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The Visionary Course Pairing

Looking Beyond Ourselves: Writing for Action (WR 100)

Think about your favorite piece of writing -- what effect does it have on you? Effective writing has the strength to make someone laugh, think, learn and act. Your mission is in this course to write with strength and confidence. In this class, you will think about how powerful writing affects you both as a reader and a writer. Reading pieces by writers like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Susan Casey will give you the chance to look through the lens of other writers in order to sharpen or refocus your own. Activities out of the classroom will serve to broaden your understanding of yourself in the context of your new community as well. In addition, you have the opportunity to take one of two tracks: the traditional path or the service-learning option. Service offers yet another text to integrate among our readings, discussions, and writing opportunities. On the service track, you’ll be asked to see yourself in direct relationship to those you meet at Tunbridge Charter School. Whether you opt for service-learning or not, you will have the opportunity to serve people outside our classroom through your writing. We will always try to contextualize our discussions beyond ourselves and to see how writers attempt to move their readers and affect the world around them. As you look beyond yourself, you will use your writing to envision who you wish to become. Along the way, you'll be writing for action.

Faculty biography

Dr. Andrea Leary is a Lecturer and the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Writing, where she has been teaching for the last 25 years. In all of her classes, her goal is to guide her students toward excellence in writing while keeping the Jesuit mission of “men and women with and for others” in their thoughts. Margaret Mead’s reminder guides her teaching: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Foundations of Philosophy (PL 201)

This exploratory course invites students to take a critical and careful read of the foundational texts that have become the underpinnings of many of our modern-day studies. This course begins with the Presocratics and ends with the Greek Philosophers. Readings from the Ancients are peppered throughout with contemporary articles and writings so students can make connections between what was taught then and what is studied today.

Faculty biography

Professor Nina Guise-Gerrity has been in the Philosophy department since 2010, primarily teaching Foundations of Philosophy and Political & Economic Philosophy. Her fields of interest include studying and teaching the theory and practice of the Socratic dialectic, new business development, and the intersectionality between politics and economic growth.

Mentor biography

Dr. Christina Spearman is the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students. She started working at Loyola in 2007, and previously served as the Associate Director of Student Life for Student Conduct, Director of Sophomore Initiatives, and Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life. She received her B.S. in Communication from Emmanuel College, her M.A. in Counselor Education from Clemson University, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. Christina enjoys helping students understand discernment, discussing Loyola’s core values, all things pop culture, and musical theater.

Mentor biography

Bryan Haunert is currently the Director of Recreation and Wellness at Loyola and in his 5th year as a Messina Mentor. Prior to Loyola, Bryan worked at George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oregon. Bryan holds a Bachelors Degree from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree from Ball State University.


Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements (Philosophy and Writing) for all students and are taught with a service learning option.

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Advising and Support

Evergreens: Your personal guides to life at Loyola

Loyola student leaders support and guide students through their first-year experience.

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