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The Mount's Gamma Tau Chapter, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society's twenty-fifth anniversary was celebrated with a re-framing of the original charter and a moving lecture by Dr. Stacey Brown-Hobbs, a signer of the original charter.  Dr. Brown-Hobbs hearkened back to the words of Father Brian Nolan's eulogy to craft her message.  In her lecture titled "Do Not Run Aimlessly," Dr. Brown-Hobbs encouraged our students to have and pursue goals, even when the road becomes unclear or challenging.

DeansCircle2016 Paulette Anders, C'92, MBA, C'08 is the SEHS inductee into the Dean's Circle of Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame. She is a School/College Counselor at Saint John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD. In this role Paulette advises high school students and their parents in the college admissions process - something she learned first hand as a member of the Mount’s Admissions Office. 


Paulette graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1992, and joined the Mount’s admissions staff immediately following graduation.  She stayed at her alma mater for eight years, eventually earning her MBA, while serving as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and then Director of the MBA Program.  She left the Mount to join Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate Admission Program and while there earned another graduate degree—Master of Education in School Counseling, and in 2008 she established her own practice, College Vision, assisting numerous students and their families as an independent College Counselor. 


Paulette is active in her community.  She served as PTA president of Myersville Elementary School, PTA Volunteer Coordinator at Middletown Middle School, co-chair of the Frederick County Public Schools Academic Calendar Committee, member of the Community Gifts for Education Committee, co-chair of Holy Family Catholic Community Lent and Advent events, and she presently she serves as a Faith Formation Teacher for Holy Family Catholic Community (something she has been doing for nine years).


Paulette supports Mount St. Mary’s through her contributions to the Annual Fund, the SEHS Fund for Excellence, and her service to the SEHS Alumni Advisory Council, first as a founding member and now as co-chair of the Council. Last year Paulette served on the SEHS Making an Impact Panel, making clear that a Mount degree prepares one for a rich and fulfilling life.  She is an alumna who graciously and creatively gives back to her alma mater.


Paulette found her time at Mount St. Mary's to be formative and she credits her professors in sociology with helping her to see her academic potential.  Paulette graduated Cum Laude.  

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.

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