Chalon Neighbort News
Spring 2012
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 Spring 2012 semester on Monday, Jan. 9. 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.

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.

Neighbors Invited to Monthly Film Series

Neighbors Invited to Monthly Film SeriesOur Chalon neighbors are invited to attend a free film series at the Mount each month through August. The Women in Film Independent Film Series will show new films and shorts each month on Feb. 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15., 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.


Art Gallery Exhibit Runs Through Jan. 21

The College's José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery reopens on Jan. 9 for the More Is More exhibit, which features works from five artists. The exhibit runs through Jan. 21.

At first glance, visitors to the exhibition may think they are viewing a frozen scene from an explosion in a fabric factory. Upon closer inspection, visitors will see three distinct installations.

One is a collaboration by artists Curt LeMieux and Amy Green, called “What in the World Happened to Myrtle.” The artists are engaged in an ongoing process that is centered upon a mutual love of materiality. Resisting a set formula or method in favor of intuitive responses, the duo draws, pours, stains, folds, twists, ties, and tethers.

The second is an interactive work in progress initiated by artists Tim Quinn and Kathy Hargreaves, collectively known as ArsFidelis.

The third installation by artist Aleve Mei Loh presents a variety of works created individually, but installed together to create a new context for the work.

Click here for gallery directions and hours.


College News

Ann McElaney-JohnsonNew College President Inauguration to be held March 16

Planning for the inauguration of President Ann McElaney-Johnson this spring continues, with additional activities being scheduled, designed to showcase the College, its mission and its importance to the community.

In advance of the inauguration, a Mass for the College community will be held on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 10:45 a.m. at Mary Chapel on the Chalon Campus. From 1-6 p.m., an Academic Symposium will be held at the Chalon Campus, which will highlight the scholarly work that faculty and students are doing across all disciplines and programs.

The inauguration itself will be held on Friday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Doheny Campus. The College community, including students, alums, sisters, faculty and staff, as well as dignitaries from throughout Southern California and delegates from colleges across the country, will be in attendance for the official investiture of the president.

President McElaney-Johnson will sponsor the annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Appreciation Celebration on Tuesday, March 20, at the Chalon Campus and will also host a reception at the annual Religious Education Congress in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24. The President’s Annual Invitation to Serve will round out the inauguration activities, with expanded opportunities for volunteers to make an impact in the community on Saturday, March 31.


$6 Million Grant to Boost Women's Achievement in Math and Science

$6 Million GrantMount St. Mary’s College has been awarded a five-year, $6 million Title III federal grant to enhance curricula and support for Hispanic, female and low-income students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM disciplines.

The grant, titled “Improving STEM Curricula, Support and Articulation for Hispanic, Women and Low-Income Students,” will support institutional development in STEM-related areas in partnership with El Camino College in Torrance. The Mount will serve as the lead institution with $1.2 million in funding each year from October 2011 to October 2015.

Among the main components of the grant, the Mount will: repurpose five classrooms into high-tech science and mathematics centers; intensify faculty development; enhance undergraduate research opportunities in STEM fields; increase the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in these fields; and align math and science coursework at the two-year El Camino College with requirements at the Mount. The grant also will fund support centers at both colleges staffed with career and academic advisers, provide summer workshops to support and retain first- and second-year students in these areas and add a new environmental science major at the Mount.

Clinton Announces Women in Public Service Partnership With Mount

Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson joined U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 15 at the Women in Public Service Colloquium that brought together leaders from Scripps College, Mills College, and the Seven Sisters Colleges of the East Coast to announce an innovative initiative that pairs the power of public service with women's colleges across the country.

The Women in Public Service Project teams the Mount, Mills and Scripps with Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world. "This initiative fits in perfectly with the Mount’s commitment to education, leadership and service in a women-centered environment,” McElaney-Johnson said. “Public service is a powerful way for women to transform their communities and the world.”

The project will identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and mentoring, and help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership. The Dec. 15 forum in Washington, D.C., explored issues such as the skills needed for successful public servants in the 21st century and how to achieve the 50 percent mark for women in public service by 2050. The participants are charged with identifying mentoring and training needs, as well as how to establish and sustain an international network of leaders and generate new insights on women's political leadership roles.

"Together we will seek to promote the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed," Secretary Clinton told the gathering.

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.