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AlumniAdvisoryCouncilAlumni who majored in education, sociology and criminal justice are invited to serve three-year terms on the SEHS Alumni Advisory Council. At the meeting on October 4th, members elected new co-chairs.  Michele McGuire, C’87, and Paulette Anders, C’92 begin their two-year term. Outgoing chairs, Nora Dietz, C’00 and Christina Moynihan, C’02, remain active members of the council.

Members include (from Left to Right and Front to Back):  Daniel Phelan, C’08; Caitlin (Master) Keller, C’09; Michele (Egan) McGuire, C’87; Eddie Wright, C’06; Dean Barbara Martin Palmer; Emily Guertin, C’13; Julie (Lynch) Arnsberger, C’80; Emily (Wright) Druckman, C’97; Deveda Coley, C’93; Nora Dietz, C’00; Paulette (Allen) Anders, C’92; Liz Monahan; Margaret (Keech) Cunningham, C’81; Christina Moynihan, C’ 02.

Not Picture: Gene Boteler, C’64; Lauren Corbett, C’96 ;Brynn (Callahan) Hooper, C’97; Katie Jaffe, C’04; Kathleen (Monagle) Lee, C’88; Greg Mullenholz, C’03; Jason Rubeling, C’93

WolfeTim2014Why Saying “I’ll ‘Ray Rice’ This Test” and Similar Things is Inappropriate

            Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard and seen more about the Ray Rice domestic violence episode than you ever wanted to.  In case you somehow missed it (or just need a reminder), two different videos from security cameras at a casino in Atlantic City, NJ reveal Rice’s assault on his then fiancé, Janay Palmer (she is now married to Rice).  The first video released to the public showed Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator.  That video was troubling enough: Rice did not appear upset.  Instead, in a rather nonchalant fashion he dragged his fiancé and the mother of his child out of the elevator like someone might drag a heavy bag of trash toward the dumpster. 

            Based on the first video and whatever Rice and Palmer told the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL, Rice received a two-game suspension.  The reaction from the public and especially those who work to reduce domestic violence was one of shock and disappointment.  The two-game suspension hardly seemed enough for such a vicious attack.  Players who violated the league’s drug policy typically receive harsher sanctions.  The NFL appeared not to take seriously the matter of domestic violence among its players.  Would you agree?

            A second video was released months later.  It showed what happened inside the elevator where Rice unleashed a powerful punch that immediately rendered Palmer unconscious.  The second video image was so violent and upsetting that the NFL was forced to reconsider and increase its punishment from two games to an indefinite suspension.  The Baltimore Ravens immediately cut ties with Rice.  While the sports world and others in the media continue to discuss and debate the Ray Rice saga as it continues to unfold, some students at the Mount and well beyond the confines of our campus have been overheard saying things like, “I’ll Ray Rice this test!” or similar things indicating how they will “knock out” or complete some task or another.  In addition, recent news stories and photos have shown some people going to costume parties wearing a Ray Rice jersey while dragging around a blow up doll.  Is saying “I’ll Ray Rice this” funny?  Is the costume funny? 

            While humor, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, I think a bit of reflection will quickly reveal that “Ray Ricing” things like a test or a paper or any assignment or task, and dressing up as Ray-the-fiancé-assaulter are not funny, and they certainly are inappropriate and insensitive.  Moreover, part of the reason that we have high rates of domestic violence in our society has to do with how we think and talk about domestic violence.  When we make light of violence and trivialize it we are effectively reinforcing attitudes and beliefs that provide the cultural underpinnings of violence toward others, especially women.  I like humor that pushes the envelope as much as anyone (maybe more than most), but I also recognize that what we say and do has consequences (even when we are trying to be funny). 

            Some of our male students recently participated in the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to show their commitment to reducing domestic violence.  One young man held a sign that read, “Our feet hurt so they (women) don’t have to.”  I thought this was a great way to express solidarity with women and others who are victims of violence.  The sign was clever and powerful in a helpful way.  I applaud that young man and all those who donned high heels and walked, literally, a mile in them.  What they did was impressive, even fun to watch.  Saying “I’ll Ray Rice” this or that or wearing a Ray-Rice-dragging-his-fiancé costume is anything but impressive, clever, funny.  Both are in poor taste, they reveal a lack of understanding and sensitivity about the reality of domestic violence.  They surely reflect poorly on those who say or do such things.  Would you agree?   

Dr. Frazier and Dr. Palmer - Publication2014Dr. Laura Corbin Frazier, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dean Barbara Martin Palmer contributed a chapter to Exploring the Effectiveness of Online Education in K-12 Environments. 


Their chapter, Effective Online Learning Begins with Effective Teacher Preparation, provides a discussion on four models for professional development for online instruction and proposes a decision-model for K-12 and university leaders seeking to implement professional development for those teaching or preparing to teach online.



DelaneyLecture2014On October 30, 2014, the Mount St. Mary's University Criminal Justice Student Association welcomed to campus guest speaker Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, for the Delaney Lecture Series. Internationally recognized, he began his law enforcement career at the Chicago Police Department, Chicago, Illinois. In 1968 he entered the police department as a cadet and was sworn in as an officer, in 1971. Commissioner Ramsey rose to the positon of Deputy Superintendent and retired in 1998.  He then assumed the position of Chief of Police of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department until 2007. He currently serving the ‘City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, become a safer community as their Commissioner.  Ramsey spoke to audience of approximately 200 people consisting of Mount Students, faculty, as well as local, State and federal law enforcement officers. 

After his talk, a Question and Answer session was held and open to all who attended.  Prior to his talk, Commissioner Ramsey was inducted into the Mount’s Order of St. Michael by CJSA President Kerri Shields and Vice President Marian Grenchik at a club luncheon

Pictured are CJSA Club Members and Commissioner Ramsey

Dr. Eick and Dr. Ryan in front of presentation posterDrs. Caroline Eick and Patrick Ryan publish article in Journal of Catholic Education

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Critical Pedagogy, and the Theory of Intersectionality: An Integrated Framework to Examine the Roles of Social Status in the Formation of Catholic Teachers

This article discusses the relevance of an analytic framework that integrates principles of Catholic Social Teaching, critical pedagogy, and the theory of intersectionality to explain attitudes toward marginalized youth held by Catholic students preparing to become teachers.

Link to article:

Eick, C. M., & Ryan, P. A. (2014). Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Critical Pedagogy, and the Theory of Intersectionality: An Integrated Framework to Examine the Roles of Social Status in the Formation of Catholic Teachers. Journal of Catholic Education, 18

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