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Mount Marty College Announces New Student Affairs Staff


Published Date7\23\2012
After unique turnover in the office of Student Affairs at Mount Marty College, the institution is excited to welcome the new team to campus. Vice President of Student Affairs at Mount Marty College, Sarah Carda, will lead the team with her eleven years of experience at MMC.

"I was excited to welcome all the new faces to MMC," commented Carda. "They all have a lot of enthusiasm for their positions and the students will be able to feel that. Some of these individuals come from other parts of the country as well and they each will bring a great skill set and experience to us."

Director of Campus Ministry - S. Mary Jo Polak. Sister Polak has been serving Mount Marty College as the part-time coordinator of disability services and as a volunteer counselor. Her main task in her new position will be to coordinate and maintain religious activities for all major faith groups on the MMC campus.

Director of Disability Services and Residence Hall Director - Emily Johnson. Johnson comes to the position with a professional background in social work. She has residence hall experience from her time at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. With the goal of her position being to develop and implement day-to-day activities and programs that enhance Mount Marty’s community, Johnson has valuable experience to pull from. Johnson has relocated to Yankton with her husband and son from Hudson, WI.

Residence Hall Director - John "Jake" Kidney. Kidney comes to Mount Marty College after serving in the same capacity at the University of South Dakota. There he worked with all age range of students in on-campus housing. He is familiar with student programming and the logistics of directing a residence hall. In addition to his work in residence life, Kidney also was previously the owner/director for the Art House Gallery in Yankton. Kidney will relocate to Yankton from Vermillion, SD.

Director of Student Activities - John Bennett. With a familiarity in student activities and student programming, Bennett joins the MMC community with a strong background in the areas. Having recently served in similar capacities at Florida Institute of Technology and Ball State University, he is well equipped for the position. With student programming already underway, Bennett has relocated to Yankton from W. Melbourne, FL.

All of the new staff began their employment with Mount Marty College during the first part of July. One final position, the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry is still to be named.