Loyola University Maryland


Messina Family Teach-In 2017

Saturday, October 7th
Flannery O'Connor Hall & Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium

Dear families of the Class of 2021,

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, October 7, 2017. Two, 45-minute sessions that demonstrate how Loyola connects learning in and out of the classroom will each be offered at 2:00pm and 3:15pm. Messina will also sponsor a free ice-cream social in between the two sessions from 2:45pm-3:15pm in 2nd floor lobby of Flannery O’Connor Hall. Families may choose to sign up for one or both sessions

Click here to register for the 2017 Messina Family Teach-In


2:00pm – 2:45pm

Stories We Tell: How to Move the World With Your Words – Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium

Presented by Ron Tanner, Professor of Writing

Dr. Ron Tanner is an award-winning writer who has taught at Loyola for 24 years. He and his wife live in a Victorian house that was once a fraternity. They run www.houselove.org, a DIY website with a national readership. In his spare time, Ron travels the country in his camper van, giving talks on old house restoration. Also, he leads Jazz Caravan, a local jazz band, and directs two on-going documentary projects: the Marshall Island Story Project and Preservation America.

Jewish Passover/Christian Eucharist: ritual celebration as a vehicle for tradition and innovation – Flannery O’Connor Hall 230

Presented by Claire Mathews McGinnis, Professor of Theology
Claire Mathews McGinnis is a professor in the department of Theology at Loyola University Maryland, and the department chair.  She has taught at Loyola for 25 years, and has been a faculty member in the Messina program since its inception.  She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from Yale University Department of Religious Studies. 


Ice Cream Social featuring local favorite, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream – Flannery 2nd Floor Lounge

3:15pm – 4:00pm

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 

Michael Puma serves as the co-director of Messina.  While at Loyola, Puma 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.

The Good Life – Flannery O’Connor Hall 230

Presented by Jim Snow, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

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.

We look forward to seeing you on the Evergreen campus!

Michael Puma & Lisa Oberbroeckling
Co-Directors, Messina

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