The Mary Catherine McAuley Award is presented to the graduate who, in addition to a high scholastic ranking of a 3.0 or above, has exemplified to a marked degree cooperation with administration, faculty and students; integrity in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. The award is named for Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.
Wood served as the editor and business manager of the student newspaper, The Mount Mercy Times; was a member of Student Government Association; was part of the first STEPS (Striving Towards Engaged and Purposeful Servant-Leadership) class at Mount Mercy; and served as a resident assistant. He participated in band, choir and theater, has been involved with the sustainability task force on campus, as well as the Green/Outdoor Recreation Club. Wood is an intern in the Office of Communications & Marketing at Mount Mercy, where he will continue working throughout the summer.
He was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Wood was also profiled in the Corridor Business Journal as a college student making a difference in the Corridor. He has volunteered time in the community at Four Oaks the Bridge and the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. He will continue his education working towards his master's degree in the fall. He hopes to pursue a career in residence life on a college campus someday.