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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." 

On March 25th, 81 students from the University of Maryland, Towson University, George Mason University Guelph Humber University (Canada), and the Mount competed in the 13th Annual Robert 'Bob' Fram CSI Challenge.  Each three person team was tasked with investigating a triple homicide.  Students needed to locate and properly recover evidence from the scene, collect blood stains, and interview a witness.  The teams only had fifty-minutes to process the complete scence, which was observed and judged by a practicing detective. 
The three Canadian Teams swept the competition with the Canadian Snow Inspectors, Canadian's Say I'm Sorry, and Official Poutine Party, finishing first, second, and third respectively.  The Mount teams followed with the University of Maryland and Towson University teams.  At the following awards ceremony, the Mount's own Professor Joseph Vince presented on how the real investigation was conducted and successfully prosecuted.  Congratulations to all the students who made the event possible!  Job well done! -

The Criminal Justice Association (CJSA) and the Men's Basketball Team hosted 25 students from the Frederick Police Department's Police Activities League (PAL) for their game against LIU Brooklyn on February 23rd.  Along with President Trainor, faculty, and students, the PAL kids cheered loud and proud as our Mountaineers faced an important conference contest.
CJSA has for many years teamed up with the PAL to mentor at-risk inner-city youths.  Over the years, the CJSA has seen documented improvements in the lives of the kids they assist.  PAL students stay-in-school, stay-off-drugs, and stay-out- of-trouble.  Mount students help the PAL program by volunteering their time to assist with homework, teach computer skills, play sports, and lend their ears to the problems of the young teenagers.
PAL kids report tht their trip to the Mount is their favorite activity.  They are treated to a great game a hot dog, and a chance to meet the team members.  Coach Christian says that, "Participating in Mount sports allows a student to learn more than an athletic skill and how to win in life."  Likewise, the CJSA believes that their education and prospective careers begin and end with service to others.  After all, every kid deserves a PAL.


LeeBennettHopkins2017  This year's Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner is "Somos como las nubes/We Are Like The
  Clouds" written by Jorge Argueta.  The winner was selected by a panel of nationally recognized   
  teachers,  librarians, poets, and scholars.  MSMU's Carolyn Cook, Associate Professor of Education,
  was a member of the Award Committee.  The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, established in 1993
  by Penn State, is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new
  book of children's poetry published in the previous calendar year.  Judges also named an honor book this
  year--"Garvey's Choice" by Nikki Grimes. Check out these wonderful books.  Dr. Cook says of the
  experience, "Not only did I get to read 57 newly published books, but I got to know educators from all of
  the U.S."

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