Timeless Placeless – Then & Now

Opening note by Amanda Thomas, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome back! I hope that each of you had a restful break and are looking forward to a productive spring semester. Rest from work is necessary to keep both energy and productivity high, so I encourage each of us to think of ways of scheduling such time in our calendars. Faculty Friday is not only a break from teaching and scholarly writing, it is a good opportunity for great conversation with colleagues. Dates for Faculty Friday (all 3-5pm in the Hug Lounge) are:

  • Friday, February 16
  • Friday, April 6
  • Tuesday, May 1 (Study Day)

Thanks to all those involved in our spring teaching workshop, a wonderful opening to the semester. Our focus was digital pedagogy and Bob Kenyon is here to give some highlights and resources. Whether you have taught online before or are just beginning to use technology in your face-to-face classes, there is something new for you that has the potential to enhance the learning of our students.

By Robert S. Kenyon Ed.D., Interim Director of Digital Teaching & Learning

It was with great pleasure that I was able to share my thoughts for the January Teaching Enhancement Workshop. The plenary talk was entitled “Timeless Placeless.” We discussed how in the past we were programmed to promptly position ourselves in front of the television to see Walter Cronkite on the NBC Nightly News at exactly 6:30 p.m.  Silence was required since the news was available only once, could not be recorded, paused or replayed at a later time. Shopping and banking could likewise only be done at a certain time and place. Today we deposit checks, watch Netflix and make purchases online anytime anywhere. We are flooded with twenty-four hour a day news.

Black and white photo of old American classroom
American classrooms a hundred years ago were not only segregated, they provided only one way for students to access course material. All that has changed with new digital tools.

We then reflected on the classroom of 100 years ago where students sat in rows with paper books – at the same place, same time. A view of today’s typical classroom looks strangely similar. How could we avail ourselves of today’s technology and make learning more effective? Using web conferencing software, students can learn from any location as demonstrated by the world map of our students who studied databases from several continents last summer. Recorded lectures allow students to learn from any time zone. Both obvious and profound, we discussed how student who were able to pause, play and review the recorded lecture actually received higher grades and enjoyed the experience.

The newly formed Office of Digital Teaching & Learning stands ready to assist faculty with implementing these new technologies to facilitate more effective learning, anywhere, anytime. Please visit the ODTL website for more information.

What’s Your Superpower?

Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, reflects on teaching and highlights the six university-wide awards that recognize faculty excellence at Loyola.

Teaching plaque

A dear friend gave me the plaque pictured above. I proudly display the plaque in my office because it reminds me of the powerful gift of teaching. After graduating from Loyola’s outstanding program in elementary education and beginning my career as a teacher, I quickly learned that teaching is a superpower, indeed. When done well teaching opens doors, transforms lives, and moves society forward.

We have many excellent teachers at Loyola. Every day, through transformative teaching methods, our colleagues share their expertise with students and help our students consider new possibilities for their areas of study and themselves. We have colleagues who perform similar feats of superpower in the areas of scholarship and mentoring. You know them. You see the excellence of their work. You have been amazed as you have spent time in their classrooms, labs, or creative spaces. You have considered new connections and applications in your own work as you listened to our colleagues skillfully and powerfully present at professional conferences. You have witnessed the ways they have deeply enhanced our community through partnership and engaged scholarship.

Each year, the office of academic affairs sponsors a celebration to gather faculty and recognize the scope of faculty excellence at Loyola in teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and engaged scholarship. The celebration includes conferring six university-wide faculty awards, a brief scholarly presentation from the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar of the Year award, and highlights of the past year of grant recipients and grant activity, teaching and advising activity, and faculty scholarship and creative activity.

Help us celebrate the super talent and super power among us. Submit your nominations for the Faculty Excellence Awards on our website.

All nominations must be submitted by January 17, 2018.

I teach. What is your superpower? Let us know. Submit your nomination today.


Business Leader of the Year 2017

Kathleen Getz, Dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management, highlights this year’s Business Leader of the Year event. Sellinger senior Blythe Cassidy shares her reflections on the event and her Loyola experience.

Michael Hankin photo

On November 16, Loyola will honor Michael Hankin, President and CEO of Brown Advisory as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year. Each year, Loyola recognizes one individual as the Business Leader of the Year. Mr. Hankin was nominated by a committee of the Board of Sponsors of the Sellinger School of Business and Management and selected by Fr. Brian Linnane, S.J. Annually, the award recognizes those whose vision, dedicated effort and commitment to the highest ideals of business have distinguished them and their organizations as among the best in the nations, and have marked them as exemplars of the principles and values Loyola endeavors to instill in its students.

Mr. Hankin has led employee-owned Brown Advisory since 1998. He also serves in several leadership roles for non-profit organizations focusing on the environment and land conservation, education, and health care. As chair of the Baltimore Waterfront Partnership and Management Authority, he has challenged the city to achieve a goal of making Baltimore’s Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable by 2020. In addition, Mr. Hankin serves as a trustee of The Johns Hopkins University, trustee and vice chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and chair of the board of managers of the Applied Physics lab at Hopkins. He is president of Land Preservation Trust, a trustee of the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, as well as a director for the National Steeplechase Association. He also serves on the boards of directors of Stanley Black & Decker, Tate Engineering Services and The Wills Group.

Mr. Hankin will deliver an address at the annual Business Leader of the Year Award Dinner. Proceeds from the Award Dinner will be used to create the Brown Advisory scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a Sellinger student. Blythe Cassidy, Sellinger senior and this year’s featured student speaker, reflects on the event and her Loyola experience:

blytheAs a student, the Business Leader of the Year award dinner gives me something tangible to look towards. I can see how hard work and dedication can catapult someone in many directions and truly shape who they are. I am grateful that Loyola chooses successful and innovative businesspeople for students to emulate. I get to see why I am studying business and the kinds of people that I can meet and eventually impact. It is a great time as well, because the food is delicious and students get to chat with potential employers.

The dinner also is a space where students can sit with and get to know local businesses. Many of these businesses are smaller and students might not know about them before attending. Last year, I sat with a local architecture firm with an engaging staff. It helped me learn that my business degree doesn’t limit me to a cubicle, but I can truly go anywhere and do anything. I spent the evening chatting and laughing with the staff and got to listen to an amazing honoree and student speaker.

I am grateful for the honor of speaking on behalf of students at the dinner. I get to share my own experience, but hopefully the experience of many of my peers in the process. I can show the attendees that their devotion to Loyola matters and has tangible results. I would not be where I am without their support, and neither would many other students. Everyone there has one common goal in mind, to make Loyola the best school it can be.

Isn’t that what we are all really here for? We want to make Loyola the best because then students like me can go out and do even better things. I get to meet people, learn by example, and see how this can all impact me so I can in turn impact the world. I know other students like me get a lot out of this dinner, so if you want to register, don’t forget to sign up!



Grand Seminar: Green Chemistry – The Missing Elements

The Natural and Applied Sciences division highlights the relevant topic of green chemistry and the groundbreaking keynote speaker for Loyola’s Grand Seminar.

Loyola University’s natural and applied sciences division is excited to present the fall 2017 Grand Seminar featuring keynote speaker John Warner, Ph.D., one of the founders of Green Chemistry.  This annual lecture has brought world-renowned scientists to campus to speak about matters effecting the global community since 2011.


What is green chemistry and why is it important? A new generation of scientists is researching and developing better, safer ways to design and manufacture chemicals.  Rather than cleaning up toxic waste sites and pollution from chemical manufacturing, what if there was a way to avoid creating that pollution in the first place? If the next generation of materials designers are given the knowledge and tools to create products with negligible impact on the environment and human health, we can begin making strides toward a safer, more sustainable future.

Dr. Warner received the 2014 Perkin Medal, considered the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry, along with other prestigious awards. He is the president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC, a research organization dedicated to creating environmentally-benign technologies and processes for industry that are functional and cost-effective. Warner is also the founder of Beyond Benign, a non-profit organization committed to providing educators, scientists and the greater community with the tools and knowledge to teach and practice green chemistry.

Check out “John Warner and Green Chemistry” by assistant professor of chemistry Courtney Hastings on The Art of STEM blog to learn more about Dr. Warner’s research and the evolving field of green chemistry.  And join the natural and applied sciences in welcoming Dr. Warner for his talk “Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements” at Grand Seminar, Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm in McGuire Hall. There will be a meet and greet prior to the seminar beginning at 5:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.  Visit www.loyola.edu/grandseminar for more information.

HIP Hauber Summer Research Program & Fellows

The coolest place at Loyola in the summer is wherever the Hauber scholars are. Hear about the amazing work of these budding scientists from Dr. Bahram Roughani, Associate Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences.

It is obvious that summer is here when having a seat at Starbucks or finding a parking spot does not require planning and perfect timing. Also, the usual buzz and the flurry of activities involving students comes to a halt during the summer break.  However, the exception might be the buzz at Donnelly Science Center and the bustle of research activities by the Hauber Fellows deeply engaged in their research work with their faculty mentors.

Hauber Fellows and Mentors 2017
2017 Hauber Fellows and Mentors

Hauber Summer Research Program is an annual summer initiative that started in 1988 to provide the opportunity for mathematics, sciences, and engineering undergraduates to work one-on-one with faculty mentors. This program is named in honor of Father Edward S. Hauber, S.J., professor of chemistry at Loyola from 1942 to 1966. Initially Fr. Hauber raised funds for chemistry majors to conduct summer research with faculty mentors. After his death in 1985, additional funds were raised through philanthropic supports and external grants that resulted in the introduction of the Hauber Summer Research program in its new form in 1988 and expanded support for summer research projects to all disciplines in the natural and applied sciences.

Wednesdays are special, because Hauber Fellows present their research work during lunch in front of a packed room. The audience is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and sometimes industrial sponsors who have provided research funding support. The 2017 Hauber Summer Research presentations were the outcome of the research work done by fifteen Hauber Fellows, twelve faculty mentors from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics, one Philosophy Department faculty member, and a Kolvenbach Fellow. A recent article by Loyola Magazine provides an insight about the diversity of research topics that were investigated and presented by 2017 Hauber Fellows.

Hauber 2017 Local Air Quality
L-R: Hauber Fellows Thomas Howard and Nicole D’Andrea, with Hauber Faculty Mentor Dr. Elizabeth Dahl and Kolvenbach Fellow Michael Comer. They presented a talk on “Local Air Quality: The Green & Gray” as a joint effort between Hauber and Kolvenbach Programs.

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has identified undergraduate research as one of the High Impact Practices (HIPs), as well as learning communities, community-based projects and service-learning, co-ops and internships, field experiences, student teaching and clinical experiences, study abroad, culminating senior experiences (capstone courses, senior project or theses, comprehensive exams, portfolios, etc.). Loyola University has institutionalized many of the so called HIPs, with Hauber Summer Research Program being a prime example.  One may ponder about the common factors among various High Impact Practices (HIPs) that make them so effective.  In my opinion there are three important common factors among the variety of HIPs: Purpose, Autonomy, and Mastery.

In the end, not only is Hauber Summer Research Program “HIP,” so are our Hauber Fellows. First, they are engaged in their research project with a sense of Purpose defined by their motivation and determination to find an answer to a research question. They are fueled by the passion for having a positive impact through scientific discoveries.  Second, they work with fair amount of Autonomy, because faculty mentors are there to foster the intellectual growth of the Hauber Fellows as independent thinkers. Finally, they achieve Mastery of knowledge through scientific exploration, making observations, asking the right questions, conducting background research, forming hypotheses, testing the hypotheses through reproducible and verifiable experiments, analyzing the data, drawing conclusions, and finally accepting or rejecting the hypotheses and modifying the hypotheses if necessary.  Furthermore, Hauber Fellows prove their communication skills when presenting complex scientific ideas to an audience with diverse backgrounds in a masterful display of “eloquentia perfecta.” This makes both the Hauber Summer Research Program and the Hauber Fellows HIP!

Prepare, Engage, Reflect, Research – Global Scholars in the Making

Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Director of Pre-Health Programs, shares about The Jennings Family International Summer Research Scholarship, which offers every summer four to five undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in a global internship and research.

El Salvador, Dominican Republic, India, Bolivia, Chile, South Africa, Turkey, Ghana – these are a few of the destinations where Larry and Katherine Jennings International Summer Scholarship has taken Loyola students since summer of 2014. Larry and Katherine Jennings have generously created an opportunity that blends spirit of independence and adventure with responsibility toward the global community. Once again, I had the privilege to experience vicariously the sense of wonder and joy when I received the travel pictures and update from Alyson Forgione,’19, Marisa Gochie,’19, Marie Louis-Charles, ’19, Sierra Quimby, ’18, and Jillian Skerchak,’19. Alyson volunteered at a special education school in Thailand, Marisa learned about renewable energy in Costa Rica, Marie focused in photojournalism in Nepal, Sierra practiced her speech-pathology skills in Ghana, and Jillian learned about health care in Nepal.

I have had the privilege to mentor three generations of Jennings scholars through their entire cycle of learning that peaks at the summer travel experience itself but is surely not limited to it. In fact, I have come to discover that a genuine engagement with one’s experience calls for intentional planning, for reflection, and, as Jennings scholarship has it, for research. I have found that Jennings scholarship uniquely prepares the students to grow in their awareness of their personal and professional goals as well as in their knowledge of prominent issues that shape the twenty-first-century world. These scholarship winners head out on their own to join an internship program of their choice. They have the freedom to choose their destination and their program, and in their application they articulate personal and professional reasons behind their choice. Dr. André Colombat, Dean of Loyola’s International Programs, and I, work with students to make sure that the programs are of high value to the student and trustworthy. Over the years, the Jennings students have placed with such programs as Child Family Health International, Global Crossroad, CIEE, and Projects Abroad.

A careful deliberation of one’s motives and goals creates a foundation for the students to begin their journey before their plane departs for its distant destination. Importantly a mindful preparation deepens the student’s commitment from adventuresome exploration to ethically rooted engagement with the host country and its people. Nearly all programs that students use require pre-boarding training in ethics and cultural competence. Additionally, all Jennings scholars with a pre-health background complete University of Minnesota’s training, Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety. The motto of Child Family Health International captures the wisdom that Jennings scholarship also aims at: “Let the world change you.” It has. Students come back with stories of children and adults whose kindness has amazed them and several have made fast friends with their home-stay families. One of the Jennings Scholars of summer 2016, Rachael Martines, even returned to celebrate the New Year with her Guatemalan host family and has plans to see them soon again.

This year’s Jennings scholars have now met with me to reflect on their experience and we are preparing a slideshow to share over the dinner with Larry and Katherine Jennings. This will be an opportunity for Alyson, Marisa, Marie, Sierra, and Jillian to learn from each other and the Jennings family, experienced travelers themselves. We have already moved to the research side of the experience, for the scholarship also calls for a submission of a presentation or poster proposal for Loyola’s Undergraduate Research Colloquium in April. This year’s topics will range from emissions trading in Costa Rica to barriers in early autism intervention in Ghana. Previous years’ projects have provided insight to telehealth in Bolivia, physician shortage in India, and Turkey’s presidential election in 2014. One could say that intentional reflection supports the students in their personal growth through the global encounters, whereas the research project helps them to deepen their professional capacity and purpose.

Global fellowship and cultural competency is built upon a long-term cultivation of one’s engagement with new cultures and people of the world. Just as I have done in the past years, I have already asked this year’s Jennings students this question: “How about you apply for a Fulbright scholarship as your next step? Would it not be great to do research or teach English abroad for a whole year?” Many of the past Jennings students have already said yes and many more have returned to deepen their understanding of their international experience in their graduate school applications and graduate studies.

Why Loyola is Welcoming Elizabeth Smart to Campus

Guest blogger Julie Jensen, Class of 2020, shares her thoughts on the upcoming 2017 Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture. Julie is a double major in Elementary Education and Spanish. She is quite an active student as an Evergreen, sophomore co-chair for Relay for Life, and co-president of the newly formed School of Education student club, Teacher’s Lounge. Julie also works as an Office Assistant in the Study and in the Education Dean’s Office.

This year’s Sister Cleophas Costello lecture is being presented in partnership with the Mount Saint Agnes Alumnae Association and Loyola’s School of Education. The lecture features Elizabeth Smart.

Now, what do any of those names mean?

Until 1971 Loyola was an all-men’s college. At that point Loyola joined together with Mount Saint Agnes College for women and became the coeducational Jesuit institution we know today. The late Sister Mary Cleophas Costello, RSM, was the last president of Mount Saint Agnes College, but she was not just that. As a woman, as a future educator and just as a person, Sister Cleophas embodies many of the traits that I hope to one day attain. This woman was remarkable, she had a lifelong will to learn, an admirable character, worked towards enlightening others in thought and endeavored to strengthen justice and humanity.

When the two colleges came together, many of the values that Sister Cleophas held true came with her and are still represented in many of Loyola’s core values. These values and characteristics are what guided our committee as we began the selection process of choosing someone to speak at the lecture honoring her name, which was not an easy process. Countless hours and meetings with students, Mount Saint Agnes alumnae, Dean Smith’s office, and Alumni Relations have gone into selecting a speaker for this event. Women such as Misty Copeland, Melinda Gates, and America Ferrara were all noted as women who uphold the attributes we looked for. However, Elizabeth Smart stood out undeniably to all for this year’s event.

Elizabeth Smart is an American child safety activist, specifically for children and families who have suffered from abduction, as she herself was a victim. On June 5, 2002, she was taken from her family’s home and kept as a prisoner until March 12, 2003. Through her experiences, she has founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to work as an advocate for change related to child abduction programs and legislation, such as the AMBER alert system. Her work impacts all people; whether a parent, a child, a grandparent, or anyone who cares for someone else.

Which is why we hope you can join us in welcoming her to our campus, on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall, to celebrate the wonderful women leaders that came before us here at Loyola and Mount Saint Agnes—as well as encourage the ones who are emerging today and every day in the world around us.

Across our campus we are welcoming her in various ways as well. The Loyola Women’s Center will be holding a book club to read the Elizabeth Smart Story, an autobiographical text about the adverse conditions she has faced. The bookstore is lining their shelves in preparation with that same book.

We invite you to visit our website, Facebook, and Instagram for more information on the event. If you are on the Evergreen campus, please check out the bookstore or stop by the Women’s Center. Don’t forget to use our hashtag #cleophas2017 if you’re bringing us to social media! Complimentary tickets are available to all members of the Loyola community and are being held at the Box Office in the Boulder Atrium for you to pick up. Your family and friends can purchase tickets too!

For more information, visit the 2017 Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture website: Overcoming Adversity featuring Elizabeth Smart.