Peggy Andover, Ph.D. (Psychology)
Teaching in the Manresa program has been one of my favorite experiences at Fordham. In my course, Abnormal Psychology in Contemporary Culture, we discuss the ways that mental illness is represented in today's media and culture, and how that influences society's understanding of mental illness. In addition to classroom lecture and discussion, my students and I meet regularly to watch and discuss movies, and we participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness walk. Our small class size and out-of-classroom experiences gives me the opportunity to get to know my students better, and vice versa.
By also serving as their academic advisor, I am able to take a more hands-on approach in helping my students develop their academic plan and get the most out of their academic experience. The Manresa program truly is a unique opportunity for Fordham freshmen.
Rev. Thomas Scirghi, S.J., Th.D. (Theology)
In a dark cave in Manresa, Spain, Ignatius of Loyola was enlightened. Ignatius, "the pilgrim," would pray in the cave for hours each day. And then he experienced a vision—an encounter with God after which all creation acquired a new meaning, and the pilgrim was able to find God in all things.
The Manresa Program here at Rose Hill, an integrated learning community, spreads this vision. Through study, service, and community life, our students learn to find God in all things. The study of the liberal arts hones the mind and the senses to discern God's presence in the world. The service program links theory with practice, as students make a gift of themselves for others. Back in "the house," at Jogues [Loyola] Hall, they share experience with one another, forming a nourishing community. The vision from the Manresa cave shines on the campus in the Bronx.
Beth Knobel, Ph.D. (Communications and Media Studies)
Teaching in the Manresa program has truly been a wonderful experience, and not quite like anything else at Fordham. I got to know the students in my Manresa course really well, seeing them twice a week in our small seminar and meeting with them one-on-one as their advisor. And they got to know me well, too, not only during our class discussions but also during our out-of-class activities.
For my course, "The Power of News: An Introduction to Press, Politics and Public Policy," our activities included watching the presidential debates together, rooting for our candidates as the returns came in on Election Night 2012, and taking a fun field trip to The New York Times to witness the creation of news first-hand.
It has been deeply fulfilling for me to have the chance to bond with a group of first-years, whom I wouldn't get to teach otherwise, and to help them adjust to college life. And I hope they appreciated having someone on the faculty who was also always ready to act as a resource. That's why I urge every incoming student I meet—and every colleague—to try to get into the Manresa program. It's truly special!