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Messina Family Weekend Teach-In 2018

Dear families of the Class of 2022,

We have enjoyed getting to know your students over the last few weeks. As you prepare to come to campus for Family Weekend, we would like to offer you a chance to experience what it is like to participate in a Messina seminar. Messina will be sponsoring a Family Weekend Teach-In on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Two, 45-minute sessions that demonstrate how Loyola connects learning in and out of the classroom will be offered at 10:00am and 11:15am.  Messina will also sponsor a free coffee and donut social in between the two sessions from 10:45am-11:15am in 2nd floor lobby of Flannery O’Connor Hall. Families may choose to sign up for one or both session time slots. 

Click here to register for the 2018 Messina Family Teach-In



Stories We Tell: James Baldwin and The Fire Next Time
Presented by Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication 

Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead will lead an engaging discussion about the 2018 Loyola Common Text, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. 

Presenter Info: Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication 
Recently voted as the 2018-19 “Best New Voice” in News and Media by Baltimore magazine, Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. She is the author of four books, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and an Op-Ed columnist for the Baltimore AFRO. Whitehead received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Ignatian Spirituality and Finding Grace in All Things
Presented by Mary Ellen Wade, Associate Director of Messina 

Attending a Jesuit institution allows students the unique opportunity to develop habits of discernment and reflection in the Ignatian tradition. This interactive session will provide an overview of the examen, the Ignatian tool for reflection, and the role of grace in our daily lives.

Mary Ellen Wade is the Associate Director of Messina and a Messina Mentor for the past six years. In her work at Loyola, Mary Ellen coordinates all of the Messina assessment initiatives. Mary Ellen developed an appreciation for Jesuit education in her previous work at Georgetown University that has led her to continue to explore elements of Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola both personally and professionally.

10:45am – 11:15am

Coffee and Donut Social featuring local favorite, Diablo Donuts – Flannery 2nd Floor Lounge


The Good Life – Flannery O’Connor Hall 230
Presented by Dr. Jim Snow, Co-Director of Messina and Philosophy Department Lecturer and Sarah Lewis, Messina Mentor & Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies 

Beginning in antiquity philosophers have argued for particular conceptions of the good life.  This sessions will evaluate how philosophers have defined the good life.  Participants will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and offer their insights.

Professor Snow is an avid motorcyclist.  He and his wife Dale (also a member of the philosophy department) have toured much of the continental U.S. on an old Harley-Davidson and eight European countries on their Ducati.  They make their home in Guilford, a five-minute walk from campus, where they foster and rehabilitate abandoned and damaged pit bulls for a rescue organization.

Sarah Lewis graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a minor in mathematics. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Japan as a participant in the JET Programme, living and working as an English teacher in the port city of Kobe from 2009 to 2014. Sarah currently works within the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, providing support to the Messina, National Fellowships, Pre-Health Programs, and the Class Deans. She also serves as Green Office Representative.

Baltimore 101 – Discovering Baltimore’s Diverse Neighborhoods – Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium

Presented by Michael Puma, co-director of Messina and Kate Grubb Clark, associate director of external affairs 

Learn how Messina helps to introduce students to Baltimore – including its history, our neighbors and over 260 diverse neighborhoods.  

Michael Puma serves as the co-director of Messina.  While at Loyola, Mike has taken part in several retreats and immersion trips including Road Trip, first year and senior retreat, UNITE, Spring Break Outreach and Encuentra El Salvador. He also served as president of Loyola's Phi Beta Kappa chapter and is a member of OUT Loyola - Loyola's LGBTQ group for faculty, staff and administrators.  He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kate Grubb Clark is an associate director of external affairs in the office of the executive vice president. Prior to this she spent over 10 years in the division of student development at Loyola.  Her current focus areas are government and community relations (from neighborhoods around Loyola to the federal level), presidential events and supporting the Board of Trustees.  A native Baltimorean and avid sports fan, Kate is also very passionate about her hometown and helping students to see the depth of culture that Baltimore has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you on the Evergreen campus!


Michael Puma & Jim Snow 
Co-Directors, Messina
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