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On November 5 Mount St. Mary’s University hosted its 21st annual Corporate Social Responsibility Symposium.  The event entitled The Ethics & Economy of Healthcare in America, centered on the issues facing the state of the United States healthcare system today, what direction it is headed and our own concerns and reservations the American people have regarding such moves.  The panel featured Richard P. Kidwell C’76, Richard P. Miller C’74 and William J. Ward Jr. C’65 esteemed members of the healthcare industry in their own areas.  The panel was led by moderator Gracelyn A. McDermott C’93 who is the Vice President of Accrediting and Client Services for URAC.  

After opening remarks by Karl Einolf, dean of the Richard J. Bolte School of Business the panel began discussions surrounding methods to achieve health equity, improvement of the healthcare experience and how health economics and ethical issues interact.  Richard P. Kidwell C’76 who is the Senior Associate Counsel/ Vice President of Risk Management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center began the discussion addressing medical malpractice in the healthcare industry and how you can respond appropriately and professionally.  The second panelist to address the crowd was Richard P. Miller C’74 who is the president and CEO of Virtua, a non-profit healthcare system in the southern New Jersey area that specializes in hospice and end of life care.  One of the main points from Miller was the importance of human dignity in the end of life care process.  William Ward Jr. closed with comments regarding the supply and demand cycle of healthcare.  Ward argued that as the government attempts to limit healthcare choices the public will no longer have the choice that consumers have been fortunate to have over the years.  

The event overall was well received by a crowd of about 140 as students and faculty engaged in their own concerns regarding the state of healthcare in America.  The event is sponsored by the Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business and the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism.

Dr. Alejandro Canadas, Associate Professor of Economics, is featured in WalletHub's recent article of the least recovered cities in the United States since the recession of 2008.  As an expert in the field of economics, Dr. Canadas answers questions on the recession, the cities effected, and even the possible benefits of reloacting to an economically depressed city.  To learn more on the cities hardest hit by the recession, what the experts have to say, and the answers Dr. Canadas gave click on the link below!

Dr. Canadas Featured in WalletHub Article

Operations and supply chain management (OSM) is at the heart of executing an organization’s mission. The effective leader and business manager understands the unique role of OSM in the greater context of global competitive strategy. The OSM class (BUS 344) at the Richard J Bolte Sr School of Business prepares students at the Mount to integrate and analyze business processes, assess process performance across several measures, including those that are people and environmentally oriented, and finally improve these processes in line with the organization’s mission. Dr. Josey Chacko

At the Mount, Josey Chacko teaches the undergraduate OSM class and the graduate level introduction to logistics and supply chain management (MBA 583). Josey Chacko recently graduated with a PhD from the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech. Over the course of his doctoral studies he taught several classes on quantitative methods and was awarded the best graduate student instructor in his department. Josey’s scholarship focuses on disaster operations and humanitarian logistics.

Josey spent most of his life in Kenya, where he completed his undergraduate education in electrical engineering. He then spent close to four years working in the Kenyan private sector prior to starting graduate school in the US. Josey is excited to be at the Mount and looks forward to filling out an NCAA bracket with MSM on it. He is married and considers his wife the best fraction in the equation.  

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Chacko to the Bolte School of Business!


On August 19, 2015, Dr. Patrice Flynn (Morrison Professor of International Studies) gave a demo on autonomous humanoid robots at the Hagerstown Rotary Club, hosted by Rotarian President John Latimer (Vice President at Keller Stonebraker Insurance). Mount MBA student, Mr. Ryan Miner, extended the invitation after taking Dr. Flynn’s MBA course on Global Capitalism and Business where he was inspired by the concept of merging human and humanoid capital.Mount Home Portal

Autonomous humanoid robots are in development around the world and will soon become an integral part of our lives.  The demo triggered a rich conversation among Rotary members who see limitless business applications for this emerging technology.

Also attending the event was Dr. Olga Shabalina, Mount Fulbright Scholar (2012-13) and Professor of Marketing at South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Dr. Shabalina continues her collaboration with Mount St. Mary’s by facilitating American and Russian student exchanges and co-teaching our online international marketing course.


Mount students traveled to the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City to participate in the United Nations 2015 Global Youth Forum on February 2-3, 2015. The focus of the forum was to maximize the engagement of young people in the transition from Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) to Sustainable Development Goals (post-2015). More than 600 young people from around the world gathered to engage in the conversation.

The energy at the forum was high with ideas flowing between youth delegates, the President and Vice Presidents of the UN Economic and Social Council who hosted the event, plus Ministers of Youth and youth program directors from Member States, and Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to the UN from Ecuador, Jordon, Austria, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, USA, Croatia, Gambia, Portugal, Albania, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Burkino Faso, Mexico, Tunisia, Norway, Guyana, South Korea, Congo, Russia, Argentina, Germany, Sri Lanka, Colombia, China, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Bolivia, and more. Participants benefited from simultaneous translation in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic!  

The United Nations estimates that there are 1.8 billion young people aged 10-24 in the world today, close to one-quarter of the world’s population. Thus, youth engagement is not a luxury, but rather a necessity to provide a platform for young people to engage in action and policy making. Youth input in critical to address issues such as education, employment, poverty, health, environment, juvenile justice, leisure, globalization, technology, HIV/AIDS, and armed conflict.

The Mount delegation consisted of Emily Davis (International Studies), Brigid Flay (Economics), Regina Fleck (International Studies), John-Paul Heil (History, Philosophy, Italian), Phil Noto (Accounting), Brian Quigley (Political Science), and Kevin Rein (Political Science, Business). The trip was led by Dr. Patrice Flynn, the Morrison Professor of International Studies in the Bolte School of Business, as part of the Morrison global engagement program at the Mount.  United Nations

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Youth Forum with a call for young people to “Challenge your leaders. You have the prerogative as young people. The Future is yours.” He focused our attention on a “new agenda with poverty and sustainable development at its core, where gender equality is a practical reality.” If we are to end poverty and hunger and bring about gender equality in our lifetimes, the delegates were encouraged by Dr. Ban Ki-moon to be bold, courageous and visionary, to bring creative ideas to the table, and to enter into partnerships with the United Nations and civil society to advance the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals so that “no one is left behind.”

Dr. Flynn believes that input from young people is essential in the development process if we are to devise innovative ways to effectively address poverty, sustainability, and gender equality. “I was thrilled to see our Mount students fully engaged in the conversation with such a prestigious group of diplomats, students, and world leaders. Having a youth lens is imperative to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are viable and relevant to young people as they move into adulthood.”   

The 2015 Global Youth Forum also marked the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth, the 20-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action for the benefit of young women and girls, and a new focus on the needs of African youth. The forum allowed young people an avenue for participation and input into intergovernmental discussions at the highest levels.

By the end of the forum, a set of recommendations were agreed upon and will be transmitted by youth delegates to the Members States in July of 2015. Some of the recommendations focused concretely on increasing the representation of young people in parliaments, securing line item funding for youth programs and transitions from school to work in national budgets, and inclusion of youth in the finalization and implementation of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.




On April 23 Legg Mason was a gracious host to nine Bolte School students and Professors Rob Nickey and Don Butt. The trip was arranged through the efforts of long time MSMU and Bolte School supporter Mr. Kimball Byron and Legg Mason’s Ms. Jennifer Byers - Assistant Vice President of Corporate Citizenship. The purpose of the trip was to provide Bolte School students the opportunity to meet and engage with senior level management and financial analysts from Legg Mason and to learn about the global investment management process and profession. Legg Mason

The morning session started with a tour of the firm’s international headquarters in Baltimore, MD hosted by Tim Addicks - General Services Manager and was followed with an informative discussion on market development initiatives with Auburn Bell - Vice President and Senior Manager of Market Research.   The morning concluded with an interactive panel discussion hosted by Mr. Joe LaRocque Managing Director - Affiliate Strategic Initiatives, Mr. Brian Eakes - Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer and Controller, Ms. Samantha McLemore - Portfolio Manager – Legg Mason Capital Management, and Mr. David Khan Investment Analyst – Legg Mason Global Asset Management.

The working lunch was hosted by Ms. Sara Kouneski – Human Resource Assistant and focused on how students can strengthen their skills and likelihood of success during the internship and job search processes.

Legg Mason ViewThe day concluded with an in depth presentation related to portfolio design and investment analysis presented by Gibboney Huske Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Legg Mason Capital Management and Farhan Mustafa Portfolio Analyst for Legg Mason Capital Management.

Several important themes emerged from the day’s activities and in particular the following:

In addition to obtaining the necessary technical skills related to success in an individual’s chosen profession it is important to understand that professional success is driven by much more than technical skill.  Understanding people and cultures, effective communication in all forms, and a passion for learning in general will enhance opportunities for a successful career.

The students and faculty of the Bolte School certainly appreciate the opportunity to share in such a beneficial experience. 


The John Richards Teaching Award was established in honor of John Richards, former professor of physics, and is designed to honor excellence in teaching.  This year, the Richards Committee, composed of four faculty members, one from each school, and four students selected by the deans of each school, received over 100 nominations for fifty different faculty members.  This number indicates the quality of the Mount’s faculty and the quality of the teaching that faculty do.  Each of these nominations was asked to address ways in which the faculty member demonstrates creative course development, the ability to inspire and challenge students, concern for students’ intellectual, moral, and religious development, and the ability to explicate difficult ideas, texts, and concepts.

Our faculty are excellent teachers – caring, engaged, inspiring, demanding.  This makes it all the more challenging to pick out a single winner in any given year.  This year was particularly competitive, with a number of outstanding faculty discussed by members of the committee.

Patrice Flynn was selected as the winner of this year’s Richard’s award.  Patrice began at the Mount in the Fall of 2011 as a full time professor and since then has garnered the following comments from students over the years:

This professor always asks challenging questions to expand the way students think about the world’s problems and pushes students to think outside of the box.

This professor works especially hard each semester to create a classroom culture for students that is inviting, engaging, and comfortable but also rigorous, stimulating, and professional.

This professor cares deeply for students, encourages students to develop personal goals, and pushes students to go beyond what they believe is possible.

She is purposeful with her classroom time – using a perfect mix of lecture, discussion, group activities, and real-world examples.

She has an incredible rapport with her students, investing so much energy and passion into her relationships that her deep commitment to her students is evident to her colleagues and to the entire Mount community.

She was originally hired to design and develop a new introductory course in a major – this course has not only increased student learning in the major’s upper level courses, but it has become wildly popular across campus for students from all majors to learn more about how businesses operate.  She has had a great impact on our students – teaching them about global capitalism, taking them to the United Nations, 

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