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The Career Center Update

Students are welcome to register for the 2nd annual Career Accelerator presented by the Career Center from Aug. 28-31, 2019. The event is suggested for returning sophomores, but open to other class years. This 3.5-day event includes site visits to a variety of organizations with diverse career paths, an on-campus retreat to help participants clarify their own career priorities, and a group service project. Registration is now open on Handshake and the event fills quickly! The total cost is $175 and includes all meals, transportation, and the opportunity to beat the move-in rush back to campus.

New to Loyola

Tripp Matteo, associate director of annual giving, hopes to serve as a point of contact to parents.

“My responsibilities are working with the parents on their philanthropic impact to the University,” said Matteo, who is originally from Moorestown, N.J. “I want to be an advocate for the parents. It’s not just about getting financial support, but I want them to feel like this is their school too while their students attend Loyola.”

Prior to coming to Loyola, Matteo worked as the assistant athletic director for development at Towson University and has experience working in annual giving at the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and his Master of Education from the University of Delaware in 2011. Jesuit values are important to Matteo as he attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Pa. Matteo and his wife, Melanie—who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech pathology from Loyola—live with their 2-year-old son, Liam in Baltimore, Md. 

Strengthening Loyola’s Advising Support Structure

The academic affairs division recently completed a self-study of our advising program. We examined student needs and student utilization of advising resources, as well as faculty and chair perceptions of the success and challenges of our advising program. The advising study documented that the greatest need for advising support occurs in the first two years of a student’s Loyola experience.

Our class dean model is based on an individual faculty member providing part-time support for students in their class and following that class from orientation through graduation. This model was not designed to address the types of concerns that the class deans see daily.

Based on the needs addressed in the self-study, a new full-time assistant dean of undergraduate studies would focus on providing support to first- and second-year students beyond the support provided by the faculty advisor. The individual in this new position is expected to have significant experience working with students from diverse populations, advising students experiencing academic difficulty, and training in student development and transition issues.

We are currently searching for an assistant dean of undergraduate studies, who will be in place for the incoming Class of 2023. The current dean of undergraduate and graduate studies will phase in responsibility for the junior and senior class. In the interim, Lisa Oberbroeckling, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and class dean for the Class of 2022, and Birgit Albrecht, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and class dean of the Class of 2021, will continue to work with their classes through the next academic year, after which the transition to our new support system will be complete.

Loyola in the News

Read about news happening at Loyola

Loyola earns top ranks in Payscale reports
David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., named a Guggenheim Fellow
Loyola sets new record with eight Fulbright Scholarships
Loyola’s study abroad programs ranked No. 3 in nation among master’s institutions
Graduating Greyhounds
Finding belonging, discovering Baltimore

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