News Archive

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.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics presents at Midwest Undergraduate Math Symposium
April 11, 2014 - 2:46pm
Dr. Jitka Stehnova, assistant professor of mathematics, will be a plenary speaker at this year’s Midwest Undergraduate Math Symposium (MUMS) in Indianola on April 11, 2014. MUMS is one of the largest math conferences in the region, and is designed to foster student engagement and growth in the realms of mathematical sciences. Mount Mercy faculty and students have led peer discussion in past years, but the 2014 event marks the first year Dr. Stehnova will address all symposium attendees.
Mount Mercy student Julia Simons in Theatre Cedar Rapids production of Les Miserables
April 10, 2014 - 3:56pm
One Mount Mercy University student is sharing her musical talents with the Cedar Rapids community. Freshman Julia Simons has been cast as Cosette, a lead character in Theatre Cedar Rapids’ production of the world-famous Les Misérables.
MFT student at the Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
April 2, 2014 - 10:17am
Almost all adults can recall some instance of brushing up against a bully during childhood. These kids usually took on the role of the tough guy who shoves kids to the end of the line at school, or perhaps a gossip who spreads vicious rumors about her peers.
March 31, 2014 - 2:53pm
Mount Mercy University Assistant Professor of Business Dr. Dina Clark traveled to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business – Southeast USA Chapter in Atlanta  to present “The Challenge of Implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards: Russian Case” on Oct. 26, 2013. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are intended to streamline business affairs into a language that is understandable at a global level.
Guest speaker Zach Wahls, author and advocate
March 31, 2014 - 2:47pm
Mount Mercy University will welcome Iowa City author and marriage equality and family advocate Zach Wahls to campus on Wednesday, April 2 as part of the university’s Social Work Reads program.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Nguyen
March 31, 2014 - 2:38pm
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Nguyen, Ph.D. will receive the Distinguished Iowa Science Teaching Award during an Iowa Academy of Science banquet in Fort Dodge on April 11, 2014. Professor Nguyen was nominated by Mount Mercy colleagues in recognition of his exemplary work and innovative teaching style. Nguyen, a distinguished researcher, joined Mount Mercy’s faculty in 2010 and has received numerous honors during his academic career including the Ray Q. Brewster Teaching Award. 
March 27, 2014 - 3:09pm
When the Pomp and Circumstance March is over and the tassels have switched sides, what happens next? Mount Mercy University and TaxACT are teaming up to educate soon-to-be college grads on the next chapter: life after graduation. “There are several things students aren’t entirely sure about when they leave the routines of college life,” stated Josie Takes, Mount Mercy alumni relations coordinator. “This day-long event is designed to help them collect valuable information before they leave Mount Mercy and enter the workforce.”
Director of Campus Ministry William Mulcahey
March 27, 2014 - 10:28am
Director of Campus Ministry William Mulcahey taught Class XVII in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, “The Four Gospels of the New Testament,” at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. The Feb. 2014 class of 22 contained 11 candidates for the permanent diaconate. Mulcahey has also lead two educational retreats. On Dec. 31, 2013, he hosted the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates at Sacred Heart Convent for their traditional end-of-year retreat day. The topic was transitioning into the New Year with the Gospel according to Matthew and the joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis.
March 25, 2014 - 5:27pm
Three writers from Mount Mercy University’s English department read portions of their in-progress memoirs at NewBo Books on March 13, 2014. Professor of English Mary Vermillion, Adjunct Writing Specialist Benjamin Thiel and Adjunct Writing Instructor Kim Flugga-Ciha ‘11 shared as part of the store’s March is for Memoirs celebration.

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