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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

Josh HochschildIn his inaugural address last October, Dr. Timothy Trainor, President of the Mount, challenged us to become the best versions of ourselves and “to lead lives of significance in service to God and others.” Dr. Joshua Hochschild, the Monsignor Robert R. Kline Professor of Philosophy, has been pursuing that mission by sharing the goodness of Catholic wisdom to others in the broader community and around the world. In 2017-2018, he has been especially active in that pursuit, while continuing to teach and mentor students.
A Mind at PeaceDr. Hochschild co-authored the book A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction, published in September by Sophia Institute Press. The book, written with co-author Christopher Bloom, addresses the disorientation, anxiety and isolation we experience when overwhelmed by information technology. Much of the book was written last spring, while Dr. Hochschild was teaching a class for undergraduates and seminarians called “Friendship and Contemplation in the Digital Age.” The book draws on the wisdom of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas to help one cultivate the qualities and virtues of character to survive in our media-saturated environment. After strong sales and positive reviews, the publisher is making the book available in hundreds of parishes through the Lighthouse Media evangelization kiosk program. Dr. Hochschild recently gave a talk on the book at the Catholic Information Center which can be viewed here: Catholic Information Center, “A Mind at Peace”
Dr. Hochschild has been active discussing the book on the radio circuit as well. Among about a dozen radio bookings, in November he was interviewed by Bjorn Lundberg, on EWTN Morning Glory: Morning Glory, with Dr. Joshua Hochschild
And in January he was interviewed by Dan Cheely on Relevant Radio:
Dr. Hochschild has also shared insights from his book locally, including a “Chat with the Author” at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in November, and in-service workshops for faculty, staff, and administrators of St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, MD.
J. Hochschild 2Dr. Hochschild has also been pursuing other scholarly outreach. In October, he partnered with the Thomistic Institute to present at the University of Maryland, “How Not to Ask about the Meaning of Life: A Lecture on Meaning vs. Purpose.” In this presentation, Dr. Hochschild reflects on whether asking about the meaning of life is even a meaningful question. And in November, Dr. Hochschild presented at the University of California, Berkeley, on “John Henry Newman’s Critique of Liberalism: Lessons from the Aristotelian Tradition.”
This spring, Dr. Hochschild is scheduled to give three invited academic talks related to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. On March 9, he gave a keynote lecture at the Thomistic Conference on "Modern Atheism," sponsored by the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. In June, Dr. Hochschild will be traveling to Athens, Greece at the Symposium Thomisticum to present a lecture on "The Role of Aristotle in Aquinas." And later that month he will be in Newburgh, NY at a Thomistic Workshop presenting on “Analogy and Divine Naming in Aquinas.”
Josh Hochschild 3These are only a few examples of Dr. Hochschild’s recent endeavors to share the richness of the Mount’s liberal arts tradition. He is an excellent example of a professor who is engaged with his students while going beyond our community to share the goodness and wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Palmieri 1The Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship provides interdisciplinary, co-curricular programs focused on entrepreneurship. The Mount offers both a major and a minor in Entrepreneurship that provides a novel programming and a practical approach to venture development, innovation and design thinking. The center challenges and emboldens all students regardless of their major to develop the skills and resources necessary to achieve their goals. The program was made possible by a generous donation by successful alumni Paul Palmieri and Diane Loiello Palmieri. Emma Green and Briana Burley, two students currently working and learning in the Center, shared with us a little about themselves and their experience in the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship:
Palmieri 2“My name is Emma Greene, and I transferred to the Mount the fall semester of 2017. I am in my junior year and will be graduating in 2019. I am a Visual Arts major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I didn’t have a major declared until I arrived, only an associate’s degree and the hope to start my own graphic design business. Honestly, my favorite part about transferring to the Mount was making friends, which I really didn’t have the opportunity to do in community college. I was placed in a four-person suite with another junior community college transfer student, who I am very close with. I’ve made some friends here who I know will be with me for the rest of my life.
I was excited to be one of the first Entrepreneurship minors on campus, and was put in connection with Christine Adamow, director for the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship. Christine encouraged me to pursue my graphic design business and also hired me as an intern for the Center. My main job is to help create an identity for the Center that is recognizable by people on and off campus. I do this through our Instagram as well as through our on-campus advertising and branding. It’s a very real job, and is giving me hands-on experience of working with clients to help them fulfill their creative vision.”
Palmieri 3Briana Burley, a Communication major with a Public Relations concentration, also works at the Palmieri Center. She is a member of the Class of 2018. In addition to interning at the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship, she has helped with the Young Women’s Leadership program. She says, “What I love the most about my experience at the Mount is the connections I have made with both students and faculty. I would not be the person I am today without the guidance and support each one of my professors have shown me. I have made lasting relationships with so many people here. I am sad to leave my Mountain Home in a few short months, but am thankful that it has given me the skills to be successful in my future endeavors.
Palmieri 4The Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship is a new center on campus, so it still is not very well known by the community. It is my job to not only create the Center’s identity, but also to gain recognition of the new major/minor degree for Entrepreneurship. We want to increase the number of students obtaining the degree. Through a proper PR campaign, we would like to see more people attending events, more students utilizing the Center’s resources, and more social media exposure. I love the fact that I am using the skills I have learned in class toward a campaign that will reflect positively on the Mount. Christine Adamow is an amazing teacher and mentor. I am so excited to continue to learn from her, and prepare myself for a professional career in public relations.”
For more information on the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship visit:
Susann SamplesDr. Susann Samples, full professor in the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, was named the holder of the Delaplaine Professorship this past fall. This professorship honors excellence in teaching and scholarship, and those who hold it are expected to contribute to curricular development and teaching, particularly in the core. Core Director, Dr. Greg Murry says, “The Delaplaine Professorship represents the best of the Mount’s interdisciplinary tradition.”
The Delaplaine Professorship was established in the mid 1990’s. It was funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), whereby the NEH would match a certain amount raised from a private donor. George and Bettie Delaplaine made the generous private gift, which was then matched by the NEH to establish the professorship. The Delaplaine Professorship rotates every three years. Both full and associate professors are eligible.
Dr. Samples’ topic, “The Black Diaspora in Europe,” grew out of her Global Encounters’ course, “The Black Diaspora in Russia and Germany.” By doing a comparative study of Russia and Germany, she will study the experience of individuals of African descent in the European context. Her goal is to introduce this topic to a wider audience and to begin the process of “decolonizing” our curriculum. Her seminars will enrich the university as an academic community by providing more insights about and perspectives of the Black/African Experience in Europe, which traditionally has been overlooked or ignored in academia.
In addition to her academic research and interest in this topic, Dr. Samples’ says, “I also bring, as an African-American internationalist, a personal dimension to the discussion because I have studied, lived, and travelled extensively in Europe. I will demonstrate the common humanity that we all share. As our world increasingly becomes a global village, the dignity of the human person and social justice for all are all the more important.”
Jordan LDr. Jordan Loveridge has been awarded the 2017 Research Fellowship from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. This prestigious honor was awarded to four recipients, only two of whom were from the United States.
The International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1970 to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context. The ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric.
ISHRDr. Loveridge's Fellowship will support research on a book project titled A Probable Logic: Emotion, Sensation, and Persuasion in Medieval Rhetoric and Poetic. His study describes a major shift in the rhetorical theory of the middle ages that occurred when authors began to move away from strict rules of logical argumentation in order to construct texts their audiences found more realistic and probable. To do so, they began to consider arguments based on less logical modes of thinking such as sensation, emotion and authority. Interestingly, this change also has a contemporary feel, as scholars today are focusing on the relationship between rhetoric, sensation, and the history of the emotions.
Dr. Loveridge joined the Mount in 2017. Prior to joining our English and Communication Departments, he taught classes in first-year writing, public argument, professional communications, and other courses at Arizona State University, where he had earned his Ph.D.
“Dr. Loveridge is elevating Mount St. Mary’s University banner of rhetoric on the global stage!” -Dr. Carl Glover, Department of Communication Professor and Chair
Tahreem FayizHi! My name is Tahreem Fayiz and I am currently a junior studying International Studies and Music. I like to chase trains and jump on clouds in my free time. On a serious note however, much of my free time is split between work for the Admissions Office and practicing music.
On any big Admissions day, you will probably catch me early in the morning with set-up or late in the day with clean-up. I am one of three current coordinators for the Ambassador program on campus, which is our tour guide program. It has been so much fun working with everyone in the office from Trina Crum at the front desk to our newest Assistant Director, Lara Truitt.
"Tahreem is such a joy to have in class. She is always engaged and eager to help other students learn." -Dr. William Collinge, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theology
TF AdmissHowever, most people know me because of music – from playing flute for the Chapel Choir to percussion in the Wind Ensemble to flute/piccolo in the Pep Band to percussion in the Percussion Ensemble. You will probably catch me in the context of music on any given day. Even though I am not the world’s greatest musician – although I wish I was – I can still show the versatility of the musical abilities I have. The Mount has helped me greatly in cultivating my versatility. The music program is one thing I absolutely love about the Mount.
M CarlsonMuch of the cultivation of my musical versatility can and should be credited to one of my advisors, Dr. Mark Carlson in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The entire department, but especially Dr. Carlson, has been incredibly helpful and supportive of me since the day I stepped foot on this campus. He understood from the start that I am not the best percussionist, and he encouraged me to still try anyway. Who knew trying would lead to improvement? Dr. Carlson has also been supportive of any type of activity I do regardless of whether or not if it is music-related. I honestly would not be a student leader, an improving musician, or even be asked to write this Spotlight if it were not for his encouragement and support.
"Tahreem is simply one of the most exceptional individuals I have ever met. She is a visionary leader who contributes to everyone she interacts with."
-Dr. Mark Carlson, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
TF FriendsI am still unsure exactly of where I am heading, but I do know that in the immediate future I want to work in Higher Education Student Affairs. My experience with the faculty and the staff at the Mount pushes me to be a better person and encourages me to continue whatever strange endeavor I seek out to do. I want to return this favor to students and help them also shape themselves and their characters in the same way the Mount has shaped me.
Fr. Jim, PopeEvery six years, members of the Congregation of the Resurrection gather in Rome at our General Chapter for several weeks. The work of the General Chapter is to review our community life and ministry, and to make plans for the next six years. This past summer, 28 Resurrectionists from the U.S.A., Canada, Poland, Brazil, Bolivia, Bermuda, Australia, Germany, Italy, and Tanzania gathered for three weeks at our Motherhouse in Rome. The meetings are usually punctuated with a special Mass in the Catacombs of St. Sabastian, where our founders pronounced their first vows, or a tour of the papal gardens and St. Peter’s Basilica. But, this summer we had an incredible experience because we were told just before the Chapter began that we might have a private audience with Pope Francis.
It was not until the day before our meeting with Pope Francis that we were sure that we would actually meet on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Even then, we were not sure whether we would meet him with other religious communities, or whether we would meet him by ourselves. After walking through different halls and up several staircases of the Vatican, we entered a beautiful room that had about 40 chairs set out—that is when we realized that he would meet us alone!
Swiss GuardOne of the Swiss Guards gave us some instructions. After our newly elected Superior General made some opening remarks, Pope Francis would address us, and then each of us would have an opportunity to approach the Holy Father. We were instructed not to bow before him, ask him to bless anything, or to embrace him. Our Superior General, Fr. Paul Voisin, would introduce each of us and we could have a few words with Pope Francis. When my turn came, Fr. Paul introduced me saying, “Holy Father, this is Fr. James Donohue of the Ontario-Kentucky Province. He is a professor of theology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland where he has taught undergraduates for over 20 years.” I had been thinking about what to say and decided that I would look him in the eyes as we spoke. As we shook hands, I said, “Holy Father, I want you to know that I pray for you every day.” As I said this, I placed my free hand on our hands. He broke into a big smile and placed his free hand on both our hands and said, “Thank you so much! You know that I really need the prayers.” At this last sentence, he smiled even more broadly. I think that this photo [at the beginning of this article] captures that exact moment. It really was a great honor to meet Pope Francis and I will treasure this memory forever.
While this personal moment was incredible, the text that Pope Francis delivered to us is an inspiration that I have continued to ponder. Pope Francis organized his thoughts under three main headings: 1) ‘Witnesses to the Presence of the Risen Lord,’ 2) ‘From Community to the World,’ and 3) ‘Prophets of Joy and Easter Hope.’  

Witnesses to the Presence of the Risen Lord

CRUnder the first heading, he reminded us that “Nostalgia for a past that was rich in vocations and impressive achievements must not prevent you from seeing the life that the Lord is causing to blossom, today too, in your midst. Do not yield to nostalgia, but be men who, moved by faith in the God of history and of life, proclaims the coming of the dawn amid the darkness of the night (cf. Isa 21:11-12).” This is particularly poignant at a time when most of us are saddened by decreasing numbers and aged membership.  He also reminded us that, as religious who are called to a life of prayer, we may see with new eyes: “Men of contemplation, who, with the eyes of the heart fixed on the Lord, can see what others, caught up in the concerns of this world, cannot. Men capable of proclaiming, with the boldness born of the Spirit, that Jesus Christ is alive and is Lord.” In this regard, Pope Francis urged us to take Mary Magdalene as our model: “Mary Magdalene and the other women who went to the tomb that morning (cf. Lk 24:1-8) were women ‘on the move’: they abandoned their ‘nest’ and set out; they took a risk. The Spirit is calling you too, Brothers of the Resurrection, to be men who set out, to be an Institute ‘on the move’ towards every human periphery, wherever the light of the Gospel needs to be brought.” 

From Community to the World

Pope FrancisUnder the section entitled ‘From Community to the World,’ Pope Francis encouraged us to see our brother Resurrectionists as gifts who should not be taken for granted: “A concrete way of showing this is fraternal life in community. It entails accepting the brothers the Lord has given us. As the Apostle Paul tells us, now that Christ has risen from the dead, we can no longer look at others from a human point of view (cf. 2 Cor 5:16). We view them and we accept them as a gift from the Lord. Others are a gift not to be taken for granted or looked down upon, but a gift to be received with respect, because in our brothers, especially if they are weak and frail, Christ comes to meet us . . . In a society that tends to reduce everything to flat uniformity, where injustice gives rise to divisions and hostility, in a world torn and aggressive, ensure that the witness of fraternal life and community will never be lacking!”

Prophets of Joy and Easter Hope

In third section of his address, ‘Prophets of Joy and Easter Hope,’ Pope Francis reminded us that the joy of recognizing the presence of the Risen Jesus will draw us further into His Person and His will, and for this reason, we will be led to mission. He became quite animated as he reminded us that our charism of the Resurrection is “always a wellspring of living water, not a bottle of distilled water.” He encouraged us to ponder the words of the angel in the tomb: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Lk 24:5). His prayer for us was that these words would continually resound in our hearts: “They will help you to overcome moments of sadness and will open before you horizons of joy and hope. They will enable you to shatter tombstones, and give you the strength to proclaim the Good News in this culture so often marked by death. If we have the courage to descend to our personal and community tombs, we will see how Jesus can make us rise from them. This will enable us to rediscover the joy, the happiness and the passion of those moments when we first made of our lives a gift to God and others.”
Remembering the past with gratitude, living in the present with passion, and embracing the future with hope is the message that the Holy Father shared with us that day. May these words sink deeply into the hearts of all Resurrectionists and, indeed, into the hearts of all disciples of Jesus.
(Hear more about the Resurrectionists' experience of meeting Pope Francis by viewing Vocation Culture's YouTube video, "Resurrectionists Meet Pope Francis." Learn more about the Congregation of the Resurrectionists on their website:


Jessica Whitmore

Jessica Whitmore, C'16, is a member of our Mount community who has pursued excellence in all that she has applied herself to: in academics, athletics, and serving our university in the Mount Archives.  

Jessica graduated from the Mount with a History and German. As an undergrad, she was a member of the George H. Miles Honors Society, participated in the study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria, and was a captain of the Track & Field team. On the track, Jessica was the 2014 NEC Champion in the 60m dash, an event in which she still holds the school record. Also in 2014, she began to intern in the Mount Archives, a role that would become her career.

Since graduating, Jessica has earned her M.S. in Information and Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. This Fall, Jessica gave a lecture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Jessica currently serves the Mount community as Interim Library Director and University Archivist. In December of 2017, Jessica helped to secure a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve our library’s significant historical and cultural collections. Jessica credits her Mount education with her ability to take on these exciting challenges.

Congratulations Jessica on your accomplishments, and thank you for your service to our Mount community!

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