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Inauguration Date Set: March 16, 2012

fleur de lisAn inauguration marks a new chapter for an institution and celebrates its rich history and traditions at the same time. In that spirit, the formal installation of the Mount's 12th president, Ann McElaney-Johnson, on March 16, 2012, will be a chance to showcase the college, its mission and its importance to the community. The March 16 date is significant because it coincides with the time of year when we celebrate our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and St. Joseph's Day. Several activities will be scheduled for the days surrounding the inauguration.

Planning for the inauguration has begun, with Vice President of Student Affairs Jane Lingua leading the committee. Members of the planning committee are: Janet Castaneda, assistant to the chair (Information Support Services, Title V); Madeleine Bruning ’76 (faculty, alum); Julia Chang (faculty); Sister Catherine Marie Kreta, CSJ, ‘61 (trustee, alum)Elizabeth Robles Jimenez ‘03 (Alumnae Relations, alum); Debbie Ream (Public Relations); Lisa Melou (Campus Events); Jotanna Proescholdt (Auxiliary Services); Jaime Hernandez ‘06 (Student Financing, alum); Shannon Shank (Institutional Data Management); Mari Wadsworth (Student Affairs); Gail Gresser (Campus Ministry); Jackie Larios (student); Kate Fitzpatrick (student). Anyone with ideas or suggestions about the inauguration or related activities is encouraged to contact any of the committee members.

Homecoming Welcomes Alumnae Back to the Mount
Homecoming 2011 will be held Oct. 15 at the Chalon Campus, featuring a welcome from Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson, special workshops on cooking, job networking and more, and awards presentations for outstanding alums.

Receiving this year's Outstanding Alum Awards are: Barbara Buckman '63, Henry Alviani '74 and Lisa Kimble Edmonston '82. Ana Grande '01, '09 MA, will receive the Rising Star Award. The evening culminates with dinner and a concert launching the newly formed Mount Orchestra.

Homecoming will include reunions for the baccalaureate classes of ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01 and ’06, with a special recognition of the 25th Silver Anniversary class of ’86 (photos will be taken). This year, Homecoming falls on the actual anniversary of the College’s 1925 founding. A Founders Day Liturgy will be celebrated by Father George O'Brien. Founders Week activities will be offered on both campuses from Oct. 9–12. This year’s events include Alumnae Mass, Mount Spirit Day, a Mount Treasure Hunt and a bake-off.

For information about Homecoming and Founders Week, call 213.477.2769 or click here

Llama LlamaMount to Host Jumpstart's Read for the Record Event 
Jumpstart Los Angeles will host 100 children at the Doheny Campus for the organization's Read for the Record Day on Oct. 6.  The College will be one of several main locations across the nation hosting the annual event, which calls for high-quality early education for all children. This year, more than two million children in classrooms, libraries and homes everywhere will read Anna Dewdney's "Llama Llama Red Pajama" on the same day. Last year, 2,057,513 children participated in the event, breaking the record for the largest shared reading experience. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the South Lawn. For more information, contact Kim Terrill at 213.477.2662 or e-mail

Largest Graduating Class in Physical Therapy Doctoral Program to Get Degrees

Thirty-one students will receive their doctor of physical therapy degree from the Mount on Oct. 8 at the Rose Hills Auditorium at the Doheny Campus. This is the biggest graduating class since the doctoral program started in 2001.

Music Department Holds its First Concerto Competition for Young Artists

Students from Los Angeles and Orange counties participated in the first annual Mount St. Mary's Concerto Competition for Young Artists. Shannon Wei, a ninth-grader from Flintridge Preparatory High School in La Canada Flintridge, won the grand prize for her performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro con brio. Rachel Yeo of South Pasadena High School was named winner in the vocalists category. Three students were selected in the orchestral instruments category: Sasha Mitrushina of Westlake High School in Westlake, Alec Hon of Beckman High School in Irvine and Leah Hansen of Northwood High School in Irvine. The winning students will perform with the Mount Orchestra on Oct. 15 at Hannon Theater.

Mount OrchestraMount Orchestra to Debut Oct. 15
The new Mount Orchestra will hold its debut performance on Oct. 15 at the Chalon Campus' Hannon Theater. The student-mentor orchestra, composed of seven Mount music majors and their teachers, will be accompanied by young professional musicians in performing the works of W. A. Mozart & Pietro Mascagni. Mount music professor Chet Swiatkowski will conduct. The concert will also feature the winners of the Music Department's 2011 Concerto Competition for Young Artists. Tickets will be $5 for seniors, students and faculty, and $10 general admission. A reception will follow. For more information, call Abigail Grenon at (310) 954-4451 or e-mail

Exhibition Examines Roles of Curators and Artists

Role Reversal, an exhibition of 13 Los Angeles-based artists whose artistic practice navigates between the world of creating and curating art, is on display at the José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery at the Chalon Campus through Oct. 18. This exhibition is curated by Carl Berg, who developed the concept for this exhibition over a decade ago and found that the newly remodeled Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery would be, in his own words, “the ideal venue” for this exhibition. The participating artists/curators and their corresponding venue/exhibitions included are Bob Gunderman (ACME), Doug Harvey (Chain Letter, LA Weekly Biennial), Micol Hebron (Salt Lake City Art Center), Roger Herman (Black Dragon Gallery), David McDonald (Carl Berg Gallery), Christopher Miles (Thing, Hammer Museum), Paul Paiement (Cypress College Art Gallery), Christopher Pate (Rogue Wave, LA Louver), Max Presneill (Torrance Art Museum, Raid Projects), Tyler Stallings (UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, Culver Center for The Arts), Laurie Steelink (Track 16 Gallery), Inmo Yuon (Inmo Gallery) and HK Zamani (PØST).

CandyHaunted Campus: Got Candy?

The Mount's annual Haunted Campus will take place on Monday, Oct. 31, at the Doheny Campus from 6-8 p.m. More than 5,000 families from surrounding communities are expected to enjoy a night of safe trick-or-treating along Chester Place. To help the Mount meet the goal of distributing 20,000 pounds of candy at the event, drop off your donation in one of the decorated Halloween boxes around campus, or in the Student Affairs office beginning Oct. 1.


Doheny Mansion Stars in Audi, Foot Locker Commercials
The interior of the Doheny Mansion is featured prominently in Audi's new commercial, an homage to the classic children's book "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. The Pompeian Room and the Great Hall came to life.

Foot Locker's "Wright Brothers" commercial, which suggests the two forefathers of flight were also in the forefront of sneaker fashion, was also filmed in the Doheny Mansion. Fun tidbit: the commercial was shot using a camera rigged with an old-school hand crank attachment to give the piece a period look. Watch it here

Traffic Advisory for Rock N Roll half Marathon
The Dodge Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Series on Oct. 30 will be snaking its way down Hoover Street from LA Live to the Coliseum and back, so be aware that streets around the Doheny campus will be either closed to traffic or congested with cars making their way around the marathon's route. For more information about the event and to view a turn-by-turn description of the route, go to the event website.

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Nursing Adjunct Faculty Member’s Walking Trail Proposal Gets Funding
Shamika Ossey, '05, adjunct faculty member in the nursing program, is the community liaison public health nurse for the West (SPA 5) and South (SPA 6) Service Planning Area for Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Her proposal to incorporate distance markers along the walking trail of a South Los Angeles park was funded for $25,000. The targeted area within SPA 6 has the highest obesity rates in Los Angeles. 

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