Marywood's Opening Convocation Focuses on Interfaith Service

Published on Fri, September 16, 2011

For decades, Marywood's opening convocation has been a time where students, faculty and staff have gathered to initiate the start of another academic year, to welcome new members of the Marywood community and to set the tone for the upcoming year.

Marywood's opening convocation will take place on Wednesday, September 21, at 11 a.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

This year's gathering will focus on interfaith service. As part of President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, Sister Anne Munley, president of Marywood, has invited two members of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to speak at Marywood.

"We remain committed to creating culturally diverse and global educational experiences for our students," said Sister Anne, "so they can become positive forces for good in this complex world."

Based in Chicago, Ill., the IFYC works with college students and campus faculty and staff across the United States to engage in religious diversity and to open a dialogue among different faiths. The idea for the IFYC began in 1998 when its founder, Eboo Patel, then a student at Oxford University, began asking questions about the role of religion in a larger, global community.

“Why do so many stories these days feature young people fighting in the name of God?” Patel asked.

“Why isn’t there a huge movement of young people from different faiths working together?”

By 2002, the IFYC was incorporated with a $35,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, with service projects taking place in South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Chicago.

Two IFYC staff members, Katie Bringman Baxter and Hind Makki, will conduct two workshops on September 20—one for faculty and one for students—in the Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center. The workshop for students will take place from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m., while faculty will meet in the morning.

About the Speakers

Katie Bringman Baxter, campus engagement manager, earned a B.A. in religion from Wittenberg University and an M.A. from Bowling Green State University. Her work in the IFYC allows Ms. Baxter to connect her personal belief that religion shapes our world with her passion for developing the capacity of college students.

Hind Makki, leadership associate, holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University, where she concentrated in global security and diplomacy. A belief in human rights, the power of young people and the potential of pluralism have inspired Ms. Makki to work with her American Muslim community since 9/11.

Compressed Class Schedule

The following compressed schedule will be in effect on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the opening convocation at 11 AM.

Regular Meeting Time New Meeting Time
8 AM Follow regular schedule
9 AM 9-9:35 AM
10 AM 9:45-10:20 AM
11 AM 10:30 AM
Noon 12:30-1:05 PM
1 PM 1:15-1:50 PM
2 PM and later Follow regular schedule

Classes that do not conform to the standard hourly schedule should adhere as closely as possible to the information delineated above.