Mount Becomes First University with Education at Work On-Campus Call Center
In mid-October, the Mount opened the first on-campus call center operated by Education at Work. Education at Work is a nonprofit organization that provides call center services for businesses including Fortune 500 companies, staffed by local college students. The Mount was the first university to join Education at Work in support of its mission when they opened in Norwood, Ohio, two years ago. More than $30,000 in tuition assistance for Mount students has been awarded since 2013.
The majority of Mount students employed by Education at Work are expected to move to the on-campus call center. The organization expects to hire more Mount students to fill the jobs on campus. The new call center seats 40 employees for each shift.
Summer Art Studio Let's Local Children Express Creativity
Mount St. Joseph University is always looking for ways to partner with the surrounding community. This summer, the Flats Gallery, a Mount urban arts initiative, did just that by offering summer art studios to local children.
In June and July, the Flats Gallery, in neighboring Price Hill, hosted six art studios for children ages 6 to 13. The students participated in sessions that focused on drawing, painting, mixed media, bookmaking, fabric design and sculpture.
“The students were so excited each week to work on their artwork,” said Velma Dailey ’08, ’98, gallery director at the Flats Gallery and the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery. “Any time young people can get excited about art and making their own creations, that’s a good thing.”
Most classes were taught by Mount art education alumni, and assisted by current Mount art education students.
The Flats Gallery is a Mount urban arts partnership located in the Price Hill neighborhood, and works to engage local artists, educators, students and residents in art-related discussions and activities.
New Media Production Lab Transforms Student Programs
Not only did the Mount open up the new school year with a new name, but it also added a media production lab, designed to support 21st century programs.
The Mount renovated a space in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building into a new communications and new media studies lab that is open to students 24/7. The lab provides a dedicated video production and multimedia center with video and audio editing stations, studio space for news production and audio recording, Mac workstations, professional camcorders, studio lighting, portable lighting kits, microphones and a green screening system.
“These graduates will be prepared for such fields as online journalism and news production, website design and development, multimedia editing and management, game design and online advertising.” said Michael Sontag, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
The media production lab received funding from the Louis H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, the Thomas J. Emery Memorial, the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee and the Louise Taft Semple Foundation.