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Mount Mary Has A Drone

The DJI Phantom 4 drone (right) comes with a hand-held controller (left) that connects to a smartphone or tablet via USB.

The DJI Phantom 4 drone (right) comes with a hand-held controller (left) that connects to a smartphone or tablet.

In late August 2016, Mount Mary University’s marketing department purchased a drone for shooting promotional photos and videos of the campus.

Kou Vang, senior graphic designer for Mount Mary’s marketing department, is certified to operate the drone. She maneuvers it with a hand-held controller, viewing the drone’s camera feed with a smartphone. Using the onboard camera, she can capture images from the perspective of a student walking on campus or from as high as 350 feet overhead.

 

Check It Off

My Mount Mary has a new to-do list feature that shows the status of important tasks like class registration and tuition payments at a glance. To view it, log on to My Mount Mary and click on the My Academics tab.

According to Angela Sarni, director of financial aid, “there could be a delay with updating the status once an item is completed.  For example if a student completes their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on a Friday night, the item will not be marked as completed until the financial aid office is able to process the following Monday.”

 

Learning with Lynda.com

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Want to learn digital photography, web design or another skill on your own schedule? Check out Lynda.com, available to Mount Mary University students through their My Mount Mary accounts in the Quick Links sidebar. You can log on using your Mount Mary username and password.

Lynda.com features video courses that vary from 15 minutes to 10 hours in length, and are always taught by an expert in the field. The courses are split up by section and topic so you can easily walk away and come back or listen to just one lesson.

 

Growing Together

Mount Mary’s community garden, consisting of two 16-by-20-foot plots, has provided fresh produce to local food pantries since 2007.

Mount Mary’s community garden, consisting of two 16-by-20-foot plots, has provided fresh produce to local food pantries since 2007.

Mount Mary’s community garden was started in April 2007 through the teamwork of students, faculty, and building and grounds staff. All of the garden’s produce is donated to the Northwest Baptist Church food pantry near campus. Students in the sociology and dietetics programs work together to plan and implement the garden each year.

Ncais Vang, a junior with a sociology major and a food and nutrition minor, was the garden intern for the summer of 2016. She coordinated volunteers, tended the garden, delivered the vegetables to the food pantry and educated the campus community about the garden.

“What I liked the most was to watch the plants grow and see the community eat the food I grew,” Vang said. “I had a good experience and was able to identify my career path even better because I had this hands-on experience.”

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