DPT faculty member Bryant Adibe, MD, will serve as Mount Saint Mary's first-ever Chief Wellness Officer. Dr. Adibe received his medical doctorate from the University of Florida, and completed clinical clerkships in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Stanford University Medical Center. He completed graduate coursework in Evidence-Based Healthcare and Research Methodology at Oxford University in the UK. Prior to joining the Mount, he served in the Obama Administration as a Fellow in Medical Education within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Recently, he received a person invitation from Arianna Huffington to become a regular contributor on Health and Wellness for the Huffington Post.
Sister Magdalen Coughlin Award for Outstanding Service
Bernadette Robert, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Engagement, was named the recipient of the Graduate Division's Sister Magdalen Coughlin Award for Outstanding Service. Bernadette is an alumna of Mount Saint Mary's University and the University of San Francisco. During her 33 year tenure at the University, Bernadette has served as Interim Director of Admission, Director of College Relations, Assistant Dean, and now Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Engagement. She currently serves on numerous internal University committees. In collaboration with her Community Engagement colleagues, the Mount community and numerous community based organizations, schools and institutions of higher education, Bernadette has led efforts in the establishment of a myriad of outreach programs and initiatives to serve the youth of Los Angeles. Bernadette has also represented MSMU in various capacities on boards of advisors/directors for community based organizations and national organizations. Bernadette also represents MSMU on various Boards throughout Los Angeles such as the Alexandria House, The Millennium Momentum Foundation, and the Los Angeles Police Department's Police Advisory Committee for Education and Training, to name a few. The Graduate Division is honored to bestow its highest honor to Bernadette Robert for her years of outstanding service and unwavering dedication tot he Mount community, its students, and to our neighbors in the greater Los Angeles community.
Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Chair of Education, has announced that her second book, Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, will be published this April. This book is the result of her last 15 years grappling with how to build and balance both spiritual and racial justice practices. It draws heavily on what she has learned from her youth mentorship and anti-racist communities, particularly AWARE-LA. Its purpose is to address and clarify issues that keep healing, growth, and connection across difference.
Julia Chang, PT, DPT professor and her colleagues at UCLA have published their research on "Evidence for resident memory T cells Rasmussen Encephalitis" in the February 2016 edition of Frontiers in Immunology.
Critical Teaching in Action Conference
"The Intersection of Social Justice and Environmental Education" is this year's theme for the Critical Teaching in Action conference presented by the University's Center for Cultural Fluency on February 13, 2016. The conference brought together educators, social workers, community activists and others who were interested in sharing new ways to teach social justice. Among the highlights at this years event: A keynote talk by Tim Swinehart, author of "A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis"; a special public screening of the documentary, "This Changes Everything," a unique attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change; and the presentation of the 2016 Cultural Fluency Award to L.A.'s guerilla gardener and TED Talks favorite, Ron Finley (pictured to the left).
Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS, GCS, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy presented the Distinguished Guest Lecture in Healthcare Innovation to the College of Allied Health Sciences at August University on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. The title of his presentation was "Telehealth Impact for Now and the Future: Rehabilitation Perspective".
Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS, GCS, Associate Professor in
the Department of Physical Therapy is a national expert in Telehealth.
His most recent publication is "Lee AC, Billings M. Telehealth Implementation in a
Skilled Nursing Facility: A Case Report for Physical Therapist Practice in
Washington." PHYS THER published ahead of print December 10, 2015,
Valerie Teglia, PT, DPT, NCS,
Director of Clinical Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and
co-investigators from other DPT programs are the recipient of an American
Physical Therapy Association Education Section Research Grant for the following
topic, "Trends, issues and challenges facing the Director of
Clinical Education: Preparing direction in physical therapist clinical
education Principal Investigator," Christine
McCallum PT PhD, Walsh University, N Canton, OH; Co-investigators: Donna
Applebaum, PT, DPT, MGH, Boston, MA; Chalee R. Engelhard, PT, EdD, MBA, GCS,
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; and Valerie Teglia, PT, DPT, NCS
On December 9, 2015, the Master of Science in Nursing program presented their Third Annual Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium at the Doheny Campus. The event allowed 10 students to present results from research they've conducted over the past year. The topics ranged from nurse engagement and self-care analyses of treatments, protocols and therapies. Medical professionals, alums, fellow students and guests had the chance to listen to the presentations, and engage in conversation directly with the student researchers. A panel of judges evaluated the presentations, awarding first-, second- and third-place ribbons to the top three presentations. First prize went to Flora Yuen '17, for her research on "Pediatric Nurses' Level of Preparedness in Code Blue Events." Second prize went to Leah Korkis '17, for "Assessing End-of-Life Care in the Acute Care Setting." And third prize was awarded to Raissa D. Camanzo, for "Barriers and Facilitators to Nurse Engagement." (Mount Matters, January 2016)
MSN Alums were featured in a panel discussion at the MSN Fall Faculty Meeting on October 24, 2015. The alums shared perspectives on the MSN curriculum and how the program prepared them for new roles and positions. Jennifer Guzman has been appointed to a tenure track position at Citrus College, Brandi Rico obtained a new position in the Office of Licensing, Regulatory, and Accreditation Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Katherine Winnie is a clinical nurse specialist at Keck Medical Center of USC and enrolled in a doctoral program.
Suzanne Graf presented her MSN thesis project "The Impact of End-of-Life Care Training on Medical-Surgical Nurses" at the 43rd Biennial Convention Sigma Theta Tau's International Honor Society of Nursing in Las Vegas. Ms. Graf is completing her MSN studies in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track.
MSN graduate Kirsi Toivanen-Atilla conducted a poster presentation of her MSN thesis project “Effective Nursing Leadership and Emotional Intelligence” at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas. Ms. Toivanen-Atilla’s work was completed under the guidance of her thesis project advisor, Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau.
In honor of October as Physical Therapy Month, several DPT students participated in the National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day Los Angeles on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Long Beach. This fundraiser supports local communities across the country provide health, wellness and support services to individuals' with Parkinson's.
Ana Thorne, PhD, professor of creative writing presented a paper, "Place and Race: An Educational Journey," at the October 15-17, 2015, annual conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, in San Jose, California. She also participated in a panel on "Place, Identity and Education."
DPT students Emily Billings, Marissa Dannaway, Rachel Suson, Priscilla Williams, Marco Milano and Laura Hansen completed the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco, Sunday, October 18, 2015.
Director/Writer Felix Martiz recently presented Mount MFA Film and Television Student Maritza Brikisak an award for Best Actress at the Latino Short Film Festival for her performance in El Altar De Soledad, a film by MSMU Film and Television Students.The MFA in Film and Television Program is under the leadership of interim director Dr. Pamela Haldeman.
The online catalog of the Mount's Center for Cultural Fluency provides a wealth of information about available books, videos, museum kits and other resources representing the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. Located on the second floor of the Library on the MSMU Doheny Campus, CCF also has open shelves for browsing. CCF is happy to announce that Shaquan Dixon has been selected as Graduate Student Intern for 2015-16. www.culturalfluency.org.
Mount Saint Mary's University is pleased to host the CCF Social Justice Teach Conference, a one-day conference on February 13, 2016 dedicated to environmental education. More information is available at www.culturalfluency.org.
Assistant Professor Craig Newsam, PT, DPT, recently gave a presentation titled "Promoting Physical Activity in Persons with Neurological Disability: Using Personal Exercise Experiences as a Learning Tool for Entry-Level DPT Students" at the poster session of the California Physical Therapy Association, September 26 and 27, 2015. April Anthony, DPT '14 presented a poser session titled "The Effects of Mid-Thoracic Manipulation on Heart Rate Variability".
On Saturday, September 12, 2015, 12 DPT students volunteered at a Life Rolls On event in La Jolla. Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. More information about the organization is at the link below.http://www.liferollson.org/mission/The students in the photo are from left to right: Ashleigh Gaulke, Laura Hansen, Rachel Suson, Karlee Campbell, Julia Stearns, Manreet Sangha, Amy Ngo, Moses Lau, Lauren Kato, Marissa Acuna, Brandon Wong, Daniel Diaz.
At the Fall meeting of the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles will be considered for the distinction of being granted full membership. The MA Humanities Program is directed by Dr. Millie Kidd, an active participant in AGLS.
Julia Chang, PhD, DPT professor, and her colleagues at UCLA published their research on "Evidence for the involvement of gamma delta T cells in the immune repose in Rasmussen encephalitis" in the 2015 Journal of Neuroinflammation. (Mount Matters, August 2015, Page 5)
Joshua Dusick, MD, part-time instructor in the DPT and biology departments, will co-presented a comprehensive study of post-traumatic cerebral energy metabolism at the annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, to be held in September 2015 in New Orleans. (Mount Matters, August 2015, Page 5)
Christian Teeter, MBA, EdD has been appointed as Director of Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles MBA Program. Dr. Teeter comes to the Mount from U.C. Berkeley, where he served as Chief of Staff, Division of Undergraduate Education, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor. Previously he served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees for Coast Community College. Dr. Teeter has taught on ground and online at U.C. Berkeley, Golden Gate University, Western Governor's University, Argosy, and University of Phoenix. He received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, an MBA from Marshal School of Business at the University of Southern California, and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University.
Abbigail Fietzer '09 DPT is currently earning her PhD in the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory at USC's Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association's Foundation for Physical Therapy's "Promotion of Doctoral Studies" scholarship for 2015. (Mount Matters, August 2015, Page 5)
Robin Gordon presented a paper, "The Art of the Yellow and the White: Chinese Alchemy, Chinggis Khan and Maria Prophitissa," at the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry in June 2015 at Cambridge University. (Mount Matters, August 2015, Page 5)
Michelle Patnett '16, an MFA in Creative Writing student, recently had four poems selected by a national literary publication. Patnett's poetry will be included in the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters "Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology 2015." (Mount Matters, August 2015, Page 5)
Johnny Payne, MFA, PhD, has been appointed as Director of the Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing Program. Payne has published novels in Spanish and English, and co-created an opera. He is the founder and past director of a bilingual MFA in Creative Writing program in Texas. Payne has previously served at Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Texas El Paso, and Florida Atlantic University. Payne received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Stanford University and his M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama.
MSN alums Marie Malicki '07, Monica Munaretto '12, and Jennifer Peterson '12 are employed in key leadership positions at the City of Hope in Duarte. Both Marie and Jennifer are educators and Monica is a manager. The event was sponsored by the Nursing Research and Education, and the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program and featured Nurse Scientist Donna Berry, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN. Dr. Berry is an Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Director, Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing & Patient Care Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Jeff Bergen was promoted from Clinical Program Coordinator in the Office of Licensing, Accreditation and Regulatory (OLAR) to Manager of OLAR at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In this position, Jeff has increased administrative overview to manage activities related to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and other regulatory agencies. Prior to working in the OLAR, Jeff worked on 4-SE as well as Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars. Jeff earned his Master of Science in Nursing degree in the Leadership / Administration track in 2010.
Melissa Berry, an alumna of the MSMU Graduate Humanities program and current MFA Creative Writing student, recently had another music review published in the Examiner. "Les Temps pour Tout" is the latest CD from French jazz sensation, Antoine Bleck. The review includes an interview with Bleck, his producer Russ Titelman, audio/video excerpts of Bleck at the keyboard, and a slide show of Bleck and his musicians.To see the complete review: http://www.examiner.com/review/album-review-antoine-bleck-on-his-new-cd-un-temps-pour-tout
Ms. Berry has appeared in Smooth Jazz Magazine, The Examiner, The Los Angeles Times and Buzzine.
Kathrine Winnie, alum of the Clinical Nurse Specialist track, presented a poster at the 2015 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in San Diego with the abstract published in the AACN online journal. In addition, Kathrine delivered a podium presentation at the 2014 National Versant Conference on Competency Redesign in Arlington, VA. Kathrine received her MSN degree in December 2013.
The 2014-2015 MSMU/JTC DHH
Graduate Students completed their student teaching assignments
(which is their last course) with a powerful sense of gratitude and
joy. Without exception, they recognize their own learning, honor
the Cooperating Teachers and marvel at the dedication to the
children and their families. They are now interviewing for teaching
positions. Demand is high for graduates of this program. Two of
them have been chosen to participate in an intense literacy program
that trains teachers to work on the special needs of the DHH
Alan Chong W. Lee, PT, PhD, DPT, CWS, GCS Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy had the following article accepted in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.
Lee AC, Boissonnault W. Aches, Pains, Sprains and Strains: Incorporating online mp3 media to medical screening for patient referral physical therapy curricula. J Phys Ther Educ. In press.
On April 1, 2015, Dr. Lee and three DPT students were among a group of volunteers at the Hospital de Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, Mexico. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists worked with 60 pediatric clients and their families from the surrounding area. The children were fitted for wheelchairs, orthotics and other assistive devices to help them gain mobility. Families were educated on ways they can help their children be more active and independent. The hospital and all of its services are supported by the Foundation for the Children of the Californias; a tri-national collaboration between Canada, the United States and Mexico. The mission of the Foundation and Hospital is to improve health and nutrition for the children of the region. More information on this organization can be found at http://www.usfcc.org/.
The individuals in the photo from left to right are:
Ashleigh Gaulke DPT student Class of 2016
Alan Lee PT, DPT, PhD, GSC, CSW – Associate Faculty Dept. of Physical Therapy
Joe Chen DPT student Class of 2017
Marco Milano DPT student Class of 2016
Kim Askew is co-author of Twisted Lit, the critically-acclaimed Shakespeare-inspired series of young adult novels published by Merit Press. Kim's writing has appeared in newspapers, literary journals, and other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, SoMa Literary Review, and Elle Magazine as well as the anthology The May Queen. She is currently working on her Master's thesis on Henry James at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles. Kim is managed by Jennifer Au of Caliber Media and represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of Foundry Literary + Media.
Angelica Acosta recently passed the certification exam for Nursing Professional Development administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This is a competency-based test that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nursing in the nursing professional development specialty (from the ANCC website). She has been awarded the credential: Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC). Angelica is the Ombudsman for the MSN Program. As Ombudsman, she represents students by providing their insight and feedback to faculty and administration to improve the program. Ms. Acosta is an alum of the Mount's MSN Program and also a graduate from our ADN Program. Her clinical expertise is neonatal intensive care; she currently is the Nursing Professional Development Specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.
Suzanne Graf's MSN thesis project, "The Impact of End-of-Life Care Training on Medical-Surgical Nurses," has been accepted for presentation at Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach 7th Annual Nursing Research Conference. The focus of the Conference is,"Transitions In Care:Improving Patient Outcomes Through Research and Evidence-Based Practice" with the overall objective of providing an overview of transitions of care models, discussing evidence based strategies, and exploring ways to reduce ineffective transitions across settings. Her thesis project was conducted with guidance from Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau.
Brandi Rico’s thesis project abstract “An Analysis of Factors that Contribute to Falls in Select Out-patient Procedural Settings” has been accepted into the 2015 ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Atlanta, Georgia this Fall.“More than 7,000 nurses and nursing executives from top hospitals celebrate Magnet Recognition and gather to share evidence-based practices at the ANCC National Magnet Conference®. This is the official annual conference of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®, serving as both a celebration of accomplishment for newly designated Magnet® organizations and a showcase of best nursing practices for the Magnet community.” (from http://www.nursecredentialing.org/MagnetConference)Brandi Rico also received 2nd place at the Second Annual Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium here at the Mount in December 2014 (photo: left to right - Suzanne Graf, Sue Polka, Brandi Rico).
Sue Polka has received word that her MSN thesis project abstract has been accepted for presentation at the 14th Annual Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference on April 22, 2015 at UCLA. Below is a photo of Sue at our 2nd Annual Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium in December of 2014, where the panel of alumni judges recognized the quality of Sue’s thesis project with the award of 1st place.
Jane Freutel, EdD, assistant director of the DHH Graduate Program at John Tracy Clinic and clinical faculty with the Mount’s education department presented “Graduate Students in Early Intervention: Learning Family-Centered Coaching” at the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention annual meeting on March 10 in Louisville, Ky.
Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator,
activist and educator is the featured keynote speaker at the 2015
LA Writers Conference, Imagination: The Fiction Writer's
Life, hosted by Mount Saint Mary's University and co-sponsored
with the Women's National Book Association LA Chapter (WNBA).
The Conference, a "first" for the new MFA in Creative Writing
program, features engaging panels and workshops that will deliver
practical advice to all levels of writers - from the aspiring
beginner to the practiced professional. The Mount will
welcome two hundred writers to the historic Doheny campus on March
14, and a diverse group of authors, students, community writing
groups, literary agents, publishers, and booksellers
The LA Writers Conference arrives at a milestone moment for
Mount Saint Mary's as we move from a college to a university. And
in the fall of 2014, the Mount launched its Master of Fine Arts in
Creative Writing degree, a program that seeks to train passionate
and talented writers who are committed to the daily practice of
writing and have the desire to perfect their craft. The 2015 LA
Writers Conference offers just such an opportunity - here, writers
may participate in a variety of panels and workshops that focus on
LGBT literature, speculative fiction, young adult literature,
romance, and the passage to publication.
Proceeds from the 2015 LA Writers Conference will create the
WNBA MFA in Creative Writing Scholarship at Mount Saint Mary's
University. This Scholarship will benefit graduate students
in the MFA program who plan to pursue a career in writing and
demonstrate excellence in fiction, non-fiction, literary
non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, or screenwriting. The
creative writing work of Mount Saint Mary's students has been
recognized and published since the 1930's.
To reserve your seat to hear Nikki Giovanni speak, to register
for the Writers Conference, or make a contribution, visit www.lawritersconference.org.
Early Bird rates are now in effect.
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The Graduate Religious Studies Department held its third and final commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II event at the Doheny Campus on February 14. We welcomed over 400 people from throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the event that celebrated the Church’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. This Constitution called Catholics to aggiornamento, renewal, by incorporating traditional and cultural influences of the worshiping community in the ways liturgy is celebrated. We were blessed by live presentations of sacred prayer, dance, music and regalia of the Los Angeles Kateri Circle, the beautiful choir voices from Holy Name of Jesus Parish, folklorico dancers from Herencia Mexicana de Cabeza de Vaca Cultura, and Mariachi music. Participants were also introduced to Labyrinth prayer, wrote prayer intentions and placed them on a prayer tree, drew sacred images in chalk in front of the Doheny mansion, and viewed a video montage that showed the ways in which many other cultures celebrate liturgy in song and dance. Being a community of hospitality, our guests enjoyed a sumptuous lunch catered by Urban Taco. We were further blessed by beautiful weather and a community captivated by how wonderful our communal prayer is when we welcome the richness of diversity of the cultures and traditions of the people gathered.
DPT Alum Michelle Anderson (2014) participated in the poster presentation session of the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis Indiana, Feb. 4-7, 2015. Her presentation was "The Effect of Menstruation on Hip Extension Range of Motion in Women with and without Pelvic Pain: A Pilot Study".
Nancy Harada, PT, PhD, a longtime member of the part-time faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, has been selected as the public member for the Residency Review Committee responsible for overseeing the accreditation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians for the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This is the national committee responsible for accrediting all physician residency programs. Dr. Harada is currently the National Evaluation Coordinator for Academic PACT and VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education for the VA Long Beach field office.
MSMU DPT faculty Craig Newsam worked with Amanda Boxtel at her recent TED talk in Chengdu, China. Ms. Boxtel is the Executive Director of the Bridging Bionics Foundation which aims to provide funding and education for robotic exoskeletons and bionic technology to augment human mobility and capability. Her presentation, part of the TED City 2.0 Salon at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum Global Summit, focused on the concept of creating innovative, personalized designs that humanize machines rather than mechanize humans. Dr. Newsam serves as the Clinical Advisor for Consumer Education for the Foundation. Photograph by Paul Persky
Dr. Julia Chang just published an article from her research at UCLA. C. Cepeda, J.W. Chang, G.C. Owens, M.N. Huynh, J.Y. Chen, C. Tran, H.V. Vinters, M. S. Levine, G. W. Mathern, In Rasmussen Encephalitis, Hemichannels Associated with Microglial Activation are linked to Cortical Pyramidal Neuron Coupling: A Possible Mechanism for Cellular Hyperexcitability, CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics. 2014:1-12.
MSMU 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).
Scott 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.
A 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 Saint Mary's University 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 Saint Mary’s UniversityDominican UniversityStandford UniversityReed CollegeUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Washington, TacomaSimon Fraser UniversityMarylhurst UniversityMaastricht 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.
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
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 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)
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 Association. Dr. Teglia presented on the URM clinic at the HPA Global Health SIG reception at CSM on February 5, 2014.
Talented voices from some of the most popular shows on television and film are speaking at Mount Saint Mary’s University this school year, as part of the Mount's open to the public "Distinguished Voices in Writing" forums. On January 16, Mount Saint Mary’s University 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."
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 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 Saint Mary’s University. 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.
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.
In December, 13 Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 Saint Mary’s University 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.
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)
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 Saint Mary’s University. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. General admission is $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door; $5 for WGA members; free to Mount Saint Mary’s University students, faculty and staff. Event will be held at the Doheny campus.
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.
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 Saint Mary’s University, 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 Saint Mary’s University 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.
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.
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, MSMU students free with registration. The writers series takes place at the Doheny campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University. 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.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Mount Saint Mary’s University 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).
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.
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.
"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.
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 www.mountarchives.blogspot.com/2013/07/presenting-our-digital-humanitarians.html. (Mount Matters, August 2013)
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 Saint Mary’s University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
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. 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.
Two students in MSMU'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.
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."
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 MSMU 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)
Dr. Julie Feldman-Abe, Director of the MSMU 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 (MSMU 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, MSMU 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.
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 www.univpress.com.
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 Saint Mary’s University/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.
On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the Religious Studies Department of Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 Saint Mary’s University 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 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.
MSMU 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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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 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.
Dr. Christine Jun, MSMU 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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University alumna Melissa Berry is the author of three reviews for Examiner.com. 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 MSMU 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 http://www.examiner.com/review/three-la-authors-and-la-books-2012.
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 Saint Mary’s University, 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.
The Graduate Division of Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 Saint Mary’s University 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 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.
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 Saint Mary’s University, 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.
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 Saint Mary’s University, 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 MSMU's graduate nursing program, seewww.msmu.edu/graduate-programs/nursing/.
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.
This Fall ten graduate students were recipients of the Mount Saint Mary’s University 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. www.msmu.edu/graduate-programs/humanities/
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.
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 Saint Mary’s University 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.
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 MSMU 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.
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 (www.britesoulrepair.org). 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 Saint Mary’s University 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.
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, author of Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing an Organization that Doesn't Get Stuck, was a featured speaker at Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 http://joshallan.com.
For information about the MSMU MBA Program, contact Dr. Janet Robinson, MBA Program Director, at email@example.com.
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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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."
MSMU 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 MSMU."
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.
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 http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9879.asp.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
The 2012 Roy Adaptation Association International Workshops and Conference was held at Mount Saint Mary’s University Doheny Campus June 15 and 16, 2012. Mount Saint Mary’s University faculty, alumni, and students were featured speakers at the conference.
A free public lecture by former Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 www.msmu.edu/graduate-programs/nursing/.
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.
MSMU 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)
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.
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.
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 www.capte.org.
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.
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 Española. (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 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.
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 http://www.aptrweb.org/pasp/.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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 Saint Mary’s University 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 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 Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles MBA Concentration in Project Management can be found at https://www.msmu.edu/graduate-programs/business-administration/
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.
At the Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 https://www.msmu.edu/about-msmu/president-ann-mcelaney-johnson/presidentail-inauguration/schedule-of-events/academic-symposium-and-reception.aspx.
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.
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 Council member Richard Alarcon, focusing on poverty and education. Recently, she served as campaign director for PowerPAC.org 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 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. 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 MSMU Los Angeles Humanities Program can be found at http://www.msmu.edu/graduate-programs/humanities/.
MSMU 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.
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.
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 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.
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 MSMU 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 MSMU 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.
MSMU 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 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.
An upcoming conference on "Human Trafficking: The Child Slave" will be held at the Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://myteachermyhero.com. For more information about the Center for Cultural Fluency, contact Dr. Julie Feldman-Abe or visit www.culturalfluency.org.
Dr. Valerie Teglia (left) and MSMU 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 https://www.msmu.edu/resources-culture/news-information/spotlight-archive.aspx?ContentId=441.
Dr. Jason Tonley organized a continuing education course conducted by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA. MSMU 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 MSMU 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.
Internationally renowned theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye spoke at Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 Saint Mary’s University Religious Studies Department, and Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 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 http://thisibelieve.org/essay/39990/.
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 Saint Mary’s University.
MSMU'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday April 20, at the 2011 Los Angeles Business Journal Healthcare Leadership Awards Luncheon, it was announced that Mount Saint Mary’s University 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, read more...
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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: Hearst Foundation Grant Provides Graduate Education Scholarships
Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of MSMU'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. MSMU 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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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, MSMU'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.
U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools ranks MSMU'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."
MSMU 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.
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.
Saturday March 12, 2011, the National Hispanic MBA (NSHMBA) Los Angeles Chapter met at Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 MSMU graduate students on their required field study to China.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
MSMU 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!
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 http://februarynawmbaafter5.eventbrite.com/.
Humanities students, Kelley Skumautz and Kimberly Askew published individual articles in the Coastline Journal. Find their articles in the July 2010 and October 2010 archives at: http://coastlinejournal.com/
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.
Julia 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.
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 Saint Mary’s University 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 MSMU Doheny Campus. Graduates of the program will earn BSN and MSN degrees.
Recipients of MSMU'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.
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 Saint Mary’s University Religious Studies Department and Graduate Dean's Office. (Mount Matters, Oct 2010)
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.
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)
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.
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 MSMU Assessment Task Force.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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.
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 www.marcosvillatoro.net. 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)
MSMU 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 MSMU allocates federal No Child Left Behind and Title IIA monies for graduate teacher education scholarships.
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)
Jean Gima, adjunct instructor in the MSN Program, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at UCLA Medical Center.
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)
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 MSMU’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 MSMU for its commitment to be a part of this inspiring academic group.”
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 MSMU 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 www.msmu.edu/graduate-programs/counseling-psychology/, or contact the office of Graduate Admission at 213.477.2800. Graduate Psychology faculty Gregory Travis and Darla Dunlop are pictured at left.
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.
MSMU'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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Saint Mary’s University and they sponsor the College today. For more information, contact Sister Darlene Kawulok, CSJ, Chair of the Religious Studies Department.
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.
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.
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 professor Jane Crawford presented a paper on the English Behemists at the Western Conference on British Studies in October in Tempe, AZ.
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.
Sept. 21, 2009 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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 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.
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 Saint Mary’s University 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]
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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. MSMU 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. MSMU 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 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]
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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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.
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.
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 www.challengedathletes.org.
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.
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.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has recently granted Mount Saint Mary’s University $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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and MSN Professor Tori Canillas-Dufau, led the MSMU 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.
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.
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)
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.
Multiple Subjects (Elementary) Education teacher candidates are now eligible to attend MSMU while completing their credential as a university intern. Contact Dr. Feldman-Abe for more information at 213- 477-2620.
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 Saint Mary’s University and specializes in the philosophy of education.
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.
The Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
MSMU 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.
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.
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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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 MSMU'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."
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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) 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.
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]
Mount Saint Mary’s University, 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.
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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 MSMU's MA Humanities Program. [Master of Arts in Humanities]
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.
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 MSMU Los Angeles Religious Studies Department for more information at (213) 477-2640. [Master of Arts in Religious Studies]
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 MSMU Los Angeles MA Humanities Program and is a regular NPR commentator. [Master of Arts in Humanities]
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.
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 MSMU Los Angeles MBA Program.
Nov. 10, 2008 – Mount Saint Mary’s University announces a new Executive in Residence program, bringing knowledge of top professionals to students in the MSMU 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.
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."
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. MSMU 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]
Statistics for the most recent exam cycle show that 75% of MSMU 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 MSMU Los Angeles MFT Program, contact Dr. Corinne Hay Mabry.
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]
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 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]
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 MSMU Los Angeles Graduate Humanities Program. [Master of Arts in Humanities]
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 MSMU Humanities Program is its tradition of faculty and student research, combined with active participation in professional and learned societies. For more information about the MSMU Los Angeles Humanities Program, contact Dr. Kidd.
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]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
The Mount received news in April, 2008 from the California Community Foundation of an $11,500 Women’s University Club Scholarship for a MSMU graduate student.
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]
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]
In February, 2008 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger awarded $84,000 to MSMU 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]
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]
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
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.
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]
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 Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles in 1925. The film screening is sponsored by the Office of the Graduate Dean and will take place in the Mount Saint Mary’s University Doheny Campus Rose Hills Auditorium. Contact 213-477-2800 for more information.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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.
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]
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.
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 MSMU graduate student.
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.
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 Saint Mary’s University, 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.
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).
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).
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 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”.
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.
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 MSMU graduate 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).
Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.
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.
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.
The new book The West Side of Any Mountain: Place, Space, and Ecopoetry by J. Scott Bryson, an associate professor of English at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU), 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).
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, MSMU has developed a doctoral level program to prepare students to meet the changing health needs of society.
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.
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).
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).
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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