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August 28th, 2013

Class of 2017 begins first year at Mount Saint Mary College

Olivia Bogle, a history/political science major, moves into her new residence hall at Mount Saint Mary College. The freshman couldn’t imagine life without her trusty guitar.

NEWBURGH - A sunny Hudson Valley day provided a beautiful backdrop for new students moving into Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday, August 24th.

Activities as they began their academic journey included moving in, signing onto the campus wide wireless internet, and dropping by the campus store. Student attended a welcome mass before they bade their families farewell, and the opening mass of the semester for the Mount community was scheduled for Sunday, August 25 at 6 p.m.

More than 450 new freshmen are entering bachelor’s degree programs at the Mount, which is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.

Total enrollment is around 2,500 men and women working towards bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They hail from from 15 states (primarily New York) and 18 countries. College president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, is currently in Brazil, focusing on international recruitment. Some 125 Latin American students will be living and learning at the Mount in January.

Fall classes begin Monday, August 26. The college anticipates another strong year, crafting careful growth in programs both curricular and extracurricular.

More than 37 percent of incoming freshmen are aiming for a career in health professions. The college is developing a high quality physician assistant program, launched a fully online RN to BS program in August, and a new transcultural health care course will be offered.

In addition to pre-med, pre-dental and pre-veterinary tracks, and physical therapy, the Mount’s renowned nursing programs, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, boast an NCLEX-RN pass rate that consistently outperforms the state average. The college provides the only four-year nursing program in the region.

Around 13 percent of Mount freshmen are majoring in business, including accounting, finance, management, administration, and marketing. The programs, newly accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, gain relevance through the college’s Business Advisory Council and with connection to organizations such as The Solar Energy Consortium.

Business students develop critical thinking and communication skills with a complex liberal arts core. Technology, international vision, and modern organizational science combine to prepare students for careers in a global economy.

The college’s sports management concentration is building well. Among courses offered for the first time this academic year are introduction to sport management, sports facility management, financial and economic analysis in sport, and applied marketing management in sport.

There will also be new courses on writing for the professional, and introduction to historical studies.

Teacher education has long been a Mount mainstay. This fall, 13 percent of the freshmen begin preparation in their major fields for certification in childhood or adolescent education.

The college also offers comprehensive areas of study in psychology, English, math, sociology, history and more. College president Fr. Mackin teaches a course on the history of Christianity.

The rigorous honors program, open to all majors, challenges students to maximize their learning and leadership skills. One of the key benefits is expanded lab time.

In addition to nursing clinical experiences and student teaching, excellent internships successfully open doors for Mount students in all fields.

The Career Center connects students to varied professional opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, New Jersey, Connecticut, and beyond. Business major Antoinette Mirdita recently landed an internship with Deloitte, LLP, one of the "big four" international audit firms, with the possibility of being hired full-time.

Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., director of campus ministry, has initiated MSMC Serves, dedicated to aiding the local community through active volunteerism in a service learning mode. Students discern opportunities for service and placements, and also engage in reflection seminars, a written journal, and a final paper about the experience. MSMC Serves collaborates with academic departments on campus, including nursing students for recent health fair.

Students also serve through clubs and organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Aging United, American Chemical Society, Mary Hinton, vice president for academic affairs, explained that the college has a long and significant history of making contributions to the local community.

Mount Saint Mary College provides a 24/7 staff of caring, professional personnel. Student development is their mission.

Students leadership is honed in academic enrichments, recreational activities and other interests, as well as exciting, frequent and co-curricular events.

Making the most of cutting edge wireless service and a great living/learning environment, Mount students can use the college’s research databases day and night, and receive instant notification when their laundry is done.

This summer, many improvements have been made on campus. The main entrance now has a welcome booth for information and security. The campus store was renovated and enlarged. There’s a newly equipped cardiovascular and weight room in the Kaplan Recreation Center, and the modern residence halls are home to exercise rooms and multipurpose lounges for family-style gatherings.

In addition to upgraded SMARTclassrooms and a psychology lab, the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center features advanced laboratories for nursing and pre-med studies.

The View dining hall offers home style entrees, freshly baked pizza, and convenient meal plans, while Jazzman’s Café and Henry’s Courtside top off the Mount’s tasty options.

The 13.1 acre Dominican Center will continue to be transformed this academic year into a state-of-the-art living/learning commons. The center will house both residential and library facilities, an innovation that makes academics a way of life.

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