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19 Nov

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Meet the Mount: Mikayla Zaccaria ’19


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


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


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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09 Nov

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Meet the Mount: Chelsea Barberan ’19


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.

Chelsea Barberan ’19

Class year: 2019

Major: Nursing

Athletics: Volleyball and Track

Campus Activities and Jobs: Nursing Student Union, Nursing tutor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Dominican Center

One Word to Describe Mount: Educational

Career Aspirations: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Duke University Hospital

Favorite Experience at the Mount: Meeting some of my best friends!

What is your Mount story? Contact us at to share your Mount experience!


08 Nov

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Habitat for Humanity


At Mount Saint Mary College, there are many clubs that help to give back to the community. One such club is Habitat for Humanity.  The Mount Saint Mary College chapter of Habitat for Humanity has done a lot to give back to communities over the years and continues to grow with more student involvement each year. The president, Katie Hertlein, is a senior this year and has been running the club for 3 years now.

Katie spoke about how the club gives back to Newburgh. “We work with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Newburgh. This organization has allowed us to come on worksites which we attend on Saturdays, working alongside the organization. Many houses have been worked on by our Habitat group. In the spring is an annual Walk for Housing which takes you around the streets where Habitat houses have been completed, or are currently being worked on.” Continue Reading