Mount Saint Mary College Summer Bridge participant Luchens Charles works with Chemistry professor Lynn Maelia on liquid measurement techniques.
More than 40 incoming Mount Saint Mary College freshmen got a jumpstart on their academic careers through the Mount’s Summer Bridge Program.
The program helps new students to transition smoothly from high school to college.
The students moved on to campus on Sunday, August 14, two weeks before the start of the Fall 2022 semester, to build academic skills before the start of classes.
Participants in the fields of Nursing, Natural Sciences, and the Humanities got a head start with Mount professors and staff as their mentors.
Nursing students took an Anatomy and Physiology prep course taught by Tom Sarro, professor of Biology, and Elizabeth Harper, associate professor of Biology and director of Exercise Science. They also learned about dosage calculations, taught by Janet Petroski, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Vidia Saleem, instructor of Nursing.
Science students worked in the college’s state-of-the-art labs with Petroski and Lynn Maelia, professor of Chemistry, learning how to write a detailed lab report. They also brushed up on the math skills that will be required of them in the fall semester with instructor Taylor Moreau ‘20.
Humanities students took Intro to Philosophy, taught by George Abaunza, vice president of Academic Affairs. Their participation earned them three free credits towards their degrees.
In addition, the Bridge Program students immersed themselves in the local community with a day of service on Saturday, August 20 at three locations: The Newburgh Armory Unity Center, a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh build site, and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley in Cornwall-on-Hudson. They also enjoyed a Renegades baseball game on Friday, August 26.
Classes for the Mount’s Fall 2022 semester began on Monday, August 29.