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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


Athenian Awards '22

Student leaders are recognized at end-of-the-year Athenian Awards ceremony

May 6, 2022

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It’s time to Double the Pell

The Mount participates in a nationwide initiative to urge Congress to double the Pell Grant.

May 5, 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
The Mount's newest Alumnae Association board members (from left to right): Jenelle Benoit '99, Brenda Lopez '06 and Eunice Salinas '09


The new members of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors

The Alumnae Association Board of Directors welcomes three new additions

April 1, 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


Aiming for tangible change

Despite the demands of multiple roles, Emerald Archer successfully manages the chaos because she focuses on her passion

March 11, 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


Recruitment and retention veteran leads enrollment team

New VP of enrollment brings a wealth of experience to her position and insights for what the future holds

February 1, 2022

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Multimedia leader with a purpose 

Religious studies professor Robin Owens, PhD, encourages women to embrace their roles as leaders

January 11, 2022
Helen Umana '21 participated in GenHERation Connection through the Mount. There, she met the mentor from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.who would offer Umana a position following her graduation.


Alumna kickstarted career through program during senior year

GenHERation Connection gave a student not only a mentor for her last year of college but her current boss

January 10, 2022


The Mount welcomes inaugural VP for equity, diversity and justice

Hines-Gaither, a highly experienced diversity educator and leader, joins the Mount as the new vice president for DEJ

January 4, 2022


Building inclusivity in the workplace

The 2021 Women’s Leadership Conference explores how to create more just and equitable workplaces

October 27, 2021

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“When opportunity arises, take it”

World Health Organization official shares career advice with Mount students.

October 27, 2021


Shattering the glass ceiling

LA County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell discusses women’s leadership and California politics with Mount students.

October 27, 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
Erika Jones '00 has had to navigate unfamiliar waters during the pandemic on the board of directors for the California Teachers Association.


Alumna spotlight: Erika Jones ’00

Erika Jones '00 on challenges she faces as a board members of the California Teachers Association

August 1, 2021


Business students learn from tech entrepreneur

Tech entrepreneur John L. Hennessy spoke to business students as part of the Vantage Point series

June 28, 2021


2021-2026 Strategic Plan

The new strategic plan details the continuing work of the University

May 5, 2021
Holly J. Mitchell (left), our Legislator in Residence and LA County supervisor, and state assembly member Cristina Garcia (right) discussed a variety of topics in the latest speaker series event from the Center for the Advancement of Women.


The Future Is Female

The annual Legislator in Residence speaker series featured politicians Holly J. Mitchell and Cristina Garcia.

May 3, 2021
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Athenian Awards 2021

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

April 22, 2021

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Women’s Leadership Launches Student-Run Podcast

Tune in to a variety of topics and listen to women leaders from all areas of the University

March 29, 2021

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Sister Pilots Workshop With Mount Student Activists

Mount students worked with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, who is well known for her activism against the death penalty

March 26, 2021


Sixty Four Reasons to Feel Inspired

"Life hacks" Eddie Loussararian shared as director of training at a flooring company were turned into a book

March 14, 2021


A ‘Blueprint for Change’

Our Report Has Inspired a Decade of Change -- at the Mount and Throughout the State

February 26, 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


Lighting the Way

Helen Umana '21, this year's Student Government Association president, focuses on communication and inclusion.

January 27, 2021


Mount President Featured in The Business Journals

President McElaney-Johnson discusses higher-ed leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent interview.

January 12, 2021
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Educator Inspired by Her Own Struggles to Read

Zoila Gallegos '90, '92, '96 MS opens up new worlds by spreading a love of reading

November 24, 2020
Treemonisha Smith joined the Mount staff to oversee emergency preparedness and environmental health and safety.


Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Rest

Newly created position oversees emergency response, health and safety issues

November 9, 2020
A portion of the WCC representatives who participated in a recent WCC meeting. Mount Saint Mary's President, Ann McElaney-Johnson, is in the bottom right corner of this screenshot.


Women's College Coalition: One Year at the Mount

Recent MSMU event attendees reaped the rewards of the WCC's close ties to the Mount

September 30, 2020
Sister Callista Roy speaking at the Roy Adaptation Association Conference in June 2019

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A legend retires: Sister Callista Roy ’63 CSJ

Sister Callista Roy quietly retires, some only learning via automated email response. But her connection here is unwavering.

August 31, 2020
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Faculty profile: JoAnna Novak

An obsession with a word is the genesis of a book of poetry

August 26, 2020
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A Consistent Look and Feel

The MarCom Council was formed to drive brand consistency whether an item is produced by faculty, staff or students

August 25, 2020
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Student Ambassadors Assist with College Apps

The ambassadors rose to the challenge and continued their work online, connecting with high school students in new ways

August 20, 2020
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An Ardent Supporter of Women

A Profile of Philanthropy: Thomas Blumenthal, former member of the Regents Council and current chair of the Board of Trustees

August 20, 2020
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150 Years of CSJs in the West

The CSJs are truly an enduring part of the history of the West

August 20, 2020
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Meet Our New Vice President for Student Affairs

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Linda McMurdock, PhD

August 20, 2020
Antonio sports the marks of a warrior – the imprints of her N95 mask.


Mother Knows Best

Kimberly Antonio ’08 BSN, can thank her mother for her career. But it wasn’t always that way.

May 13, 2020
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Athenian Awards 2020

Celebrating the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders

April 29, 2020
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Living Her Best Career Life

“In my current role, I’m able to use the leadership skills that I learned during my years at the Mount.”

April 21, 2020
Samantha De La Torre '21


Helping Fellow Students with Wellness

Samantha De La Torre ’21 is a Wellness Coordinator for the Doheny Campus.

March 30, 2020
Group presentation at the NASPA awards.


National Recognition of Wellness Model

The University’s peer wellness advocates were named Outstanding Peer Group of the Year by NASPA.

March 2, 2020
Helen Boutrous


Helping Students with an Alum Network

Helen Boutrous founded the Mount’s award-winning Mock Trial and Moot Court teams.

March 2, 2020
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Mount IT Leader Awarded

IT Leader Shannon Shank Awarded by Advancing Women in Technology

December 2, 2019
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New MBA Program Director

Dr. Surjeet Baidwan, PhD/JD, has joined Mount Saint Mary’s University as the new Director of the MBA Program.

November 26, 2019
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Michelle French-Holloway

Her varied work experience shaped her mission to help students answer questions about who they are.

November 26, 2019
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Kathleen Perez '21

I am unstoppable because I am a person who defeats challenges and who doesn’t give up.

November 26, 2019
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Voter Engagement Seal Awarded

Mount Saint Mary’s received a gold seal for achieving a student rate between 40% & 49%.

November 20, 2019
A group of the Mount’s MBA students attend a conference meeting.


Mount Awarded Title V Grant

Mount Saint Mary’s has been awarded a five-year $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title V Program.

November 14, 2019
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Kim Harris, Pat Reif Lecturer

Liturgical Justice Through Sacred Song Lecture on Oct. 28 by Dr. Kim Harris

October 24, 2019
Student affairs leaders wear MSMU Votes shirts to promote civic engagement on both Mount campuses.


MSMU LEAD Institution

MSMU Again Selected as LEAD Institution to Support Civic Engagement.

October 15, 2019
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Spotlight on Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez is an assistant professor of philosophy who specializes in Mexican and Latin American philosophy.

October 11, 2019
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Vivian Slu ’21

Vivian Slu ’21 is a political science and philosophy major with a pre-law minor

September 17, 2019
Unstoppable Listing (Slideshow)



That word is more than just a tagline. It’s how our students define themselves.

September 11, 2019


Leading from the heart

Student body president thrives on serving her communities, whether in her hometown or at the Mount.

August 9, 2019

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Accolades: March 2019

The University earns a "Voter Friendly Campus" designation for second year in a row, plus faculty news.

March 10, 2019


Accolades, November 2018

The University is named one of the nation's "Best Colleges for Student Voting," plus faculty and alum news.

November 13, 2018


Nurturing nurse leaders

Three alums, working together at the same hospital, pave a path for other nurses to become leaders.

September 7, 2018


Beyond identity politics

As leader of a county party in California, Zaira Cedano '14 says criticism of her age, gender and ethnicity only spur her on.

September 6, 2018
Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary's University.


Making the connection

National women’s commissions gathering in Los Angeles features an MSMU flavor.

August 3, 2018
MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson was invited to deliver the commencement address to Marymount High School's Class of 2018.


‘No strangers to courage’

MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson delivers commencement address at Marymount High School.

May 30, 2018
Mount alumna and former federal judge Barbara S. Jones '68 has been appointed as 'special master' in a high-profile federal case.


Alumna on the case

Barbara Jones ’68 named special master in high-profile legal case with White House implications.

May 28, 2018
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Ready to run...and lead

Mount Saint Mary’s hosts public campaign training to prepare more women to run for office.

May 17, 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
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2018 RSWG Recap

MSMU's latest research report shines a spotlight on gender inequities among California's workforce.

April 30, 2018
MSMU students participated in 50/50 Day on April 26, 2018.


Paths to parity

Students lead campus conversations on what it will take to create a more equitable world.

April 27, 2018
Participants listen to a speaker during a previous Ready to Run training.


Ready to Run '18

MSMU hosts public campaign training to prepare more women to run for office.

April 5, 2018
Members of MSMU's 2018 Mock Trial team pose for a photo at the American Mock Trial Association's season-ending regional competition.


The verdict is in

Emely Reardon ’19 wins two awards at Mock Trial competition.

February 25, 2018
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Winning the vote

Mount Saint Mary’s receives Bronze Seal for Excellence in student voter engagement.

December 7, 2017


Center's debut

Opening a new hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development.

November 10, 2017

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Diversity leadership

Kari Bolen, EdD, is the new director of diversity and inclusion at Mount Saint Mary's.

October 12, 2017