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December 11, 2014 - 3:39pm
The Enactus team will be hosting Mount Mercy University’s first Market on the Mount this Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall. This is a free event open to the public. This student-designed event encourages the community to connect with small, local businesses and also serves as a learning tool for students. More than 20 local vendors will be present to advertise their services and products. Some of these products will include handmade jewelry, 2-D artwork, wooden letters, massage therapy, custom flower seed packs and much more.
November 26, 2014 - 12:46pm
‘Tis the season to give! As we grow older and wiser, we learn that the holidays aren’t as much about opening presents as opening our hearts and thinking of others. The rest of the world has caught onto this sentiment too, introducing #GivingTuesday as a refreshing follow-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea behind #GivingTuesday is simple: give something that impacts the recipient in a meaningful way. This year, Mount Mercy is not only participating, but is doing so in a way that could influence hundreds of students’ educational experiences at the university.
November 18, 2014 - 5:07pm
Fifteen Mount Mercy freshmen in Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly’s portal class, Immigrants and Literacy, visited Taylor Elementary School in Cedar Rapids on Oct.17 to read storybooks to children in preschool through fourth grade. They volunteered during Mount Mercy’s Fall Break to participate in the America Reads Challenge, a national initiative to improve the reading skills of elementary-age children. The challenge has been going strong across the country since 1996.
November 17, 2014 - 10:58am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to host Audrey Boone Tillman, executive vice president and general counsel for Aflac Incorporated, on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy University Center. Tillman will be the keynote speaker for the university’s annual Barbara Knapp Speaker Series, an event named in honor of Mount Mercy Board of Trustee Barbara Knapp whose family founded Securities Corporation of Iowa. The series hosts influential speakers on business-related topics of benefit to the campus and greater community.
November 13, 2014 - 10:48am
In October, Mount Mercy University’s criminal justice program hosted local law officials in a panel conversation on police use of force policies in Cedar Rapids and Linn County. The conversation continues on Nov. 18 through a special workshop, Roll of the Dice, Diversity and the Community: A Special Look at Criminal Justice.
November 12, 2014 - 9:38am
Mount Mercy University and Kirkwood Community College have worked together for more than 15 years to provide students with top-quality education. On Friday, Nov. 14, the institutions continue their partnership by signing two new guaranteed admission agreements that will assist both veteran and international students in achieving affordable pathways to a four-year degree.
November 6, 2014 - 10:46am
Governor Branstad announced Mount Mercy University as one of three colleges to be named a Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner (CHAMP) during a press conference in Des Moines on Oct. 27. The governor explained the partnerships will ensure that military personnel have the higher education support needed to achieve future educational goals.
November 5, 2014 - 10:35am
In an effort to promote bicycling as a form of transportation and healthy living, Mount Mercy University has done a number of things to convert the campus to a bike-friendly space. These efforts have led Mount Mercy to receive an honorable mention in the Bicycle Friendly University category from the League of American Bicyclists, one of only two universities in Iowa to be recognized.
November 5, 2014 - 9:38am
Professor of Nursing Dr. Mary Tarbox will explore how the flu pandemic during WWI changed the world’s view of contagious diseases and treatment of disease in the course of her discussion “The Great Flu and Modern Medicine” on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy on Mount Mercy University’s campus.
November 4, 2014 - 11:07am
Students will get extra inspiration to break the boundaries of social comfort zones through a portal class project that encourages meeting new friends over lunch. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Associate Professor of Education Norma Linda Mattingly’s portal class, Immigrants and Literacy: In Pursuit of the American Dream, will organize Mix It Up at Lunch Day. A nation-wide event launched by Teaching Tolerance, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
November 3, 2014 - 10:24am
Buelane Daughtery, a staple amongst Mount Mercy’s community for 31 years, was awarded professor emeritus this fall. Since her retirement as vice president of academic affairs in 2008, she has remained close to Mount Mercy’s nursing program. “Her ability to collaborate with other departments in the university was a special talent, and she helped keep the departments working well together for the success of the university and the students,” said Mary Tarbox, chair of the department of nursing.
October 27, 2014 - 10:18am
For the second consecutive year, Norma Linda Mattingly, associate professor of education, and three of her students collected and delivered donations for the children at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlin, South Dakota. Mount Mercy students Debbie Smith, Kara McCoy and Kate Till took time out of their summer to bring the children over 200 books and other items that included shoes, toothpaste, coats, jackets, soap, hair products and deodorant.
October 24, 2014 - 11:40am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce the name of its soon-to-be outdoor athletic facility: The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex. The name honors Mr. Plaster, co-founder of Enactus—an international student, business and entrepreneurship program with an active chapter on Mount Mercy’s campus—and founder of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Mo.
October 16, 2014 - 10:05am
Julie Sterling, M.D. ’98 and Jennifer Welton ’05 will be honored as part of the Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class of 2014. The annual awards reception spotlights community leaders under the age of 40 who are working to make a positive impact in the Corridor. Dr. Sterling graduated from Mount Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology. She practices at Family Medicine Specialists, P.C. in Cedar Rapids.
October 14, 2014 - 9:33am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce Veterans Free Lunch Fridays beginning October 2014 and running through the academic year. This special program comes on the heels of the university’s pledge to support our troops through signing a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserves this spring and the opening of a Veterans’ Lounge this summer.
October 9, 2014 - 2:42pm
In an effort to raise political awareness among their peers, undergraduate students in Mount Mercy University’s Introduction to American Government arranged to make voting easier for young adults and community members alike. After appraisal and approval of a 100-signature petition by the Linn County Auditor’s Office, Mount Mercy will act as a community-wide satellite voting station on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 8, 2014 - 3:58pm
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October 7, 2014 - 10:25am
National Depression Screening Day, an initiative of Screening for Mental Health, is held every year during Mental Health Awareness Week in an effort to connect individuals with the help needed to overcome depression. This year’s screening day is Thursday, Oct. 9 and Mount Mercy University’s Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic will offer the public free, confidential depression screens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment needed.
October 6, 2014 - 5:46pm
Professors Elizabeth Kleiman and Jitka Stehnova from Mount Mercy University’s Department of Natural and Applied Sciences recently received a financial grant from the Aegon Transamerica Foundation. The grant will help fund ExploreU, Mount Mercy’s week-long summer camp for middle school girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions.
October 2, 2014 - 9:51am
Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country have prompted nation-wide discussions on police use of force. Mount Mercy University’s criminal justice program is hosting a community conversation with local law officials to educate Eastern Iowa on use of force procedures in Linn County.

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