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Commerce Secretary Mike Gill Focused on Mount St. Mary’s Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship Programs During Campus Visit

Communications Staff

Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill visited Mount St. Mary’s University on December 18 for a morning focused on two of the Mount’s newest majors that offer students experiential education and excellent job prospects upon graduation: cybersecurity and entrepreneurship.

president-trainor-and-secretary-gill.jpgThe programs allow students to continue pursuing studies in the most cutting-edge fields of the day while still benefiting from a liberal arts tradition that teaches them to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

While visiting Mount St. Mary’s, Secretary Gill met with President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., and toured the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship and the Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Data (CSCD) suite.

After touring the cybersecurity lab with Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, and Professors Athar Rafiq and Rebecca Portier, Gill declared the importance of the Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity degree, noting that, “opportunities are unlimited for students who graduate from programs like this one.”

secretary-gill-in-cyberlab.jpgAt the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship, Christine Adamow, director of the center, described the new undergraduate major and minor in entrepreneurship, which will be offered beginning in January 2018. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines in-class activities with experiential, hands-on problem solving. Among the immersive ideas being considered to give students the opportunity to actualize ideas are a coffee shop, a brewery with hops grown on land adjacent to campus, and a makerspace.

Gill, who founded AMERICOM, a provider of cellular products and services to businesses in the Baltimore area, discussed the importance of having partners for entrepreneurial initiatives on campus. “The purpose of an entrepreneurship center is to bring ideas to the surface,” he said. “Partnerships allow the ideas to become reality.” He also stressed the importance of encouragement, enthusiasm and engagement.

The Palmieri Center tour included Professors Donald E. Butt Jr. and Nick Hutchings, MFA, who both will be teaching entrepreneurship courses, Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs Sr., Jane Graves, DC, board chair of Seton Center Inc., and Sr. Martha Beaudoin, DC, director of Seton Center Inc.

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