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Left to right: Charles Zola, director of the Dominican Scholars of Hope; Tanaya Thomas of Middletown, N.Y.; Jonathan Nowicki of Monroe, N.Y.; Gema Vidals Herrera of Newburgh, N.Y.; Citlaly Garcia of Newburgh, N.Y.; Thomas Sullivan of Monroe, N.Y., a student leader of DSH; Kimberly Uszacki of Staten Island, N.Y., a student leader of DSH; Emily Alta of Newburgh, N.Y.; Stephanie Costi of Hauppauge, N.Y.; and Marie-Therese Sulit, director of the Mount’s Honors Program.


Students from Mount Saint Mary College’s Dominican Scholars of Hope (DSH), as well as the college’s Honors Program, recently visited the National 9/11 Museum in New York City as part of an oral history project on the tragedy.

“Drawing upon meticulously gathered oral stories, each exhibit walked us through the history, including its media coverage, that lead up to the events of that haunting day,” noted Marie-Therese Sulit, associate professor of English and director of the Mount’s Honors Program.

The Dominican Scholars are currently working on an oral history project on the 9-11 tragedy and conducting interviews regarding family members’ recollections of the day. They will analyze the material to see if it reveals any significant data or insights about the event.

Rooted in the values of the Judeo-Christian and Dominican heritage of the college, the DSH is a nonacademic living and learning community for highly motivated Mount students. The program is spearheaded by Charles Zola, assistant to the President for Mission Integration, director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, and associate professor of Philosophy.

“Visiting this museum is integral to this project,” noted Zola.


Before heading home, the students left a short but poignant message on the museum’s virtual remembrance wall: “Mount Saint Mary College Remembers, 10-22-22.” 


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