January 23, 2012
In New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington psychobiology
doctoral candidate Alexis Garland (center) described her research
investigating and counting North Island robins to Bryan Pujol
(left) a Mount Saint Mary College business major from E. Rockaway,
NY, and Peter Kelleher, a psychology/physical therapy major from
While the weather in New York is cold with some snow, half way
around the world Mount Saint Mary College students trekked across
islands in shorts and shirt sleeves during the austral summer of
New Zealand. As part of a study abroad program December 28 to
January 19, students and science professors Douglas Robinson and
James Moran learned about the flora and fauna as well as the
conservation measures taken to preserve native New Zealand
organisms, while absorbing the culture. They traveled almost the
entire length of both the north and south islands of New Zealand,
arriving at Auckland and departing from Christchurch.
Representatives from a variety of science programs including
Victoria University of Wellington and the Department of
Conservation in New Zealand, were among the guest lecturers.
Through the wonders of the Internet, Mount students conversed via
Skype with Newburgh school children.
Participating students included:
Bryan Pujol of E. Rockaway, NY, business; Brittany Farron of
Watervliet, NY, biology/pre-vet; Angela Broyles of Old Westbury,
NY, Spanish/interdisciplinary; Shannon Attebury of Fishkill,
biology; Lindsay Bordonaro of Yorktown Heights, NY, history;
Rebecca Seepersad, Farmingdale, NY, chemistry/adolescent education
5 yr BA/MSE program; Peter Kelleher, Bohemia, NY,
psychology/physical therapy; Sharon Benzenberg, Ferndale, NY,
chemistry; Jennifer Szkolnicki, Bronx, NY, psychology; and Joseph
Santangelo, Peekskill, NY, psychology.
For more information, visit www.msmc.edu and
click on New Zealand.
The Mount’s office of international studies can arrange a
semester or summer at a university anywhere in the world to enrich
a student’s education while pursuing a degree at the college
overlooking the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY. Study abroad options
include Dublin, Ireland; Florence, Italy; Segovia, Spain; Oxford,
England, and more. Learn more about this program and the college
during Open House on January 29.