Chalon Neighbort News
FALL 2012
A Newsletter for Mount St. Mary's College Neighbors
Community Awareness Programs

Educating Our Students, Faculty and Staff

appleThe Mount will begin its Fall 2012 semester on Monday, August 20. Security patrols have been increased in the neighborhood and at the exit to the College during the first week of class, to remind our students, faculty and staff of the importance of safe and respectful driving in the neighborhood. Additionally, the camera at the entrance/exit to the campus is being monitored and tickets are being issued to those who do not turn right or who fail to make a complete stop when exiting.

Student Affairs will be working with the students on the following: A letter will be sent to all commuters and resident students about safe and courteous driving in the neighborhood; an incentive campaign for carpooling, designed to reduce traffic in the neighborhood; and students who have been observed driving rudely or in an unsafe manner in the neighborhood referred to Student Affairs for conduct hearings. Commuter Services has also been working with students to emphasize safe and respectful driving.

Women's Leadership Conference to be held Sept. 8 at Chalon Campus

Mount St. Mary's College (MSMC) presents its Women’s Leadership Conference inspired by the College’s recent publication, The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.

Keynote speaker Bonnie St. John kicks off the event with her inspirational story as an Olympic athlete and top economic adviser in the White House. Carole Leland, executive coach, researcher, teacher and consultant, also will present a keynote address on leadership.

The day’s speakers will build on the College's commitment to bring about positive change in the lives of women and girls. Join in an exciting day facilitated by well-known experts and authors who will inspire all to "create, connect and commit to change."

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, 8:30 to 9 a.m., registration; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., sessions

Where: Mount St. Mary’s College, Chalon Campus, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049

Fee: $50 for the day (parking and lunch included)

Reserve now. Space is limited. For more information, contact Dionna Watson at 213.477.2962 or Visit for a full schedule of speakers.


Women in China Lecture Series to be held at Mount's Doheny Campus

Women in ChinaMount St. Mary’s College is hosting a series of public lectures on women in China, with five remaining lectures to be held through February 2013 featuring top scholars in Chinese history, poetry, art and literature. The free events are funded by a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The lectures are one part of the College's project “Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies Curricula,” which launched in July to integrate international cultures into undergraduate and graduate coursework. The project ties humanities courses into the Mount’s professional schools of nursing, physical therapy, education and business.

All lectures will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in The Rose Hills Auditorium, Mount St. Mary’s College, 10 Chester Pl., Los Angeles 90007. For more information, visit

The lecture schedule follows:

Sept. 13, 2012 -- Women in Chinese History, by Ping Yao, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles. An overview of women’s life and their domestic and societal roles from antiquity to 1912, including the practice of courtesanship, the practice of foot-binding and women in Chinese religious tradition.

Oct. 25, 2012 -- Women of Classical Chinese Poetry, by Hu Ying, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine. Includes the works of Li Qingzhao (12th century) and Qiu Jin (early 20th century), and the formation of the Chinese poetic canon.

Jan. 10, 2013 -- Empresses, Art and Agency, by Hui-shu Lee, Associate Professor of Art History, UCLA. This lecture will feature a comparison of historical depictions of women in Chinese art with those of women by modern and contemporary Chinese visual artists.

Jan. 31, 2013 -- Women in 20th Century Chinese Literature, by Shu-mei Shih, Professor, Comparative Literature/Asian Languages and Cultures/Asian American Studies, UCLA. The lecture will focus on the representation of women in 20th century Chinese literature in the context of major historical upheavals throughout history, including the Republican revolution, the Communist Revolution, the Cultural Revolution and Postsocialism.

Feb. 21, 2013 -- What Can Chinese Film Tell Us About Modern Chinese History? By Zhiwe Xiao, Associate Professor of History, California State University, San Marcos. This lecture will examine how some of the most important issues in 20th century China, such as nationalism, tensions between tradition and modernity, and gender equality, are addressed in popular films.

Please note: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


College News

College Selected to Lead Student Civic Engagement Project

College Selected to Lead Student Civic EngagementMount St. Mary's College (MSMC) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of 25 institutions to lead the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network for NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

MSMC will be at the forefront of an emerging national movement to make democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. “This project presents many new opportunities for collaboration across the College,” said Jane Lingua, MSMC vice president for student affairs. “Most importantly, our students will benefit significantly from being a part of this network.”

MSMC will find innovative ways to partner with others on and off campus to influence students’ ongoing commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement. The College will include clear and tangible civic learning and democratic engagement activities in strategic goals and learning outcomes, and establish a one-year timeline for goal achievements supporting civic learning and democratic engagement. MSMC is also responsible for collecting and reporting data on enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement, and for fostering student-led solutions to community issues.

The network is encouraging the lead institutions to leverage excitement among young Americans about this year’s presidential election. Student dialogues about political-themed issues will play a big part in this year's activities. To learn more about student leadership and civic engagement at MSMC, click here.


Mount Names New Board Chair, Trustees

The Mount welcomes a new chair of its Board of Trustees and four new members to the governing board during the 2012-13 year.

At its May meeting, the Board of Trustees approved new Chair Judith R. McDonald, effective July 1. McDonald succeeds Michael A. Enright. McDonald is a founding board member and a member of the advisory committee of Young & Healthy, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care to uninsured children in the greater Pasadena, Calif., area. She served for three years as president of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles. She is a past president of Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center in Pasadena and continues to serve as a community advisor. She attended Manhattanville College and California State University, Los Angeles.

The new board members are:
Shireen Fatemi is an assistant area medical director for Southern California Medical Group, and earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences at The Chicago Medical School.

Susan Georgino '01 MA is principal of Georgino Development and serves as an adjunct professor of organizational leadership at Woodbury University. In addition to her Mount degree, she has earned bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Los Angeles.

Gabriel A. Gutierrez is a retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge who served with the Los Angeles County courts for more than 20 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Santa Clara, a law degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, and has taught at the University of La Verne College of Law.

Cambria Smith '00 MA is parish life director for Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena. In addition to her Mount master's degree, she holds her bachelor's degree from Oxford University.

Also at the trustees' May meeting, the board named Helen S. Astin trustee emerita.

Mount Selected to Receive Robert Wood Johnson Grants For Fifth Year

Robert Wood Johnson GrantsMount St. Mary’s College announced that for the fifth year in a row, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN), which provides scholarship support to students. To date, 45 Mount nursing students have been supported by the grant funds. The new award will support an additional six students, bringing the Mount’s total scholarship support from the program to $510,000.

The Mount will receive the new funds during the 2012-13 academic year to support students in the school’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce and fuel the pipeline of nursing faculty and leaders.

“It is quite an honor to be in a select group of schools nationwide to have received this award continually over the last five years,” said Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson. “The foundation’s support is a testament to the top quality of our nursing students and to our nursing faculty’s commitment to excellence.”

“The scholarships support our students toward their successful completion of this rigorous program of study,” said Wendy Taylor, director of the College’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. “We are so pleased to know our students can take advantage of these funds and excel in the Mount tradition to become superior nurses providing quality care to the communities they serve.”

“We need a well-educated, diverse nursing workforce to provide quality care for our changing patient population,” said David Krol, program officer for NCIN, RWJF senior program officer and team director of the RWJF human capital portfolio. “NCIN is strengthening nursing education and helping to fill the pipeline with capable, culturally competent nurses.”

Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 2,717 scholarships to students at more than 100 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 55 schools of nursing.

The NCIN program was created to enable schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs, and build a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving grants through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The NCIN program addresses a number of the challenges confronting nursing education, professional development, and the national workforce shortage. Accelerated programs like the ones supported by NCIN provide scholars with the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and create opportunities for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a field other than nursing. These programs prepare students to pass the licensure exam required for all RNs in as little as 12 to 18 months and provide quicker routes to workforce eligibility than traditional programs.

For more information about Mount St. Mary’s accelerated nursing program, visit To learn more about the NCIN program, visit

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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.