Chalon Neighbort News
Fall 2011
A Newsletter for Mount St. Mary's College Neighbors
Community Awareness Programs

Educating Our Students, Faculty and Staff

Educating Our Students, Faculty and StaffThe Mount will begin its Fall 2011 semester on Monday, Aug. 22. All new students were required to attend a mandatory session on safe and respectful driving in the neighborhood during orientation in June. Additionally, continuing education classes and reminders are scheduled throughout the semester for our students to encourage their compliance.


Extra Security Patrols in Neighborhood for First Week of School

Mount St. Mary's campus security will have increased patrols in the neighborhood during the week of Aug. 22 to 26, in order to continue to educate our students on the importance of safe and respectful driving in the neighborhood. After the first week, the neighborhood patrol will return to its regular schedule.

Neighbors Invited to Film Series

Neighbors Invited to Film SeriesOur Chalon neighbors are invited to attend a free film series at the Mount each month through November. The Women in Film Independent Film Series will show new films and shorts each month on Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, with check-in at 6:30 p.m. and the films beginning at 7 p.m. For more information on the films being offered, check the Mount web page at, or call 310.954.4070.

Sept. 24 Public Service for Women Seminar Open to Public

Sept. 24 Public Service for Women Seminar Open to PublicDid you know the U.S. ranks 67th in the world in women's political representation? Mount St. Mary's College, the Center for American Women & Politics and California Women Lead will sponsor a seminar designed to educate women about becoming involved in the political process on Saturday, Sept. 24. The seminar, "Inspiration and Action," will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the William H. Hannon Theater at the Chalon Campus. Hear from retired legislators and learn how the skills you already have can translate into effective public service. The cost for the day is $10, which includes parking and refreshments. For more information, contact MSMC Special Events at 213.477.2761.

Carondelet Center Opens Holiday Angel Boutique to Neighbors

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet will hold the annual Holiday Angel Boutique on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carondelet Center, 11999 Chalon Rd. This is an opportunity to shop for handcrafted and vintage treasures, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, jewelry and gourmet delights. Guests are welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Carondelet Center at 310.472.5982.

College News

Ann McElaney-JohnsonNew College President Named

Ann McElaney-Johnson, who took office on July 1, 2011, is the 12th president of Mount St. Mary’s College. She previously was the vice president for academic and student affairs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.

McElaney-Johnson brings 23 years of service to small, residential liberal arts colleges, as a faculty member, associate dean and chief academic officer to her new role as president of Mount St. Mary’s College. She is passionate about the importance of women’s colleges, and a strong advocate for women’s education and leadership issues. She is a champion of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and brings spiritual perspective to the Mount as a Catholic.

From 1998 to 2011, she served in a variety of leadership positions at Salem College, founded in 1772, which is the nation’s oldest continually operating institution for women in the United States. Prior to that, she served at Ripon College, Wisc. She earned her Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds degrees from Middlebury College, Vt., and College of the Holy Cross, Mass.

Mount Students Find Summer Employment with Author Lisa See

Mount Students Find Summer Employment with Author Lisa SeeFour Mount students have turned a freshman English project chronicling the Los Angeles history found in famous novels into summer employment with well-known author Lisa See.

Just weeks after completing their first year at the Mount, Danielle Mumar, Kamirun Nesa, Nicole Nicolas and Gladys Santillan, all class of 2014, were sitting around the dining room table at See’s home near the Chalon Campus, discussing their new employment with the author. Their journey began in April when English Professor Scott Bryson sent a link of the Web site they created in his class about See’s “Shanghai Girls” to the author.

See hired the students in June to create a new Web site providing details about people and places in her latest release, “Dreams of Joy.”  When the students enthusiastically finished that project on time and with great attention to detail, See again hired the team to do the same treatment for her previous work, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” which is the basis for a film released this month. That project was due the first week of August, just before the students started their sophomore coursework.

"I can't tell you how impressed I am by all the things you've found," See wrote to the students after reviewing their "Dreams of Joy" project. "I love that it all looks so colorful and engaging. You all have done a fabulous job!"

“The students are thrilled out of their minds to be doing this,” Bryson says. “’Shanghai Girls’ was a favorite of all the students, and this group in particular went at it full force,” he says. Bryson revamped his LA Literature Web site -- where his students' projects are archived -- this year with help from a $12,000 competitive teaching grant he applied for and received from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bryson’s Web site has gained its own national attention for providing a creative and engaging way for students to understand the importance of place and time in literature.   

After Bryson reached out to See about his students’ work, the author immediately posted a link to their Web site on her Facebook fan page and shared the site on Twitter.  

Mount Charters New Honor Society for Nursing Excellence

The Mount established a chapter of the prestigious Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, during a June ceremony with 122 nursing faculty and students inducted as charter members.

The new Phi Lambda Chapter was welcomed in a celebration at The Rose Hills Auditorium on the Doheny Campus led by Carol Huston, past president of Sigma Theta Tau International and chair of the International Leadership Succession Committee.

The honor society is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research. Membership in the honor society is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing. The honor society counts 463 chapters worldwide.

To become part of the honor society, a school of nursing must offer a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent and be accredited by a recognized accrediting body.

Play by Mount Security Guard to Debut at Chalon in October

Play by Mount Security Guard to Debut at Chalon in OctoberMount security officer Felicia Jones takes her true passion of writing to a new level in October when she debuts her first play at the College.

Jones' work, "Street Love Monologues," comes to the William H. Hannon Theater on the Chalon Campus on at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. The play, written, produced and directed by Jones, explores the emotions of two best friends who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, Nikki Patterson and Paris Smith, who secretly battle abuse and depression in their personal lives. 

"There are so many women in these same situations, battling depression and abuse with no one to turn to," says Jones, of Long Beach. Jones says she suffered through domestic violence and hopes her writing will give others a voice to bring change to their lives. Jones' project is self-financed through her company, Felicia Nicole Productions.

General admission for the play is $20, or $10 with a military or school ID.

Mount St. Mary's College Mission

Mount St. Mary's College offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body. As a Catholic college primarily for women, we are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. Our measure of success is graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world.