Bishop Maginn & Maria College Partnership

Maria College has created a pathway for Bishop Maginn High School (Albany, NY) students to receive college credits from courses taught by Maria professors. This new, individualized model, that Bishop Maginn describes as, CLASS (Customized Learning Accelerates Student Success), will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • graduate high school with college credits
  • choose from courses not typically offered at high schools in the region
  • participate in internship programs  Note: this is independent of the Maria College experience and a program that exists for all Bishop Maginn students

ABOUT MARIA COLLEGE

Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY

Founded and sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, the private, co-ed college provides education for healthcare and service.  Courses are offered in flexible formats; day, evening, and weekend classes.  Academic majors include four and two year degrees and certificates.  Many services are offered to support students' personal, spiritual, and professional success. 

"Maria College is excited to welcome the Bishop Maginn participating students into the Maria community.  Their immersion into advanced academic material will give them a head start on their college education and will provide them a competitive edge by earning college credits in high school.  This experience will enhance their career readiness focus by motivating them to pursue post-secondary education.  The shared Catholic faith based missions of our two institutions also lays a rich foundation for students to pursue careers where they can give back and help others in need.  Our collaboration is a commitment to empowering students through education and preparing students for meaningful work and life."

Dr. Thomas J. Gamble, Maria College President

ABOUT BISHOP MAGINN

Bishop Maginn
75 Park Avenue
Albany, NY

Administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, the 9th grade to 12th grade high school welcomes students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds.  College-prep, global learning opportunities in health care, government, and the arts are offered.  Small classes allow individual attention to develop a student’s potential. 

"This new approach takes learning beyond the walls of the classroom, combining strong academics with real-world experience."

Christopher Signor, Principal of Bishop Maginn

MEET THE PROFESSORS

Scott Homer ’95, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director and Health Sciences Department Chair.  

He has extensive clinical experience as a COTA and registered occupational therapist (OTR), is a regular presenter at the New York State Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, and teaches workshops on anatomy, kinesiology, and neurology. Scott has a master’s degree in OT from Utica College of Syracuse University. His chapter, “Ensuring Purposeful and Meaningful Interventions,” is featured in the textbook, Foundations of Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Barbara Ruslander
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Assistant Professor Barbara (Murawski) Ruslander is returning to her roots. She is a 1977 graduate of Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School, one of the Heritage Schools that were the foundation of the Bishop Maginn High School. After graduating magna cum laude from The College of Saint Rose, Barbara actually returned there to teach mathematics from 1981-1985. After completing her Master’s degree at Union College, and with a strong commitment to the Catholic school tradition, she has been teaching mathematics at Maria College ever since. As an advocate for student learning in a supportive environment, Barbara integrates academic support strategies and engaging learning activities into her teaching methods. She is looking forward to the Maria-Maginn partnership as a “coming home” and is looking forward to giving back to the Maginn community. 

Dr. Keylon L. Cheeseman
Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

Dr. Keylon L. Cheeseman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Management at Maria College.  Keylon has more than 15 years of experience in science education and research at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level.  He is an enthusiastic and engaging Professor who previously worked at SUNY Schenectady County Community College as the Coordinator of the College's brand new Biotechnology Facility, and Faculty Member through the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty.  Keylon holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology and Immunology from Albany Medical College and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Andrews University.   Dr. Cheeseman's currently conducting research mapping the ribosomal DNA (rDNA) gene of Chamaelirium luteum's genome.

COURSES OFFERED

Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 209 - 4 credits

The first semester of a two-semester sequence that introduces the structure and function of the human body, with an emphasis on providing a foundation for the study of pathological conditions. The processes by which the body maintains a stable internal environment (homeostasis) are stressed throughout. Topics include an introduction to the human body; a review of general chemistry; an introduction to biological chemistry; cells; tissues; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance; the integumentary; the skeletal system; articulations; nerve tissue; and muscle tissue. Laboratory exercises that complement and supplement the lecture material will include regional terminology; the axial skeleton; the appendicular skeleton; articulations; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base dynamics; nerve tissue physiology; and skeletal muscles.

Statistics
MAT 200 - 3 credits

This comprehensive course is designed to provide students with the groundwork for success in statistics by familiarizing them with the major concepts and tools for collecting, organizing, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. The principles of both descriptive and inferential statistics are covered. Students work with the principles of statistical data collection; develop the skills of descriptive statistical computations; investigate central tendency, variability, and measures of location of scores within distributions; examine the role of probability related to sampling; consider the role of and rules of sampling in planning and conducting a research study; and employ the principles and computations of inferential statistics to establish formal, quantitative relationships between samples and populations in order to answer questions and draw conclusions about populations and their parameters.