Liz has worked in the worlds of music, theater and dance for over 35 years, as a performer, director, choreographer, and teacher. She is excited to share her stories with students and to learn from them about their lives and experiences.
“Together, we will create a team of artist-scholars who support one another and celebrate our victories as well as our struggles. Let's do this!”
Emir Bailey is the student employment coordinator at Loyola. From Brooklyn, N.Y., Emir has a passion for mental health and wellbeing. He came to The Big Easy in the summer of 2021 to pursue a master’s degree here at Loyola in family counseling. He is skilled at leading educational workshops and planning events, and is excited to gain adjunct instructor experience with Loyola students. In his free time, he enjoys exploring New Orleans’ food scene and discovering new music.
Daniel is a Charleston, S.C. native who is going into his 4th year working in the Department of Student Life and Ministry. Daniel is excited to be teaching the course because he has a passion for working with first-year students and helping them find their community at Loyola.
Ms. McBride is director of advising and coaching within the Student Success Center. Her goal is to make sure students get one-on-one help so they can succeed and thrive at Loyola.
“I love engaging with students in a learning environment, to help them identify their goals and strengthen the skills they need to achieve those goals, academic, personal, professional, or otherwise,” she said.
Kai Knight is a choreographer, performer, and instructor with over 35 years of professional experience. She is now the artistic director of Silhouette Dance Ensemble and Breathe! /A Multi-Cultural Collective Breath through Movement Company. Here at Loyola Kai teaches African diaspora movement, modern, and jazz. Her styles range from African, Haitian, Brazilian, modern, jazz, and contemporary.
“Teaching College and Community is an honor because it aligns with my goal in helping facilitate healing, growth and success in the up and coming generations who will in turn be the future leaders in our communities,” she said. “No man is an Island and we must make sure that the youth and young adults are supported in the formative and strengthening years of their life journey.”
Laura Jayne is the Director of Student Services for the College and Music and Media. She works with students from the time they get here as first-year students through celebrating their graduation. Her goal as an instructor of the College and Community Class is to make sure all our students enjoy Loyola and New Orleans as much as possible.
Elizabeth Parent is a native Orleanian involved in teaching and designing both professionally and in academia. She was Costume Director of Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre for 15 seasons. Her costume designs have been featured at the World Travel Gala in Manhattan. She is also a Licensed tour guide, so ask her to show you around.
“Helping students find their path and adjust to a ‘new’ environment is critical to a successful college experience and my greatest joy!”
Ms. Rowe is the director of the Office of Writing & Learning Services or OWLS, a key part of the Student Success Center. As an instructor, she said, there is no better feeling than having a student return to her office after they've graduated to share some news about a new job or a new opportunity.
“Student success is about students taking steps to forge their own futures, to develop a true openness and curiosity about the world around them, both intellectually and environmentally; it's about putting in the time and effort, even when life feels less than inspiring.”
Mary Waguespack is assistant director for writing support in the Office of Writing and Learning Services or OWLS. She is also a long-time instructor at Loyola, regularly teaching in the areas of first-year composition and college success. Mary is a native of New Orleans, and her favorite season is Carnival time.
“I am excited to teach College and Community and guide students as they begin their academic and personal journeys. I want to help my students succeed academically, discover their talents and potential, and find a home within the Loyola community.”