Incoming Mount freshmen complete leadership program

August 29, 2017

Knight Leadership 2017

Nursing majors Samantha Uleberg (left) of Middletown, N.Y. and Sydney Natkiel (right) of Salisbury Mills, N.Y., participants in the Mount’s Knight Summer Leadership Institute, paint murals in the children's section at Newburgh Ministry on Monday, August 21. 


The week before classes resumed for nearly 2,400 Mount Saint Mary College students, 14 incoming freshmen completed The Knight Summer Leadership Institute, a comprehensive program designed to support the transition of first-year Mount students from high school to college. 

The program was spearheaded by Megan Morrissey, coordinator of academic coaching with the college’s Office of Student Success, and academic coaches/advisors Brianne Thompson, Patrick Duffy, and Colin Cusack. Two current Mount students – Nick Terzulli of Brooklyn, N.Y, a nursing major, and Amanda Almodovar of Goshen, N.Y., an English major – mentored the freshmen as Knights Peer Counselors. 

The Knight Summer Leadership Institute was designed to offer the freshmen valuable leadership experience and academic skills in advance of the Fall 2017 semester. 

“We are so proud of the work that our freshmen put in this week to the Knight Summer Leadership Institute,” said Megan Morrissey. Through the program, the students developed “the skills to handle whatever the first semester throws at them. That is always our ultimate goal each year and we are so excited to see what the future holds for each of the participants.”Knight Leadership 2017

The students enjoyed a variety of development activities and interactive sessions, including collaborating with young students from the Newburgh Ministry’s Jumpstart program to paint inspirational murals. The freshmen also benefited from academic coaching and leadership development training at a ropes course at Camp Ramapo for Children in Rhinebeck, N.Y.  

RIGHT: Mount freshmen Christopher Lane of Newburgh, N.Y. and Julissa Revilla of Carmel, N.Y., participants in the Knight Summer Leadership Institute, take part in a high ropes team exercise at Camp Ramapo for Children in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on Tuesday, August 22.

“The week was incredibly rewarding and challenging for all involved,” said Thompson. “Our students really pushed themselves to step out of their comfort zones, which was evident by how much they grew as individuals and bonded as a group throughout the week.”

Each of the Knight Leadership students is from the Hudson Valley and is either a first-generation college student, or comes from an economically disadvantaged/historically underserved background.

The Knight Leadership students were: Armando Avila of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Bianca Caione of Patterson, N.Y.; Laynie Callo of Milton, N.Y.; Christopher Lane of Newburgh, N.Y.; Ellie Melchor of Wingdale, N.Y.; Carla Mohan of Glen Spey, N.Y.; Rebecca Napier of Monroe, N.Y.; Sydney Natkiel of Salisbury Mills, N.Y.; Kelsie Nau of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.;  Julissa Revilla of Carmel, N.Y.; Isabelle Sterling of New Windsor, N.Y.; Samantha Uleberg of Middletown, N.Y.; Neliekah Wallace of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and Colin Williams of Maybrook, N.Y.