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Storm Recovery Efforts

The Mount Mercy campus has sustained significant damage from the August 10 derecho wind storm. The campus is closed, and all students and non-essential employees are advised to stay home until further notice. Move-in is delayed, and more information will be available as power and cell service are restored. For updates, please visit the Storm Recovery webpage.

COVID-19 Update | Safe Return to Campus

Mount Mercy is excited to welcome students back to campus this fall. Courses will be offered in-person, hybrid, and online, and masks will be provided and required outside your solitary space. Common areas and classrooms have been configured for social distancing. For more information, visit the Safe Return webpage. NOTE: Storm recovery efforts may impact fall plans. Please check back.

Project Connect

Project Connect is a free program that helps students from diverse backgrounds with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to achieve success at Mount Mercy.

A Head Start on Your College Experience

Are you a first-generation, low-income or minority student? Project Connect can empower you to achieve success at Mount Mercy.

This initiative provides academic support and leadership development in addition to a one-week, early move-in experience. As a member of Project Connect, you'll be guaranteed acceptance into the College Success Program, where you’ll develop an individual plan to guide your college experience and participate in monthly workshops and panels—all geared toward academic, personal, and professional success.

Why Project Connect? 

  • A community of support during your transition between high school and college
  • Increase your understanding of helpful on-campus resources
  • Personal growth and leadership development
  • Guidance from peer and community mentors

Program Overview

  • One-week early move-in experience
  • Access to the Project Connect Textbook Lending Library during freshman year
  • Guaranteed acceptance into the College Success Program, which includes:
    • An individualized University Plan to help keep your college progress on course
    • Intensive academic coaching with the Project Connect director to be sure you get the most out of your college experience
    • Workshop and panel discussions to assist in your success in college
    • Mentoring program with established Mount Mercy and Cedar Rapids community members

Schedule

  • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    •  Move-In
      • At your scheduled move-in time, check-in at Hennessey Recreation Center.
  • 3:00–5:00 PM
    • Introductory Meeting with Jennifer McNabb, Director of Project Connect | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    • Speed Friending | Rohde Family Plaza
  • 7:30–8:30 PM
    • Meet the Mentors | Rohde Family Plaza
  • 10:30–11:30 AM
    • Brunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • Campus Tour & MMU Technology Breakout Sessions | Rohde Family Plaza
      • MMU Tech: Make your technology work for you! The mentors will walk you through the various computer programs and applications that you’ll be using as a student at Mount Mercy. 
      • Campus Tour: Familiarize yourself with your new “home away from home” with a guided tour led by the mentors.
  • 4:00–5:00 PM
    • Setting & Achieving Your Goals | Donnelly 301
      • Jennifer McNabb, Director of Project Connect
      • Now is the time to look at your future goals and the best ways to achieve them with the support of the MMU community!
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    • Minute to Win It Team Challenge | Rohde Family Plaza
  • 7:30-8:00 PM
    • Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | TBD
  • 10:30–11:30 AM
    • Brunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    • Zooming Your Way to Success | Zoom
      • Over the last few months, Zoom has become a well-known resource for staying socially and academically connected while being physically distant. Since you’ll likely be using Zoom in many of your classes and campus interactions, we want to be sure that you’re putting your best foot forward in our new virtual environment. Join Jennifer and the mentors from the comfort of your room as we discuss some best practices for effectively using Zoom in college.
  • 1:00–2:00 PM
    • Class Schedules and the Textbook Process | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • Confused about your course schedule for fall? Have questions about when and where your classes are meeting? And what about those textbooks? For this session, we’ll review your fall class schedule, explain some common confusions, and discuss the process for purchasing your required textbooks.
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    • Mentor's Choice Activity | TBD
  • 8:00–8:30 PM
    • Mentor Mix-Up | TBD
  • 8:30–9:00 PM
    • Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | TBD
  • 7:15–9:00 AM
    • Breakfast | McAuley Dining Center  
  • 9:00–10:00 AM
    • Mask Up, Mustangs! Kickoff | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 12:00–1:00 PM
    • Lunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 1:30–4:00 PM
    • Library Resources and Evaluating Good Sources | Library
      • Every successful college student knows that the library is crucial for academic learning and success. Hear from library staff about how to utilize the library for research as well as all of the other services the library has to offer.
      • Note: Teams Quinton, Amarilis, and Lauren will be from 1:30-2:30 PM. Teams India and Cece will be from 3-4 PM.      
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    • Virtual Game Night | Zoom
  • 8:00–8:30 PM
    • Mentor Mix-Up | TBD
  • 8:30–9:00 PM
    • Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | TBD
  • 7:15–9:00 AM
  • Breakfast | McAuley Dining Center 
  • 9:00–10:00 AM
    • Mind, Body, and Spirit Breakout Sessions | University Center
      • Mind: Meet with Barb Miller, Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, and learn about the incredible services and resources available in ACE.
      • Body: Staying in good physical health is important. Join us for a tour of the Rinderknecht Athletic Center, which is Mount Mercy's state-of-the-art wellness and athletic performance center.
      • Spirit: As a Catholic university, faith is an important part of the identity of Mount Mercy. Staff from the Campus Ministry department will lead us in a discussion about the diversity of faith that can be found on campus and how you can grow your own faith identity during your time at MMU.
  • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 12:00–1:00 PM
    • Lunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 1:30–2:30 PM
    • Campus Scavenger Hunt | Rohde Family Plaza
      • Work as a team to see who can find all the clues in the shortest amount of time!
  • 3:00–4:00 PM
    • Money Matters | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • The financial aspect of college can be confusing and stressful. For this session, we’ll help you better understand your financial aid and your student account. You’ll also get a few great money-saving tips from the mentors.
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    • Mentor’s Choice Activity | TBD
  • 8:00–8:30 PM
    • Mentor Mix-Up | TBD
  • 8:30–9:00 PM
    • Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | TBD
  • 7:15–9:00 AM
    • Breakfast | McAuley Dining Center 
  • 9:00–10:00 AM
    • Mind, Body, and Spirit Breakout Sessions | University Center
  • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 12:00–1:00 PM
    • Lunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 1:30–2:30 PM
    • Time Management & Organizing for Success | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • Neal Davis, Coordinator for Academic Support Services
      • We all need help managing our busy lives. We’ll discuss best practices for managing your schedule and staying organized for a successful college experience.
  • 3:00–4:00 PM
    • Conflict Resolution & Healthy Relationships | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • As you start this new chapter of your life, you’re going to be meeting lots of new people and developing many new relationships. For this session, we’ll be discussing the importance of developing healthy relationships and how to manage interpersonal conflicts when they arise.
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:00–9:00 PM
    • Bag’s Tournament | Rodhe Family Plaza
      • Join us for a competition to see who has the best bags game in Project Connect!
  • 7:15–9:00 AM
    • Breakfast | McAuley Dining Center 
  • 9:00–10:00 AM
    • Mind, Body, and Spirit Breakout Sessions | University Center
  • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 12:00–1:00 PM
    • Lunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 1:30–2:30 PM
    • Understanding College Expectations | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • Join the mentors for some real talk about what college is really like. They’ll discuss some of the big differences between high school and college, translate some of the college jargon, and get you ready for the start of fall classes.
  • 3:00–4:00 PM
    • Self-Advocacy | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • Self-advocacy is critical to your success at Mount Mercy. Learn how to advocate and get the support and resources you need!
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    • Self-Care| Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
      • Self-care is critical to a successful life. Join us for some practical tips on reducing stress and maintaining wellness as you juggle the challenges of college life.
  • 8:00–8:30 PM
    • Mentor Mix-Up | TBD
  • 8:30–9:00 PM
    • Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | TBD
  • 7:15–9:00 AM
    • Breakfast | McAuley Dining Center 
  • 9:00–10:00 AM
    • Summer Wrap-Up with Jennifer | Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
  • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Mask Up, Mustangs! Presentations| McAuley Auditorium
  • 12:00–1:00 PM
    • Lunch | McAuley Dining Center
  • 1:30–2:30 PM
    • Group Photo | Rohde Family Plaza
  • 5:00–6:00 PM
    • Dinner | McAuley Dining Center
  • 6:30–8:00 PM
    • Project Connect Talent Show | McAuley Theater
      • Calling all singers, dancers, spoken word artists, musicians, jugglers, comedians, and the like. Share your unique talents at the 2nd Annual Project Connect Talent Show!

Mustang Welcome

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline for participating in Project Connect?

While there is no absolute deadline, we encourage students to apply for the summer program before July 1.

Am I required to live on campus to participate?

Yes, part of the summer component is that you live on campus and participate in all of the included activities and programming.    

What are the costs associated with Project Connect?

Project Connect is a free program for all those who are eligible. 

What are some of the benefits of participating in Project Connect?

Project Connect addresses some of the issues students struggle with most as they transition from high school to college. You’ll  benefit from participation in the summer program through community engagement, academic preparation, understanding university resources, and friendships with fellow students before the fall semester begins. These benefits continue throughout the academic year for those students who choose to also participate in the College Success Program.

Who’s eligible for Project Connect?

Any student who is low-income (Pell Grant eligible), a racial or ethnic minority, or a first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a four-year degree). Your FAFSA must be filed prior to July 1, and milestones must be completed.