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Spotlight on Success

School of Education and Human Services
Date: Apr 2017

Maryland State Department of Education endeavors to bring together high caliber sudents from Maryland colleges and university schools of Education with veteran teachers for the Maryland Teachers of Promise Program.  Former teachers of promise report the program eases the transition into teaching.  This year's Mount students seleced to participate in the 2017 Maryland Teachers of Promise Program were from left to right Kelly Maloney, Kaitlyn Sweeney, Sarah Dahl, Olivia Curcillo, Karen Close, Maria Cugo, and Alexis Meyer.  


On March 15th the School of Education and Human Services welcomed back four alumni for the fourth annul Making an Impact Panel.  The Making an Impact Panel is an event that allows current Criminal Justice, Education, and Sociology students to see how former students have translated their time at the Mount into their professional careers and personal experiences.  This year's panelists included Margie Keech Cunningham, C'81, Jillian Watson Fowler, C'06, Alex Kestler, C'16, and Leigh Tippett, C'15.  Panelists encouraged students to make the most our of their time at the Mount and take advantage of the university's indispensable faculty.  Jillian Fowler, a current mentor resource teacher in Washington County, advised teacher candidates "to not be afraid to ask for help" and actively seek opportunities to learn new teaching techniquest and strategies.  Leifh Tippett, a cyber engineer and project manager for Forcepoint Federal, LLC, encouraged Criminal Justice majors to proactively seek out employment opportunities right out of college.  These four panelists provided valuable insight into their careers and how their experiences at Mount St. Mary's impacted their professional and personal lives. 

On April 4th, over two hundred Mount students, staff, and faculty welcomed world-renowned sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel to campus.  Kimmel's lecture, entitled "Leading Good Lives: Men and Women in the 21st Century," addressed Ameria's perceptions of masculinity and what it means to be a real man in our society.  Kimmel, who has been described as the "world's most prominent male feminist" by The Guardian, is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University.  He is a published author whose many books include Manhood in America, Angry White Men, and The Politics of Manhood.  Kimmel is also the founder of the Center for the Study of Men and Maculinities at Stony Brook in 2013. 
During the presentation, Dr. Kimmel prompted the men in the audience to stand up and pledge to not "commit, condone, or remain quiet about violence against women."  Along with his presentation, Kimmel conducted a Q&A session with the audience for over thirty minutes.  In this session, he answered questions from Mount history, sociology, and communication students who have been studying his works in their courses.  Overall, the lecture ws an nlightening experience for the entire Mount commuity.  Special thanks to Alpha Kappa Delta (the Internatina Sociology Honor Society), Alpha Phi Sigma, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the School of Education and Human Services, Mount Athletics, the Office of the President and iLead who sponsored the event. 


Dr. Carolyn Cook presented "Making Diverse Perspectives an Everyday Event" at the State of Maryland International Reading Council Conference (SoMIRAC) in Hunt Valley, MD on March 29, 2017.  A Poem for Peter is a biography about Ezra Jack Keats and his creation of Peter, the child of color character in his Caldecott winner - The Snowy Day.  In her presentation, Dr. Cook eplained how "books provide ways to grow and understand oneself and others."  Education students (pictured left to right) Katie Johnson (MAT), Yokechia Kenyatta (MAT), Afton Orth (MAT), and Kennedy Funk, C'18, also attended the conference.  Afton Orth commented on how beneficial the conference was for her as a teacher candidate.  "There was a lot that I enjoyed about the conference.  I believe that hearing the speakers talk so passionately about readers and writers was amazing.  It gives me a new energy to go work with my students." 

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