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Alpha Sigma Lambda inductees

(left to right: Joyce Ann Scott, Melissa C. Flohr, Matthew Keenan, Shelby Ann Sites, Amanda Jo Nelson, Cassie R. Shriver, Tina Quiambao, Susan Champagne Ferretti, Sale E. Tunoascanlan)

The Mount congratulates the 15 newest members of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. The students were inducted into the adult student honor society on April 13 during a ceremony at the Frederick campus. They were recognized for achieving academic excellence while balancing competing challenges of work and family life.

This year's inductees include: Bryan Burgee, Susan Champagne Ferretti, Melissa Flohr, Bruce Jackson, II, Mandy Jedlowski, Matthew Keenan, Adam Kisielewski, Joseph Labonte, Amanda Jo Nelson, Lisa Renee Oxendine, Cassie Shriver, Joyce Ann Scott, Shelby Anne Sites, Sale Tunoascanlan, and Bryan Winfrey.

So perhaps you started college, have some credits under your belt, but something happened along the way and you never quite finished that degree. If I could give you two very good reasons why it is time, as our friends at Nike might say, "Just finish it!" would you be interested?

Rising Earnings Chart

Don't Leave Money on the Table!

You wouldn't dream of walking away from potential income, right? However, that is exactly what can happen when you don't finish your degree. Recently released data from the Pew Research Center shows the median annual earnings for college graduates outpaces students with some college or a two-year degree by $15,000. For those with only a high school diploma the gap grows to $17,500.

Let's just look at what a $17,500 salary gap could mean over your work life. An employee with only a high school education who is 25 years old today could potentially be losing out on $700,000 in income by the time they reach retirement at age 65

Greater Satisfaction!

Unlike the Rolling Stones who sing, "I can't get no satisfaction" it seems that young adults with a college degree report significantly higher satisfaction in their current work. The Pew Research Center data shows that 56% of young adults with a college degree are very satisfied with their current job vs. 44% of high school graduates. Given we spend a significant portion of our week, 33%, at work, doesn't it logically follow work time should be more enjoyable? Of additional note, to even get these higher satisfaction jobs, 68% of young adults stated the position required a college degree. Both of these points, satisfaction and access to jobs underscore why finishing your degree offers intrinsic value.

Chart comparing Education and Work

What Do I Do Next?

The good news is by this point you realize finishing your degree offers the potential to earn more and have greater satisfaction while doing it. So what are your next steps? The Mount offers undergraduate programs specifically designed for working adults including Business, Elementary Education, Criminal Justice and coming soon a degree in Human Services. Classes are conveniently held at the Frederick Campus of Mount St Mary's, which is located near the FSK mall. In contrast to a traditional 15-week semester, most courses are offered in accelerated 5- or 8-week sessions allowing students to expeditiously complete their degree. Classes meet once each week, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sessions run on a year-round schedule. Students may also obtain college credits through testing (CLEP, DSST) or portfolio development designed to assess prior learning.

So what are you waiting for? Contact our academic advisor Janene Horne: or (301) 682-8315 and find out more about how the Mount's Accelerated Undergraduate Degree Program can help you finish that degree.

frederick campus hoodie
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED [free Mount Hoodie to the first 40 students who volunteer]
The Mount's Frederick Campus is looking for students, faculty and staff to help distribute hot chocolate and s'more-makings during the First Saturday celebration in downtown Frederick on Saturday, February 1, from 3 to 9 pm. The first 40 students to volunteer will receive a warm Mount hoodie! A minimum of two hours is requested. Contact Ed Nolan at to sign-up.
"Fire in Ice" is the theme and it is one of the best First Saturday events! The streets become a winter wonderland with ice sculptures and people enjoying the expanded shop hours and restaurant offerings. Also see spectacular live ice carvings, fiery fire dancers and let the young at heart play around on an ice playground.
If you can't volunteer, please particpate in the festivities. Show your Mount Pride by wearing your Mount shirts, coats, and hats and stop by the Mount table on Market Street, next to Isabella's.


Melissa Siesputowski, GA

The Frederick Campus hosted its third annual Student Appreciation Week during the week of October 28. Graduate Assistant, Melissa Siesputiowski (pictured above), coordinated the weeklong event for students currently taking classes in Frederick. A local establishment selected a night to provide dinner prior to class start at 6pm. Special thanks to these folks-Applebee's, Sam's Club, and Firehouse Subs-for treating them to a nice meal.

The purpose of the event was to show our gratitude to the students who go about their busy day, then diligently come to class in the evening. Each night, we held a raffle for a chance to win Mount gear. Congratulations to the winners:
Brian Miller
Erin Stansbury-Wiles
Marina Golub
Kevin Bock,
Jon Carroll
Michelle Clemson
Michael Salomon
G. King Jr.,
Kierstin Young
Mary C.
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Mount St. Mary's University is hosting it's Inaugural Master of Health Administration Commencement on Sunday, October 6 at 2 pm, at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick. This first graduating class of health care professionals earned their degree as a cohort by attending classes for two years. The Mount's MHA program prepares health services managers to integrate health care delivery systems and technological innovation by providing leadership and ethical decision-making skills for the intensely competitve health sciences field. It is Maryland's only accelerated MHA program and the classes are held on Monday nights at the Frederick Campus.

The event is by invitation only. The Delaplaine Center is located at 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701 There is free parking on Sunday in the garage adjacent to Center. Directions

Community Ambassadors 2013

The Community Ambassadors for the Frederick Campus were out in full force at Celebrate Frederick's In The Streets on Saturday, Sept. 14. We had a beautiful fall day and the crowd was mighty. Thanks to all who volunteered their time to promote the graduate & adult studies programs.

Emerging Leaders MBA class
Dr. Sandra Van Fossen, left, stands with the first cohort of the Mount's new Emerging Leaders MBA program. Ms. Van Fossen teaches the first course on Managerial Skills Development.

On Friday, September 6, 2013, Dr. Karl Einolf, Dean of the Bolte School of Business, hosted a luncheon for the students and faculty of the Emerging Leaders MBA program at the University's Frederick Campus. The event was a kick-off for the first cohort of students attending the intensive weekend program. Nine students will spend the next twelve months learning leadership skills, strategic decision-making, and effective problem-solving. More photos

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