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19 Nov

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Meet the Mount: Mikayla Zaccaria ’19

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In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.

Mikayla Zaccaria ’19


Class Year: Senior

Major: History

Certifications: Childhood and Special Education

Minor: Psychology

Campus activities/jobs: Student Government Association, Class President, Resident Assistant, Women’s Tennis Team, Orientation Leader, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Chi

Favorite spot on campus: Picnic tables on the Dominican Center hill

One word to describe the Mount: Family

Mikayla Zaccaria has been enthusiastic about her Mount experience since before she was even a student.

After having an awesome experience at Accepted Student Day (including winning the trivia game), she quickly paid her deposit to the Mount and joined the Class of 2019.

She’s been class president ever since. Continue Reading

16 Nov

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MFY Faculty Flashback: James Phillips

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Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.

James Phillips, Associate Professor of Theatre

Years at the Mount: 10

What was your college experience like? I was busy. I took classes in the morning, worked in the theatre shop in the afternoon, and went to rehearsals at night. That started my first week on campus and continued for almost every week I was in college. I quickly learned how to work and how to budget my time.

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work? I’m the father of an Irish dancer, so my main hobby is spending money on her dance supplies. I play video games, mostly strategy as I’m past the age when my hand/eye coordination allows me to play fast twitch games. I’m humbled by my inability to garden well.

What is one thing most students don’t know about you? I sang in a cover band while in high school. Continue Reading

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11 Nov

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Academic Highlight: Criminology

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Mount junior Tianna Hill already knows how she wants to use her degree in Criminology: “I want to be the first African American woman to be Police Commissioner of New York City.”

She’ll be prepared for the job thanks to the Mount’s newest major of Criminology.

Criminology at the Mount explores the study and exploration of the varied aspects of crime including the process of defining crime; victimization and the response of the criminal justice system to that victimization; the response of society to crime, criminals, and victims; and exploring the various reasons as to why people commit crime. It’s a unique program in that it focuses not just on the legal aspect of crime, but also the sociology side – the psychological impacts on both victims and criminals, society’s view of crime throughout history, and the larger reasons why people commit crimes in the first place. Continue Reading

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06 Nov

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My Nursing Experience at MSMC

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We caught up with senior Nursing major Nicolette Moustouka to talk about her experience in the Nursing program at the Mount – and how she handles a full schedule of study, Division III athletics, and extracurriculars.

KL: What made you want to be a nurse?

Nicolette: I chose to go into Nursing because I have a passion for caring for others and being there for them. It’s also a career path that I know is interesting and is going to challenge me. It’s a field where you keep on learning new things. And most importantly I know I can make a difference in someone’s life.

KL: Why did you specifically choose the Mount to pursue your nursing career?

Nicolette: One of the reasons I chose to study Nursing at the Mount is because of the small class sizes. Small class sizes allow for individualized attention and that’s something you need in a rigorous program like this. The professors also know their students by names and want to see their students succeed. Every teacher has an open door policy, and if you are struggling, they are always there to help you. What I also love about the Nursing program at the Mount is how close the Nursing majors in my graduating class are. There is always someone you can lean on if you have a question or don’t understand a topic.

KL: What else are you involved in at the Mount?

Nicolette: I am a resident assistant, part of the Women’s Softball team, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a Leadership Scholar. Continue Reading

02 Nov

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MFY Faculty Flashback: Sarah Uzelac

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Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.

Sarah Uzelac, Professor of Psychology, Division Chair

Years at the Mount: 13

What was your college experience like? Fantastic – I loved college so much I never want to leave!

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work? I’m a big reader, so if I’m not grading exams or papers, I’m usually reading for pleasure. I also like gardening and cooking. We travel as a family a lot. And I’m a horseback rider – I keep my horse at a barn in Wappingers Falls and try to ride a few times a week.

What is one thing most students don’t know about you? I married my high school sweetheart!

What does a successful student look like in your class? A successful student in my classes is one who comes prepared, shows their interest, and asks questions during our class meetings.

How do you break the ice with or begin building a relationship with your professor during the first few weeks of class? We spend a big part of our first class meeting introducing ourselves to each other and I try to use humor and personal anecdotes to help students feel comfortable in my classes. Continue Reading