Define Messina: \me-’se-nä\

By Rita Buettner

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1.) city and port founded by the Greeks in northeast Sicily

2.) site of the first Jesuit university for lay students, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1548, and setting the tone for how Jesuit education has endured and evolved throughout its nearly 500-year history—through a commitment to academic excellence attained across a range of disciplines, and to the development of the whole person

3.) Loyola University Maryland’s living learning program designed to help first-year students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow. Through Messina, students will:

a.) explore a wide range of disciplines, appreciating their interconnectedness, and taking to heart the importance of learning in their personal and intellectual growth.

b.) connect to a support network that challenges them to think critically, discover their talents; connect their passions and gifts to the needs of their campus, local, and global communities; and learn, lead, and serve in our diverse and changing world.

c.) enroll in two linked, first-year seminar courses—one in the fall, one in the spring—connected by one of three themes; one course will be taught by the student’s core advisor.

d.) be enriched by out-of-class experiences, events, performances, and excursions designed to extend classroom learning, build stronger communities around learning, and establish deeper relationships with faculty, administrators, and fellow students.

e.) live in proximity to—but not necessarily in the same room or on the same floor with—other students in Messina courses; commuting students will have access to Flannery O’Connor Hall so they can spend more time with their Messina classmates.

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