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Mount Fulbright scholar teaches in Mexico

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

September 23, 2022
Teacher librarian Yahtina Macali Soto's lessons on Indigenous culture was the impetus behind her Fulbright scholarship. Macali Soto '07 pushes her students to be proud of their history and not to let others make them feel

AlumsSpotlights

Fulbright scholar Yahtina Macali Soto ’07 combats "less than"

Yahtina Macali Soto's work on cultural pride led to her Fulbright Scholarship and collaboration with other educators

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

DonorsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Nursing program aided by Richard Riordan’s foundation

The Riordan Foundation grant further elevates nursing program

September 23, 2022
Nzinga (Harris) Graham '04, MD, was taught to give back by her mother. She supports the Mount financially and by serving as a Trustee, publicly supporting the Wellness Pavilion, and helping ensure that current students receive the same emotional and academic support that helped her thrive as a student and in her career.

AlumsSpotlights

Alumna/Trustee achieves her dream of becoming a physician

The doctor is on call -- alumna/Trustee gives back to the University

September 23, 2022

Spirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Following the steps of our founders

Two Mount trips to Le Puy this summer expose more members of the community to our Founders' roots

August 15, 2022

AccoladesAlumsSpotlights

Mount alumna awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, '69, JD, was recognized for her decades of fighting for social justice.

July 7, 2022
Krishauna HInes-Gaither, PhD, vice president of equity, diversity and justice, welcomed participants to the Mount's first in-person celebration of Juneteenth since it became a federal holiday. In addition to celebrating with music, dance, food, and community, Hines-Gaither ensured that participants reflected on the history of Juneteenth and its symbolism.

DiversitySpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Sharing history and culture in pursuit of true equality

The Mount celebrated Juneteenth by honoring the history of the enslaved and enjoyed music, dancing, food and good company.

July 7, 2022
Valerie Jarrett (left), President Barack Obama's senior advisor and now on the board of his foundation, joined daughter Laura, a CNN anchor, launched the Finding My Voice series, a conversation between mothers and daughters

SpotlightsWomen

Mount event gives lessons in leadership, relationships and more

Despite their powerful positions and fame, the Jarretts faced very common insecurities, challenges, and relationship ties

July 7, 2022

Campus LifeSpotlights

Welcoming the next generation of Athenians

Admitted Athenians Day welcomed admitted students and their families to the Chalon campus on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

April 6, 2022
The Mount's newest Alumnae Association board members (from left to right): Jenelle Benoit '99, Brenda Lopez '06 and Eunice Salinas '09

AlumsLeadershipSpotlights

The new members of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors

The Alumnae Association Board of Directors welcomes three new additions

April 1, 2022

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipSpotlights

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

GlobalSpotlights

Lessons in Leadership

Katherine Whitman has led hundreds of students to dozens of countries but has a strong connection to China.

March 21, 2022
RSWG 2022 Listing

SpotlightsWomen

Women's wellness amidst a pandemic

Mount Saint Mary’s will release the 2022 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California on March 24 on a virtual event

March 9, 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.

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

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
Who doesn’t love learning about history and public policy and — wine? During a winery tour, Steve Inrig, PhD, became aware that wine was made by workers who couldn’t afford healthcare. He couldn’t stop thinking about contemporary issues of health and well-being embedded in today’s winemaking businesses.

ResearchSpotlights

History, public policy and wine

Who doesn’t love learning about history and public policy and — wine?

March 1, 2022

DonorsServiceSpotlights

Grant to support student veterans

A new office will offer support to veterans and military-affiliated students during their transition to the Mount

February 17, 2022
KM '22, is hoping to parlay her love of sport into a career in sports journalism. She currently is an intern with the LA Rams.

Spotlights

From high school baseball to the Super Bowl  

Kathy Martinez '22, who wants a career in sports journalism, is currently an intern with the Rams

February 11, 2022
This drone shot above the Chalon Campus shows a number of its 1,084 solar panels. There are an additional 670 solar panels on Doheny Campus buildings.

Spirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Bringing Laudato Si to campus

The Mount joins other Catholic colleges and universities worldwide to respond to the Pope's call to care for the earth

February 4, 2022

AlumsSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Lulu Nurse awards grants for Mount nursing alumnae

The family of Cindy Bland '08 ADN honors her memory with the Lulu Foundation and grants for Mount nurses

February 2, 2022

AlumsSpotlights

Mount alumna offers immigration services

Immigration lawyer Kathleen Martinez '13 is offering a discount to Mount students, alumnae and the families

February 2, 2022
Gaile Krause and Rabia Yasi '24 are just one of many examples of the mentorships and camaraderie that develop between Mount students and members of the faculty and staff

Campus LifeSpotlights

Two countries, two religions: One unbreakable bond

Far from her homeland of Uganda, Rabia Yasi '24 found a helpful mentor through her job at Campus Ministry

January 8, 2022

Spotlights

PEP program offers MSMU students paid off-campus employment

Students bypass "a job for a job's sake" and focus on getting experience in their desired fields thanks to paid internships

January 7, 2022

GlobalSpotlights

A New Way to Connect

Virtual platform enables students to learn about different cultures from talking to multiple peers worldwide

December 15, 2021
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.

Educational ExcellenceGlobalSpotlights

Lessons in Diversity

Visiting Fulbright historian from Kenya brings expands his students' worldview

December 15, 2021
An image from the flyer promoting the film's debut showing some of the current and/or past Folsom Prison inmates whose lives were transformed through the practice of centering prayer

Spirit of the FoundersSpotlights

The power of prayer

"Holding Still," directed by faculty member Mary Trunk, shows the power that centering prayer

November 30, 2021
Vince Pirillo '71 has performed on many stages worldwide and currently calls London home..

AlumsSpotlightsThe Arts

Vincent Pirillo ’71: A true song-and-dance man

Vince Pirillo '71 has had a unique view of some famous scenes from musical theater -- from onstage or the wings.

November 29, 2021

DiversitySpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Honoring Bernie’s Legacy

On November 16, the Mount community dedicated the Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice

November 18, 2021

Spotlights

Victoria’s Victory

Victoria Carranza left the Mount 10 years ago, but the Weekend/Evening & Online program welcomed her back to get her degree

November 1, 2021
The MFA in creative writing program hosted the 6th annual international literary conference featuring Betina Gonzalez, JD Pluecker, Sara Uribe, Stephanie Griest, Julia Armfield, Isaac Ezba, Rose O'Keefe, Stephen-Paul Martin, Martín Camps, Johannes Göransson and Greying Ghost press.

Spotlights

“Borderlands” Near and Far

MFA's creative writing program hosts 6th annual international literary conference

November 1, 2021
Ben Levinson '15 MBA (far right), with people from his entrepreneurship class. From left: Chris Bell, Hong Lee, Veronica Horta, professor Patrick Millsap and Leitta Mayers.

AlumsSpotlights

Saving soles

MBA alum Ben Levinson '15 is working to bring a product to market that he first developed during an entrepreneurship class.

October 3, 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

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsSTEM

Journal publishes professor’s spin on assignments

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

October 3, 2021
The entire student body of the Mount in 1931 when the college moved to the new Chalon campus

Campus LifeSpotlights

Keeping history

The Mount's archives contain many historic items, but the challenge now is how to store digital sources of information

September 27, 2021

AccoladesSpotlightsWellness

Prevention is key

Leah FitzGerald's career blossomed when she focused on wellness

September 17, 2021

SpotlightsThe Arts

An eye on the stars

In both his name and his music, Derrick Skye mixes the traditional with the unexpected

September 11, 2021
Robert (Bob) Perrins, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has tackled many topics as a historian. Up next: chronicling the Mount's first 100 years.

ResearchSpotlights

Exploring history with the Mount’s provost

Bob Perrins, PhD, will turn his historian efforts to documenting the Mount's first 100 years

September 9, 2021
Bernadette (Bernie) Robert '77, who served in many roles at the Mount, is fondly remembered by a few of the many people whose lives she touched.

AlumsSpotlights

Spread your wings and fly

Friends share their thoughts on Bernadette (Bernie) Robert '77, who served many roles at the Mount

September 8, 2021
Nely Meza Andrade '12 MBA is executive director and CEO of Casa Treatment Center in Pasadena, one of the few all-women treatment facilities in California combating addiction.

AlumsSpotlights

Nely Meza Andrade supports women with addiction

The Mount's entrepreneurial MBA program provided the business acumen alum needed to lead a nonprofit

September 8, 2021

AlumsSpotlights

Alumnae Survey 2020

Our alumnae responded to our survey in force, and we're listening.

September 8, 2021
Kimberly Nao (left) and Chinako Belanger (right) are sharing director duties for The Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice

DiversitySpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Two co-directors lead renamed, revitalized Center

The new Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice is being led by two co-directors, Kimberly Nao and Chinako Belanger

August 31, 2021
There are six new certificates being offered in the film department, including photography, production and acting.

Spotlights

Mount to offer six new film certificate programs

Six disciplines are offered in new film department certificate programs

August 2, 2021
A collection of journal entries or letters, as depicted, could be the basis of a memoir.

Spotlights

Two new certificates offered in creative writing

Two new creative writing certificates offered for MFA students or those seeking focused knowledge

August 2, 2021
Jennifer Kim '16, one half of the duo named

AlumsSpotlights

“Real Therapist” Serves Up Straight Talk

Jennifer Kim '16 and a friend from grad school dish up straightforward advice as the "Real Therapists of LA"

August 1, 2021
Erika Jones '00 has had to navigate unfamiliar waters during the pandemic on the board of directors for the California Teachers Association.

AlumsLeadershipSpotlights

Alumna spotlight: Erika Jones ’00

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

August 1, 2021
A question posed by a Mount professor put Cassendra Munro '08 on the path to developing a risk assessment scale that now bears her name

AlumsSpotlights

Munro’s Mission

Cassendra Munro '08 developed a risk assessment scale for postoperative pressure injuries that now bears her name

July 1, 2021

LeadershipSpotlights

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
Many marketers would dream to have a position with a brand like The Walt Disney Studios. For Jan Coleman '06, that dream is a reality.

AlumsSpotlights

Jan Coleman Delights in Disney

Jan Coleman '06 is vice president of global partnerships marketing and multicultural marketing for The Walt Disney Studios.

June 28, 2021
Pianists and composers Kaitlin (left) and Emily Webster-Zuber in the Doheny mansion's Pompeian room, where one of their performances was recorded.

SpotlightsThe Arts

A Passion for Classical Piano

The Webster-Zuber sisters work to expand audience reach and performance opportunities for themselves and their colleagues.

May 28, 2021
Elaine Walsh '86 BSN (left) is a nurse scientist at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she studies resilience in nursing and uses research to support the need for stress recognition and self-care

AlumsSpotlightsWellness

Care for Your Patients? Care for Yourself!

Veteran wants her colleagues to prioritize their own care as well as that of their patients

May 10, 2021

AlumsSpotlights

Former Teacher Finds Her True Calling as a Nurse

Changing careers can be risky, but Kathy Torres '08 ABSN took the plunge and is now enjoying the rewards for her courage

May 10, 2021
Ensuring literacy and educational opportunities abound for children keeps Yahtina Macali Soto '07 energized

AlumsSpotlights

The Library’s Open – Come on In!

Alum hopes that getting kids excited to read will lead to a lifelong interest in learning

May 6, 2021
Two student organizations joined forces to conduct a fun event, with proceeds going to the National Urban League.

ServiceSpotlights

Mount Community Night Combats Racial Injustice

Mount students continue to support causes that support social justice

May 6, 2021
“I am truly touched to have been awarded Staff of the Year, especially because it comes from the students,” says Valeria Rizo ’10. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with my students and support them as much as I can so they can reach their goals.”

AccoladesSpotlights

Students Select Faculty and Staff of the Year

Patrick Khan and Valeria Rizo were student picks among faculty and staff this year

May 5, 2021
A decorative photo of statues of Mary

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Mary’s Day 2021 Virtual Announcement

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

May 5, 2021
2021 Laurel Recipients

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Laurel Awards 2021

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

May 5, 2021

Spotlights

When the Plague Took Aim at San Francisco

Bob Perrins will discuss San Francisco's outbreak of the bubonic plague in the early 1900s.

April 23, 2021
Athenian Awards Listing Slide 2021

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipSpotlights

Athenian Awards 2021

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

April 22, 2021
Bibles embossed in gold were relatively affordable and an accepted way to demonstrate a family's middle class status

Spotlights

Our Collection of Rare Bibles

The Mount's libraries house an impressive collection of rare Bibles

March 29, 2021
Johnny Payne, director of the MFA in creative writing program, views what might be called mundane through a unique lens.

Spotlights

Nothing One Dimensional About Johnny Payne

Churning out new ideas and word play is as natural to this professor as breathing

February 24, 2021

AlumsSpotlights

High School Sweethearts in it for the Long Haul

This young couple has already learned several keys traits to maintaining a strong relationship

February 11, 2021

LeadershipSpotlights

Lighting the Way

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

January 27, 2021
From left: Phyllis (Lieb) Ambrose ‘61 with her daughter Janis Ambrose-Shard ’02 and her late mother Bernice (Carls) Lieb ’37.

AlumsSpotlights

Every Little Bit Counts

The consistent giving of smaller gifts adds up to a mountain of help for Mount students.

January 27, 2021
MSMU nursing student Tamara Mendoza administers the COVID vaccine to Mount instructor and Torrance Memorial Medical Center RN Maria Huskins.

AlumsServiceSpotlights

Mount Nurses, Students Vaccinate Against COVID

Mount students and nurses are busy arming healthcare workers against COVID at numerous vaccination clinics

January 13, 2021
The CPS staff, clockwise from the left: Susan K. Salem, PhD, director; postdoctoral fellow Summer Scheidegger, PhD; Kendra Nickerson, PhD, associate director and training director; PDF Ivan Cabrera, PhD; PDF Charlie Champion, PhD; Sabrina Orellana ’19, office manager; PDF Sam Harris, PhD; and psychiatric nurse practitioner Varretta Moore, PMHNP.

SpotlightsWellness

Counseling and Psychological Services Resources

CPS staff are here to support students with academic stress or more serious issues affecting their well-being.

January 13, 2021

DiversityEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

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

Campus LifeSpotlightsWellness

Mount Saint Mary’s Continues to #StayMountStrong

University campaign encourages the Mount community to stay engaged and connected throughout the spring semester.

January 11, 2021

DonorsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

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
A student sitting in front of a tree

DonorsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

MSMU Receives $15 Million Grant

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

December 15, 2020
The Kite City Playwrights formed their cooperative as graduates in the MFA in Creative Writing program. From left: Honorary member Johnny Payne, PhD, director of the MFA in Creative Writing; Sharon Cleveland Blount '18; Myrna Aguilar '18; Sharnell Blevins '19; and Melinda Canny '17.

AlumsSpotlightsThe Arts

From the Mount to the Stage

MFA in Creative Writing alums form group to provide supportive environment, spur creativity and productivity

December 4, 2020
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AlumsLeadershipSpotlights

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
Rebecca Graham Forde '22 wanted to explore various writing genres but never expected to be so drawn to poetry.

Spotlights

MFA Program Provides Fertile Environment to Explore

Ode to the cliched rhyme: She's a poet and didn't know it.

November 24, 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.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

MSMU Partners With UCLA in Perioperative Nursing

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

November 9, 2020
Treemonisha Smith joined the Mount staff to oversee emergency preparedness and environmental health and safety.

LeadershipSpotlights

Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Rest

Newly created position oversees emergency response, health and safety issues

November 9, 2020
Krystal Karter landing image

AlumsSpotlights

A Full Set of Tools

Alum Krystal Karter MBA '16 enjoys helping companies market themselves so they can focus on running their business.

November 5, 2020

Campus LifeSpotlights

MSMU in Netflix

The popular Netflix show "Ratched" features iconic spots on Mount Saint Mary’s campuses.

November 3, 2020

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

Latinx Heritage Month: Gloria Alvarez ‘05

Gloria Alvarez ’05 reflects how the Mount community helped to grow her pride in her heritage and shape her career goals.

October 6, 2020
In case it's not already abundantly clear, these students will help: Get out and vote! Your voice matters!

Campus LifeSpotlights

Raising Number of Student Voters

MSMU Votes encourages students to register to vote, educates them on candidates and political initiatives

September 29, 2020
A woman with a backpack and colorful background

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

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
students sitting on school entrance sign

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

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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AlumsSpotlights

A Self-Made Modern Day Renaissance Man

Forget choosing the road less traveled when coming to a fork in the road -- this alum will traverse them both

August 31, 2020
students virtual tassel turning ceremony

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

Deferred Yet Conferred

It may not have been the Commencement anyone anticipated, but the graduates of 2020 celebrated with gusto nonetheless

August 26, 2020
listing image: aerial shot of Chalon campus

Campus LifeSpotlights

Fall Reopening Plan

Description of safety measures taken to keep the Mount's faculty, staff and students safe as the academic year gets underway

August 25, 2020
Athenian Care listing image

SpotlightsWellness

Athenians Care Campaign

Sign the pledge wall online to show your commitment to minimizing outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus

August 25, 2020
Elena Brower

SpotlightsWellnessWomen

Elena Brower: "Compassion in Times of Deep Healing"

Virtual guest speaker, a renowned author and teacher, guides attendees through exercises designed for mindful compassion

August 20, 2020

AlumsDiversitySpotlights

Communication Superpower Coaching

Alum Aaron Young focuses on honing clients' leadership and communications skills in his coaching practice

August 20, 2020
Kerrie Klein BSN ’07 Kaiser Permanente, Panorama City

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

In the Trenches With COVID-19

One positive effect from the coronavirus: “It has reinvigorated a lot of healthcare workers. We feel a solidarity"

August 20, 2020
A woman pointing to a sign wearing hospital scrubs

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

Chanell Jackson ‘12: A Detour to Her Dream Job

A detour to her dream job takes this nurse back full circle

August 20, 2020
Mount Saint Mary's Student Ambassadors

LeadershipServiceSpotlights

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
Senior Capstone Screenshot of two students

ResearchSpotlightsSTEM

Presenting Capstone Presentations via Zoom

Seniors polish their teleconferencing skills to give final presentations

August 20, 2020
Thomas Blumenthal

LeadershipSpotlights

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
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

LeadershipSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

150 Years of CSJs in the West

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

August 20, 2020
woman smiling in purple jacket

LeadershipSpotlightsWomen

Meet Our New Vice President for Student Affairs

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

August 20, 2020
woman smiling in camera

AlumsDiversitySpotlights

Black Business Month: Nurse Chatterjee

Nurse Chatterjee consultancy extends health care beyond owner's traditional work day

August 10, 2020
blonde woman in white leaning against white wall with quote

SpotlightsWomen

Update from the Center for the Advancement of Women

A letter from the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, Emerald Archer.

July 15, 2020
A woman looking through a microscope

AlumsResearchSpotlights

Cutting-Edge Pancreatic Cancer Research

Cathy Garcia '13 researches ways to slow progress of pancreatic cancer as grad student at Yale University

June 22, 2020
Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson

Spotlights

Mount President Responds to LA Times Editorial

Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson coauthored commentary published by CalMatters

May 22, 2020
Stacy Gruenloh photo

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

Sharing Her Passion With the Next Crop of Nurses

Stacy Gruenloh ’07 BSN, who was an undergraduate dance major and a Radio City Rockette, is now a labor and delivery nurse

May 12, 2020
Students standing together at award ceremony

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Laurel Awards 2020

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

May 12, 2020
A graphic displaying Senior Week

Campus LifeSpotlights

Celebrate Senior Week

Mount Saint Mary’s is celebrating its 2020 graduates with a week of digital and social opportunities

May 11, 2020
Cecilia Pimentel

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

No Kid(ding) This Nurse

Pimentel’s desire to be a nurse was solidified at the Mount

May 7, 2020
A decorative photo of statues of Mary

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

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

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipSpotlights

Athenian Awards 2020

Celebrating the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders

April 29, 2020
Students began arriving at the Doheny campus at 11 am and over the course of four hours, volunteers distributed 90 bags.

Campus LifeSpotlightsWellness

Farmers Market in New Form

The Mount’s monthly Farmers Market took a new form with Curbside Produce Pick Up

April 27, 2020
Salina Sells ‘12

AlumsLeadershipSpotlights

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
Mount Students and Dr. Deniz Cizmeciyan-Papazyan

ResearchSpotlightsSTEM

Students Add Co-Author Accomplishment

Mount students can add co-author to their list of accomplishments in two prestigious journals.

April 2, 2020
Stephanie Hernandez '21

ServiceSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Finding the Joy in Life

"The Mount brings the best of both worlds to me – it combines my passion for my faith and my passion for service."

March 30, 2020
Nursing students working in our Simulation Lab

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

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
Group presentation at the NASPA awards.

LeadershipSpotlightsWellness

National Recognition of Wellness Model

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

March 2, 2020
female student talking at podium

AlumsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Mentorship Playing into Alum’s Success

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

February 24, 2020
student standing with president of university with award

Educational ExcellenceScholarshipsSpotlights

A Window Into Their Souls

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

February 24, 2020
man in blue shirt in front of bookshelf

DiversityResearchSpotlights

Peter Tan

Peter Tan is associate professor and chair of the philosophy department.

February 3, 2020
Patricia Corrales

AlumsSpotlightsWomen

Patricia Corrales ’86

“As a prosecutor, our aim is to do what is just and what is right.”

January 16, 2020
woman smiling on mountain side

AlumsGlobalSpotlights

CGI Program Transforms Grad

Rachel Gutierrez ‘08 can attest to how the Mount’s global programs can make an enduring impact on one’s life.

December 20, 2019
Mount students (from left) Rebecca Prompichai, Paola Castillo and Gabriella Quintanilla are all smiles after their panel discussion on Study Away in Japan.

GlobalSpotlights

Study Away in Japan Enriches

When a trip abroad exceeds expectations, the experience can be an enriching one

December 2, 2019
Dr. Surjeet Baidwan, PhD/JD

LeadershipSpotlights

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
A group of the Mount’s MBA students attend a conference meeting.

DonorsLeadershipSpotlights

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
Jane (Landau) Cook ’91

AlumsServiceSpotlights

Jane Cook, '91

“I remember looking out the window on my last day, and thinking, “I have become a person of worth and value.”

November 4, 2019
group of women smiling for photo

SpotlightsWomen

Powerful Women Speak at MSMU

MSMU welcomed California Senator Holly Mitchell and Board President of LAUSD Mónica García to the Doheny Campus.

October 25, 2019
(From left) Mount students Alissa Oakes and Arleen Lamba work together in a campus lab on the NIH-funded research project.

ResearchSpotlightsSTEM

MSMU Awarded Research Grant

The National Institute of Health has awarded MSMU a $400k Grant to Research Chronic Diabetes Progression.

October 15, 2019
White Coats Fall 2019 Ceremony - Listing Image

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsWomen

White Coat Ceremony

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

October 15, 2019
group of women posing with props in front of backdrop

SpotlightsWomen

Women’s Leadership

The Women’s Leadership Conference brings together women to connect and learn.

October 11, 2019
girl sitting on bench

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsWomen

Isabel Villarreal '20

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

October 11, 2019
Sanchez profile

LeadershipResearchSpotlights

Spotlight on Robert Sanchez

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

October 11, 2019
group of people posing

Campus LifeSpotlightsThe Arts

Bridge to Everywhere

The Music Department has announced its 2019-2020 ensemble-in-residence, Bridge to Everywhere.

October 10, 2019
JoAnna Novak

SpotlightsThe ArtsWomen

JoAnna Novak

JoAnna Novak is an assistant professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program

September 17, 2019
Vivian Slu '21

LeadershipSpotlightsWomen

Vivian Slu ’21

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

September 17, 2019
Catching Nikon Eye

ScholarshipsSpotlightsThe Arts

Catching Nikon’s eye

MSMU film student wins $10,000 scholarship for visual storytelling

September 11, 2019

AlumsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Inspiring students

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

August 30, 2019

LeadershipSpotlights

Leading from the heart

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

August 9, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsSTEM

Double bond

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

August 2, 2019

AccoladesAlumsSpotlights

Kudos to our alums

Mount alums are racking up national awards recently. Congratulations to these four women!

July 19, 2019

AccoladesAlumsSpotlights

Family key to success

Alum credits her parents' hard work and dedication for her success as an educator.

June 24, 2019

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Film program one of best

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

May 30, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Unstoppable Class of 2019

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

May 9, 2019

AccoladesAlumsSpotlights

Teacher of the year

Alum named one of L.A. Unified School District's top teachers for her outstanding work in special education.

April 30, 2019

SpotlightsWomen

Report examines inclusion

The 2019 Report focuses on how race, age and socio-economic status shape the lives of women in California.

April 2, 2019

SpotlightsWomen

Inspiring lineup

First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be in conversation at the 2019 Report event

February 6, 2019

CampaignSpotlightsWellness

Wellness walk

The Mount launches a walking path on the Doheny Campus to get the community to move more.

February 1, 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.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

PsyD arrives

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

October 1, 2018

GlobalServiceSpotlights

Into the divide

Service trip gives students a sobering perspective on the immigrant and refugee experience.

September 6, 2018

Spirit of the FoundersSpotlightsWomen

A legacy entrusted

The CSJ Institute’s oral history project advances the stories and mission of Mount Saint Mary’s founding sisters.

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

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

‘Most Transformative’

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

August 23, 2018
Incoming first-year students in MSMU's 2018 Summer JumpStart program.

AlumsCampus LifeSpotlights

Summer JumpStart

Incoming Athenians get a taste of what it takes to succeed at the Mount.

August 1, 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.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Faculty support

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

June 4, 2018
MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson was invited to deliver the commencement address to Marymount High School's Class of 2018.

LeadershipSpotlightsWomen

‘No strangers to courage’

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

May 30, 2018
Celebrating the Class of 2018.

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

The Class of 2018

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

May 9, 2018
Va Lecia Adams Kellum Speaking

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Commencement address '18

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

May 9, 2018
Rhiannon Giddens and Lara Downes

SpotlightsThe ArtsWomen

Music Fest, MSMU-style

Women in Music Festival showcases diversity, power of music.

April 2, 2018
SpringBreak_Listing

GlobalServiceSpotlights

Spring time = go time

Spring break offers Athenians a chance to travel, explore and serve.

March 31, 2018
Sisters sharing at a Feet in the Street event.

ServiceSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Feet in the Street

Students learn lessons from sisters’ social justice ministries.

March 2, 2018

Educational ExcellenceGlobalSpotlights

An educating exhibit

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

February 13, 2018
Students participate in a cycling class during Wellness Week 2018.

Campus LifeSpotlightsWellness

Wellness Week 2018

Eating green, moving more and de-stressing with a week focused on fun, fitness and feeling well.

February 12, 2018
Women In Music: Koto

SpotlightsThe ArtsWomen

Women in Music Festival

Special event showcases the brilliance of female musicians and music scholars.

January 11, 2018
Women in Hollywood speaker series

SpotlightsThe ArtsWomen

Women in Hollywood

Speaker series brings media and entertainment industry experts to campus.

January 10, 2018
Le Puy Students

GlobalSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

In search of the founders

Students to travel to France in the footsteps of the University's founders.

January 9, 2018