Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Excellence Weekend

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Schedule of Events | Parking Directions 

Loyola University Maryland’s fifth annual Academic Excellence Weekend will be held Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. 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 11th 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 24. 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 3
1 - 3 p.m. 

Community Engaged Learning Teach-In
The Community Engaged Learning Teach-In highlights the curricular and co-curricular accomplishments of students who have learned in partnership with community. The CEL Teach-In animates academic excellence in the pursuit of justice. Students and community partners will discuss broad issues and explain how they impact local communities, advocating for systemic change. Learn through their shared research and experience and take part in a direct action to support local movements.

CC 105, 107, 113, and 114
2 - 3:30 p.m.

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Honor Society Induction*
Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA has approximately 13,400 members with chapters at more than 320 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.

View complete list of NSSLHA inductees.

Sellinger VIP
3 - 5 p.m.

Pi Epsilon Pi Induction*
Pi Epsilon Pi is a national writing honor society, founded by Loyola in 2006. The purpose of the writing honor society 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. As the society's name announces, "petens eloquentiam perfectam" embodies the Jesuit ideal of seeking eloquence in written expression.

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
Maryland Hall 243
Maryland Hall 244
Maryland Hall 247
Sellinger Hall 105
Sellinger Hall 201
Sellinger Hall 221
Sellinger Hall 203
Sellinger Hall 223

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

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

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

National Fellowships Reception

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

Financial Management Association Induction*
Established in 1970, the Financial Management Association International (FMA) is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. FMA's mission 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 4
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. For over 200 years, election to Phi Beta Kappa has served to recognize an individual's intellectual capacities and achievements, especially in the liberal arts and sciences. The objectives encouraged by Phi Beta Kappa include intellectual inquiry, honesty, and tolerance-the quickening of not only mind but also spirit. 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

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 Global Studies Poster Session presenters.

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

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction*
Founded in 1913, 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 2020 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.
Hug Lounge and Refectory
Sunday, April 5
10 - 11 a.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.

View complete list of Kappa Delta Pi inductees.

4th Floor Program Room
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Psi Chi Induction*
Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.
Sellinger VIP
12:15 - 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, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the names Jesuit, Alpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education. 

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.