07 Apr


Fighting Cancer One Lap at a Time


Anthony Cona, co-chair of this year’s Relay for Life, speaks during the Opening Ceremony on March 27, 2015 while fellow co-chair and cancer survivor Diana Pernicano looks on.

Last Friday, hundreds of Mount students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered in the Kaplan Gym for a full night of fundraising, fun, and fighting cancer. This year, the Mount Saint Mary College community raised almost $36,000 for the American Cancer Society. After the long weekend and catching up on some sleep, Knight Life reached out to Anthony Cona, cancer survivor and one of this year’s Relay for Life co-chairs, to talk about the Mount’s involvement with Relay.

Knight Life: Can you give us a brief overview of Relay for Life at Mount Saint Mary College?

Anthony: Relay for Life at Mount Saint Mary College is completely student run. We partner with the American Cancer Society, who helps with the logistical side of the event, but all of the planning is student-based. We plan a 12-hour long event that raises money for the fight against cancer. Continue Reading

31 Mar


Preparing for the Future – Reflecting on the Employment Fair


Christine Urio (bottom row, far right) attended the Honors Luncheon at the Employment Fair on March 25, 2015 in the Kaplan Gym.

Students at Mount Saint Mary College recently pulled out their blazers, ironed their dress shirts, and found those khakis in the bottom drawer to prepare for the College’s annual Employment Fair on Wednesday, March 25 in the Kaplan Gym.

After proofreading my resume at least 12 times, I printed out a neat stack, straightened my nametag, and walked confidently into the gym already abuzz with future employers.

Being a member of the College’s Honors Program has its perks; besides doing in-depth research on an author we really love, or challenging the faculty at trivia night, we also have the privilege of meeting with employers before the fair begins. An hour prior to starting, I was given the opportunity to attend a luncheon with those participating in the fair, which gave me an advantage to talk with them one-on-one. While I was excited to have this amazing chance, the prospect was a bit daunting, since these were the people I would be seeking potential jobs from. The pressure was on to make a memorable first impression. Continue Reading

24 Mar


Club Profile – Elite Knight Trends


Elite Knight Trends, the Mount’s fashion club, at the 2014 Pace Upward Bound fashion show. On the far left is Adrian Willis, president of Elite Knight Trends.

Hello! My name is Adrian Willis, and I am the president of Elite Knight Trends, Mount Saint Mary College’s fashion club. Our purpose is to provide a place of appreciation for the general concept of fashion and its artistic nature, particularly for an awareness of culturally-diverse fashions. During our weekly meetings, we discuss and watch videos on different forms of fashion, whether it be watching how-to videos, looking at celebrities’ attire from award or fashion shows, discussing the latest trends, having conversations about personal style, or collaboratively planning an event.

Our meetings are free-flowing and run just like an average lunch table discussion where all members’ opinions are valued and strongly encouraged; no voice goes unheard or unappreciated. In fact, the ideal Elite Knight Trends meeting runs as follows: the president gives an update on future events and event planning, then a member brings up a topic, and other members chime in on the discussion. When that topic is over, another member introduces another topic. The setting is extremely relaxed. Continue Reading

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16 Mar


The Life of an MSMC Resident Assistant


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


Helping Others Through Nursing


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