Mount Mercy University held commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena for the class of 2013. Over 400 undergraduate students and 116 students in graduate programs graduated from Mount Mercy this spring.
Mount Mercy graduate Bruce Payne '13, of Hopkinton, Iowa, received the President's Award during Mount Mercy's Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 18. The President's Award is given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding perseverance and diligence in pursuing his or her goals. Payne is the son of Bryan and Leann Payne and studied computer science and criminal justice at Mount Mercy.
Mount Mercy University will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy will graduate 406 undergraduate students and 116 students in graduate programs. Sister Jean Evans, R.S.M., D.Th., of the West Midwest community of the Sisters of Mercy will serve as the commencement speaker.
Mount Mercy University's Music Department will present the annual "Spring Sing" concert on Wednesday, May 8. Choir, Jazz Connection, Handbell Ensemble and Band will perform a tuneful celebration of spring at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy. The performance is free and open to the public; seating may be limited. Selections include "Les Miserables," "You Made Me Love You," and "Shenandoah."
Mount Mercy University's Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will showcase the capstone projects of senior art students during a Senior Thesis Exhibit April 28 – May 24. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Janalyn Hanson White Gallery. This event is open to the public.
Iowa Outdoors: The DNR’s Magazine of Conservation and Recreation recently featured Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., Mount Mercy University biology professor. The article profiled some of the work he and his students have done to monitor endangered yellow mud turtle populations at Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve in Muscatine.
Mount Mercy University will showcase an array of exemplary students work at Scholarship Festival on Wednesday, May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall and the University Center. The scholarship festival is hosted by the Mount Mercy University Honors Program and Pathways Project, and is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Mount Mercy University's Drama Department will present The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance May 3 - 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. in McAuley Theatre. The play is directed by Nich Radcliffe, drama coordinator at Mount Mercy. Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Mount Mercy students and employees may receive one complimentary ticket. The event is open to the public; seating may be limited.
Mount Mercy University students from around the world are coming together to represent their nation at the Multicultural Fair on Thursday, April 25, from 3:00-5:45 p.m. in the University Center Commons. Join Mount Mercy for this unique experience in showcasing the cultures of Mount Mercy's international students. This event is free and open to the public; limited space is available.
Mount Mercy University was recognized by GreenRU for a successful food diversion project on Tuesday, April 23. In just three months, Mount Mercy diverted 15 tons of waste from local landfills. The project is in partnership with Linn County Solid Waste Agency and GreenRU. The project was funded through grant money made available by the Solid Waste Agency's Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Pilot Project, which is open to all Linn County businesses interested in recycling food waste.
Beckie Supiano, reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, spoke with Colette Atkins, assistant dean of adult accelerated programs, and Jason Clapp, registrar, on their recent presentation at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ annual meeting. The resulting article, on the Chronicle of Higher Ed's online blog, highlights Mount Mercy University's commitment to making adult programs accessible.
Mount Mercy University will display work from local high school students as part of the High School Art Exhibit taking place through April 26. The 38th Annual High School Art Day will take place on, Friday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. in McAuley Theatre. Muralist and children's author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki will speak to high school students as part of the event. Yamasaki will serve as the speaker for a forum open to the public on Monday, April 29, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall.
Students, faculty and staff participated in a campus-wide evacuation on Wednesday, April 17, as part of a mock emergency drill for disaster preparedness. Mount Mercy partnered with Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and EMT response crews to conduct the drill, which was planned months in advance.
Mount Mercy University will welcome activist, author and environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill for a special lecture: "Leading Lives of Passion, Purpose, and Power: Turning Compassion into Action," on Monday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Mount Mercy University and Mercy Medical Center are partnering to conduct a mock emergency drill on Wednesday, April 17, for disaster preparedness. At 10:00 a.m., emergency crews including Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and EMT will respond to a fictitious chemical explosion on Mount Mercy's campus. The entire Mount Mercy campus will be evacuated as emergency response crews enter the buildings.
Mount Mercy University will welcome the Gateway Dance Theatre for a special performance as part of the Global Issues Series on Saturday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. in McAuley Theatre. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Mount Mercy University will host special guest and Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone on Tuesday, April 16, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy as part of the Holocaust Speaker Series. This event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.