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Accolades, November 2018

The University is named one of the nation's "Best Colleges for Student Voting," plus faculty and alum accolades

November 13, 2018


Mount Saint Mary’s was named one of "The Best Colleges for Student Voting" by Washington Monthly, which lauded colleges and universities across the nation that strongly encourage their students to vote and actively promote civic engagement on their campuses. Through the MSMU Votes initiative, the University provides resources and education to engage students in the voting process.


Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, presented “Diversity as a Force Multiplier: The Case for Gender and Immigrant Inclusion” at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society international conference in Ottawa, Canada, on Oct. 21.

Charles Bunce ’16 MFA, chair of film, media and communication, and three alums premiered their film “The Black String,” a feature psychological thriller staring Frankie Muniz, at the Austin Film Festival in October. The film was directed by Brian Hanson ’16 MFA, written by Hanson and Richard Handley ’16 MFA, and produced by Bunce, Handley and Kayli Fortun ’13, ’16 MFA. Bunce also did the film’s sound editing.

The November edition of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy includes an article co-written by Alan Lee, DPT, PhD, professor of physical therapy. The article, titled “Telehealth Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Practice,” can be accessed here.


The Nov. 6 midterm elections saw two Mount alums voted into office, and one of our recent Ready to Run® campaign trainees won her first campaign: 

  • Victoria Gerrard Chaney '67 was re-confirmed as an associate justice to the California Court of Appeals. 
  • Darcy Stoltz Burke ‘87, ‘09 MBA won election to the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District's board of directors.
  • And Ready to Run trainee Julia Ruedas was elected to the El Monte City School District Board of Education.

Al Dia News honored one of our alums in its list of top five “emerging Latino lawyers” for her outstanding work in the nonprofit sector. Brenda Marrero ’98 received the honor during the news site’s Lawyers Forum on Nov. 8. Marrero received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the Mount and her J.D. from Temple University. She is currently the deputy director of operations at Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services.