May 08, 2014
During National Nurses Week from May 6 – 12, Mount
Saint Mary College nursing students celebrate being honored as 2014
New York Mets College Blood Donor Champions by the New York Blood
Vanessa Saravia of Mineola, N.Y., Nursing Student Union
president; Megan Green of Hyde Park, N.Y., vice president; and
Jessica Orozco of Middletown, N.Y., 2014 student representative;
attended an award ceremony at Citi Field, prior to a Mets game.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College,
is scheduled to bless the nursing pins of 84 graduating seniors
this month. Among them will be Saravia, Green, and Orozco.
The Mount’s Nursing Student Union and other campus clubs have
organized several blood drives. The most recent yielded a total of
165 pints from students, faculty, staff, and community members.
“This blood is vital to the community to save many lives,” said
professor Andrea Ackermann, chair of the college’s nationally
accredited nursing program. “Thank you to all who donated during
our blood drive.”
Above right: Representing Mount Saint Mary College as New York
Mets College Blood Donor Champions, from left to right: Vanessa
Saravia, Nursing Student Union president; Megan Green, vice
president; and Jessica Orozco, 2014 student representative.
Ackermann also thanked Nursing Student Union advisors Jeanne
Roth and Jill Sussman, associate professors of nursing, for their
support and guidance.
Blood donations are essential for surgeries, treatments, and
Some 37 percent of Mount students are preparing for careers in
healthcare. The college recently launched its new physician
assistant program (pending Accreditation-Provisional). Students
will be immersed in the Mount’s rigorous natural sciences
undergraduate curriculum for three years. Following completion of
the undergraduate requirements, successful applicants will complete
their studies at the Mount’s physician assistant program in two
years, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a
master’s in physician assistant studies.
The Mount offers nationally accredited nursing degree programs,
and also pre-med, pre-veterinary, pre-dental, podiatry, and
physical therapy studies.