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August 26, 2013

A new graduating class becomes a Mt. Aloysius milestone

— Some recent graduates of Mount Aloysius College have reason to pat themselves on the back.

Members of the first graduating class of masters level community counseling have passed the national boards.

With their 100 percent accreditation pass rate, the college’s community counseling grads also scored above the national average in every tested category, surpassing the national average for the exam issued by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley said the group’s excellent academic performance has been matched by their achievement of 100 percent professional accreditation.

“This inaugural class of community counseling graduate students has excelled as a group, and now stands ready to achieve great things as counseling professionals,” he said.

“Certainly we’re proud of each one of them. We believe that the design of this master’s program in community counseling will prove to be an asset to the community and a blessing for those in need of their services. And finally, we commend our faculty who brought typical Mount Aloysius one-on-one support and personal attention to these fine students.”

Assistant professor David Haschak, coordinator of the community counseling program, said the major continues to gain in popularity.

“This 48-credit major allows graduates to pursue employment in a variety of social service agencies, including mental health centers, correctional facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, health care institutions and other business settings,” he said.

Graduates earning the master of science degree in community counseling in May who passed the national board exam are: Trista D. Conway, Tyrone; Emily Ann Cyburt, Windber; Trista M. Haynes, Tyrone; Jessica R. Quigley, Altoona; Tessa L. Sawyer, Mineral Point; Kristen C. Scott-Larson, Cairnbrook; Mary Ann Sigrist, Newry; and Whitney Alayne Veres, Johnstown.

Mount Aloysius added the graduate-level program to the college’s course offerings in 2010.

Kelly Urban is a general assignment reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

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