MMU recognizes employees with dinner, celebration, awards

Mount Mercy University celebrated employees during the May 5 Employee Appreciation & Awards Dinner, held at the CRST International Graduate Center. During the event, two inaugural awards were given for outstanding service to the campus community.

Dr. Nate Klein, assistant professor of business, was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award named after Sister Mary Wilma Wolf. Wolf served as faculty from 1945 to 1988. After retirement, she began a new ministry of volunteerism at Mercy Medical Center before her death in 2015.

Klein, a 2007 graduate of Mount Mercy, joined the Department of Business in 2014. Among many duties, he serves as advisor to the Enactus team—competing again this year at the national level. In addition to his business degree from Mount Mercy, Klein has an MBA from Emory University and a doctorate from Creighton University.

“Dr. Nate Klein is an exemplary member of our faculty,” said University President Laurie Hamen.  “He truly cares for his students and has made a unique and extraordinary contribution to their academic experience.  Beyond students, Nate has cultivated deep and valuable relationships in the community—for his wonderful example and many contributions we are thankful.”

Roberta Bean, administrative assistant in the Department of Nursing, was the recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award named after Sister Mary Eleanor Cashman. Cashman served Mount Mercy students for more than 40 years as registrar and associate registrar before retiring in 1987 at the age of 80. She also served as Mother Superior at Sacred Heart Convent for six years.

Bean has supported the nursing department at Mount Mercy since 1977, where she is loved by faculty and students alike.

“Throughout the evolution of the institution, over the last 40 years, a consistent, dedicated, faithful employee has kept the ship afloat: Ms. Roberta Bean,” Hamen said.  “She has dedicated much of her life to serving and we are ever grateful for her commitment to the people and mission of Mount Mercy University.”  

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