Sophomores Take Part in Experiential Learning Opportunities
The sophomore class recently took part in three distinct experiences from March 9–11 that explicitly connect our educational and formational missions to life beyond our campus. These experiential and cross-curricular opportunities grew out of our recently completed academic strategic plan, Mission: Integration. Learn more about that plan here.
The first experience was the sophomore retreat. Students traveled to the O’Dwyer Retreat House for the day. During that time, they heard from faculty leaders regarding the attributes of the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation, reflected on their own experiences with these so far at Loyola, and set goals in preparation for their sophomore conversations.
The second experience featured a scientific field study examining water quality in the Baltimore area. Our students traveled by bus to several different locations along the Jones Falls watershed with members of our science faculty and Blue Water Baltimore. Small student research teams will make observations at three separate sites and collect water samples to analyze in their chemistry courses. The final stop will be at the Inner Harbor where the students will tour the aquaculture facilities at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. They also learned the science behind Mr. Trash Wheel.
The third experience involved traveling to the neighborhood of Mount Vernon to examine American and Catholic history in Baltimore. Students visited the Maryland Historical Society with our history faculty to view exhibits and examine primary artifacts and documents that tie directly into the topics they are studying in class. Additionally, the students and faculty examined historically relevant locations in the immediate area. They also toured the Baltimore Basilica with members of our theology department and visited St. Ignatius Church to connect the Blakefield tradition with its Baltimore City roots.