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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.
July 16, 2014 - 3:00pm
Eleven nursing students and their instructor Juh Shin from Seoul, Korea visited Mount Mercy’s campus on July 15. Assistant Professor of Nursing Elaine Cook guided the students through the clinical simulation lab, the mock care environments where MMU nursing students practice classroom skills in lifelike scenarios. The visit gave students a chance to explore the nursing curriculum of an American university, and ask questions about the differences and similarities in the learning experience.
Jason Furler, SID
July 10, 2014 - 10:11am
The Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) announced Mount Mercy’s Jason Furler ‘95 as their 2013-2014 Sports Information Director of the Year on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Furler, sports information director and athletic facility manager, has been with the University for 19 years. He is the primary media contact for Mount Mercy’s 15 athletic teams and handles logistics for all home sporting events.
English professor, Mary Vermillion
July 10, 2014 - 9:51am
Mount Mercy English professor Mary Vermillion recently published an article in Literature Interpretation Theory, a journal of literary analyses. Her piece explores author Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres, a 1991 rewriting of Shakespeare’s King Lear. “I’m excited about the article because it combines several of my favorite teaching interests: Shakespeare, novels, feminism and social justice,” said Vermillion.
July 9, 2014 - 4:46pm
Mount Mercy is pleased to announce spring 2014 graduates for February, May and June. Congratulations to all! Stay connected to Mount Mercy by liking the Mount Mercy Alumni Facebook page. Spring 2014 graduates include: Aaron Ackman William Allen Mickala Anderson Cody Ayers Riley Banes Robinn Bardell Jordan Barnes Justin Bascom Emily Beal Sarah Beck
July 7, 2014 - 5:30pm
Assistant Director of Admissions Hannah Suddendorf received the Iowa Association of College Admission Counseling’s (ACAC) Rising Star Award. This annual award recognizes one outstanding admission staff who exemplifies excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in transition from high school to college. Suddendorf is the only Iowan to receive this honor in 2014. She is also Iowa’s nominee for the National Association of Admission Counseling’s Rising Star Award. That winner will be announced in September.
July 2, 2014 - 2:33pm
Veterans and PTSD By Nicole Brighton, Student-Therapist Thousands of men and women serve in the military all over the world. Upon returning home from overseas, some personnel struggle to adapt to the major transition from active soldier to civilian. A person may feel bombarded by a multitude of different stressors, including relationships, finances, employment, and a feeling of uncertainty about the future. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also result from this life-transition.
June 27, 2014 - 11:29am
Each year, Mount Mercy selects one incoming freshman to receive the Sister Mary Ildephonse Holland Scholarship, a full-tuition award. The Holland Scholar is selected based on ACT score and cumulative GPA, community service and extra-curricular activities, as well as participation in the university’s Scholarship Day Invitational. This year, Kennidee De Vilbiss from Ossian, Iowa was selected from a group of 100 applicants. Kennidee was a valedictorian of South Winneshiek High School class of 2014. She was involved in track, cross country, and choir. 
Music major shines in the Theatre Cedar Rapids production of Les Misérables
June 20, 2014 - 11:42am
As the curtain rises on the world-famous production of Les Misérables at Theatre Cedar Rapids tonight, one Mount Mercy University student promises to shine. Sophomore Julia Simons will bring to life Cosette, a lead character in the beloved show.
June 19, 2014 - 10:19am
Congratulations to the following students named to the Dean's List for the spring 2014 semester. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List.
June 18, 2014 - 2:51pm
As the state of Iowa puts a cap on the primaries of last week, Director of International Recruiting and Integration Catharine Cashner settles back into her office at Mount Mercy after serving as a short-term observer for the early presidential elections in Ukraine.
oldest living alumna
June 18, 2014 - 2:45pm
On June 19, Mount Mercy’s oldest living alumna Frances McLaughlin Stauffacher JC’31 celebrates her 103rd birthday. Mrs. Stauffacher has experienced some amazing things over 103 years. She has been a teacher, worked for a life insurance company, and was a recreation worker for the American Red Cross during World War II. Mount Mercy wishes the very happiest of birthdays to Mrs. Stauffacher!
June 17, 2014 - 12:17pm
A group with roots in both Cedar Rapids and Slovakia has been chosen as the high school honors quartet for the 12th annual Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, June 16-22. The members of the quartet are the oldest four of the eight children of Tracy and Brenda Lesan. Violist Jacob was born in Cedar Rapids, while sisters Anna, Jennifer (both violin) and Rebekah (cello) were born in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, where the family has lived for almost 18 years.
June 10, 2014 - 3:11pm
Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce the addition of two new accelerated degree programs in healthcare administration and healthcare leadership slated to begin Fall 2014. Classes are offered during convenient evening hours to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.
June 10, 2014 - 9:29am
Congratulations to Nikola Utinkova, Amanda Mayotte, and Brady Gerber—the 2014 Choose Your Challenge contest winners! Thank you to all who entered for sharing so many beautiful things about MMU! A Day In My Life As An MMU Student – Video $500 prize Winner: Nikki Utinkova, Czech Republic
June 9, 2014 - 3:08pm
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Nguyen, Ph.D. was recently awarded an Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellowship through Iowa Campus Compact, a coalition aimed at advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities. As a fellow in the program, Dr. Nguyen will participate in professional workshops and events over the course of a year and will receive a stipend to foster a civic engagement project on campus. The details of the project will be presented at the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit or another Iowa Campus Compact network opportunity.
June 6, 2014 - 11:24am
The Waterloo-based R.J. McElroy Foundation has approved funding in support of two faculty-student research collaborations, one in biology and the other in psychology. Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ryan Bezy plans to partner with biology major David Stanek for project, Characterization of YedR, a Novel Cell Division Protein in Escherichia Coli.
May 30, 2014 - 1:33pm
Musical events are plentiful on the hill of Mount Mercy’s campus this summer. Three music camps—Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Cedar Brass Music Festival and All-State Choral Workshop—will be available for the public to enjoy. Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival
May 29, 2014 - 10:35am
Dr. Bob Walker and Dr. Belkis Suarez are each Honorable Mention Honorees through the Iowa Campus Compact 2014 Engaged Campus Awards. The award program honors individuals and groups within higher education who work to strengthen civic and community engagement on their campuses. Associate Professor of Business Dr. Bob Walker will be honored for his efforts in engaging students in building business partnerships and advancing quality of life programs in Belize.

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