The hottest stories of 2014

By Brigid Hamilton

The final days of 2014 are upon us, and with them comes an opportunity for reflection on all that has happened during the past yearat Loyola and throughout the greater community.

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the ten most-read Loyola magazine stories of the past year by you, our readers.

10. Inside Messina

Professors share the effects the Messina experience is having on students. Beginning next fall, all first-year students will be enrolled in Loyola’s living-learning program.

9. 12 Reasons Loyola’s Commencement is better than Preakness

The Preakness Stakes is far and away the most popular event in the Baltimore area every year. Nothing else comes close. But we know the hottest ticket in town every third Saturday of May isn’t at Pimlico, but in the stands at the Baltimore Arena.

8. Finding God in Small Things

As Loyola’s head sacristan, Jonathan Pennacchia, 14, talks about his involvement with campus liturgy and why he revels in doing small things for God.

7. 10 Reasons Pope Francis should visit Loyola University Maryland

Besides needing to pick up his Evergreen card from Student Administrative Services, there’s a whole host of reasons the Pope should consider a pit stop to Charm City in the near future…

6. Leading Change

Growing up in Ghana inspired Serwaa Mensah, 14, to devote her education and career to making affordable dental care accessible to underserved communities.

We interviewed this extraordinary student during her senior year at Loyola and were excited to speak with her again this past fall. Find out what Serwaa is up to now.

5. Teacher Brings Striped Socks and Magic to the Classroom

“Love the socks,” say his student evaluations. It would be hard to miss this philosophy professor’s brightly striped socks. His students also notice that he is a snappy dresser. After all, he orders his vintage shirts and shoes off of etsy.

But what earned Graham McAleer, Ph.D., the most coveted teaching award at Loyola this year is his teaching style and his ability to bring topics alive for his students.

4. “I Choose Blessing”

It hasn’t been easy, but Kathy Klein has chosen to live what she calls a life of blessing in the face of incredible adversity.

3. Building Character and Champions

A public school kid from Anne Arundel County, Justin Ward, 14, was simply looking for a scholarship and a spot on a university lacrosse team. What he found, unexpectedly, at Loyola was a stirring combination of sports, academics, and faith that profoundly changed his outlook on life and his plans for his future.

2. Defying the Odds

Kasey Seymour, ’14, talks about starting her career as an operations analyst at Morgan Stanley in Baltimore and living life to the fullest despite debilitating disease.

We interviewed Kasey during her senior year at Loyola and were excited to catch up with her this past fall. Learn how Kasey is persevering as a young professional living in Baltimore.

1. “Say Something Philosophical.”

Following a tragic car accident and diagnosis as paraplegic, Paul Bagley, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, returned to the classroomand became the men’s lacrosse team’s personal philosopher.

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