Mount aids up-and-coming pre-professionals

Borst wins title of Career Center Apprentice
February 26, 2013



Senior math major Karen Borst of Levittown, NY won Mount Saint Mary College’s recent Career Center Apprentice competition. Anthony Fragomeni (right), a junior history and political science major from Beacon, NY took second place, and Alex Rivera (left), a senior business-marketing major from Brooklyn, NY was awarded third.

Similar to the television show upon which it’s based, the Career Center Apprentice completion featured a pool of about 100 dedicated Mount students vying for the title. Each experienced the thrill of competition while learning valuable professional skills.

Five finalists stood out: Sarah Muller, a junior nursing major from Wappingers Falls, NY; Karen Borst, a senior math major from Levittown, NY; Yelana Boyko, a junior history major from Newburgh, NY; Alex Rivera, a senior business-marketing major from Brooklyn, NY; and Anthony Fragomeni, a junior history and political science major from Beacon, NY.

The winner was chosen by a panel of local employers based on a mock job interview. The employers were John Yelle, finance and administration manager at Advanced Coating Technologies in Middletown, NY; Brian Bezkorowajny, director of technical resources at Advance Testing Company, Inc. in Campbell Hall, NY and Harpursville, NY; and Carol Webber, employment coordinator at the Anderson Center for Autism in Hyde Park, NY.

Borst won the completion with her excellent professional attitude and interviewing skills. The apprentice received an iPad 2, donated by Advanced Coating Technologies.

“I want to thank the employers and the Career Center for everything they’ve done to get me this far,” said Borst.

Fragomeni and Rivera were given monetary prizes for second and third place, respectively.


Mike Bennett, a popular WHUD radio personality, has networked with Mount students at Career Center events.

Apprentice hopefuls participated in Career Center events and opportunities aimed at teaching them to be successful in the workplace. One was a recent speed networking event where the students of Mount Saint Mary College met with accomplished professionals, including Mike Bennett of the local radio station WHUD. Bennett will return in March to speak to Mount students and staff about his 40-year career in radio.

Students also learned how to craft a résumé and cover letter, developed solid interviewing strategies, and improved their professional image.

Mount students are serious about their professional future, and the college’s Career Center aids them on the path to success. The center offers internship and co-op experiences which open doors to varied job opportunities in Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley, the capital region, and beyond.

The center also prepares the college’s young professionals for rewarding careers through engaging and informative events.


Approximately 100 Mount students attended the Career Center’s Sophomores: Survive and Succeed program. Speaking, from left to right: Kathleen O’Keefe, associate director of the Career Center; Allison Turnbach of Brick, NJ, a sophomore psychology major; and Karen Borst of Levittown, NY, a senior math major. Photo credit: Sara Baloga, history major, Binghamton, NY

Second year Mount students kicked off the spring 2013 semester with the center’s Sophomores: Survive and Succeed program, which taught the more than 100 attendees how to better utilize campus resources to make the most of their final two years in college.

At the recent Careers in the Sciences event, panelists discussed career opportunities that require a variety of skills and a broad base of knowledge, such as information management and information research, clean energy opportunities, foreign medical schools and careers in business account management and engineering.

Panelists included Mary Jo Russell, manager of library services, Vassar Brothers Medical Center; Laurence Lanigan, general manager, Vanguard Energy, a solar power/wind energy company; Bryan Fleischman, associate director of admissions, American University of Antigua, College of Medicine; and Mike Walsh, educational program director, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University.

The center also presented Careers for English Majors, featuring Luke Pontifell, president of Thornwillow Press Ltd.; Polly Sparling, senior editor of Hudson Valley Magazine; Susan Andreas, VP/associate editorial director, CDMI Connect; Jane Hanley, assistant director of marketing at Mount Saint Mary College (business writing); and James Nani, a journalist with the Times Herald-Record.