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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.