To the Mount Saint Mary College Community,
As we ease into 2023, I cannot help but reflect on all of the normalcy that returned to the Mount in 2022. In May we enjoyed our first full-participation Commencement ceremony since 2019. In August, dozens of students moved onto campus early for an academic jump-start in Nursing, Natural Sciences, or Humanities through our growing Summer Bridge Program. And this fall, Spirit Week returned with a full slate of familiar traditions – and a few new ones – thanks to our brilliant student leaders and the fine folks in Student Affairs.
In the year ahead, I see many reasons to be optimistic for our students as they prepare for lives of leadership and service. Through internships, clinicals, and volunteer work, they are gaining invaluable skills, creating connections, and making a difference right here in our region. We continue to add academic programs – like Healthcare Management, Graphic Design, Cybersecurity, and Philosophy – to expand their options and opportunities. And faculty continue to offer our students amazing opportunities like the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) that bring new skills and understanding.
In 2023, I also see great potential in the Desmond Center for Community Engagement and Wellness. With free events, wellness classes, and educational opportunities, the center’s commitment to underserved individuals and families has blossomed quickly. With its move into the newly revitalized Guzman Hall this spring, I’m confident that we’re at the precipice of a new era of community involvement at the Mount.
Helping the Desmond Center to reach its goals is a new grant for $325,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. We are incredibly grateful for the foundation’s support of our vision of service learning with the third grant in as many years.
In this issue, you’ll learn about these subjects and much more. I hope you enjoy!
Dr. Jason N. Adsit
President of Mount Saint Mary College