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Mount Granted Special Status on President's Honor Roll

Honor RollThe Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Mount St. Mary’s College with a place on President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for the College’s outstanding service to greater Los Angeles.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to community service and civic engagement. It is the third consecutive year that Mount St. Mary’s earned a place on the Honor Roll, but it is the first year that the College received the recognition with distinction.

The distinction indicates that Mount St. Mary’s displays a strong institutional commitment to service and has formed results-driven community partnerships. Mount St. Mary’s, one of 114 schools across the country to receive the honor with distinction, congratulates the other fine institutions in this category.

English Professor Revamps Project With National Humanities Grant

Mount English Professor Scott Bryson revamped his LA Literature Web site -- where his students' research projects are archived -- this year with help from a $12,000 competitive teaching grant he applied for and received from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bryson’s Web site has gained national attention for providing a creative and engaging way for students to understand the importance of place and time in literature.   

After Bryson reached out to well-known novelist Lisa See about his students’ work on her book, "Dreams of Joy," the author immediately posted a link to their Web site on her Facebook fan page and shared the site on Twitter. See hired four of Bryson's freshman English students this summer to work on more research projects for some of her other books. Read more...

Mount Tops Forbes' Annual Rankings

ForbesThe Mount has been ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of the Top Colleges. Click here to review information about the College in the rankings. The rankings of 650 schools -- the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions -– are exclusively prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington D.C. think tank.  All data comes from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Graduate Nursing Program Honored As Leader in Health Care

Graduate Nursing Program Honored As Leader in  Health CareThe Mount's graduate nursing program has been honored with a Health Care Leadership Award for its innovative curriculum by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The Business Journal also named Marsha Sato, director of the master of science in nursing programs, as a finalist for special achievement in health care. The awards were handed out in April at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The event recognized the importance of providing patients with superior care, and spotlighted health care professionals from leading hospitals, clinics, university healthcare systems, as well as community outreach programs throughout the city.

Sato and the graduate nursing program were honored for delivering "culturally-competent and sensitive health care to the increasing minority population in the United States." Nationally recognized as leaders in nursing education, a team of Mount St. Mary's nursing faculty experts developed two graduate programs: a master's in nursing program and a bridge program designed to prepare RNs to complete their undergraduate coursework and earn a graduate nursing degree.

Homecoming 2011 and Founders Week at the Mount

Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Chalon Campus. This year, Homecoming falls on the actual anniversary of the College’s founding. Founders Week activities offered on both campuses from Oct. 9–12. This year’s events are Alumnae Mass, Mount Spirit Day, Mount Treasure Hunt and a Bake-Off. For more information, contact Alumnae Relations at 213.477.2767.

Faculty Members Receive Promotions

Faculty Members Receive PromotionsThe following faculty promotions were announced at the President’s Appreciation Dinner in May: Scott Edwards, assistant professor of nursing; Sarah Shealy, assistant professor of nursing; Xiaomei Cheng, associate professor of biology; Carol Johnston, associate professor of education; Stacey Peterson, associate professor of biology; Michele Starkey, associate professor of mathematics; Anne Tumbarello, associate professor of nursing; and Marsha Sato, professor of nursing.

Seven faculty members received tenure: Deborah Diaz, doctorate of physical therapy department; Kathy Kelly, bachelor of science in nursing program; Deborah Lowe, doctorate of physical therapy department; Marsha Nickerson, bachelor of science in nursing program; Judith Ontiveros, bachelor of science in nursing program; Michele Starkey, mathematics department; and Shelly Tochluck, education department.

Inspiration and Action: Mount Sponsors Day to Bolster Women in Politics

Mount St. Mary’s College is teaming up with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and the nonpartisan group California Women Lead to host a morning focused on bringing more women into public office.

Inspiration and Action will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Mount’s Chalon Campus. The event aims to inspire women to run for office with the message: don’t get mad, get elected. Headlining the day are former California state legislators Gwen Moore, a Democrat, and Lynn Daucher, a Republican.
The event will examine the status of women in elective office, the reasons why women do and don’t run for public office – and why it matters. Discussions also will highlight the skills women use every day that teach them how to be successful candidates and elected officials.

A $10 fee for the day includes parking and refreshments. For more information, call 213.477.2761. 

Staff Members Celebrate Mount Anniversaries

The following staff anniversaries were recognized at the President’s Appreciation Dinner in May:

  • 5 Year Anniversary: Henrietta Anugwom, Mae Choe, Leilani Ford, Yesica Helguera, Suan Lusk, Sister Guadalupe Moore, Jenna Payan, and Tabitha Taylor-Lindheim.
  • 10 Year Anniversary: Jose Alvarado, Francisco Carrillo, Margoth Fuentes, Lodean Hayward, Lydia Hewlett, Gerardo Ramirez, Manuel Ramirez, Evangeline Salamat-Reyes, Carlos Rodriguez, Janet Castaneda, Renee Rouzan-Kay, Susan Salem, and Samantha Silver.
  • 15 Year Anniversary: Karol Dean, Lucille Villegas, Kelly Garrison, Alfonso Mejia, Grace Miranda, Ramiro Pantoja, Luis Ponce, Shannon Shank, Jo Valdez, and Jill Verceles.
  • 20 Year Anniversary: Mary Kranz, Conrado Mendez and Onofre Vasquez.
  • 25 year Anniversary: La Royce Dodd, Gail Gresser, Guadalupe Lopez, Teresa Lopez, Roberto Rizo, Gustavo Trujillo, and Mari Wadsworth.
  • 30 Year Anniversary: Jose Preciado and Claudia Reed.

Updates & Accolades Updates & Accolades

Provost Honored as Fellow By American Chemical Society

Provost and Academic Vice President Eleanor D. Siebert has been named to the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2011 class of fellows, an honor bestowed upon select scientists around the country who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Siebert was honored among more than 200 other fellows at an induction ceremony Aug. 29 during the Society’s 242nd National Meeting & Exposition in Denver.

History/Political Science Professor Ordained

Pat Ash, associate professor of history and political science, was ordained as a deacon at the Episcopal Pro-Cathedral of St. John in Los Angeles in June. Her ordination is an important step on her path to priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

Humanities Lecturer Publishes Book

Michael Heim, lecturer in the Master in Humanities program, most recent book, "The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality," was recently translated into Persian. Earlier this year it was translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Polish.

College Archivist Moderates Journalism Panel

College archivist Vicky McCargar moderated a panel titled “Successful Digitization and the Problem of Born-Digital Newspapers,” at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute in April. The Newspaper Archive Summit, sponsored by the university and Library of Congress, addressed the problem of preserving news in the Digital Age and was attended by librarians, archivists, historians, genealogists and publishers. McCargar is a recognized expert in news preservation.

English Faculty Member Publishes Paper, Presents at Conference

Elizabeth Sturgeon, associate professor of English, published “Renaissance Humanism” in The Literary Encyclopedia” in August; presented “Complaint Ghosts in Female Form: Goodness, Community, and Common Law Reform in Jane Shore” at the Sixteenth Century Society and Culture in Montreal, Canada in October; and chaired “Custom, Code and the Common Law” at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities in Las Vegas, Nevada in March. She also presented “Staging the Making of an English History Book: The Biblio-historical Act in The Mirror for Magistrates (1559)” at the Shakespeare Association of America in Bellevue, Wash. in April.

Campus Security Guard Follows Passion As Playwright

Mount security officer Felicia Jones takes her true passion of writing to a new level in September when she debuts her first play at the College.

Jones' work, "Street Love Monologues," comes to The Rose Hills Auditorium on the Doheny Campus Sept. 10. The play, written, produced and directed by Jones, explores the emotions of two best friends who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, Nikki Patterson and Paris Smith, who secretly battle abuse and depression in their personal lives. In October, the production moves to the Chalon Campus.

Nursing Student's Essay In Spotlight

Mount accelerated nursing student Crystal James was honored in June as an essay contest winner among recipients of scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing program. Her essay, which begins, "I believe this about nursing ... it is not just a job about caring," is featured on the foundation's web pages. Read more...

Mount in the Media

Mount in the MediaFind out who is talking and writing about the Mount. Read more...