Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Univ 101 First Year Seminar

Fall 2014

First Year Seminar: UNIV 101

Semester I, 2014

John Felice Rome Center



Dr. Susana Cavallo, Dean of Faculty and Director of Rome Start, JFRC

Office: 306; Tel: 306












Peer Advisor:

Mitch Catalano, Room 401, Ext. 348








Class Meetings:

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00AM, Room 118




Course Description

Through the use of active learning strategies in this seminar-style course, students will explore what it means to be a Loyola student. All UNIV 101 sections use a small group format to allow first-year students to connect with one another, forge meaningful relationships with their academic advisors, and discover how to take ownership of their undergraduate experiences. Students will learn about Loyola’s Jesuit educational traditions and the unique history of the John Felice Rome Center; be introduced to the myriad of services and activities available on campus; and begin to explore how the city of Rome—and in October, Chicago--will contribute to their educational experience. Students will learn strategies for academic and personal success in college, and reflect on how to make the most of Loyola University to shape an undergraduate experience around each student’s unique academic, career, and personal goals.   


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to:

  1. define and illustrate critical thinking skills and dispositions,
  2. understand the importance of attendance and participation in classroom and co-curricular activities and events on campus,
  3. understand and articulate the characteristics of a Jesuit Education (commitment to excellence, faith in God and the religious experience, service that promotes justice, values-based leadership, global awareness),
  4. understand and articulate Loyola’s academic structure, requirements and opportunities (i.e. core curriculum, major field of study, co-curricular activities) and reflect on how these choices fit into students’ individual plans,
  5. demonstrate strategies to address common first-year transitional issues,
  6. identify people and resources on campus available for different types of support,
  7. identify factors which contribute to college success,
  8. begin a process of career planning and the selection of a major.


Statement on Academic Integrity

“The basic commitment of a university is to search for and to communicate the truth as it is honestly perceived. The university could not accomplish its purpose in the absence of this demanding standard. To the extent that this standard is respected, a genuine learning community can exist. Students of this university are called upon to know, to respect, and to practice this standard of personal honesty.”  For the complete policy refer to the academic integrity website at http://www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_academicintegrity.shtml

For resources related to the use and misuse of source materials, consult resources provided by the Department of English on-line at http://www.luc.edu/english/writing.shtml or schedule an appointment in the Writing Center by calling: 773.508.7708 or e-mailing: writingctr@luc.edu.

Students who violate the academic integrity policy will be subject to failing the assignment or the course and be referred to the appropriate hearing board.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have documented disabilities should speak to Dr. Cavallo, the Dean of Faculty. (306).Arrangements for accommodations will be made in accordance with Loyola University Chicago policy & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Grading Format

This course is designed to provide support for students’ success at Loyola. Grades in the course are based entirely on different types of student participation. Students’ final grades in the course will be pass or no pass. Passing this course is mandatory for graduation.   


Pass =

100-70 points

No Pass =

69 points and below

NOTE: Students who do not successfully complete the course are required to repeat the course the following semester to meet this graduation requirement.


Attendance and Class Participation: 25 Points

This is a seminar course that is dependent on the active participation and engagement of enrolled students. Active participation and engagement will be assessed through discussions, completion of activities and attendance in class. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. It is expected that students will come to class with assignments/readings completed and a readiness and willingness to participate. If an absence becomes unavoidable, please contact the instructor prior to class via e-mail. 


Freshmen Lecture/Events: 20 Points

Attendance at four separate lectures/events at the JFRC and/or in the Rome area required. From this attendance, students will be asked to critically reflect on how these events reflect the goals of Jesuit education.  Specific assignment details will be distributed in class.



Homework or Other Assignments: 20 Points

Students will complete reflection assignments and homework distributed in class. Assessment of this component will include critical thinking and the quality of responses.


City of Rome Assignment: 15 Points   

Students will participate in a group activity which illustrates how the City of Rome can be an important learning resource and a part of their overall undergraduate experience at Loyola. Project details and a grading rubric will be distributed during class time. (10 points for the assignment, 5 points for the presentation).


Reflection Portfolio and e-Portfolio Project:  20 Points

As a final assignment, students will create a reflection portfolio on their “Rome Center Story.” This will include a personal statement on each student’s goals and will outline their planning for their university education, their field of study and what they hope to gain from it personally and professionally. They will also include their plan for engaging in curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Loyola University Chicago. Project details and a grading rubric will be distributed during class time.



No late assignments will be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period unless otherwise stated. Credit will not be given for assignments not submitted at the beginning of class. All assignments should be typed, using 12 point standard font (i.e. Times New Roman), 1-inch margins and double-spaced unless otherwise stated. If you are late or absent and miss an in-class assignment or quiz, you will receive a 0 for that assignment. There will be no make-ups.  Late homework will not be accepted for any reason with the exception of documented emergencies.




Sept 3              Discussion of First Year Common Reading 

Sept 10           Presentation of Student Life Stories Group I

Sept 17           Presentation of Student Life Stores Group II

2-3 page written life stories from Group I due

Sept 24           “The Electronic Library I,” Elise Aversa, Director of the Library (2-3 page written

                        Life stories from Group II due)

Oct  1              “The Electronic Library II,” Aversa (First 2-3 page essay on Roman Event due)

Oct 4-13         Fall Break, No classes

Oct 15             Mid-Term Reflection, “Thus Far. . . “

Oct 22             “The Centrality of Extra-Curricular Activities”:

Oct 29             Majors, Minors & the Core Curriculum

Nov  5             The Jesuit University: Forming Men and Women for Others: Alvin Mangosing,

                        Director of Residence and Student Life (Second 2-3 page essay on Roman Event due)

Nov 12            Group Presentations I: “On the City of Rome”

Nov 19            Group Presentations in Power-Point II: “On the City of Rome”

Nov 26            Group I Presentation on Mentors

Dec 3              Group II Presentation on Mentors


Final Banquet at “The View”: TBA