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Mount Students Showcase Artwork at State Capitol

Nov. 23, 2005 -- Art students at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) displayed their work in the Eureka Room of the State Capitol Building in November in recognition of Independent Higher Education Month.


The work is part of a showcase of art by students attending California’s Independent Colleges and Universities. California’s 77 private, non-profit colleges educate more than 230,000 students each year and award over 20 percent of all undergraduate, 48 percent of all master, 45 percent of all doctoral, and 76 percent of all professional degrees in the state.

MSMU" students presenting their work at the Capitol were Marielos Zeka, who created the piece “Shadows Blue & Red,” and Bryce Daniels, who created an etching titled "Marshall Mathers."


The first college in California was a private, independent institution that was founded in 1851, 12 years before the establishment of the University of California. Independent colleges and universities have remained a strong participant in the state’s vibrancy since.

The state, through its Cal Grant program, helps students attend the college of their choice without regard to cost by awarding eligible undergraduates a maximum of $8,322 each year. In addition, the private non-profit colleges provide students almost $1 billion in non-governmental money.

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