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24 Oct

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A “Mountastic” experience

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When Alexander Perlak ’20 first arrived at the Mount, he thought he would be pursuing a certification in Education.

After his first semester, however, he realized that being a teacher just wasn’t for him. “The Mount puts their students in the ‘real world’ during their first year to gain experience to make sure this is the right program for them,” he explains, an opportunity he is so grateful for.

He was already a Mathematics major, but after dropping the Education certification, he wasn’t sure how to proceed.

Thankfully, the faculty in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology knew just how to guide him. Continue Reading

21 Oct

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MFY Faculty Flashback: Mike Daven

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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.

Mike Daven, Professor of Mathematics

Years at the Mount: 20 years

Where did you go to college? I graduated from Villanova University (undergraduate) and Auburn University (PhD).

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy hiking, wandering the many trails we have in the Hudson Valley. Mount Beacon is a quick and rewarding climb, Storm King has some interesting trails with a variety of great views, and Breakneck Ridge is my absolute favorite hike! The website https://hikethehudsonvalley.com is like a to-do list of great trails in our area.

What is one thing most students don’t know about you? As an undergraduate, I earned degrees in mathematics and philosophy. I started as a math major then added philosophy as a second major after taking an “Introduction to Philosophy” class. This wasn’t a big leap since I already enjoy the abstractness of mathematics. In my philosophy courses, I became aware of how much I love learning new perspectives and thinking about thinking! Continue Reading

15 Oct

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Meet the Mount: William Wiacek ’18

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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.

William Wiacek ’18


Class Year: Senior

Major: Psychology on the Pre-Physical Therapy track

Campus Activities/Jobs: Photography club, Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Resident Living Council

Favorite spot on campus: Hudson Lounge

One word to describe the Mount: Community

As William Wiacek completes his final semester at the Mount, he is looking back on a number of amazing experiences he will take with him as he makes the next step in life.

Thanks to the wonderful Psychology faculty, William feels prepared for the future. “I love the Psychology staff. The professors are amazing, they take their time to make sure you understand what you are learning, and they are great people to get to know!” In fact, he enjoyed his Intro to Psychology class so much that he switched his major to Psychology as a result. Continue Reading

09 Oct

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Academic Profile: History/Political Science

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For Giselle Martinez (far right, above), majoring in History/Political Science made sense with her career aspirations in law.

After a few years in the program, her major has also allowed her to development other interests.

“I’m interested in pursuing a career in law and I believe politics compliments that field quite well. After taking an elective in political science my freshman year, I became interested in learning more about international laws and how governments operate that I quickly found myself gaining a new passion. I feel that politics shape everything about our city, state, country, and world, and because of that I want to be well informed and educated in this area.” Continue Reading

05 Oct

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MFY Faculty Flashback: Anthony Scardillo

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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.

Anthony Scardillo, DM, MBA, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Division or School: School of Business

Number of Years at the Mount: 1

Hobbies/Recreation: Family; Morning walks; Cooking and Tinkering with my 1966 VW Beetle

What students don’t know about me:
I used to sing in a Barbershop Harmony Quartet

Marketing is about getting your product noticed by the consumer with the intent to sell that product. And the hardest part is getting your product noticed in today’s extremely cluttered and competitive market.

Using that context, if a student wants to “break the ice” with a professor, they need to view themselves as a “product” and determine what attributes you have that would help you get noticed – and ultimately “selected” by the consumer (The Professor). Continue Reading