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26 Feb

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Meet the Mount: Angelica Rolka ’20

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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.

Angelica Rolka ’20


Class Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Campus Activities/Jobs: Get Creative Club, Library Worker

Favorite spot on campus: The Forgotten Stairwell Loop in the Dominican Center

Career aspirations: To become a midwife, then Nursing professor

One word to describe the Mount: Close-knit

“The Mount was my #1 college choice after visiting it just once,” says Angelica Rolka ’20.
“I was very shy when I first started out, avoiding all the freshman activities and keeping to myself in the dorm room,” she reminisces. “My freshman roommate, now best friend, Emily Fricano, was the first Mount person I talked to and connected with. Now you can see me sitting in the View chatting away with Father Greg and many other Mount students.”

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08 Feb

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Meet the Mount: Victoria Guglielmo ’20

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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.

Victoria Guglielmo ’20


Class Year: Junior

Major: Double major in Criminology and Hispanic Studies

Campus Activities/Jobs: MEDLIFE, Big Brothers Big Sisters, work study for the Division of Education, Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Phonathon

Favorite spot on campus: Education office in Hudson, Aquinas 100 study room, Picnic tables next to the Dominican Center overlooking the Baseball/Softball field

One word to describe the Mount: Home

Victoria Guglielmo ’20 has been enthusiastic about her Mount experience since Day 1. Continue Reading

16 Jan

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Meet the Mount: Madison Herley ’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.

Madison Herley ’19


Class Year: Senior

Major: Media Studies

Concentration: Production

Minors: Journalism and Art

Reason for picking that major: My favorite thing about studying Media Studies and Production is that it’s so hands on. Our professors allow us to work in groups and go out into the community to capture video work. I’ve always seen myself working in the television industry as a producer. Being in this profession there is never a dull moment and every day there is something different to do.

Campus Activities/Jobs: Resident Assistant (RA)

Reason for getting involved: I chose to get involve on campus because I wanted to be apart of something. Freshman year you got to see that people had each other already. They all had a second family at the Mount. I wanted to have a second “family” that I could count on and that’s what being an RA did for me. This has shaped my campus experience because I got to be there for residents, too.

Favorite spot on campus: Dominican Center hill

One word to describe the Mount: Beautiful

Above: Madison Herley ’19 recently coordinated the Mount’s A.R.T. Show Part II in spring 2018.


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21 Dec

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Meet the Mount: Destiny Bettica ’20

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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.

Destiny Bettica ’20


Class Year: Junior

Major: History

Minors: Music/Theatre and Art

Campus Activities/Jobs: Different Stages (president), Knight Notes, Improvology, Dominican Scholars of Hope, Orientation Leader, College Choir, MSMC Theatre

Favorite spot on campus: The View

One word to describe the Mount: Home

Getting involved on campus has been the key to Destiny Bettica’s Mount experience being as wonderful as it has been.

“I decided to get involved on campus because I was told that it was an easier way to make friends, and boy was that right,” she notes. “Since getting involved, I’ve made so many connections with students and faculty that makes the Mount feel even more like Home.”
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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