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Mount Fulbright scholar teaches in Mexico

Emily Berry '24 mixes her love of travel with her work to become fluent in Spanish for her future career

September 23, 2022
Jennifer Lee '23 in the operating room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Nursing program aided by Richard Riordan’s foundation

The Riordan Foundation grant further elevates nursing program

September 23, 2022

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Pre-law program says farewell to its director

Professor Helen Boutrous, PhD, JD, is retiring, but her protégés are guiding the next generation of Mount pre-law students.

September 16, 2022

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Confronting conspiracy theories and educating young people

Professor Tochluk, PhD, discusses her latest publication, a guide for parents to prevent radicalization in young people.

July 26, 2022

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Studying women’s health across borders

Mount students participating in the GWSTEM program traveled to Argentina this summer to conduct fieldwork research

July 18, 2022

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MSMU launches three new online certificates

The new online certificate programs in digital marketing, data analytics and HR management will start this fall.

July 6, 2022

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Op-Ed: Serving by meeting students’ basic needs

President Ann McElaney-Johnson reflects on pandemic leadership lessons in op-ed for Inside Higher Ed.

June 3, 2022

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How to build a multimillion-dollar culinary empire

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck visits the Mount to share his experience leading restaurants and other global businesses.

May 4, 2022
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Laurel Awards 2022

The Laurel Awards celebration is a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors

April 29, 2022
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Mary’s Day 2022 Announcement

Please join us in congratulating the Mary’s Day 2022 award winners

April 28, 2022

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A covalent bond: Women and STEM

Mount student participates in powerhouse panel about women’s colleges, STEM and national defense.

April 6, 2022
Kimberly Nao, PhD (left), and Julie Feldman-Abe, PhD (right), both education faculty, were featured in a blog by Education First, a team of advisors to leaders responsible for delivering quality public education, particularly to underserved communities. The discussion centered on providing a diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism focus in the teachings of future educators.

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Education department promotes antiracism within future educators

The fight to becoming antiracist starts with educating the next generation of teachers who will be guiding our youth

March 23, 2022

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A decade leading the Mount forward

President McElaney-Johnson celebrates one decade at the Mount as she continues to build upon the Mount’s legacy.

March 23, 2022
Alicia Mercado '22 has spent countless hours in Mount labs and summers involved in research esteemed programs like those offered at Caltech. But that's what makes her happy. She's eyeing her upcoming graduation and looking forward to pursuing an MD/PhD in the near future.

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Alicia Mercado: Unstoppable Scholar 2022

As Alicia Mercado '22 nears the end of her undergraduate studies, she is recognized for her overall academic performance

March 2, 2022

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“Let’s be unstoppable, together”

The new VP for equity, diversity and justice is focused on establishing the Mount as an antiracist university model

February 17, 2022

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Expanding our curricula to meet demands

New courses, degrees, certificate programs and interdisciplinary classes provide today's students maximum flexibility

January 9, 2022
Eliud Biegon, PhD, second from the right, visiting the Dia de Los Muertos memorial at the Charles Willard Coe Memorial Library on the Chalon Campus. With him, from left to right, are Coe library staffers Lorena Alvarado, Michelle Luevano and J. Thomas McCarthy Library staff member Claudia Alvarado from the Doheny Campus.

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Lessons in Diversity

Visiting Fulbright historian from Kenya brings expands his students' worldview

December 15, 2021

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“When opportunity arises, take it”

World Health Organization official shares career advice with Mount students.

October 27, 2021
Stacey Peterson, PhD, professor of biological sciences, has introduced creative assignments to keep her students engaged. Her approach was detailed in a paper published by the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Educationi

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Journal publishes professor’s spin on assignments

Stacey Peterson, PhD, professor of biological sciences, assigns weekly themes to keep students engaged

October 3, 2021

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Building inclusion in the classroom

Faculty and staff members at the Mount participated in a workshop on how to create inclusive classroom settings.

September 22, 2021

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FitzGerald receives prestigious recognition

Leah FitzGerald, PhD, FNP, FAAN, has been selected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy).

August 19, 2021
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Congressional Action Aims to Help Women’s Colleges

Appropriations bill recognizes the unique role of women’s colleges in advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education.

July 28, 2021
The top three winners of the nursing research poster symposium, left to right, are Jasper Sanchez, Kristi Min-Kim and Anni Nazaryan.

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Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium

Sixteen nursing research posters were judged during the eighth annual nursing research poster symposium

May 6, 2021

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Alpha Lambda Delta Celebrates Early GPA Success

New chapter recognizes early academic success in first-year students

May 5, 2021
2021 Laurel Recipients

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Laurel Awards 2021

The Laurel Awards celebration is a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors

May 5, 2021
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Mary’s Day 2021 Virtual Announcement

Please join us in congratulating the Mary’s Day 2021 award winners

May 5, 2021
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Athenian Awards 2021

Celebrating the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders - Athenian Awards 2021

April 22, 2021
Nursing student Alexis Sio '21 nears the end of her college years with an Unstoppable Award to add to her accomplishments

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Alexis Sio ’21: Above, Beyond and Well on Her Way

Alexis Sio '21 won this year's Unstoppable Scholar award during the recent President's Scholarship Celebration event.

March 1, 2021
The lead photograph of Vianna Villacorta's blog on Haitian cultural traditions (from Caribbean Life News).

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Vianna Villacorta ’21: Writer, Cultural Explorer

Student serves as correspondent covering various Latin American countries

February 24, 2021
Building women leaders is a fundamental part of a women and gender studies major, and it's also at the core of the Mount's mission. These three students are taking a break from a leadership conference in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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A New Major for Fall ‘21

The popular women's studies and leadership minor will have company in a women and gender studies major, starting this fall.

February 3, 2021
Professor Michelle French-Holloway, EdD, and Naomi Prazak, recipient of a Dr. Janet Robinson MBA Director's Scholarship.

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Hallmarks of Mount Saint Mary's Business Education

Business students succeed by applying a mix of practical and critical-thinking skills

January 27, 2021

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Jaden Balsman ’22: An Attorney in the Making

Jaden Balsman ’22 placed among the top orators at last semester's moot court competition.

January 13, 2021

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MSMU Receives $15 Million Gift

Mount Saint Mary’s University has received a generous $15 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

December 22, 2020
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MSMU Receives $15 Million Grant

Grant Will Support the Advancement of Women Leaders at Los Angeles’ Only Women’s University

December 15, 2020
Gail Angelli Daclan '21, second from the right, in the operating room with a head and neck surgical team at UCLA through a partnership between the two universities to expose more students to perioperative nursing.

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MSMU Partners With UCLA in Perioperative Nursing

The universities work together to combat a shortage in this specialized area of nursing.

November 9, 2020

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Carrying the CSJ Spirit Forward

Alumna Nayeli Dominguez '20 talks about her internship with the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph.

November 6, 2020

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Empowering Students

Alum Sonali Bridges ’98 has been breaking down barriers for women in education since she started at the Mount.

November 5, 2020

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Supporting Students Financially During COVID-19

A new $200,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation helped support students who were impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 20, 2020

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MSMU Awarded $1.25 Million Education Grant

Mount Saint Mary’s has received a $1.25 million federal grant in support of its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program.

October 20, 2020
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MSMU No. 1 in Social Mobility in Best Colleges List

U.S. News & World Report '21 ranks MSMU in the top 10 three times, including our first appearances in two categories

September 29, 2020
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MONEY Magazine Ranks MSMU #3 "Most Transformative"

Mount Saint Mary's is highly ranked nationally in "Most Transformative" category and top 10 overall within the western region

September 4, 2020
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Faculty and Staff News

Faculty tenures and faculty/staff anniversaries celebrated

August 26, 2020
Students standing together at award ceremony

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Laurel Awards 2020

The Laurel Awards celebration is a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors

May 12, 2020
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Mary’s Day 2020

Please join us in congratulating the Mary’s Day 2020 award winners

May 7, 2020
A group of students in matching tshirts

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Athenian Awards 2020

Celebrating the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders

April 29, 2020
Nursing students working in our Simulation Lab

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Nursing Programs Among Best in Nation

Mount Saint Mary’s University nursing department was once again nationally recognized for its extraordinary programs

March 6, 2020
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Mentorship Playing into Alum’s Success

"The Mount provided an environment that said, ‘You can do anything you want.’"

February 24, 2020
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A Window Into Their Souls

At this year’s Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 19, 2020, Iwuoma received the Unstoppable Scholar Award.

February 24, 2020
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White Coat Ceremony

80 incoming nursing students entered the chapel to be cloaked with a white nursing coat by MSMU faculty.

October 15, 2019
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Isabel Villarreal '20

Isabel Villarreal '20 is an English and history major, an Honors Scholar, and a commuter student mentor.

October 11, 2019

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Inspiring students

A professor pushed Michelle Melendres ’03 to aim higher. Now she’s doing the same to her students.

August 30, 2019

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Academia to workplace

Embedding career guidance into college courses

August 26, 2019

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Double bond

Chemistry professor’s charge to students: Do undergrad research and advocate for your rights.

August 2, 2019

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Best for veterans

Mount Saint Mary's nursing program ranks as one of the top 25 in the nation as a 2019 best bet for veterans.

June 21, 2019

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Film program one of best

Variety names MSMU as one of the world's best film schools of 2019.

May 30, 2019

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End-of-year accolades

Faculty and staff celebrate milestone anniversaries, promotions and retirements.

May 10, 2019

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Unstoppable Class of 2019

Mount Saint Mary’s celebrates the journeys, achievements and transformations of the Class of 2019.

May 9, 2019

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Student accolades

Students showcase skills, research at academic conferences, competitions.

April 30, 2019

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Commencement news

Oxfam America President Abby Maxman and CAST executive director Kay Buck to speak at ceremonies.

March 10, 2019

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Teaching the code

Professor envisions machine-learning courses for computer science majors and non-STEM students alike.

March 10, 2019
Mount Saint Mary's new doctor of psychology in clinical health psychology (PsyD) will be based at the University's historic Doheny Campus in downtown L.A.

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PsyD arrives

MSMU launches a doctor of psychology program to help address shortage of mental healthcare services.

October 1, 2018

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Faculty notes: Sept. 2018

What our faculty are up to: media exposure and a short story anthology.

September 12, 2018
Isabel Villarreal ‘20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Global scholars

Honors program global immersion course explores "privilege and poverty" in Brazil and Argentina.

September 6, 2018

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A writer's retreat

Summer course in Colombia proves to be a magical, eye-opening experience for MFA in Creative Writing students.

September 6, 2018
MONEY Magazine has named Mount Saint Mary's University No. 5 on its list of

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‘Most Transformative’

New accolades for Mount Saint Mary’s University, one of the ‘Most Transformative Colleges’ in the U.S.

August 23, 2018

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DPT wellness assessments

Physical therapy program initiatives to help keep athletes safe and healthcare providers healthy.

August 10, 2018

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Expanded academic slate

This fall, the University offers its first bachelor of fine arts degree and launches two fully online baccalaureate programs.

August 9, 2018
Mount Saint Mary's faculty will receive new, evidence-based training thanks to the University's selection into the Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance.

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Faculty support

University joins a national consortium that prepares professors with career guidance skills.

June 4, 2018
Students celebrate after the 2018 Mary's Day ceremony.

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End-of-Year Traditions

MSMU honors the students, staff and faculty who made 2017-2018 another year to remember.

May 11, 2018
Celebrating the Class of 2018.

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The Class of 2018

Celebrating the accomplishments of Mount Saint Mary's 2018 graduates.

May 9, 2018
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Commencement address '18

Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of St. Joseph Center, delivered MSMU's 2018 undergraduate commencement address.

May 9, 2018
Bob Perrins delivering a commencement speech

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Grad Commencement address

MSMU Provost Robert Perrins delivered the keynote address to graduating members of MSMU's Graduate Division

May 8, 2018
Professor Lia Roberts, PhD, center, with some of the students who traveled to Peru in August 2017 to study the country's healthcare system up close.

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Beyond Borders

Students cross boundaries of nation and discipline to research cancer with a wide-angled lens.

April 6, 2018

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Academic showcase

University-wide symposium highlights student and faculty research.

April 4, 2018
Attendees in a workshop at the 2018 Critical Teaching in Action conference.

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Health, wellness, justice

Conference helps educators teach and practice self-care.

March 28, 2018
2018 commencement speaker listing

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Commencement speaker

Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president of St. Joseph Center, named undergrad commencement speaker.

March 16, 2018

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An educating exhibit

Exhibit based on professor's book compares U.S., Chinese education.

February 13, 2018
Empowering Excellence at the Mount

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Empowering excellence

At the Mount, we graduate intelligent, confident leaders who are extraordinary catalysts for positive change.

November 9, 2017
Reaching The Summit

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Reaching the summit

A celebration of Mount Saint Mary's 2017 graduating cohort of Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

October 1, 2017

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DPT Class of '17

The University's latest Doctor of Physical Therapy cohort is ready to lead.

October 1, 2017