Newburgh - Despite the threat of Hurricane Irene, Mount Saint Mary College welcomed its largest resident population of more than 1,000 students on Saturday, August 27th. A total enrollment of some 2,700 men and woman - including 455 freshmen, 160 new transfers, and graduate and continuing students - begins classes this week at the Mount, where the student to faculty ratio of 15:1 yields plenty of opportunity for one to one academic attention.
• New for fall.
Thermodynamics and Newton’s laws of motion and light will be illustrated through food and cooking in a new course, taught by Margaret Larrousse, assistant professor of mathematics, science and technology.
New faculty hail from around the globe: Thuy Linh Nguyen, assistant professor of history; Bojan Lazarevic, assistant professor of information technology; Ying Xiao, assistant professor of finance/economics; Eric Langstedt, assistant professor of communications; Jodie Wasacz, assistant professor of chemistry; and Marilyn Lashlee and Nancy Spear Owen, who will join the nursing faculty.
Three key executive level administrator posts were filled this summer: Art Criss of Walden, N.Y., is vice president for enrollment management; Mary Hinton of Milford, Pa., vice president for planning and assessment; and Alice Walters of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., associate dean for academic affairs.
Other new administrators are: Courtney McDermott, graduate recruiter in the office of graduate admissions; Caitlin Houlihan, assistant director of student activities; Kristy O’Brien, academic coach in the Center for Student Success; Dina Sedore, nurse practitioner; Stephen Sosler, men’s baseball coach; and information technology staff Wisdom Atsunyo, Robert Monte, Michael Rojas, and Johnna Touma.
• Room to grow.
When students returned to the popular East Coast school, significant changes greeted them.
The college recently purchased the Dominican Center, adding 13.1 acres to a campus that boasts breathtaking Hudson River views.
Plans for the center, which houses the Dominican Sisters of Hope Chapel, include a library/learning commons, student residences and dining, green space and parking.
With resident numbers on the rise, Mount Saint Mary College renovated the Garden Apartments near the college entrance, accommodating 49.
Residence halls, many with river views and suite-style living, also have exercise rooms, movie lounges and environmental sustainability features such as photovoltaic panels.
MSMC provides a 24/7 residence staff with expertly trained personnel ready to meet the needs of students at any time.
Still, for freshmen and their parents, lessons in leaving and letting go are part of the plan.
Vibrant campus life includes activities and clubs, recreational facilities such as an indoor pool with a view of the Hudson River, six tennis courts and an all-weather turf field. The Mount offers 17 intercollegiate varsity teams.
Mount Saint Mary College provides students with academic field experiences, club activities and Knights in the Community - teammates and coaches volunteering their time and talents in local organizations.
The college also hosts various cultural events for the community such as the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.
• Programs launched or expanding.
The Mount has established a vital pilot program, the Center for Student Success, designed to increase student achievement and foster success. Drawing from practices that have demonstrated success and building on the resources of academic advising and developmental instruction, the center offers advising, tutorial services, time-management, and study skills, among others.
Mount Saint Mary also recently arranged a joint degree program with Fordham University in social work. Students completing this program will receive a BA degree in human services from the Mount and an MSW from Fordham.
• Nationally accredited. Mount Saint Mary College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, plus specialized accrediting commissions.
Ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report, Mount Saint Mary College offers 47 undergraduate programs preparing students for careers in health professions, business, education, social services, communication/media, and more.
The Mount offers the only four year nursing degree program in New York’s mid Hudson Valley. Twenty six percent of Mount freshmen plan to major in nursing.
Mount Saint Mary College boasts a NCLEX-RN passage rate in the high 90s to 100. Recent nursing graduates are working in hospitals locally, e.g. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; in the tri-state region, and elsewhere in the Northeast and around the country.
• Saying goodbye.
Before parents bid their freshmen a bittersweet farewell, Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM, college president, celebrated a special mass. Alumni and Family Weekend will bring back many September 30 to October 2nd. Fr. Kevin invites neighbors to bring their pets for a blessing that Sunday, anticipating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.