July 28, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Veronica Malloy of Millbrook, N.Y. (standing), president of
Mount Saint Mary College’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, is seen here
teaching a literacy course for children at the Newburgh Ministry.
The chapter’s work with the program recently earned them a Gold
Award from the international Kappa Delta Pi Society.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Sigma Tau Chapter 451 of Kappa Delta
Pi, the international honor society in education, was recently
named a 2016-2017 Gold Award winner for their project “Exploring
the World of Words: Jumpstart at Newburgh Ministry.”
The award is given through the international Kappa Delta Pi
Society. The Mount group’s project was selected from a pool of
nearly 90 submissions.
“I was extremely impressed,” said Joseph S. Clemmer, regional
chapter coordinator of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society
in Education. “Thank you for all of your hard work in bringing
literacy to your community.”
Developed by Mount teacher candidates, Jumpstart at Newburgh
Ministry is a literacy program for at-risk elementary through
middle school students. Run by Mount volunteers, the broad goals of
the program are to improve children’s life perspectives, develop
their reading and writing skills, increase their confidence in
their abilities, and help them to believe that a college education
is possible for them.
Newburgh Ministry is a culturally diverse, grassroots
organization located in the City of Newburgh’s east end. It offers
dignity and hope to those who enter seeking shelter, resources,
solace, and fellowship.
Sigma Tau members will be on-hand to accept the Gold Award at
the KDP 51st Biennial Convocation in Pittsburgh, Pa. this
The news of the Gold Award comes on the heels of the chapter
recently being selected for its fourth Achieving Chapter Excellence
(ACE) award. The ACE award is only given to 22 chapters out of 600
in the country.
Also at the convocation, Ludmila Smirnova, Mount professor of
education and KDP faculty co-counselor, will be named the 2016-2017
O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award winner. Given to one
KDP counselor a year, this award honors chapter counselors who
demonstrate outstanding leadership, mentorship of r student
leaders, personal scholarship, professional development, and
Finally, Kappa Delta Pi chapter president and recent Mount
graduate Veronica Malloy of Millbrook, N.Y. will be given the
Distinguished Chapter Officer Award.
Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in, and recognizes
outstanding contributions to, the field of education.
The Mount’s KDP chapter is dedicated to service-learning in the
local community. Recent efforts have included the long-running
“Adopt a Family” program, where society members donate to families
in need. The chapter is overseen by KDP co-counselors Smirnova and
Sonya Abbye-Taylor, assistant professor of education at the
Mount students enjoy serving their community and cultivating
their skills through a variety of honor societies, including: Alpha
Chi, general excellence; Alpha Sigma Lambda, adult education; Beta
Beta Beta, biology; Chi Alpha Epsilon, nontraditional students;
Delta Mu Delta, business; Gamma Nu Eta, information technology;
Gamma Sigma Epsilon, chemistry; Kappa Mu Epsilon, mathematics;
Lambda Pi Eta, communications; Phi Alpha Theta, history; Psi Chi,
psychology; Sigma Delta Pi, Hispanic studies; Sigma Tau Delta,
English; Sigma Theta Tau, nursing; and Tau Upsilon Alpha, human