Mount offers new tech/digital media major and physician’s assistant intro

August 16, 2012

Newburgh, N.Y. -

(Left) Mount Saint Mary College media production students Lauren Parrelli of Beacon, NY, and Gregory Jacob of Ridgefield, CT, edit video for a television campaign in the college’s non-linear editing bay. (Right) Students prepare to film a news segment in Mount Saint Mary College’s state-of-the-art television and multimedia production studio.

Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh will launch a popular new major in digital media, a pre-physician’s assistant concentration, and several exciting new courses this fall.

The interdisciplinary technology and digital media major will provide skills to succeed in careers such as web content, corporate communications, healthcare, engineering, and higher education. Emphasizing hands-on experience, courses include digital video production, dynamics of color and design, networking, non-linear editing, interactive web design, and digital illustration.

The major is co-directed by professors Dean Goldberg of arts and letters, and Maureen Markel of mathematics and information technology.

Goldberg also leads the Mount’s popular communication and media production program, which features a video studio and editing suite with the latest non-linear editing equipment, a Mount Media crew for real-world experience, and the Knight Radio station featuring a high-tech control room and studio.

Joining the college’s rich selection of pre-professional tracks (including pre-law, -med, -veterinary, and -dental) is the new pre-physician’s assistant program. With courses by professors Suparna Bhalla and William Lahar, pre-PA is intended for students who plan to apply to a graduate program and obtain a PA license, which allows professionals to perform any medical or surgical duties that are delegated to them by a physician.

The Mount’s Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center features advanced laboratories for nursing and pre-med studies. Students who participate in the honors program gain expanded lab time.

Mount Saint Mary College will also introduce three new individual courses this semester.

Professor John Hofbauer will explore the philosophy of science and nature, a course which examines science as a “way of knowing.” The curriculum relates philosophy and its study of universal, cosmological questions to nature issues studied by the discipline of science.

A special topics information technology course, Web 2.0 for teachers, will be taught by Bojan K. Lazarevic. The class provides an overview of emerging web-based educational technologies and a supporting theoretical framework.

Another new special topics course is introduction to sports management, which provides an overview of all facets of the industry, and examines ethical challenges facing sports management professionals.