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Dena Habboush '13: Balancing Academics and a Co-Op in Medicine

A student at Drexel University, Dena Habboush '13 knew when she was little that she wanted to help ease the suffering of children. Growing up in America as an Iraqi Christian who was born in the Middle East, she saw too many young victims of war on the news. She knew her calling was to become an emergency medicine pediatrician.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia seemed to be a great match for her interests. She began volunteering there, greeting patients and guiding them through their journey at the hospital. Loving the interaction with parents and children, she applied for a co-op was placed in a position in CHOP's Clinical Research Support Office, eventually moving to the Adolescent Medicine department.

It can be rewarding yet challenging to balance academics and a co-op, but Dena says the Mount prepared her to manage her time wisely with its challenging curriculum. As a biology major, she is thriving academically. She also joined a sorority and is the founder of a medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon.

Dena plans on entering medical school after graduation and is currently preparing for the MCATs.


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Chierika Ukogu '10: From the Olympics to Medical School

Chierika Ukogu is gearing up for the Summer Olympics in Rio, where she'll make history as the first Olympic rower for Nigeria (she has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Nigeria).

When she returns from Rio, she will not give up rowing, but she will be pursuing a doctorate degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She begins on August 15--the day after she returns from Rio! Although she is unsure of her focus, she is interested in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and global health.

Chierika has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember. Her motivation stems from wanting to ease the suffering of others, and going into science seemed like a natural progression. During her time at the Mount and Stanford University, she loved biology, chemistry, and the courses she needed to apply for medical school.

"I like learning things that will ultimately help me reach my goal and help others," Chierika says.

Cherika's goals include not just seeing patients, but also teaching students, being a mentor, conducting research, and being an advocate for members of society that are often neglected.

"Rowing definitely influenced my interest in orthopedic surgery," she says. "I think it would be cool to work with athletes, having been one myself." Another life lesson she learned on the water: don't be afraid to fail.

"When you're faced with failure at every practice, it loses its power over you."


Lizanne Magarity-Pando '81: A Career Steeped in Catholic Tradition

Lizanne Magarity-Pando '81 was recently appointed president of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia. 

She most recently was director of marketing and communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last year, managing events and programs for the gathering. Her efforts to manage the social media platforms of the World Meeting resulted in more than 1 billion impressions during the week of Sept. 22, 2015.

Previously Pando was communications director for the Miraculous Medal Shrine in the city’s Germantown section. She holds a degree in chemistry and business from the University of Delaware.

Pando is no stranger to Catholic education, graduating from Our Mother of Consolation School in Chestnut Hill and the Mount.

The recent appointments were announced by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Catholic Education and Faith in the Future Foundation, which manages the 17 archdiocesan high schools.

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Young Women in Sports

Olivia Kylander '16 was asked to create a video for Young Women in Sport, a non-profit in Massachusetts, that promotes the positive impact of sports in the lives of girls. Jen Fasy '03 produced the video.


Lauren Duda '10 Combines Communications and Science at Lockheed Martin

By Callie Shinkle '17

Lauren Duda has joined her interest in science with her communications expertise as a contributing member of Lockheed Martin's Communications Leadership Development Program (LDP). Lockheed Martin, known for its American aerospace, defense, and security technologies, established LDP as a highly selective corporate development program which works to build communication and leadership skills.

First introduced to Lockheed Martin while a member of the Robotics Team at Mount, Duda developed an interest in communications and introduced herself to Lockheed's communications director while giving a presentation at one of their offices. After keeping in touch with the company through college, she was encouraged to apply for LDP. Her conscientiousness paid off: she was selected for the program and had the opportunity to work in aeronautics in Texas, then in Denver as part of LHM's media and digital social relations division. 

Duda's job involves meeting with reporters to discuss the space program, facilitating interviews, and handling media requests. 

"Telling the Lockheed Martin story through these outlets is especially fun," Duda explains, "because our 'products' include technological things like satellites and spacecraft to explore other planets." 

The dynamic pace combined with the opportunity of working with a variety of communications professionals, while telling stories globally in the space and technology market, is what Duda likes most about her work. She credits much of her success in the field to the strong sense of confidence that Mount instilled in her.


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