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

Educating Our Students, Faculty and Staff

Educating Our Students, Faculty and StaffThe Mount began its Spring 2011 semester on Monday, Jan. 10. Security patrols have been increased in the neighborhood and at the exit to the College during the first two weeks 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. Continuing education classes and reminders about driving in the neighborhood are being given to our students, faculty and staff to encourage their compliance.

College Changes Policy for Wedding Receptions

Mount St. Mary's has changed its policy as it relates to the use of campus facilities for wedding receptions. As of last fall, these types of receptions will no longer be allowed at the Chalon campus. Students, faculty, staff and alums will still be able to use Mary Chapel for weddings only. The only exception to this new policy is for receptions that were scheduled prior to the change.

The College made this change in response to concerns about noise associated with some past events. Other college events are not affected by the new policy.

Spring Choral Concert Open to Neighbors Spring Choral Concert Open to Neighbors

The Music Department at the College will hold its Spring Choral Concert on Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in Mary Chapel. The Music Department's new chair, Sr. Therese Fassnacht (see story below), invites all of the Chalon neighbors to attend. Tickets are $10, or $5 for students, children and seniors. For more information, call 310.954.4265.

Neighbors Invited to Special Reception for Exhibit

Our Chalon neighbors are invited to attend a special opening reception for the exhibit Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,which celebrates the history of women religious who helped shape America's social and cultural landscape. The exhibit presents the enduring legacy and persistent vision of social justice that have guided the actions of women religious in communities throughout the country. As a college primarily for women founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Mount St. Mary's College is grateful for the opportunity to host this important exhibit in its only visit to Southern California this summer from June 19 to August 14, 2011.

The neighborhood special preview and reception will be held on Thursday, June 16, from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit itself is free and open to the public. The parking fee will be waived that day for attendees to the exhibit and reception. For more information about the exhibit, please visit or call 310.954.4525.

Expand Your Mind at Mount St. Mary's College Expand Your Mind at Mount St. Mary's College

This summer, the College will launch a new one-day Leadership Institute on July 23, open to all members of the Mount community and the public. It will feature a series of courses examining what it means to be a leader and the challenges facing those who lead. This is one in a series of enrichment events called Lifelong Learning at the Mount.

The first in the series, Expand Your Mind, will be held at the Doheny campus on February 12, featuring courses taught by the graduate faculty. On April 3, the series continues with an afternoon of prayer and reflection at the Lenten Labyrinth. Upcoming events include a writer's retreat and a Nobel Prize Book Club. All events are open to the public.

College News

Jacqueline Powers DoudCollege President Jacqueline Powers Doud to Retire

After nearly 20 years of service and 11 years as president of Mount St. Mary's College, Jacqueline Powers Doud will conclude her presidency and retire at the end of the 2010-11 academic year. Her retirement comes at a time of record success for the College. Student enrollment has grown 56 percent over the past 10 years and the institution's endowment has nearly doubled from approximately $45 million in June 2000 to more than $81 million in June 2010.

In honor of President Doud's 20 years of service and leadership, a number of events will be held on both campuses, with a gala event held on the Doheny campus on June 4. Proceeds from this event will establish the Robert E. and Jacqueline Powers Doud Endowed Scholarship.

A nationwide search for the next president of MSMC has been conducted, and it is expected that a new president will be named this spring.

College Offers New Major in Health Care Policy

Mount St. Mary’s College announces a new bachelor’s degree in health care policy designed to meet the nation’s changing health care demands related to soaring costs, questionable quality and inconsistent access to care. The new major, which launched this fall semester, seeks to address the need for greater understanding of medical science, policy, law and advocacy. "Healthcare reform efforts in the United States have put health care policy and the health care profession at the forefront of political debate, ensuring that the health care professions will continue to be a growth industry for decades to come,” says Helen Boutrous, chair of the College’s history and political science department who spearheaded the new major. “Our program will provide rigorous public policy training from political science faculty and honor the long tradition of academic excellence in healthcare education established by our renowned Mount nursing program."

The new health care policy major is a cross-disciplinary program designed for students seeking a career in the health care policy sector. Students will complete courses taught by political science, nursing, biology and psychology faculty. Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions with pharmaceutical companies, lobbying organizations, government agencies, law and health care administration and advocacy groups.

New Music Department Chair Seeks to Expand Program

Sister Therese Fassnacht, BVMSister Therese Fassnacht, BVM, has joined MSMC as the new chair of its tradition-rich music department.

Fassnacht, a career vocalist who has performed with the New York Philharmonic's resident choir, plans to expand the Mount's choral and chamber music programs. She specializes in Latin American choral music, and brings knowledge of the Italian, French, German, Latin and Spanish languages to her position. She takes the helm following a long tenure by Sister Teresita Espinosa, CSJ.

Fassnacht's top priorities for the department include boosting its visibility and enrollment, enhancing the longstanding Mount Chorus and Mount Singers ensembles and reaching out to students in other disciplines who love to perform. Fassnacht also envisions creating an all-student Mount chamber orchestra.

She is exploring new connections with the College's education and film and social justice departments, including the possibility of adding emphases for future music teachers, and for film-lovers who want to score music for movies. "Students will come to the Mount if they know there is an ensemble they can perform with," she says. "If you're an instrumentalist or a singer, you want to be a part of a group. We want everyone to know that this department is here and it is vibrant."

The Mount's small, liberal arts setting is ideal for promising musicians, she says. "The Mount offers many, many more opportunities to perform than at a larger school. It's a place with a strong sense of community."

Fassnacht holds her master's degree from Westminster Choir College of New Jersey and her doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mount Earns Prestigious Nursing Scholarships

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have announced that Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, is among a select group of schools nationwide to receive nursing student scholarship awards in the amount of $10,000 each.

The first four recipients for the 2010-11 academic year are: Marleen Blanco, Crystal James, Eric Michaels and Rafael Rivero.

The Mount is one of 63 schools of nursing to receive scholarships during the 2010-11 academic year through the foundation's New Careers in Nursing Scholarship program. This is the third year of awards, and Mount St. Mary's has received funds each year for a total of 40 student scholarships. This year, eight students in the College's accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program are receiving scholarships.

The Mount was the first college in California to provide a BSN degree in nursing beginning in 1952, and continues to be an innovator in nursing education. Now, nearly 60 years later, the College provides five nursing degrees to help meet employment demands: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program; the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program; the accelerated BSN program; the traditional Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program; and the ADN-MSN Bridge program.

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.