July 21, 2014
Mount Saint Mary College pre-freshman students develop their
leadership skills at Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Photo by
Eleven Mount Saint Mary College pre-freshmen completed The Dyson
Summer Leadership Institute, a comprehensive program designed to
support the transition and persistence of first-year Mount
students, on Friday, July 18.
Students from Newburgh, Wappingers Falls, Lagrangeville, Mount
Vernon, Olivebridge, Beacon, New York City and beyond participated
in a variety of student development activities and interactive
sessions presented by the Mount’s Campus Ministry, Career Center,
and athletics department. Students also benefited from academic
coaching and leadership development training, including at a ropes
course at Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Each student is a first-generation college student, or comes
from an economically disadvantaged background.
Charles Zola, assistant professor of philosophy and director of
the Catholic and Dominican Institute, was the featured faculty
speaker. He led a discussion on ethical leadership. Torrance Harvey
’03, chair of the Mount’s Higher Education Opportunity Program
Alumni Committee, served as this year’s keynote speaker.
The Dyson Summer Leadership Institute is funded through the
Dyson Foundation and presented in partnership between the college’s
department of Student Affairs and the Center for Student