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Academic Excellence Weekend

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Student academic excellence is at the heart of our University’s mission and our purpose as scholars and educators. Loyola is committed to celebrating student achievement and building the campus culture that spurs our students, graduate and undergraduate alike, to think more about their own creative and scholarly voices and to aspire to make their own marks as researchers, artists, and scholars.

Loyola University Maryland’s 3rd annual Academic Excellence Weekend will be held Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. 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, the Emerging Scholars scholarship symposium for graduate students, and a lunch celebrating academic excellence, which will honor the students formerly recognized at the Honors Convocation, students who received Dean's List honors last academic year, and all participants of the weekend.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 20
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.

Reading Room
2 - 3 p.m.

Theta Alpha Kappa Induction*
In 1976, Professor Albert Clark, F.S.C., established Theta Alpha Kappa at Manhattan College in Riverdale (the Bronx), New York for the purpose of recognizing the academic achievements of religion and theology students. Since then, Theta Alpha Kappa has grown to more than two hundred chapters nationally in four-year educational institutions ranging from small religiously affiliated colleges to large public research institutions. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology.

View complete list of Theta Alpha Kappa Inductees.

Theology Lounge (HU 042)
2 - 4 p.m. Robotics Demo (part of Celebration of Science Week)
Boulder Atrium
3 - 7 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. More info.

3 - 4:30 p.m. 
Oral Presentations
Maryland Hall 241 - Natural and Applied Sciences
Maryland Hall 242 - Humanities 1
Maryland Hall 243 - Humanities 2
Sellinger Hall 203 - Business
Sellinger Hall 221 - Social Sciences 1
Sellinger Hall 223 - Social Sciences 2

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - McGuire Hall
Poster Presentations and Reception

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

View complete list of Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Participants.

McGuire Hall and Various Classrooms
4:30 - 8 p.m.

Emerging Scholars Graduate Research Symposium
The ninth annual “Emerging Scholars: A Celebration of Graduate Research,” is an event highlighting the scholarly work of Loyola’s graduate community. The event is sponsored by graduate studies and graduate student services. More info.

4:30 - 6 p.m. - Instructional Lab A
Theology Student Panel

6 - 6:30 p.m. - Ridley Auditorum
Awards Ceremony

6:30 - 8 p.m. - Ferguson Gallery
Poster Session and Reception

View complete list of Emerging Scholars Graduate Research Symposium Participants.

Loyola/Notre Dame Library
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, Fulbright Scholarship, and Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship, and Loyola’s Katherine and Larry E. Jennings Summer Research and Study Abroad Scholarship. The celebratory address will be given by Dr. John Kiess, associate professor of theology and a Mitchell Scholar (2004).

View complete list of National Fellowships Awardees.

Hug Lounge and Refectory
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 21 
 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Introduction to IoT Workshop for Students (part of Celebration of Science Week)
Students will learn the basic concepts of an IoT station that collects environmental data and uploads it to an Internet data collection site for storage and display. Students will be exposed to embedded programming concepts (Arduino), basic digital system design, and interfacing with Wi-Fi and the Internet. 
Loyola/Notre Dame Library 
 9:30 - 11 a.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.
Jeff Nattans, Loyola alumni and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Legg Mason Global Asset Management, along with Kathleen Getz, Dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management, will speak at the Banquet. Breakfast will be served, and the attire is business casual.

View complete list of Financial Management Association Inductees.

4th Floor Program Room
 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. - McGuire Hall East
Induction Ceremony

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

View complete list of Phi Beta Kappa Inductees.

McGuire Hall East and Hug Lounge and Refectory
 12 - 3 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.

View complete list of Psi Chi Inductees.

Reading Room 
 12:30 - 4 p.m. Fine Arts Student Exhibit Julio Fine Arts Gallery
 2:30 - 4:30 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.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - McGuire Hall Atrium

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - McGuire Hall
Induction Ceremony

View complete list of Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees

McGuire Hall Atrium
and McGuire Hall
5 - 7:30 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 Lounge 
 6 - 9 p.m. Honors Wine Tasting*
An annual event sponsored by the Honors Program for members of the class of 2018 who are in the Honors Program, Honors Program professors and invited guests.
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 22 
9 - 11 a.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

McGuire Hall 
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 
3 - 4 p.m.

University Singers Spring Concert

View complete list of University Singers Participants.

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), and on North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. Limited parking will be available in the Jenkins Parking Lot on Saturday, April 21.