November 15, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount freshman RJ Maher of Mount Sinai, N.Y.; Suparna Bhalla, associate professor of biology; and MaryLynne Malone, education consultant with Orange County Water Dept., analyze water samples at the Hudson River.
Students from Mount Saint Mary College and San Miguel Academy recently teamed up to analyze the health of the Hudson River.
The Mount student mentors, freshmen in the college’s First Year Experience program, worked with sixth graders from San Miguel to test pH, turbidity, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, and phosphorus levels in the Hudson River as part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s “Day in the Life of the Hudson River.” Each year, the NYS DEC and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory sponsor the event for students of all ages to test water levels and get a “snapshot” of the river’s health.
The students also worked together to catch and identify fish with the help of a DEC representative.
The project was a component of freshman science classes taught by the Mount’s Lynn Maelia, professor of chemistry, and Suparna Bhalla, associate professor of biology.
For Mount freshman RJ Maher of Mount Sinai, N.Y., the project offered an opportunity share newfound knowledge with others.
“The activity was a huge success; the students were very involved in the experiments. It was a fun change to teach rather than be taught the information,” he said.
The Mount’s First-Year Experience (FYE) Program welcomes first-year students and fosters success as they transition into the Mount Saint Mary College community. The FYE program cultivates community-based learning, academic success, the personal development necessary for college life, and a connection to the Mount as first-year students become active members of a community of learners.