October 28, 2010

Local Cyclists and Marymount College Dedicate Drinking Fountain to Fallen Cyclist

On Saturday, Oct. 23, Marymount College and local cyclists joined together to dedicate a drinking fountain on the college’s campus in memory of a Peninsula cycling legend and retired police officer Steve Hartt.  Hartt died tragically in April 2008 when an accident involving a truck took his life while he was returning home from a ride up the famous switchbacks, leading up to Marymount College.  During the dedication a bronze plaque was installed adjacent the fountain in memory of Hartt.

The drinking fountain is located adjacent to the roadway, making hydration accessible to all enthusiasts as they pass by the college.

Marymount College is happy to provide this drinking fountain to thirsty cyclists who need to refill their water supply,” said Marymount College President Dr. Michael S. Brophy.  “Steve Hartt regularly rode his bicycle by our campus and we are pleased to join with the Peninsula cycling community to honor his memory,” said Dr. Brophy.

“Dedicating this drinking fountain to Steve, and his family, at the very place where he so often excelled, at the summit of the switchbacks, was a very generous gesture by the college", said attorney and cyclist Michael Norris. “ We had the cycling community, and Steve's friends, join with us for this special memorial event,” said Norris.

Gathering to dedicate a plaque in the memory of fallen cyclist Steve Hartt, at the drinking fountain located on the Marymount College campus, is Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church Pastor Fr. John F. Provenza; President of Marymount College Dr. Michael S. Brophy; and family members Bret Hartt, Mallory Hartt and Brooks Hartt.

October 20, 2010

Marymount Students Raising Money to Eradicate Polio

A student-led fundraising campaign, “Pennies for Polio,” will take place at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, on Oct. 21 and 22.  Rotaractors will be collecting pocket change from campus students, faculty and staff to provide polio vaccines to children living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria, the only remaining areas of polio victims.

The Rotaract Club, sponsored by the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club, will be collecting funds as part of the Rotary International (RI) effort to end polio.   A sixty-cent donation will provide the life-saving vaccine for one child. RI has raised over a Billion dollars to end polio by 2012 and recently received a $350 Million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to achieve this goal.

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community based or Rotary club sponsored university organizations.

Polio is a contagious, historically devastating disease that was virtually eliminated from the Western hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century. Although polio has plagued humans since ancient times, its most extensive outbreak occurred in the first half of the 1900s before the vaccination, created by Jonas Salk, became widely available in 1955.

At the height of the polio epidemic in 1952, nearly 60,000 cases with more than 3,000 deaths were reported in the United States alone. However, with widespread vaccination, wild-type polio, or polio occurring through natural infection, was eliminated from the United States by 1979 and the Western hemisphere by 1991.

October 01, 2010

Marymount's Family Weekend - Fall 2010

Study travel options    
Is your student interested in a study-abroad opportunity?  Marymount has some great ones!  This session will focus on the opportunities Marymount provides for students to study at Regent’s College in London.  Dr. David Draper, faculty coordinator of the Regent’s program, will share a slide show highlighting the experience of students who recently participated in the summer or fall programs.  Dr. Ghada Masri, professor of Global Studies, will discuss other study abroad options that are currently being developed.
Service Learning
Coordinator of Service Learning, Susan Garman, will be joined by students who have participated in our new Service Learning programs.  All freshmen students are participating in a Service Learning program during their first semester and this session will help participants gain insight into the importance of this College program.
Advising and Career Services
Learn the steps students must take to earn a degree at Marymount College.  Key questions such as “What if I don’t know what my major is?” and “Which degree is right for me?” will be addressed, in the context of developing an Education Plan.  This fall, first-year students will begin developing their Education Plans in their ID 117 class.  Students and parents are invited to join this session to gain a better understanding of this important advising process.
Exciting New majors
Highlighting opportunities for study in our new BA programs, faculty members, Dr. Rex Draman, from the Business Department, and Dr. Duncan Earle, a professor of Global Studies,  will lead this session focusing on trends in Business education and our global world.

Marymount Advantage 
Learn about Marymount’s innovative co-curricular graduation requirement where students’ classroom learning is enhanced by out of the classroom activities.  This session will be led by Dean of Students Shane Armstrong.
For more information please contact:
(310) 303-7254