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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.”
November 6, 2013 - 2:20pm
Heavy hearts are felt campus-wide as Mount Mercy mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dale Harrison, who passed away Nov. 1, 2013. Dale retired from the college’s faculty in 2006 after nearly 40 years of teaching in the business department. He remained a steadfast advocate for a well-rounded Mount Mercy education and frequently returned to campus to visit with colleagues and students over lunch in the cafeteria.
November 6, 2013 - 10:02am
In June 2013, Mount Mercy University formally announced plans to transform vacant industrial space at 909 17th St NE into a multi-sport, outdoor facility for their student athletes. The news was received with a flurry of enthusiastic community support. As Mount Mercy looks forward to developing the 22-acre lot, the momentum for the project continues through Home Field Advantage, a fundraising campaign for the university’s athletic complex.
November 5, 2013 - 3:22pm
Mount Mercy University psychology students presented research posters at the 23rd Annual Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Conference on November 2. Their works contributed to 50 data displays showcasing the detailed efforts of learners from across the tri-state area.
October 29, 2013 - 10:25am
It is with great sadness that Mount Mercy University mourns the passing of Sister Judith Meyers, who died peacefully at Mercy Medical Center on October 27, 2013. Sister Judith served as Mount Mercy’s mission officer for many years. Friends may call at the University’s Chapel of Mercy from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, with the wake service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel on Wednesday, October 30. Our thoughts are with Sister Judith’s family, friends, and the Sisters of Mercy during this difficult time.
October 28, 2013 - 5:18pm
Mount Mercy joins Corridor communities in mourning the loss of alumna Peggy Whitworth ’64, who passed away October 25, 2013. Peggy was instrumental in creating the Brucemore Historic Site, serving as its executive director until 2007. Her unwavering advocacy toward the cause of preservation is credited by many as the keystone behind Brucemore’s magnificent grounds. Peggy’s community-building drive was also focused through her steadfast work on political causes, including campaigns for President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Like all causes she believed in, Ms.
October 25, 2013 - 4:53pm
Ghouls and goblins of all ages will gather at Mount Mercy University on Sunday, October 27 to celebrate Halloween on the Hill.  Families from local nonprofit agencies along with university staff and volunteers will gather to enjoy snacks, crafts and games in Hennessey Recreation Center’s gymnasium at 5:00 p.m. before trick-or-treating at Regina and McAuley, two student residence halls on campus.
Wil Haygood
October 25, 2013 - 10:36am
Nearly 300 guests are expected to attend the 71st NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet in Cedar Rapids on October 26.  Mount Mercy University is proud to partner in sponsorship of this annual awareness-building event. “Mount Mercy is pleased to support NAACP’s efforts,” states Dr. Jan Handler, provost.  “Their advocacy toward social justice is steadfast and one we can all stand behind.”
Math Day at Mount Mercy University
October 18, 2013 - 10:48am
High school students from area schools attended the 16th Annual Mount Mercy Mathematics Contest on October 18, 2013 and competed in a variety of math challenges in areas such as speed, accuracy and story problems. Twenty-five teams totaling 100 students represented some of the best mathmatical talent among nine Eastern Iowa high schools.
October 10, 2013 - 3:00pm
If you pick up a copy of Ceramics Monthly Magazine’s October edition, you’ll see one of Assistant Professor of Art Andy Casto’s ceramic sculptures featured. Among works from 57 juried artists, Casto’s piece recently won second place in an exhibition in Stockton, California..
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
October 3, 2013 - 11:26am
The Gerald and Audrey Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic at Mount Mercy University opened to clients last week. The clinic offers low-cost mental health counseling services to the public, while providing hands-on, supervised training for graduate students in Mount Mercy’s marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. Mount Mercy offers the only program in Iowa that is training entry level MFT practitioners, and this clinic is the only Iowa MFT clinic that is fully staffed by student therapists who are under the supervision of licensed MFT therapists.

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