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22 Jan

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

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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).

24 Nov

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Club Profile – C.I.R.C.L.E.

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The C.I.R.C.L.E. club with members of the Men’s Lacrosse Team and local Newburgh children during their October 2014 read-a-thon.

Hello! My name is Lindsay Roe. Currently, I am serving as president of C.I.R.C.L.E., which is an acronym for the long, but descriptive name of the MSMC student club Conversations to Inspire Reading Children’s Literature with Engagement.

Members of C.I.R.C.L.E. share a love for reading and discussing children’s literature. At our biweekly meetings, we read different multicultural books and debate their place in the classroom and how they should be presented to children. Books to be discussed for the semester are chosen at the beginning of each term by C.I.R.C.L.E. members to ensure interest. In addition to meetings, C.I.R.C.L.E. members also share their books with students in the area, either by holding book talks in local elementary schools, volunteering at the Saturday reading program at the Newburgh Armory, or hosting events for local children on campus.  Continue Reading

20 Nov

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Alumni Reflections: Karen Borst

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This week marks exactly six months since the Class of 2014 walked across the stage and became the newest members of the Mount Saint Mary College alumni family. Those of us who knew the amazing Class of 2014 are definitely feeling their absence this year, so we decided to reach out to some of our recent alumni for updates. In honor of their six-month anniversary, Knight Life will be posting updates from a few students each day this week, highlighting their achievements and progress since graduation.

Karen Borst

Current city: Levittown, NY

Major at the Mount: Mathematics and Adolescent Education 7-12 with a middle school extension 5-6

What have you been doing since you graduated in May?  

I am working at IS73 in Maspeth, Queens as a 6th grade mathematics teacher and am also attending Queens College for my master’s degree in Literacy Education, 5-12.

How did the Mount prepare you for life after college?

The Mount helped me to grow up and be independent, having the confidence to lead my own classes. It also helped me to decipher student needs and to effectively teach students, given different useful strategies.   Continue Reading

19 Nov

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Alumni Reflections: Nicole Armocida

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This week marks exactly six months since the Class of 2014 walked across the stage and became the newest members of the Mount Saint Mary College alumni family. Those of us who knew the amazing Class of 2014 are definitely feeling their absence this year, so we decided to reach out to some of our recent alumni for updates. In honor of their six-month anniversary, Knight Life will be posting updates from a few students each day this week, highlighting their achievements and progress since graduation.

Nicole Armocida

Current city: Franklin Square, NY

Major at the Mount: History with a certification in Elementary and Special Education

What have you been doing since you graduated in May?

I was recently offered a Teacher’s Assistant position at the West End school in the Lynbrook school district. I am ecstatic to be working in a school, getting my “foot in the door,” and gaining more teaching experience! Also, since graduating from the Mount, I have begun my grad school journey at Queens College in the Literacy B-6th grade program. While I do miss being at the Mount, I am grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given since graduating and I could not be any more prepared to continue with this new chapter in my life. Continue Reading

18 Nov

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Alumni Reflections: Sarah Favata

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This week marks exactly six months since the Class of 2014 walked across the stage and became the newest members of the Mount Saint Mary College alumni family. Those of us who knew the amazing Class of 2014 are definitely feeling their absence this year, so we decided to reach out to some of our recent alumni for updates. In honor of their six-month anniversary, Knight Life will be posting updates from a few students each day this week, highlighting their achievements and progress since graduation.

Sarah Favata

Current city: Norwood, NJ

Major at the Mount: History with certification in Elementary and Special Education (1-6) and a Middle School Extension (7-9)

What have you been doing since you graduated in May?

Over the summer, I worked as a Head Counselor for four-year-olds at Palisades Country Day Camp. Now I am substitute teaching in Dobbs Ferry and Cornwall and am also attending graduate school for my master’s in Literacy at St. Thomas Aquinas College.

How did the Mount prepare you for life after college?

The Mount prepared me for life after college by molding me into a life-long learner. As part of the Honors Program, I participated in independent research in both history and education. This allowed me to expand my knowledge from my courses and make real-world applications. As a teacher, I now use this information to make sure that I can engage students in meaningful literacy conversations. Continue Reading