Mount Mercy University has appointed Christopher B. Rhynerson as vice president for finance & business services. Rhynerson was previously the associate vice president for finance and planning at Upper Iowa University.
This spring, Mount Mercy students participated in a two-day Student Outdoor Educators Conference during which they presented information about Iowa algific talus slopes – geological areas with unique microclimates, plants, and animals.
For the first time ever, Mount Mercy University is offering online bachelor's degree programs in business and human resource management. These new bachelor's programs are designed to help students with some college or an associate's degree reach their educational goals in a flexible, accelerated format.
Mount Mercy’s Dean of Adult Programs Tom Castle published an article in The evoLLLution about the value of a college degree. In the article, Castle encourages educators to focus on exceptional educational quality versus a low-cost, corporate approach. He notes higher education is one of the most successful industries in the country with scholars from across the globe migrating to pursue cutting-edge research. Read the full article
Congratulations to the following students named to the Dean's List for the spring 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.
Mount Mercy University invites high school students and their parents/guardians to visit campus during Iowa Private College Week August 5 – 9. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour campus, meet with professors, coaches and current students, and learn about academic and extracurricular opportunities. Sessions are available in the morning or afternoon each day of the week. The first session begins at 9:00 a.m. and the afternoon session is held at 1:30 p.m. To register, visit http://www.mtmercy.edu/ipcw.
Mount Mercy alumna Sister Laura Reicks '78, of Dubuque, Iowa, was named president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community this spring. Sister Reicks will serve a five-year term as president starting July 1. She will reside in Omaha, Neb., to fulfill her responsibilities at the Central Office for the West Midwest Community.
Mount Mercy Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Guthrie, Ph.D., was one of eight selected for The American Association of Colleges of Nursing's inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive in Washington, D.C., this spring.
Eight Mount Mercy alums and one faculty member were named to 100 Great Iowa Nurses this spring. The annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses event, in its ninth year of honoring nurses, recognizes the contributions these professionals make to their field while demonstrating courage, competence, and commitment to patients.
Mount Mercy students spent four weeks studying in Costa Rica and embracing the local culture this month. Assistant Professor of Spanish Belkis Suarez led the group of seven students in Heredia, Costa Rica, at the Universidad Latina to study language and way of life in the Central American country.
Mount Mercy University's Enactus team, formerly known as SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), finished another successful year this spring. The team was named regional champions at the Enactus United States Regional Competition and competed in the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in May. This was their first trip to nationals in three years.
Mount Mercy University is hosting upcoming information sessions for three of its four graduate programs: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing.
Information sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room on the second floor of Basile Hall on the following dates:
Mount Mercy University is hosting the Cedar Brass Festival June 17 – 29. The event unites dedicated musicians advancing their skills with excellent literature, musical coaching, and opportunities to learn from one another.
The first week of the event will focus on large brass ensemble repertoire with the second week involving chamber music. Musicians will participate in rehearsals as well as sectional coaching. Performances open to the public will conclude each week.
Mount Mercy University has named Blake Mikesell director of public safety. Mikesell is a 2000 graduate of Mount Mercy. He received his master's degree in criminal justice from St. Ambrose University in 2010. He was previously an Investigator II for the Office of the State Public Defender in Cedar Rapids.
Mount Mercy University has been granted a full 10-year reaccreditation with no stipulations by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The decision came this spring following a vote by the committee overseeing the re-accreditation, a routine process for colleges and universities that determines credibility of an institution as a whole.
Mount Mercy University has announced the completion of the purchase of Terex property to develop a multi-purpose athletic facility. The property, located at 909 17th Street NE in Cedar Rapids, consists of 36.4 acres, of which 22 acres are now owned by the university. Mount Mercy filed a rezoning application to the City of Cedar Rapids in February to begin the transition from industrial to office/service, which will allow for the property to become a space for athletics.