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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.
Jim Grove, English Professor, Mount Mercy University
February 13, 2014 - 10:35am
Mount Mercy University English professor Dr. Jim Grove presented his personal recollections of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution to Meth-Wick residents on Jan. 31, 2014 as part of the new M&M Scholars series. “I spoke about it because this is the 25th anniversary of the revolution,” remarked Dr. Grove. “I especially stressed how the students at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, were at the forefront of the revolution and my feelings about the revolution 25 years later.”
February 12, 2014 - 12:30pm
Michelle Akers Ana Allison Chelsea Amelon Patricia Anderson Stephanie Anspaugh
February 10, 2014 - 10:24am
Students Naomi Fisher and Rachel Vaughn each took a half-court shot at a $1,000 scholarship during the men’s basketball game against St. Ambrose on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. During the fall 2013 semester, Mount Mercy’s student alumni group Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) offered students a chance at winning one of two scholarships if they participated in an athletic attendance punch card initiative, and could sink a shot from Hennessey’s half-court. Fisher and Vaughn, both nursing students, were randomly drawn as the finalists.
February 7, 2014 - 2:54pm
The Mount Mercy Times won 15 awards, including three first-place awards, seven second-place awards, two third place awards and three honorable mentions at the Iowa College Media Association convention Feb. 6 in Des Moines. Fourteen of the awards were in the ICMA “Better Newspaper” contest, recognizing the Mount Mercy Times newspaper. The other award was in the Multi-Media competition, which included the Times web site. 
February 6, 2014 - 6:04pm
David Van Allen, emeritus professor at Mount Mercy University, will be one of three artists showcased in “A different view,” Black Earth Gallery’s latest show. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The work of Shane McCallister and Ellen Mariano will also be featured. The show will run through March 29 at Black Earth Gallery, 329 10th Avenue SE, suite 231. Van Allen became a full-time employee at Mount Mercy in 1991. In addition to teaching, he was gallery director and college photographer.
January 28, 2014 - 4:59pm
Mount Mercy University is collaborating with Meth-Wick to bring educational programming to residents of the Cedar Rapids retirement community. The speaker series M&M Scholars launched in January and will engage residents in lectures featuring the expertise of university faculty and staff. The first series event hosted Librarian and Archivist Kristy Raine in a discussion on the Stone City Art Colony and School. Faculty members Jim Grove and Mohammad Chaichian are also on the schedule and additional programs are being arranged through May. 
January 27, 2014 - 2:37pm
Congratulations to the following students named to the Dean's List for the fall 2013 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. Aaron Ackman William Adam Emily Adams Roshanak Ahmadi Amy Akers
January 23, 2014 - 9:35am
Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian, Ph.D., had a busy 2013. In August, he traveled to New York to present his paper, Theoretical Tenability of Postmodern Imperial Formations: In Search of an Explanation, with colleagues at the annual American Sociological Association conference. In October, he was invited to lead a conversation in Georgia with the Professional Organization of Iranian-Americans entitled, Iranian-Americans in Atlanta: Facing the Challenges of Local, National and Global Citizenship. Now, Dr.
January 21, 2014 - 10:00am
Mount Mercy’s Dance Team rocked Hy-Vee Hall during the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association competition in Des Moines on Dec. 6. A vibrant and sharp performance from the team of ten landed a 4th place ranking in College NAIA Pom amid 24 other collegiate squads. “The Dance Team’s dedication and training definitely came to the surface,” said the group’s advisor Bianca Hicks. “We have strong, talented dancers on our squad and that was obvious at the competition.”
January 21, 2014 - 9:51am
Human trafficking is an issue of critical concern for the Sisters of Mercy, and January is a national month of awareness on the subject. In simplest terms, human trafficking is the forceful dealing of human beings into sexual exploits or labor forces. As one of three Sisters of Mercy sponsored ministries in Cedar Rapids, Mount Mercy University embraces every opportunity to fold the Sisters’ critical concern into student and community enlightenment.
January 14, 2014 - 3:23pm
Courtney Snodgrass is a student who juggles many talents. As a member of Mount Mercy University’s women’s bowling team, she’s a valued member of the team and traveling squad. Now, the freshman English major is also a published poet. Snodgrass has released Partially Whole, a collection of poems that covers life’s experiences, from the pain of a broken heart to the excitement of love. The book, a 62-page collection, was released on Dec. 30 and is available on Amazon. Congratulations to Courtney for sharing her talents, both on the lanes and on the page.
January 10, 2014 - 12:15pm
Each year, the third Monday in January is designated as MLK Day - the only federal holiday observed as a day of service.  Across the country, individuals and groups will donate their time to community projects, honoring the commitment to service and community exemplified in the life of Dr. King. 

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