Loyola University Maryland


Messina Mentor Information

Download the Messina Mentor Information Sheet

Download the 2016-2018 Messina Mentor Application (for new applicants)  & Click Here to access a PDF copy of the application questions 

Download the 2017-2018 Messina Mentor Intent to Return Form (for current Messina Mentors) 

I Qualities of Faculty, Mentors and Student Leaders that would excel in the collaborative nature of Messina:

  • Ability to engage with first-year students in and out of the classroom 
  • Understanding of Jesuit Mission and Pedagogy
  • Understanding of first-year student transition issues
  • Demonstrates organization and is able to prepare in advance 
  • Flexibility 
  • Demonstrates basic multicultural competencies 
  • Understanding of group dynamics and working with groups of students 
  • Well versed in campus resources and referral sources

II Requirements of Administrators participating in Messina

Messina Mentors:

  • Have, in most cases, 1-2 years of experience working at Loyola before the Messina academic year begins.  
  • Have the ability to attend one to two enrichment hours each week during the work day (planned in collaboration with faculty and Messina Evergreen).
  • Attend 2-3, theme-wide events each year (occasionally on evenings and weekends and as planned in collaboration with other faculty, administrators and Messina Office).
  • Participate for at least one academic year.  Additional years may be negotiated in consultation with supervisors, office directors and the Messina Co-Directors.
  • Possess a willingness to work as part of a collaborative working group of faculty, administrators and student leaders. 

II Expectations during the 2016-2017 Academic Year (Preparation Year)

Messina Mentors will:

  • Prepare for Messina participation by attending a variety of scheduled training sessions, wokshops (about one per month beginning in January 2018) and small group meetings.  Training sessions will take place in large group, theme-based and smaller, self-directed informal working group settings. 
  • Messina will require 2-4 hours per month of preparation during the spring 2018 semester.

III Expectations during the 2017-2018 Academic Year 

Note:  Some administrators that participate in Messina will work with two faculty members and two Messina Evergreens to plan enrichment activities in and out the classroom for two seminar sections consisting of 15-17 students each semester.  Other administrators will be asked to collaborate with two faculty members and one Messina Evergreen to plan enrichment activities inside and outside of the classroom for one seminar group consisting of 15-17 students over the course of two semesters. 

Messina Mentors will:

1. Participate in a professional learning community of faculty, administrators and student peer leaders participating in Messia.

a. Prior to fall semester

  • Meet with working group members at least two times (February/March and April/May) to discuss program goals and outcomes and craft syllabi and enrichment sessions
  • Attend Messina May workshop
  • Attend a summer planning meeting for Fall Welcome Weekend Mentor Sessions
  • Attend a workshop/planning day the week before the fall semester begins to review syllabi and coordinate first week and/or orientation interactions
  • Attend fall orientation/Welcome Week events coordinated in conjunction with Messina and Office of Student Engagement (such as the Fall Welcome Weekend Mentor Session). 

b. During Fall and Spring Semesters:

  • Meet with working group to discuss progress of the individual students and the class (At least 3 such working group meetings during the academic year – early fall, pre-spring, and mid-spring check-ins are expected.)
  • Participate in ongoing planning as the need arises 

2. Collaborate on the Planning and Implementation of Enrichment Sessions

a. Discuss connections of courses and co-curricular activities to overarching theme.
b. Integrate enrichment sessions into course syllabi (enrichment sessions should include at least one Baltimore excursion and one theme-related activity each semester). 
c. Incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives into seminar courses and enrichment sessions.  
d. Attend and assist in the facilitation of 10-12 enrichment sessions per semester (totaling 15-25 hours of interaction with your students) for each seminar class.

3. Participate in the life and the events of the Themed Community

a. Attend a common theme event (one per semester). 
b. Be available to assist with at least one additional Messina activity each year (in conjunction with Messina Office, Student Engagement/Evergreens and Student Life/RA staff).
c. Develop ongoing relationships with 15-34 students outside of the classroom.

4. Discuss student conduct issues (when they arise) with students connected to enrichment hours and assist in student’s reflection process.

5. Empower participants (faculty, administrators and students) to notice and address student concerns and refer to appropriate resources when necessary. 

6. Provide feedback to Messina by participating in program evaluations, surveys and other assessment efforts.

IV Estimated Time Commitments 

  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, training and preparation will take approximately 2-4 hours each month beginning in January 2018.  
  • For the 2018-2019 year, it is expected that attending meetings on a regular basis, developing content for enrichment hours and co-curricular activities for 1 or 2 sections of students, mentoring individual students, attending/facilitating enrichment hours for 1-2 sections of students, reviewing student e-portfolios/reflections and maintaining involvement in the life of the theme will take 2-6 hours per week. 




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