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Self and Other Course Pairing

How to Notice: Writing as Seeing (WR100)

Throughout the semester, students will explore what it means to be a visionary thinker, reader, and writer by inquiring into their own distinct ways of seeing. As a class, we will take risks and ask open-ended questions. How do we envision the future, and how might we describe the present? How can we share our visions, persuade others of our points of view? As a community of writers, we will work to participate in creative, intellectual exchange. We will explore "vision" as a way of noticing, affirming that visionary thinking does not have to be extraordinary, that it can be discovered in the everyday. We will observe texts closely, learning from how different authors develop and support their ideas. As students practice analyzing the writing of others, they will learn to cultivate authority and intention in their own writing. Aiming to communicate complex thought in clear, engaging prose, students will outline, draft, compose, edit, and revise three major essays. Students will test out different approaches to narrative, exposition, analysis, and argument --experimenting as they pursue their curiosities on the page.

Faculty Biography

Professor Helen Hofling is a writer, editor, and teacher. She received a BA in philosophy from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College. Her poetry and fiction have recently appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, the Columbia Review, Electric Literature, Fugue, New South, Passages North, Prelude, and elsewhere. A member of the PEN Prison Writing Committee, she serves as a poetry judge for their annual writing competition. She teaches writing at Loyola University Maryland.

Applied Calculus (MA 151)

A one semester introduction to calculus. It covers the definition, interpretation, and applications of the derivative especially in business and social sciences. As part of the Messina program the course offers a service path within Baltimore City, and a research path in topics related to sociological issues within Baltimore City.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Ethan Duckworth
I have been at Loyola University for 16 years and have taught most of the math classes we offer. During most of that time I've been an advisor for students and involved in various first year programs like Messina. I especially like the applied calculus class because it incorporates both math and applications that encourage us to think about broader societal issues.

Mentor Biography

Tonya Lewis is the Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Education. Tonya joined Loyola in 2008 as the Program Coordinator for the Jack Kent Cooke Funded College Advising program. Prior to working at Loyola, she served as a high school College Counselor, assisting high school seniors with preparation for post-secondary opportunities. She is a naive Washingtonian and received her B.S. and M.S. degree from University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Tonya is in her fourth year as a Messina mentor and loves working with students as they transition to college life!

Virtual Advisor

Students must have taken high school calculus or attained a 65-75 on the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Exam or complete MA 109 in the fall semester to be eligible for this course pairing. Students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business and/or Economics are strongly recommended to consider this pairing since MA 151 is the mathematics course that satisfies the core for business majors. MA 151 is not recommended for other majors.  WR 100 satisfies a core requirement for all students. 


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