Mount students, alumni serve community

May 12, 2014

M. Botta

Mark Botta teaches a Pine Tree Elementary student about place values.

Mark Botta of Chester, N.Y. recently took the children of Pine Tree Elementary School in Monroe, N.Y. on a trip down “Even and Odd Street,” where they had a blast learning place values.

Botta was one of more than 30 Mount Saint Mary College pre-service educators who treated 300 eager children and their families to fun mathematics activities. He has also served his community outside of the classroom as a volunteer firefighter with the Chester Fire Department since the age of 16. “It’s a good feeling to help out somebody in need,” he said.

The latest issue of Mount Saint Mary College Magazine, online now, features Botta, his stellar classmates, and accomplished alumni aiding their communities.

M. Lindsay-Shillingford

Maxine Lindsay-Shillingford ’98 aids a fellow nurse. Photo by Lynne Kantor, Medical Media, James J. Peters VAMC, Bronx, N.Y.

Maxine Lindsay-Shillingford’s success story began about 1,600 miles away from the Mount, in Jamaica, West Indies. She was drawn to nursing from childhood, she said.

Nurses in her hometown “had the ultimate respect of the community,” she explained. “I would admire them. They personified elegance, professionalism and class.”

After graduating from the Mount in 1998, Capt. Shillingford became a U.S. Army nurse, currently assigned to a combat support hospital’s intensive care unit. As a civilian, Shillingford is administrative nurse manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., where she oversees the daily operations and management of the emergency department.

Shillingford is in good company. Some 37 percent of Mount students are preparing for careers in healthcare. 

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