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On March 15th the School of Education and Human Services welcomed back four alumni for the fourth annul Making an Impact Panel.  The Making an Impact Panel is an event that allows current Criminal Justice, Education, and Sociology students to see how former students have translated their time at the Mount into their professional careers and personal experiences.  This year's panelists included Margie Keech Cunningham, C'81, Jillian Watson Fowler, C'06, Alex Kestler, C'16, and Leigh Tippett, C'15.  Panelists encouraged students to make the most our of their time at the Mount and take advantage of the university's indispensable faculty.  Jillian Fowler, a current mentor resource teacher in Washington County, advised teacher candidates "to not be afraid to ask for help" and actively seek opportunities to learn new teaching techniquest and strategies.  Leifh Tippett, a cyber engineer and project manager for Forcepoint Federal, LLC, encouraged Criminal Justice majors to proactively seek out employment opportunities right out of college.  These four panelists provided valuable insight into their careers and how their experiences at Mount St. Mary's impacted their professional and personal lives. 

On April 4th, over two hundred Mount students, staff, and faculty welcomed world-renowned sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel to campus.  Kimmel's lecture, entitled "Leading Good Lives: Men and Women in the 21st Century," addressed Ameria's perceptions of masculinity and what it means to be a real man in our society.  Kimmel, who has been described as the "world's most prominent male feminist" by The Guardian, is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University.  He is a published author whose many books include Manhood in America, Angry White Men, and The Politics of Manhood.  Kimmel is also the founder of the Center for the Study of Men and Maculinities at Stony Brook in 2013. 
During the presentation, Dr. Kimmel prompted the men in the audience to stand up and pledge to not "commit, condone, or remain quiet about violence against women."  Along with his presentation, Kimmel conducted a Q&A session with the audience for over thirty minutes.  In this session, he answered questions from Mount history, sociology, and communication students who have been studying his works in their courses.  Overall, the lecture ws an nlightening experience for the entire Mount commuity.  Special thanks to Alpha Kappa Delta (the Internatina Sociology Honor Society), Alpha Phi Sigma, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the School of Education and Human Services, Mount Athletics, the Office of the President and iLead who sponsored the event. 


Dr. Carolyn Cook presented "Making Diverse Perspectives an Everyday Event" at the State of Maryland International Reading Council Conference (SoMIRAC) in Hunt Valley, MD on March 29, 2017.  A Poem for Peter is a biography about Ezra Jack Keats and his creation of Peter, the child of color character in his Caldecott winner - The Snowy Day.  In her presentation, Dr. Cook eplained how "books provide ways to grow and understand oneself and others."  Education students (pictured left to right) Katie Johnson (MAT), Yokechia Kenyatta (MAT), Afton Orth (MAT), and Kennedy Funk, C'18, also attended the conference.  Afton Orth commented on how beneficial the conference was for her as a teacher candidate.  "There was a lot that I enjoyed about the conference.  I believe that hearing the speakers talk so passionately about readers and writers was amazing.  It gives me a new energy to go work with my students." 

On March 25th, 81 students from the University of Maryland, Towson University, George Mason University Guelph Humber University (Canada), and the Mount competed in the 13th Annual Robert 'Bob' Fram CSI Challenge.  Each three person team was tasked with investigating a triple homicide.  Students needed to locate and properly recover evidence from the scene, collect blood stains, and interview a witness.  The teams only had fifty-minutes to process the complete scence, which was observed and judged by a practicing detective. 
The three Canadian Teams swept the competition with the Canadian Snow Inspectors, Canadian's Say I'm Sorry, and Official Poutine Party, finishing first, second, and third respectively.  The Mount teams followed with the University of Maryland and Towson University teams.  At the following awards ceremony, the Mount's own Professor Joseph Vince presented on how the real investigation was conducted and successfully prosecuted.  Congratulations to all the students who made the event possible!  Job well done! -

The Criminal Justice Association (CJSA) and the Men's Basketball Team hosted 25 students from the Frederick Police Department's Police Activities League (PAL) for their game against LIU Brooklyn on February 23rd.  Along with President Trainor, faculty, and students, the PAL kids cheered loud and proud as our Mountaineers faced an important conference contest.
CJSA has for many years teamed up with the PAL to mentor at-risk inner-city youths.  Over the years, the CJSA has seen documented improvements in the lives of the kids they assist.  PAL students stay-in-school, stay-off-drugs, and stay-out- of-trouble.  Mount students help the PAL program by volunteering their time to assist with homework, teach computer skills, play sports, and lend their ears to the problems of the young teenagers.
PAL kids report tht their trip to the Mount is their favorite activity.  They are treated to a great game a hot dog, and a chance to meet the team members.  Coach Christian says that, "Participating in Mount sports allows a student to learn more than an athletic skill and how to win in life."  Likewise, the CJSA believes that their education and prospective careers begin and end with service to others.  After all, every kid deserves a PAL.

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