Loyola University Maryland

Parents Newsletter

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Student Health and Education Services:

The Student Health Center is here to provide care and serve your student’s needs. Loyola’s health center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. The Student Health Center is located in Seton Court, under the green awning. The providers include physicians, nurse practitioners, a nurse, and a medical assistant.

Here are some ways you can help your student stay healthy while at Loyola:

If your student has not already had an influenza (flu) shot this year, encourage your student to get one. Flu can spread quickly on a college campus, and those who get sick can lose valuable academic time. The flu shot will be available at our health center for a fee. Your students can also receive a flu shot from local pharmacies, which can be billed through insurance.

Encourage healthy habits, including: 
o regular physical exercise
o adequate sleep
o good nutrition

Please visit us in person or online for more information on our services, after hours care, local pharmacies, and other health-related matters. Please don’t hesitate to call if you need to communicate with us for any reason.

The Counseling Center:

Colleges across the country, including Loyola, have noticed that students are increasingly distressed. Each year, more students seek help for psychological problems, including stress and anxiety.

In addressing possible causes of this trend, discussion has focused on factors like increased pressure to succeed, the influence of social media, and the fact that students now arrive at college with less experience managing free time. All these factors seem important but offer little room for parents to help in the present.

What can you do? We recommend focusing on your child’s ability to provide “self-care”—their ability to manage their basic needs, especially to reduce stress and anxiety.

Questions to ask
Is your child developing healthy routines to reduce stress and anxiety? 
Your student may benefit from routines with regular healthy meals, responsible time management, a good sleep schedule, and adequate exercise, and relaxation.

Are they using healthy ways to relax and de-stress?  
Physical exercise is great for mental health. So is deep relaxation, as can be achieved through activities like meditation, deep breathing, and guided visualization.

Equally important is knowing what doesn’t work, like excessive alcohol or drugs for “relaxing.”

Can your student recognize when they are over-stressed before it becomes a crisis?  
Common early warning signs of distress include irritability, headaches, skin break-outs, and significant changes in sleep, appetite, or energy.

Does your student know where to turn for help?
Loyola has excellent resources for all the above, from The Study—for help with time-management and other study skills—to the office of student support and wellness promotion for issues related to alcohol and drugs. Encourage your child to seek out these resources at Loyola.

We especially recommend physical exercise and deep relaxation as self-care skills for reducing stress and anxiety.

Encourage your student to try these Loyola resources:

For Physical Exercise

The Fitness and Aquatic Center (the “FAC”) is free and a short walk from anywhere on campus. It has climbing walls, a fitness center, an eight-lane swimming pool, running track, and exercise classes like zumba, pilates, spinning, and more.

The FAC also coordinates dozens of club and intramural teams, leagues and series for every skill level (or lack thereof), including kickball, frisbee, and dodgeball.

Outdoor Adventure Experience (OAE) offers day and weekend-long trips throughout the academic year, from hiking and backpacking to rock climbing and kayaking—all great ways to get outside, get some exercise, and make new friends.

For Deep Relaxation

Yoga and similar programs, through the department of recreational sports, at the FAC

“The Heart of Zen Meditation” is a group led by Bret W. Davis, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, dedicated to the learning and practice of meditation. Benefits include peace of mind and increased concentration, mental agility, creativity, and kindness. Meetings are held weekly on campus. For more information contact Bret Davis at bwdavis@loyola.edu

Multiple online resources through the Counseling Center website, including:
Relax Online to learn how to relieve stress and boost your mood.

Meditate Online to retrain your mind to let go and relax.

Apps to deal with stress and anxiety, practice relaxation, and more.

If your student is struggling emotionally

Finally, if your student needs more help, encourage them to try the Counseling Center. More than one-third of Loyola students come to us for counseling before graduation. We offer comprehensive consultation and referral services, therapy groups, workshops specifically designed to teach self-care, and brief individual counseling.
The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free and confidential. We’re located in Humanities 150 (opposite Starbucks) and can be reached at 410-617-CARE (2273). For additional parent-oriented information, please visit the Counseling Center website and click on the “Parents/Guardians” tab at the top of the page.

The Career Center:

September is always an exciting month for Greyhounds, full of potential for meaningful learning and growth in the academic year ahead. As we begin the fall semester, here are some highlights of how career services can help your students get #LoyolaReady for this fall:

EVENTS

All of our events and upcoming career fairs are available to students in Handshake and easily viewed by anyone on our website. Some highlights for the fall include:

Meet the Firms, our accounting, finance, and business-themed career fair on Sept. 18

The STEM Career Fair on Oct. 10

Our NEW Mission-Centered Service and Employment Fair in partnership with the Center for Community Service & Justice on Nov. 7 

LinkedIn professional headshot sessions (Sept. 18 and Oct. 10

Practice interview program featuring a variety of alumni interviewers and our Acing the Interview workshop session 

Applying for the Real World, the 2018 homecoming kick-off networking event in partnership with student government

Information sessions with prominent employers (many to be added throughout the semester!)

We encourage students of all academic programs, class years, and majors to attend any events of interest to them. If you or your student have any questions, please contact thecareercenter@loyola.edu or 410-617-2232.

LOYOLA CONNECT

Loyola Connect is the University’s central hub for students, alumni, parents, and friends of Loyola to find each other and reach out for brief career conversations or long-term mentorship. Check out the Loyola Connect promotional video to learn more.

Sign up today and join the 1,100+ mentors who have volunteered to support Loyola students and young alumni in their career journeys!

Financial Literacy:

Mark Lindenmeyer, MBA, interim vice president for enrollment management, and JP Krahel, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting, worked with student engagement to conduct a financial literacy workshop during the Family Welcome Weekend for first-year students. Tips and resources were provided on effective money management. Additional resources are provided to help your students achieve financial independence.

Fact: A dollar invested at age 20 will likely grow twice as large as a dollar invested at age 30.

Financial Resources for your students:

CashCourse, a money guide that teaches financial skills in the real world.

Get a Financial Life – Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner, a resource for personal finance and literacy

Messina:

As part of Loyola’s common text program sponsored by Messina, each year during summer orientation incoming first-year students receive a copy of text chosen by a committee of faculty, administrators, and students. This year, students received James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time as their common text.

Messina challenged the Class of 2022 to begin their academic endeavors before the semester began by participating in our common text essay contest. Thirty-four incoming first-year students submitted essays and were invited to a luncheon with faculty and administrators on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Three winners and four honorable mentions were selected and presented awards during the luncheon.

New Parent Facebook Community:

In response to many requests from our Loyola parent community, Loyola has created a new Parents Facebook Group for all current parents/guardians. This community allows parents of students from every class year to connect, share ideas and thoughts, and ask and respond to one another's questions. Join the group by clicking here.

Introducing the new director of public safety:

Adrian Black brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as director of public safety. Get to know him in this Q&A with Loyola magazine.