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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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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.

Caitlin Croke Fries '03: Yoga & Nutrition Expert

A certified yoga instructor with a degree in psychology, Caitlin Croke Fries ’03 has a passion for bringing spirituality and positive thinking to the forefront for young women.

While attending West Chester University, studying psychology with a focus on body image and eating disorders, Caitlin served as President of Sister to Sister, an organization of sorority women that dedicates themselves to promoting positive body image through a series of seminars. The classes often invited guest speakers who focused on nutrition.

Being the eldest of five children, Caitlin had always known that her belief in God and her passion for helping women cope with emotions would lead her to great things. While earning her Master’s in International Peace at Arcadia University, she interned at the Peace Center of Bucks County, training peer mentors in an anti-bullying program.

Her yoga principles and experience from teaching helped her develop a six-week yoga program called "Fearless She.” The program, which Caitlin hopes to develop in local high schools, consists of a 45-minute yoga practice with a theme that incorporates spirituality, body positivity, teambuilding, and open conversation in a support group setting. The program’s goal is engaging and encouraging young women and strengthening their self-confidence.

Caitlin currently works at Drexel University’s College of Medicine teaching yoga to medical students, and at the Breastfeeding Resource Center in Abington, teaching Mommy & Me yoga classes.

Francesca Diliberto '16 Attends Program in Design at Carnegie Mellon

By Maeve McCormick '18

Carnegie Mellon School of Design is one of the most prestigious industrial design programs in the country, accepting only forty of the nation's brightest students annually. Each summer, Carnegie Mellon runs a pre-college program for high school students interested in a career in design. This summer, senior Francesca Diliberto was among those selected to attend. After receiving the long-awaited acceptance letter, she left to begin the six week-long program. She studied different classes, including drawing, painting, digital photography, animation and sculpture.

During the first three weeks, she majored in Industrial Design, and in Communication Design in the last three weeks.

"Industrial Design was my favorite because that's what I'm going to go into as a career...It was like a combination of sciences and the arts because industrial design is innovating things that already exist to make a better design for better use," Diliberto said.

She added that knowing that she will major in Human Computer Interactions, she gained "a better understanding as to how their mission of innovating the future can actually be applied and how you see it as a student."

Rising Fashion Designer: Maddy Sasso '07

By Amanda Mooney '17 and Kristen Bahr '17

Spending her summers in Avalon, NJ, Maddy Sasso '07 understands the dread of saying goodbye to the shore at the end of the season. This is why her up and coming fashion company, Pinkly Perfect, is designed to incorporate the sensation of summer in its pieces, simulating a carefree lifestyle year-round.

After majoring in fashion design at Marist College, Maddy moved to New York City and began working for Donna Morgan as a design assistant. With her new career and chaotic schedule, Maddy found herself missing the relaxation of the Jersey shore. This longing for the beach sparked an idea for a fashion company: Pinkly Perfect.

Designing out of her New York apartment, Maddy felt her life getting a bit hectic. She admits that starting a company can be overwhelming, but it is worth it.

Her fashion line will launch in spring 2016, and will include beachy sweatshirts, tees, tanks, leggings, shorts, towels and tote bags. Maddy’s ultimate goal is to provide teenage girls with comfortable, affordable clothing that creates the feeling of the beach no matter what time of year it is.

Maddy’s advice for Mounties looking to run their own business is, “do it, absolutely don’t wait. If you want to start your own business, nobody else is going to start it for you. It’s never going to be easier than it is now.”

Find Maddy on her social media sites: @pinklyperfect_inc and

Julianna Kardish '16 Explores Process of Fashion Illustration at SCAD

By Grace Sowa '18

This summer in an effort to hone her talents, Julianna Kardish '16 took a one-week seminar at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Each morning, she would take Fasion Illustration, followed by Digital Photography. At night, students particitpated in "camp activities" like movie night or Carnival night.

When asked why she chose to take the fashion illustration course, Kardish reponded, "I've always been interested in fashion, but I never knew the process behind the whole industry."

The process of designing clothes became something that she got to know very well over the week, as students were required to work with one theme (Kardish's was oceans) to create a set of two to four pieces. She also learned how to draw the pieces on croquis, taking advantage of texture and line.

Throughout the week, she snapped pictures as she explored Savannah and learned how to navigate editing programs to manipulate and adjust her pictures.

Even though it was just one week, the seminar gave Kardish great insight into the college life, especially in an art college.

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