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Convocation Book Discussion Groups

The Convocation Book Discussion Groups are an important touch point with new Loyola students.  Along with being the beginning of their academic experience at Loyola, it is their first experience with a Loyola faculty member.  As the first faculty member to interact with these students, you will be in a unique place to help them transition to life at Loyola.  

Shortly after New Student Convocation, you will receive the list of students from your discussion group along with their contact information. We invite you to reach out to these students during the first few weeks of the semester to see how their transition is going.  This could take place over a lunch at a local restaurant with the whole group...or even just a friendly note checking in.  It's up to you; but know that your influence on these students at the start of their Loyola experience is extremely meaningful.


Conversations in Community

The discussion of the themes of Mountains Beyond Mountains does not end after New Student Convocation, either.  The Office of First-Year Experience hosts "Conversations in Community" throughout the year that provide students with an opportunity to deepend their understanding of the salient themes from the book.  Student will be able to hear from an expert in the field from Chicago, a Loyola faculty member, and a Loyola student who will share his or her reflections.  More information about this program, along with dates and locations, can be found at the Conversations in Community website.  We invite you to encourage your students from your discussion groups -- and all Loyola students -- to attend these engaging presentations.

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