President’s Message: Preparing passionate, nimble, well-rounded leaders

June 6, 2017

When I learned we were trying to land Loyola University Maryland on The Today Show, I wasn’t certain it would happen. One of our seniors, Bob Trosset, ’17, had approached Loyola’s office of marketing and communications with the idea to create a video showing how Loyola could break a Guinness World Record on campus.

However, with more than 80 colleges and universities around the country trying to coax Al Roker to come to their campuses for his annual Rokerthon, Loyola didn’t seem to have much of a chance.

Still, I know Bob. He’s a communication major specializing in journalism with a minor in Spanish. He is talented, he interned for NBC last summer at the Olympic Games in Rio, and he was determined to make this happen for Loyola. And he—and many other members of the Loyola community—came together on March 30 to make it happen. Millions of people watched as 494 Greyhounds broke a world record for the most people crab walking for two minutes, live on national television.

That’s typical of the leadership our students demonstrate on campus, rallying their peers to come together for a cause. Every spring we watch as students walk laps, promote awareness, and raise funds for cancer research during Relay for Life. They partner with the community, assisting organizations throughout Baltimore. They offer marketing and business knowledge to corner stores selling fresh produce through Loyola’s FreshCrate program along the York Road corridor. They excel in the classroom and on the athletic courts, fields, and in the pool. Our graduating seniors have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs, hired by organizations and businesses around the country, been commissioned through ROTC, or enlisted in full-time service programs. This spring three students and one graduate were named Fulbright Scholars who will spend a year abroad, immersed in an international experiences.

As proud as I am of our students—and of Loyola’s new world record, I am most proud of the leadership, the creativity, and the drive our students demonstrate every day. They truly make the most of the education our distinguished faculty scholars deliver.

We were honored and delighted that The Today Show chose to feature Loyola’s faculty, students, staff, and administrators for their crab walking acumen, for their collaborative approach to a challenge, and for their spirit.

What we also continue to share with the world—and hope you will, too—is that Loyola is a distinctive university that offers an innovative Jesuit, liberal arts education that prepares passionate, nimble, well-rounded leaders for today and for tomorrow.

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