The Class of 2016 Gets Excited About Their First Year at Mount Saint Mary College

NEWBURGH N.Y. – August 2012 – With a Hudson River summer breeze to help them on their way, Mount Saint Mary College’s new freshmen began their higher education journey on Saturday, August 25.

Justin Perez, an accounting major from Washongtonville with Mom on move-in day

This semester, around 650 new students are entering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the Mount, which is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report.

 Most of the new students hail from the tri-state area.

More than 40 percent of incoming freshmen are aiming for careers in health professions. The Mount offers the only nationally accredited four year nursing degree program in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and boasts a NCLEX-RN passage rate that far exceeds the state average.

Gabrielle Rella and Samantha Palka

The Mount also offers comprehensive areas of study in education, business and accounting, psychology, English, math, sociology, history and more. Even busy college president college president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, teaches a course, on the history of Christianity.

The college’s Center for Student Success, which recently added an academic coach, prepares students to make the most of their college experience.

In addition to offering nursing clinical and student teaching experiences, excellent internships open doors for Mount students in all fields. The Career Center prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region and beyond.

A new pre-physician’s assistant concentration, with courses by Suparna Bhalla and William Lahar, puts students on the path to obtain a PA license, which allows professionals to perform medical or surgical duties delegated to them by a physician.

Nursing Student Fayola Cyprien from Baldwin on Long Island moves into Sakac Hall

The college is also introducing three new individual courses. John Hofbauer will explore the philosophy of science and nature. A special topics course, Web 2.0 for teachers, will be taught by Bojan K. Lazarevic. Another new special topic is introduction to sports management, presented in the business division by instructor James McGuire.

The Mount hosts various lectures and concerts, such as performances of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, which begins its 18th season on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the 1,100-seat Aquinas Hall Theatre. Showcased are Stravinsky's “Berceuse” and “Finale" from his ballet The Firebird, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, and a world premiere of Three Dialogues for Saxophone and Orchestra, performed by its award-winning composer Demetrius Spaneas.

Also this fall, the college will sponsor a free public talk by Fr. Robert Christian, OP, on September 27 at 7 p.m., titled “The Church of the Second Vatican Council: A Work Complete, Yet Always in Progress.” This presentation by the college’s Catholic and Dominican Institute marks the 50th anniversary of “Vatican II,” which significantly articulated the protocol of the Roman Catholic Church and its relationship with the modern world.

As the foliage turns vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange, an open house for prospective freshmen and their families will be held Sunday, September 23. Participants will take an up-close look at classrooms, dining commons and residence halls, and the new all-weather turf athletic field, as well as speaking with current Mount students and staff.

All in all, says Fr. Mackin, “Mount Saint Mary College’s many programs and activities prepare students to use their skills of mind and habits of heart in the wider world.”

For more information or to register for events, visit the Mount online.

Press Release edited by Stefanie Pearl

CAPTION 2: Fayola Cyprien (center), a nursing student from Baldwin on Long Island, moved into Mount Saint Mary College’s Sakac Hall on Saturday morning. Her mother Lorie, father Johnny, and brothers Joshua and Omar lent her a hand. At the Mount, 40 percent of freshmen aim for health professions.