All posts tagged: unstoppable

Chalon and Doheny libraries undergo inventory colorfully

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer When students on the Doheny and Chalon campuses returned to classes this fall, the libraries were probably much more colorful than they were originally expected to be. A project that has been in the works since the 1970s has finally come to fruition. In the late 1970s, MSMU received funding to digitalize the library catalog in contrast to the card catalog system that was currently in place. Unfortunately, there were not enough funds so not all books were able to be put into the system. This meant that the library had books ready to be checked out but weren’t because they didn’t exist in the catalog. Then in 2014, things began to change. I sat down with MSMU’s Interim Director of Libraries, Dr. Ruth Jackson, as she explained how this project that had been stalled for years, finally was getting achieved. Jackson explained that “MSMU authorized a needs-assessment study of the library and they employed one of the top consulting firms, Aaron Cohen… One of his recommendations was that …

This is the place for me

Faces of the Mount Name: Danielle Handcock Weekend College Student “For me, I wanted to go back to school so that I can get an education and teach my daughter better. My parents are educated but my brother and I stopped going to school. We got caught up in the wrong kind of life so when I found out about this school and the opportunity to come back to school, get a job, do something more productive so that I could provide to my child and be able to teach her from an educational stand point as well as give her more values, I thought this was the place for me.”

Letter from President: Welcome 2016-2017 School Year

Written by Liz Charre, President Welcome back Athenians! I hope everyone had a safe and restful summer. Who is ready to start off a new year filled with adventures, new friendships, and exciting classes? Well, welcome to fall semester 2016. A semester that will change the lives of every single one of you. My name is Elizabeth Charre and I am the President of the Athenian Print. With the new school year beginning, I wanted to take the time to welcome you to the Athenian Print. For several of you, it might be your first time at the Mount, whether you are a freshman or a transfer student. My first advice for you is to be yourself. Introduce yourself to the class and say something unique about yourself. You never know who might relate to you. Second, get to know the campus. For those students who are still unfamiliar with the campus, take some time in between classes to look for a nice quiet spot to think, reflect or simply relax. My recommendation for you …

California’s first black professor taught at the Mount

Written by Victoria McCargar, University Archivist SKIMMING THROUGH THE 1957 YEARBOOK, we noticed that among the 10 smiling members of the Nursing Department faculty was an African-American woman identified as Mrs. Betty Williams. We wondered whether that was unusual — how many faculties at California colleges and universities had black faculty in those days? It didn’t take Google long to produce an answer: Our Betty Smith Williams was the first black professor in California — male or female, in any subject, anywhere in higher education. It says so right here.   Should we be surprised? After all, the Mount graduated a young African-American woman, Vivian Burgess ’52, from its first-in-California bachelor’s in nursing program. The brilliant Sister who made that happen, Rebecca Doan, CSJ, was still chair of Nursing in the fall of 1956 when Betty Williams broke the color barrier and joined the faculty. Williams herself had already broken that same  barrier when she became the first African-American to earn a master’s in nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 1954. She taught at the Mount for …

A Librarian in the making

The Faces of the Mount Name: Taryn Major: English “I transferred from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and yes, it’s just as small as it sounds. When I was there, I only had a couple of friends because it was so cliquey. Everyone stayed within their selective group of friends as if it were a high school and I didn’t care for that. Here, I have friends from all over. This school is so diverse and a lot nicer, if you want to know the truth. Another thing, it’s a lot less geeky, which isn’t a bad thing, but over there, everyone was socially awkward. It made conversations short and stale, there was very little depth. I grew up in Colorado and there’s not a lot of diversity there either. I only had one person-of-color throughout 12th grade. Coming here was what I needed. I’ve enjoyed the company and my new friends. There were few genuine exchanges between people at Knox College and I was unhappy about it. So, I’m lucky that I found this …

Democracy is only as strong as participation

Written by Cindy Carrillo, President This year’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California emphasized a recurrent message by all speakers, but one in particular phrased it as: “democracy is only as strong as participation.” President Ann McElaney-Johnson introduced the first speaker Mayor Eric Garcetti who was followed by Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez, Maria Echaveste, and Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro. The conversation ended with a panel led by Mary Melton, editor-in-chief of L.A. Magazine, with Rodriguez, Echaveste, and Kanyoro that allowed the audience to ask questions via Twitter. At the end of every speaker’s speech, a similar message was delivered; a call to action accessible to everyone willing to create change and be a part of a better tomorrow. But how many asked. Mayor Eric Garcetti advised not to “look into big titles for change,” but rather, “[m]ake change where you are.” Students were encouraged to look into their neighborhoods to make a change in the local level and slowly move up. Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez suggested reaching out to local women’s centers or any other organization …

Tomorrow’s female surgeons

Faces of the Mount Student: Ashley Major: Biology   My advisor asked me, “What made you want to be in this major? Who inspired you?” I was like, I did. Women aren’t really focusing on this major. Where do you see women surgeons nowadays? You don’t see that. Especially heart surgeons. I understand that it’s really difficult and we don’t get that much attention or support but I feel like all that matters is focusing on us. If we can do it, we can do it. I had friends who were in the program but because it was tough, they quit. I’m [trying to] persuade younger people to be in the program. People find it very challenging so I wanted to take that challenge. I want to be a surgeon. This is my choice.

A new way to BINGO

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Remember the positive phrases around the mirrors of the school’s bathrooms a couple weeks ago? How about the post-it notes where you wrote what you love about your body? Well, that is all part of the Sports and Wellness new BINGO incentive program that recently started this month. Many remember last year’s ACTIVATE cards where the person with the most stamps at the end of the month wins a prize. This time, it’s not only about working out. It’s about meeting new people and making a difference in the world. You can receive a BINGO card at the start of every month. It has four different activities students, faculty, staff, and alumni can participate in. Among them are, circuit training, yoga, Zumba, hip-hop, cycling, and a fun glow in the dark volleyball game. The BINGO card also includes the usual way to earn a stamp, with a workout in the gym and the Challenge of the Week. Overall, participants of this new incentive program have the opportunity to receive …

I wanted to be the best of the best

The Faces of the Mount Student: Destanee Major: Nursing   “I wanted to be a lawyer ever since I was little. I grew up in a really hard home my dad was abusive and my aunt had an eating disorder. I kind of had a really unstable environment so it really interested me in being a lawyer, specifically civil law, because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. In high school, I was super determined to go to Harvard Law–I wanted to be the best of the best.

The Athenian Print Introduces The Faces of The Mount

An Athenian Print special There is no denying it. As isolated as The Mount is, over the years, it has become a community of its own, with people of different cultural and social backgrounds coming from all over Los Angeles County. Here, we’ve created a foundation, a basis for students, faculty, and staff to connect with each other. But let us put this question out there: are we truly communicating with one another? For The Athenian Print, we believe that words are fundamental, but we also believe that most important of all is the message we put out. Often times, with school and work, The Mount community is only able to communicate with each other on a superficial level. Although it’s brutal to hear, it’s honest. And so we’ve created The Faces of the Mount to truly admire those who make up The Mount community. Through this project, we are giving each and every one of you the spotlight you deserve. The Athenian Print wants to hear your story. We truly want to get to …