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Accolades: April 2019

Mount Saint Mary's named one of California's top 30 colleges, plus faculty news

April 7, 2019

University

Mount Saint Mary’s has been ranked as one of the top 30 best colleges in California! The list, curated by Learn.org, includes public and private non-profit colleges and universities in the state  “that offered a variety of student services and activities, a diverse campus, high-quality educational programs in many fields of study … and unique features like sustainability commitments or research collaborations between students and faculty.” Learn.org selected the top 30 schools based on tuition, graduation rate, and student retention.

Faculty

Emerald Archer, PhD, second from right, leads the Mount's Center for the Advancement of Women. She was honored at the March 26 Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center.
Emerald Archer, PhD, second from right, leads the Mount's Center for the Advancement of Women. She was honored at the March 26 Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center.

Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, was nominated for the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Awards Program by Lindy Huang Werges, principal and founder of Integritas Resources and co-founder of Zen Yoga Strap. The program recognizes women in leadership and their contributions to community.  Emerald was selected as an honoree in the category of Woman of Diversity and was presented with an award at the Lakers Game on March 26 with the other honorees.

The New York Times published an essay by JoAnna Novak, assistant professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program. The piece, “Coping with a Dieting Relative When You’re a Recovering Anorexic” appeared online on March 14.

Students

Abdulhamid Banafa ’19 DPT received two awards from the American Physical Therapy Association. He received the Minority Student Physical Therapist Scholarship, awarded for a student’s exemplary academic record, contributions to minority affairs and services, and potential for superior achievements in the profession of physical therapy. He was also honored with the Societal Impact Award for exceptional service in one or more of the following areas: increasing social awareness and improving societal welfare, leadership and volunteerism, and philanthropic initiatives and advancement of physical therapy.