FYE Common Experience Program Overview

The FYE Common Experience Program is a year-long initiative designed to provide incoming first-year students with a shared intellectual experience that cultivates intellectual inquiry and encourages critical thinking while strengthening the sense of community across the entire campus and between Loyola and the surrounding community by engaging faculty, staff, students, and community members in a multifaceted intellectual experience. Consistent with the Transforming Loyola 2020 strategic plan, a New Orleans-related film is selected each year and a common theme is developed from the content of the film.

The FYE Common Experience Program begins the academic year with the screening of the film for all first-year students and is supplemented throughout the year by additional film screenings for upper-level students as well as faculty and staff. The program ends the academic year with an exhibition of student and faculty works inspired by the program theme. Events related to the theme occur throughout the year, for example, co-curricular activities, panel discussions, lectures, plays, etc. In addition, students can deepen the exploration of the theme by enrolling in one of the many courses that include material related to the theme.

FYE Common Experience Co-Chairs

  • Laura Alexander, Assistant Director University Ministry
  • Elizabeth Kelly, Digital Initiatives Librarian
  • Sue Mennino, Director First-Year Experience