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September 29, 2014 - 10:43am
Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen will present ideas for fostering professional success during Women Honoring Innovation & Passion (WHIP) on Thursday, Oct. 9. Three Sixty Blue Sky Events, an organization committed to the professional growth of women, will host WHIP at the Doubletree by Hilton Conference Center in downtown Cedar Rapids from 8 a.m. - noon.
September 28, 2014 - 5:18pm
The Mount Mercy University community is mourning the loss of Danny DeBacker, a senior from Orion, Ill., who was killed in an automobile accident early the morning of Sept. 28. DeBacker, 22, was a double major in psychology and biology and a member of the Mount Mercy men's basketball team, as well as track and field, who transferred from Black Hawk Community College in 2013. Service arrangements are pending. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Danny's family and friends during this difficult time.
September 22, 2014 - 2:12pm
The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings has named Mount Mercy University in the top 25 Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest.  U.S. News & World Report rankings are instrumental tools for students choosing which college or university is best suited for their unique needs.
September 18, 2014 - 9:30am
Mount Mercy University will pause to reflect on the institution's unique Mercy heritage during Mercy and Mission week Sept. 21 - 27. As part of the week-long celebration, Sisters of Mercy help students connect classroom teachings to the Sisters’ critical concerns— immigration, nonviolence, women and environmental issues. Faculty and staff gain insights from the Sisters on how their work across campus can connect to the critical concerns in a powerful way.
September 17, 2014 - 12:34pm
Mount Mercy University welcomes author Kerry Weber to campus in the Chapel of Mercy on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. as part of the university’s Mercy and Mission Week festivities.
September 16, 2014 - 10:03am
Mount Mercy is pleased to announce August 2014 graduates. Congratulations to all! Stay connected to Mount Mercy by liking the Mount Mercy Alumni Facebook page. Anna Adam, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude Marissa Albracht, Bachelor of Arts            Jennifer Amos, Bachelor of Business Administration        Estelle Armstrong, Master of Arts           
September 15, 2014 - 3:47pm
Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., will be inaugurated as Mount Mercy University’s ninth president on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The 2 p.m. installation ceremony will be held in the Hennessey Recreation Center gymnasium on Mount Mercy’s campus.
September 11, 2014 - 10:45am
Doug Brock will become Mount Mercy University’s vice president for finance and business operations this September. Brock, a CPA, brings 20 years of financial expertise to the role. “Doug has exhibited a true passion for the Mercy mission, not only professionally, but through his community volunteer work as well,” said Mount Mercy President Laurie Hamen. “We’re pleased to welcome him to campus this fall.” Brock obtained his M.A. in accounting from the University of Iowa and looks forward to utilizing his skills in the nonprofit sector.
September 8, 2014 - 6:05pm
Vocalists from the Vocal Arts Studio of Dr. Bradley T. Barrett will present a benefit performance in support of Mount Mercy University’s music department on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Warde Hall’s Stello Performance Hall on Mount Mercy’s campus. Artists will present magnificent arias from cherished operas.
September 4, 2014 - 6:11pm
Mount Mercy University will welcome alumni back to campus to celebrate Homecoming on the Hill Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2014. “In Linn County alone, nearly 6,000 Mount Mercy graduates help shape Iowa’s Creative Corridor and contribute to the vibrancy of their communities,” said Catherine Shafer, executive director for advancement services. “Homecoming offers an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and reminisce with old friends and while enjoying campus with their families.”  
August 26, 2014 - 2:35pm
Mount Mercy University will honor the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community with celebration events in honor of the Sisters’ longstanding support and contributions to the university over its 86 year history. During events this fall, the university will rededicate its University Center as “Sisters of Mercy University Center” in homage to the steadfast support of the Sisters since they founded Mount Mercy in 1928.
August 25, 2014 - 1:31pm
Malinda Jensen joined Mount Mercy University as dean of students and director of residence life on July 14. Malinda brings ten years of experience to her new role at Mount Mercy. “Malinda is an MMU alumna and we’re excited to welcome her back to campus,” stated Rob Callahan, Mount Mercy’s vice president for enrollment and student services. “She’s a fantastic leader with an enthusiasm for the University that’s contagious.”
August 19, 2014 - 10:31am
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War I and Mount Mercy University invites the community to reflect on the legacy of The Great War during the university’s fall semester series: A Century of Glory and Shame. From discussions on the flu pandemic to propaganda to the impact of the war in Iowa, the series offers a historical backdrop of interest to a variety of people. All events in A Century of Glory and Shame are free and open to the public.
August 14, 2014 - 10:47am
In 2012 Mount Mercy University announced plans to renovate a former army and navy training facility on the city’s NE side into a state-of-the-art graduate center. The center opened its doors for classes in 2013. “This fall marks one year since our graduate programs have called the Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center home,” said Associate Provost Tom Castle. “It’s a beautiful space with study areas, a conference room for community use, and cutting-edge classrooms.”
August 12, 2014 - 9:49am
Mount Mercy University is proud to announce a lead gift from the Lavern T. and Audrey Busse Foundation for the development of the University’s new softball complex. Busse Field will be located within the outdoor athletic complex at 909 17th Street NE just blocks from the University’s main campus. An endowed scholarship for softball will also be established as a result of this contribution. 
August 8, 2014 - 12:06pm
Mount Mercy welcomes Jane C. Meyer, Ph.D., to the university’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Meyer is a 1982 Mount Mercy alumna and the senior associate director of athletics for The University of Iowa. “Dr. Meyer’s exceptional leadership in athletics along with her tremendous experience in higher education will be extremely beneficial as the University welcomes the exciting days ahead,” said Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen.
July 31, 2014 - 12:38pm
Dr. Jacob Christenson, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy and clinical director of Mount Mercy’s Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic has been named a member of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) editorial board. JMFT is a periodical of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and circulates world-wide to over 35,000 readers. As part of the five-year term on the editorial board, Christenson will write approximately four reviews per year.
July 29, 2014 - 9:48am
Mount Mercy University invites high school students and their families to visit campus during Iowa Private College Week August 4 - 8. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour campus, meet with professors, coaches and current students, and learn about the university’s exciting academics and campus life. Sessions are available at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. each day of the week.
July 21, 2014 - 12:29pm
A 1990s large-scale study by San Diego medical doctor Vincent Fellitti and Dr. Robert Anda of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked childhood trauma to poor adult health. These childhood traumas have been dubbed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and are based on factors of abuse, divorce, imprisonment and substance use. ACEs have been at the forefront of many recent community conversations as social service organizations discuss what can be done locally to break this damaging cycle.
July 18, 2014 - 2:23pm
Veterans attending Mount Mercy University have a new place to network. In June, the university opened a lounge on the first level of Warde Hall specifically for service men and women to call their own. “With computer stations and a printer, microwave and mini-fridge, meeting table and comfortable seating, we hope the lounge offers a welcoming place for veterans to connect with one another as well as to study and relax in between classes,” said Rob Callahan, vice president for enrollment management at Mount Mercy.

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