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Coach Rod Huber at pro camp

Business Students Win Accolades

Mount seniors Lyla Holt and Cory Wojciechowski teamed up on a heath care solution project to win one of eight awards given to college students in the first annual Idea Expo on Dec. 2 at the GE Innovation Center. The event was sponsored by Innov8 for Health, a communitywide initiative to create a health innovations hub in Cincinnati. The students’ project, “Cloud Transitioning with QR Codes,” assigns a QR code to every individual which would link to a personal database containing information such as insurance, emergency contacts, doctors and medical history. The future use of this technology would create a practical solution to inefficiencies in medical record keeping. 

Students Take to the Ice

The Cincinnati Icebreakers are skating into Mount News. Members of the Mount community are taking part in an exciting sport: sled hockey. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades and propel themselves across the ice with modified hockey sticks that have icepicks on one end and the blade on the other. 

The Icebreakers was organized four years ago by team founder and president Renee Loftspring, a former Mount faculty member. “There really aren’t any sports with a team approach available in the Cincinnati area for people who have physical disabilities,” says Loftspring. Students from the Mount in the Physical Therapy Doctorate (DPT) program have volunteered with the Cincinnati Icebreakers for the past three seasons. The students assist players before and after practice, helping the players find their gear and sleds, get dressed and transferred into a sled and onto the ice in time for practice. For more information on how to get involved e-mail Renee Loftspring at or for more information about sled hockey go to

Cicadas Were Singing with the Dinosaurs!

Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., chair and professor of biology at the Mount, and colleague George Poiner, Jr., Ph.D., professor of zoology at Oregon State University, discovered a fossil of the oldest definitive cicada that lived during the time of dinosaurs. The cicada, measuring 1.26 mm in length, was named Burmacicada protera. The Kritsky/Poiner discovery is described in the journal “Historical Biology.”

Huber Travels to Africa

Head Football Coach Rod Huber traveled with Chicago Bears defensive lineman Amobi Okoye on a 10-day trip to Nigeria to teach the fundamentals of American football to children through several football camps. Coach Huber and Okoye joined other NFL players as part of the Amobi Okoye Foundation’s mission to promote American football in Africa, bring water supplies to villages, and promote health and wellness. The group visited three different cities in Nigeria, hosting football camps for 300 children at each location. Coach Huber taught the coaches the fundamentals of coaching since they are learning the rules of American football. 

New 4+1 MBA at the Mount

This fall the College will offer a Master of Business Administration degree that allows business undergraduates the chance to earn an MBA with one additional year of study. This new model will allow undergraduates to take four courses during their senior year for dual credit, complete a project-based professional experience, and finish one additional year of graduate classes. With the 4+1 model, students can earn both undergraduate and MBA degrees in just five years. For more information, please visit

The Mount Begins New Graduate Nursing Programs

Two new graduate nursing programs, the MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) and DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), will begin this fall. The College has received grants from the SC Ministry Foundation and Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc. to support these programs. Each will offer two tracks: the MSN will offer Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator and the DNP will offer Administration and Advanced Practice. In addition, the Mount offers a pre-licensure master’s degree, known as MAGELIN (Master’s Graduate Entry Level Into Nursing) for those students who have a non-nursing undergraduate degree. For more information about the Mount’s MSN or DNP programs, e-mail or visit the website at

Speakers Share Wisdom with Graduates

Faculty, students, families, and friends gathered together at the Mount for commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, in the Jean Patrice Harrington, SC, Student Center. This year’s commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients were Caroljean Willie, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati who serves as the NGO (non-governmental organization) representative at the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation. She addressed the graduate and adult students during the morning ceremony. Robert H. Castellini, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds and chairman of Castellini Group in Cincinnati, spoke to the traditional graduates in the afternoon. The speakers were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees for their volunteer efforts with other organizations as well as their dedication to the Mount.

DVDs Feature Murray’s Lectures 

Professor of Biology Beth Murray, Ph.D., ’86 is sharing her knowledge as a forensic anthropologist with those outside of the academic arena. This past winter she filmed 36 half-hour lectures for The Great Courses of The Teaching Company based in Virginia. The series, titled “Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works,” is geared toward lifelong learners outside the classroom. Dr. Murray joins an impressive list of faculty from other institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton who have worked with The Teaching Company over the years. This series will be released this summer. To learn more about the DVDs go to

The Teaching Company is currently in discussions with Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., chair and professor of biology at the Mount, about filming a course with them next year.

A Special Mount Graduation

A special commencement ceremony took place in December for senior Ann Benedict, who graduated with a degree in middle childhood education with licensure in math and language arts. The ceremony was held at the request of Ann’s adviser, Kim Shibinski, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, who knew that Ann’s mother was ill. It was the first time the Mount held a special mid-year commencement ceremony. “When Kim suggested the idea, there was no hesitation deciding that we were going to do this,” says Mount President Tony Aretz, Ph.D. “Our mission strongly emphasizes serving the needs of others. We individualize a student’s experience at the Mount as best as we can, including having an early graduation ceremony for a student whose mother is terminally ill.”