We started the semester reflecting together and mourning the loss of one of our student leaders, Colleen Zirkle, '16, and a beloved faculty member, Harsha Desai, Ph.D. Then, we engaged the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in community-wide events, Baltimore City’s parade, and our annual Convocation, on his birthday.
Now, in February, Loyola students are fully engaged in many activities including Messina outings, student-led programs, and athletic competitions. One important upcoming event is the Maryland Consortium Career Fair, when more than 120 employers will visit our campus to meet our students. Please encourage your student to make the most of this opportunity to speak with employers, seek jobs and internships, and strengthen their networking skills. To prepare for the fair, students can receive individual support by contacting The Career Center. For those who prefer to use technology, the Career Navigator, an incentive program, allows students to earn points for attending career-related activities, events, and advising appointments, and then redeem the points for prizes. Learn more by visiting The Career Center website.
Students should act now to prepare themselves for a job after graduation. Please encourage them not to wait until senior year to exercise their career development skills.
I recently sent a letter regarding housing for next year. As you know, students are selecting roommates and participating in the room selection process. They will need your advice and counsel as they manage relationships and make living decisions for next year. Feel free to check out the Student Life housing information website for more information and please be mindful of the deadlines for deposits.
While we have had a mild winter in Baltimore relative to our friends up north, flu season is still in effect. Students need to remain vigilant to stay healthy for the duration of the semester. The Health Center continues to offer flu shots for students. With spring break—and possible travel plans—approaching, we recommend that students receive a flu shot.
As this Lenten season approaches, I hope you will be able to set aside some time for the important Ignatian spiritualty practice of reflection, which is something we try to instill in all our students.
Enjoy the rest of the season. Spring is on its way!
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students