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Mount Celebrates Students’ Academic Achievements

Mar 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

At the recent academic investiture ceremony, freshmen and transfer students were welcomed into the Mount Saint Mary College community as official degree candidates, and received the tassels that they will wear at commencement.

After the invocation prayer lead by campus chaplain Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, college president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, welcomed the freshman class.

Nursing student Bradley Moody of Poughkeepsie, freshman president, noted, “You have made great progress in your academics. Now it’s time to explore…it is in the realm of the unknown where growth and success are found. Graduation is right around the corner.”

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Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM (far left), president of Mount Saint Mary College, applauds after a speech by freshman class president Bradley Moody (standing).

In her keynote address to the students, Iris Turkenkopf, vice president for academic affairs, discussed how the Mount will prepare them for the future.

“Being an adult is much more than just reaching a specific age,” she said. Adults have “knowledge and skills to think through complex issues and make reasonable decisions,” as well as a fine-tuned “moral compass” that guides their choices.

A Mount education, she added, helps build students into autonomous, reasonable, and ethical young adults with “a passion for lifelong learning.”

“This process of becoming an adult does not take place overnight,” she said. “The four years that you will spend as a Mount student give you both time and the opportunity to take advantage of all that we offer. Keep an open mind, work hard, engage in discussions with your professors and fellow students, expose yourself to different ideas, meet new people, and learn how to collaborate and cooperate to achieve your goals.”

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Iris Turkenkopf, vice president for academic affairs, spoke to the class of 2016 about their journey to adulthood.

Turkenkopf’s distinguished 39-year career at Mount Saint Mary College has included appointments as professor of biology and chair of the division of natural sciences. She has served as vice president of academic affairs and academic dean of the college for nearly a decade.

While pursuing an active research program in nutrition, she has worked throughout her career to advance science education at the Mount. Turkenkopf was co-principal investigator of a Nation Science Foundation award of about $200,000, to develop and implement mathematics and science courses for students in the college’s childhood education program.

She holds a PhD in nutrition from Columbia University, a master’s degree in biology from Vassar College, and a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Turkenkopf resides in Poughkeepsie.

The Mount offers comprehensive study in health professions, business, education, social services, communication/media, natural sciences, and more, plus master’s degrees in business, education and nursing.


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