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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.
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.

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