Mount Saint Mary College welcomes the Class of 2021

August 27, 2017

Opening Day 2017

Brianna Buckley of Bohemia N.Y. (center), a freshman nursing major, moves into Sakac Hall during Mount Saint Mary College’s opening day, August 27. She is aided by her parents, Susan and Alan.


A beautiful Hudson Valley day provided the backdrop for hundreds of students moving into Mount Saint Mary College on Sunday, August 27.

Returning students, transfers, and more than 400 freshmen ascended to the Mount from the tristate area and beyond. 

This year, nearly 43 percent of incoming freshmen are aiming for careers in health professions, including nursing and pre-professional programs. 

Sharee Powell of Manhattan, N.Y. a freshman biology student on the pre-med track, said that the decision to attend the Mount was easy. “I came to visit and I fell in love,” she said. “I like that [the Mount] has the Writing Center to help us out and the teachers and staff made me feel really welcome.” 

Powell was president of her class at Cathedral High School in Manhattan and is looking forward to exploring student government opportunities at the Mount as well.


Opening Day 2017

Freshman Sharee Powell of Manhattan, N.Y. a biology student on the pre-med track, sets up her new room in Sakac Hall on Sunday, August 27. 


Brianna Buckley of Bohemia N.Y., a freshman nursing major, moved into Sakac Hall with the help of her parents, Susan and Alan. “The Mount has one of the best nursing programs I’ve ever seen,” she explained. “I’m looking forward to studying what I love.”

In addition to nursing, teacher education has long been a Mount mainstay. This fall, nearly 11 percent of the freshmen began preparation in their fields for certification in childhood or adolescent education. 

Rebecca Goldberg of Massapequa Park, N.Y., a freshman on the education track, decided to attend classes at the Mount thanks to its reputation as “a great education school,” she said.

Deanna Giardina of Monroe, N.Y., a freshman on the adolescent education track, echoed Goldberg’s sentiment: “Other colleges don’t have what the Mount has for education students,” she said. “This is where I want to be.” 


Opening Day 2017

Deanna Giardina of Monroe, N.Y., a freshman on the adolescent education track, sets up the internet on her lap top during the Mount’s opening day.


This year, around 12 percent of Mount freshmen are majoring in business, in programs such as accounting, business management and administration, finance, marketing, and sports management – including Kevin Wise of Hyde Park, N.Y., a freshman business major and lacrosse player. 

“I’m looking forward to starting classes and learning how to live on my own,” he said.

The college also offers comprehensive areas of study in psychology, English, math, sociology, history, biology, chemistry, and more. 

On Monday, August 28, 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 that 92 percent of Mount Saint Mary College graduates in 2016 were employed within six months of receiving their degree.

New programs, courses, and initiatives
The Mount’s School of Business now offers two new programs: a 5-year BS in business management/master of business administration (MBA) and an MBA with a concentration in health care management. 

The Division of Mathematics and Information Technology recently announced a cybersecurity concentration for undergraduate IT majors, which provides coverage of technical, ethical, legal, and contemporary topics in the field. In addition, the division also created a BA in mathematics with an actuarial science concentration, which provides a foundation in mathematics and business to prepare students for careers as actuaries. 

On the education front, the Mount now offers a new addition to its Childhood Education Grades 1-6 program: dual certification for teaching birth to grade 2. Teacher candidates who choose to take the program will earn an extension certification that permits them, upon completion, to teach in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.  


Opening Day 2017

Dajon Christopher Atkins of Middletown, N.Y., a freshman at Mount Saint Mary College, is looking forward to starting classes. He is currently undecided on his major, but is interested in the Mount’s nursing program.


Mount students will soon have more opportunities to work with individuals with disabilities: Over the summer interim, the Mount’s Center on Aging and Policy (CAP) was awarded a $600,000 grant to launch the ProActive Caring initiative for families of individuals with disabilities. Over the course of three years, the grant will be used to provide 1,000 family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities with continued support and training. 

Students are looking forward to many new courses at the Mount this semester, including Kinesiology, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Professional and Legal Computing Guidelines, Operating Systems Security, Application Software Security, Operating Systems Security, The Cold War, Writing and Research for Managers, Mathematical Literacy, Applied Statistics, Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Translation and Integration of Scholarship through Research I and II, Advanced Practice in Pediatrics, Advanced Practice in Women’s Health, and Psychopharmacology.

The Mount also welcomes new faculty members for the Fall 2017 semester: Beth Boyd, assistant professor of nursing; Kate Burmon, assistant professor of criminology; Michelle Caccavano, visiting assistant professor of nursing; Thomas Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of finance; Michael Fox, assistant professor of business law; Sara Juncaj, visiting instructor of psychology; Linda Kelly, assistant professor of nursing; Margaret Mitchell, instructor of nursing; Christopher Neyen, assistant professor of art and graphic design; Ivan Rubel, visiting assistant professor of accounting; Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of marketing; Rob Wakeman, assistant professor of English; and Neirouz Watad, visiting assistant professor of accounting.


Opening Day 2017

Jaiden Bonet of the Bronx, N.Y., a freshman biology-physical therapy major (center, white shirt), said he was excited to begin his studies at the Mount. “It’s a beautiful campus,” he said. 

Upcoming Events
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, “Are We Having Fun Yet: What Factors Influence Managers to Have Fun at Work” will take place September 7 at 12:45 p.m. in the college’s Dominican Center. Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of marketing, will discuss six important factors that influenced managers’ enjoyment of their work, such as mentoring, new challenges, empowerment, and peer/co-worker relationships.

Jay Asher, author of “13 Reasons Why,” will be the keynote speaker at The Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center’s Banned Books Symposium in March 2018. Visit the Mount’s website for more details as they become available.

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 17. Participants will take an up-close look at classrooms, dining commons and residence halls, as well as speak with current Mount students and staff. 


Opening Day 2017
Olivia Pelliccia of Hicksville, N.Y. (left), a freshman at Mount Saint Mary College, is aided by her sister, 2014 Mount grad Gianna Pelliccia, on opening day, August 27. Gianna, who was on the education track, now teaches students with disabilities at The School for Language and Communication Development in Glenn Cove, N.Y.