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Director of Professional & Academic Resource Center Part of Panel at the Annual Dean's Forum

Dr. Jocelyn S. Chong, Director of the Professional and Academic Resource Center (PARC) and Activity Director of the Title V Postbaccalaureate Project, was part of a panel of Title V PPOHA directors at the third annual Deans' Forum on Hispanic Higher Education held on October 7 at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conference in Denver, Colorado.  The Dean's Forum focused on advancing graduate school opportunities and success for Hispanic students.  Keynote speakers included Dr. Vasti Torres, Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida and Dr. Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools.


DPT Faculty News

MSN News

MSN Faculty Elected

Dr. Beverly Quaye was voted President-Elect for the Association of California Nurse Leaders.  Dr. Quaye has been an MSN adjunct faculty since 2009.  She teaches NUR 252A Leadership Practicum and NUR 253 Organizational Management in Healthcare.


Aurora Education Group Toured Doheny's Nursing Simulation Center and Skills Lab

Representatives from the Aurora Education Group led by Chairman and Founder, Huili Zhang (seated in middle), toured the Doheny Campus, Nursing Simulation Center, and Skills Labs.  She was accompanied by Feilong Du (Dean of Shanghai Aurora Vocational College), Chunyu Wany (President of Aurora Foreign Language Middle School), Miao Xia (Dean of Aurora Foreign Language Kindergarten), and Shen Zhang (assistant to Chairman Zhang).  The purpose of the visit was to explore opportunities for nurses to increase their knowledge through education and training in the United States.  The visit was arranged by Geri Lynyak, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Pacific Alliance Medical Center.  Ms. Lynyak also teaches NUR 252B Leadership and Administration Practicum in the MSN program at MSMC.  Angela Abruzzi (Simulation Center Manager), Albert Ramos (Director of Graduate Admissions), Dr. Linda Moody (Graduate Dean), and Dr. Marsha Sato (MSN Program Director) welcomed the visitors to Mount St. Mary’s College. The Aurora Education system has an enrollment of 30,000 students and incorporates multiple programs of which one is nursing. The representatives are interested in developing Joint Commission standards and the skills of Patient Safety.

MS Counseling Psychology News

MSMC Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Psychology students co-presented their research at the recent National Career Development Association’s Global Conference in Long Beach. The title of their presentation was “Innovative and Culturally Competent Career Development for First-Generation College Students.” The session discussed the variables of independence and interdependence and methods available to career development practitioners as they incorporate familial and cultural expectations in support of student career exploration. Presenters included Dr. Robin Bishop (adjunct faculty, Graduate Psychology Program, and Dir. of AA Student Success Center), Shelly Ling-Truong (Graduate Psychology student), Evelyn Oyuela-Kowalski (Graduate Psychology student), Kim Terrill (Director of Community Engagement and Doheny Career Services), and Dr. Jocelyn Chong (Activity Director, Title V Postbaccalaureate Project and adjunct faculty, Graduate Psychology Program).

Doctor of Physical Therapy News

Scott FreedmanScott Freedman, PhD, Assistant Professor, DPT, published his article: "Short-Term Effects of Patellar Kinesio Taping on Pain and Hop Function in Patients With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome" in the June 9, 2014 Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach Journal.


MFA Film & TV News

Ron FernandezMount St. Mary's College will open a new MFA Program in Film and Television beginning in Fall 2014, under the direction of Program Director Ron Fernandez.  The graduate film program will build on the strengths of the Mount's undergraduate Film, Media, and Social Justice programs, now headed by Dr. Pamela Haldeman.  


MFA Creative Writing News

Dr. Ana ThorneA new MFA Program in Creative Writing will also begin accepting new students in Fall 2014.  The MFA in Creative Writing Program under the direction of Dr. Ana Thorne, Interim Director, will offer students the opportunity to take literature and culture classes in the MA Humanities Program while working on a creative thesis, novel, collection of poetry, short stories, or screenplay.  


Mount St. Mary's to Host Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

Mount St. Mary's College will host The Graduate Liberal Studies Joint Symposium from June 20-22, 2014 on the Chalon Campus. The Graduate Liberal Studies Joint Symposium was started in 2007 by Stanford University and Dominican University as a way to bring together graduate students in Liberal Studies, along with alumni and staff for a weekend of social and intellectual interaction.  Since 2008, the symposium has grown to include other west coast institutions as well as Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Participating Institutions include:

Mount St. Mary's College 
Dominican University
Standford University
Reed College
University of Southern California
University of Washington, Tacoma
Simon Fraser University
Marylhurst University
Maastricht University

The conference will begin Friday afternoon, June 20, 2014.  After the registration there will be a welcome reception, 5 to 6 pm. On Saturday, panel presentations are scheduled all day, and lunch is included.  Evening reception to foster conversation among symposium participants.  Panel presentations will continue Sunday morning and conclude with a group meeting.  For more information, visit

Humanities Student Allison Chaney Publishes Poetry Book with Bohemia Press

Allison Chaney recently published, Queen Me, a poetry chapbook, with the Bohemian Press.  She started many of the published pieces in her graduate poetry class at the Mount.

"Chaney's poetry possess a unique brand of energy you will surely not find anywhere else.  Some pieces have attitude, while others strike chords within the deepest depths of the reader's psyche.  There is a grand amount of excitement contained within this anthology and a profound beauty that will evoke a plethora of emotional response.  Chaney, without a doubt, is the queen of vibrant poetry.  And "Queen Me" will most certainly take you out of a mundane world.  A portion of the profits will go to The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles."  - Amazon Description

Humanities Student Daiva K. Venckus to Present Paper at Yale University

Daiva K. Venckus was accepted to present a paper at the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study at Yale University.  The title of her paper was "The Power of Transnational Networks in the Final Hours of the Collapse of the Soviet Union."

Daiva also presented "The Successful Hybridization of Nationalism to Evoke Socio-Political Change:  The Baltic Revolution of 1988-1991" at the 19th Annual Southwest English Symposium at Arizona State University.

MSN Faculty News

MSN program director Marsha Sato '77 and adjunct instructor Jean Gima '81 presented their abstract, "Award for Best Picture," at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2014 Master's Education Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in February.  Their abstract discussed the use of technology, particularly iPads, in the classroom to enhance and coordinate care.  The presentation showcased a student-created movie. (Mount Matters, Feb. 2014)

DPT Faculty News

Dr. Valerie Teglia continues her CPTA Secretary position as well as serving on a national Flexible Share Vision for Clinical Education Steering Committee and Credentialed Clinical Instructor Workgroup within American Physical Therapy Assocation.  Dr. Teglia presented on the URM clinic at the HPA Global Health SIG reception at CSM on February 5, 2014.

The Distinguished Voices in Writing Series Continued 

Talented voices from some of the most popular shows on television and film are speaking at Mount St. Mary's College this school year, as part of the Mount's open to the public "Distinguished Voices in Writing" forums.  On January 16, Mount St. Mary's College welcomed the husband and wife writing team from AMC's hit show "Mad Men."

Andre and Maria Jacquemetton have written as a duo for television drama series more than two decades.  Together they have earned four Writers Guild of America Awards, two Producers Guild Awards, three writing Emmy nominations and have shared in three "Mad Men" best drama series Emmys.  The Jacquemettons are currently signed to a writing deal with Warner Brothers Television.

The Jacquemetton's talked about their writing process, discussed what it's like in a TV writers room, and shared what it takes to construct a story for a show like "Mad Men."  

Education Faculty News

Shelly Tochluk, PhD, education department chair, presented "Tools Supporting the Creation of Inclusive School Communities" at the NAME conference in January at California State University, Fullerton. (Mount Matters, Feb. 2014) 


Humanities Alumna Presents Research at Baltic Studies Conference

Humanities alumna Daiva Venckus will present "The Successful Hybridization of Nationalism to Evoke Socio-Political Change:  The Baltic Revolution of 1988-1991" at the 19th Annual Southwest English Symposium, which will be held at Arizona State University on February 28th and March 1st, 2014.  The paper furthers the development of the thesis she presented for the MA Humanities degree at Mount St. Mary's College.  She will also be presenting a paper at the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS).  The conference will take place at Yale University.

Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium

The 1st Annual MSN Research Poster Symposium will be held on Tuesday, December 10th. It will provide opportunities for networking with students, alums, faculty, administrators, and nursing professionals from the community. Refreshments, free CEU, and complimentary drawings for great prizes every 30 minutes! This event is open to the public.

13 MSMC Students Win State and County Stipends

In December, 13 Mount St. Mary's College graduate students in Counseling Psychology were awarded education stipends by the State of California and Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health.  The stipend program is designed to address the state workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities.  The $18,500 stipend awarded to each student is an incentive to Marriage and Family Therapy graduates to enter public mental health and serve, for at least a year, a culturally diverse population in the most needy neighborhoods.  Through a series of essays, students demonstrate their commitment and preparation to deliver bilingual and bicultural mental health services that promotes wellness, recovery and resilience.  The stipend program celebrates students (many of whom have experienced the public health system as clients or family members of clients) struggle to better themselves and their community.

This year the Mount was awarded more stipends than any other Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program in Southern California.  Five students received the California Stipend and 11 students received the Los Angeles County Stipend with three students winning both state and county awards.  The students who were selected for both awards had to select on of the two stipends as only one could be awarded.  Mount St. Mary's College stipend winners are:

Monica Alfaro, Angela Barajas, Alma Nunez, Alexandra Perrera, Eva Ramirez, Karina Ramos, Lucia Regalado, Denise Resendez, Noemi Roman Hernandez, Ronena Summers, Tania Valtierra, Marilu Vargas, and Sandra Villalpando.


DPT Students Watch "When I Walk" Documentary

On November 3, DPT students and faculty attended a showing of the new award-winning documentary film, "When I Walk."  The film, which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a deeply touching, personal look at a filmmaker who has turned the camera on himself after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  In addition to the film, the filmmakers have created AXS Map, an app that improves wheelchair accessibility by crowdsourcing reviews of local businesses and public places.  (Mount Matters, Dec. 2013)

Distinguished Voices in Writing Speaker Series Continues with Marco McPeek Villatoro

Speaker Series continues on November 7, 2013 at 7pm with Marcos McPeek Villatoro.  Two-time Emmy award winning Marcos McPeek Villatoro is the author of six novels, two collections of poetry and a memoir.  His Romilia Chacon crime fiction books have won national acclaim (named a Best Book of 2001 by the Los Angeles times) and are published in Germany, Japan, Russia and Brazil.  He has also written and performed over forty commentaries for NPR and PBS.

Recently he and his family returned from his other country of El Salvador, where they shot the documentary Tamale Road, which is now making its way across the Americas.

After graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1998, Marcos and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he holds The Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Writing at Mount St. Mary's College.  He has lectured throughout the U.S. and in El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cultural diversity and Latino cuisine.

RSVP's are required to attend.  Send your RSVP to  General admission is $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door; $5 for WGA members; free to Mount St. Mary's College students, faculty and staff.  Event will be held at the Doheny campus.

Distinguished Voices in Writing Speaker Series Continued with Glen Mazzara

The Mount welcomed Glen Mazzara on October 24, 2013 as the next writer who spoke in the "Distinguished Voices in Writing" series.  Glen is a TV writer and producer who was most recently Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's record-breaking series, The Walking Dead.  This year, The Walking Dead landed on AFI's Top Ten List for 2012 and with its season three finale attracting more than 13 million viewers to become the highest-rated drama finale in basic cable history.  Glen has also wrote for the Golden Globe winning The Shield, FX's groundbreaking police drama.  He created the show, Crash, based on the Oscar-winning film.  He has also written for the medical drama Hawthorne, and NBC's Life.  


Annual Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture Features Amy-Jill Levine, PhD

We are pleased to announce this year's Patricia A. Reif Memorial speaker, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.  She is the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E.Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, & Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School & College of Arts and Sciences.  She is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK.  Her recent books include: The Misunderstood Jew:  The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Meaning of Bible:  What the Jewish Scriptures a& the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight).  With Marc Brettler of Brandeis University, she has edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford).  A self-described "Yankee Jewish Feminist," Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Shearith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, TN, although she is often quite unorthodox.  The event was held on October 29, 2013 at Mount St. Mary's College, Doheny Campus, in the Rose Hills Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

The Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by Claremont Graduate University, the Immaculate Heart Community, and the Religious Studies and Graduate Dean's Offices of Mount St. Mary's College in memory of feminist scholar and theologian Patricia A. Reif, PhD, IHM.  Among other roles she held, Pat directed the spirituality program at Immaculate Heart College Center and served as Co-Convener of the National Women's Caucus: Religious Studies. 

MBA Student Receives the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Award 

Gloria Grover '91 and current MBA student, was recently awarded the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Award along with three other colleagues and team members for Los Angeles Public Library's (LAPL) Education for All initiative.  The award is granted to honor selected City Departments and workers which have demonstrated superior quality, productivity and efficiency in their operations and programs.

Photo:  The LAPL Project Team.  From Left:  City Librarian John F. Szabo, Gloria Grover, Training Development Manager; Peggy Murphy, Collection Services Manager; Catherine Royalty, Acquisitions Manager; and Matthew Mattson, Web and Emerging Technologies Manager.

Graduate Humanities Launches Distinguished Voices in Writing Series with Emmy Winner Dan O'Shannon

Four-time Emmy Award winner Dan O'Shannon (Modern Family) and WGA Award winner Glen Mazzara (The Shield, The Walking Dead) were the featured speakers for a new monthly writers series sponsored by the Humanities Program.  The speaker series spotlights writers as they analyze a live episode. Humanities faculty member Dr. Katherine Boutry (Missing, Haunting Hour) hosted the series, which started Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. with Dan O'Shannon.  The program continues on October 17, 7 p.m. with Glen Mazzara. $10 general admission, WGA members $5, MSMC students free with registration.  The writers series takes place at the Doheny campus of Mount St. Mary's College.  Details available upon registration. RSVP required.

Dan O'Shannon has worked on shows such as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier.  He currently is an executive producer of the ABC show Modern Family.  In addition to writing television, he is the author of a book about comedy theory, What Are You Laughing At?  A Comprehensive Guide To The Comedic Event. Pictured to the left are Dan O'Shannon with "Modern Family" producer Ilana Wernick.

MSMC, John Tracy Clinic Receive $1.2 Million Federal Grant for Scholarship

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Mount St. Mary's College and John Tracy Clinic with a $1.2 million grant.  Over the next five years, this award will primarily provide scholarships to 32 students pursuing the Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) and a California teaching credential.  These students will receive specialized training and expertise in the development of audition, speech and language so that they can provide early-intervention services for infants, toddlers and children with hearing loss and their families.  Graduates of this new program will also help fill a critical shortage of DHH special education teachers.  (Mount Matters, Sept 2013).

Humanities Student Publishes Article

Graduate Humanities student Mary Copeland's article "Hannah Mather Crocker and Cotton Mather:  Voices for Women's Education, 100 Years and Two Generations Apart" will be published in the Fall issue of The Congregational Library of Boston Bulletin.  Copeland's article is based on the presentation she gave at the Society of Early Americanists 2013 spring convention.

Humanities Faculty News

DPT Faculty News

Co-authors Debbie Lowe and Don Gabard recently received notification that their manuscript "Physical Therapy Students Experiences with Ethical and Legal Violations during Clinical Rotations: Reporting and Barriers to Reporting" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.  Their article will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of JOPTE.

Graduate Humanities Travel Study Trip to Spain Fall 2013

"Music and the Arts in Spain" is a travel study experience that is designed to enable students to live and breathe the beauty of Spanish art and culture first-hand.  All instruction will take place "on site" amidst Spain's concert halls, cafes cantantes, cathedrals, archaeological sites, and museums.  Historic awareness will be heightened through direct personal dialogue with the cities that we visit and the places, events and people we encounter.  In addition to exploring Spain's finest cultural institutions, students will be given ample opportunity to immerse themselves into the exciting worlds of Spanish shopping and cuisine.  For more information call Peter Zafares at 213-477-2864.

Graduate Humanities Class Launches "Whispering Smith" Digital Resource Website

Humanities instructor Jennifer Smith and her graduate students launched the Whispering Smith Digital Resource website on August 18 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Donohue Center, Doheny Campus.

The site was created by the students of HUM 249E, Digital Humanities: Finding, Manipulating and Electronic Texts.  In the class, students digitized primary source materials from the Mount's own archive and created a crowd-sourced annotated edition of the western novel "Whispering Smith," as well as a wide variety of articles on the history of the Western genre, "Whispering Smith" in film and television, and the history of the Western novel.  The College holds a collection of articles by or about "Whispering Smith" author Frank Hamilton Spearman, along with an array of memorabilia donated by the Spearman family.

For more information about the project, visit (Mount Matters, August 2013) 

DPT Alumnus Publishes Article 

Dr. Erin Carr, PT, DPT, was recently featured in the July/August summer issue of the Malibu Times Magazine,  Dr. Carr is an alumnus of the Mount St. Mary's College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Graduate Religious Studies News

Thursday evening, June 27, Sister Toni Nash, a Sister of St. Joseph and a longtime advocate of ecological justice and care, was a guest speaker in the Graduate Religious Studies course titled “Eco-Justice,” taught by Dr. Jaye Houston.  The title for the evening’s presentation was “Shifting our Thinking.” Sr. Toni Marie Nash CSJ, PhD Cand. holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, and is nearing completion of a doctoral degree in Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.


Students Help Write a Successful LAUSD School Proposal

Two students in MSMC's Instructional Leadership Certificate Program - Corlis Lewis and Laura McCutcheon - helped submit a successful proposal for a new public school (South Region Elementary School #10) to be opened in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Working with volunteer teachers, coordinators, parents, and administrators from both district offices and various LAUD elementary schools, Lewis and McCutcheon's plan emphasizes running the new school with a focus on nurturing whole, healthy children.  Their proposal - written with support from UTLA (the United Teachers of Los Angeles) - was part of LAUSD's Public School Choice Motion, designed to "tap into the potential wealth of innovative ideas and educational models that will help the LAUSD advance its commitment to provide a quality education for our students".  Lewis and McCutcheon based part of their plan on work they completed in a course they took last summer at the Mount, entitled "EDU 299: Promoting Parental Engagement in Schools".  Lewis has been teaching for 36 years, and McCutcheon for 17; they are both dedicated to improving the lives of local children through their work.  The new school is set to open in August this year. 

Graduate Nursing Student Presents at Spring 2013 Conference

Katherine Winnie was selected to present her poster on "Alarm Fatigue: Recognizing Alarm Management Concerns" at the Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing 9th Annual Research Symposium.  The theme of the conference was "Building Bridges Across the Globe: Research, Academic, and Service Partnerships." 



NEH Grant Sends Professors to China

The College sent eight professors to China in March as part of a two-year, $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to bring a more international focus to undergraduate and graduate studies.  Led by Professors Julie Feldman-Abe and Montserrat Reguant, and aided by Nancy Pine and Katherine Whitman, the trip also included: Patty Melnick, Paul Green, David Leese, Jane Crawford, Alan Lee and Michele Fine.  In addition to meeting with Nanjing University faculty - with whom MSMC has enjoyed a 10-year relationship through the Bridging Cultures program - the Mount group had the opportunity to meet with the faculty of Traditional Medicine University in Nanjing, China Women's University and Peking University's Women's Studies Center in Beijing. (Mount Matters, April 2013)

Critical Teaching in Action Conference 

Dr. Julie Feldman-Abe, Director of the MSMC Center for Cultural Fluency, reported that this year's Critical Teaching and Action Conference held on March 16, 2013 featured the Mount's faculty and graduate student panelists speaking on the use of technology in education.  "Using Digital Tools to Engage Student Voices" was the topic addressed by Mary Hendra (MSMC adjunct faculty and panel moderator), with graduate students Cindy Esquivias, Phillipa Fernando, Brady Lowdermilk, and Andrew Plumley.  "Launching an iPad Program and Its Use in Multiple Subjects" featured presenters Oscar Navarro, Parker Moreno, Jenna Browne, and Maxwell Grand.  The panel on "Social Media for Social Justice: The Rise of Social Tools as Means for Advocacy" was led by Dr. Devery Rodgers, Director of Instructional Leadership, MSMC Education Department.  "Undocumented Students and Online Organizing" featured presenters Elizabeth Aguilar and Jorge Cabrera from Dream Team Los Angeles.  This panel explored the role technology has played in statewide and nationwide organizing efforts for policies affecting the education of undocumented immigrant youth.  Supporting funds for the program were provided through a Title V Post-Baccalaureate Grant.

Education Professor Publishes Book on Women Alchemists

Dr. Robin Gordon, Professor of Education and Director of the Secondary Education Program, is author of Searching for the Soror Mystica:  The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists  (University Press of America, 2013).   In her newest work, Gordon explores the lives and alchemical practice of some remarkable women of the 16th/17th centuries, whose thinking spanned many fields of study to construct perhaps unexpected connections. 

Searching for the Soror Mystica will be available in early 2013.  To learn more about the book, please go to


Mount St. Mary's College/ John Tracy Clinic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

The Mount's newest teacher credential program, Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is the result of a partnership with the highly distinguished John Tracy Clinic.  The Mount St. Mary's College/John Tracy Clinic DHH program is founded on four principles: passion, excellence, respect, and leadership.  The DHH program offers two options: a one-year Onsite Program for full-time graduate candidates, and a two-year Distance Learning/Intern Program for teachers working with children with hearing loss.  Both options are offered in partnership with John Tracy Clinic, where graduate candidates are immersed in the daily programs provided to families and their children with hearing loss.  School partners in the community provide fieldwork and practicum sites that broaden candidates' experiences in a variety of educational settings.

Boston College McCarthy Professor of Systematic Theology to Speak at MSMC

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the Religious Studies Department of Mount St. Mary's College sponsored a community lecture as part of a three-year sequence of symposia on the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  The event was held at the Mount St. Mary's College Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles and was co-sponsored by the Office of the Graduate Dean. 

Richard Gaillardetz, currently the McCarthy Professor of Catholic System Theology at Boston College, presented the keynote speech. 


Humanities Faculty To Be Published in The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality

Humanities faculty member Michael R. Heim, PhD has recently contributed a chapter titled "The Paradox of Virtuality" to The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality, Ed. Mark Grimshaw, Oxford Press, scheduled to be published in February, 2014.  Dr. Heim is the author of The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality, Oxford Press, 1994, Virtual Realism, Oxford Press, 1998, and numerous other scholarly works.  He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University.



Education Department News

MSMC alumna Sonia Salgado has been awarded a fellowship with TeachPlus.  TeachPlus selects 29 top teachers to advance urban public education reform through a series of Leadership programs in six major cities.  Sonia graduated from the Mount with a double major: BA Liberal Studies and American Studies (Summa Cum Laude).  She is also a graduate of the Mount's Multiple Subject teacher credential program.  Sonia currently teaches at Annadale Elementary School.

Humanities Student News

Courtney Walsh will present at the Claremont Graduate Student Research Symposium on Friday, January 25th.  Her paper is called "The Americanization of the Shoah" and constitutes part of her thesis.

Mary Copeland will present at the Society of Early Americanists Conference in Savannah, GA in February, 2013.

Elizabeth Goumas will present at the 12th Annual East-West Center Graduate Student Conference on the Asian Pacific Region February 14-16.  Her paper is titled "Freud in the Writer's Room" and relates to her thesis.

Estella Esteban will present at the 39th Annual African Literature Association Conference in South Carolina, March 20-24.  Her paper is related to her thesis.

Lauren Buisson and Daniel Martin will be presenting at the Southwest Texas PCA/ACA Conference in February.  Lauren will present "Til Then We Keep Movin' On: Route 66," part of a panel on Jack Kerouac.

Rodgers presents at AASA Conference

Devery J. Rodgers, PhD, director of the Clear Credential and Instructional Leadership programs in the Department of Education, and Dr. Pedro Garcia, USC clinical faculty, presented at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education in Los Angeles in February.  They co-presented on Rodgers' research findings on K-12 social media policies.  (Mount Matters, March 2013)

Tochluk Joins Editorial Board

Shelly Tochluk, chair of the education department, joined the editorial board of the recently launched journal, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, the official journal of the White Privilege Conference.  She also facilitated discussion about race and privilege with the board of trustees of Concord Academy in Concord, Mass., on February 1 following their reading of her book, "Witnessing Whiteness," as part of their professional development program.  (Mount Matters, March 2013) 

Graduate Psychology Students in Belize

In December of 2012, Graduate Psychology professors Shani Habibi and Robin Bishop, took several Marriage and Family Therapy students to Belize in order to help enrich their knowledge of the culture as well as to enrich their overall cultural awareness.  During their stay, students and faculty visited the Liberty Children's Home, an orphanage providing child-centered care and education, and engaged in a dialogue with members to discuss the most effective ways to provide quality services to children from Belize.  By immersing students in a culture different from their own, it provided them an opportunity to learn how other cultures provide therapeutic services as well as help deepen their identity as clinicians. 

DPT Alum Melissa Albrecht Develops Program for CrossFit, Southbay

Melissa Albrecht, DPT '11, is a coach at CrossFit, Southbay and developed a physical screening program for CrossFit clients.  When she started coaching at CrossFit she realized that this organization could use an organized way to assess each athlete's physical abilities in order to safely progress them through olympic lifts and other challenging exercises.  Melissa uses the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), learned while in the DPT program, to assess basic fundamental movements that all athletes should be able to do, exposing areas of weakness, inflexibility and imbalances.  Melissa has been administering the FMA for about 15 months, and more recently screened all 257 members of the gym in one week.  The results have helped the gym and athletes keep track of injuries and alter programs to target common impairments amount the athletes.

DPT Faculty and Class of 2011 Alumni Publish Article in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice

DPT faculty Deborah Lowe and Deborah Diaz and alumni of the Class of 2011, Daniel Anderson, Eli English and Kevin Varee, published the following article in the January, 2013 issue of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice.

The full citation is as follows: Anderson D., English E., Varee K., Diaz D., and Lowe D. Reliability and validity of an iPhone inclinometer as compared to a universal goniometer as a tool for measuring joint motion of the shoulder in apparently healthy subjects.  Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 25(1):34-38. 2013.

Graduate Writing and Thesis Coordinator Welcomes New Graduate Students

Dr. Christine Jun, MSMC Graduate Writing and Thesis Coordinator, welcomed new students at Graduate Orientation on January 5, 2013.  Dr. Jun's message to graduate students emphasized that successful thesis writing can be attained through persistence and dedication to the task.  Dr. Jun encouraged students to visit the Graduate Transition Center (GTC) on the second floor of Building 10 on the Doheny Campus.  Adding that the Graduate Transition Center Associates are available to assist new graduate students with the transition to graduate studies, Dr. Jun noted, "The GTC is the place to be!"

 Dr. Jun earned her PhD in Political Science at USC.  Her research focuses on Argentina's economic crisis in 2001 and the role of the International Monetary Fund.

MA Humanities Alumna Melissa Berry writes for Examiner

Mount St. Mary's College alumna Melissa Berry is the author of three reviews for  Ms. Berry graduated with a Master's Degree in Humanities from Mount St. Mary's and a BA in English and Theater from Immaculate Heart College.  She served on the MSMC Graduate Council as a graduate student representative for two years.  

Berry is an active third generation Angelino whose keen insights on books and film have been featured in local publications.  For more information about her latest reviews, see


DPT Faculty Award

Physical Therapy faculty Barbara Sargent was awarded an Adopt-A-Doc Scholarship by the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for 2013.  This will facilitate the completion of her dissertation this Spring. Prof. Sargent earned her BS in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary's College, her MS in Education from California State University Fullerton, and is currently a PhD candidate in Biokinesiology at the University of Southern California.  Her research centers on prediction of motor and functional outcomes in infants born preterm.

Career Services at Graduate Transition Center

The Graduate Division of Mount St. Mary's College welcomes Markell Morris as our new Graduate Career Services Advisor.  Housed in the Graduate Transition Center under the direction of Dr. Jocelyn Chong, Career Services offers graduate students assistance in discerning career objectives, in understanding the Los Angeles job market, and in practicing skills needed for interviews and job transitions.  The mission of Mount St. Mary's College is to prepare graduates for leadership and service in the community and this mission provides direction to our Career Services.

Ms. Morris recently served as Counseling Manager for Graduate Student Services at UCLA Career Services.  She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.Ed in Counseling from the University of San Diego.

Humanities Student Publications in Young Adult Literature Receive Rave Reviews

Humanities student Kim Askew, along with a colleague, have co-published two young adult books which "have received rave reviews in The Huffington Post, Forbes, U.S.A. Today, and more," according to Dr. Millie Kidd, Director of the MA Humanities Program.  A third book is planned as well. Ms. Askew writes, "The series is called Twisted Lit and the primary audience is young adult girls (teens), but it could go older and younger. (Nothing too risque or particularly violent--especially compared to other YA books like Twilight or Hunger Games.) The first book (in stores now) is Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the one coming out on January 18 is Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth." Ms. Askew will be doing a reading and book signing at Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue, Feb 2 at 7:30 pm.


Graduate Dean and Graduate Council Host Annual Graduate Holiday Reception

The annual graduate faculty and student holiday reception sponsored by the Office of the Graduate Dean and the Graduate Council offered both faculty and students alike an opportunity to relax and enjoy conversation at the end of the Fall semester.  Thanks to special efforts by the Graduate Admissions staff, former Doheny residence "Building 10" took on a true holiday spirit with period decorations from the turn of the century.  Building 10 is home to the Graduate Division of Mount St. Mary's College, with the Graduate Admissions Office, Graduate Transitions Center, Title V Post-Baccalaureate Office and Graduate Dean's Office serving graduate students.  President Ann McElaney-Johnson and Professor William Huddleston, MBA faculty, are featured at left. 

Graduate Nursing Director featured in Working Nurse

Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of the Mount's graduate nursing program, was recently featured in the Annual Nursing Education Issue of Working Nurse (August 13 - September 3, 2012 edition).  This edition focused on challenges facing a healthcare system in transition.  Dr. Sato remarked that nursing students choose Mount St. Mary's "because they want a traditional campus experience with face-to-face instruction."  This graduate experience is part of a long tradition of excellence in nursing for which the Mount is renowned not only locally but also nationally.  According to Dr. Sato, "At Mount St. Mary's College, we value the rigor and excitement of nursing research done together as a community of learners and we respect the dignity and value of the individual."  Mount nursing students can study in one of three specialties: 1) Educator, 2) Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and 3) Leadership and Administration.  To learn more about MSMC's graduate nursing program, see

Education Professor Emerita Nancy Pine Authors Book Chapter on Chinese Literacy

Nancy Pine, Professor Emerita in the Education Department, recently authored a chapter in Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Chinese Literacy in China.  Using an evidence-based approach to her research  with Chinese universities, Pine offers the wisdom of a career that has fostered cultural fluency at Mount St. Mary's.  Over the years, Pine has hosted Chinese scholars at the Mount as well as traveled extensively in China.  She has shared her knowledge of Chinese culture, literacy, and education with visitors to the Center for Cultural Fluency as well as with Mount students and faculty colleagues. 




Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies recently published two of Humanities professor Joan Johnson's short stories:  "Flight" and "The Glass Bead."  Confluence:  The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of scholarly works by students, faculty, and graduates of the Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) programs.  Confluence is published bi-annually and features nonfiction, fiction, poetry and other creative work for students, faculty and alumni of graduate liberal studies programs.  The journal also publishes reviews of books of special interest to the GLS community.

Graduate Merit and Humanities Scholarship Recipients Named

This Fall ten graduate students were recipients of the Mount St. Mary's College Graduate Division Merit Scholarship Award.  Merit scholars are required to have a minimum 3.5 GPA.  These students were Mary Copeland, Elizabeth Goumas, Miranda Kent, Justin Key, Blanca Madrigal, Michelle Moreno, Mary Munoz, Laura Rios, Abel Rodriguez, and Gabriela Yakas.  Dr. Debbie Lowe, Director of the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, chaired the Merit Scholarship Committee. 

MA Humanities students selected for the 2012-2013 academic year Humanities scholarships were Mary Catenacci, Mary Copeland, Lynda Dahl, Jerome Dent, Brandon Hanner, Patricia Jeffries, Lauren Lees, and Cecilia Urwin. The students have the option of taking an interdisciplinary Humanities degree or specializing in English, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, or History. Http://

Title V Graduate Scholarship Recipients Named

According to Dr. Jocelyn Chong, Activity Director for the Title V Postbaccalaureate Project, (left) 15 graduate students were awarded $5,000 Title V Transition Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. These scholarships are intended to help support new graduate students in their transition to graduate studies.  All 15 students are also actively mentored by a faculty member within their own academic programs. 

Graduate student recipients of this year's Title V Transition Scholarships were Mary Catenacci, David DaSenda, Jose Franco, Alma Garcia, Claudia Gomez, Maribel Gomez, Brandon Hanner, Lorenzo Hidalgo, Patricia Jeffries, Emily Leon, Michelle Leon, Robert Naranjo, Stephanie Pickford, LaTarah Williams, and Gabriela Yakas.

Graduate Dean Elected Treasurer of the American Academy of Religion

The American Academy of Religion (AAR), a professional and learned society for the study of religion with over 10,000 members, has announced the results of its October national election of officers and Mount St. Mary's College Graduate Dean, Linda A. Moody, PhD, has been elected to a three year term as Treasurer.  As Treasurer, she will serve on the Executive Committee of the AAR Board of Directors and Chair the Finance Committee.  Previously Moody served as a member of the AAR Board of Directors (1999 to 2006), the AAR Finance Committee (2006-07), and the Executive Director Search Committee (2005-06).  She has also held positions as President of the AAR/Western Region and President of the Western Commission on the Study of Religion.  In addition to serving as Graduate Dean at the Mount, Moody was previously Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Humanities at Antioch University's Los Angeles campus.  Moody has also taught at Mills College, Santa Clara University, the Graduate Theological Union, and Pacific School of Religion.  She is author of Women Encounter God: Theologies Across the Boundaries of Difference and numerous other scholarly publications.

Millie Kidd Serves as Invited Panelist at Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Meeting

Dr. Millie Kidd, Director of the MA Humanities Program, attended the 2012 annual meeting of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs in Portland, Oregon, where she was an invited panelist.  Kidd's presentation focused on the history of the MSMC graduate Humanities Program, its curricular design, and changes made to enhance the student learning environment.  Featured in her presentation were the writing component of the Humanities degree program and methods being used to assist students with developing their writing at professional levels.

 Dr. Kidd is Professor of English and a specialist in E.E. Cummings.


Annual Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture Features the Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD

At this year's Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture on October 22, 2012, internationally renowned theologian Rita Nakashima Brock (left) called for a renewed interest in Christology and a celebration of the risen Christ as a source of healing for returning veterans whose memories are haunted by the injustices of war.  She is Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School (  Previously, she was a professor for twenty years, directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and from 2001 to 2002, was a Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.  Her latest book is Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, co-authored with Gabriella Lettini, Beacon Press.  Dr. Brock is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister.

The Patricial A. Reif Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by Claremont Graduate University, the Immaculate Heart Community, and the Religious Studies and Graduate Dean's Offices of Mount St. Mary's College in memory of feminist scholar and theologian Patricia A. Reif, PhD, IHM.  Among other roles she held, Pat directed the spirituality program at Immaculate Heart College Center and served as Co-Convener of the National Women's Caucus:  Religious Studies. 

DPT Faculty and Student Research

A DPT student research project that was mentored by Dr. Debbie Lowe, Chair of the Physical Therapy Department, (left) and two part-time DPT faculty was accepted for publication in the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy

The full citation is: Keeler J, Albrecht M, Eberhardt L, Horn L, Donnelly C, Lowe D. Diastasis Recti Abdominis: A Survey of Women's Health Specialists for current physical therapy clinical practice for postpartum women.  Journal of Women's Physical Therapy.  Accepted October 1, 2012.  Manuscript ID:  JWHPT-D-11-00028.


Josh Allan Dykstra Featured Speaker

Josh Allan Dykstra, author of Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing an Organization that Doesn't Get Stuck, was a featured speaker at Mount St. Mary's College Doheny Campus on September 30, 2012. 

In a lecture given at the MBA Community Luncheon, Dykstra emphasized critical features of organizations that thrive in times of economic uncertainty.  Successful organizations, according to Dykstra, are more connected, more human, and more meaningful.  To learn more about Dykstra's work, see

For information about the MSMC MBA Program, contact Dr. Janet Robinson, MBA Program Director, at

Dr. Devery J. Rodgers Highlighted in EdCal

Dr. Devery J. Rodgers, Fritz B. Burns Chair and Director of Instructional Leadership and Clear Credential Programs, was highlighted in the September 24th edition of EdCal, the weekly newspaper for California's school administrators.  The Association of California School Administrators noted Dr. Rodgers' timely dissertation publication, "The Social Media Dilemma in Education," which explores K-12 school policy and its conflux with teens' social media use.  This dissertation review presages an expected article on the same topic in ACSA's November/December 2012 Leadership Magazine.

MBA Alum Lands "Dream" Job

Mount St. Mary's College MBA alumna Cheryl Lindsey (MBA '11) has been named Human Resources Specialist II for the Workforce Management Training Division at LAUSD.  In her new position, Cheryl will be training supervisors and managers in the Supervisor/Leadership courses as well as coordinating/facilitating harassment trainings.  She will also be a liaison for those who wish to advance their education by going to one of LAUSD's partner colleges.  In reflecting on this new career opportunity, Cheryl indicated, "I have always wanted to be a full-time trainer and know this position is a perfect fit to complement my MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership."

MBA Alumnus Has New Leadership Role at BP

MSMC MBA alum Tyronne McLaine ('10) has joined British Petroleum (BP), the world's #3 publicly traded integrated oil concern.  BP explores oil and gas in 30 countries world-wide and is the largest oil and gas producer in the US. 

McLaine, in his new role as Area Manager of Land Terminals, is responsible for the overall safety and operations of two of BP's truck terminals in Carson, California, and for leadership of approximately 40 staff members including several front line managers.  Notes McLaine, "I could not have gotten this job without my MBA and I would not have been this confident without taking the courses at MSMC."

Mount St. Mary's College MBA Alum honored

Jesse Loera, an alum of Mount St. Mary's MBA Program, embodies the values of ethical leadership and giving back to the community.  Loera was recently recognized by Elite American Public Servants for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law enforcement engineering.  His impressive engineering career includes assignments with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked with NASA and the Air Force on wide area communications networks.  Loera also served as CEO of the Mexican-American Communications Foundation while he was a student at California State University, Los Angeles.  After graduation, he joined the Board of Directors of a Community Relations Center established as a catalyst to improve the socio-economic status of residents living in the East Los Angeles area.  Additionally, he served as CEO of Progress for Youth (PYO), where he developed and implemented public service announcements that were broadcast on radio and television.  His PYO experience led to Loera's appointment as National Chairman for Publicity for the Society of Hispanic Engineers.

MA Humanities Alumna Selected as Honorary Speaker at Claremont Graduate University

A frequently asked question is "What can you do with a degree in the Humanities?"   MA Humanities alumna Ana Viola Thorne answered the question by continuing her education at Claremont Graduate University.  There, Ana Viola Thorne, PhD, was selected as Honorary Student Speaker at CGU's 2012 Commencement. 

Dr. Thorne received her PhD degree from Claremont in cultural studies with a focus on media and Africana studies.  Her story was recently featured in the President's Notebook at CGU.  For more information, see

MBA Professor Publishes in Journal of Management and Marketing Research

Peter H. Antoniou, D.B.A, cohort coordinator for the MBA program and adjunct professor of business, published an article "Managing Value Chain Strategy" in the Journal of Management and Marketing Research, Vol. 9, in March, 2012.

Antoniou's research and publication interests are in the areas of strategic management and managing international operations.  He has taught in China, Vietnam, Mexico, England, Korea and Greece.  He is a partner of Pomegranate International specializing in international venturing and educational programs.  Antoniou also consults in the area of strategic management.

Title IIA Funding Once Again Benefits Education Students

Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Chair of the Education Department, has indicated that a continuing partnership agreement between the LA Archdiocese and the Education Department will result in scholarship funding for qualified Catholic school teachers undertaking graduate study at the Mount.  The source of the funding is LAUSD NCLB/ALA, Title IIA. 

Humanities Professor Chosen as Section Leader

Jane Crawford, Humanities professor, was chosen as the section leader for the French Literature Before 1800 section of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Conference in Boulder, Colorado, to be held in October. (Mount Matters, August 2012)

University Women's Club/California Community Foundation Scholarships

A grant in the amount of $9,533 has been received from the University Women's Club/California Community Foundation to support graduate student scholarships.  The American Association of University Women supports the education and training of women for leadership positions.


Education department Chair Shelly Tochluk (left) and philosophy professor Michele Dumont have teamed up for the last four years to work with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles) to produce and facilitate an annual summer institute. This summer, the even was held from June 28 to July 1 at the Doheny Campus. The institute draws participants from across the U.S., primarily educators, social workers, students and community and social justice activists. (Mount Matters, August 2012)


DPT and the Journal of Allied Health

The Mount's DPT faculty members Deborah L. Lowe and Julia W. Chang recently co-authored (with Donald L. Gabard) an article published in the Journal of Allied Health, Summer 2012, 41.2, entitled "Current and Future Instructional Methods and Influencing Factors in Anatomy Instruction in Physical Therapy and Medical Schools in the U.S."

Dr. Lowe is Chair and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  She and Dr. Chang teach and advise graduate students in addition to doing research.


Graduate Humanities Report

Roy Adaptation Conference Held At Mount St. Mary's College

The 2012 Roy Adaptation Association International Workshops and Conference was held at Mount St. Mary's College Doheny Campus June 15 and 16, 2012. Mount St. Mary's College faculty, alumni, and students were featured speakers at the conference.

A free public lecture by former Mount St. Mary's College Professor of Nursing Sr. Callista Roy (left), PhD, RN, FAAN, was given on the topic "The Roy Adaptation Method: Past, Present, and Future." For more information about graduate Nursing programs at the Mount, see our website at

Project Management Concentration Added to MBA Program

Fall 2012 MBA students have the opportunity to concentrate in Project Management. The Project Management Concentration prepares business leaders and managers with leading-edge project management theory, methods, and opportunities for practice. Contact MBA Executive in Residence and faculty member William Huddleston, MSME, MSOR, PMP, or Graduate Admissions for more information at 213-477-2800.

Graduate Psychology Alumni Earn Stipends to Aid Mental Health Patients

MSMC Graduate Psychology alumnae Elizabeth Ruiz '11 MS, Arisela Flores '12 MS, and Yesica Helguera '12 MS have each been awarded $18,500 from California's MFT Educational State Stipend Program, which is designed to recruit top graduates into public mental health jobs serving ethnically-diverse and low-income residents. Ruiz, Flores, and Helguera are among 20 students selected this year from the Los Angeles County in a program funded by the 2005 Mental Health Services Act of California. (Mount Matters, May/June 2012)

DPT Faculty to Present Research

Alan Lee and Barbara Sargent will present at the 2012 Education Leadership Conference on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The title of their platform presentation is Telehealth Pediatric Consultation: Implications for connecting the classroom and clinic. The presentation demonstrates the use of technology in clinical education across international boundaries.

Humanities Professor Presents Paper on E.E. Cummings

Professor Millie Kidd, Director of the Humanities Program, will present the paper "Pursuing a Strategy of Fulfillment: E.E. Cummings' Erotic Language" at the American Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, in San Francisco.

DPT Professor Hosts Webinar on Telehealth

Dr. Alan Lee will present a two-hour webinar on the subject of telehealth on May 14, 2012 from 12 to 2pm (PDT). The course will emphasize opportunities and advances in telehealth that can be integrated into physical therapy practices across all settings:  clinical, educational, and research. CEU units may be earned by contacting

Dr. Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.  He earned his PhD from Nova Southeastern, his DPT from Creighton University, his MA in Gerontology from San Diego State University, and his MS in Physical Therapy from Duke.


Professor Reguant Contributes to "El Holocausto Olvidado"

Dr. Montserrat Reguant, who teaches cultural studies in the Mount's graduate Humanities Program, contributed a chapter entitled "Giner de los Rios, Dewey e Inquietud" to El Holocausto Olvidado:  Guerra, masacre, pacto, olvido y recuperacion de la memoria historica Espanola. (The Forgotten Holocaust).

El Holocausto Olvidado was edited by Dr. Char Prieto, Associate Professor at California State University, Chico, and published by University Press of the South, 2011/12.



Humanities Program Prepares Students for Doctoral Study

Humanities student Melinda Massey has been accepted into the PhD Program in English at Claremont. Melinda has been a student in the Mount's MA Humanities Program and the Weekend College. Humanities alumna Ana V. Thorne also recently completed her PhD degree. The interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Humanities allows students to prepare for doctoral study by concentrating in English, Cultural Studies, History or Creative Writing.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Selected as Paul Ambrose Scholar

DPT student Rebecca Raines has been selected by the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) as a Paul Ambrose Scholar. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program introduces health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares students to be leaders in addressing public health challenges. Rebecca will participate in a leadership symposium in Washington, D.C. Dr. Valerie Teglia will serve as her faculty mentor. A description of the Paul Ambrose Scholar program is available at

U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools Lists MSN and DPT Programs

Mount St. Mary's College proudly announces that its graduate Nursing and Physical Therapy programs are listed in this year's Best Graduate Schools, a publication of U.S. News and World Report.

The Master of Science in Nursing Program, led by Dr. Marsha Sato (Program Director), and Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, led by Dr. Deborah Lowe (Chair), are full-time programs leading to the MSN and DPT degrees, with classes offered on the Mount's beautiful, historic Doheny campus near downtown Los Angeles.


Humanities Student Paper Accepted at University of New Mexico Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

A Case Study in Cultural Identity: The Estonian Singing Revolution and Implications for the Global World is the topic of MA Humanities Student Christine Schabow's historical examination of the events leading to, and culminating with, Estonia's independence from the Soviet Union, focusing on how the activists used cultural events and the historical past to build up national identity. Schabow notes, "historians and activists have identified the spontaneous songfest in June 1988 as the watershed for the Estonian independence struggle. The songfest, which lasted an entire week, was the moment when the Estonian people and not just the activists coalesced around the idea of the national independence. It was this event that gave the movement its name, the Singing Revolution. In the words of one of the participants, "Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing, and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song."

Mount St. Mary's College Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody compares Schabow's initiative in focusing attention on the power of song and music in the Estonian socio-political change movement to that of ethnomusicologists and others who have traced the role of spirituals and folk music in U.S. change movements of the 20th century. "Schabow's work is an important contribution to understanding the depth and strength of the Estonian peoples," notes Moody.

MBA Faculty Certification in Project Management

MBA Executive in Residence and faculty member William T. Huddleston, MSME, MSOR, PMP, recently added to an already impressive list of credentials by passing the Project Management Professional Exam. Mr. Huddleston is uniquely qualified in Project Management. He retired from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration following a 30+ year career at NASA and the Department of Defense as Program Executive & Program Manager. While at NASA HQ, Washington DC, he directed the development and managed budgets in excess of 3 billion dollars for 13 individual science spacecraft manifested on Expendable Launch Vehicles and the Space Shuttle including the largest space science mission of the decade, the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Information about the Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles MBA Concentration in Project Management can be found at

New MFA in Cinema Curriculum Approved

The Mount has approved the curriculum for a new Master of Fine Arts Degree in Cinema.  Dr. Pam Haldeman, Director of the Film and Social Justice Program, along with faculty colleagues, developed the proposal submitted to Graduate Council.  The MFA in Cinema curriculum weaves reflection on current theory in cinema studies with practical application in a studio environment.  The Los Angeles community will serve as a rich environment for student engagement outside the classroom.

MSMC Academic Symposium

At the Mount St. Mary's College Academic Symposium held on March 15 in conjunction with the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson, the following graduate faculty and students were selected for platform presentations: Alan Chong W. Lee, Jessica Keller, Melissa Albrecht, and Laren Eberhardt (DPT); Darla Dunlop and Gregory Travis (Psychology); Lauren Buisson, Daniel Sprankle, and Jennifer Tran Smith (Humanities). Abstracts are available at

Humanities Faculty Presents Research in Taiwan

Dr. Michael Heim, lecturer in the Master's Degree in Humanities Program, presented "The Evolution from Virtual Reality to Virtuality" and "The Evolution from Immersion to Mobility to Immobility" at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in March.  Heim is an internationally renowned expert in the philosophy of technology.

Alumna Ana Grande Receives MSMC Rising Star Award

Ana Grande '01, '09 MA has turned her passion for community action into a career in public service.  The recipient of the 2011 Rising Star Award currently serves as district director for Councilmember Richard Alarcon, focusing on poverty and education.  Recently, she served as campaign director for and monitored political candidates and the social policy issues in their campaigns.  Grande was recruited to PowerPAC while serving as the education programs manager at the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Educational Fund, where she cultivated parent leaders throughout the Pico-Union area, and developed and implemented a high school-to-college mentoring program.  In addition, Grande is co-founder of Adelante, California, a nonprofit organization that addresses continued barriers in access to higher and college retention for the state's youth. (Winter/Spring 2012,The Mount, pg.27)

Graduate Student Elizabeth Kovach Hayes Writes for USA Today

Graduate student Elizabeth Kovach-Hayes studies Humanities at Mount St. Mary’s. A published author, her latest article on career advising can be seen in the February 12, 2012 edition of USA Today at The Mount’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Humanities offers concentrations in Creative Writing, English, Cultural Studies, and History. Dr. Millie Kidd, Professor of English, is the Humanities Program Director. More information about the MSMC Los Angeles Humanities Program can be found at

Humanities Faculty Publishes Short Story in Diabolique

MSMC graduate students in the Humanities have the opportunity to study with highly published author Joan Johnson, whose latest short story “Balancing Act” will appear in this month’s issue of Diabolique, a British publication.  Johnson is recognized for her work as a screen writer as well as poet, novelist, and writer of short stories.

Comedy Writer Gene Perret Visits Mount Humanities Class

Los Angeles author Joan Johnson, who teaches creative writing at the Mount, hosted as her guest Gene Perret, author of Comedy Writing Workbook, a text she is using in one of her classes. Graduate students in Johnson's Humanities class had the opportunity to hear first hand Perret's philosophy of comedy and stories of successful comedic writing.

A central figure in Hollywood, Perret was the main writer for Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and many well-known comedians.


Tang and Bagley Present Research Findings

Dr. Kimmie Tang (left), former Director of Special Education,  along with Dr. Sylvia Bagley, presented their research on the leadership qualities and roles of education specialist teacher leaders at the annual Association of Teacher Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in February.

In addition to her teaching and advising responsibilities, Dr. Tang was also responsible for developing new special education curriculum and writing standards required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Education Department Chair Presents Anti-Racism and Multicultural Work

Education Department Chair Dr. Shelly Tochluk and Mount student Jason David recently co-presented an interactive workshop entitled "Witnessing in Action: Developing and Sustaining White, Anti-Racist Affinity Groups" for the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), at Meadowbrook School of Weston, Mass. Dr. Tochluk also presented "Parents as Primary Educators: Supporting Our Kids in Navigating a Multicultural World" at Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, Mass, in February.

DPT Alumni and Faculty Recognized

Physical Therapy alumni and faculty accomplishments recognized at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February 2012, in Chicago, were as follows:

ABPTS Board Certifications in Orthopaedic PT (OCS) were awarded to MSMC alumni Bey-Ying Chern Asada, PT, MS, OCS (2001), Matt Evans, PT, DPT, OCS (2008), Eric Huffman, PT, MPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT (2000), William Patrick Kollmyer, PT, DPT, OCS* (2009), Kenneth Paik, PT, DPT, OCS* (2009), Lori Parchman, PT, DPT, OCS* (2009), Alisa Suburu PT, MPT, OCS (1998), and Joseph Maraya Villena, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT (2001).

ABPTS Board Certifications in Women's Health PT (WCS) were awarded to MSMC alumni Jennifer Ballentine Evans, PT, DPT, WCS, CPI (2006) and Allison Oswald, PT, DPT, WCS, CPT (2006).

Faculty presentations and posters were given by Mount professors Alan Lee, Valerie Teglia, and Jason Tonley.

Humanities Alumnus Lew Dauber Receives Living History Grant

MSMC Humanities alumnus Lew Dauber (left) brings Abe Lincoln and Tom Jefferson to life, playing at a school near you! Lew Dauber (aka Professor Jake the Scientific Historian) has received a grant from the Living History Foundation to develop more history shows, and to establish a state-wide Registry of Living History Performers which will enable educators to bring historical personalities into their schools.

Dauber is an actor, professor, and archivist of Hollywood history.  Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody notes that "Dauber has claimed that he 'acted his way into higher education,' but his graduate students know otherwise.  Dauber's research into the characters he played as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson is unparalleled."

Humanities Students Present Papers at Claremont Student Research Conference

Humanities students Steve Loughran, Chana Smith, Irene Delilly, Kim Askew, Lynell Bryson-Davis, and Elizabeth Kovach-Hayes presented academic papers at the Student Research Conference at Claremont on Friday, January 27, 2012. 

Conference on Human Trafficking: The Child Slave

An upcoming conference on "Human Trafficking: The Child Slave" will be held at the Mount St. Mary's College Doheny Campus. Sponsored by the Southern California Conference for Global Justice, this conference will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Rose Hills Auditorium, Doheny Campus.

iPads in the K-12 Classroom

A training session on the use of iPads in the K-12 classroom was provided on January 20, 2012 by Mount Education alumna Amanda Allen and her colleague David Lopez. Allen and Lopez helped start a 1-to-1 iPad program at their Catholic school.

Education Faculty Promote youTHINK Teacher Network

The youTHINK Teacher Network is a professional organization for educators committed to best serving Los Angeles students and to creating engaging and relevant curricula and inclusive classroom culture. The youThink Teacher Network sponsors monthly teacher events, networking, and sharing of resources and best practices. The youTHINK Teacher Network includes teachers of all grades, working in public and independent schools. They are teachers at all levels of experiences, from veteran teachers to student teachers, and they are committed to sharing their perspectives and experience and supporting colleagues. For more information, contact Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Chair, Education Department.

Title V Post-Baccalaureate Grant Enables Faculty and Student Research

Integrating Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in the MSN Curriculum was the topic of Dr. Marsha Sato's project designed to help students better understand professional roles and methods for working effectively across disciplines.

Education and Psychology faculty participated in a workshop conducted by Apple, Teaching and Learning with iPad. Faculty will be looking to integrate the iPad into the curriculum.

Education professor Dr. Julie Feldman-Abe is on sabbatical this Spring and will develop a new course, EDU299 Global Education in China.

Humanities professor Jennifer Tran Smith is developing an introductory course in Digital Humanities theories and methods and will work with Humanities faculty to develop Digital Humanities components into existing courses.

Professors Greg Travis, Darla Dunlop and Scott Bonel are expanding the use of technology in Psych 269A/B Practicum classes using real-time media communication tools and digital recordings of clinical sessions to enhance the critique of client treatment.

Cristina Perez, Psychology student and 2010-2011 Transition Scholarship recipient, is presenting two research papers in Spring, one at the Association for Women in Psychology conference and the the other at the Western Psychological Association conference.

DPT Faculty to Participate in National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Dr. Alan Lee, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, has been selected to participate in the Mount's NEH grant entitled "Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies."  The initiative will launch in July 2012 to integrate a deeper understanding of international cultures into the Mount's undergraduate and graduate coursework. As part of the faculty cohort, Dr. Lee will explore patient-centered healthcare that exposes students to Eastern concepts as a complement to evidence-based practice. In addition, an understanding of fundamental Confucian concepts such as filial piety (xiao), which places high value on respect for parents and elderly family members, may further enhance students' development as culturally-sensitive and competent healthcare providers. A key component of the grant includes a series of six public scholarly lectures exploring Chinese history, poetry, art, and literature planned at the Mount beginning in September 2012.

Graduate Education Program Sponsors American Teacher Film Screening

On Wednesday, November 16th, Professor Sylvia Bagley, Director of the Instructional Leadership Program, and the Education Department faculty sponsored a free screening of the new documentary American Teacher.

Narrated by Matt Damon, this powerful film brings awareness to an enduring crisis in our schools: how little we value our most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn. The screening, free and open to the public, was held in the Rose Hills Auditorium on the Doheny Campus, followed by a question and answer session with one of the directors.



Center for Cultural Fluency Announces My Teacher, My Hero Project

Did you have a great teacher inspire you and change your life? My Teacher, My Hero celebrates those teachers. See stories from leaders around the world and share one of your own! See videos and a blog dedicated to fabulous teachers at For more information about the Center for Cultural Fluency, contact Dr. Julie Feldman-Abe or visit

DPT Program Faculty News- Fall 2011

Dr. Valerie Teglia (left) and MSMC Doctor of Physical Therapy students continue with the Pro Bono service at the LA Union Rescue Mission. This Pro Bono program is designed to provide health services to those in need and reflects the Mount's mission to educate students for leadership and service in society. 

For more information about DPT Pro Bono services, read additional news at


Dr. Jason Tonley organized a continuing education course conducted by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA. MSMC DPT students attended the seminar on the Doheny campus.

Dr. Julia Chang co-authored "Enhanced GABAergic Network and Receptor Function in Pediatric Cortical Dysplasia Type IIB Compared with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex."

Dr. Alan Lee was awarded the Adopt-A-Doc Award from the APTA Education Section and co-authored "A Blueprint for Telerehabilitation Guidelines," in the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal.

Lori Rubenstein presented a paper entitled "Neuroplastic Yoga for Chronic Pain" at the SYTAR International Yoga Therapy Conference.

Barbara Sargent was awarded the APTA Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS II) Scholarship and became the recipient of the Viva J. Erickson Award.

Dr. Valerie Teglia presented a paper entitled "Practice Based Evidence," at the APTA CSM 2011's Neuro Practical Issues Forum.

Humanities Program Student Accomplishments

Melissa Miller Berry, author of a book on her friendship with George Burns called Close, But No Cigar, has written several on-line articles for Arts and Entertainment section of The Examiner, including her most recent, in which she interviews Poncho Sanchez.

Linda Butler's first novel, Anti-Sentient, was accepted for publication by Spore Press.



Humanities Program Faculty Accomplishments

Professor Michael Heim will give the keynote speech at Taiwan's National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung next Spring 2012.

Professor Joan Johnson's short story "Loam" was published in the November issue of Diabolique, a journal of academic scholarship on the macabre in the Edgar Allen Poe vein. Hers was the first fiction piece to be accepted for publication.

Professor Montserrat Reguant presented a paper at the 33rd conference of Alpha Mu Gamma in October on "Kaleidoscope of Learning: Cervantes and Bacon."

Professor Jane Crawford delivered a paper "Theatricality of Life: The Letters of Mme. De Sevigne" at the Rocky Mountain Conference of the MLA in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Beverly Quaye Elected Board Member

Congratulations to Dr. Bev Quaye, who was elected Board Member for ACNL (Association of Clinical Nurse Leaders). The mission of ACNL is to develop nurse leaders, advance professional practice, influence health policy, and promote quality and patient safety.

Dr. Quaye teaches NUR252A Practicum for our MSN leadership/administration students.


 MSN Alumni and Students Present Papers at Odyssey Conference

Mount St. Mary's alumni and students presented at the Southern California Chapter's Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Odyssey Conference on October 20 and 21, 2011 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel. Joycelyn McDonald presented her research on "Retention of Ethnic Minority Students in an ADN to MSN Degree Program" and Kirsi Toivanen presented results from her study on "Effective Nursing Leadership and Emotional Intelligence." Lauren Mills was honored with 3rd place for her poster in the Research category, "Predicting In-House Mortality Using the CARING Criteria." The research studies were conducted under the MSN thesis advisor, Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau.

Mount St. Mary's MBAs collaborate with the LA Guangzhou Sister City Association

Mount St. Mary's MBA curriculum includes a field study trip to China before the final semester of classroom study. The Fall 2011 trip had a unique component. The trip was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association in Guangzhou. The Association and Mount St. Mary's have collaborated since 1987 when the Association sent three MSMC faculty members to teach in Chinca. Katherine Whitman, a professor in the MBA program, is the president of the Sister City Association. To commemorate the anniversary, the Los Angeles Sister City Association delegation presented the City of Guangzhou with a replica of a star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The dedication ceremony was attended by high ranking Guangzhou city officials as well as prominent members of the local business community and representatives of the United States Consulate General.

Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture Features Mercy Amba Oduyoye

Internationally renowned theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye spoke at Mount St. Mary’s College Doheny Campus on November 9, 2011, as this year’s Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture speaker. The annual lecture in memory of theologian and activist Pat Reif, PhD, IHM, was co-sponsored by the Pat Reif Annual Lecture Committee, IHM Community, Claremont Graduate School of Religion, Mount St. Mary’s College Religious Studies Department, and Mount St. Mary’s College Office of the Graduate Dean. The topic for this year’s lecture was “Women and Violence in Africa: The Plight of the Widows”.


Humanities Student Published by Wiley Press

Humanities student Mark Olmsted recently published his essay "The Courage to Change the Things I Can" in This I Believe: Life Lessons (Wiley Press).  He begins his essay, "I believe in picking up trash..."  One might wonder why.  This is, of course, his Life Lesson.  Olmsted continues, "Every morning, picking up trash is my answer to the questions:  How can I be of service today?  What do I have the courage to change?  And every night, no matter how much the day didn't seem to go my way, I can fall asleep counting the bags of trash I've picked up, comforted that in this lifetime I've been able to find one thing to do that's unarguably, unambiguously good...." 

The project includes an auditory component.  Mark can be heard reading his essay at

Title IIA Scholarship Funding for Graduate Education Students

Due to the concerted efforts of Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Chair of the Education Department, qualified graduate Education students teaching in LA Catholic schools will once again be eligible for scholarship funding.  This year's award of $721,929 supports 90% of tuition for Title IIA scholarship recipients.  The LAUSD NCLB/ALA, Title IIA funding is the result of a partnership between the LA Archdiocese and Mount St. Mary's College.

Federal Health Resources and Services Administration Grant

MSMC's graduate nursing program is the recipient of a $31,020 federal grant for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program are the beneficiaries of this grant.  The grant is coordinated by Dr. Marsha Sato, MSN Director.

Physical Therapy Students Bring Healing Power to Skid Row

Students in the Mount's Doctor of Physical Therapy program have been part of a healing team for the homeless at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles since January as part of an all-volunteer outreach project. Mount students go to the mission once a week to evaluate new patients referred by the clinic and to provide care for ongoing patients. Mount students do the majority of the patient care, and they see nine to twelve cases on a typical day. Several patients are being treated on an ongoing basis for ailments that range from joint pain to diabetic neuropathy.

University Women's Club Scholarships

The Mount has received a grant of $19,806 to support graduate scholarships from the University Women's Club/California Community Foundation.  Women who receive this scholarship must demonstrate aptitude for leadership and service to the community.

2010 Doheny Campus Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Now Available

The 2010 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Doheny Campus is now available. This report contains important information on campus security policies, personal safety awareness, victims assistance information and crime statistics from 2010. You may pick up copies of this report in Student Affairs, bldg.7 or in the Residence Life office, Hannon Hall.

Heim on "The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality"

Dr. Michael Heim presented his paper on "The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality" at McGill University in Montreal. While there, he learned that scholar Diego Rossi has written a 40-page monograph on his work, including an extensive bibliography of Dr. Heim’s writings. "The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality" has been translated into Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Polish.

Humanities Students and Faculty present at Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

Chana Smith and Irene DeLily will be traveling to Vancouver to present papers at the GLS Symposium along with Dr. Michele Fine June 24-26.

Kidd chairs panel on E.E. Cummings

Dr. Millie Kidd chaired a panel on E. E. Cummings at the annual American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA.  Each year at this conference, faculty and students of literature from throughout the country gather to share research and teaching.


Humanities Student is awarded a NEH grant

MA Humanities student Lorena Alonso has been awarded a second grant from the National Endowment for Humanities. She will be participating in a NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop on Spanish and Mexican Influences on California during Summer 2011.

Mount Graduate Nursing Program Receives Healthcare Leadership Award

Wednesday April 20, at the 2011 Los Angeles Business Journal Healthcare Leadership Awards Luncheon, it was announced that Mount St. Mary's College Graduate Nursing Program received the Healthcare Leadership Award in the category of Institutional or Education Program. Healthcare professionals from leading hospitals, clinics, university healthcare systems, and community outreach programs throughout the city of LA were honored at the awards ceremony held at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel. Today's Healthcare Leadership Award recognizes the achievements of Dr. Marsha Sato and the nursing faculty, as well as the contributions of the Mount's ADN to MSN and MSN Program to graduate nursing education.

For the full award citation,

Hearst Foundation Grant Provides Graduate Education Scholarships for Summer 2011

Mount St. Mary’s College is pleased to announce its 2011 scholarship program made possible by a $75,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Teaching Credential/Masters in Education Program Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded to eligible candidates for the Summer 2011 incoming class of students intending to teach in public schools. Tuition credit will be awarded in two installments during the first year at the College, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. For more information see:

Sato and MSN Program Selected as Health Leadership Award Finalists

Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of MSMC's Graduate Nursing Programs, has been selected as a Finalist in the Los Angeles Health Leadership Award category of special achievement. The Health Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Los Angeles Business Journal, recognize commitment and service in the field. MSMC will be well represented at the awards luncheon. The Mount's Master of Science in Nursing Program has also been selected as a finalist in the category of Institution/Educational Program. Award recipients will be announced on April 20 at the Health Leadership Award Luncheon at the Millenium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

U.S. News Best Graduate Schools Ranks MSMC Graduate Nursing Program Among Nation's Top 100

Mount St. Mary's College Graduate Nursing Program is ranked among the nation's top 100 graduate nursing programs in U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Edition, based on a survey taken in 2011. "The Graduate Nursing Programs continue Mount St. Mary's long-standing commitment to excellence in nursing education, with programs considered among the finest in Los Angeles by academicians, clinicians and patients alike," commented Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody. Under the leadership of Dr. Marsha Sato, MSMC's Graduate Nursing Programs offer specializations in Nursing Education, Leadership and Administration, and Clinical Nurse Specialist (adult health). Sato also directs the ADN to MSN Program that provides a bridge program for RN's wishing to complete their BSN and MSN degrees.

DPT Program Ranked Among Nation's Top Graduate Schools

U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools ranks MSMC's Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy among the nation's best graduate schools. "Under the leadership of President Doud, the Mount recognized early on that the future of physical therapy programs would require doctoral level preparation of students," notes Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody. "Dr. Doud envisioned and supported the transition from a graduate program that prepared students at the master's level to a program that provides doctoral level preparation."

MSMC is gaining a national reputation in graduate health sciences with both its Master of Science in Nursing and Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy being ranked in Best Graduate Schools.

A Profile in Success: MBA Alum Jessie Philip Loera

Among the many gifted and talented individuals at the Mount's MBA program, alumnus Jesse Phillip Loera has earned himself an honorable distinction. Recognized by Cambridge Public Relation's "Who's Who" list, Mr. Loera was applauded for his contributions in wireless radio communications over the past several decades. His 23 years of service for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, and his work with NASA and the

U.S. Air Force are just some of the highlights of this extraordinary alum's resume.

Pre-MBA Workshop A Success!

Saturday March 12, 2011, the National Hispanic MBA (NSHMBA) Los Angeles Chapter met at Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles to hold a Pre-MBA workshop. Mount St. Mary's Los Angeles MBA faculty member Kathryn Whitman (left) was a featured speaker for the event.

Panel discussions with current MBA students, recent graduates, and working professionals were an additional highlight of the day, which concluded with a recruitment fair with top LA MBA programs.

 Professor Whitman is an expert in international finance and Chinese trade agreements.  She has made over 60 trips to China and leads MSMC graduate students on their required field study to China.

Graduate Humanities Student Accomplishments

Graduate Humanities Program had 32 students participate in independent research in 2010 and 12 participate in independent research in 2009. One student presented at a conference in 2009. In 2010, six students presented at conferences and two students had papers published. Two students had creative works published in 2009 and one in 2010. Two more students are writing for publication as of July 2010. One student had their photography art displayed at the Museum of Mexican Art in 2010.

MBA Community Lunch

Saturday, February 5, members of all 6 MBA cohorts got together for the MBA Community Lunch. Three MBA alumni shared their program stories as well as the latest news of their respective industries: Bhavesh Lad, Manager of Technology for DisneyToon Studios, Sara Small, VP of Revenue for St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and Darcy Burke, Director of Public Affairs for the Municipal Water District of Orange County.

MBA faculty Mark Alhanati (left), Chris Turner (center), and Janet Robinson (right) are featured in the photo. 

Two Professors Deliver Keynote Addresses at Conferences

Scott Bryson, professor of English, will deliver the plenary speech “Place, Space, and Los Angeles: Defining ‘Nature’ in the City of Freeways and Concrete,” at the Natures 2011 conference in February at La Sierra University.

Michael Heim, lecturer in the Master in Humanities program, delivered the keynote address, “Time, Space and Dream Life,” in December at the Creative Industries Conference at the Creative Industries Research Institute, part of the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He also presented a workshop on the same topic and participated in discussions at the institute, and evaluated curriculum, facilities and graduate presentation in the School of Communication Studies at AUT. (Mount Matters Feb/Mar 2011)

History Professor Presents Paper

Professor Jane Crawford, professor of history, presented a paper at the Rocky Mountain Language Association in Albuquerque, NM on November 12 on Christine de Pizan’s City of the Ladies as Rhetorical Memory House. Crawford's presentation was part of a panel for French Literature before 1800. (Mount Matters Feb/Mar 2011)

Physical Therapy Faculty News

Alan Lee, assistant professor of physical therapy, received the Adopt-A-Doc Scholarship from the American Physical Therapy Association education section. The scholarship is for students in the dissertation phase of their PhD programs in physical therapy and awarded based on demonstrated leadership in academics and physical therapy practice.

Valerie Teglia, associate professor of physical therapy and director of clinical education, was elected to serve as secretary of the California Physical Therapy Board in October. It is a two-year term. (Mount Matters Feb/Mar 2011)

Lewis Dauber's Living History Workshop: The Two-Methods Approach

MSMC Humanities alumnus and instructor Lew Dauber writes, "Our aim is to better understand what history is, and how its stories can be told in ways both accurate and entertaining."  He is offering a workshop to demonstrate just that! Workshop participants will select a historical figure they wish to bring to life in a classroom. The workshop itself consists of professional acting exercises, conducting historical research in the manner of an archivist, and will culminate with a performance. Jeans and T-shirts are appropriate dress. We will demonstrate that teaching history can be fun!

Mount Alumnae Attend Meeting of The National Association of Women MBAs 

On Wednesday, January 26, NAWMBA (the National Association of Women MBAs) L.A. Chapter hosted a networking event at Beechwood Restaurant in Venice, where participants were invited to meet with professionals from a wide range of industries. “NAWMBA After 5” drew women from all walks of life, including our very own MBA students. The mixers take place monthly at different neighborhood hot spots and registration is free. NAWMBA’s next event is coming up on Wednesday, February 23. RSVP at


Humanities Students Published in Coastline Journal

Humanities students, Kelley Skumautz and Kimberly Askew published individual articles in the Coastline Journal.

Graduate Nursing Director Installed into OHE

Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, will be installed as a member of OHE, The Organization of Health Care Educators, on Friday, January 21, 2011.   OHE is a distinguished national organization of health care educators.


Education Student Publishes Article in Educational Leadership Journal

Julia Mason WassonJulia Mason Wasson, a student in Mount St. Mary’s Instructional Leadership program, recently published an article in Educational Leadership on Way of Council – a protocol for authentic sharing among students, teachers, or any individuals gathered together to respectfully listen to each other’s experiences.

When asked what she finds particularly powerful about Way of Council, Julia responded, “It gives you access to the material and voices that might not emerge without that really explicit invitation, and the safety. To hear people’s stories is to really understand why they think and act the way they do.” Shortly after her article was published in Educational Leadership, the Association for Education and Curriculum and Development invited Julia to submit a book proposal on Way of Council.

MSN Alumni in her local paper, The CALIFORNIAN

Katie DiDonato, director of education at Rancho Springs Medical Center, talks about the students nursing program partnership between Southwest Healthcare and Mt. San Jacinto College. Hospital employees who enroll in the program can work three days a week and attend nursing school three days a week while retaining full-time benefits at the hospital. (Photo by Don Boomer of The Californian)



Mount/St. Francis Hospital Nursing Partnership

Mount St. Mary's College has received a generous grant from the UniHealth Foundation to support the training of nursing students. Students in the ADN to MSN/St. Francis Program will study on site at St. Francis Hospital as well as take classes at the MSMC Doheny Campus. Graduates of the program will earn BSN and MSN degrees.

2010-2011 Graduate Merit Scholars Announced

Recipients of MSMC's Graduate Merit Scholarships for 2010-2011 are Valerie Ballenger, Jennifer Butler, Yuliana Garcia, Nicolas Koontz, Elizabeth Kovach-Hayes, Annemarie Leos-Gomez, Ofelia Neri, Francesca Silva, Jenna Washington, and Rebecca White. According to Dr. Debbie Lowe, Chair of the Graduate Merit Scholarship Committee, "These graduate merit scholarships are highly competitive. Awards are based on exceptional letters of recommendation and promise of academic excellence." A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.

Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture

???Mount St. Mary's will host Riffat Hassan (left), Professor Emeritas of Religious Studies at the University of Louisville, for the 8th Annual Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture. Hassan will speak on "My Journey as a Muslim Woman: From Theologian to Activist," at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Donohue Center at the Doheny Campus.

The lecture is sponsored by Claremont Graduate University's School of Religion, the Immaculate Heart Community, and Mount St. Mary's College Religious Studies Department and Graduate Dean's Office. (Mount Matters, Oct 2010)

Dr. Kidd Participates in AGLS Conference

Dr. Millie Kidd, Director of the MA Humanities Program, has been invited to serve as a conference break-out facilitator at this year's annual conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

On Saturday, Oct. 9, 23 students will receive their doctor of physical therapy degree from the Mount. The ceremony will be held in The Rose Hills Auditorium on the Doheny Campus. The College developed the doctoral program in 2001, and the first class enrolled in 2002. Since that time, Mount St. Mary's has awarded a total of 116 doctorates. (Mount Matters, Oct 2010)

DPT Faculty Member Publishes Article

Alan Lee, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, published an article, "Telehealth: PTs healing the world," in PT in Motion, May, 2010. (Mount Matters, Oct 2010)

PT in Motion addresses clinical and applied aspects of the field of physical therapy.  The journal is designed for use by academicians and clinicians alike. 



Dr. Sylvia Bagley Publishes Article on Assessment

Education professor Sylvia Bagley recently published an article entitled "Students, Teachers, and Alternative Assessment in Secondary School: Relational Models Theory (RMT) in the Field of Education" in the Australian Education Researcher Journal.

Dr. Bagley is interested in assessment at the high school and college levels.  She is a member of the MSMC Assessment Task Force.


Health and Human Services Grant

Mount St. Mary's College has received a Health and Human Services Grant in the amount of $17,034 to support graduate nursing students. This grant will support a forgivable loan program.

Gordon Co-Authors Philosophy of Education Book

Dr. Robin Gordon, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Instructional Leadership, co-authored  Philosophy of Education in Historical Perspective, 3rd edition, published in April by University Press of America. (Mount Matters, Sept. 2010)

This text is a classic in the field of Philosophy of Education, providing a comprehensive account of major educational philosophies that have impacted Western educational practice.  Placing current philosophical trends in historical context, this work gives students of educational theory a sense of the movement that has taken place in contemporary and postmodern eras.


Humanities Report

Montserrat Reguant, chair of the Language and Culture Department, presented “Cervantes’ Don Quijote and Bacon’s The Advancement of Learning:  A New Way of Thought” at the Cervantes Symposium on Cultural Encounters in Fresno, Calif., in April. She also co-authored “Un poble, una escola, una revista: Inquietud” with Salomó Marques from the University of Girona in Spain, which was published in April. (Mount Matters, Sept 2010)

Joan Johnson, English instructor, had her play “Appleblossomtime” performed by the Eclectic Theatre Company in North Hollywood in July. Johnson was one of the finalists in the company’s play writing contest. (Mount Matters, Sept 2010)

Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, professor of English and the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Writing, premiered his short film “The Women of El Mozote” in March at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. The film features five Salvadoran women who recall the night soldiers killed 1,700 people in their village. Today these women are tour guides to their own massacre, taking visitors from one killing zone to another (part of El Salvador’s Route of Peace tour program). A trailer of the film is available at Also, Villatoro, a commentator on KCET's "SoCal Connected," was part of the team that won a Los Angeles area Emmy Award for the "SoCal Connected" episode "Cannabis Cowboys" in July. (Mount Matters, Sept 2010)

Mount St. Mary's Receives Grant to Support Teacher Education Scholarships

MSMC has been notified that the Education Department has been awarded scholarship monies in the amount of $485,000 to support 80 new and continuing graduate education students for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. This partnership between the LAUSD, the LA Archdiocese and MSMC allocates federal No Child Left Behind and Title IIA monies for graduate teacher education scholarships.

DPT Faculty Competes

Katie Rojek, lecturer in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, will compete in the Nation’s Triathlon to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on September 12 in Washington, DC. The money raised will help to find a cure for blood cancers and provide support, education, medication and treatment to those diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma. (Mount Matters, Sept 2010)

MSN Faculty Receives DAISY Award

Jean Gima, adjunct instructor in the MSN Program, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at UCLA Medical Center.

MSN Director Accomplishments

Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of the MSN Program, recently passed the National League for Nursing's CNE (Certified Nurse Educator) exam for academic nurse educators. She joins Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau who was certified last year. Dr. Sato also spent a week in June working with 100 Cherokee Nation children at the Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation Camp in Oklahoma under the direction of John Lowe, professor of nursing at Florida Atlantic University. As a visiting professor, Sato learned about teaching cultural competency through an immersion experience and was able to share her cultural background with the camp children. (Mount Matters, Sept 2010)

Humanities Students Present at Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

The Master of Arts in Humanities Program was well represented by five graduate students and one faculty member at the Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, hosted by Reed College in Portland, Oregon, June 25-27, 2010. Four of the students attending presented papers they had submitted as part of their coursework in various classes in the Humanities Program. The fifth student went in support of her classmates and to document their experience. Dr. Michele Fine was the accompanying faculty member. This graduate student/faculty collaboration was supported by MSMC’s Title V Post-Baccalaureate Grant.

Our graduate students’ work was reviewed along with submissions from other colleges and universities that included USC, Stanford, Simon Fraser, Dominican, and Reed. The students selected from Mount St. Mary’s were: Kelley Skumautz, Chana Smith, Deirdre Sloyan, and Danielle Arender. Estella Esteban went along to record the experience. Students and Dr. Fine returned home enthusiastic, energized, and eager to share what they had seen and experienced. Kelley Skumautz writes: “I did not think my work was of symposium caliber . . . but my Program Advisor encouraged me to submit a paper. . . . The process challenged me to streamline my thoughts” and condense the paper for a 20-minute presentation. Kelley goes on to say, “Overall, the gathering . . . was not only about serious academics, but it was about congeniality and getting to know a larger group of people interested in the advancement of Liberal Studies. . . . It was a treat to see such a renowned campus up close. . . I am grateful to MSMC for its commitment to be a part of this inspiring academic group.”

Graduate Psychology Adds New Specializations

The Mount is expanding its Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program to include specializations in Mental Health Administration and General Counseling Psychology to begin this fall.

The new Mental Health Administration concentration integrates classes taught by MBA faculty with core graduate psychology courses. The program is designed for students who are already in the nonprofit sector and wish to advance their knowledge and career options by taking on greater leadership roles.

The General Counseling Psychology specialization includes coursework in other MSMC graduate programs such as the humanities, education and religious studies. This program is not designed for students seeking to become licensed therapists, but is a natural stepping stone to doctoral level studies. For more information, visit, or contact the office of Graduate Admission at (213)477-2800.  Graduate Psychology faculty Gregory Travis and Darla Dunlop are pictured at left.

Physical Therapy Professor Brings Hope to Haiti

Associate professor of Physical Therapy Deborah Diaz joined a team of medical professionals this April on a humanitarian mission to Haiti in the wake of the impoverished nation's devastating earthquake.  Diaz joined a 10-person team from SeaCoast Grace Church in Cypress, Calif., for six days in Fond Parisien, Haiti. Diaz's team included four physical therapists, three nurses, a doctor, a pastor and a support staff member. She worked in the "tent city" called Love A Child Disaster Recovery Center set up by aid organizations after the January disaster, and run by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Diaz provided crucial physical therapy services to earthquake victims with severe loss of mobility at multiple joints, amputations, open wounds, complex fractures, and skin grafts that healed poorly, restricting movement and impeding circulation. "The people of Haiti made the experience completely worthwhile," she says. " I hope to return to Fond Parisien in the near future to assist further in the recovery efforts." Diaz is planning future trips to the Caribbean island with doctor of physical therapy students. She also is looking into training Haitian nationals to provide basic rehabilitation services to meet the tremendous need in Haiti.

Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Grant to Benefit Graduate Nursing Students

MSMC's Graduate Nursing Program has been awarded a grant in the amount of $24,975 for student scholarships. MSN Program Director Dr. Marsha Sato, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement, applied for this grant to augment student financial aid.

Humanities Professor Brings LA Opera Festival to the Mount

Register for LA Opera Festival Seminar with Humanities adjunct professor Michael Heim.
Seminar to be taught by Michael Heim. This seminar to be held on June 11/12 is based on the MA Humanities Program's course "Two Rings: Lord of the Rings and Ring of the Nibelung--the Films, the Books and the Music."

MBA Faculty Present Research at International Business Conference

MBA Faculty Peter H. Antoniou and Katherine Whitman’s “Changes in Work Values in China: An Exploratory Research” was presented and published in the Conference Proceedings of the Academy of International Business Conference - Mid West Division, held on March 24-26, in Chicago, IL.

Peter H. Antoniou and Cathy Levitt’s “Implications of Studies of Soft Technology Transfers to Chinese Firms: A Longitudinal Study 1997-2009” was presented and published in the Conference Proceedings of the Academy of International Business Conference - Mid West Division, March 24-26, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Julie Feldman-Abe, Director of Center for Cultural Fluency, and Education Department Organize Conference

Mount St. Mary's Center for Cultural Fluency (CCF) and the Education Department will host a one-day Critical Teaching in Action conference on Saturday, March 13, bringing educators and students from all across the city together to share innovative social justice curricula. Highlights include keynote speaker Ariel Luckey, a hip-hop artist who will perform his work "Freeland," and interactive workshops led by Marcos McPeek Villatoro, professor of English and the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Writing; Pam Haldeman, director of the Film & Social Justice program; and Charles Bunce, instructor in the Film & Social Justice program. Community organizations such as youThink, Facing History and Ourselves, and Inner City Arts will also present workshops. Registration is limited. For more information, visit the CCF's website.

Community Mourns Loss of Nancy McCook '01, MA Humanities Student, Graduate Council Student Representative

We have not lost Nancy. Nancy was never ours to lose. Nancy brightened our days with her company, lifted our hearts with good humor, reached out her hands in kindness, voiced her concerns with clarity, gave of her spirit with generosity. Nancy lived with an inner strength, resolution, and in faith. We have not lost Nancy. Though she will no longer be among us and we will miss her terribly, in the Name of the God of all Humanity, the God of the living, the dead, and those yet to be born, we remember her. And in our remembrance Nancy will be among us.

- A Prayer of Remembrance, The Rev. Dr. Linda A. Moody, Dean, Graduate Division

Bagley Co-Edits Work on Educational Policy

Sylvia Bagley, Fritz Burns Endowed Chair of Education, recently co-edited a book on international education titled Higher Education, Policy and the global Competition Phenomenon (Palgrave Macmillan, February, 2010). Bagley is director of the graduate Instructional Leadership Program.

Bagley traces important trends in higher education policy and international implications of changes in financial prioritization of higher ed.



Graduate Nursing Faculty/Student Research

Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau '98 MS, '01 MS, '04 MS, associate professor of nursing, and Joycelyn Porter, an ADN to MSN student, presented "Retention of Ethnic Minority Students in an ADN to MSN Program" at the National Association of African American Studies Conference in February in Baton Rouge, LA.

Jean Gima, adjunct professor of nursing, will present "Cardiac Electrophysiology: Implications of Genetics & Genomic Research,” at the San Fernando Valley American Association of Critical Care Nurses Symposium in March in Granada Hills, CA.

Dr. Rebecca Otten, adjunct professor of nursing, presented “Synergy and Serendipity: Partnership and Leadership” at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Master’s Nurse Educator Conference in February in New Orleans.

Dr. Marsha Sato ’77, director of the Master of Science in Nursing program, presented highlights of the “Weekend Warrior Course for New Clinical Faculty” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Conference in February in New Orleans.

Religious Studies Professor Attends International Seminar

Dr. Rosamond Rodman, assistant professor and director of the Graduate Religious Studies program, attended the 2010 “Teaching Islam and the Middle East” seminar in Amman, Jordan in January. The seminar was sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Education Department Chair Speaks at University

Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Chair of the Education Department, presented “From Bystander to Witness: Paving the Path to Inclusivity” at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, Calif. in December 2009. This presentation is a continuation of the work in the area of anti-racism that served as the foundation for Witnessing Whiteness:  The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It.

The second edition of her book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It was published in January.



Education Professor Attends International Event

Dr. Robin Gordon, Assistant Professor of Education, attended the 2010 Echoes and Reflections Professors' Study Tour in Jerusalem in January. The tour was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, Yad Vashem and the Shoah Foundation.

Social Justice Film Series

The Religious Studies Department, in coordination with the Sociology Department and the Film & Social Justice Department, is offering riveting, educational, eye-opening films on various social justice issues each semester. The spring 2010 semester will focus on the issue of Ecological Justice, offering you three films: An Inconvenient Truth, South Central Farms, and Running Dry. All films will be shown at both our Brentwood Chalon campus on Wednesday evenings and our historical downtown Los Angeles Doheny campus on Thursday evenings.

The Big Picture: Documentary Series for Faith & Culture

Presented by the Center for Religion and Spirituality of LMU Extension, The Big Picture is a year-round documentary exhibition focusing on religion and spirituality, cultural heritage, social teaching and justice. Monthly screenings will include opportunities to converse with featured documentarians and filmmakers, as well as local experts and scholars. Screenings take place every first Tuesday of the month. This documentary film series is a free service and a public benefit for the Los Angeles community. Loyola Marymount University is proud to partner with Mount Saint Mary's College, with support from Hope Media Productions, Inc. and California State University, Northridge.


MBA Cohort 1 Takes Oath

The Mount's first MBA cohort of 26 students celebrated the completion of their degree programs in December. Faculty, Executives in Residence, staff, and community employers gathered on the Doheny campus to hear the students present their final group projects. Business Administration Department Chair Mark Alhanati, MBA Program Director Dr. Janet Robinson, MBA Program Coordinator Dr. Peter Antoniou, and MBA Steering Committee Chair Katherine Whitman gave praise to the group as they took their MBA Oath to serve the business community with the values characteristic of their Mount education. Pictured at left are Sister Elizabeth Ann Maloney, CSJ, Professor of Business Emeritus, and Al Merschen, MBA Executive in Residence.  Sister Elizabeth is a founding faculty member of the Business Administration Department.

The MBA oath reads:

I will act with utmost integrity and pursue my work in an ethical manner.
I will safeguard the interest of my stakeholders, co-workers, customers and the communities in which we operate.
I will lead my professional life in good faith, guarding against decisions and behavior that may harm others.
I will take responsibility for my actions, and I will represent the performance and risks of my organization accurately and honestly.
I will develop both myself and others so that we collectively continue to grow and contribute to the well-being of society.
I will strive to create sustainable economic, social, and environmental prosperity worldwide.
I will be accountable to my peers and we will be accountable to each other for living by this oath.
This oath I make freely, and upon my honor.

Religious Studies Professor Presents at Conference

Laurie Wright Garry, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, presented “Scriptures and Traditions: Battlegrounds and Common Grounds” at the Catholic-Jewish Women’s Conference at the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral Conference Center in Los Angeles in November 2009. Garry presented the Catholic perspective on the topic, and Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, a professor at Hebrew Union College, spoke on the same topic from the Jewish perspective.

Graduate Religious Studies Scholarship

Graduate Religious Studies students will now be eligible to apply for a scholarship, thanks to a generous contribution by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ).  The sisters were the founders of Mount St. Mary's College and they sponsor the College today.  For more information, contact Sister Darlene Kawulok, CSJ, Chair of the Religious Studies Department.

MBA Faculty Research

MBA Faculty Dr. James Neblett’s research paper on "The Culture of Constant Change and its Influence on Trends and Challenges in Human Resources" has been accepted by IES Management College & Research Center, Mumbai, India, for the International HR Conference, January 6, 2010.

Dr. Peter Antoniou, MBA Program Coordinator, Presents Article on Changing Work Values at The Academy of International Business (AIB)

The Academy of International Business (AIB), the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business, has accepted an article by Dr. Peter Antoniou for their annual US Southeast Chapter Conference in Jacksonville, FL. The article is entitled “An Exploratory Study of Changing Work Values: The Case of Japan” and will be presented at the conference meeting at the end of October.

Religious Studies Faculty and Students Participate in Los Angeles Annual Dia de Los Muertos Event

Director of Graduate Religious Studies, Dr. Rosamond Rodman, Religious Studies Chair, Dr. Darlene Kawulok, and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Laurie Wright Garry, accompanied students to create an altar at L.A.'s annual Dia De Los Muertos event. The altar focused attention on immigrant deaths while crossing the Mexico border.

Nursing Department Awarded Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has awarded a 10-year accreditation to the Mount's nursing department. A preparation team, headed by MS Nursing Director Marsha Sato, BSN Program Director Anne Tumbarello and former ABSN Program Director Mary Sloper /62, conducted a rigorous research process in 2009 to apply for accreditation. (The Mount Winter/Spring 10, 6)

Humanities Instructor Presents Paper on English Behemists

Humanities professor Jane Crawford presented a paper on the English Behemists at the Western Conference on British Studies in October in Tempe, AZ.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program graduated 27 students this October. DPT Chair/Director Debbie Lowe, PhD and the DPT faculty hooded the candidates as they prepare to embark as the Mount's newest class of physical therapy doctorates.

Mount Receives Five-Year Grant to Promote Graduate Studies for Hispanics

Sept. 21, 2009 -- Mount St. Mary’s College has been awarded a five-year $2.875-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to promote graduate studies for Hispanic students.

The Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program aims to expand graduate opportunities for Hispanics by enhancing program offerings at colleges and universities like Mount St. Mary’s with a significant population of Hispanic students. The college will use the funds to enhance three master’s degree programs: a master of science in nursing track focused on management; a non-clinical concentration in the master of science in counseling psychology program for nonprofit mental health management; and a master’s degree in education and teacher credential program, which will integrate technology across the curriculum.

The grant aims to improve persistence and completion rates for graduate students through the support of a Graduate Transition Center. The center will provide tutors, professional employment planning, and mentoring for up to 60 students per year. In addition, the grant will provide direct financial aid for up to 16 graduate students each year on a needs-based system.

“This significant grant will help our graduate students reach their goals of not only completing graduate degrees, but of finding successful employment in their chosen areas of study,” says college President Jacqueline Powers Doud.

Nursing Professor Completes Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program

Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau, a professor in the MS Nursing program, has passed NLN's (National League for Nursing) Academic Nurse Educator Exam. This certification is valid for 5 years and recognizes excellence in nursing practice and competency in teaching.



MBA Trip Photo in the LA Times

MBA student Sara Small submitted a photo to the LA Times with the heading MBA STUDENTS VISIT CHINA. The photo, taken at the entrance to the Summer Palace in Beijing in August 2009 during the MBA field study in China, has been accepted to the Times photo contest.

Teacher Leadership Symposium at the Mount

Dr. Sylvia Bagley, the Director of the Instructional Leadership program, has hosted a symposium called “Passion and Purpose: Teachers Leading the Way.” The event consisted of a panel of Los Angeles area teacher leaders, who shared their experiences of working in various leadership capacities in their schools and communities.

Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles Graduate Merit Scholarship Program

Mount St. Mary’s College is pleased to announce the formation of a new Graduate Merit Scholarship Program for twenty graduate students with exceptional academic promise. This Graduate Merit Scholarship Program will be marked by its commitment to academic excellence. Graduate Merit Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to selected eligible new or continuing students in the Mount’s Master’s Degree Programs (Education, Religious Studies, Humanities, Counseling Psychology, Nursing, or Business Administration) for study during the 2009-2010 academic year. Tuition credit will be awarded in three installments over the course of the academic year. The GPA requirement for eligibility is 3.5. [Graduate Scholarship Programs]

New MS Counseling Psychology Scholarship Program for Fall 09

Mount St. Mary’s College is pleased to announce the formation of a new graduate Counseling Psychology cohort for Fall 2009. $50,000 has been approved for twenty graduate psychology scholarships for students entering in Fall 09. MSMC Los Angeles Graduate Counseling Psychology Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to eligible candidates for the Fall 2009 incoming class of students interested in careers in counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, or working in community psychology. MSMC Los Angeles MFT Scholarships will be based on exceptional letters of recommendation, academic promise, and potential contribution to the field of Counseling Psychology. Tuition credit will be awarded in three installments over the course of the academic year. [Graduate Scholarship Programs]

Mount Writing Professor Wins Emmy Award

Mount writing professor Marcos Villatoro, a novelist and local commentator, has won an Emmy Award for his work on KCET’s popular news program SoCal Connected. Villatoro accepted his award for outstanding non-news writing at the 61st Los Angeles area Emmy Awards held August 29 in North Hollywood’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. “For me, it was a surprise,” says Villatoro, who holds the College’s Fletcher Jones Endowed Writing Chair and started writing commentary for television in 2008. “As a writer, you go along for years writing in solitude. To get an award like this is at first nerve-crunching...then comes the wondrous feeling of, ‘Wow!’ So, I'm just enjoying it right now." In addition to his television work, Villatoro is the author of the Romilia Chacón crime novels. He also does occasional commentary for NPR. [In the Spotlight, 9/2/2009]


DPT Professor Co-Authors Article

Alan Lee, assistant professor of physical therapy, co-authored an article, "Use of Telerehabilitation to Address Sustainability of International Service Learning in Mexico: Pilot Case Study and Lessons Learned," which was published in HPA Resource in August.

Physical Therapy Alumni Publication

Mount St. Mary's College alum Tracey Wagner MPT ‘2000 published her case study in the recent issue of the Physical Therapy journal.  The case study was entitled “Physical Therapist Management of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Using the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health”. Physical Therapy 2009 89: 82-90.

 The  contributions of physical therapy in the management of low back pain are well documented; this article uses WHO classifications to contribute to an understanding of health and wellness issues related to back pain.


San Diego Marathon

Olajode Akinwale (DPT 2011) and Alice Murphy (DPT 2010) ran the 2009 San Diego Marathon on May 31, 2009 to raise money for the Tammy Gilbert Fund. Both completed the 26-miles run. "This was an amazing experience. My passion for running helped me choose PT as a profession", said Alice Murphy. Their accomplishment is celebrated.

Physical Therapy Research to be presented in Netherlands

Abbi Fietzer presented her research titled, "Ground reaction forces and knee mechanics during the takeoff and landing phases of grand Jete," as a poster presentation at CSM 2009. Abbi will be presenting a study titled, "Ground reaction forces during the landing phase of a saut de chat: a comparison of healthy dancers and dancers with patellar tendinopathy," at IADMS Annual Meeting 2009, The Hague, Netherlands.

DPT Students Help Out at Challenged Athletes Foundation

May 17, 2009 – On a day that began with clouds and turned into blue skies, three DPT students ventured to Downey to help out the Challenged Athletes Foundation in a multi-sports clinic that included teaching amputees to run, play soccer and golf. Morlay Kamara, Rebecca Pitts, and Aarti Prajapati—all members of the DPT Class of 2010—joined volunteers from various organizations and Western University of Health Sciences Physical Therapy program to help many amputees. The students helped instruct the athletes in stretching and strengthening for both the sound and amputated limb, activities that worked on gaining trust in the prosthetic, and instructing how to utilize proper techniques for running. The running clinic concluded with a friendly relay race including weaving between cones and running to kick a soccer ball while standing on the prosthetic. The Challenged Athletes Foundation holds many clinics and events during the year all over the country, including many in La Jolla and the Los Angeles area. For more information, please visit

Education Professor Presents at Conference

Sylvia Bagley, Director of the Instructional Leadership Program, and Fritz Burns Endowed Chair of Education, presented a paper, "Developing Lifelong Learning Habits in High School Students: The Role of Authentic Assessment," at the American Educational Research Conference in San Diego in April.

History/Political Science Chair Moderates Conference

Helen Boutrous, Associate Professor and Chair of the History and Political Science departments, was the moderator of the 2009 Teaching and Learning Conference in Baltimore, MD in February.

New Scholarship Opportunities at The Mount

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has recently granted Mount St. Mary's College $160,000 for the upcoming year for nursing scholarships in the accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs, for students from groups underrepresented in the nursing field or from a disadvantaged background. Contact the Nursing Department for more information.

The Mount received notice that it has been awarded $9,070 from the California Community Foundation/ Women's University Club, LA Branch of AAUW Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is for a graduate student who demonstrates leadership potential (June, 2009). For more information, contact the Office of the Graduate Dean.

A $390,000 grant has been received to support 23 new graduate Education students (Elementary, Secondary, Instructional Leadership, and Professional Clear students) and 18 continuing graduate Education students. The grant is a partnership between the LA Archdiocese and Education Department, LAUSD NCLB/ALA, Title IIA funding. For more information, contact the Graduate Education Program. (May, 2009)

The graduate nursing program has been notified that it has received a $27,127 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Award for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships. Students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program are the beneficiaries of this grant. For more information, contact Dr. Marsha Sato, MSN Director. (May, 2009)

MBA Class Donates Books to Chinese University

When the first class of Mount St. Mary's MBA program takes their 10-day field study trip to China this August, they will bring with them over 100 books on business. The books, in English, will be donated to Gannan Normal University in Gannan, China. "English and business education are two fields in China that are growing exponentially," says Katherine Whitman '63, associate professor of business. "Because of this rapid growth, there is a severe shortage of English books in business subjects." The book project will continue with future MBA field study trips.

Humanities Faculty authors "The Plumber's Nun"

Joan Johnson, Lecturer in the MA Humanities Program, has published a short story called “The Plumber’s Nun” in AMBIT, London’s leading literary journal. The story will appear in the July 23, 2009 edition. Joan is also having a play considered by the Royal Court Theatre.



MBA Cohort Trip to China

The 2009 MBA cohort will embark on its international field study trip to China August 7th. The first stop is Shanghai where the students will meet with representatives of American companies doing business in China, visit an economic development zone, tour a factory and have a little time for fun and sightseeing. In Guangzhou, the Sister City of Los Angeles, we will visit the premier think tank, the Guangdong Academy of Social Science, for a presentation and also tour the South China Power Grid Company. Stops in Hong Kong and Macau round out the 10 day trip. In preparation for the trip all the students had to do an analysis of an industry in China and while on the trip they will gather more information for the completion of a comprehensive report.

Philosophy Chair Presents at International Academy

Wanda Teays, professor and chair of the philosophy department, presented "Torture’s Moral Morass" at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in New York, N.Y., in July.

Religious Studies Professors Present at Theology Society

Laurie Wright-Garry, assistant professor of Religious Studies, presented "Teaching God as Liberator Using Pedagogies of Liberation" at the College Theology Society’s annual conference at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. in June. Sister Darlene Kawulok, CSJ, associate professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department, presented "Ecofeminism and the Feminization of Poverty" at the same conference. Kawulok also presented "Charisma, Cosmology and Christian Trinity" at the Hedgerow Institute at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., in June.

MSMC Joins in 16th Annual REVLON Run/Walk

Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and MSN Professor Tori Canillas-Dufau, led the MSMC team in the 16th Annual REVLON Run/Walk. This May, 30 members of the Mount community joined as a team to raise $2,500 to find a cure for women's cancers at the 16th annual REVLON Run/Walk for Women Los Angeles. The 5k event, held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park, brought out thousands of participants. The event has distributed nearly $55 million over the past 15 years for medical research.

Education Professor Presents Research on Cambodian American Students

Kimmie Tang, assistant professor of education, co-authored "Gender, Ethnicity and the Education of Cambodian American Students in a U.S. Urban High School," which was presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research's Annual International Conference on Education in Athens, Greece in May.

Humanities Professor Publishes Short Story

Dr. Ben Huang, who teaches literature and writing in the Graduate Humanities program, has recently published a short story that reflects on the death of his father, Chinese history and the devastation caused by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. The story was published in the May 2009 issue of Guernica, a magazine of arts and politics. Chain Reaction by Ben Huang (Guernica, May 2009)

Graduate Nursing Student Wins Award

Daniela Dominguez, a student in the Master of Science in Nursing program, along with several colleagues from Los Angeles County's Immunization Program, won the Outstanding Poster Presentation award from the Los Angeles County Public Health Nursing Department. The poster, "Improving Vaccine Storage and Handling Practices: The New Public Health Emergency," was presented at the county's 26th Annual Public Health Nursing Practice Conference in May, 2009.

Intern Credential Program Approved for Multiple Subjects Program

Multiple Subjects (Elementary) Education teacher candidates are now eligible to attend MSMC while completing their credential as a university intern. Contact Dr. Feldman-Abe for more information at 213- 477-2620.

Education Professor Publishes Book Chapter

Dr. Robin Gordon recently authored a book chapter titled “Finding the Philosopher's Stone”, published in Dennis Patrick Slattery and Jennifer Leigh Selig’s anthology entitled Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving The Soul of Learning (Spring Journal Books, 2009).

Dr. Gordon teaches in the Education Department of Mount St. Mary's College and specializes in the philosophy of education.



Community-Based Folk High Schools in Norway, Sweden and Denmark

Sylvia Bagley, assistant professor and the Fritz Burns Endowed Chair of Education, attended the 53rd Annual Comparative and International Education Society Conference in Charleston, S.C. in March. Bagley recently co-authored a chapter, "Community-Based Folk High Schools in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark," which was published in "Community College Models: Globalization and Higher Education Reform" in March.




Education Department Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The Education Department at Mount St. Mary’s College is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year. The Education Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as teacher education preparation programs.  All credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

LA Teachers Connect:  New Teacher Education Calendar

MSMC education department professor Dr. Sylvia Bagley has created a new website called Los Angeles Teachers Connect (LATC). From here, you can click on a calendar of events related to teacher education. The calendar is updated on a weekly basis.

MSN Director Selected for National Mentoring Program

Marsha Sato, director of the Master of Science in Nursing program, was selected as a National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association Mentee at the 5th Annual National Conference in March in Albuquerque. The purpose of this program is to provide mentees with mentors who can provide guidance to nurses of color related to the process of research. It is a one-year program and the award includes registration, travel, and lodging.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship Awarded

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has awarded the Belief Foundation Leadership in Physical Therapy Scholarship to Erin Carr, who expects to complete her doctorate this October. The Belief Foundation was founded in 1998 on two simple premises: education cannot be taken from you, and you must give back. The award recognizes a physical therapy student whose performance in the program demonstrates leadership and scholarship. The need-based scholarship is available to students in their third year of study.

2009 Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture

Mount St. Mary’s College was proud to host Sr. Ivone Gebara (Sister of Our Lady – Canonesses of St. Augustine), who presented the 2009 Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture. Dr. Gebara, one of Latin America's leading Catholic theologians, has taught and written on the various aspects of ecofeminism and liberation theology. She spent almost 20 years as a professor at the Theological Institute of Recife in Brazil. Gebara’s views on theology, environmental activism and social welfare have been shaped by the years she spent working with impoverished women in Brazil's poorest neighborhoods.

The Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lectures began in 2002 as a joint effort of the Claremont Graduate University School of Religion and The Immaculate Heart Community, in order to honor Pat Reif, PhD, IHM for her long-time commitment to social justice issues in Southern California.

Best Graduate Nursing Schools 2009

U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2009 lists Mount St. Mary's Los Angeles Master of Science in Nursing Program, directed by Dr. Marsha Sato, among the top 250 graduate Nursing Programs in the nation. A closer look at the rankings reveals that MSMC's MSN Program was ranked in the top ten (tied) nationally-ranked California graduate nursing programs and in the top five (tied) nationally-ranked California graduate nursing programs at private colleges and universities.

Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody notes, "The Mount is proud of its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Marsha Sato's leadership in developing the graduate nursing program has truly been a sign of the highest professional dedication. Dr. Sato and the Nursing faculty have been exceptionally committed to providing an excellent graduate academic program of study for a highly diverse group of future nurse clinical specialists, nurse educators, community health nurses, and nurse administrators interested in career advancement in California’s health professions workforce."

DPT Program Presents Gary Karp's Life On Wheels

On Wednesday, February 26, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Rose Hills Auditorium, the Mount St. Mary's Department of Physical Therapy will have the honor of presenting Gary Karp's Life On Wheels.

Sponsored by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Gary has spoken at over 50 universities across the United States over the last five years. His talk will address human responses to traumatic change and disability.


 MSMC Filling the Need for Nursing Instructors in Southern California

Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) is filling the urgent need for nurses in Southern California by offering a free two-day program designed to increase the region’s pool of nursing instructors. The Clinical Nurse Instructor Education Program will be held on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2009, at the College’s downtown Doheny Campus. The program, offered free of charge, is funded through the Song-Brown initiative, which is administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. MSN Program Director Dr. Marsha Sato is coordinating this community outreach program. [Master of Science in Nursing]

Instructional Leadership Certificate Approved

A new Certificate in Instructional Leadership has been approved for Fall 2009. This option will allow all those who have already completed a masters degree to continue their professional growth at the Mount by completing a 15-unit program with courses in topics such as: coaching and mentoring, creating motivating classrooms, grant writing, professional development for teachers, and advanced curriculum and assessment. Please contact Dr. Sylvia Bagley at 213-477-2622 for more information. [Graduate Programs in Education]

Education Professor Publishes Article on Teacher Identities

Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles graduate education professor Carol Johnson (left) recently co-authored (with Jeanne Grier) "An Inquiry Into the Development of Teacher Identities in STEM Career Changers" in the Journal of Science Teacher Education.

A second paper, "STEM Career-Changers in Their First Years of Teaching: A Follow-up Study" has been accepted for presentation at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching 2009 Conference to be held in Garden Grove, CA in April.


MA Humanities Lecturer Michael Heim Brings L.A. Opera Collaboration to the Mount

Mount St. Mary’s College is proud to join the L.A. Opera in 2010 to stage an unmatched citywide cultural festival centered on the upcoming presentation of composer Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The College will host two seminars as part of its participation in the festival to be held April 15 through June 30 that year. More than 50 cultural and educational institutions in Los Angeles are joining together to celebrate the L.A. Opera’s upcoming presentation of Wagner’s Ring cycle. During one two-day discussion, the College will host an event based on its graduate-level seminar in the humanities, “Two Rings: Lord of the Rings and Ring of the Nibelung – the films, the books, and the music” taught by lecturer Michael Heim. Meetings will be on the downtown Doheny Campus in the Rose Hills Auditorium. Dr. Millie Kidd is Program Director of MSMC's MA Humanities Program. [Master of Arts in Humanities]

Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship Awarded

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has awarded the the Ida Maye & Enoch Carlson Physical Therapy Scholarship to W. Patrick Kollmyer, who expects to complete his doctorate this October. The scholarship was established by Connie Carlson, a past Physical Therapy faculty member, in memory of her parents. The scholarship recognizes a physical therapy student who demonstrates a strong understanding of the ethical issues impacting the physical therapy profession. The merit-based award is available to students in their third year of study.

Religious Studies Department Offers CEUs to Religious Ed Congress Participants

The Graduate Religious Studies Program at Mount St. Mary’s annually offers CEU units for Religious Ed Congress participants taking workshops in personal enrichment, catechism, and liturgical reflection. The Religious Ed Congress, held each year at the Anaheim Convention Center, is one of the largest gatherings of Catholics in the United States. Contact the MSMC Los Angeles Religious Studies Department for more information at (213) 477-2640. [Master of Arts in Religious Studies]

Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles Creative Writing Chair Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, MFA, to Speak at Meeting of the Minds

Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Writing, is scheduled to speak at the Spring Meeting of the Minds Series at the Mount’s Doheny Campus on February 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Parlor of Building 10. Villatoro has recently returned from sabbatical, during which he  studied the teaching of writing, and he will speak on his sabbatical observations. Marcos McPeek-Villatoro is the author of the Romilia Chacón crime novels. The Los Angeles Times Book Review listed his Home Killings as a Best Book of 2001. It won the Silver Medal from ForeWord Reviews magazine and First Prize in the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. The other Romilia novels include Minos and A Venom Beneath the Skin. His other writings include The Holy Spirit of My Uncle’s Cojones, They Say That I Am Two (poems), On Tuesday, When the Homeless Disappeared (poems), A Fire in the Earth (novel), and the memoir Walking to La Milpa: Living in Guatemala with Armies, Demons, Abrazos, and Death. Mc-Peek Villatoro teaches creative writing in the MSMC Los Angeles MA Humanities Program and is a regular NPR commentator. [Master of Arts in Humanities]


Education Department Chair Presents at Session on Antiracism

Shelly Tochluk, Education Department chair, presented "Teaching to Witness: Fostering White Antiracism on Campus" at the Association of Independent Schools of New England's conference in Boston in December 2008.

Dr. Tochluk's research has focused on anti-racism theory and practice in educational settings. 


MBA Students to Attend Vantage Point Lecture Featuring Richard Riordan

On Thursday, November 20, former LA Mayor Richard Riordan will speak at 1 pm in the Chalon Campus Center as part of The Vantage Point, a speaker series sponsored by the Department of Business Administration and the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Riordan will share his unique perspective on the forces reshaping our community and the local economy and offer his views on the urgent needs and attractive opportunities that are likely to emerge in the years ahead. The event is sponsored by MSMC Los Angeles MBA Program.

Executives in Residence Bring Wealth of Experience to MBA Program

Nov. 10, 2008 – Mount St. Mary’s College announces a new Executive in Residence program, bringing knowledge of top professionals to students in the MSMC Los Angeles. Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody commented, “The MBA Steering Committee has wisely invited business Executives in Residence with national and international reputations built on a wide range of corporate and non-profit experience. This work experience from both corporate and non-profit sectors parallels the backgrounds of the student body and informs the curriculum of the program. We are honored to have these Executives in Residence join the MBA Program.”  Jim Wendoll (left) and Max Baca (right) are this year's Executives in Residence.

Physical Therapy Doctoral Students Help Children in Mexico

Oct. 6, 2008 -- Several times a year Mount Doctor of Physical Therapy students travel from Los Angeles to a children's hospital in Mexico to gain hands-on pediatric experience and lend much-needed assistance to the facility's staff. The excursions started in 2007 when assistant professor of physical therapy Alan Chong Lee met another therapist through a professional network who was looking for volunteer help for her own visits to the Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, Mexico. Lee says he immediately saw the possibility to connect Mount DPT students with new opportunities to learn in the field. "Some DPT students want to see what pediatric service is like, and this is a great opportunity to do that," Lee says. "Other students like to see what physical therapy is like in a foreign country. Many want to network and meet volunteer therapists from the U.S. who may be potential employers."

MBA Professor Katherine Whitman to Speak on "Commonalities and Contrasts from Four Corners of the World"

One popular view of globalization is that it is producing a homogenization of society--some would say westernization. This view along with an exploration of the popular question "Why are some countries rich and others poor?" led to a sabbatical project to visit a number of countries that are often discussed in development circles. The ones that will be the focus of the presentation are India, Iceland, Australia, Peru and Bolivia. Observations about these locales will be accompanied by photographs of people, work and family life. MSMC Los Angeles MBA Program Steering Committee Chair and Business Administration Professor Katherine Whitman will speak about her sabbatical observations at the next Meeting of the Minds Series, on November 6 at the Doheny Campus at 1 p.m. [MBA Program]

MSMC Los Angeles Graduate Psychology Program Shows High Pass Rate for BBS Licensure

Statistics for the most recent exam cycle show that 75% of MSMC students passed the written exam and 83% passed the written clinical vignette. Statistics for all accredited and approved universities in CA showed a pass rate of 62% for the written examination and a 61% pass rate for the written clinical vignette. For more information about the MSMC Los Angeles MFT Program, contact Dr. Corinne Hay Mabry.

DPT Hooding Ceremony

The Doctor of Physical of Therapy Program’s annual Hooding Ceremony took place on October 4, 2008 in the Rose Auditorium, with Dean Linda Moody presiding. 25 students participated in the Hooding Ceremony of the Mount’s fourth DPT graduating class. Dr. Julia Chang gave the Faculty Address and DPT student Karlyn Schiltgen was chosen by her class to give the Student Address. DPT faculty were given a standing ovation by the graduating class in appreciation for their teaching, advising, and mentoring. [Doctor of Physical Therapy Program]

Graduate Dean appointed to serve on AAR Centennial Advisory Committee

Linda A. Moody, PhD, Dean of the Graduate Division, has been appointed by the President and the Executive Director of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) to serve on the AAR's Centennial Advisory Committee. The American Academy of Religion, with a membership of over 10,000 faculty, researchers, and scholars of religion, will celebrate its Centennial Year in Montreal in 2009. An AAR member for the past twenty years, Moody served two terms on the AAR Board of Directors and was a member of its Executive Director Search Committee and Finance Committee. Dr. Moody has served as AAR's Western Region President and as President of the Western Commission on the Study of Religion.

DPT Department hosts Physical Therapy Month Activities

DPT Faculty and Students are participating in the nationwide Physical Therapy Month. October is designated annually as Physical Therapy Month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and its contributions to the health sciences. DPT Students and faculty are hosting a Pilates Class, Self Defense Class, Volleyball Tournament and other campus activities. [Doctor of Physical Therapy Program]

Meeting of the Minds Series

Dr. Wanda Teays, Chair of the Philosophy Department, was featured speaker at the October Meeting of the Minds Series. Dr. Teays has done extensive research on the topic of torture and presented her research findings to Doheny campus faculty. She is the author of Second Thoughts: Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society, 3rd ed., and co-editor of Bioethics, Justice, and Health Care and Violence Against Women: Philosophical Perspectives. She has written articles in bioethics, social justice, and the law and is a commentator on philosophy and film. She recently published two articles: “Extinguishing Desire: Not Such a Simple Plan After All” in Morality and Justice:  Reading Boylan's A Just Society, and “Torture and Public Health” in International Public Health Policy and Ethics and Policy. The fourth edition of her textbook, Second Thoughts: Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society will be published in Winter, 2009. She is currently working with John-Stewart Gordon, from Ruhr University in Germany, and Alison Renteln, from USC, on a new anthology, Bioethics and Culture. Dr. Teays earned her MA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton; MTS from Harvard University; and PhD from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. The Meeting of the Minds Series is co-hosted by Graduate Dean Linda Moody and Associate Dean Pat Disterhoft. Dr. Teays teaches in the MSMC Los Angeles Graduate Humanities Program. [Master of Arts in Humanities]

Master's in Humanities Program Director and Coordinator Attend Graduate Liberal Studies Conference

Millie Kidd, professor of English and director of the Master's in Humanities Program (left), and Nancy McCook, program coordinator, attended the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Conference in Vancouver in October.

One of the features of the MSMC Humanities Program is its tradition of faculty and student research, combined with active participation in professional and learned societies. For more information about the MSMC Los Angeles Humanities Program, contact Dr. Kidd.

Graduate Nursing Faculty Present at Conferences

MD Haque, an adjunct professor in the Master's of Science in Nursing program, will present “The Role of Vision Communication for Effecting Organizational Change,” at the International Academy of Business and Economics annual conference in Las Vegas in October, 2008.

Rebecca Otten, associate professor of nursing who teaches in the MSN program, presented an award-winning paper, “Role Transition to Nurse Educator Role Using the Roy Adaptation Model Framework,” at the 2008 Roy Adaptation Association Conference. [Master of Science in Nursing]

Paul Craft Appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Mount alumnus Paul Craft has been appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement to succeed Stephanie Cubba. Paul comes to the Mount from UCLA. He is a graduate of the Weekend College and is completing his thesis in the Mount’s graduate psychology program.

History and Political Science Chair Publishes Article

Helen Boutrous, associate professor and chair of the History and Political Science Department, co-authored, “APSA Teaching and Learning Conference 2008: Teaching Across the Discipline,” with Cynthia Unmack from American River College. The article was published in Political Science & Politics, Georgetown University, July, 2008. Dr. Boutrous teaches in the MA Humanities Program. She holds a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law and a PhD from Georgetown University.

Graduate Education Scholarship Grant

The Mount received news in July, 2008 of receipt of a $496,800 grant to support 27 new graduate Education students (Elementary, Secondary, Instructional Leadership, and Professional Clear students) and continuing Education students. This grant is the result of a partnership between the LA Archdiocese and Education Department, LAUSD NCLB, Title IIA funding. [Graduate Programs in Education]

Graduate Nursing Scholarship Grant

The Mount received notice in July 2008 of a $27,089 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Award for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships for graduate Nursing students. [Master of Science in Nursing]

Religious Studies Faculty Members Present at Conferences

Sister Darlene Kawulok, CSJ, Chair of the Religious Studies department and Director of the graduate Religious Studies Program, presented "Examining the Liberative Texts of Nican Mopohua and the Tilma Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a Mexican-American College Context" at the College Theology Society Annual Convention at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., in June 2008. In addition, Laurie Wright-Garry, assistant professor of Religious Studies, also presented "Race, Ethnicity and Pedagogy" to the society, of which she is a board member.

Another religious studies faculty member, assistant professor Rosamond Rodman, presented "Naming a Place Nicodemus" at the annual Society of America meeting in San Francisco in January.

Religious Studies Represented at CTS

Laurie Wright-Garry, assistant professor of Religious Studies, presented "Race, Ethnicity and Pedagogy" at the College Theology Society Convention at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., in June 2008.

Director of MA Humanities Program Presents at American Literature Conference

Millie Kidd, professor of English and Director of the Master's in Humanities program, presented her paper, “E. E. Cummings and the Underclasses,” at the American Literature Association Conference in May, 2008 in San Francisco. [Master of Arts in Humanities]

Graduate Religious Studies Scholarship

The Graduate Religious Studies Program received notification of a contribution of $17,000 toward an endowed scholarship.  Those interested in pursuing a degree in Religious Studies at the graduate level are encouraged to contact Sister Darlene Kawulok, CSJ, Chair of the Religious Studies Department.

MA Humanities Lecturer Presents at Symposium

Michael Heim, a lecturer in the Master's in Humanities Program, presented "Shifting Focus: From Books to Laptops to Face-to-Face Discussion" at the Brussels iClass 2008 Symposium, in May. The European iClass project, begun in 2004, is a collective effort of 22 EU partners led by Siemens IT Solutions and Services with the goal of integrating web-based learning into the shared purposes of the various ministries of education, school heads, teachers, and researchers throughout the European Union. [Master of Arts in Humanities]


DPT Faculty and Students Visit Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

In April, 2008, a dozen Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) faculty and students from the Mount spent several days in March and April lobbying state and federal legislators to bring about reforms that aim to improve patient care. During two separate trips—one to Sacramento and the other to Washington, D.C.—Mount physical therapists-in-training met with lawmakers and learned firsthand that lobbying can play a key role in changing the status quo. [Doctor of Physical Therapy Program]

Women’s University Club Scholarship Awarded to Mount Graduate Student

The Mount received news in April, 2008 from the California Community Foundation of an $11,500 Women’s University Club Scholarship for a MSMC graduate student.

New Bridge Scholarships Assist Nurses in Training for Master’s Degree in Nursing

In February, 2008 the Mount announced that $25,000 in Scholarship Funds raised from the Nursing Gala Benefit will be awarded to Associate Degree in Nursing to Master’s Degree in Nursing Students. [Master of Science in Nursing]

Confidence Foundation Scholarships Assist Nurses in Training for Graduate Nursing Degrees

The Mount received news in February, 2008 that the Confidence Foundation was providing scholarship funding in the amount of $10,000 for the new Associate Degree in Nursing to Master’s Degree in Nursing Program. [Master of Science in Nursing]

Grant for Nurse Training Programs

In February, 2008 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger awarded $84,000 to MSMC for its nurse training programs as part of a multimillion-dollar effort to increase California’s health care workforce. MSN Program Director Marsha Sato will coordinate the development of a free training program for nurse educators. [Master of Science in Nursing]

Religious Ed Congress CEUs Offered

The Graduate Religious Studies Program at Mount St. Mary’s offered CEU units for Religious Ed Congress participants taking workshops in personal enrichment, catechism, and liturgical reflection. The Religious Ed Congress held annually each January at the Anaheim Convention Center is one of the largest gatherings of Catholics in the United States. Dr. Guillermo Garcia is Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program. [MA in Religious Studies]

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DPT Students Volunteer over Christmas Break in Nepal

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program has two third year students that are participating in Physical Therapy Volunteer Opportunities abroad over their Christmas 2007 break. Each student is volunteering (under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist) in the Hospital and Rehabilitation for Disabled Children and the Nepal Orthopedic Center. They will spend one month in Nepal. [Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing

The Mount announced in December of 2007 the establishment of the Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing with a Community Health Emphasis (to teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels) in the amount of $2,000,000.

Mount Launches MBA Program

Faculty member Dr. Janet Robinson will lead the new MBA program as its first director. Said Robinson, “Having our students achieve success, whether it is in non-profit management, health care management, entrepreneurship, or organizational leadership is our goal.”

The MBA Program opens Summer 2008 and features concentrations in Non-Profit Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Health Sciences Management. The Business Administration Department at the Mount celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year; CSJ Sister Elizabeth Malone was one of the founding faculty. [MBA Program]


That All May Be One: A Film About the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the contemporary manifestations of their work are a vital part of communities throughout the country. This documentary film profiles sisters in the St. Louis province and the primary institutions they established when they came to St. Louis in 1836. Written and produced by Karen Kearns, Associate Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at California State University, Northridge, the film portrays an important women’s religious movement in American history. The Sisters of St. Joseph founded Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles in 1925. The film screening is sponsored by the Office of the Graduate Dean and will take place in the Mount St. Mary's College Doheny Campus Rose Hills Auditorium.  Contact 213-477-2800 for more information.

Third Doctoral Class Graduates from the Mount

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mount St. Mary’s College graduated its third class in October, 2007. Dr. Debbie Lowe is Chair of the DPT Department.  Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody presided over the ceremony, President Jackie Powers Doud welcomed the students, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Eleanor D. Siebert gave greetings to the graduating class.

Graduate Nursing Scholarship Awards

In July, 2007, the Mount received The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Notice of Grant Award, A10HP00348-05-00 for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships. Students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program are the beneficiaries of this grant in the amount of $16,525.

Rosemary Radford Reuther to Speak

Religious Studies Professor Laurie Wright-Garry and the Religious Studies Department hosted internationally renowned feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Reuther (left), one of the leading Catholic theologians of the 20th and 21st centuries. Reuther spoke on the topic of "The Future of Feminist Theologies" in the Pompeian Room of the Doheny Mansion to a full house. 

Reuther is author of over 100 books and articles in religion.  She has taught at Garrett Evangelical Seminary, the Graduate Theological Union, and Claremont Graduate University.  For more information on graduate studies in religion at Mount St. Mary's, see [MA in Religious Studies]

UniHealth Foundation Grant funds Nursing Bridge Program

In May, 2007, the Mount announced a UniHealth Foundation grant of $518,000 to fund the creation of an Associate in Nursing-to-Master of Nursing Bridge Program.

Women’s University Club Scholarship

In April of 2007, the Mount received word from the California Community Foundation of receipt of a Women’s University Club Scholarship in the amount of $11,300 for a MSMC graduate student.

Graduate Nursing Grant of $273,000

The Mount announced in March of 2007 that the State of California awarded a Song Brown grant of $273,000 to increase enrollment in the MSN program and to launch a Clinical Nurse Instructor Program.

Graduate Religious Studies Scholarship

In February of 2007, Dr. Guillermo Garcia, Director of Graduate Religious Studies received notice of a new endowed scholarship for graduate students in Religious Studies.  The scholarship is supported by a $13,000 gift from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  

For more information about the Graduate Religious Studies Program at Mount St. Mary's College, contact Dr. Guillermo Garcia, Director of Graduate Religious Studies, at 213-477-2641.  Dr. Garcia teaches in the Graduate Religious Studies Program and is a local parish priest. 

25 Tuition Scholarships for Graduate Teacher Education Students

In January of 2007, the Mount announced that it had received funding in the amount of $500,000 to support 25 tuition scholarships for 2007-08 Teacher Credential, Instructional Leadership Emphasis and Professional Clear Credential Students.  The scholarship funding is the result of a partnership between the LA Archdiocese and Education Department (LAUSD NCLB, Title IIA funding).

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10 Tuition Scholarships for 2006-07 Teacher Credential students

In November of 2006, the Mount announced receipt of an award in the amount of $91,509 to support 10 tuition scholarships for Teacher Credential students.  The scholarship funding is the result of a partnership between the LA Archdiocese and Education Department (LAUSD/NCLB,Title IIA funding).

HRSA MSN Scholarships

The Graduate Nursing Program is the recipient of an award of $35,115 to support graduate student scholarships.  This federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HJRSA) grant is coordinated by Dr. Marsha Sato.

Graduate Dean Featured in Religious Studies News

Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody published “Academic Freedom in Higher Education” in Religious Studies News, published by the American Academy of Religion, November 2006.  The issue was a Special Topics Forum entitled “Responding to Political Targeting of Religion Scholars in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education”.

Second Doctoral Class Graduates from Mount St. Mary's College

The second graduating class of Mount St. Mary’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program participated in a Hooding Ceremony in October, 2006.

 The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is chaired by Deborah Lowe, PhD, DPT.


Graduate Student Scholarship Award

In April of 2006 the Mount announced word from the California Community Foundation of receipt of a grant in the amount of $11,000 from the Women’s University Club to support MSMC graduate students.

20 Tuition Scholarships for 2005-2006 Teacher Credential students

In January of 2006, the Mount announced receipt of an award in the amount of $177,525 to support 20 tuition scholarships for 2005-2006 Teacher Credential students as a result of a partnership between the LA Archdiocese and Education Department (LAUSD/NCLB, Title IIA funding).

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University Women's Club/California Community Foundation Scholarship

Mount St. Mary's College is the recipient of an award of $11,000 from the University Women's Club/California Community Foundation.  This scholarship award is designed to support women undertaking graduate study to assist them in achieving professional goals and to support women's leadership.  The American Association of University Women is open to all women college graduates.  Local chapters provide continuing education and philanthropic services.

Professor Karol Dean and Graduate Psychology Student Co-Author Article on Depression

Psychology Professor Karol Dean and a Mount graduate Psychology student recently co-authored an article published in the Pastoral Psychology Journal. Dr. Dean received her PhD and master's degrees in personality psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University.

The Pastoral Psychology journal is recognized as a leading source of critical and constructive advances in interdisciplinary theoretical work in psychology and religion.



 Graduate Nursing Scholarships

In December of 2005, the Mount announced receipt of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) award to its MS Nursing Program. The MSN program will receive $18,000 in tuition grants for 9 students.  Mount St. Mary's provides graduate level education to experienced nurses who are interested in furthering their education for professional career advancement.  For more information, contact Dr. Marsha Sato, Graduate Nursing Director.

MA Humanities Professor Publishes Ecopoetry Book

The new book The West Side of Any Mountain: Place, Space, and Ecopoetry by J. Scott Bryson, an associate professor of English at Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC), is being received by other writers as a remarkably original look at contemporary nature poetry.

Bryson holds an MA degree from Baylor University and a PhD from the University of Kentucky. He teaches in the MA Humanities Program.  He is contributing editor (along with Daniel Patterson and Roger Thompson) of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century American Prose Nature Writing (Greenwood Press, 2008); co-editor (with Roger Thompson) of Twentieth-century American Nature Poetry; and editor of Ecopoetry:  A Critical Introduction (University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2002).

First Doctoral Class Graduates from the Mount

Three Doctoral of Physical Therapy students participated in the first Hooding Ceremony of the new DPT program. This outdoor ceremony was held on bright, sunny day in October 2005 on the South Lawn of the Doheny Campus where the DPT program is housed. Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody presided, President Powers Doud welcomed the class and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Eleanor D. Siebert gave greetings.

The Mount previously offered a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy.  With changing professional expectations of graduate level preparation for DPTs, MSMC has developed a doctoral level program to prepare students to meet the changing health needs of society. 

UniHealth Grant

In September, 2005 the Mount announced that a $558,000 gift was received from UniHealth Foundation of Los Angeles for nursing skills labs and classrooms renovations.  Undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from this new lab.  The grant was coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement, in consultation with nursing faculty.

Villatoro Publishes Another Mystery

The third Romilia Chacon mystery by Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, who teaches in the MA Humanities Program, was released in April.  In A Venom Beneath the Skin:  A Romilia Chacon Mystery, another serial killer is on the Latina detective's heels.  This time, Romilia goes from policewoman to FBI agent. (Mount Magazine, Summer/Fall 2005).


Religious Studies Experts Interviewed by Annenberg TV News

Annenberg TV News, the USC student-produced newscast, interviewed Dr. Guillermo Garcia, director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies, and Dr. Darlene Kowulok, CSJ, Chair of Religious Studies.  The Mount experts were interviewed about the selection of a new Pope. (Mount Magazine, Summer/Fall 2005).

Newhouse Religion News Service

Dr. Guillermo Garcia, Director of Graduate Religious Studies, was recently quoted by Newhouse Religion News Service in a story about how colleges across the country are applying popular culture to the teaching of religion and philosophy.  The story ran across the country, including several California cities. (Mount Magazine, Summer/Fall 2005).



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