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This past weekend, Chaos Mountain Brewing invited Dr. Solar and his family to share his newest book, Spirit of Sasquatch, with their patrons.  The evening was a huge success with many Bigfoot enthusiasts sharing stories, live music, delicious ale, and even a surprised visit by Bigfoot.
                                Dr Solar Book
This past June, Dr. Solar spent five days of silence at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Hot Springs, North Carolina learning more about mindfulness meditation from two Buddhist Monks.  The participants, including Dr. Solar, observed complete silence for the entire 5-days, meditated almost 7 hours a day, and enjoyed the beauty of the Pisgah National Forest.  He can’t wait to return in the near future.

Retreat Center     Silence

Anna Filosa ’17 is working on Disney Cruise Line.  Read about her experience below:
                                                     Ana on Disney Cruise Line
I have gotten amazing experience working with children of all different backgrounds, abilities, and cultures. My management team will occasionally put me on a buddy system with children with special needs. Several weeks ago I worked with two little girls who were deaf and visually impaired so I was able to sign with them and learned so much from them. I have also been specifically called on to help children deescalate when they get upset. It's been my goal each week to keep an eye on the kids with special needs and help them to have the magical experience that a Disney vacation is supposed to be just as much as any of their typically developing peers. It definitely confirms that I chose the right career because I adore hanging out with those kids and, as much fun as this is, I miss teaching!  I have been taking advantage of traveling and seeing new places which has been amazing. My favorite ports are Cozumel, Mexico and St. Thomas!
                                  Anna on Disney Cruise Line          
Mount St. Mary's has a long standing partnership with St. Labre Indian Catholic School in Ashland, Montana. St. Labre graduates have been attending the Mount on scholarship for several years. The Division of Education is working with St. Labre to grow this partnership. In a first step toward evolving the relationship, St. Labre is hosting  our Education students and professors. The Mount team is in Ashland over fall break. Please watch the blog this week for updates from the group.
Thursday Oct 12, 2017
We enjoyed a busy week learning and serving at St. Labre Indian Catholic School. Kelsie lead a book discussion with her sophomore English students on The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Katie taught a Math class to her third-grade students as well as co-taught in other areas. Dr. Cook shared her hiking experiences and book about the Appalachian Trail to elementary students. Dr. Solar assisted Dr. Redgraves, the Curriculum Director, in analyzing data to support instructional changes. We ended the week by celebrating Pink-Out Day in support of breast cancer research and survivors.  
Katie                                          Kelsie
Katie Teaching 3rd Grade Math                                                    Kelsie Teaching High School English
Sunday Oct 8, 2017

the Mount team visits Spirit Warriors at Little Big Horn


Drs. Cook and Solar along with two MAT graduate students Kelsie Bittle and Katie Johnson are spending Fall Break teaching at St. Labre Indian Catholic School in Ashland, Montana. We began our trip by sightseeing and learning more about native history. At Pictograph State Park we walked to various areas to see cave drawings. Our second stop was at Little Big Horn Battlefield. After viewing a short informative video, we walked the trails and viewed the monuments. The picture is at the Native Monument with the Spirit Warriors sculpture. Before heading to our final destination, we enjoyed Crow Indian tacos for lunch at Custer Battlefield Trading Post.

Ohanian Waterfall                                      Ohanian Zip Line

Dr. Ohanian went to Costa Rica on a summer faculty grant to plan the upcoming study abroad program for EDGE 343 (Globalization & Education) in spring 2018. She visited museums and schools in San Jose, the national park in Arenal, and La Paz Waterfall & Animal Refuge. While there, she met with another student group from the Mount, led by Dr. Lozano Rodriguez.
The Spring 2018 program will be open to students enrolled in EDGE 343, and they are slated to go to Costa Rica over spring break. 
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