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Nurse Applies 9/11 Lessons to Pandemic Teaching

Mount nursing alum Johanna Bruner discusses parallels between 9/11 and the current pandemic

October 4, 2021
Ben Levinson '15 MBA (far right), with people from his entrepreneurship class. From left: Chris Bell, Hong Lee, Veronica Horta, professor Patrick Millsap and Leitta Mayers.


Saving soles

MBA alum Ben Levinson '15 is working to bring a product to market that he first developed during an entrepreneurship class.

October 3, 2021
Stacey Peterson, PhD, professor of biological sciences, has introduced creative assignments to keep her students engaged. Her approach was detailed in a paper published by the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Educationi

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsSTEM

Journal publishes professor’s spin on assignments

Stacey Peterson, PhD, professor of biological sciences, assigns weekly themes to keep students engaged

October 3, 2021

Spirit of the Founders

The Mount co-sponsors a revolutionary lecture

Activist Valarie Kaur is this year's speaker at the annual Pat Reif lecture co-sponsored by the Mount

October 1, 2021
The entire student body of the Mount in 1931 when the college moved to the new Chalon campus

Campus LifeSpotlights

Keeping history

The Mount's archives contain many historic items, but the challenge now is how to store digital sources of information

September 27, 2021
Vernice Grajeda '11 says it's important to give back as soon as possible, even if the amount is small, to support the institution that gives students so much.

AlumsDonorsSpirit of the Founders

Profile of philanthropy

Alumna teaches at the Mount, is president of the Alumnae Association, and encourages donations of any amount.

September 22, 2021

Campus LifeDiversityEducational Excellence

Building inclusion in the classroom

Faculty and staff members at the Mount participated in a workshop on how to create inclusive classroom settings.

September 22, 2021


Prevention is key

Leah FitzGerald's career blossomed when she focused on wellness

September 17, 2021

SpotlightsThe Arts

An eye on the stars

In both his name and his music, Derrick Skye mixes the traditional with the unexpected

September 11, 2021
Robert (Bob) Perrins, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has tackled many topics as a historian. Up next: chronicling the Mount's first 100 years.


Exploring history with the Mount’s provost

Bob Perrins, PhD, will turn his historian efforts to documenting the Mount's first 100 years

September 9, 2021
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Spirit of the Founders

Let Compassion and Courage Lead the Way

Convocation brought staff and faculty together to kick off the start of the academic year

September 8, 2021
Bernadette (Bernie) Robert '77, who served in many roles at the Mount, is fondly remembered by a few of the many people whose lives she touched.


Spread your wings and fly

Friends share their thoughts on Bernadette (Bernie) Robert '77, who served many roles at the Mount

September 8, 2021
Nely Meza Andrade '12 MBA is executive director and CEO of Casa Treatment Center in Pasadena, one of the few all-women treatment facilities in California combating addiction.


Nely Meza Andrade supports women with addiction

The Mount's entrepreneurial MBA program provided the business acumen alum needed to lead a nonprofit

September 8, 2021


Alumnae Survey 2020

Our alumnae responded to our survey in force, and we're listening.

September 8, 2021
Kimberly Nao (left) and Chinako Belanger (right) are sharing director duties for The Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice

DiversitySpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Two co-directors lead renamed, revitalized Center

The new Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice is being led by two co-directors, Kimberly Nao and Chinako Belanger

August 31, 2021

Campus Life

Athena Mascot Gets a New Look

MSMU recently unveiled a new design of the Athena mascot during Weeks of Welcome.

August 26, 2021

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipWomen

FitzGerald receives prestigious recognition

Leah FitzGerald, PhD, FNP, FAAN, has been selected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy).

August 19, 2021

Campus Life

Almost a century of Mount traditions

Mount Saint Mary’s University releases its first book of traditions.

August 19, 2021
Sister Teresa Avalos, CSJ, is interviewed by Shannon Green, director for the CSJ Institute

ServiceSpirit of the Founders

Fearless and Faithful

Film featuring CSJ sisters showcases the many changes brought about by Vatican II

August 3, 2021
The Mount is anticipating the return of students to both campuses in a few weeks

Campus Life

Campus Reopening

For the first time in nearly a year-and-a-half, the Mount campuses will be buzzing with activity as students return

August 3, 2021
The Mount has finally reached the public hearing process regarding the construction of the Wellness Pavilion and hopes to finish the city approval process by next spring.

Campus LifeWellness

Proposed center begins public hearing process

The public hearings have started for the Wellness Pavilion, which the Mount hopes to complete by the spring.

August 2, 2021
Jennifer Kim '16, one half of the duo named


“Real Therapist” Serves Up Straight Talk

Jennifer Kim '16 and a friend from grad school dish up straightforward advice as the "Real Therapists of LA"

August 1, 2021
Erika Jones '00 has had to navigate unfamiliar waters during the pandemic on the board of directors for the California Teachers Association.


Alumna spotlight: Erika Jones ’00

Erika Jones '00 on challenges she faces as a board members of the California Teachers Association

August 1, 2021
students walking at Chalon campus

DiversityEducational ExcellenceWomen

Congressional Action Aims to Help Women’s Colleges

Appropriations bill recognizes the unique role of women’s colleges in advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education.

July 28, 2021
A question posed by a Mount professor put Cassendra Munro '08 on the path to developing a risk assessment scale that now bears her name


Munro’s Mission

Cassendra Munro '08 developed a risk assessment scale for postoperative pressure injuries that now bears her name

July 1, 2021


Business students learn from tech entrepreneur

Tech entrepreneur John L. Hennessy spoke to business students as part of the Vantage Point series

June 28, 2021
Many marketers would dream to have a position with a brand like The Walt Disney Studios. For Jan Coleman '06, that dream is a reality.


Jan Coleman Delights in Disney

Jan Coleman '06 is vice president of global partnerships marketing and multicultural marketing for The Walt Disney Studios.

June 28, 2021
Pianists and composers Kaitlin (left) and Emily Webster-Zuber in the Doheny mansion's Pompeian room, where one of their performances was recorded.

SpotlightsThe Arts

A Passion for Classical Piano

The Webster-Zuber sisters work to expand audience reach and performance opportunities for themselves and their colleagues.

May 28, 2021
Elaine Walsh '86 BSN (left) is a nurse scientist at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she studies resilience in nursing and uses research to support the need for stress recognition and self-care


Care for Your Patients? Care for Yourself!

Veteran wants her colleagues to prioritize their own care as well as that of their patients

May 10, 2021


Former Teacher Finds Her True Calling as a Nurse

Changing careers can be risky, but Kathy Torres '08 ABSN took the plunge and is now enjoying the rewards for her courage

May 10, 2021


April Hazard Vallerand: A Pain Management Leader

The nursing alum is the director of the nursing PhD program at Wayne State University

May 9, 2021
The top three winners of the nursing research poster symposium, left to right, are Jasper Sanchez, Kristi Min-Kim and Anni Nazaryan.

Educational ExcellenceResearch

Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium

Sixteen nursing research posters were judged during the eighth annual nursing research poster symposium

May 6, 2021
Ensuring literacy and educational opportunities abound for children keeps Yahtina Macali Soto '07 energized


The Library’s Open – Come on In!

Alum hopes that getting kids excited to read will lead to a lifelong interest in learning

May 6, 2021
Two student organizations joined forces to conduct a fun event, with proceeds going to the National Urban League.


Mount Community Night Combats Racial Injustice

Mount students continue to support causes that support social justice

May 6, 2021

Educational Excellence

Alpha Lambda Delta Celebrates Early GPA Success

New chapter recognizes early academic success in first-year students

May 5, 2021
“I am truly touched to have been awarded Staff of the Year, especially because it comes from the students,” says Valeria Rizo ’10. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with my students and support them as much as I can so they can reach their goals.”


Students Select Faculty and Staff of the Year

Patrick Khan and Valeria Rizo were student picks among faculty and staff this year

May 5, 2021


2021-2026 Strategic Plan

The new strategic plan details the continuing work of the University

May 5, 2021
2021 Laurel Recipients

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Laurel Awards 2021

The Laurel Awards celebration is a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors

May 5, 2021
A decorative photo of statues of Mary

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Mary’s Day 2021 Virtual Announcement

Please join us in congratulating the Mary’s Day 2021 award winners

May 5, 2021


An Oral Tradition

Alumnae are especially encouraged to contribute to MSMU's Oral History Project

May 4, 2021
Presenters from this spring’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California event include (from left, top row) Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Alisha Haridasani Gupta, Maria Hinojosa, Mekala Krishnan and Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl. (From left, bottom row) City Council President Nury Martinez, Supervisor Holly J Mitchell, Michaela Pereira, Maria J. Prados and Jane Wurwand.


Spring Report Event Focuses on Effects of COVID

This year's Report was very specific, examining the effects of COVID-19 on women and girls in California

May 4, 2021
Holly J. Mitchell (left), our Legislator in Residence and LA County supervisor, and state assembly member Cristina Garcia (right) discussed a variety of topics in the latest speaker series event from the Center for the Advancement of Women.


The Future Is Female

The annual Legislator in Residence speaker series featured politicians Holly J. Mitchell and Cristina Garcia.

May 3, 2021
Athenian Awards Listing Slide 2021

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipSpotlights

Athenian Awards 2021

Celebrating the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders - Athenian Awards 2021

April 22, 2021

Spirit of the Founders

Helping Mother Earth

A tree will be planted for each tree used to print the University's publications.

April 21, 2021
Pristine landscapes like these need to be preserved by efforts throughout the year, not just on Earth Day

Spirit of the FoundersWellness

The Mount Cares for the Planet

There's a full slate of activities for Earth Day, but it's vital that work is performed all year

April 21, 2021
The formation of the Black Alumnae Association will give our Black alums additional opportunities to network, socialize and grow their community


Black Alumnae Association

New association will foster collaboration and community among our Black alumnae

March 29, 2021

Campus LifeLeadershipWomen

Women’s Leadership Launches Student-Run Podcast

Tune in to a variety of topics and listen to women leaders from all areas of the University

March 29, 2021

LeadershipSpirit of the Founders

Sister Pilots Workshop With Mount Student Activists

Mount students worked with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, who is well known for her activism against the death penalty

March 26, 2021
Twinning? Sister Barbara Anne CSJ, '60 (right) and Sister Catherine Irene are all smiles in their matching blouses.

AlumsServiceSpirit of the Founders

When God Came Calling, She Answered

In celebration of CSJ week, we profile one of our own -- both a CSJ and an alum!

March 18, 2021


Sixty Four Reasons to Feel Inspired

"Life hacks" Eddie Loussararian shared as director of training at a flooring company were turned into a book

March 14, 2021
Ruth Freedman learned to play the harp while studying at Mount Saint Mary's. She never stopped playing and performing and this past year her harp arrangements of spiritual music were published.

AlumsThe Arts

Harp Therapy Reaches Hawaii

A retired nurse still cares for patients, just in a different way

March 13, 2021
Education professor emerita Nancy Pine recently published her second book, which chronicles one man's journey in modern China.


China Expert Publishes Story of Remarkable Courage

Education professor emerita Nancy Pine publishes her second work, this one on a man's journey through modern-day China

March 13, 2021
Summer Woods '21, president of the new Black Student Union, models the group's new T-shirt.

Campus LifeDiversity

Black Voices Unite Through New Black Student Union

Two groups -- one from each campus -- merge to form the Black Students Union

March 12, 2021
Jennifer Vanderpool PhD has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and is working with the University of Liverpool on a continuation of her

AccoladesThe Arts

Fulbright Scholarship Awarded to MSMU Art Professor

Vanderpool's Untold Stories examines the common threads of various postindustrial regions around the world

March 2, 2021
Nursing student Alexis Sio '21 nears the end of her college years with an Unstoppable Award to add to her accomplishments

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceScholarships

Alexis Sio ’21: Above, Beyond and Well on Her Way

Alexis Sio '21 won this year's Unstoppable Scholar award during the recent President's Scholarship Celebration event.

March 1, 2021
Patty Cribbs '85, a longtime donor and advocate of the Mount, received the Unstoppable Supporter Award during the February Scholarship Celebration.


Patricia Cribbs: Unstoppable Supporter Award Winner

The Class of '85 alum received her award during the annual President's Scholarship Celebration

March 1, 2021
Six degrees of separation: Networking and mentoring within the community is made easier through Mount Connect


Mount Connect Strengthens MSMU Community

The Mount Connect platform can maintain or strengthen community relationships

March 1, 2021


A ‘Blueprint for Change’

Our Report Has Inspired a Decade of Change -- at the Mount and Throughout the State

February 26, 2021
The lead photograph of Vianna Villacorta's blog on Haitian cultural traditions (from Caribbean Life News).

Educational ExcellenceResearch

Vianna Villacorta ’21: Writer, Cultural Explorer

Student serves as correspondent covering various Latin American countries

February 24, 2021
These women have formed the only all-female team at the National Student Advertising Competition.

Campus Life

Changing the Face of Advertising

Adthenians hope to bring more diversity to the upper ranks of the advertising industry

February 24, 2021


High School Sweethearts in it for the Long Haul

This young couple has already learned several keys traits to maintaining a strong relationship

February 11, 2021
Building women leaders is a fundamental part of a women and gender studies major, and it's also at the core of the Mount's mission. These three students are taking a break from a leadership conference in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipWomen

A New Major for Fall ‘21

The popular women's studies and leadership minor will have company in a women and gender studies major, starting this fall.

February 3, 2021
A selection of stationery, stamps, stickers and colorful pens gathered in advance of the letter writing session to isolated seniors, including our beloved sisters.
February 2, 2021

Campus Life

The Votes Are In

MSMU came out on top of its category for deploying the most creative ways to encourage student voting

February 2, 2021
Aichi Kitalyi, PhD, who spearheaded the Carole Cole scholarship program, seen here in 2010 with the first group of scholars.

AlumsSpirit of the FoundersWomen

Girls in Tanzania Get Chance at Bright Future

Mount alum provides hope to orphaned girls in Tanzania through educational opportunities

February 2, 2021
Professor Michelle French-Holloway, EdD, and Naomi Prazak, recipient of a Dr. Janet Robinson MBA Director's Scholarship.

Educational Excellence

Hallmarks of Mount Saint Mary's Business Education

Business students succeed by applying a mix of practical and critical-thinking skills

January 27, 2021


Lighting the Way

Helen Umana '21, this year's Student Government Association president, focuses on communication and inclusion.

January 27, 2021
From left: Phyllis (Lieb) Ambrose ‘61 with her daughter Janis Ambrose-Shard ’02 and her late mother Bernice (Carls) Lieb ’37.


Every Little Bit Counts

The consistent giving of smaller gifts adds up to a mountain of help for Mount students.

January 27, 2021
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Athenians Care Campaign

Athenians are called upon to pledge to care for themselves -- and each other -- during this pandemic.

January 26, 2021
MSMU nursing student Tamara Mendoza administers the COVID vaccine to Mount instructor and Torrance Memorial Medical Center RN Maria Huskins.


Mount Nurses, Students Vaccinate Against COVID

Mount students and nurses are busy arming healthcare workers against COVID at numerous vaccination clinics

January 13, 2021


Mount Releases Collectif 2020

MSMU and the Women’s College Coalition (WCC) come together to investigate the value of women's colleges.

January 13, 2021
The CPS staff, clockwise from the left: Susan K. Salem, PhD, director; postdoctoral fellow Summer Scheidegger, PhD; Kendra Nickerson, PhD, associate director and training director; PDF Ivan Cabrera, PhD; PDF Charlie Champion, PhD; Sabrina Orellana ’19, office manager; PDF Sam Harris, PhD; and psychiatric nurse practitioner Varretta Moore, PMHNP.


Counseling and Psychological Services Resources

CPS staff are here to support students with academic stress or more serious issues affecting their well-being.

January 13, 2021
William H. Hannon, in an undated photo, with CSJ sisters Cecilia Louise Moore, former president and chair of the Mount Board of Trustees; Karen Kennelly, then-Mount president and trustee; and Joan Henehan, Mount trustee.


Donor Profile: Bill Hannon Foundation

William Hannon needed help to attend college. He later fulfilled many other students' college dreams.

January 13, 2021

DiversityEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Jaden Balsman ’22: An Attorney in the Making

Jaden Balsman ’22 placed among the top orators at last semester's moot court competition.

January 13, 2021
Head to the University Events Calendar to take advantage of the many events that you can attend (remotely for now).

Campus Life

Up and Running: The New University Events Calendar

When you’re looking for something Mount-related to do, the new University Events Calendar is the place to go

January 12, 2021


Mount President Featured in The Business Journals

President McElaney-Johnson discusses higher-ed leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent interview.

January 12, 2021

Campus LifeSpotlightsWellness

Mount Saint Mary’s Continues to #StayMountStrong

University campaign encourages the Mount community to stay engaged and connected throughout the spring semester.

January 11, 2021

DonorsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

MSMU Receives $15 Million Gift

Mount Saint Mary’s University has received a generous $15 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

December 22, 2020
A student sitting in front of a tree

DonorsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

MSMU Receives $15 Million Grant

Grant Will Support the Advancement of Women Leaders at Los Angeles’ Only Women’s University

December 15, 2020

Campus LifeWellness

Two Departments Collaborate on a Community Cookbook

Calling all cooks! Submit one of your favorite recipes to a Mount community cookbook

December 9, 2020
The Kite City Playwrights formed their cooperative as graduates in the MFA in Creative Writing program. From left: Honorary member Johnny Payne, PhD, director of the MFA in Creative Writing; Sharon Cleveland Blount '18; Myrna Aguilar '18; Sharnell Blevins '19; and Melinda Canny '17.

AlumsSpotlightsThe Arts

From the Mount to the Stage

MFA in Creative Writing alums form group to provide supportive environment, spur creativity and productivity

December 4, 2020
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Educator Inspired by Her Own Struggles to Read

Zoila Gallegos '90, '92, '96 MS opens up new worlds by spreading a love of reading

November 24, 2020
Gail Angelli Daclan '21, second from the right, in the operating room with a head and neck surgical team at UCLA through a partnership between the two universities to expose more students to perioperative nursing.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

MSMU Partners With UCLA in Perioperative Nursing

The universities work together to combat a shortage in this specialized area of nursing.

November 9, 2020
Treemonisha Smith joined the Mount staff to oversee emergency preparedness and environmental health and safety.


Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Rest

Newly created position oversees emergency response, health and safety issues

November 9, 2020
Enjoy a Mount-themed word search in the alumnae website ( under Virtual Resources.

AlumsCampus Life

Introducing MSMU Word Searches

Need a break from Zoom? Try out our MSMU word search and find words that will take you back to the Mount.

November 9, 2020


Helping Homeschoolers Apply to College

Alum Denise Boiko ’82 wrote a book about how to navigate the college admission process as a homeschooled family.

November 9, 2020
Despite the event being virtual this year, there will be no shortage of events for alumnae to choose from


Homecoming Alumnae Weekend 2020

Enthusiasm was high as alums made new memories and rehashed many old ones.

November 9, 2020

AlumsEducational ExcellenceSpirit of the Founders

Carrying the CSJ Spirit Forward

Alumna Nayeli Dominguez '20 talks about her internship with the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph.

November 6, 2020
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A Full Set of Tools

Alum Krystal Karter MBA '16 enjoys helping companies market themselves so they can focus on running their business.

November 5, 2020

AlumsEducational ExcellenceWomen

Empowering Students

Alum Sonali Bridges ’98 has been breaking down barriers for women in education since she started at the Mount.

November 5, 2020

AccoladesCampus Life

Mount Saint Mary’s Receives Top Grade for Safety ranks Mount Saint Mary’s University A+ in safety. The university’s safety rating is No. 5 in the state.

November 4, 2020

Campus LifeSpotlights

MSMU in Netflix

The popular Netflix show "Ratched" features iconic spots on Mount Saint Mary’s campuses.

November 3, 2020

DonorsEducational ExcellenceScholarships

Supporting Students Financially During COVID-19

A new $200,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation helped support students who were impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 20, 2020

Educational ExcellenceScholarships

MSMU Awarded $1.25 Million Education Grant

Mount Saint Mary’s has received a $1.25 million federal grant in support of its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program.

October 20, 2020


Latinx Heritage Month: Gloria Alvarez ‘05

Gloria Alvarez ’05 reflects how the Mount community helped to grow her pride in her heritage and shape her career goals.

October 6, 2020
Sister Catherine Marie Kreta '61, CSJ, will be sorely missed by the Mount community


Farewell to Sister Catherine Marie Kreta '61, CSJ

Sister Catherine Marie Kreta '61, CSJ, was known for her sense of humor and her dedication to social justice

September 30, 2020


Semper Fi!

Fitzgerald Cano '20 graduated from the Weekend/Evening & Online College this year but is already pursuing his doctorate

September 30, 2020
A portion of the WCC representatives who participated in a recent WCC meeting. Mount Saint Mary's President, Ann McElaney-Johnson, is in the bottom right corner of this screenshot.


Women's College Coalition: One Year at the Mount

Recent MSMU event attendees reaped the rewards of the WCC's close ties to the Mount

September 30, 2020
Despite the event being virtual this year, there will be no shortage of events for alumnae to choose from


Virtual Homecoming Alumnae Weekend 2020

A preview of events to choose from during Homecoming Alumnae weekend

September 30, 2020
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, lead strategist, diversity, equity & inclusion at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, spoke about implicit bias with MSMU's Emerald Archer, director for the Center for Advancement of Women


Leadership Lessons in Times of Change

Panelists covered a variety of topics: the value of women's colleges, implicit bias, social justice and poetry

September 30, 2020
In case it's not already abundantly clear, these students will help: Get out and vote! Your voice matters!

Campus LifeSpotlights

Raising Number of Student Voters

MSMU Votes encourages students to register to vote, educates them on candidates and political initiatives

September 29, 2020
A woman with a backpack and colorful background

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

MSMU No. 1 in Social Mobility in Best Colleges List

U.S. News & World Report '21 ranks MSMU in the top 10 three times, including our first appearances in two categories

September 29, 2020
students sitting on school entrance sign

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

MONEY Magazine Ranks MSMU #3 "Most Transformative"

Mount Saint Mary's is highly ranked nationally in "Most Transformative" category and top 10 overall within the western region

September 4, 2020
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A Self-Made Modern Day Renaissance Man

Forget choosing the road less traveled when coming to a fork in the road -- this alum will traverse them both

August 31, 2020
Sister Callista Roy speaking at the Roy Adaptation Association Conference in June 2019

LeadershipServiceSpirit of the Founders

A legend retires: Sister Callista Roy ’63 CSJ

Sister Callista Roy quietly retires, some only learning via automated email response. But her connection here is unwavering.

August 31, 2020
DGI Madeline di Nonno listing page pix


GDI Studied Diversity/Inclusion for Licensing Intl.

Research results were unveiled at a recent virtual conference for Licensing International

August 30, 2020
students virtual tassel turning ceremony


Deferred Yet Conferred

It may not have been the Commencement anyone anticipated, but the graduates of 2020 celebrated with gusto nonetheless

August 26, 2020
JoAnna Novak


Faculty profile: JoAnna Novak

An obsession with a word is the genesis of a book of poetry

August 26, 2020
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Educational Excellence

Faculty and Staff News

Faculty tenures and faculty/staff anniversaries celebrated

August 26, 2020
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A Consistent Look and Feel

The MarCom Council was formed to drive brand consistency whether an item is produced by faculty, staff or students

August 25, 2020
listing image: aerial shot of Chalon campus

Campus LifeSpotlights

Fall Reopening Plan

Description of safety measures taken to keep the Mount's faculty, staff and students safe as the academic year gets underway

August 25, 2020
RSWG logo landing page


Data Unveiled at First Virtual 2020 Report Event

Postponed by COVID-19, the 2020 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ hosted the first of its three events

August 25, 2020
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Athenians Care Campaign

Sign the pledge wall online to show your commitment to minimizing outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus

August 25, 2020
Catalina Pereira '13 recently received her PhD in molecular biology from Cornell


Pereira's Pathway to DNA Repair

Catalina Pereira '13 successfully defended her PhD thesis at Cornell

August 21, 2020
Karen Compton with glasses, colorful background


Black Business Month: A3K Consulting

Alum Karen Compton BS '87 founded an advisory firm for architecture, engineering and construction companies

August 21, 2020
Elena Brower


Elena Brower: "Compassion in Times of Deep Healing"

Virtual guest speaker, a renowned author and teacher, guides attendees through exercises designed for mindful compassion

August 20, 2020


Communication Superpower Coaching

Alum Aaron Young focuses on honing clients' leadership and communications skills in his coaching practice

August 20, 2020
Kerrie Klein BSN ’07 Kaiser Permanente, Panorama City


In the Trenches With COVID-19

One positive effect from the coronavirus: “It has reinvigorated a lot of healthcare workers. We feel a solidarity"

August 20, 2020
A woman pointing to a sign wearing hospital scrubs


Chanell Jackson ‘12: A Detour to Her Dream Job

A detour to her dream job takes this nurse back full circle

August 20, 2020
Mount Saint Mary's Student Ambassadors


Student Ambassadors Assist with College Apps

The ambassadors rose to the challenge and continued their work online, connecting with high school students in new ways

August 20, 2020
Senior Capstone Screenshot of two students


Presenting Capstone Presentations via Zoom

Seniors polish their teleconferencing skills to give final presentations

August 20, 2020
Thomas Blumenthal


An Ardent Supporter of Women

A Profile of Philanthropy: Thomas Blumenthal, former member of the Regents Council and current chair of the Board of Trustees

August 20, 2020
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

LeadershipSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

150 Years of CSJs in the West

The CSJs are truly an enduring part of the history of the West

August 20, 2020
woman smiling in purple jacket


Meet Our New Vice President for Student Affairs

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Linda McMurdock, PhD

August 20, 2020
woman smiling in camera


Black Business Month: Nurse Chatterjee

Nurse Chatterjee consultancy extends health care beyond owner's traditional work day

August 10, 2020
blonde woman in white leaning against white wall with quote


Update from the Center for the Advancement of Women

A letter from the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, Emerald Archer.

July 15, 2020
A woman looking through a microscope


Cutting-Edge Pancreatic Cancer Research

Cathy Garcia '13 researches ways to slow progress of pancreatic cancer as grad student at Yale University

June 22, 2020
Antonio sports the marks of a warrior – the imprints of her N95 mask.


Mother Knows Best

Kimberly Antonio ’08 BSN, can thank her mother for her career. But it wasn’t always that way.

May 13, 2020
Stacy Gruenloh photo


Sharing Her Passion With the Next Crop of Nurses

Stacy Gruenloh ’07 BSN, who was an undergraduate dance major and a Radio City Rockette, is now a labor and delivery nurse

May 12, 2020
Students standing together at award ceremony

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Laurel Awards 2020

The Laurel Awards celebration is a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors

May 12, 2020
A graphic displaying Senior Week

Campus LifeSpotlights

Celebrate Senior Week

Mount Saint Mary’s is celebrating its 2020 graduates with a week of digital and social opportunities

May 11, 2020
Cecilia Pimentel


No Kid(ding) This Nurse

Pimentel’s desire to be a nurse was solidified at the Mount

May 7, 2020
A decorative photo of statues of Mary

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Mary’s Day 2020

Please join us in congratulating the Mary’s Day 2020 award winners

May 7, 2020
A group of students in matching tshirts

Educational ExcellenceLeadershipSpotlights

Athenian Awards 2020

Celebrating the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders

April 29, 2020
Students began arriving at the Doheny campus at 11 am and over the course of four hours, volunteers distributed 90 bags.

Campus LifeSpotlightsWellness

Farmers Market in New Form

The Mount’s monthly Farmers Market took a new form with Curbside Produce Pick Up

April 27, 2020
Salina Sells ‘12


Living Her Best Career Life

“In my current role, I’m able to use the leadership skills that I learned during my years at the Mount.”

April 21, 2020
Mount Students and Dr. Deniz Cizmeciyan-Papazyan


Students Add Co-Author Accomplishment

Mount students can add co-author to their list of accomplishments in two prestigious journals.

April 2, 2020
Danielle Batol Steele


Scholarship Support Aided Alum Success

Danielle Batol Steele ’08 works as an information technology project manager at Arizona State University.

March 30, 2020
Stephanie Hernandez '21

ServiceSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Finding the Joy in Life

"The Mount brings the best of both worlds to me – it combines my passion for my faith and my passion for service."

March 30, 2020
Samantha De La Torre '21


Helping Fellow Students with Wellness

Samantha De La Torre ’21 is a Wellness Coordinator for the Doheny Campus.

March 30, 2020
GEARYS Store Rendering


GEARYS to Sponsor Center at the Mount

The Center for the Advancement of Women announces partnership with GEARYS

March 10, 2020


Adthenians Team Competes

The “ADthenians” is a team of 11 women from different years and majors competing at the National Advertising Competition

March 9, 2020
Nursing students working in our Simulation Lab

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Nursing Programs Among Best in Nation

Mount Saint Mary’s University nursing department was once again nationally recognized for its extraordinary programs

March 6, 2020
Group presentation at the NASPA awards.


National Recognition of Wellness Model

The University’s peer wellness advocates were named Outstanding Peer Group of the Year by NASPA.

March 2, 2020
Helen Boutrous


Helping Students with an Alum Network

Helen Boutrous founded the Mount’s award-winning Mock Trial and Moot Court teams.

March 2, 2020
female student talking at podium

AlumsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Mentorship Playing into Alum’s Success

"The Mount provided an environment that said, ‘You can do anything you want.’"

February 24, 2020
Alum with President


Alum Gives Back to Mount Students

Dianne (Plou) Schautschick ’65 loves Mount students, and it shows.

February 24, 2020
student standing with president of university with award

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A Window Into Their Souls

At this year’s Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 19, 2020, Iwuoma received the Unstoppable Scholar Award.

February 24, 2020
man in blue shirt in front of bookshelf


Peter Tan

Peter Tan is associate professor and chair of the philosophy department.

February 3, 2020
Britteney Guinhawa


MSN Student Receives CACN Scholarship

Ms. Britteney Guinhawa (MSN) was awarded the CACN Nursing Education Scholarship.

January 24, 2020
sofia close up

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Alumna Curates Art Show

Sofia Gutiérrez Calderón ’92 brings exhibit on migration stories to the Mount.

January 21, 2020
Patricia Corrales


Patricia Corrales ’86

“As a prosecutor, our aim is to do what is just and what is right.”

January 16, 2020
woman smiling on mountain side


CGI Program Transforms Grad

Rachel Gutierrez ‘08 can attest to how the Mount’s global programs can make an enduring impact on one’s life.

December 20, 2019
Shannon Shank Listing


Mount IT Leader Awarded

IT Leader Shannon Shank Awarded by Advancing Women in Technology

December 2, 2019
Psychology Assistant Professor Michelle Samuel (second, left) joins three of the student authors – (from left) Caitlyn Keeve, Carmen Ramos and Carla Canas – at a student psychology conference where they shared their research work.


Journal to Publish Article

The American Journal of Undergraduate Research Journal to Publish the Mount’s Gender Disparities Article

December 2, 2019
Mount students (from left) Rebecca Prompichai, Paola Castillo and Gabriella Quintanilla are all smiles after their panel discussion on Study Away in Japan.


Study Away in Japan Enriches

When a trip abroad exceeds expectations, the experience can be an enriching one

December 2, 2019
Dr. Surjeet Baidwan, PhD/JD


New MBA Program Director

Dr. Surjeet Baidwan, PhD/JD, has joined Mount Saint Mary’s University as the new Director of the MBA Program.

November 26, 2019
woman in black shirt with long black/brown hair


Michelle French-Holloway

Her varied work experience shaped her mission to help students answer questions about who they are.

November 26, 2019
Chalon campus with students walking


Kathleen Perez '21

I am unstoppable because I am a person who defeats challenges and who doesn’t give up.

November 26, 2019
Gold Seal - Listing


Voter Engagement Seal Awarded

Mount Saint Mary’s received a gold seal for achieving a student rate between 40% & 49%.

November 20, 2019
A group of the Mount’s MBA students attend a conference meeting.


Mount Awarded Title V Grant

Mount Saint Mary’s has been awarded a five-year $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title V Program.

November 14, 2019
Coach Radenko Miskovic is surrounded by running club members at a recent open meet.

Campus LifeWellness

New Club Supports Wellness

To support wellness among campus students, the Mount launched a new running club in late August.

November 14, 2019
Jane (Landau) Cook ’91


Jane Cook, '91

“I remember looking out the window on my last day, and thinking, “I have become a person of worth and value.”

November 4, 2019
group of women smiling for photo


Powerful Women Speak at MSMU

MSMU welcomed California Senator Holly Mitchell and Board President of LAUSD Mónica García to the Doheny Campus.

October 25, 2019
Dr. Kim Harris


Kim Harris, Pat Reif Lecturer

Liturgical Justice Through Sacred Song Lecture on Oct. 28 by Dr. Kim Harris

October 24, 2019
Student affairs leaders wear MSMU Votes shirts to promote civic engagement on both Mount campuses.


MSMU LEAD Institution

MSMU Again Selected as LEAD Institution to Support Civic Engagement.

October 15, 2019
(From left) Mount students Alissa Oakes and Arleen Lamba work together in a campus lab on the NIH-funded research project.


MSMU Awarded Research Grant

The National Institute of Health has awarded MSMU a $400k Grant to Research Chronic Diabetes Progression.

October 15, 2019
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White Coat Ceremony

80 incoming nursing students entered the chapel to be cloaked with a white nursing coat by MSMU faculty.

October 15, 2019
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Women’s Leadership

The Women’s Leadership Conference brings together women to connect and learn.

October 11, 2019
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Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsWomen

Isabel Villarreal '20

Isabel Villarreal '20 is an English and history major, an Honors Scholar, and a commuter student mentor.

October 11, 2019
Sanchez profile


Spotlight on Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez is an assistant professor of philosophy who specializes in Mexican and Latin American philosophy.

October 11, 2019
Unstoppable Alums


Unstoppable Alums

Striving for excellence, these three alums will be honored with Outstanding Alumnae Awards at Homecoming 2019.

October 10, 2019
group of people posing

Campus LifeSpotlightsThe Arts

Bridge to Everywhere

The Music Department has announced its 2019-2020 ensemble-in-residence, Bridge to Everywhere.

October 10, 2019
Marilyn Shirk ’73


Excellence in Caring

Advocating for self-care, one nurse specialist helps lead a transformation

September 18, 2019
JoAnna Novak

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JoAnna Novak

JoAnna Novak is an assistant professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program

September 17, 2019
Vivian Slu '21


Vivian Slu ’21

Vivian Slu ’21 is a political science and philosophy major with a pre-law minor

September 17, 2019
Bernadette Robert ‘77


A gift to the world

For more than 35 years, Robert has filled a variety of leadership roles on campus

September 11, 2019
Historic photograph of MSMU nursing students

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The claim to BSN fame

The story behind the race to start California’s first nursing baccalaureate degree

September 11, 2019
girls working on crafts


Making is Learning

Welcome to the Mount Makerspace, where students are encouraged to design, experiment, build and invent.

September 11, 2019
woman and man smiling with water behind


Being a light to others

As a history scholar, Rausch says she learned that one person can embolden others and make a difference, one light at a time.

September 11, 2019
Unstoppable Listing (Slideshow)



That word is more than just a tagline. It’s how our students define themselves.

September 11, 2019
Catching Nikon Eye

ScholarshipsSpotlightsThe Arts

Catching Nikon’s eye

MSMU film student wins $10,000 scholarship for visual storytelling

September 11, 2019

AlumsEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

Inspiring students

A professor pushed Michelle Melendres ’03 to aim higher. Now she’s doing the same to her students.

August 30, 2019


Perseverance is key

Alum's book about resilience and overcoming odds wins a Catholic Press Association Book Award.

August 30, 2019

Educational Excellence

Academia to workplace

Embedding career guidance into college courses

August 26, 2019


Leading from the heart

Student body president thrives on serving her communities, whether in her hometown or at the Mount.

August 9, 2019


Grassroots empowerment

Alum’s work in global health brings attention to women in rural villages.

August 8, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsSTEM

Double bond

Chemistry professor’s charge to students: Do undergrad research and advocate for your rights.

August 2, 2019


Kudos to our alums

Mount alums are racking up national awards recently. Congratulations to these four women!

July 19, 2019


Accolades: July 2019

Publications, presentations and promotions: What our faculty and students have been up to recently.

June 26, 2019


Family key to success

Alum credits her parents' hard work and dedication for her success as an educator.

June 24, 2019

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Best for veterans

Mount Saint Mary's nursing program ranks as one of the top 25 in the nation as a 2019 best bet for veterans.

June 21, 2019
two women smiling with awards


Community Impact Award

MSMU receives Community Impact Award from Mexican American Bar Foundation.

June 12, 2019


Fired up on BBQ love

Weekend/Evening College alum making a name for himself in DC restaurant scene.

June 3, 2019

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Film program one of best

Variety names MSMU as one of the world's best film schools of 2019.

May 30, 2019


The gift of study abroad

Alum's time in Rome as a student changed the trajectory of her life.

May 17, 2019

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End-of-year accolades

Faculty and staff celebrate milestone anniversaries, promotions and retirements.

May 10, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Unstoppable Class of 2019

Mount Saint Mary’s celebrates the journeys, achievements and transformations of the Class of 2019.

May 9, 2019

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Student accolades

Students showcase skills, research at academic conferences, competitions.

April 30, 2019


Teacher of the year

Alum named one of L.A. Unified School District's top teachers for her outstanding work in special education.

April 30, 2019


Maternal care inequality

A closer look: How has history impacted the poor health outcomes of black mothers and infants?

April 13, 2019


Path to leadership

Mount's partnership with the Public Leadership Education Network prepares students for careers in public policy.

April 9, 2019


Feeding a need

How the Mount Wellness movement is tackling one of higher education’s biggest issues: food insecurity.

April 8, 2019
Stephen Inrig, PhD, director of the health policy and management master's program, with instructor Amine Ben Ayara and some of the program’s students.

Educational ExcellenceWellness

Healthcare Administration

Where wellness and analysis intersect: Grad program takes the pulse of the community.

April 8, 2019


Philanthropic match

A gift from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing benefits the Mount's Student Ambassador program.

April 8, 2019

Spirit of the Founders

House of refuge

The childhood home of Mother St. John Fontbonne is now part of the Mount Saint Mary’s family.

April 8, 2019
Members of the Class of 1929


The first alumnae

Looking Back: The story of Mount Saint Mary's Class of 1929

April 8, 2019


Accolades: April 2019

Mount Saint Mary's named one of California's top 30 colleges, plus faculty news

April 7, 2019


Report examines inclusion

The 2019 Report focuses on how race, age and socio-economic status shape the lives of women in California.

April 2, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsWomen

Collectif 2019 released

Online anthology of original faculty and staff writing examines intersectionality from multiple perspectives.

March 30, 2019


Women in Entertainment

Collectif 2018: A paper examines the reasons why progress for women in television and films has been so slow.

March 12, 2019

Educational Excellence

Commencement news

Oxfam America President Abby Maxman and CAST executive director Kay Buck to speak at ceremonies.

March 10, 2019

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Accolades: March 2019

The University earns a "Voter Friendly Campus" designation for second year in a row, plus faculty news.

March 10, 2019

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Remembering Father George

Memorial service to be held for one of the Mount's most beloved professors.

March 10, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsSTEM

Coding with Google

The Mount is one of the universities picked to host Applied Computing Series courses offered by Google.

March 10, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSTEM

Teaching the code

Professor envisions machine-learning courses for computer science majors and non-STEM students alike.

March 10, 2019

Spirit of the Founders

Tribute for Father George

Mount Saint Mary's President Emerita Jacqueline Powers Doud celebrates professor's life in eulogy

March 9, 2019


Feminist Theory and STEM

Collectif 2018: Professor explores her own experiences as a female engineer from the lens of feminist theory.

March 4, 2019


Perfect setting

Nursing alums chose the Chalon Campus as the backdrop for their engagement photos.

February 8, 2019


Inspiring lineup

First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be in conversation at the 2019 Report event

February 6, 2019

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsThe Arts

Learning through play

A joint course explores the connection of psychology and art in child development

February 6, 2019



A sneak peek at 2019’s The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™

February 5, 2019

Campus Life

Recycling on campus

In case you were wondering: You've put your recyclables in the blue recycling bin, what happens next?

February 5, 2019
Snack of the Week recipes are sometimes inspired by entries in a special cookbook designed for students who have limited access to a full kitchen.

Campus LifeWellness

College-friendly cookbook

Peer wellness advocate compiles easy recipes meant for students with limited kitchen access.

February 4, 2019


Wellness walk

The Mount launches a walking path on the Doheny Campus to get the community to move more.

February 1, 2019
Tom Blumenthal, chair of the Mount's board of trustees


Q&A with our board chair

Tom Blumenthal talks about his business philosophy and focus on philanthropy

January 30, 2019


Winning response

University earns silver award for crisis communications strategy during the Skirball Fire

January 30, 2019


Three reasons not to diet

Be vigilant about how the culture of dieting can derail your journey to true wellness.

January 7, 2019
A student sitting on the steps of the mansion


Accolades, January 2019

What our faculty and alums have been up to: A Pushcart Prize nomination, a Teacher of the Year award, and more.

January 4, 2019


Healing in the classroom

On-campus pro bono clinic provides physical therapy services to patients with brain injury

January 3, 2019


Fitness influencers

Physical therapy students share wellness tips, fitness principles on Instagram as @TheFizeekGeeks

January 3, 2019
CSJ: Talking about experience

Spirit of the Founders

Called to Serve

What draws someone into a life dedicated to service? Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet share what inspired them.

December 19, 2018


Accolades, November 2018

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

November 13, 2018
Esmeralda Carrera '21 examines soil samples she's testing in Dr. Stacey Peterson's honors biology lab.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlightsSTEM

Answers in the earth?

Honors biology students analyze campus soil as part of international search for new, effective antibiotics.

October 18, 2018
Mount Saint Mary's new doctor of psychology in clinical health psychology (PsyD) will be based at the University's historic Doheny Campus in downtown L.A.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

PsyD arrives

MSMU launches a doctor of psychology program to help address shortage of mental healthcare services.

October 1, 2018
Celeste Tobar '19 presenting results from her summer research experience at UCLA.

Educational ExcellenceResearchSTEM

Impact research

STEM scholars share research from highly selective summer research programs.

September 25, 2018
Sabrina K. Garba, founder and CEO of the Glass Ladder Group, leads a session on


Lead in times of change

Lessons learned at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

September 17, 2018

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Faculty notes: Sept. 2018

What our faculty are up to: media exposure and a short story anthology.

September 12, 2018


Nurturing nurse leaders

Three alums, working together at the same hospital, pave a path for other nurses to become leaders.

September 7, 2018
Isabel Villarreal ‘20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Global scholars

Honors program global immersion course explores "privilege and poverty" in Brazil and Argentina.

September 6, 2018


Into the divide

Service trip gives students a sobering perspective on the immigrant and refugee experience.

September 6, 2018

GlobalSpirit of the Founders

Life-changing pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Le Puy, France, lets student pilgrims connect deeper with the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

September 6, 2018

Educational ExcellenceGlobalThe Arts

A writer's retreat

Summer course in Colombia proves to be a magical, eye-opening experience for MFA in Creative Writing students.

September 6, 2018

GlobalThe Arts

Parisian photo odyssey

Photography students live the dream during their summer in France.

September 6, 2018
International student reflections from Sesera Katagi

Campus LifeDiversityGlobal

New worlds

Reflections from an international student on her year studying at Mount Saint Mary’s.

September 6, 2018

Spirit of the FoundersSpotlightsWomen

A legacy entrusted

The CSJ Institute’s oral history project advances the stories and mission of Mount Saint Mary’s founding sisters.

September 6, 2018
CSJ filmmakers behind the scenes of the CSJ Oral History Project

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Behind the scenes

A look at the MSMU filmmakers who have brought to life the CSJ Oral History Project.

September 6, 2018


Persevering in science

A cancer survivor, Outstanding Alum Awardee Chamelli Jhappan '79 now helps manage government funding for cancer research.

September 6, 2018

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Heart of compassion

A nurse and missionary, Natalie (Harris) Martinez ’79 is being honored as an Outstanding Alumna for service to the community.

September 6, 2018


Beyond identity politics

As leader of a county party in California, Zaira Cedano '14 says criticism of her age, gender and ethnicity only spur her on.

September 6, 2018


Remembering Mrs. Doheny

This October marks 60 years since the passing of Estelle Doheny, the University's most generous and enduring benefactor.

September 6, 2018


Supporting scholarship

Profile of philanthropy: Carol Gibson '72 hopes to make a difference through education

September 6, 2018


Teaching value of giving

Profile of philanthropy: David Burkitt '97, MBA program director, imparts lessons on giving to the next generation.

September 6, 2018
MONEY Magazine has named Mount Saint Mary's University No. 5 on its list of

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

‘Most Transformative’

New accolades for Mount Saint Mary’s University, one of the ‘Most Transformative Colleges’ in the U.S.

August 23, 2018
Three students from the Mount's award-winning Global Women in STEM and Policy undergraduate research program.


Diversity in STEM award

Mount Saint Mary’s honored for engaging more students in science and research excellence.

August 15, 2018
An aerial view of MSMU

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Bold, bright and strong

Find your voice at the Mount! Learn about all that we have to offer here at Mount Saint Mary’s.

August 15, 2018

Educational ExcellenceWellness

DPT wellness assessments

Physical therapy program initiatives to help keep athletes safe and healthcare providers healthy.

August 10, 2018

Educational Excellence

Expanded academic slate

This fall, the University offers its first bachelor of fine arts degree and launches two fully online baccalaureate programs.

August 9, 2018
University wins a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.


Building STEM capacity

University wins $1.3 million STEM-building grant from the National Science Foundation.

August 8, 2018
Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary's University.


Making the connection

National women’s commissions gathering in Los Angeles features an MSMU flavor.

August 3, 2018
A woman being interviewed on camera


CSJ Oral History Project

Mount Saint Mary's University has interviewed 55 of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ).

August 2, 2018
Incoming first-year students in MSMU's 2018 Summer JumpStart program.

AlumsCampus LifeSpotlights

Summer JumpStart

Incoming Athenians get a taste of what it takes to succeed at the Mount.

August 1, 2018


Faculty notes: Aug. 2018

What our faculty are up to: Conferences from Chicago to Spain, publications, fellowships and more.

August 1, 2018

ServiceSpirit of the Founders

Training to be advocates

Campus Ministry leaders learn how to advocate for social justice at a Catholic Relief Services student summit.

July 29, 2018

Educational Excellence

Degree with a guarantee

Mount Saint Mary's guarantees admission for transfer students from California community colleges.

July 27, 2018
Students at MSMU Orientation on the lawn

Campus Life

MSMU Orientation

Take a look at one of our 2018 summer orientation sessions.

July 22, 2018

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

New accreditation earned

MSMU receives accreditation for top-notch undergrad, graduate business programs.

June 27, 2018
Mount Saint Mary's faculty will receive new, evidence-based training thanks to the University's selection into the Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance.

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Faculty support

University joins a national consortium that prepares professors with career guidance skills.

June 4, 2018
A '50 Women Can' cohort in training at Mount Saint Mary's Doheny Mansion.


'50 Women Can'

MSMU partners with Take The Lead to equip more women to lead in media and entertainment.

June 1, 2018
MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson was invited to deliver the commencement address to Marymount High School's Class of 2018.


‘No strangers to courage’

MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson delivers commencement address at Marymount High School.

May 30, 2018
Mount alumna and former federal judge Barbara S. Jones '68 has been appointed as 'special master' in a high-profile federal case.


Alumna on the case

Barbara Jones ’68 named special master in high-profile legal case with White House implications.

May 28, 2018
Henry Bouchot '17 MBA campaigning during his race for Whittier City Council.


MBA to city council

MBA alum defeats a longtime incumbent in Whittier City Council race.

May 25, 2018
Grant establishes the Riordan Fund for the Future of Nursing Education at MSMU to increase the pipeline of well-trained nurses entering the regional workforce.

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Nursing grant for MSMU

Riordan Foundation awards $2 million grant to nursing at the Mount.

May 21, 2018
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Campus Life

MSMU WEC 2018 celebration

Mount Saint Mary's Weekend/Evening College celebrates its Class of 2018.

May 20, 2018
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Ready to run...and lead

Mount Saint Mary’s hosts public campaign training to prepare more women to run for office.

May 17, 2018
MSMU Honors scholars at the 2018 Western Regional Honors Council Conference.

Educational ExcellenceGlobalResearch

Advancing research

Honors scholars are doing work that’s making an impact well beyond the Mount’s campuses.

May 14, 2018
Students celebrate after the 2018 Mary's Day ceremony.

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceLeadership

End-of-Year Traditions

MSMU honors the students, staff and faculty who made 2017-2018 another year to remember.

May 11, 2018


Showing appreciation

Annual end-of-year event celebrates the Mount's faculty and staff.

May 11, 2018
Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Speaking

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Carondelet Medal 2018

Presentation of MSMU's highest honor, the Carondelet Medal, to Bernadette Gonzaque Robert '77.

May 10, 2018
Celebrating the Class of 2018.

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceSpotlights

The Class of 2018

Celebrating the accomplishments of Mount Saint Mary's 2018 graduates.

May 9, 2018
Va Lecia Adams Kellum Speaking

Educational ExcellenceSpotlights

Commencement address '18

Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of St. Joseph Center, delivered MSMU's 2018 undergraduate commencement address.

May 9, 2018
Bob Perrins delivering a commencement speech

Educational Excellence

Grad Commencement address

MSMU Provost Robert Perrins delivered the keynote address to graduating members of MSMU's Graduate Division

May 8, 2018
MSMU hosts a day of film screenings as part of the United State of Women 2018 summit.

Campus LifeWomen

Screen time

Mount Saint Mary's hosts a day of film screenings as part of the United State of Women summit.

May 6, 2018
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass at Ready to Run.


From marching to running

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass among elected officials to share advice at MSMU’s campaign training for women.

May 1, 2018
Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson at  the podium


2018 RSWG Recap

MSMU's latest research report shines a spotlight on gender inequities among California's workforce.

April 30, 2018
MSMU students participated in 50/50 Day on April 26, 2018.


Paths to parity

Students lead campus conversations on what it will take to create a more equitable world.

April 27, 2018
Admitted Students Day Banner

Campus Life

Welcome: Doheny ASD

This April, the University welcomed admitted students to its Doheny Campus for a chance to learn more about the Mount.

April 17, 2018
Girl smiling while getting interviewed


Peer Wellness at MSMU

Find out what being a peer wellness advocate is all about from one of our student leaders in the Mount Wellness movement!

April 11, 2018
Admitted Students Day Banner

Campus Life

Welcome: Chalon ASD

This April, the University welcomed admitted students to its Chalon Campus for a chance to learn more about the Mount.

April 10, 2018

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Roy's home

Beloved Mount icon and nursing Living Legend returns after 35 years to teach, mentor and inspire.

April 6, 2018
Nursing students posed for a photograph

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Roy Model's early days

Alums share their memories of Sr. Callista Roy and the early days of the Roy Adaptation Model.

April 6, 2018

Campus LifeWellness

A healthy support system

Peer wellness advocates learn to coach, motivate fellow students on their wellness journey.

April 6, 2018
Wayne Scott Andersen


Lessons from the expert

The Mount's wellness scholar-in-residence gives tips on motivating others to succeed.

April 6, 2018
 Peer wellness advocate Justine Hsiao ’20


Wellness at your own pace

Peer wellness advocate shares lessons learned from a health expert.

April 6, 2018

Educational Excellence

The virtual odyssey

Online poetry writing class pushes classic literature to the edge.

April 6, 2018


A CSJ-inspired career

Profile of Philanthropy: Mount education makes impact on alum's teaching career.

April 6, 2018


Remembering Vairo

Profile of Philanthropy: Beloved nursing professor found great joy in mentoring students.

April 6, 2018
Professor Lia Roberts, PhD, center, with some of the students who traveled to Peru in August 2017 to study the country's healthcare system up close.

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Beyond Borders

Students cross boundaries of nation and discipline to research cancer with a wide-angled lens.

April 6, 2018
Collage of Kennedy Files


The Kennedy Files

Mystery donation to the Archives turns out to be an alum's special collection.

April 6, 2018

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International flavor

Language and Culture Festival brings the world to the Mount.

April 5, 2018
Participants listen to a speaker during a previous Ready to Run training.


Ready to Run '18

MSMU hosts public campaign training to prepare more women to run for office.

April 5, 2018

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Academic showcase

University-wide symposium highlights student and faculty research.

April 4, 2018
Rhiannon Giddens and Lara Downes

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Music Fest, MSMU-style

Women in Music Festival showcases diversity, power of music.

April 2, 2018


Faculty notes: April 2018

Political science professor now leads Los Angeles' Commission on the Status of Women.

April 2, 2018


Spring time = go time

Spring break offers Athenians a chance to travel, explore and serve.

March 31, 2018


Angelenas on the map

MSMU and L.A. Mayor’s Office team up to recognize L.A. women.

March 30, 2018
Attendees in a workshop at the 2018 Critical Teaching in Action conference.

Educational ExcellenceWellness

Health, wellness, justice

Conference helps educators teach and practice self-care.

March 28, 2018
President Ann McElaney-Johnson presents key findings in the 2018 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.


Women in the workforce

2018 Report shines light on persistent gender inequities in California workplace.

March 26, 2018
2018 commencement speaker listing

Educational ExcellenceSpirit of the Founders

Commencement speaker

Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president of St. Joseph Center, named undergrad commencement speaker.

March 16, 2018
Wellness Scholar in Residence Wayne Scott Andersen, MD


A culture of health

A Mount Wellness talk between CWO Bryant Adibe, MD, and Wellness Scholar Wayne Scott Andersen, MD.

March 13, 2018
Sisters sharing at a Feet in the Street event.

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Feet in the Street

Students learn lessons from sisters’ social justice ministries.

March 2, 2018
Art critic David Rubin, left, with “Here Now” exhibition artists Marianne Sadowski, Peter Liashkov, Phung Huynh and Kyung Sun Cho. (Photo by Ellen Giamportone)

The Arts

Immigration and artistry

Featured artists at latest exhibition talk about impact of immigration experience on their work.

March 1, 2018


Faculty notes: March 2018

What our faculty and staff have been up to: an NBA Hall of Fame award, field research around Catalina Island, and more.

March 1, 2018
Scholars and donors mingling at the President's Scholarship Luncheon.


Unstoppable scholars

Students and donors recognized at President’s Scholarship Luncheon.

February 27, 2018
Members of MSMU's 2018 Mock Trial team pose for a photo at the American Mock Trial Association's season-ending regional competition.


The verdict is in

Emely Reardon ’19 wins two awards at Mock Trial competition.

February 25, 2018
Students from the Mount's Black Student Union pose for a photo following a Social Justice Fair on the University's Doheny Campus.

Campus LifeDiversitySpirit of the Founders

Social Justice Week

Students and staff advocate, engage and act on issues of justice.

February 19, 2018

Educational ExcellenceGlobalSpotlights

An educating exhibit

Exhibit based on professor's book compares U.S., Chinese education.

February 13, 2018
Tim Cogshell is interviewed by NBC4's Ted Chen about the Academy Award on Jan. 24.


Faculty notes: Feb. 2018

What our faculty have been up to recently, including an appearance at the United Nations and a local newscast.

February 12, 2018
Students participate in a cycling class during Wellness Week 2018.

Campus LifeSpotlightsWellness

Wellness Week 2018

Eating green, moving more and de-stressing with a week focused on fun, fitness and feeling well.

February 12, 2018
Audience members listen to a discussion during the 2017 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.


Beyond the Report

Mount Saint Mary’s adds new elements to its annual work on gender equity in California.

February 8, 2018


Advancing gender equity

L.A. mayor cites University's gender equity research as a "light to expose shortcomings."

January 26, 2018


New year, same you

Set goals to appreciate who you are and to treat yourself with more compassion.

January 12, 2018
Pacifica Quartet, a Grammy-winning ensemble performing in the Doheny Mansion on Jan. 19.

The Arts

Grand music, grand venues

The Da Camera Society presents lineup for 2018's Doheny Soirees and Chamber Music in Historic Sites series.

January 12, 2018
Women In Music: Koto

SpotlightsThe ArtsWomen

Women in Music Festival

Special event showcases the brilliance of female musicians and music scholars.

January 11, 2018
Women in Hollywood speaker series

SpotlightsThe ArtsWomen

Women in Hollywood

Speaker series brings media and entertainment industry experts to campus.

January 10, 2018
Le Puy Students

GlobalSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

In search of the founders

Students to travel to France in the footsteps of the University's founders.

January 9, 2018


Yoga anywhere

Mount Wellness partners with YogaWorks to offer free online classes to the community.

January 8, 2018


Faculty notes: Jan. 2018

A documentary screening, an op-ed in The Washington Post, and a media interview

January 8, 2018
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz ’69, PhD, was recognized for her work in health care with a prestigious award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF).


A leader in healthcare

Nursing alum earns award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation.

January 8, 2018
MSMU Student Voting


Winning the vote

Mount Saint Mary’s receives Bronze Seal for Excellence in student voter engagement.

December 7, 2017


Holiday de-stress tips

Tips for taking the tension out of holiday celebrations.

December 6, 2017

Campus Life

Skirball Fire updates

Check here for the latest updates on the Skirball Fire.

December 6, 2017

ServiceSpirit of the Founders

Compassionate companion

New volunteer program to pair students with CSJ sisters at Carondelet Center

December 5, 2017
Celebrating the official launch of


Campaign kick-off

Celebrating the official launch of "An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University."

December 4, 2017
Dr. Stephen Inrig on ABC-7


AIDS Pandemic

Stephen Inrig, PhD, associate professor, appeared as a guest expert on L.A.'s ABC-7.

December 4, 2017
Faculty Notes December 2017


Faculty notes: Dec. 2017

Recent publications, presentations and media appearances by University faculty.

December 1, 2017
Beibei Qin, an exchange student from China, shares her experience at Mount Saint Mary’s in Fall 2016 with other students at Nanjing University.

DiversityEducational ExcellenceGlobal

Exchange of experiences

Student exchange programs bring global diversity to the Mount

December 1, 2017
sister judy

Spirit of the Founders

Sister Judy’s life at Alexandria House

“This is my favorite meeting in all the world because it demonstrates life after Alexandria House.”

November 30, 2017

Campus LifeWellness

Stepping into wellness

First-year students learn about eating green, thinking healthy.

November 29, 2017
Ann McElaney-Johnson addressing the crowd


An Unstoppable Campaign

Starting a bold, new chapter in the history of Mount Saint Mary’s University

November 11, 2017


Center's debut

Opening a new hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development.

November 10, 2017

ServiceSpirit of the Founders

CSJ Institute opens

Celebrating the opening of a new space for the Mount's CSJ Institute.

November 10, 2017
Professor Marcos McPeek-Villatoro during a Pop Up Poetry reading at the Chalon Campus on Oct. 24, 2017.

Educational ExcellenceThe Arts

Pop-up poetry

Professor’s passion sparks idea for special poetry readings on campus

November 10, 2017



The transformative power of a Mount education: “An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary’s University”

November 10, 2017
Empowering Excellence at the Mount

CampaignEducational Excellence

Empowering excellence

At the Mount, we graduate intelligent, confident leaders who are extraordinary catalysts for positive change.

November 9, 2017

AlumsEducational ExcellenceSTEM

A STEM believer

Chamelli Jhappan ’79 talks about the need for women in STEM and how the Mount propelled her career.

November 8, 2017
Wellness at the Mount

CampaignCampus LifeWellness

Wellness at the Mount

We are committed to graduating healthy, resilient leaders. Find out how, thanks to our wellness movement.

November 8, 2017
Wellness Pavilion

CampaignCampus LifeWellness

The future of wellness

Our wellness movement is a national model for healthy living. All it needs now is a home.

November 7, 2017
Gladys Olivares '17


Formula for success

Numbers and algorithms are beautiful to Gladys Olivares ’17, a math major with a minor in fine art.

November 6, 2017

AlumsServiceSpirit of the Founders

Answering the call

Hundreds of Athenians turn out for the Mount's 2017 Invitation to Serve.

November 5, 2017
MSMU Open House at the Chalon Campus

Campus Life

MSMU Open House

A quick taste of the energy, passion and camaraderie present at every Mount Saint Mary’s open house for future Athenians!

November 1, 2017
Peer Wellness Advocates

CampaignCampus LifeWellness

Ambassadors of wellness

Peer Wellness Advocates ready to educate and motivate students to take ownership of their health.

November 1, 2017


Meet the Campaign team

Meet the leadership team piloting "An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University."

October 31, 2017
Phylizia Carrillo '17


Transforming lives

A Mount education has made Phylizia Carrillo '17 a "force to be reckoned with."

October 29, 2017
Elizabeth Shokoya '19

CampaignEducational ExcellenceResearch

Intersection of studies

Studying the sciences at a liberal arts university represents the best of both worlds.

October 29, 2017

Campus LifeWellness

Eating well, feeling well

Celebrating National Food Day in a big way at the Mount.

October 26, 2017


Healthy choices

Mount Wellness will focus this year on promoting good nutrition and healthier choices.

October 23, 2017
Advancing Women


Advancing Women

Dynamic 2017 public programming presented by the University’s Center for the Advancement of Women.

October 23, 2017


Creating ‘aha!’ moments

Outstanding Alumnae Awardee Kristin Vanderlip-Taylor ’97 is one of the state’s top art educators.

October 17, 2017


Navigating a path

Outstanding Alumnae Awardee Joy Bejarano ’15 MBA strengthens ties with alums, students and the University.

October 16, 2017

LeadershipSpirit of the Founders

Diversity leadership

Kari Bolen, EdD, is the new director of diversity and inclusion at Mount Saint Mary's.

October 12, 2017

GlobalSpirit of the Founders

Journey to the start

To help us reconnect with our heritage, the CSJ Institute has created a series of Le Puy pilgrimages.

October 2, 2017
Reaching The Summit

Educational ExcellenceWellness

Reaching the summit

A celebration of Mount Saint Mary's 2017 graduating cohort of Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

October 1, 2017

AccoladesEducational ExcellenceWellness

DPT Class of '17

The University's latest Doctor of Physical Therapy cohort is ready to lead.

October 1, 2017

Campus LifeWellness

Fun and games

Students and alums teamed up for an annual Mount tradition: The Athenian Day Games!

October 1, 2017


The AIDS pandemic

Professor co-authors book analyzing lessons learned from global response to AIDS pandemic.

September 27, 2017
The Resilient Leader


The Resilient Leader

Discovering the resilient leader within at Mount Saint Mary's University's 2017 Women's Leadership Conference!

September 27, 2017

AlumsSpirit of the Founders

Finding the way

What do you pack for the journey of a lifetime? Sturdy shoes and an open mind, says Mary Lenihan ‘58

September 25, 2017


Off and running

Since 2013, Ready to Run™ has brought together hundreds of emerging women leaders each year. Some are already making waves.

September 22, 2017


Leadership post

University President Ann McElaney-Johnson is the new chair of the Women's College Coalition.

September 22, 2017
Feature Research River

Educational ExcellenceResearchSTEM

Outdoor labs

From the lab to the field to the water, summertime is research time at the Mount.

September 21, 2017
Claire Atanacio '19


Paying it forward

As one of hundreds of scholarship recipients at the Mount, Claire Atanacio '19 knows that someday she wants to do the giving.

September 20, 2017
Alums Giving Back


Alums Giving Back

From donating to mentoring, Mount alums know the value of giving back, and helping more students become unstoppable.

August 21, 2017
Unstoppable student at MSMU

CampaignEducational ExcellenceLeadership


What makes Mount Saint Mary's University unstoppable? Two words: Our students.

July 7, 2017

Campus LifeWellness

A national movement

Mount Saint Mary's joins the Partnership for a Healthier America.

May 12, 2017
le puy

Spirit of the Founders

Pilgrimage to Le Puy

They Taught us to Move Mountains: Exploring our CSJ Heritage in France

May 11, 2017
shannon green

Spirit of the Founders

Mission Forward: The CSJ Institute

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), set the standard for unstoppable women.

May 11, 2017
Ready to Run 2017


Ready to Run 2017

Women’s experience and leadership are needed in public service. That’s why we present Ready to Run.

April 25, 2017


Time to Flourish

When women flourish, we all flourish. Learn more from our 2017 Report on the Status of Women & Girls in California.

April 12, 2017

CampaignCampus LifeWellness

Mount Wellness

Celebrating the launch of the University's Mount Wellness campaign, and the creation of the Mount’s club sports teams.

March 3, 2017
bonino book

Spirit of the Founders

New book celebrates three sisters

A new book by author MaryAnn Bonino, a Mount Saint Mary’s University professor-at-large emeritus

January 26, 2017

ServiceSpirit of the FoundersWomen

Meet The Sisters

Introducing the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet in Los Angeles: founders and guiding lights at the Mount.

January 14, 2017
callista roy

Spirit of the Founders

Sr. Callista Roy and 50 years of the Roy Adaptation

The Roy Adaptation Model has provided a high-level framework for nursing practice, education and research across the globe.

June 29, 2016