Our students come from wildly different backgrounds. Some are fresh out of rural high schools, while others are returning to college after decades in the workforce. What they have in common is a desire to realize their full potential — to live up to higher expectations and a higher calling.
The clearest measurement of student success at Mount Mercy and in the “real world” is provided by two impressive numbers:
These achievements are a testament to the drive and dedication of our students as well as the high level of career preparation afforded by a hands-on liberal arts and pre-professional education.
A small, active campus like Mount Mercy’s is the ideal place to build leadership skills. Each of our more than 30 clubs and organizations needs a president, vice president and secretary. Service trips need team leaders. Residence halls need activity coordinators, residence advisors and midnight ping-pong tournament organizers.
We work hard to foster a supportive campus environment in which students feel safe challenge themselves and try new things. Just look at Michael Kaduce ’10 from Des Moines, who served all four years in student government, led the SIFE team to multiple regional championships and a trip to nationals, sang in the choir, volunteered at the hospital, and was recently accepted to medical school. Or Mark Pooley, president of the GREEN club, who turned a lunchtime conversation with a professor into a college-wide program to recycle cafeteria grease into biodiesel fuel.
Mount Mercy students typically perform more than 12,000 hours of community service through dozens of service projects and in various academic settings. In 2009 Mount Mercy was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
An NAIA Champions of Character school, Mount Mercy athletes pair time on the practice field with community service. In 2008, the women's volleyball team was recognized with the Buffalo Funds Five Star Award, a national award honoring coaches and student-athletes who exhibit exceptional character values. In 2009, the men's and women's cross country teams were given the same national service award.