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LMU History Major Knew Where She Wanted to Be


Noelle Toland ’11 knew during her first campus visit that Loyola Marymount University was the place for her. And her academic and personal experiences since then have confirmed that feeling.

Toland, a recipient of a 2009-10 Myles P. Dempsey Scholarship, made LMU the last Southern California stop on her tour of colleges to attend. “As soon as I stepped on campus, I felt an energy and had a gut instinct that this is where I would go to college,” said Toland, who is from Tigard, Ore.

Toland, a history major, said she has been history-minded as long as she can remember. In her freshman year, she found herself in an upper-division course, “History and Historians,” taught by John Grever, C.F.M.M. “I was so inspired by Brother Grever. I learned how to write history there, how to write in a historical context,” she said. The inspiration has been lasting: Toland has been a research assistant for Grever for two years.

One LMU characteristic that Toland especially appreciates is its culture of service, which has helped her discover her own desire to serve others. During the summer of 2009, she received a scholarship from Global Volunteers, a Minnesota-based organization that promotes short-term volunteer projects in developing countries. Toland had a life-changing trip to Lima, Peru. “I worked at an orphanage,” she said, “and I taught English to youngsters. The experience opened my eyes to many different ways of life. I became a more accepting person because of that trip.”

Toland plans to become involved in overseas volunteer work after graduation, then she hopes to attend law school.

Posted Dec. 14, 2009