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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. 
January 9, 2014 - 5:44pm
The generosity of Mount Mercy’s community was apparent during a recent Water Portal class fundraiser for Burundi, Africa. Students asked peers to contribute the amount they would typically spend at a vending machine, and by the end of the effort, Mount Mercy students, staff and faculty had donated a total of nearly $1,300 to provide clean drinking water to an African village.
January 6, 2014 - 11:03am
Mount Mercy University Board of Trustees has approved a new three-year Strategic Plan that builds upon the university’s mission, values and vision as a Catholic institution of higher learning. The plan is a culmination of work initiated by the entire campus community and directed by the faculty and staff of the Strategic Innovation Committee. The committee will continue to monitor the progress of the institution as it moves through the goals set forth. Read the Strategic Plan online.
December 17, 2013 - 12:10pm
Preparing for the holidays can be nerve-wracking due to the heightened call of time and attention. Numerous activities occur within a short period of time: parties, shopping, cooking and family gatherings. When impractical expectations are combined with poor coping strategies, the result can be stress, anxiety or depression. Student Therapist Deanna Engrav of Mount Mercy’s Gerald & Audrey Olson Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic offers the following tips to help cope with the season’s potential stressors:
December 16, 2013 - 10:16am
State legislators met with representatives from area private colleges to discuss the impact of the Iowa Tuition Grant on Nov. 22. Mount Mercy students Amanda Mayotte and Cassie Paulson joined Interim President Norm Nielsen and Director of Financial Aid Bethany Rinderknecht as councils for the university.
December 12, 2013 - 3:17pm
“It’s an invigorating day for the Church and Mount Mercy as a Catholic University” responds Director of Campus Ministry Bill Mulcahey to the Dec. 11 announcement of Pope Francis, The People’s Pope as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Since becoming leader of the Catholic Church less than a year ago, Pope Francis has shown a spirit of mercy and compassion that has inspired the world and transcended denominations.
Terri Crumley
December 11, 2013 - 11:14am
Terri Snyders Crumley, D.M.A., joined Mount Mercy University as dean of admissions on Dec. 2. Terri comes to the university with over 20 years of service in higher education and more than 12 years of experience in college admissions. “Terri has a wealth of knowledge in the college recruiting realm from both the private and public higher education perspectives,” states Rob Callahan, Mount Mercy’s vice president for enrollment management. “We’re privileged to have an enthusiastic and skilled leader like her at Mount Mercy.”
December 6, 2013 - 9:27am
Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., a higher education veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, academics and grant procurement, will be Mount Mercy University’s ninth president.
December 3, 2013 - 4:49pm
Giving Tuesday is a campaign to unite charitable givers in supporting causes in the spirit of the holiday season. This Dec. 3 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday movement, and Mount Mercy faculty, staff and students took a moment to express how truly valued gifts to our university are… “Every year there are students who wouldn't be able to attend without financial aid and scholarship support. Private gifts help provide scholarships which is literally sometimes the difference between whether or not a student can attend.”
December 3, 2013 - 3:45pm
Mount Mercy University is partnering with Regis Middle School and Center Point-Urbana schools to implement a Professional Development School (PDS) model for teacher preparation. This program provides university education majors the opportunity to apply the theory and content they are learning in their classes directly into the district classrooms. In turn, K-12 students benefit from additional instruction and support provided by Mount Mercy’s teacher interns. Mount Mercy is one of only a few of colleges in the state participating in a collaboration like this to date.
December 3, 2013 - 3:43pm
Mount Mercy’s Assistant Professor of Education Jennie Schmidt, Ph.D., recently traveled to St. Louis to present “Pre-Service Learning Across the Curriculum” at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference. The research compiled by Schmidt, along with Mount Mercy’s Dr. Norma-Linda Mattingly and Dr. Jan Rohner, focused on the cross-curricular connections made between social studies methods and reading language arts methods of education. More than 3,500 attended this 93rd conference of social studies educators.
December 2, 2013 - 4:03pm
When the final scores were tallied at May City Bowl on Nov. 11, team Emil’s Hideaway had rolled a city league record breaker. Four of the five teammates are part of Mount Mercy University’s family. Head Bowling Coach Glenn Healy, his son and Mustang bowler Daniel Healy, Lead Groundskeeper Victor Kies, accelerated student Scot Reed, along with fellow community member Mike Palumbo rolled an incredible 1365, toppling the city league record by 44 pins.
November 25, 2013 - 5:31pm
The Keech Scholarship Fund has been impacting Mount Mercy nursing students for more than 40 years.
November 20, 2013 - 11:44am
Students at Mount Mercy University traded old for new in the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) t-shirt swap held Oct. 24. Learners donated college-branded t-shirts from around the country and in return received a new Mount Mercy shirt. “We collected over 100 t-shirts advertising other colleges and universities,” said Ryan Phillips, annual giving coordinator. “Our Development and Alumni Relations office supplied each donor with a brand new Mount Mercy t-shirt to replace their old one.”
November 18, 2013 - 10:06am
Ellen O’Keefe, Mount Mercy associate professor of education and education department chair, will speak to Hawkeye Community College students at a noon luncheon on Nov. 20. Professor O'Keefe will discuss the nuances of the university’s education program, along with thoughts on PRAXIS – an educational licensure test. She will answer student questions as they relate to learning, academic requirements and student life on Mount Mercy’s campus.
November 13, 2013 - 9:57am
Jacob Christenson, Ph.D, assistant professor and clinical director for Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, will speak at Bridgehaven’s Building Family Connections Conference on Saturday, Nov. 16. Christenson’s lecture will focus on the importance of nurturing a child’s inherent strengths. “I welcome all youth caregivers and parents to enjoy this event,” said Dr. Christenson. “Attendees will certainly learn new ways of thinking and new communication tips for fostering a child’s success.”
November 12, 2013 - 4:15pm
Mount Mercy University and Kirkwood Community College celebrate a 15-year collaborative partnership that has connected nearly 1,300 hard-working adults with bachelor’s degrees.  "The accelerated degree partnership between the two schools is not only convenient and fast, it manages to maintain the highest degree of academic quality, while providing individual support for students as they transition between the two schools," states Tom Castle, associate provost at Mount Mercy University. "The impact these graduates have on our community is immeasurable."
November 11, 2013 - 2:03pm
Mount Mercy University’s Registrar’s Office is hosting a donation drive in support of patients at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. New and unopened travel-size personal hygiene products may be donated. “Items like trial-size shampoo and soap will help make a veteran’s stay more comfortable,” stated Kim Blankenheim, academic records specialist. “This drive is our way of showing support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

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