Inner-city youths from the Frederick Police Activities League (PAL) program joined members of the Mount's Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) on Thursday, February 27th to not only cheer on our Mount Men's Basketball team in a game against Sacred Heart, but also to bond with college-age role models over such a well-known college event. "High-fives" were exchanged between these children and our Mount athletes, while the CJSA members scattered themselves throughout the bleachers. The children and members bonded over water, cookies, pretzels, and exciting crowd conversation. Though the men's team was not victorious, the experience each PAL child participated in was surely a success. Only a week later, on Wednesday, March 5th, several Frederick High-School Students returned to The Mount with PAL Program Coordinator, Brandon Chapman to watch yet another Men's game. This time, both the children and Basketball team left happy, with a win for the Mountaineers. Assisting in mentoring PAL kids has been an on-going three year CJSA project to give back to the community and live the Mount's mission.
Freshmen and sophomores were invited to submit essays describing their educational philosophies regarding goals, teacher and student roles, and instructional methods for the annual Gamma Tau Chapter Essay Contest. Essays were anonymously judged by student peers in our Gamma Tau chapter according to a rubric. Winners received certificates and checks: Jessica Huhn, our first prize winner from the Class of 2017, received thirty dollars and will read her essay at our Gamma Tau Chapter initiation and dinner on March 4th. Maria Hitchcock , our second prize winner from the Class of 2017, and Tommy Quealy, our honorable mention winner from the Class of 2016, each received prizes of twenty dollars. Congratulations to these recipients, and we appreciate all who participated in the contest!
Pictured above in the photos left to right: Jessica Huhn, C'17, Kelsey Watkins, Gamma Tau President, Maria Hitchcock, C'17, Kelsey Watkins, Tommy Quealy, C'16.
"It's such an honor to have received this generous scholarship. The Mount's four pillars of Faith, Discovery, Leadership and Community are parts of my life that I am fully committed to. I will continue to build on these pillars throughout my stay at the Mount, as I believe that growing myself in each of these areas will help me become the kind of teacher that I want to be."
"The Waldron Scholarship is an honor to receive and a blessing that will help me towards my future in education. I know that by working hard, I will reach my goal as an educator, just as I have reached my goals in becoming a member of Pi Lambda Theta and making the Dean's List each semester so far. Determination to be the best I can be is the example I set whenever I am working with children, be it during the summer at the Vacation Bible School I work at as an instructor, or as an assistant to the teachers I volunteer for during breaks at my local elementary school. With the Waldron Scholarship supporting me, I can continue to set this example and become the best educator I can be. Thank you very much to the Waldron Family."
"It is such a blessing and an honor to be the recipient of this scholarship. This recognition drives me to continue to put forth my best effort in my classes and in my Internships. I have been studying Spanish for eight years and have always loved the language, and I have always wanted to share that kind of enthusiasm with future generations through teaching."
"I am truly grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship has given me to be able to reach my goal of completing my Education degree here at the Mount. Through the lens of faith, educators can see their students as a whole person, body, mind, and spirit, and inform their teaching with this knowledge in order to give what they are teaching a deeper and fuller meaning. Having the chance to be involved with Campus Ministry during my time at the Mount has helped me to further strengthen my Catholic faith and use it to make a difference to others, helping me to grow as a leader, a teacher, and a person."
Six Mount Education students attended the Region IV Literacy Conference in New Cumberland, PA with Dr. Cook on November 16, 2013. Literacy consultant Debbie Diller presented on her books Literacy Work Stations and Making the Most of Small Groups.
Junior Natalie Theis said, "I really enjoyed the conference! I loved getting to learn more about what we have learned in our Education classes."
Senior Kelsey Watkins commented, "Debbie Diller made me believe I can make the most out of my space in the classroom by adding literacy stations." All the students agreed with junior Lisa Stauffer's conclusion that this conference "made me that much more excited to have my own classroom one day."
Pictured left to right are: Natalie R. Theis, C'15, Kelsey L. Watkins, C'14, Erin M. McAloon, C'15, Lisa I. Stauffer, C'17, Debbie Diller, Alison M. Provonche, C'15, Dr. Cook, Genevieve Williams, MAT student.
Fran Moore, Director of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, presented The CIA's Strategies for Navigating the Dangers of the World. She is the CIA's #1 analyst and is responsible for all of the CIA's finished intelligence. She manages 13 of the CIA's analytical offices, as well as the Agency's Sherman Kent School for Intelligence and Analysis.
Pictured from left to right are: Joe Vince, Lecturer, Sociology Department and CJSA Advisor, Fran Moore, Dr. Thomas H. Powell, MSM President, and Jeffrey Sutterman, Adjunct Professor, Sociology.
This event was sponsored by the Criminal Justice Student Association.