August 26, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College welcomed about 400 freshmen and 100 transfers on Sunday, August 26. About 2,400 students began or resumed classes the next day.
A beautiful Hudson Valley day provided the backdrop for hundreds of students moving into Mount Saint Mary College on Sunday, August 26.
Returning students, more than 100 transfers, and nearly 400 freshmen ascended to the Mount from as far away as California.
Helping to move students into their residence halls was Mount president Dr. Jason N. Adsit and his family. The Adsits enjoyed rolling up their sleeves and embracing the Mount’s culture of service, Dr. Adsit explained.
“We want the students to know that the Mount is a close, caring community right from the first day they arrive,” Dr. Adsit explained. “We’re all here to help, in big and small ways.”
A great work ethic and a wonderful family life are close to Dr. Adsit’s heart. He and his wife, Heather, have five children – three boys and two girls – ranging in age from 4 to 10 years old.
Beginning their college careers together on Sunday were the Romaniello triplets of Waterbury, Conn. After attending the same private school through eighth grade, the young women each chose a different high school – and all of them were in the top 10 of their respective classes. On Sunday, their parents, Glorie and Todd, helped to move them into their shared room in the Mount’s Sakac Hall.
Ashley and Haley selected Mount Saint Mary College for its prestigious Nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
“I always loved helping people, I’ve always been hands-on, and I know that nurses do a lot with their education,” said Haley. “It’s a great match for me.”
Mount Nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical relationships with more than 40 area hospitals. The Mount’s passionate faculty are dedicated to the success of both their undergraduate and graduate students.
The Romaniello triplets of Waterbury, Conn. (left to right, Haley, Jessica, and Ashley) moved into the same room in the Mount’s Sakac Hall on Sunday, August 26. Two will be majoring in Nursing, and the third will take the Adolescence Education track. All three were in the top 10 of their respective classes in high school.
Ashley, who was the valedictorian of Wilby High School, had received a full scholarship to another college. However, she turned it down, she explained, in favor of the Mount’s small class sizes and tightknit, family atmosphere.
“I like the environment, the community, and the opportunities I could get here for nursing,” she explained. “And I really like the supportive connections I’ve been making.”
The third triplet, Jessica, is an English major on the Adolescence Education track. She said that the decision to attend the Mount was easy.
“It might sound a little cheesy, but teachers really do change the world,” said Jessica. “I was planning on going to another college, but when I came with Haley to [the Mount’s] Accepted Students Day, I fell in love with the campus and how nice the people here are. The class sizes are nice too – I’d much rather be at the Mount than in a lecture hall with so many other students.”
Though all born within the span of less than an hour, only two of the triplets share a birthday. Ashley, the oldest, and Haley were both Valentine’s Day babies. But thanks to a delay of only a minute or two, Jessica celebrates her birthday on February 15. Their little brother, Alex, is eight years old.
In addition to Nursing and Education, many Mount freshmen are majoring in Business. These programs include Accounting, Business Management and Administration, Finance, Marketing, and Sports Management. The college also offers comprehensive areas of study in Psychology, English, Math, Sociology, History, Biology, Chemistry, and more.
On Monday, August 27, about 2,400 students began or resumed bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the Mount, ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report. The students’ futures are looking bright: A recent study found 95 percent of the Mount’s 2017 graduates were employed six months after graduation. In addition, more than 75 percent of 2017 Mount bachelor’s grads and more than 96 percent of 2017 Mount master’s grads who are employed full-time make $40,000 a year and up.
Mount’s new president arrives with energy and vision
Dr. Jason N. Adsit, Mount Saint Mary College president, and his family helped new students to move into their residence halls on Sunday, August 26. In addition to his wife, Heather, three of Dr. Adsit’s children lent a hand: Stella, Ronin, and Lee Carter.
Dr. Jason N. Adsit, the Mount’s seventh fulltime president, began his tenure on June 1. He joins the Mount family from D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., where he served as Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education, as well as Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. As chief academic officer, Dr. Adsit oversaw all undergraduate and graduate programs in the School, including the departments of Biology and Mathematics, Business, Chemistry, Education, and Liberal Arts.
An accomplished author and speaker, Dr. Adsit earned a doctoral degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from American University in Washington, DC.
“I see steady growth” for the Mount, explained Dr. Adsit. “I see a continued tradition of academic excellence. I see the highest levels of community engagement. Our institution is a coiled spring, and we’re poised for great growth and development. Our future is very bright and I’m very excited to be here.”
New faculty and programs
The Mount recently welcomed Dr. Susan LaRocco as the Dean of the School of Nursing. Her responsibilities include providing vision and oversight for the School of Nursing, working with faculty to ensure that the curriculum provides students with opportunities to enhance their Nursing career, and fostering professional development of faculty, including scholarly work and research. LaRocco comes to the Mount from Curry College in Milton, Mass., where she was a former chairperson and professor in that School of Nursing. Her PhD is from the University of Massachusetts Boston where she received the Brenda S. Cherry Doctoral Dissertation Award. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and has certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).
Joining LaRocco in the School of Nursing are two new teachers: Bernadette O’Halloran, assistant professor of Nursing, and Kathleen Pecoraro, instructor of Nursing.
Mount students moved into Sakac Hall, Guzman Hall, the Dominican Center, and the College Courts on August 26.
Mount social science professors Lawrence Force and Jeffrey Kahana, co-directors of the college’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP), are hard at work bringing their ProActive Caring program to family caregivers with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. At a ProActive Steering Committee meeting earlier this month, Force, Kahana, and a team of local healthcare leaders discussed the next steps for the program, which aims to teach effective coping mechanisms for short- and long-term stressful situations. According to Force and Kahana, ProActive Caring will expand to sites in Central and Western New York in 2018-2019 and to sites in New York City and on Long Island in 2019-2020. The program aims to provide 1,000 family caregivers with continued support and training in the next three years.
Throughout the year, the Mount hosts a variety of free events that are open to the public.
The first Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) talk of the semester, “Is God a Sports Fan? The Relationship between Sports and Faith,” will take place Thursday, September 6 at 12:45 p.m. in the college’s Dominican Center. Robert Miller, associate professor of Religious Studies and Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies chair, will reflect upon the fundamental theological principles of how people see God in all things, including sports.
As the foliage turns vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, an open house for prospective freshmen and their families will be held Sunday, September 23. Participants will take an up-close look at classrooms, dining commons, and residence halls, as well as speak with current Mount students and staff. To register, visit msmc.edu/rsvp
The college will celebrate its Ninth Annual Gala Reception on Friday, November 30 in the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center. Officials will bestow the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence upon Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. and Ted Doering, director of Motorcyclepedia Museum, and owner of Umbra Sound Stage. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathleen Barton, director of Advancement Events, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 845-569-3609.
Cole Pilon of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (center), son of Maryann Pilon, executive director of Facilities and liaison for Strategic Space Planning, and Michael Pilon, moved into Mount Saint Mary College’s Guzman Hall on Sunday, August 26.