Academic Convocation

August 31, 2017 4:00 PM5:00 PM
Aquinas Hall Theatre

Convocation 2016

Investing our new students

Mount Saint Mary College will recognize the newest members of its academic community at the 58th Annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 31.

The Convocation ceremony will welcome hundreds of freshmen and transfer students into the Mount’s academic programs and celebrate their first week of study at the college. Freshmen and transfer students will be greeted by Mount Saint Mary College president Dr. David Kennett, as well as faculty, alumni, and student leaders.

The mandatory event will afford new students the opportunity to become better acquainted with the expectations, values, and benefits of their Mount education.

A reception and light refreshments will follow immediately after the ceremony.

Students: Click here to RSVP for Convocation

Community Service Award

Also at Convocation, the college will present community leaders Joseph and Susan Maloney with the prestigious Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award. With decades of service and their steadfast commitment to education, Joseph and Susan share an unwavering dedication to their community.

Joseph F. Maloney, III was born in Newburgh, NY and educated by the Dominican Sisters of Hope at St. Thomas of Canterbury Elementary School in Cornwall, NY. He attended St. Patrick’s High School on Grand Street in Newburgh and graduated from Fordham University in New York City.

His career with The Bank of New York spanned 35 years. As Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Joe was responsible for the companywide activities of the Middle Market Business Banking and Small Business Banking organizations. Joe enjoyed assisting entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, allowing them to contribute to the prosperity and social fabric of their local communities.

Joe demonstrated his love of the Hudson Valley by holding leadership positions at Orange County United Way, Orange County Partnership, Newburgh Revitalization Corporation, and Westchester County Association. He serves as a trustee of Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, which provides scores of programs to approximately 35,000 children and adults per year and 3,000 City of Newburgh School District elementary students with exciting learning experiences.

Susan Kwas Maloney earned a bachelor’s in elementary education at The College at Brockport and a master’s in special education at Adelphi University. She also did post graduate work in educational administration at Hofstra University. She began her teaching career on Long Island, educating multiply handicapped children and adults. She later moved into program administration, facilitating placement of students back into the public education sector.

Having been named Director of Special Education for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Susan met Joe when she moved to the area in 1978. In 1984, she joined the Mount family as a supervisor of student teachers and then became the Coordinator of Student Teaching for undergraduates and graduates for the next 21 semesters. In addition, she was a consultant to the Orange County Health Department for the provision and coordination of Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers.

Volunteering has always played an important role in Susan’s life. Locally, she has served on a number of boards, including St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Auxiliary, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, and, for more than 20 years, the Amos & Sarah Holden Home Board of Managers and Board of Directors.

Joe and Susan have supported Mount Saint Mary College for decades. Susan was a trustee from 2001 to 2009, serving on the Student, Academic, and Faculty Affairs committees. Susan, Joseph, and their friend Richard Mainey were co-chairs for the recent Answering the Call campaign that led to the successful completion of the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology addition to Aquinas Hall. The Mount is grateful for the couple’s generous time and leadership donation to this project, as well as their dedication to transforming the Dominican Center into the college’s premier living and learning space.

More recently, Joe and Susan facilitated the Mount’s collaboration with Newburgh’s Nora Cronin Presentation Academy for girls and San Miguel Academy for boys. This has evolved into a significant scholarship program for students graduating from these schools who elect to attend Mount Saint Mary College. Joe and Susan have committed to a financial leadership role in this initiative. In addition, the Maloneys have made a significant bequest to the Mount that includes the funding of scholarships to students in the Division of Education.

In recognition of their lifetime commitment to our community, Mount Saint Mary College is proud to present the 2017 Community Service Award to Joseph and Susan Maloney.