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Mount President Jacqueline Powers Doud (far left) with 2011 winners of the prestigious President's Awards on the Chalon Campus (l-r): Andrea Zaballero, Debbie Serrano, Julia Sauter, Malia Sanchez, Tabitha Pineda, Gloria Perea, Minette Malinao, Chloe Long, Yevgenia Kutepova, Alicia Herrera and Francis Dimacali.

Mount Applauds Outstanding 2011 Graduates

May 9, 2011 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University celebrated its brightest 2011 graduates during two award ceremonies in April on the Chalon and Doheny campuses.

The College honored 11 baccalaureate students during Mary's Day on the Chalon Campus with the prestigious President's Award. The award is presented to students who are involved in the total college environment, and who have been transformed by the college experience. Breadth of interests as well as scope of responsibilities are included in the criteria. Additionally, recipients are known for their generosity of spirit and personal warmth.

Receiving the President's Award were:
Francis Dimacali, a nursing student, served as a College orientation leader and resident assistant. He has been an active member of numerous clubs and organizations, including the California Nursing Students Association.

Alicia Herrera, a political science and American studies major, has excelled in both the academic and co-curricular areas. She is captain of the Mount’s Mock Trial team and a Moot Court competitor, among other activities. This future lawyer is passionate about sharing her story with others, and dedicated to inspiring youth to succeed academically.

Jane Kutepova, a political science major, received Best Attorney awards from both the American Collegiate Moot Court Association and the American Mock Trial Association. She also received a Best Witness award in Mock Trial competition. She has served as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson Center and at American University, where she researched cases involving alleged human rights violations.

Chloe Long, a political science and film and social justice major, served as Associated Student Body president. She was a winner of the Best Witness award at the American Mock Trial Association in 2009. She participated in many service programs, including working for Operation Gratitude and programs to end violence against women.

Minette Malinao, a biology major, came to the U.S. just four years ago. She has been a head resident assistant, and has been involved with numerous campus groups, including the Society for Neuroscience, Women in Science and Health, Sakura Society and the anti-violence Clothesline project. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in biological Sciences.

Gloria Perea, a nursing student, has been deeply involved in Campus Ministry, and has served as a commissioner with the Pi Theta Mu service group. She is a member of the Omega Rho nursing honor society, the California Nursing Students Association and Alpha Tau Delta nursing association. She also has been a head resident assistant.

Tabitha Pineda, a psychology major with a double minor in child development and religious studies, has been a youth leader at San Gabriel Mission, fed the homeless in San Francisco and worked at UCLA with children with autism. She also has served as a campus minister. She looks forward to earning her doctorate in clinical psychology.

Malia Sanchez, a psychology major, served as academic affairs senator for the Doheny Associated Student Body, as president of the Doheny Associated Student Body, Mount events chair, senior senator, co-vice president of the psychology club and president of the psychology club. She volunteered with the Department of Mental Health and worked in crisis residential housing in the community. She plans to attend graduate school to study clinical psychology.

Julia Sauter, an English and religious studies major, has served as a Campus Ministry volunteer and as a volunteer in Washington, D.C., for the Fund for American Studies Program. She served as a resident assistant and social justice intern for the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. Her honor's thesis focused on the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador, which she visited to document her work.

Debbie Serrano, a sociology and gerontology double major, plans a career in social work with an emphasis on child welfare. She was involved in Amnesty international as publicist, served as Associated Student Body senior senator and was ASB vice president of campus activities. Her off-campus service activities include volunteering at the Midnight Mission, interning at the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture and mentoring youth.

Andrea Zaballero, a nursing student, has been a member of Pangkat Pilipino, Na Pua O Ka’Aina, the scholar mentor club and treasurer and president of the California Nursing Students Association. Her service includes being the music minister for liturgies at the Mount, tutoring children and serving as the student nurse coordinator for the Westside Thanksgiving service project. She also is a professional harpist. She plans to work as a registered nurse with a specialty in music therapy.

Laurel Day on the Doheny Campus honored four students with Outstanding Laurel Awards for their high academic achievement and great enthusiasm in college activities. Each of these students has held a leadership position in the Doheny Associated Student Body, and all are transferring to the Chalon Campus to pursue baccalaureate degrees. They are:

Maribel Gonzalez, a commuter senator for two years, typically rises at 4 a.m. to take several buses from her home to the Doheny Campus where she organizes events to support commuter students. She also has worked with the Mount's Institute for Student Academic Enrichment, women’s leadership office and with the orientation team.

Yessica Garcia has served as a resident assistant and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She has participated as a student panelist at parent workshops during the Doheny Campus Afternoon at the Mount. She also has volunteered at the Inland Hospice Association in Montclair, Calif.

Amanda Luevano has been an officer for the early childhood education club for the past two years, and this year she serves as club president. She partnered with the business club this year to host a fashion show which raised money for Dress for Success and the Week of the Young Child. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Association and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. This year, she served as sophomore senator for the Doheny Associated Student Body.

Priscilla Pineda-Mora has served as Doheny ASB historian and public relations officer, and also as an academic affairs senator. She oversaw photography of Doheny Campus events, such as the annual Haunted Campus. She worked on the College's yearbook staff at the Chalon Campus. As Doheny ASB president, she hosted the annual Women’s Tea to raise money for Alexandria House, a local transitional residence for women and children in need.

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