Creativity springs at the Mount

Celebrating creativity and achievement made this spring a semester to remember at the Mount. 

In theatre, poetry, music, creative writing and film, and across all disciplines, students and faculty joined in a creativity initiative, led by the Division of Arts and Letters, that gained momentum each week. 

Read the students' literary magazine, Keys to the Soul, published in April 2011, with original poetry, fiction, and photography. Students dedicated this issue of the magazine to Dr. James Finn Cotter, "an extraordinary man, who has inspired and motivated students and colleagues alike, for almost five decades." 

Pirates aboard

Woody Entrekin and the Mount Saint Mary College Choir brought the songs of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance to the Mount stage

April...the cruelest month?

Creativity 2011 Or so said T.S. Eliot in the first line of the poem The Waste Land, but we'd beg to differ This April, English Professor James Cotter helped bring the April Poetry Series to the Mount's library. 

The Mount's Curtin Memorial Library hosted an "Open Mic" reading of original poetry and prose by students and staff. Poets Barbara Adams and Phillip Levine were a part of April's poetry celebration, and read from their poetry collections on April 5 and April 12, respectively. 

Celebrating the MSMCreativity Initiative and National Library Week with Song, Drama, Word and ... Ice Cream

Joining with Curtin Memorial Library during National Library Week, the Division of Arts and Letters hosted an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the MSMCreativity initiative with short performances and readings.

Student actors from perforned a few scenes from Flavio, and members of the choir performed several songs from The Pirates of Penzance. Budding authors from the Creative Writing Club, founded by Marie-Therese Sulit, assistant professor of English, read from their original poetry and prose.

The play's the thing

MSMC Theatre presented French playwright Moliere's final work, The Imaginary Invalid, directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre James Phillips. The play's success proves that even at 300-plus years of age, the comedy of the human condition is timeless. Mount theatre students made up this very talented cast. View still shots from the play, here.

Spring Communication Arts speakers’ series

Christine BakerOur first featured speaker was Christine A. Baker, MSMC alum, public relations specialist, author, corporate executive, screen writer and sports enthusiast, who spoke at the Mount on March 21. 

Chris played basketball at the Mount, where she was co-captain and team MVP for three of her four seasons. Since graduating from the Mount, she has continued to be passionate about sports. She is considered an expert on women’s basketball. Her book, Why She Plays, gives life and depth to the answer to why women play basketball.

Christine has worked in college public relations and is currently president of CB Creative, Inc., an integrated communications consulting firm that provides strategic planning, public relations, brand development and marketing consulting services to business, non-profit and higher education clients. Chris has completed a new book, entitled iRules: Etiquette for the Digital Music Revolution and is working on a collection of poetry and a feature film script, based on the life of Emily Dickinson.

Sam Anderson, critic at large and feature writer at The New York Times Magazine, spoke to communication arts students and other budding literati on Friday, April 8. Read more about this lecture, a favorite of students, here.

Creative people are the heart of MSMC. We celebrate them and continue to support them.

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