Emeritus is Latin for “well-deserved.” It has been used an academic title of distinction in the modern era. Now the title and its associated privileges have been used for the first time in the 21-year history of ASMS. Its first recipient is Dr. Malcolm Donalson, who after retiring from full-time work at ASMS after 19 years returned as adjunct professor (Latin and History, as well as English), and has now taught at ASMS for 21 years, entering upon year 22. He began in the inaugural year of the school. The author of six scholarly books, he has seen a succession of his students from ASMS go on to major in Latin, Religious Studies and Philosophy. In 2011 he was the featured speaker on the hour-long national ABC radio show “Godtalk” out of Los Angeles; in that hour-long episode he discussed his book on the Egyptian goddess Isis. More recently, his book on a work by Saint Ildefonso of Toledo won the Adele Mellen Book Prize.
This summer, senior Mya Thomas attended the Bridge Program in Math and Science at Sewanee, The University of the South. She took part in a three-week residential experience for 20 rising high school seniors. Students were selected based on “academic performance and their potential to contribute to and enrich campus diversity.” As a result, Thomas was offered a $20,000 scholarship ($5000 per year for four years) to attend Sewanee. Thomas is pictured second from the right.
Christine Sullivan, who has worked as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse and also in private practice, is now the ASMS school nurse. She is the mother of three and enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. “Our students make this a great place to work,” she says. She also says that she is guided in her practice by the quote: “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Her office is located on the first floor of the Administration building outside of the cafeteria. Sullivan is pictured on the right in blue.
A lot of hard work and preparation went into preparing for Move In Day 2012. Although the Office of Student Services coordinates the day’s events, others offered a helping hand, including the Parent Association, the Development Office, RLSTs, Ambassadors, and the Finance Office. “We are happy and excited to have our students back for the 2012-2013 school year,” says Student Services Director Dr. Monica Motley. “This is going to be a great school year and we are already off to a solid start. Thanks to everyone who helped on Move In Day.”