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Accolades: March 2019

The University earns a second Voter Friendly Campus designation for efforts to encourage student voting in national elections.

March 10, 2019


For the second year in a row, Mount Saint Mary’s has been designated a The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2018 elections and in the coming years. The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Kudos to the  initiative for keeping our students engaged in the democratic process!


Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, was the keynote speaker for the Women’s History Month Observance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, held March 5 in Los Angeles. She spoke about “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”

Jody Baral, chair of the art department, curated "Shifting Narratives: The Strength of Women Survivors," an exhibit portraying the journey, strength and resilience of women surviving homelessness, domestic violence, and human trafficking. The exhibit was organized by the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women in partnership with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez, and the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department. The exhibit will be on display at the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery until March 28. Mount Saint Mary's will host a companion exhibit in the Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery on the Chalon Campus from April 15 to 19.

Michelle French-Holloway, PhD, has been appointed interim director of the Master of Business Administration program. French-Holloway is an associate professor and serves as director of Doheny Traditional Undergraduate Programs, as well as an MBA cohort advisor, in the Department of Business Administration. She has been with the Mount for 13 years. She earned her doctorate in organizational leadership, MBA in marketing, and bachelor of science in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Routledge has published "Fieldnotes from a Depth Psychological Exploration of Evil," a book by Robin Gordon, PhD, professor of education. The book ties together threads of Jungian theory, philosophy, etymology, neuroscience and history in an attempt to understand the nature of evil.

This year’s The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ features several members of the Mount community who contributed analysis through “A Closer Look” pieces: Orlando Alvarez, psychology instructor; Paula Helu-Brown, psychology instructor; Nicole Haggard, PhD, film, media and communications instructor; Alison Halpern, wellness manager; Kimberly Nao, PhD, professor of education; Sarah Shealey, assistant professor of nursing; and Megan Staudenraus, program manager of the Mount’s The Lotus Initiative under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Kudos goes out to the following Collectif contributors, whose original research will be published in the second edition of the online anthology: Caitlyn Keeve ‘20, Honors scholar and psychology major; Aimee Koeplin, philosophy instructor; Wendy McCredie, PhD, humanities professor; Sarah Shealey, assistant professor of nursing; and Ana Thorne, PhD, humanities instructor.


Amy Sonnichsen, digital initiatives librarian, has been selected to be a fellow for the Visualizing the Future Symposia, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services that will bring together library professionals to develop a literacy-based instruction and research agenda focused on data visualization. Sonnichsen's project will focus on community health data to support the research interests of Mount students and faculty.