News Archive

May 28, 2014 - 3:33pm
Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce the securing of two gifts totaling $400,000 from anonymous donors, which are made in support of the university’s outdoor athletic complex. “We continue to make progress toward our phase I goal of raising $12 million for the athletic complex,” stated Laurie Hamen, president of Mount Mercy. “The community is certainly rallying behind our project, and we look forward to the progress ahead.”
Aaron Lacy awarded the Mary Catherine McAuley Award
May 20, 2014 - 9:26am
Mount Mercy graduate Aaron Lacy ‘14, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Mary Catherine McAuley Award during Mount Mercy’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. Lacy studied biology and chemistry at Mount Mercy. He is the son of Bruce and Christine Lacy.
Keva Fawkes awarded the Mary Frances Warde Award
May 19, 2014 - 9:26am
Mount Mercy graduate Keva Fawkes ‘14, of Inagua, Bahamas, received the Mary Frances Warde Award during Mount Mercy’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. Keva is the daughter of Patty and Cecil Fawkes.
MMU Women’s Soccer Team recognized with President’s Award
May 17, 2014 - 5:09pm
Mount Mercy University recognized the women’s soccer team with the President’s Award at Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 17. The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding perseverance and diligence in pursuit of goals. This year marks the first time a group of students have been honored for coming together during a time of devastating grief.
May 16, 2014 - 2:02pm
Mount Mercy University is calling for the nomination of outstanding alumni leaders to be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the community. Honorees will be acknowledged during an annual recognition luncheon held in conjunction with Homecoming this fall. “Mount Mercy alumni make monumental impacts on their communities,” said Josie Takes, coordinator of alumni relations. “Our annual award presentation and luncheon is one way the university shows our pride in their exceptional service.”
Scripture on the Hill
May 15, 2014 - 10:20am
Mount Mercy University’s Mission and Ministry Department is sponsoring Scripture on the Hill, a series of three lunch-n-learns on the Gospel according to Mark, facilitated by Bill Mulcahey, Director of Campus Ministry.
Congratulations to Mount Mercy's graduating class of 2014!
May 14, 2014 - 3:08pm
Mount Mercy University will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy will graduate 420 undergraduate students and 104 students in graduate programs. Michael Kutcher, motivational speaker and advocate will serve as the commencement speaker.
May 13, 2014 - 3:54pm
Never fear, free laundry is almost here! Over this summer, all washers and dryers on campus will be replaced with brand new, top of the line commercial machines. With the upgrade comes an academic year of free laundry for on-campus residents starting Fall 2014. “It’s exciting because students are watching their budgets and sometimes laundry takes a back seat to other needs or wants,” said Director of Residence Life Scott Horch.
May 13, 2014 - 2:01pm
Mount Mercy University announces the addition of a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program slated to start Fall 2014. Classes will be offered conveniently on weeknights, Saturdays, and sometimes online to allow students to balance work and family while pursuing a graduate degree.
Mount Mercy University is veteran friendly and supportive of military personnel
May 9, 2014 - 9:34am
Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen will sign a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserves, a public acknowledgement of the university’s support of military personnel, during a 10 a.m. brunch on Monday, May 12 at the Mount Mercy CRST International Graduate Center.
May 7, 2014 - 12:12pm
Before studying at Mount Mercy University, international student Sarka Dvorakova grew up with her mother and father in the Czech Republic city of Prostějov, just 40 miles from the Slovak boarder. Though she was only a baby when the Velvet Divorce occurred more than 20 years ago, Dvorakova is able to recognize some of the differences in the eras before and after the non-violent dissolution of Czechoslovakia.  “It’s not really about what happened 20 years ago, but it’s more like the things that remain from it until now,” Dvorakova explained.
Grotto May Day Celebration at Mount Mercy
May 1, 2014 - 5:22pm
Mount Mercy University will reenact a cherished 30-year tradition during the Grotto May Day Celebration on Friday, May 2, from 3 – 5 p.m. at Mount Mercy’s historic Our Mother of Sorrows Grotto. Entertainment will include a reenactment of the 1920s Isadora Duncan scarf dance – once a common practice on campus – and performances by student soloists representing Mount Mercy’s Music Department.  Maypole dances and door prizes are just a few of the offerings. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Choose Your Challenge: Photo and Video contest
May 1, 2014 - 2:38pm
Enter the Choose Your Challenge contest for a chance to put some summertime cash in your pocket! Just choose from the three contest categories below, be super creative, enter the contest by May 20, and three lucky winners will be paid for their Mustang pride! Any current Mount Mercy University student may select from three contest categories:
Aquinas Question religious studies scholarship award recipient
May 1, 2014 - 9:58am
Congratulations to Tonya Harman, winner of the 2014 St. Thomas Aquinas scholarship contest! Tonya is a double major in nursing and philosophy. She is a veteran, wife and mother. Watch her winning video submission.
Mount Mercy's ExploreU introduces middle-school girls to STEM
April 29, 2014 - 11:36am
For the third year, Mount Mercy University will host ExploreU@MMU World of Technology, a week-long summer program for middle-school girls interested in math and computer science.  Dr. Jitka Stehnova, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman, assistant professor of computer science, will coordinate this year’s program thanks to support from a Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant through the Mathematical Association of America.
Mount Mercy University announces new Master degree program: Master of Strategic Leadership
April 29, 2014 - 9:57am
Mount Mercy University has announced the addition of a fifth graduate program. The Master of Strategic Leadership program started in Spring 2014 with classes offered weeknights and Saturdays to accommodate busy working professionals.
Shakespeare on the Hill: Voice Recital Series
April 25, 2014 - 5:16pm
Weaving together music and stage, the University Center will pulse with the powerful voices of professional opera singers, the Mount Mercy University Madrigal Singers, and the outstanding theatrical performances of drama students on Saturday, April 26. Shakespeare on the Hill will entwine breathtaking Bard-inspired arias and duets with scenes from plays including Macbeth, Hamlet, West Side Story and many more.
Michelle Snitselaar appointed to Iowa center for Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee
April 25, 2014 - 10:27am
Director of Health Services Michelle Snitselaar, RN, MSN has been appointed to serve on the Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of 12 to 14 key stakeholders representing various aspects of the healthcare field from across Iowa. Snitselaar’s role on the committee is to represent Mount Mercy as a private university offering BSN or higher nursing degrees.
Celebrating international culture during the Multicultural Fair at Mount Mercy University
April 23, 2014 - 11:47am
Mount Mercy University invites the community to share in its Multicultural Fair on Thursday, April 24, from 3-5:30 p.m. in the University Center Commons. The fair showcases the rich histories of cultures represented in Mount Mercy's student body, as well as promotes peace as a counter-culture initiative.
Shakespeare Festival at Mount Mercy University
April 17, 2014 - 3:40pm
Mount Mercy will celebrate Shakespeare Festival April 22-26. The week-long fest is a unique collaboration between members of the music, English, and drama departments aimed to honor Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Tony Nickle, adjunct faculty in the music department, started the project as a part of the Voice Recital Series, a concert series that features professional opera singers.

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