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Each year Pi Lambda Theta, the Education Honor Society, sponsors an essay contest for freshmen and sophomore education students.  The contest challenges students to address their educational philosophies, teacher and student roles, and instructional methods in a short essay.  Along with their certificates, students receive cash prizes through the SEHS Dean's Fund for Excellence.  This year's winners include Marie Dickson (freshman, first prize), Rachel Keifer (sophomore, second prize), Annisha Montgomery (sophomore, first prize), and Isael Ross (sophomore, second prize).  Pictured left to right are Rachel Keifer, Maria Hitchcock, President of Pi Lambda Theta, Gamma Tau Chapter, and Marie Dickson.  Missing from the photo are Isabel Ross and Annisha Montgomery. 
Congratulations and thank you all for participating in the annual essay contest!

NSALogo2016On November 16, nine Mount students traveled to Ft. Meade, MD to attend the National Security Agency (NSA) event "Women in Intelligence: Making a Difference."  The event was held to heighten awareness about professional opportunities for women in the NSA.  Students Anna McGrath, C'17, Natalia Hinton, C'17, Kayla Pahl, C'19, Jordan Carpenter, C'19, Taylor Carhart, C'19, Tori Owens, C'18, Cheyenne Norwood, C'20, and Danielle Beauchamp, C'18, had the opportunity to hear women discuss their work in various fields including Intelligence Analysis; Signal Analysis; Security and Counterintelligence; Computer Science; Cybersecurity; Computer/Electrical Engineering; Finance & Accounting and Data Science. 

The event also detailed the agency's internships, scholarships, employment, benefits, and co-op opportunities.  Our Mount students were encouraged to provide resumes directly to NSA's Human Resources office and begin applying for positions and internships.  Professor Joseph Vince, who traveled with the Mount students, was pleased to hear that the Mount was well known because of the excellent alumni currently employed at the agency.  As a leader in the fields of technology, mathematics, and research, the NSA provides many professional opportunities in every area of study making the event a wonderful experience for Mount students. 

SEHS is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Marinak, Chair of the Education Department, is this year's recipient of the A. B. Herr Award.  Presented by the Association of Leteracy Educators and Reserachers (ALER), the A.B. Herr award recognizes a professional educator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of reading.  Dr. Marinak received the award this past weekend at the 2016 ALER Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Congratulations to Dr. Marinak!


Every semester SEHS and its associated clubs host campus events that invite the Mount community to learn, question, and discuss various topics within the Criminal Justice, Education, Human Services, and Sociology fields.  This past week the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) and the Education Club sponsored two guest lecturers.

For the thirteenth annual Delaney Lecture, CJSA invited Kathleen McDonald Fox, the Assistant Administrator for the National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency.  In her speech, "Protecting, Preparing, and Responding to Disasters and Attacks," Ms. Fox primarily addressed FEMA's protocol for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other destructive acts by humans.  At the end of the event, Fox welcomed questions from Mount students, faculty, and other professionals from the Criminal Justice field.  See Frederick News Post Article...


The Education Club invited Frank Murphy to campus on October 27th.  Murphy is the author of various  children's non-fiction books that profile famous figures of American history.  Murphy, who also teaches 4th grade in Pensylvania, began writing after noticing the lack of historical texts for children.  His books include the Step-into-Reading books George Washington and the General's Dog and Take a Hike Teddy Roosevelt.  During his presentation, "Using Primary Source Documents to Compose, Construct, and Craft Picturebooks," Murphy discussed how to effectively incorporate documents and historical records into children's literature.

Every summer SEHS students complete internships as part of their Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services studies.  Students intern at organizations ranging from law enforcement departments to youth services associations.  This year Criminal Justice and Sociology major Cassandra Conti, C'17, worked at the Mercer County (NJ) Prosecutor's Office.  As an intern, Cassandra's duties included conducting research for the county's assistant prosecutor and attending daily court hearings about juvenile delinquency and domestic abuse cases.  Cassandra described the internship as an invaluable experience that helped shape her future in the Criminal Justice field.  "The internship was very hands-on and it helped me realize that I want to pursue work in victim's witness advocacy.  However, I am also thinking about crime analysis because I'm really enjoying my Crime Analysis course."

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