Tagged: arts and letters

22 Jan

Comments Off on From New York to South Africa: Lending a loving hand overseas

From New York to South Africa: Lending a loving hand overseas

by

Mary Bocskocsky tutors a child in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fusing hands-on education with a passion for philanthropy, Mount Saint Mary College student Mary Bocskocsky recently taught basic math and English skills to underprivileged children in South Africa.

Bocskocsky wanted to put her teaching techniques to the test before graduating, and decided to make a humanitarian journey to Gordon’s Bay in Cape Town, South Africa.

At the Ikhaya le Themba (Home of Hope) shelter, Bocskocsky spent weeks teaching basic literacy and mathematic skills to a classroom of three- to five-year-olds. She increased her students’ skills by reading to them, introducing them to math problems, and having them write the alphabet on a small blackboard.

Literacy skills were a major focus for Mary Bocskocsky during her recent humanitarian trip.

“While I was teaching in South Africa, I saw how much I had gained from the Mount’s education program,” she explained. “Without my Mount classes, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.”

Upon her return from Africa, Bocskocsky student taught at Glenham Elementary School in Beacon, N.Y. under the tutelage of cooperating teacher Danielle Yeaple, a Mount graduate.

“I told my students that there are kids in South Africa, just like them, learning how to read,” she explained.

Mary Bocskocsky reads to children in South Africa.

Learn more about the Mount’s education program on the web at www.msmc.edu.

Questions? Email admissions@msmc.edu or call 1-888-YES-MSMC (1-888-937-6762).

20 Apr

Comments Off on Fulfilling My Dreams at the New Critics Conference

Fulfilling My Dreams at the New Critics Conference

by

Emily DiBiase (far right) presented her paper “Enlightened or Undeceived: Paths to Uncovering the Truth in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey” at SUNY Oneonta’s New Critics Conference on April 11, 2015.

Ever since I was a freshman, I have wanted to participate in the New Critics Conference. Held at SUNY Oneonta every April, the conference features undergraduate student presenters who read critical papers that they have written about either literature or composition. As a shiny-eyed freshman, presenting at this conference seemed to be the most unattainable, but elite, honor. I wondered if I would ever be confidant enough to present at such a conference.

Last Saturday, I fulfilled my freshman dream by presenting at the New Critics Conference.

This year’s encounter with the conference began as all of my others have ﹘ one of my professors gave out the flyer in class and I thought, “I would love to do that someday.” I even taped the flyer to my desk, hoping that would inspire me. Still, I just didn’t have the nerve to apply. Continue Reading

13 Apr

Comments Off on Communications at the Mount – More Than Just a Major

Communications at the Mount – More Than Just a Major

by

Brittany Ambrosino (middle row, far right), a junior Communications major at the Mount, with fellow Orientation Leaders during Summer 2014 Orientation

Hello! My name is Brittany Ambrosino and I am a junior, double majoring in Journalism and Public Relations here at the Mount.

I discovered my passion for journalism in high school. Writing always seemed to come easy to me ﹘ it was as if the words just flowed right out of me. When the talk of college came around, my high school English teacher suggested I go for journalism. I’ve also been very interested in the entertainment industry and public relations/promotions my entire life. After coming to the Mount and seeing all that the Arts and Letters Division had to offer, I knew I had made the right decision, both in my majors and in choosing to enroll here. Continue Reading