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Relive the New Orleans college experience: Loyola opens Alumni Weekend college classes to public

Loyola press release - June 9, 2014

For one weekend only at Loyola University New Orleans this June, the Loyola community and even the public are invited to go back to college to experience special social events and classes on more than 20 topics, including “iBrains,” business management techniques inspired by Pope Francis, travel journalism secrets and many other topics. Attendees can also take special tours—or “field trips”—covering 21st century art in New Orleans, oyster saloons and Prohibition as well as a naturalist walk through a swamp wonderland.

The classes and extracurricular activities are available through Loyola’s Alumni Weekend, which is held June 20-22. Hosted by the Alumni Association and open to the public, the weekend not only includes class reunions and special events for alumni, it also includes more than 20 public college-level classes taught by Loyola’s outstanding current and retired faculty and alumni.

Example classes include:

  • iBrains,” scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at 3:30 p.m., explores how technology is complicating our lives affecting everything from our attention spans to how we learn and develop. The class is taught by Loyola sociology professor Brad Petitfils, Ph.D.
  • Pope Francis, CEO” is not a discussion of social justice issues, but rather offers a practical framework for sound business management techniques illustrated by Pope Francis. The class, scheduled for Friday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m., is taught by Loyola alumnus Harry Bruns ’84, J.D.
  • Dreaming of becoming a travel writer? Andrew Nelson, National Geographic contributing travel writer and Loyola mass communication professor, will discuss five ways to increase the chances of getting published during the “Secrets of the Travel Journalist” class scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at 10:45 a.m.

Full class descriptions are available online.

Tickets, which are available to the public as well as Loyola faculty, staff and friends, are $100 each. The ticket price covers all Friday and Saturday events, including all Alumni College sessions, a field trip of choice, breakfast and lunches, the 30th anniversary reception of the Honors Program, the All-Alumni Cocktail Reception and parking. Individual $50 tickets are also available for the Saturday All-Alumni Cocktail Reception and $40 individual tickets or $60 couples tickets are available for the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Register online.