August 08, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Regina Pappalardo, Mount Saint Mary College assistant professor of Communications (right), coaches Newburgh Enlarged City School District students during a broadcast journalism course, part of Empire Summer at the college. Co-taught by Mount student Tanner Tait of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and Newburgh teacher Robert Poinsette, the class was hosted at the college over a two week period.
This summer, about 100 young students from the Newburgh area explored science, psychology, music, and more at Mount Saint Mary College.
Empire Summer, a collaboration between the Mount and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, ran from early July through early August. The educational endeavor was made possible by a grant from the Empire State After School Program for approximately $7 million over five years.
Courses were hosted at the Mount in two sessions, offering the young students a variety of academic options. The students enjoyed scientific field trips to locales like Snake Hill in New Windsor, N.Y.; discovered and identified unique bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) within local soil; wrote, performed in, and filmed their own news show; and more.
Newburgh students learned the basics during a drumline course, part of Empire Summer at Mount Saint Mary College. The course was taught by Newburgh teachers Dion Placencia and Ethan Gutzeit.
They were taught by dedicated Mount Saint Mary College professors and students, coupled with enthusiastic teachers from the Newburgh school district.
The courses were:
- Broadcast Journalism, taught by Regina Pappalardo, Mount assistant professor of Communications; Mount student Tanner Tait of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and Newburgh teacher Robert Poinsette.
- Digging in the Dirt: Tapping into Nature’s Incredible Biosynthetic Potential, taught by Suparna Bhalla, Mount associate professor of Biology; Evan Merkhoffer, Mount assistant professor of Biology; and Mount student Chandlir Radcliffe of Elka Park, N.Y.
- Drumline, taught by Newburgh teachers Dion Placencia and Ethan Gutzeit.
- Forensic Science, taught by Lynn Maelia, Mount professor of Chemistry; Mount student Erica Eack of Goshen, N.Y.; Aileen Toback, Mount adjunct professor of Education; and Newburgh teacher Melissa Doulin.
- Taking Good Care: Health and Wellness, taught by Elizabeth Harper, Mount assistant professor of Biology; Mount student Deidre Lydon of Bellerose, N.Y.; and Newburgh teacher Rachel Williams.
- Trees in our Backyard, taught by Tom Sarro, Mount professor of Biology; Mount student Alexandra Steinberg of Chester, N.Y.; and Newburgh teacher Stephen Pemberton.
- Understanding Your World Using Psychological Science, taught by Amanda Maynard, Mount associate professor of Psychology; Mount student Jessica Musacchio of Beacon, N.Y.; and Newburgh teacher Carol Johnson-Cromer.
- Walk in the Woods: A Study of Nature and Its Role in Chemistry, taught by Douglas Robinson, Mount associate professor of Biology; Jodie Fahey, Mount assistant professor of Chemistry; Mount student Ray Shepherd of Red Hook, N.Y.; and Newburgh teacher Stephen Pemberton.
Newburgh Enlarged City School District teacher Melissa Doulin works with a young student during a forensic science class, part of Empire Summer at Mount Saint Mary College. In addition to Doulin, the course was co-taught by Lynn Maelia, Mount professor of Chemistry, and Mount student Erica Eack of Goshen, N.Y.