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July 23rd, 2014

Eleven Complete Mount’s Leadership Skills Program

Mount Saint Mary College pre-freshman students develop their leadership skills at Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Photos: Danangelowe Spencer

NEWBURGH – Eleven Mount Saint Mary College pre-freshmen completed The Dyson Summer Leadership Institute, a comprehensive program designed to support the transition and persistence of first-year Mount students, on Friday, July 18.

Students from Newburgh, Wappingers Falls, Lagrangeville, Mount Vernon, Olivebridge, Beacon, New York City and beyond participated in a variety of student development activities and interactive sessions presented by the Mount’s Campus Ministry, Career Center, and athletics department. Students also benefited from academic coaching and leadership development training, including at a ropes course at Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Each student is a first-generation college student, or comes from an economically disadvantaged background.

Charles Zola, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Catholic and Dominican Institute, was the featured faculty speaker. He led a discussion on ethical leadership. Torrance Harvey, chair of the Mount’s Higher Education Opportunity Program Alumni Committee, served as keynote speaker.

The Dyson Summer Leadership Institute is funded through the Dyson Foundation and presented in partnership between the college’s department of Student Affairs and the Center for Student Success.

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