Tagged: faculty

29 Nov

Comments Off on Meet the Mount: Dr. Frances Spielhagen

Meet the Mount: Dr. Frances Spielhagen

by

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.

Dr. Frances (Fran) Spielhagen, Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development


Title: Professor of Education and Director of the the Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)

Campus involvement: CARD, Teach the Change, Teacher Opportunity Corps

Years at the Mount: 16

Division: Division of Education

Favorite spot on campus: Lobby in Hudson Hall and the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary

One word to describe the Mount: Nurturing

People are often surprised to learn that Dr. Frances Spielhagen has “only” been at the Mount for 16 years, as the work that she has done for and with the Mount community has quickly made her a pillar of the institution.

After working as a public high school teacher in New York and New Jersey for 30 years, Dr. Spielhagen earned a doctoral degree in teacher education and knew right away that she wanted to become part of the faculty at the Mount. She had known about the Mount for some time and had even helped some of her high school students get admitted to the college. “I was always impressed with how smoothly my students made the transition to this college, and once I joined the faculty, I understood why,” she explained. “We care about our students as individuals here!  We are passionate about our work and sharing our knowledge, but the bottom line is that the individual students are our focus, and they know that.”

She prides herself on knowing not just about her students’ learning styles and career goals, but also who they are as individuals outside of class. “This helps me understand who they are and how I can best help them grow into the people they are meant to be,” she explained. Continue Reading

25 Nov

Comments Off on MFY Faculty Flashback: Christina Alvey

MFY Faculty Flashback: Christina Alvey

by

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.

Christina Alvey, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

As an undergraduate I attended North Central College, a small liberal arts school close to home in Illinois. While I was able to graduate in only three years due to the large number of credits I earned while in high school, I took advantage of so many opportunities during this time, including a semester-long study abroad experience in Moscow, Russia. I also worked with some of my professors on research projects that ultimately inspired me to pursue graduate school in mathematics and become a professor myself. After earning a PhD in mathematics at Purdue University, I am now entering my fourth year at Mount Saint Mary College as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and couldn’t be happier! When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing cooperative board games and video games. I am also a member of a local square dance club, and wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on the mathematics of square dancing, something that most students probably don’t know about me! Continue Reading

02 Nov

Comments Off on MFY Faculty Flashback: Sarah Uzelac

MFY Faculty Flashback: Sarah Uzelac

by

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

21 Oct

Comments Off on MFY Faculty Flashback: Mike Daven

MFY Faculty Flashback: Mike Daven

by

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

05 Oct

Comments Off on MFY Faculty Flashback: Anthony Scardillo

MFY Faculty Flashback: Anthony Scardillo

by

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