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Additional Activities Surround Presidential Inauguration

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

In advance of the inauguration, a Mass for the College community will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012, beginning at 10:45 a.m. at Mary Chapel. Mass will be followed by lunch. From 1-6 p.m., an Academic Symposium will be held at the Chalon Campus, which will highlight the scholarly work that faculty and students are doing across all disciplines and programs.

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

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

Watch the MyMSMC Portal and the MSMC website for more updates as planning for this important event continues!

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

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

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

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


Mount to Offer New Criminology Major 

Recruitment has started for the new criminology major that will be offered at the Mount starting in Fall 2012. The program was developed in response to a surge in job opportunities in homeland security and crisis management.

“Criminology is becoming a broader field of work. Most programs still focus on the study of crime, forensics and law enforcement. Our major is more inclusive and has a broader perspective, addressing real issues facing us now and in the future,” says Sande Harte, professor and chair of the Mount's Department of Sociology, Social Work & Gerontology.

Courses that will be unique to the Mount's criminology program include Community Policing, which offers a more collaborative and pro-active approach to police work; Urban Crisis Response and Management, which studies effective crowd control and distribution of emergency resources; and Family Systems, which addresses the intersection of family environment and criminal activity. The program will also offer two semesters of internships at group homes, local precincts and other law enforcement agencies.

Executives Share Formulas for Business Success

The Mount’s business administration department continued its popular Vantage Point speaker series on Oct. 20 with a panel discussion featuring top Los Angeles entrepreneurs.

The department co-sponsored the event with the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and the group Leadership California, a network of women executives committed to advancing women in leadership positions in business and public policy.

Headlining the event were Carolyn Casavan, principal engineer, Casavan Consulting; Terry A. Tegnazian, president, Aquila Polonica (U.S.) Ltd.; Denise V. Bickerstaff, principal, Keyser Marston Associates, Inc.; and Yvette Herrera, principal, HT Group. The women offered tips on being in business, such as: Be a self-starter, be flexible and use good judgment; and show enthusiasm and engagement in what the job entails.   

"In order to be successful, you can’t just do what is expected. You have to go above and beyond what is expected,” said Bickerstaff, whose firm provides real estate advising. Bickerstaff and the other panelists agreed that the days of spending 20 years with one company were over, and young people entering the workforce should expect to change careers throughout their lives.

Campus Safety Report for 2010 Now Available

The 2010 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available online. The report provides information on campus security, policies and procedures for reporting crime, prevention and protection programs and victim assistance services. Campus crime statistics are also listed in the document. You can read the Doheny report here and the Chalon Report here.

National Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma honors Sister Eloise Therese

National Chapter of Alpha Mu GammaThe national chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma honored the late Sister Eloise Therese Mescall, CSJ, the honor society’s first president and chair of the Mount’s Department of Modern Languages in 1959, during its annual conference on Oct. 22 at Los Angeles City College.

Sister Eloise Therese founded the National Foreign Language Week with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959. Since then, National Foreign Language Week has been celebrated in high schools, colleges and universities in the United States every first week of March. To read more about Sister Eloise Therese, read The Mount Archives blog entry here.

Save the Date: Doheny Campus to Host Roy Adaptation Association Conference

The Mount will host the Roy Adaptation Association International Workshops and Conference at the Doheny Campus on June 15-16, 2012. Educators, researchers and nurses will attend two days of workshops, discussions and presentations on the Roy Adaptation Model, which is a problem-solving approach that focuses on a patient’s ability to cope and adapt. The model was developed by Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63, who served as Mount St. Mary’s chair of nursing from 1971 to 1982. She will give the keynote speech during the conference.

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Language and Culture Department Chair Presents at Honor Society Conference

Montserrat Reguant, professor and chair of the language and culture department, presented at the 33rd conference of Alpha Mu Gamma on Oct. 22. Her one-hour presentation, “Kaleidoscope of Learning: Cervantes and Bacon,” pointed out how both authors worked on making knowledge more accessible to many. Humanities graduate student Rosaura Narro also presented “Dialogue of Dogs" at the conference.

Learning Resource Director Attends White House-led Summit

Mark Forte, director of the Mount’s Learning Resource Center and disabilities compliance officer at the Doheny Campus, traveled to Las Vegas in October for the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit. It was Forte’s second invitation and engagement with an ongoing federal initiative focusing on issues critical to the Hispanic community. The summit was designed to connect senior administration officials from a wide array of policy areas with Hispanic leaders, small business owners and local officials to discuss education, immigration and the economy. Speakers included Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement.

Assistant Professor Receives Grant to Study Role of Molecules in Diseases

Luiza Nogaj, biology assistant professor, was awarded a National Institute of Health grant to study the role of small molecules in preventing the aggregation of proteins involved in Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes and other diseases. The study will be conducted in collaboration with Loyola Marymount University.

Philosophy Department Chair Announces New Book

Wanda Teays, professor and chair of the philosophy department, has a book in publication with Blackwell Publishing, titled "Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies." The publishing company gave her permission to use the book this semester with her Ethics & Film class.


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