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DuBoisFalcon2013Talk about hands-on learning! Duffy is a year old Cassini Peregrine falcon from Argentina who recently came to visit Professor Denton’s Science Methods classes.  Her owner and trainer, Paul Dubois, is the father of one of our Mount graduates, Hannah Dubois, C’11.  He has been raising falcons and training them to hunt since 1970. Every year he brings a different falcon to the Science Methods classes as part of the predator/prey lessons. His wealth of information about falconry is always well received by the Education students. Duffy is one of nine falcons owned by Mr. Dubois. He expects his falcons to hatch up to 12 eggs this spring. 
Pictured with Duffy is Maggie Noel, C' 14. 

DeansCirclePhoto2013Two extraordinary alums from the School of Education and Human Services were recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Mount St. Mary's Dean's Circle of Excellence. Barbara Spartana Conticelli, C'78, and Michele Egan McGuire, C'87, were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in service to their community, and their work in the field of education.
Conticelli graduated summa cum laude from the Mount and began her career teaching, and then worked in the home raising her children, Maria and Anthony. Conticelli also spent time working as a paralegal and has recently committed to earning her master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. Conticelli has been a servant to the Church, leading various Scripture studies, sponsoring candidates becoming Catholic in the Rite of Christian Initiation, and living a life of witness to the Catholic faith.
McGuire began her teaching career with the Montgomery County Public Schools, teaching first- and second-grade students. In 2003, she received the Christa McAuliffe Scholarship, a full scholarship, to earn her M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from the University of Maryland, and is currently teaching ESOL to students pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Germantown, MD.

Pi Lambda Theta, Education Honor Society, sponsored an Essay Contest for Freshmen and Sophomore education students.   They were asked to address their educational philosophy, teacher and student roles, and instructional methods in their essays.  First and second prize recipients were awarded a cash prize along with and a certificate.  Dr. Patrick Ryan is the group’s advisor. 
Pictured are: Class of 2016: Teressa L. Schuetz (first prize), Mary E. Gerwig (second prize); Class of 2015: Natalie R. Theis (first prize), John-Paul M. Heil (second prize)

San Francisco PD badgeAustin McKamey is a 22-year-old native of Oakley, California and a senior at the Mount. As a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociol-ogy, Austin was successful at his Summer 2012 internship with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).

As an intern, Austin worked with SFPD’s homicide unit. He organized cold case files from the 1970’s and 1980’s. These cases were significant because of the Zebra and Zodiac murders that occurred in the San Francisco in these two decades. He found that learning Visual Clarity software and analytical methodologies proved invaluable.

In addition, Austin worked on the S.T.A.R.S. computerized database, which stands for Suspect Tracking And Reporting System. He used S.T.A.R.S to input arrest records and look for correlations between suspects and past crimes. He also made significant alterations to the database producing a more efficient way to input data. Austin was able to teach other interns how to use the database and demonstrate what kinds of patterns they should be looking for once he returned to the Mount.

Along with working on the S.T.A.R.S. database, Austin inspected prison mail to search for gang affiliations. Particularly looking for gang relations to the recipient. This helped the department find evidence to prove or disprove a person’s involvement or contact with a specific gang and its members.

Through his criminal justice and sociology classes here at the Mount, Austin has become a well-rounded individual. His ability to relate to others and hear out every side of a situation will greatly help him in his career as a law enforcement officer. Austin hopes to join the Frederick City Police Department after his graduation in May 2013.

By: Brittany Gozzi, Class of ‘13


The Mount Democrats, with faculty advisor Kim Hansen, organized an outing to the National Mall in Washington D.C. for President Obama's second inauguration.  Suffering freezing temperatures, they witnessed the historic occasion, enjoyed the crowd, and participated in the festivities.  The end of a long day.  Students rest on Constitution Avenue before returning home.

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