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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.
March 20, 2014 - 10:03am
Joy Ochs, professor of English and honors program director, has been granted a Mellon Fellowship and will travel to India in June 2014 to attend the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP). The three-week seminar and field study will examine rapid globalization, environmental threats, and cultural responses in the Indian cities of Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. ASIANetwork is a consortium of North American colleges working to strengthen Asian studies within liberal arts. Ochs looks forward to incorporating her learnings at Mount Mercy.
March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
When Michael Kutcher ‘02 graduated from Mount Mercy with degrees in management and finance, he didn’t plan on a career in public speaking.  After an eye-opening encounter with a five-year-old living with pronounced cerebral palsy – a condition Kutcher shares in mild form – Michael decided to let life lead him toward his true calling: motivational speaking.
March 17, 2014 - 3:15pm
Carol Tyx, associate professor of English, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her book of poetry, Rising to the Rim. Published by Brick Road Poetry Press in 2013, Rising to the Rim is the second collection of poems for Tyx, a Mount Mercy faculty for twelve years. Enjoy a reading from the work on the University’s YouTube channel.
March 14, 2014 - 5:49pm
Nursing graduate Stephanie Nibaur ’13 was accepted into Mercy Volunteer Corps as a 2013-2014 volunteer. As part of the Catholic Volunteer Network of AmeriCorps, the Mercy volunteers work to foster social change in impoverished or disadvantaged areas of the United States and South America. Volunteers are placed for one year, working in the realms of health, education and social work. Nibaur is serving in St. Michaels, Ariz., a remote community in the Navajo Nation. She is working with residents to help them soar to their full potential.
March 5, 2014 - 11:37am
Immigration reform is a priority for the United States Bishops and the Sisters of Mercy. This issue is currently receiving national attention, and there are some indications that there could be progress soon.  As a Mercy institution of higher learning, it seems appropriate for Mount Mercy to spend some energy during Lent to raise awareness on these issues and encourage prayer and advocacy. The following outlines what activities will take place during Lent that will encourage reflection on Immigration as a Mount Mercy campus.
February 26, 2014 - 11:13am
Twelve African-American community leaders will gather at Mount Mercy University on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. for a professional panel presentation titled “The Black and White of Being a Black Professional in Eastern Iowa.”
February 25, 2014 - 2:38pm
Charlotte Joy Martin, Ph.D., Mount Mercy religious studies professor, presented “Liturgy as the Heart of John Paul II’s Social Encyclicals” as a visiting scholar to Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN in February 2014. Dr. Martin’s thought-provoking lecture focused on the Eucharist and its social teachings as expressed by Pope John Paul II, including reflections from her life-changing understanding of the Pope’s 1979 speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
February 25, 2014 - 10:35am
Iowa high school seniors enrolling as new Mount Mercy University freshmen in the fall of 2014 will have a unique financial aid option – the Catherine McAuley Scholarship. “The scholarship is meant to bridge the gap some students encounter between grant amounts and remaining tuition costs, essentially resulting in free tuition,” stated Dean of Admissions Terri Crumley. “This scholarship, aligned with our mission, will allow even more talented young people to pursue their academic dreams with Mount Mercy.”
Kevin Touhey, Mount Mercy University Men's Basketball Coach
February 20, 2014 - 5:12pm
Former Mount Mercy University Men’s Basketball Coach and Men’s Athletic Director Kevin Touhey will be recognized by friends and family for his contributions to Mount Mercy athletics during a gathering on Feb. 22 from 1-5 p.m. The get-together will be held in Hennessey Recreation Center, a building which Touhey helped make a reality. “He had a lot of input into the Hennessey Recreation Center, which was being built in his last years here, but he never got to coach in it unfortunately,” said Paul Gavin, men’s head basketball coach and a former student athlete of Touhey’s.

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