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Peer-to-Peer Personal Training

The department of recreation and wellness is introducing the new Peer-to-Peer Personal Training Program for students to better fit students’ needs and budgets. Students can sign up for training with one of our two nationally-certified student personal trainers and receive 20% off the price. Save $40 on our silver package, $64 on our gold package, and $118 on our platinum package. Our student personal trainers will tailor a program to your student’s specific needs and match the training activities they like. From the novice to the elite athlete, our personal trainers have the knowledge and skills to work with your student to achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Visit the Peer-to-Peer Personal Training Program website for more information.

 Conversations for the Break 

Those of you who attended summer orientation—even if it was four years ago—may remember a small handout titled “Conversations for the Car Ride Home.” In the spirit of that document and the Ignatian tradition of the Examen, we wanted to offer a few suggestions for conversation starters for the winter break.

The Examen is a reflective tool that Jesuits use twice a day to help them reflect and notice God’s presence. It often includes components of gratitude and looking forward to areas you want to continue to address or notice. Below is a list of questions to ask your students to encourage conversation. 

  1. What is something that surprised you this semester?
  2. What are you grateful for?
  3. What is one of your favorite memories of the semester? What are you most proud of?
  4. What is something unique that you learned in your courses?
  5. Can you name a few things you did well this semester and areas of improvement for next semester?
  6. Do you have any mentors at Loyola or someone who inspires you? (faculty, administrator, peers)
  7. Are there any areas you’d like to focus on for self-care in the new year?
  8. What resources can help you meet your goals next semester?
  9. If your student is a senior—what is on your spring semester Loyola bucket list? 
  10. What would you like to accomplish before the end of the academic year or Commencement?

We hope that your student feels at home at Loyola and has developed a strong sense of belonging. If they haven’t, we want you to know that can take time. We surveyed our students, and the data outlines that some students don’t develop a sense of belonging until their sophomore year or later. We also know that some students may be discerning if Loyola is the right place for them. Our data illustrates that conversations with non-Loyola individuals including parents, siblings, families, and others can help students determine that Loyola is the right place for them, and serve as encouragement for students to keep connecting with our community. Finally, we know that parents and families are some of the best sources for referrals, so don’t hesitate to suggest some of our many Loyola resources and encourage your students to reach out and get connected.

Join the Parents Council

The Parents Council is a group of dedicated parents of current students who develop and strengthen meaningful relationships between fellow parents and the University. Members endorse Loyola’s mission by supporting Loyola with a leadership gift, promoting annual donations by parents, hosting or co-sponsoring events, and encouraging attendance at regional and on campus parent events. Find more information on the Parents Council website.

Introducing the new director of ALANA Services

As director of ALANA Services, Raven Williams is committed to the equity and inclusion of all students at Loyola and beyond. Williams, who began at Loyola in 2014 as associate director of ALANA Services, supervises the ALANA Services staff and is dedicated to the retention and support of underrepresented students and students of color at Loyola.

“As director of ALANA Services, I have a moral and ethical obligation to ensure our students have the best experience possible, in all areas of campus,” said Williams. “Our department is tasked with the retention of students of color and other marginalized groups, and a large part of that work is ensuring students feel a sense of inclusivity, safety, and belonging at Loyola.”

Throughout her career in higher education, Williams has gained valuable experience with student retention, academic advising, staff and student training and development, and cultural competency.

The Saginaw, Mich., native earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

In her free time, she enjoys anything related to music, church, sports, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. She enjoys building new relationships and meeting new people, and she is passionate about working with students.

“Working with our students brings me joy,” Williams said. “I am fully committed to serving as an advocate for their academic, personal, and professional needs so they can write their own success stories.”

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Upcoming Spotlight Events

27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor and social justice advocate, will speak at Loyola University Maryland's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation. Rev. Barber will discuss current event issues related to social and racial justice during his lecture, "Fierce Urgency of Now."

Women in Sports Day

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020

Loyola University Maryland Athletics presents Women in Sports Day to celebrate the achievements of its female athletes and to encourage young girls to get involved in sports. Female athletes spend time sharing their experiences, signing autographs, and showing how much fun getting involved in athletics can be.

Humanities Symposium

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Phil Klay, award-winning author of Redeployment, will deliver the 2020 Humanities Symposium keynote address. Redeployment—for which Klay won the National Book Award for fiction, was named the best book of the year by Newsweek, Time, NPR, Amazon, New York Magazine, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Buzzfeed, Daily Beast, Grantland, and The Huffington Post. Klay is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Iraq's Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a public affairs officer.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Loyola’s 168th Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Royal Farms Arena.