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ESSConference2016  Caroline Winter, C'16, presented at the Eastern Sociological Society 2016 Conference in 
  Boston.  Caroline's project, "The Effect of Sport and Physical Activity on Children's Social
  Development," studied the rates of sport participation and physical activity among children
  in the Chester, PA, Santiago, Chile, and Frederick, MD areas.  Through observations and
  interviews, Caroline concluded that gender, socio-economic background, and culture are
  the "biggest societal inhibitors" that affect childhood sport and physical activity.  She states
  that "children from poorer areas do not have the same opportunities as other children to
  learn positive attributes such as leadership, communication, etc. through sport and puts
  them at a greater disadvantage in school."  Dr. Virginia McGovern, Chair of the
  Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, also attended the conference with Caroline.

This year the Gamma Tau Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta inducted its twenty-fifth class of members.  Pi Lambda Theta is an international honor society and professional organization in education that promotes scholarship.  Members of PLT are persons who are recognized for their superior scholastic achievement and high potential for professional leadership.  Pictured left to right are Theresa Steele, Brian Ranallo, Angela Smithhisler, Katelyn Phelan, Michelle Packard, Andrea Montanti, Anne Parkinson, Sarah Bomberger, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Kelsie Bittle, Hayden Duke. Not pictured are Sarah Cait York and Kaitlan Johnson.  Congratulations to the newest members!

MATE2016 The MD Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) honors one distinguished teacher candidate from each Maryland institution of higher education annually.  Alexander M. Kestler, C'16, was recipient of this year's award.  He received the award at their annual recognition lumceon held on May 12, 2016, at the Marriot Conference Hotel in Towson, MD.  Accompanying him to the event were his family, Dr. Stacey Brown Hobbs, PDS Liaison, and Neil Metzgar, Mentor Teacher.

In addition to the MATE award, Alex was recently honored by the Headstrong Foundation.
Nominated by his LaCrosse coaching staff and teammates, Alex was presented with a medal at the Headstrong event held at the University of Pennsylvania.  In order to be selected, the candidate must be someone who plays with true heart, is a leader on and off the field and understands the importance of team.   The Headstrong Foundation was founded by the late Nicholas Colleluori for the purpose of improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

PALS2016The Criminal Justice Association (CJSA) and Mount Men's Basketball recently teamed up to host 15 students from the Frederick Police Department's Police Activities League (PAL) Program at the game against Sacred Heart University.  CJSA has for many years worked with PAL to mentor at-risk inner-city youths.  Mount student volunteers often assist with homework, teach computer skills, play sports, and many more activities as well as give their ear to the problems of young teenagers.  On February 11, PAL kids were treated to an exciting 66-61 victory as well as interacting with Mount students in the stands.  As promised, Coach Jamion Christian and team members greeted PAL students in the locker room after the game, where students received autographs and photographs with the players.  PAL students reported that this trip to the Mount is their favorite activity!

FCRC2015  Six members of the Education Club recently participated in the Reading in the Mall event in
  Frederick, MD.  Along with ASL and Spanish interpreters, the students volunteered to read aloud
  at story time.  The event, sponsored by the Frederick County Reading Council, included a book
  giveaway and even a visit from students Taylor Maas, C'18, Alex Kusznir, C'19, and Maddie
  Monahan, C'19, dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog!

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