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Academic Excellence Weekend 2017

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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 2nd annual Academic Excellence Weekend will be held Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. In addition to a reception for students and faculty, several honor society inductions (including Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu), the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium and Emerging Scholars Graduate Research Symposium for graduate students, we aim to expand how we celebrate all types of student academic achievement in a variety of venues and for all students.


Schedule of Events

Friday, April 21

2 - 4 p.m.

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Honor Society Induction*

For a complete list of Speech Honor Society Inductees, click here.

4th Floor Program Room
4 - 5 p.m.

Pi Epsilon Pi Induction*
Writing Honor Society

For a complete list of Pi Epsilon Pi Inductees, click here.

Writing Department Lounge
3:30 - 7 p.m.

Emerging Scholars Graduate Research Symposium
The eighth 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.

3:30 - 5 p.m. - Instructional Lab A
Theology Student Panel

5 - 5:30 p.m. - Ridley Auditorum
Awards Ceremony

5:30 - 7 p.m. - Ferguson Gallery
Poster Session and Reception

Dame Library
4:30 - 7:30 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. More info.

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Oral Presentations
Maryland Hall 241 - Humanities 1
Maryland Hall 242 - Humanities 2
Maryland Hall 244 - Arts
Maryland Hall 247 - Natural and Applied Sciences
Sellinger Hall 221 - Business
Sellinger Hall 223 - Social Sciences

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. McGuire Hall
Poster Presentations and Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. McGuire Hall
Welcome, Keynote, and Awards Presentation

Welcome: Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Getz, Ph.D., Dean of Sellinger School of Business and Management and Professor of Management and International Business

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Poster Presentation of Student Research

  • Zachary Besecker
  • Maeve Dennigan
McGuire Hall Atrium
7 - 9 p.m.

Pi Mu Epsilon Induction*
National Honorary Mathematical Society

For a complete list of Pi Mu Epsilon Inductees, click here.

4th Floor Program Room
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Apprentice House Press Reading and Book Party
Kevin Cowherd, four-time Apprentice House author and formerBaltimore Sunwriter, Karl Dehmelt, three-time Apprentice House author and current Loyola Junior, and Alexandra Chouinard, Apprentice House Editorial Consultant and current Loyola Senior, will discuss the publishing process and their work with the Apprentice House Press students.
Knott Hall B01
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration: Lorax on the Quad
Hosted by Campus Ministry and the Environmental Action Club. Earth Day Celebration is an event designed to bring together Loyola students, faculty and community to learn and reflect on issues surrounding the world we live in. The event is sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Center for Humanities, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Natural and Applied Sciences, Film Studies, the departments of communication, economics and physics, Mission Integration, Facilities Management, Education for Life, Messina, Center for Community Service and Justice, and Loyola Notre Dame Library.

7:30 p.m.
Crafts, Panel, and Movie Introduction

8 p.m.
Movie: The Lorax

Academic Quad

Saturday, April 22

12 - 2 p.m.

Pi Sigma Alpha Induction*
Political Science Honor Society

For a complete list of Pi Sigma Alpha Inductees, click here.

Hug Lounge and Refectory
12:30 - 4 p.m. Fine Arts Student Exhibit Julio Fine Arts
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Reflections on Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Experiences
This Session will explore how interdisciplinary or interprofessional experiences, as an Ignatian pedagogy, support the development of core competencies differentiating the Loyola University Maryland graduate from others. Following this session, participants should be able to: Describe how interdisciplinary/interprofessional pedagogy informs a student's chosen major or field of study, define the benefits and challenges encountered in interdisciplinary/interprofessional experiences, and identify competencies achieved through interdisciplinary/interprofessional curricula.


  • Kathryn Curley, Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program
  • Jacqueline Follety, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Communication Major
  • Megan Houk, Psychology Doctoral Program
  • Merertu Kitila, Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program
  • Radhika Parekh, Psychology Doctoral Program
  • Matthew Picchiello, Psychology Major


  • Rebecca Zukowski, Ph.D., R.N., Executive Director of Loyola Clinical Centers
Sellinger Hall Room 001
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Excellence in Applied Business Learning

  • Faith Osinaga, Robert Ingram, Kate Spence, and Lydia Tefera, AQUAPURE
  • Maya Nisnevitch and Phillip Arvanitis, Empower U
  • Daniel Enterlin, Big Show Moving


  • Marianne Ward-Peradoza, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management and Associate Professor of Economics
Sellinger Hall Room 004
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Learning

  • Tyler Cochran,'17, Sarah Lewis, '17, and Justin Montague, '19, The Civil Rights Movement 2.0 in Selma: Learning to Build the Beloved Community
  • Grace Kinzler, '19, Reflective Learning through a Long-Term Clinical Partnership: Health Outreach Baltimore
  • Emma Muir, '17, Developing ESOL Curricula for Arabic-Speakers
  • Rachael Martines, '17, Becoming a Woman Con Otras: From Baltimore to Central America


  • Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship and Professor of English
Sellinger Hall Room 003
2 - 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 - 3:15 p.m. McGuire Hall Atrium

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

For a complete list of Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees, click here.

McGuire Hall Atrium
and McGuire Hall
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Academic Excellence Reception
A signature event during Loyola's Academic Excellence Weekend, this reception is a chance for the Loyola community to recognize students who have received Dean's List honors during both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, as well as to celebrate all participants in Academic Excellence Weekend. RSVP and more information provided here.

Welcome: Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology

For a complete list of 2015-2016 Dean's List Recipients, click here.

Reitz Arena
6 - 9 p.m.

Honors Wine Tasting*

For a complete list of 2017 Honors Graduates, click here.

4th Floor Program Room
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.

For a complete list of 2017 Financial Management Association Inductees, click here.

Sellinger VIP Lounge
7 - 9 p.m.

Coffeehouse Reading

Antoine Bolden               Connor Lindeboom
Jouvanna Brame             Clara Love
Alexandra Chouinard     Ryan Mattox
Semeko Davi                 Jessica Schnurr
Karl Dehmelt                Rachel Vanderminden
Emma Ditzel

Moderator: Ron Tanner, Ph.D., Professor of Writing

Hug Lounge and Refectory

Sunday, April 23

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.

For a complete list of Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees, click here.

McGuire Hall
1 - 3 p.m.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Induction*
Honor Society for the Computing Sciences

For a complete list of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Inductees, click here.

Sellinger VIP Lounge
2 - 5 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.

2 - 3 p.m. Alumni Memorial Chapel
Induction Ceremony

3 - 5 p.m. Hug Lounge and Refectory

For a complete list of Phi Beta Kappa Inductees, click here.

Alumni Memorial Chapel
and Hug Lounge &
*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 22.

For a look at last year's schedule, go to the 2016 Academic Excellence Weekend website.