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School of Education and Human Services

SPARC Festival 2015 showcased the work of the following SEHS scholars:

Rebecca Adamczyk from SPARC 2015

Rebecca A. Adamczyk, C'15
Elementary Education 
Mentor: Barbara Marinak, Ph.D.   
Project: "Standing against Food Deprivation and Nutrition Unawareness in Schools"

Constance Kniesler from SPARC 2015

Constance M. Kniesler, C'15
Criminal Justice 
Mentor: Joseph Vince   
Project: "The Use of Body Language in Law Enforcement"

Jason Mansmann SPARC 2015

Jason P. Mansmann, C'15
Criminal Justice   
Mentor: Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D.  
Project: "Standing Your Ground: An Exploratory Look at the Origins, Applications, and Beliefs
Regarding the Stand Your Ground Laws and their Effects on Crime"


Bridgette NItza-Buwala from SPARC 2015

Bridgette E. Nitza-Buwala, C'15
Criminal Justice  
Mentor: Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D.   
Project: "Report a Concern": An online Reporting System as a Community-Policing Concern"


Nicole Presti from SPARC 2015

Nicole L. Presti, C'15
Elementary Education    
Mentor: Carolyn Cook, Ph.D. 
 Project: "Analyzing Award-Winning Picture Books from the Twenty-First Century through the
Lens of Catholic Social Teaching"

Craig Sakowski from SPARC 2015

Craig N. Sakowski, C'15
Criminal Justice  
Mentor: Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D.   
Project: "Rape Myth Acceptance as Influenced by Media Consumption"

Natalie Theis  from SPARC 2015

Natalie R. Theis, C'15
Elementary Education   
Mentors: Carolyn Cook, Ph.D. and Marco Roman, Ph.D.  
Project: "Extending Bilingual Education: Building the Confidence of English-Language Readers
through Spanish Vocabulary Acquisition"


The School of Education and Human Services hosted the second annual Making an Impact Panel on March 24 in Knott Auditorium. Five SEHS alumni shared stories of how they have made an impact in their current jobs and communities and answered questions about classes and experiences at the Mount that shaped them into the people they are today.


Kelsey Kierce, C’16 said, "I see the value of philosophy and theology classes, and the panelists confirmed how the core helps them tackle issues on the job."


The panel connected with students on a broader level, giving them the opportunity to see how the many aspects of their Mount experience contributed to developing them as a whole person rather than just preparing them for a job. 


"I learned about what the other half of our school does. There is so much overlap between education, sociology, and criminal justice," said Junior Katie Donegan.

Making an Impact Panel of Alumni


2015 Making an Impact Panel members included:

Daniel W. Fowler, C'05 Daniel W. Fowler, C'05

Dan is currently an assistant principal at Eastern Elementary School in Washington County, Md.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Pangborn Chapel




Christine M. Gabor, C'90Christine M. Gabor, C'90

Christine is currently a Reading Specialist at George D. Lisby Elementary School in Harford County, Md.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception



Paulette A. Anders, C'92Paulette A. Anders, C'92

Paulette currently works as an independent college counselor.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception



Blair S. Aiken, C'08MAI2015Aiken

Blair is currently working as a staff analyst with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Archbishop Borders Hall




Julianna I. Logan, C'13 Julianna I. Logan, C'13

Julianna is currently a crime analyst for the Cecil County Safe Streets Initiative.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: The Sociology Department



EdClubREeadingatthe MallMSM Education Club collaborated with Frederick County Reading Council for Reading at the Mall. It was an event where children, parents and volunteers had miles of smiles as: books were given away; stories were told in English & Spanish and interpreted in Sign Language; and bookmarks were made by children to take home.  They estimated that they gave away more than 700 books. 






PALS2015Members of the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) recently invited students from the Frederick Police Department's Police Activities League (PAL) Center to join them at a Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball game.  The youths enjoy interacting with Mount students and emulating them as positive role models. Encouraging children to stay in school and be academicly successful is an important aspect of the PAL Program. Supporting the PAL Program and mentoring at-risk children is a CJSA initiative that members find very rewarding and is a year-round commitment.  Advisor for the CJSA is Professor Joe Vince.

KearneyLindsey2015As a culminating activity of the Master of Education program in Technology Facilitation students engage in a practicum that requires 90 contact hours in which they demonstrate how they have met each of the standards set forth by the International Society for Technology in Educatioin (ISTE).  To do this, approximately 270 hours of preparation hours are logged as well. 
This fall Lindsey Kearney, a teacher at Ballenger Creek Elementary, demonstrated meeting the ISTE Technology Facilitation standards in many ways, from providing web-based resources for her teaching colleagues, to participation on her school's technology planning committee, to offering individual technology assistance, to providing before and after school professional development sessions.  Dr. Laura Corbin Frazier served as supervisor for Lindsey's practicum.  In observing a before-school professional development session on Web 2.0 tools, Todays Meet and Kahoot, Dr. Frazier noted that Lindsey's session was so effective because she had collected survey data about professional development needs to aid her planning.   

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