Mount St. Mary’s alums/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 direction of their thesis advisor, Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau. A warm and hearty congratulations to all!