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29 Nov

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Meet the Mount: Dr. Frances Spielhagen

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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

19 Nov

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Meet the Mount: Mikayla Zaccaria ’19

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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.

Mikayla Zaccaria ’19


Class Year: Senior

Major: History

Certifications: Childhood and Special Education

Minor: Psychology

Campus activities/jobs: Student Government Association, Class President, Resident Assistant, Women’s Tennis Team, Orientation Leader, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Chi

Favorite spot on campus: Picnic tables on the Dominican Center hill

One word to describe the Mount: Family

Mikayla Zaccaria has been enthusiastic about her Mount experience since before she was even a student.

After having an awesome experience at Accepted Student Day (including winning the trivia game), she quickly paid her deposit to the Mount and joined the Class of 2019.

She’s been class president ever since. Continue Reading

30 Oct

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Meet the Mount: Sean Farrell ‘19

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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.

Sean Farrell ’19


Class Year: Senior

Major: Information technology

Concentration: Web design and networking

Athletics: Captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field team

Campus activities/jobs: Senior class treasurer, SSM treasurer, ROTC

Favorite spot on campus: Kaplan

One word to describe the Mount: Home

Career aspirations: Sean wants to eventually become an Officer in the United States Army.

Favorite experience at the Mount: Competing on the Cross Country and Track team races.


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15 Oct

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Meet the Mount: William Wiacek ’18

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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.

William Wiacek ’18


Class Year: Senior

Major: Psychology on the Pre-Physical Therapy track

Campus Activities/Jobs: Photography club, Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Resident Living Council

Favorite spot on campus: Hudson Lounge

One word to describe the Mount: Community

As William Wiacek completes his final semester at the Mount, he is looking back on a number of amazing experiences he will take with him as he makes the next step in life.

Thanks to the wonderful Psychology faculty, William feels prepared for the future. “I love the Psychology staff. The professors are amazing, they take their time to make sure you understand what you are learning, and they are great people to get to know!” In fact, he enjoyed his Intro to Psychology class so much that he switched his major to Psychology as a result. Continue Reading

27 Sep

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Meet the Mount: Kathleen O’Keefe

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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.

Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Career Center


Title: Director of the Career Center

Years at the Mount: 1991-1992, 2005-present

Department: Career Center

Campus involvement: Advisor for the Student Business Association

Favorite spot on campus: Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary

One word to describe the Mount: Caring

One of the most exciting things to see during Kathleen O’Keefe’s time at the Mount has been the transition her department has undergone over the years.

The Career Center was established in 2009, and she notes that it was exciting to be part of that transformation. While she was originally hired to coordinate internships, her role has changed so much over the years. Now, she oversees career readiness, professional development, and global opportunities in addition to internships. Continue Reading