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Graphic Design students gathered together for an art critique.

Mount Senior Earns Award for Art Excellence

Mount senior Evan Lolli from Lebanon, Ohio, was one of six students to receive the 2013 Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. This year’s competition included students from more member institutions than ever in the award’s six-year history, with arguably its most diverse group of portfolios. The students were judged by a dozen arts faculty members from AICUO-member campuses after being nominated by their institution as outstanding seniors. Their work went on to be judged by 11 visual arts community leaders from across Ohio, and a leading Ohio legislator, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, chairman of the House Higher Education Finance Subcommittee, to determine the grand award winner. The awards were presented April 3 at Denison University. Lolli is majoring in fine arts with minors in art history, illustration and photography.

Playhouse in the Park Brings “Off the Hill”to the Mount

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “Off the Hill” outreach program came to the Mount for two productions, “Accidental Friends” on Oct. 27, and “The Travelling Jekyll & Hyde Show” on Feb. 23. Both shows were presented in the Recital Hall. Playhouse in the Park (located in Mt. Adams) partners with many of the region’s community arts centers to bring plays “Off the Hill” to families throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.

The Mount Welcomes Relay For Life

The Mount is now hosting Relay For Life for the west side of Cincinnati. The event will start Friday, May 17, at 6 p.m., and run overnight until Saturday morning at Schueler Field on the Mount’s campus. Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and is an organized, overnight community walk. Teams of people will camp out around the track at Schueler Field, and members of each team will take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities will provide entertainment and camaraderie, and the event will offer a family-friendly environment for both the Mount and the surrounding community. For more information, visit the event website

Mount Teams End Season with Honors

The Mount women’s volleyball team won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament in November with wins over Defiance College and Transylvania University. The tournament win earned the team a spot in the NCAA
Division III Regional Tournament, where the Lions lost in the first round to third-ranked Washington (MO) University at Elmhurst College in Illinois. The team ended the season with additional honors. Junior Nicole Sherpensky was named HCAC tournament MVP, and also First Team All-HCAC. Junior Bethani Ritter and senior Jaclyn Stenger were also named First Team All-HCAC, and senior Michelle Woods was chosen as honorable mention All-HCAC.

Also making news, the men’s basketball team qualified for the HCAC tournament for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.
Congrats to all team accomplishments this year!

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Splinting for the Win

For the second straight year, a team of second-year graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the Mount created a structure from splinting materials to win the second annual Crosstown Splint Off, a fun competition between the Mount’s physical therapy students and Xavier University’soccupational therapy students. This year’s challenge was to create a structure that represented health and wellness using three different splint materials and no more than four non-splint components. The winning Mount team crafted a movable scale with health and wellness elements. In addition to bragging rights and a “handmade” trophy, the competition gives students an interdisciplinary approach to a better understanding of other health professions.

Artwork by Mount Students Displayed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The new Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) facility in Green Township, Ohio, includes 36 posters by Mount sophomore graphic design students led by Beth Belknap-Brann, M.Des, and Joell Angel-Chumbley, M.F.A., ’92, both professors in the department of graphic design. The hospital invited the Mount, as well as several schools in the Oak Hills Local School District, to have students design artwork for the new facility. Kolar Design and the nonprofit organization ArtWorks collaborated with the Mount students on the project during the fall semester. Students used the color palette that is tied into the CCHMC brand, resulting in posters that are upbeat, calming and intriguing. The students
created a series of original posters that feature recognizable Cincnnati west side icons within the designs. The “seek-and-find” concept will be used as a game for waiting patients and their parents. Some of the west side connections hidden within the posters include Western Bowl, cornhole and football. The new medical center is expected to open in late April 2013.

Mount Student Runs to Fight Hunger

Elizabeth Paff, a member of the Leadership Pathways program at the Mount, has been running to raise donations for Edesia, a nonprofit organization that produces Plumpy Nut, a food used to treat potentially deadly child malnutrition. Every minute Paff runs equals one donation of a Plumpy Nut meal, and Paff has logged over 1,000 minutes. She also used a sponsor to raise donations of close to 600 meals, and continued that fundraising through the holidays. The total of her fundraiser has so far exceeded 800 meals. Plumpy Nut is used by aid agencies in conflict, disaster and poverty zones around the world.

New Online Programs in Nuring and Education

The Mount now offers two new fully-online programs. The RN to BSN program allows registered nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) online, beginning in May. Teachers who are licensed in Ohio can earn a second licensure in multicultural special education (MSE) online. The license allows teachers to work in special education for grades K-12, one of the fastest growing areas in education. Courses for the online MSE license begin in June. For more information go to