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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).

16 Mar

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The Life of an MSMC Resident Assistant

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Steven Juergensen (far right) is a resident assistant on campus, pictured here in 2014 with Fr. Kevin Mackin, president emeritus of Mount Saint Mary College, and other student leaders.

Steven Juergensen is no stranger on campus. A Business Administration and Management student with a concentration in Finance, Steven is involved in several organizations on campus, including being an Orientation Leader and president of the SGA club, Musical Exchange. Many people, however, know Steven from his work as a resident assistant (RA) on campus. Recently, Knight Life talked to Steven about his work as an RA, including some of his favorite aspects of being an RA as well as what his job entails.

Knight Life: What is your position in Residence Life?

Steven: I am a resident assistant (RA) in Guzman Hall.

Knight Life: Give us a brief overview of the Office of Residence Life and what the job of an RA entails.

Steven: Residence Life is an office on campus that works to create a sense of community between residents. One of the ways in which we foster community is by having resident assistants, like myself, do programming and create social events to bring people together. A resident assistant also serves as a positive role model for residents while enforcing college policies throughout the campus. We mentor our residents and are always an open ear when it is needed. Continue Reading

09 Mar

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Helping Others Through Nursing

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Junior nursing major Diana Pernicano dressed in her scrubs for her first day of sophomore year in 2014.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a nursing major at the Mount? Knight Life recently interviewed junior nursing major Diana Pernicano to get the scoop on this popular Mount program.

Knight Life: Why did you choose to be a nursing major?

Diana:  I always enjoyed learning about science and helping others. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I was driven even more to help people feel better. Once in the nursing program, I was also diagnosed with cancer, which made me even more interested in the medical profession and why people get ill. Continue Reading

23 Feb

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Beginnings in Psychology – Not Just for College Students Anymore

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Hello! My name is Daria Sullivan, and I am a sophomore majoring in Counseling Psychology. I personally got my beginnings in psychology in high school. I have always thought like a psychologist, though I did not realize this until senior year in high school. I have always been empathetic, with a passion for helping other people. My mother had a huge influence on my decision, too; she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well.

At the Mount, I’ve had classes and professors who have assisted me greatly. My favorite class within the major is Abnormal Psychology, where we focus on human abnormalities. This includes disorders like bipolar, depression, and PTSD, and all of their treatments, particularly why some work and others do not. In addition, while taking Developmental Psychology with Dr. Amanda Maynard, I was challenged by her tests and papers, yet felt like I learned so much. I do not think I would have the interest I have today in psychology without having her as a teacher. She pushed me in a way that I do not believe any other teacher has and truly wanted all of her students to succeed. Continue Reading

10 Feb

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Club Profile – Delta Leadership Society

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The MSMC Delta Leadership Society at their 2014 trick-or-treating event. Elisa DiGiacopo (back row, third from left) is the president of the Delta Leadership Society.

We recently reached out to the president of the Delta Leadership Society here on campus, Elisa DiGiacopo, to learn more about what they do as an organization.

Knight Life: Can you give us a brief overview of your club?

Elisa: Delta Leadership Society is a philanthropy club that focuses on doing charity work both on campus and in the Hudson Valley community. As a club, we brainstorm different charities that we would like to assist and then create events that either fundraise for or raise awareness about the particular charity or issue that we have chosen. Continue Reading