July 10, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Left to right: Mount professors Tracey Niemotko, chair of the School of Business and professor of Business; Moira Tolan, professor of Business and graduate program coordinator; Thomas Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of Finance; and Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of Marketing presented “Seeing God in the Workplace: How Business Firms Can Elevate Society by Engaging in Sustainable Business Practices” at the recent Dominican Higher Education Colloquium.
Faculty, staff, and alumni of Mount Saint Mary College recently detailed their unique experiences and insights into Dominican life at the Dominican Higher Education Colloquium, held at Providence College in Rhode Island.
The conference advances the great tradition of the Dominican Order and makes it relevant and meaningful to the modern age. Participants reflect on the various ways in which the Catholic and Dominican tradition influences the way Dominican institutions seek the truth.
Presenters from the Mount were:
- Charles Zola, director of the Catholic and Dominican Institute at the college, associate professor of Philosophy, and assistant to the President for Mission Integration, who discussed “Integrating the Four Pillars of Dominican Higher Education into a Living-Learning Community.”
- James Phillips, associate professor of Theatre, and alumna Rebecca Gordils ’16 who discussed “Lives of Service and Joy: An Oral History of the Dominican Sisters of Hope on Camera and on Stage.”
- Tracey Niemotko, chair of the School of Business and professor of Business; Moira Tolan, professor of Business and graduate program coordinator; Thomas Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of Finance; and Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of Marketing, who discussed “Seeing God in the Workplace: How Business Firms Can Elevate Society by Engaging in Sustainable Business Practices.” The paper on which the presentation was based was also co-authored by Michael Fox, assistant professor of Business Law and Pre-Law advisor, and Veronica McMillan, assistant professor of Healthcare Management.
Also at the colloquium, the Mount’s new president, Dr. Jason N. Adsit, joined the President’s Luncheon and lent his expertise to a meeting of the Dominican Higher Education Council.
Other Mount participants at the conference were Sr. Cecilia Murray, OP, adjunct professor of Religious Studies and Dominican Institute Advisory Board member; Barbara Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center; Samantha Stobert, director of the First Year Experience; and Kristen Dellasala, director of Online Learning.
The Mount community has enjoyed presenting at the Dominican Higher Education Colloquium for several years, and Zola explained that it was as beneficial as always for those who attended.
“The Dominican Colloquium is a wonderful opportunity for those working in Dominican higher education to share ideas and best practices in how to communicate the four Dominican pillars: prayer, study, community, and service,” he said. “Meeting others who have the same values and vision about education is a unique experience, and results in a renewed commitment to the search for truth in the Catholic and Dominican intellectual tradition. The Dominican friars at Providence were so hospitable, and the sense of joy and enthusiasm that they have was palpable."