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25 Jan

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Summer research isn’t just for science majors

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Mount Saint Mary College students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program worked with Professors Lee Fothergill and Michael Daven to come up with math problems which will be used for education purposes. Here they stand within a sculpture by Richard Serra at the Dia:Beacon museum.

Every summer session, Mount Saint Mary College students have the opportunity to investigate a plethora of stimulating subjects through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

Brittni Troy conducts an observational study of the forest understory at Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County, N.Y.

The earthen smell of the Mohonk Preserve forest set the backdrop for Brittni Troy’s recent observational study. Using a small iPad-like device, she recorded the species, density, and height of the understory vegetation. She then created a map to be used in land management decisions, such as where and when to set controlled burns.

For English major Amanda Wright, SURE was all about the sweet sound of classic Jazz. Wright and her mentor, English professor Nancy Von Rosk, delved into an iconic period of American history through editing the upcoming book, “New Approaches to the Jazz Age.” Wright assisted with researching and gathering materials such as photographs, primary sources, and scholarly articles, as well as with editing essays.

Science professors James Moran and Suparna Bhalla supervised biology/pre-med major Hannah Mulhall, who researched immune responses of lab mice to the cutting-edge blood substitute, OxyVita. Developed by the OXYVITA Corporation in New Windsor, N.Y., OxyVita could be manufactured as both a liquid and a powder, and is the first working blood substitute in powder form in the world.

Mathematics professors Lee Fothergill and Mike Daven, and students Jennifer Kurtz and Toni Navarro, visited local landmarks such as Dia:Beacon and the Franklin D. Roosevelt House in Hyde Park, N.Y. to create “Hudson Valley Math Trails.” The project mixed mathematics with art, history, and more.

Allister Collins and chemistry professor Lynn Maelia test the efficiency of Collins’ rocket stove.

Learn more about the Mount’s science and research programs on the web at www.msmc.edu.

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

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

17 Nov

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Alumni Reflections: Nicole Havrilla

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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 Havrilla

Current city: Newburgh, NY

Major at the Mount: B.A. in Mathematics, with a dual certification in Childhood Education and Special Education, and a minor in Psychology

What have you been doing since you graduated in May?

Since graduation, I have returned to the Mount for my masters in Literacy Education (birth-6) and took on a permanent substitute teaching position in the Washingtonville School District. I work with amazing colleagues and staff that continue to add to my repertoire of knowledge, and I get to do what I love most: teach.

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03 Nov

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Insuring My Future

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Taylor Walton, a senior mathematics student at the Mount, completed an internship with ConnectiCare during the summer of 2014.

This past summer, I completed an actuarial internship with ConnectiCare, a health insurance agency in Connecticut. Throughout my internship, I learned an abundance of information, from healthcare reform regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impact it has on the healthcare market, to the different lines of business (individual, small group, and large group). I also gained knowledge about the different pharmaceutical aspects of healthcare and the impact they have on the cost of health insurance. Continue Reading

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11 Dec

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Mathematics at the Mount

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NCTM ConferenceMount students and faculty at the NCTM Conference

As a senior mathematics major getting certified in adolescence education with a middle school extension, I’ve had the chance to get to know professors in both the education and math divisions, and I’ve thrived here at college thanks to everything I’ve experienced within the past four years. I am currently student teaching and have had an adequate amount of experience in the education field. During my first student teaching placement, I was at Bishop Dunn Memorial School teaching math in grades 6-8. My second placement was at NFA North, where I worked with many different classes and played different roles inside of the classroom. Getting to experience teaching in middle school and in high school has helped me decide that I want to be a middle school math teacher.

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