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And the Silver Award Goes To…

The College of Mount St. Joseph’s website was awarded the silver award at the 2013 Pride of Case V Awards in the “Best Institutional Website” category. 

The category and award recognizes outstanding work on an overall institution-wide website. The entries are judged on the site’s completeness of available information, ease of navigation, technical competence, impact on the communications and marketing program and institution and overall creativity and innovation. The Mount’s website underwent a complete makeover in June 2012, including becoming a responsive website that is easier to view on mobile devices. Congratulations to all who contributed!

Update On TOP 

The Mount’s first-of-its-kind career preparation initiative, Talent Opportunity Program (TOP), has exceeded enrollment expectations since it began seven months ago. 

TOP is a free opportunity for students to complete three levels—gold, silver and bronze—through career readiness classes, seminars or participating in networking or resume sessions. Once students complete the gold level, they are eligible to receive career coaching services by Promark if they have not found a professional job within six months of graduation. 

“In the first month of registration, 65 students officially enrolled in TOP and have started to work their way through the levels,” said Brittany Arthur, program manager of TOP. “We had 85 students come to the Promark seminar on professional image called, ‘Cashing in on Dressing Up,’ which was one of the largest seminars we’ve had. TOP is an incredible program we’re offering to our students, and parents are thrilled we are doing everything we can to help our students be career-ready once they graduate.”

Game On!  New Student Space

Mount students are in for a real treat now that a 24/7 game room is open. Known as The Lion’s Den, the space is located in the former Scholar’s Center on the ground floor of the Seton Center. The Lion’s Den includes a pool table, ping pong, foosball, air hockey and video gaming areas. New couches and seating were added to the room, and there are large flat-screen televisions and a docking stand for students to place their gaming systems. 

The Lion’s Den was officially unveiled in March.

“We’re really excited to have this option open to students. There hasn’t really been a place for them to just relax, and that’s the idea behind The Lion’s Den – to give them a place to relax, unwind and have fun.”

– Warren Grove, coordinator of residence life

Project Identify Seeks to Give Names to Missing Persons

Do you remember Pearl Lady? What about the Traveler? Both of these women were found dead in the Cincinnati area, and their bodies were never identified. Beth Murray ’86, Ph.D., professor of biology, and some of her students have been working on Project Identify with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in order to find out who these women were, along with others who have been found and never identified.

Students work on getting identifying information, such as DNA samples and dental records, and put the information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), an online database that matches information about the missing with information about the dead. The hope is that someone will come across the information and be able to recognize who the missing persons are.

“I’ve worked so hard narrowing down the cases that I feel responsible…for trying to find them and give them names.”

– Meghann Black, a Mount student working with Project Identify 

David Dillon Speaks at Inaugural Lecture

More than 200 business leaders and community members were guests at the Mount’s inaugural Duffey Conway Ethical Leadership Series on Nov. 21, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. David Dillon, then-CEO of the Kroger Company, was the series’ first keynote speaker. 

Dillon said he credits Kroger’s turnaround with the company’s view of honesty and ethics, which permeates everything it does. “Good ethics is good business,” he said in his presentation entitled “Ethical Leadership and the Common Good.”

An additional panel discussion featured Jill P. Meyer ’93, member-in-charge at Cincinnati law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC; Willie F. Carden Jr., director of Cincinnati Parks; and John Sinclair, president of Humana’s Ohio market.

The goal of the Duffey Conway Ethical Leadership Series is to create a dialogue about how we can make a difference where we live, where we work, and around the world. The series is made possible by a generous grant from the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Foundation, a family foundation with strong ties to the College of Mount St. Joseph. The title of the series honors the legacy of Margaret Duffey Conway and her family.

For information about other events sponsored by the Mount’s Center for Ethical Leadership, please visit

Ready for the World!

The Mount prides itself on making its graduates career-ready and equipped to take on the world around them. “My time at the Mount afforded me growth-filled opportunities that have led me to assist students, parents and teachers to meet the real needs of others,” says Chris Winiarski ’01, director of campus ministry, mission and formation at La Salle High School.

Check out what more of our graduates are doing now by visiting

Physical Therapy Students Work With Pro Bono Clinic

Physical therapy students, led by Dr. Karen Holtgrefe, are working at a pro-bono physical therapy clinic in Price Hill, an urban community near the Mount. A 2011 graduate of the program researched and surveyed local communities to see if there was a need for pro-bono PT services. It turned out there was. “This has been a goal of the program since it started,” Holtgrefe said. The students participate in the clinic through an elective that is offered every semester. 

“We’ve wanted to provide services to those most in need. The students get a lot out of it, from improving their communication and clinical skills, to providing a much-needed service to those in need. The patients are thrilled that we’re there and love working with the students.”

– Dr. Karen Holtgrefe

Move to U Update

The College of Mount St. Joseph announced on Oct. 9, 2013, that it will officially become Mount St. Joseph University effective July 1, 2014. Since the announcement, a task force with representatives from several key departments has been meeting to outline tasks and set priorities. 

But what does the name change mean? Well, the Mount is already operating at the level of a university with our significant growth in graduate programs, and this growth is expected to continue with more choices at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We will also have a broader range of student experiences and opportunities, including expanded career preparation initiatives, such as our Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) and co-op programs. 

The change to a university won’t change some things, such as the personal attention given to students. And a Mount education will continue to inspire a lifelong commitment to educational, professional and community engagement in the spirit, tradition and values of its founders, the Sisters of Charity.

More information can be found at


The Mount Jubilee, held on April 30, is the annual scholarship benefit that honors individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on the College. This year’s event co-chairs are Lisa Bell Massa ’89 and Timothy Massa, Anita Sullivan Doyle ’89 and Don Doyle Jr. ’89. We are proud to honor this year’s award recipients:

Anne Rasche Award: Geraldine Vigil Chavez ’46

Trustees Awards: Anne and Charles Caroll, Sedler Family

Corporate Partner Award: The Kroger Co.

Future Five Awards: Keith Carter ’05Paul James (P.J.) Volker III ’05Loretta O’Donnell Dees ’06Juwana Hall ’09Courtney Jaspers Prince ’09

Soldier Surprises Mom at December Commencement

Cynthia Manning ’13 had no idea her graduation surprise was hiding in the balcony of the College Theatre as she walked across the stage to receive her diploma. At the end of the Dec. 12, 2013, commencement ceremony when Manning received her bachelor’s degree in general studies, her son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Cunningham, walked down the aisle of the College Theatre and wrapped her up in a huge hug. Cheers and a standing ovation erupted in the audience as they were reunited. 

Cunningham, a combat engineer, was stationed in Afghanistan since June 1, 2013, for his fourth tour of duty, and wasn’t scheduled to finish his deployment until March. However, he returned to Fort Knox, Ky., early and wanted to surprise his mom. “She had told me she wished I could be there for her graduation,” he said.

New Health and Wellness Major

Health care leaders around the country are having conversations about minimizing health care costs. Wellness is often promoted as a way for people to be proactive in keeping healthy. This fall the Mount will offer a new health and wellness degree in the Division of Health Sciences for students who are interested in a variety of health-related careers. 

Health and wellness majors have the flexibility to choose a minor that can tailor their degree even further. For example, some students might choose a business or biology minor which could position them for graduate school or public health careers. Others might also select a religious studies minor to prepare for a career in spiritual wellness, such as in a hospital or hospice setting. And some students may choose a minor in exercise physiology if they’re interested in a career in the fitness aspect of wellness.

“With this new degree, we’re looking at wellness from the liberal arts perspective,” said BC Charles-Liscombe, Ed.D., chair of health and wellness. “It’s a very flexible major that will fit a student’s career goals regardless of their interests. It will also be a strong foundation for those students who want to pursue it further in grad school.”

Business On Saturdays

The Mount’s new Saturday MBA will offer the flexibility of weekend classes to professionals who want to pursue their MBA. The program is paced for the working adult so that students can earn their MBA in just more than two years by taking one course at a time. Also new is the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, offering accelerated courses on Saturdays. Classes start in August for both programs. 

New Three-year Programs

College is an expensive investment, and the Mount is always looking for new ways to make it affordable for students. The Mount now offers options for eight undergraduate programs—accounting, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, history, music, and psychology—to be completed in three years instead of four. 

Students who follow one of the three-year degree tracks will take courses year-round and are encouraged to have consistent meetings with their academic advisors. They will still have the opportunity to take advantage of cooperative education and TOP. 

Mount Students Design Delhi Business Association Logo

Mount students are leaving their mark on the west side of Cincinnati. Last year, several design students worked on art that is displayed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Green Township campus. This year, two senior graphic design students created the new logo for the Delhi Business Association (DBA). Alyssa Seiler (above right) and Cecilia Koloc (above left) spent fall semester creating different versions of the logo, and meeting with DBA members several times to learn about the organization’s goals and what message they wanted the logo to convey. 

On Feb. 15, 2014, the logo was unveiled at the DBA’s monthly meeting in front of DBA members as well as other faculty and staff members. The logo will be used on DBA correspondence, business cards and other marketing materials.

Koloc said the experience “really prepared us for our careers in graphic design. I learned how to communicate with a real client to ask the right questions to get the information I needed. Everything, from the design to the colors to the font, was selected with thoughtful consideration and approval from the Delhi Business Association.”

Now that the logo work is complete, students in the Mount’s business division will create a marketing plan for the DBA.

“Our students embraced this project. Logo work is highly creative, competitive and a key factor in marketing for businesses that requires attention to detail and understanding the vision of their clients.”

– Beth Belknap Brann, chair of the Mount’s graphic design department