Pi Lambda Theta, an international education honor society, extends membership to students and professionals who have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership skills within the field of education. As an honor society and professional association, Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) also provides financial and career services to its members in an effort to support their studies and work in education. This year MAT student Theresa Steele was awarded the Student Support Scholarship which grants $2000 toward books and tuition. As a recipient of this award, Ms. Steele had to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above and provide an essay describing her personal teaching philosophies. Ms. Steele currently works as an Instructional Assistant at Middletown Elementary School as she pursues her graduate degree in Art Education. She states, "I am thrilled to receive such a wonderful scholarship. I have had a wonderful experience gaining knowledge and confidence from an array of outstanding MSM educators. This scholarship is a tremendous help in reaching my goal. I am extremely thankful for the award and look forward to the opportunities it provides."
Recently, the Criminal Justice and Sociology honor societies inducted its newest members. Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor society, recognized six students and one faculty member who demonstrated excellence in the scholarship of sociology and the research of social problems: Jonathan Beitzell, C'16, Aparna Bhanu, C'16, Erin Bolte, C16, Hannah Dunham, C'16, James Radar, C'16, Rebecca Schisler, C'16, and Dr. Denise Obinna
The Theta Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, also admitted 17 new members. APS inductees included Jonathan Beitzell, C'16, Connor Burne, C'17, Suzanne Carroll, C'17, Adam Chandlee, C'16, Joseph Chandlee, C'16, Lauren Gunnison, C'16, Natalia Hinton, C'17, Kristen Jensen, C'16, James Radar, C'16, Cynthia Rivas, C'17, Kristi Riecher, C'16, Rebecca Schisler, C'17, David Stem, C'17, and Christopher Stonesifer, C'17. Congratulations to all for their hard work!
For this year's Festival, over fifty SEHS students participated in the honor
sessions, poster presentations, and lightning talk sessions. Criminal Justice,
Education, Human Services, and Sociology students presented on topics ranging
from urban Catholic Education to gun control policies. Virginia Owusu-Mainoo,
C'16, investigated the social effects of affirmative action policies. With her study,
Virginia compared the advantages and disadvantages of states that have affirmative action policies. Virginia explains that she wanted to "specifically examine the effects of affirmative action on employment rates, percent minority, education attainment, and poverty." Virginia's project is just one of the many wonderful exhibitions of student achievements that were highlighted during SPARC.
The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) was just named Club of the Year. Each year SGA selects a student organization whose active involvement on campus and in the local community best exemplifies the values and goals of the university. Club President, Paul V. Nield, C'16, says that "we are absolutely very proud and honored to be named 'Club of the Year.' I think it is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that the other officers and project managers put into the club." This year's CJSA highlights included the CSI Challenge, the partnership with Frederick Police Department's Police Activities League (PAL), and Susan Burke's presentation at the Delaney Dinner Lecture. These events, organized and sponsored by CJSA, enable Mount students to meet and interact with professionals in the Criminal Justice field. Congratulations to Professor Vince, who advises the club, the officers, and all the members who made this a wonderful and productive year for CJSA.
Each year The Teachers of Promise Institute endeavors to bring together high caliber students from Maryland college and university schools of Education with veteran teachers. In an effort to ease the transition from student to first year teacher, the program matches promising pre-service seniors with experienced teachers who offer support and guidance to the new professionals. This year's Mount students selected to participate in the 2016 Maryland Teachers of Promise program are pictured left to right: Shelby Sites, Teressa Schuetz, Mary Wheltle, Jonathan Heisler, Alex Kestler, Karly Sites, and Kathleen Donegan.