, students who have received Dean's List honors during both the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as to celebrate all participants in Academic Excellence Weekend. RSVP and more information provided here.

View complete list of Dean's List Recipients.

View complete list of Student Awards for Academic Excellence Winners.

Reitz Arena
2 - 3 p.m.

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction*
Alpha Sigma Nu is the national Jesuit honor society of men and women. Students nominated by the members of the society, approved by the dean of their school and the president of the university, who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, service, and loyalty to the university are elected to the society in junior and senior years.

View complete list of Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees.

Alumni Memorial Chapel

*by invitation only

Parking Information for Families and Guests

Parking with shuttle service will be available at the York Road Lot (5104 York Road). Street parking will be available on North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. Please observe the local parking signs and restrictions. Limited parking will be available in the Jenkins Parking Lot on Saturday, April 6.