Grants Totaling $450,000 for Scholarships
For the third year, the Mount is a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). The $50,000 grant will support five students in the Mount’s MSN (MAGELIN) program who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing a second career in nursing. The program was established to expand enrollment in accelerated degree programs in schools of nursing while increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation gave a $400,000 donation to its scholarship foundation at the Mount, increasing the Foundation’s cumulative giving to $1 million. Established in 2009, first consideration for the scholarship is given to students from high schools in Logan County, Ohio, who areinterested in pursuing a career in architecture or design.
Nick Clooney Talks With Freshmen
Nick Clooney, Cincinnati native and journalist, gave this year’s Freshman Author Series lecture on September 25. This year’s selection was the screenplay Good Night and Good Luck, by son George Clooney and Grant Heslov which presents an interesting look at journalism. Nick was chosen as this year’s speaker because of his journalistic background. As a journalist, Clooney covered the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Northern Kentucky and its aftermath, pursuing a hard news focus that was very different from the sensationalism prevalent on local television at the time. He was a columnist for the Cincinnati Post, and later filmed a documentary aimed at helping the people of Darfur, Sudan. Clooney was also a commencement speaker at the Mount in 2008 and was awarded an honorary degree.
Mount’s Dyslexia Certificate Gains High Praise
The Mount is one of only nine colleges or universities in the nation recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) as having met standards set by the Association to promote consistent and high-quality teacher preparation in areas of language and sentence structure, the writing system and the organization of spoken and written discourse. The IDA is a nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia, as well as language-based learning differences.
The Mount earned this recognition through its Reading Endorsement, which allows anyone with an Ohio teaching license to teach reading across grades, and its Master of Arts in Reading Science. With the IDA’s endorsement, the Mount also now offers the Dyslexia Certificate, which provides the knowledge and practices that are needed to teach reading to dyslexic students. The Mount is the only college in Ohio to receive this recognition.
Heritage Display Shows Mount’s History
The Mount’s Heritage Display premiered in the hallway connecting the Mater Dei Chapel and the Seton Center lobby, and consists of five separate panels covering the Mount’s heritage. It includes photos from the past history, as well as some history in the making. The display represents the values identified in the Mount’s mission statement: excellence in academic endeavors, integration of life and learning, respect and concern for all persons, diversity of cultures and beliefs, and service to others.
A New Look To Campus
The renovations to the Quad are complete! The renovations include a spacious outdoor plaza for celebrations and events in the Quad and a welcoming entry to campus from Delhi Road, complete with landscaping, green space, lighting, parking and walkways. The updates help to establish a unified image and identity, as well as complement the Mount’s strategic vision for academics and student life. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Mount’s current campus, the transformation is to help move more into a 21st-century collegiate environment by enhancing the architecture and green space, and providing more social space for today’s students and guests. “We are most grateful to the Ohio Valley Foundation for supporting these campus improvements designed to enhance the student experience,” says Dr. Tony Aretz, President.
Success! Physical Therapy Students Advocate for Bill Reform
A group of Mount physical therapy students participated in a letter-writing campaign to all congressional representatives and senators from the Tri-state. They invited them to the College to draw attention to and advocate for the passage of House Reform Bill 1426 and Senate Bill 975, the Student Physical Therapist Loan Repayment Eligibility Act, which would allow physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps. In February, Rep. Steve Chabot accepted their invitation and listened to their candid stories about the burdens of student loan debt and the importance of the bill. As a result of their efforts, Rep. Chabot has agreed to become a co-sponsor of House Resolution 1426. Says Joe Meyer, D.P.T., PT, GCS, instructor of physical therapy at the Mount and the group’s advisor, “I can’t begin to express how tremendously proud of them I am and how they have embraced advocacy as a professional responsibility on issues that affect them as student physical therapists.”
Welcome Class of 2016!
This year’s freshmen participated in Welcome Weekend from August 24-26 to get acquainted with both the Mount’s campus and each other. The event, held immediately before the start of classes, included both social and informational sessions, as well as a service event on August 25. Connecting students with the community is one of the founding principles of the Mount’s mission. Students did a variety of activities, such as helping those in need and outdoor work. They also attended a boat ride on the Ohio River, and other events sponsored by student clubs.
Students Share Likes and Future Hopes
This year, the Mount celebrates its 50th year on the current campus as one of many milestones celebrating the past, present and future. To kick off the celebration during the campus fair on Sept. 6, Mount students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to express what they love about the Mount and what dreams they have for the College. They wrote on two large banners, one entitled, “50 Things You Love About the Mount” and the other, “50 Dreams for the Mount’s Future.” The banners later hung in the Seton Center Lobby for all to see and enjoy.