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Mount Mercy University is committed to keeping in communication with the campus community as the rapidly evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation unfolds.

For more information and updates, visit our Coronavirus webpage.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mount Mercy University is committed to keeping in communication with the campus community as the rapidly evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation unfolds. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community continue to be our priority as we navigate this global health issue. It's especially important for members of the MMU community to support one another through this ever-evolving time.

How is MMU monitoring the situation?

We're regularly reviewing information from the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Linn County Public Health regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus. We'll continue to follow the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Linn County Public Health.

The best way to prevent any illness (including COVID-19) is to practice good hygiene and common measures, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, cell phones, etc.) and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Improve your immune system by getting enough rest, exercising regularly, and eating healthy.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The use of face masks is crucial for health care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Recent Campus Updates

Mount Mercy University applied for and received funding from the federal government under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as authorized by the CARES Act. These funds were made available to colleges and universities for expenses related to educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

MMU received $1,221,083 in total funding.  $610,542 (50%) of the funds received are specifically allocated to cash grants for MMU students affected by COVID-19.  Under guidelines provided by the federal government, 1,142 students were determined to be eligible for the grants.  As of May 7, 2020 $607,015 of grants have been distributed by check to 1,142 students. 

As required by the U.S. Department of Education, grants were disbursed only to students who are eligible to receive Title IV funds.  In compliance with federal guidelines, each student’s check was calculated based on the following criteria:

  • Students enrolled on March 15, 2020
  • Students living on-campus and required by Governor Reynolds to move off-campus
  • Students whose institutional scholarships were impacted
  • Students whose fees and/or declining balances were impacted
  • Students no longer able to work on-campus 

Your patience during this unprecedented time has been greatly appreciated.  If you have additional financial needs due to COVID-19, please contact complete the online COVID-19 Assistance Application.

For the majority of our community, this is finals week and we want to wish you all the best of luck studying, supporting, mentoring, grading, and completing this week.

  • Commencement Weekend: We are looking forward celebrating the Class of 2020 this weekend virtually. We will update our Commencement website, as well as the Mount Mercy University homepage, and on our official social media channels with links to all of the celebrations we hope you will join. You will also receive an email from our Marketing Department prior to the activities that will give you access to view the Mount Mercy University commencement activities that will be hosted on our YouTube channel. Please note the celebration times below:
    • Honors Convocation: Friday, May 15th at 4pm
    • Nursing Pinning: Saturday, May 16th at 2pm
    • Commencement Mass: Sunday, May 17th at 9:30am
    • Commencement: Sunday, May 17th at 1pm
  • Cap and Gowns: Many students have ordered their cap and gown having it delivered either to their home, picked it up on campus in the bookstore, or deciding to either cancel the order or order later when we plan to get together for an in-person celebration during Homecoming Weekend this fall (September 25-27, 2020).  If you need to contact Herff Jones about your order, please refer to the site they created for Mount Mercy University
  • Fall Planning: As we mentioned previously, our Pandemic Response Task Force continues to consult with local and statewide officials as we make plans for a safe and healthy return to in-person courses and campus activities this fall. We will keep you informed of our planning process and would be glad to hear your viewpoint (please feel free to email nklein@mtmercy.edu).  We are going to be implementing several safety measures over the summer to help support the health and well-being of our campus community; please be sure to check your email over the summer for updates.  For those MMU students who have always been in our award winning online programs, we will continue to have online education as well!
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Mount Mercy University worked hard to obtain and has received funds from the federal government under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as authorized by the CARES Act. These funds were made available to colleges and universities to provide cash grants to students for expenses related to educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • The funds were distributed under the guidelines provided by the federal government.  As required by the U.S. Department of Education, grants were disbursed only to students who are eligible to receive Title IV funds.  Also, per federal guidelines, students enrolled exclusively in online programs are not eligible for these funds.  At Mount Mercy, each student’s emergency grant was calculated based on the following criteria:
      • Students enrolled on March 15, 2020
      • Students living on-campus and required by Governor Reynolds to move off-campus
      • Students whose institutional residential scholarships were impacted
      • Students who fees and/or declining balances were impacted
      • Students no longer able to work on-campus
    • Based on the federal guidelines and the policies of the University, no further adjustments will be made to students’ accounts. The funds will be distributed by check in the next week.  Since this grant is in the form of a check directly to the impacted student, it does not affect your Mount Mercy student account balance.  To see the current balance of your account, please log in to myMountMercy at https://selfservice.mtmercy.edu/.  Your patience during this unprecedented time has been greatly appreciated.  If you have additional financial needs due to COVID-19, please contact finaid@mtmercy.edu to inquire about other assistance available. 

Remember as Catherine McAuley said, “Each day is a step we make towards eternity and we shall continue thus to step from day to day until we take the last step, which will bring us into the presence of God.”

This week we want to give special recognition to all of our teachers and nurses, both in practice and in training during Nurse/Teacher Appreciation Week.  We have all had to pivot in the last couple of months and for those of you that have trained to teach our youth (including those of you taking on that task for the first time at home) and those serving our healthcare needs on campus and in the community, we thank you.

  • Test Iowa: Recently, the State of Iowa launched a website to support in the tracking and assessment of COVID-19.  We are asking that all students and employees visit the State of Iowa’s testing site (https://www.testiowa.com/).  This site is a self-assessment tool that  allows the state to best mobilize available resources to test, assess, and combat COVID-19.  The assessment will not be able to diagnose if you do or do not have COVID-19, rather it asks several questions to better understand your symptoms and situation to assess if you should be tested.  The state is setting up testing sites, so if your assessment does indicate you should be tested, you will receive a unique QR code to bring with you to the testing site.  Mount Mercy University would not receive any of this information.
  • Fall Planning: The Pandemic Response Task Force continues to consult with local and statewide officials as we make plans for a safe and healthy return to in-person courses and campus activities this fall. We will keep you informed of our planning process and would be glad to hear your viewpoint (please feel free to email nklein@mtmercy.edu).  Of course, we will have contingency plans made as well should that return to in-person education not be possible. For those MMU students who have always been in our award winning online programs, we will continue to have online education as well!
  • Employee Update & End-of-Year Recognition: This is a reminder that Mount Mercy’s End-of-Year Update and Spring Awards Ceremony for employees will be held on Friday, May 8, beginning at 3:00 p.m., via Zoom.  President Laurie Hamen will provide a campus update which will include Q & A.  The awards for outstanding service will also be announced – the Sister Eleanor Cashman Award (staff) and the Sister Wilma Wolf Award (faculty).  In addition, those employees who have a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30-year anniversary or who are retiring or leaving Mount Mercy will be recognized.  An employee happy hour will follow at 4:00 p.m., also via Zoom.  Links to both the Zoom update/Q & A and the happy hour will be sent to all staff and faculty prior to the scheduled events.  A video recording of the presentation will be available on the President’s Office intranet page for those who are unable to join the meeting.

As May begins and we continue to experience a new temporary normal, we ask all to remember what Catherine McAuley showed through her actions and words, “Our charity is to be cordial.  Now cordial signifies something that renews, invigorates and warms.  Such should be the effect of our love for each other.”  For many of you, this is the last week prior to finals … we wish you all the best of luck as you wrap up your semester and for those continuing in the block format to continue to be connected to your faculty and the campus during your studies.

Thank you all for continuing to send well wishes, prayers, and kind words to our campus coMMUnity over the last several weeks.  This week we are celebrating #HaveMercy #GiveMercy that will give us a chance to take reflect on all of the good things still happening on the Hill and wherever Mustangs may be.  We wanted to provide a few updates as we continue to respond to COVID-19 each week.

  • Fall Planning: The Pandemic Response Task Force is turning its attention to the question of fall term 2020. We are making plans for a safe and healthy return to in-person courses and campus activities this fall, following the recommendations of public health officials throughout the summer months. We will keep you informed of our planning process and would be glad to hear your viewpoint. Of course, we will have contingency plans made as well should that return to in-person education not be possible. For those MMU students who have always been in our award winning online programs, we will continue to have online education as well!
  • End-of-Year Recognition: Mount Mercy’s End-of-Year Update and Spring Awards Ceremony for employees will be held on Friday, May 8, beginning at 3:00 p.m., via Zoom.  President Laurie Hamen will provide a campus update which will include Q & A.  The awards for outstanding service will also be announced – the Sister Eleanor Cashman Award (staff) and the Sister Wilma Wolf Award (faculty).  In addition, those employees who have a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30-year anniversary or who are retiring or leaving Mount Mercy will be recognized.  An employee happy hour will follow at 4:00 p.m., also via Zoom.  Links to both the Zoom update/Q & A and the happy hour will be sent to all staff and faculty prior to the scheduled events.  A video recording of the presentation will be available on the President’s Office intranet page for those who are unable to join the meeting.
  • Book Returns: Also, it is that time of year to be sure you get your books returned, which can be done in person M-F from 12:00pm until 2:00pm or you can create a free prepaid shipping label by logging into the Bookstore Portal, https://mtmercy.treeoflifebooks.com.  Customer Support available Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST, Sat 10am-2pm EST, Sun (chat/email) 5pm-9pm EST can be reached by phone (888-392-2930) email (support@tolbookstores.com) or via chat with the widget in the bottom right-hand corner.

As we approach #HaveMercy #GiveMercy later this week, please take a moment to recall what Catherine McAuley reminds us of, “No matter how small the gift, God gives the increase.”  Thank you for continuing to check-in on your classmates, friends, teammates, mentors, and colleagues while also making sure you take care of yourself. Our Mount Mercy COVID-19 website is updated each week with information for you and our coMMUnity.

As we traverse our temporary normal together, I hope you can find solace in the words that Catherine McAuley shared with the order of the Sisters of Mercy, “Oh may He look on us with love and pity and then we shall be able to do anything He wishes us to do, no matter how difficult to accomplish or painful to our feeling.”  Someday, a day I hope is soon, we will come back together stronger as a coMMUnity because of what we have done with and for each other.

  • Project Reach Out: During these times, it’s good to stay connected with our students both in and outside of the classroom.  So, Student Services (and several other areas around campus) are reaching out to each of our students.  To date, we have reached out to over 20% of our students to check in on them, provide connections, and resources if a student is in need.  It is important to stay connected while we are physically apart, so thank you all for doing your part to engage.
  • Mercy Medical Center: Today, our temporary housing partnership with Mercy Medical Center begins.  We have 80 rooms in Regina Hall that we are opening up for short-term use by Mercy Medical Center employees.  We have put in place many physical distancing measures to protect the health and well-being of our own Mount Mercy community and the Mercy Medical Center staff.  As of this morning, we have not yet had any reservations at our very own Regina AirBNB.
  • Physical Distancing: We want to thank everyone, wherever you may be, for agreeing to sacrifice our collective desire to be together during this time now so that we can get together sooner rather than later.
  • Re-Opening:  Our plan is to welcome all of our on-campus students back in the Fall while also adhering to the guidance of local, statewide, and national guidelines.  With this in mind, our Pandemic Preparedness Team continues to meet every week to review any updates and create a decision tree that will help in guiding the actions we will take to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.
  • Commencement: As you saw this past week in our messages, we have made the difficult decision to move to a virtual celebration of commencement activities in May while still planning to come back together to celebrate in-person during Homecoming Week/Alumni Reunion Weekend this fall (September 25-27, 2020).  Graduating students will be receiving more information in the weeks and months ahead as it relates to these activities, so please be sure to continue to check your @mtmercy.edu email, even after your classes are complete.
  • #HaveMercyGiveMercy: During these times, it’s important to remember that we are all part of a coMMUnity here on the Hill. So, please be on the lookout for the virtual celebrations we will be having next Thursday, April 30th through Friday, May 1st as we celebrate our annual #HaveMercy #GiveMercy activities to showcase our Mustang pride.

Remember to continue to both check-in on your classmates, friends, teammates, mentors, and colleagues while also making sure you take care of yourself. Our Mount Mercy COVID-19 website is updated each week with information for you and our coMMUnity.

Hello everybody and happy Monday to you and yours.  During this time of physical distancing, please make sure to keep socially connected with your friends, family, faculty, coaches, mentors, colleagues, and classmates during this time.  Even though we can’t be near each other, let’s make sure to continue to lift each other up as we know we have better days ahead together.

  • Campus: As of today, we have ~70 students that have been approved to continue to live on campus with several essential personnel supporting the health, safety, and wellness of our students, employees, and campus community.  Thanks to our partners at Aramark, students will still have access to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in addition to those employees still here on campus, please visit the McAuley Dining Center for access to a bagged lunch in appreciation for your ongoing support.
  • Library: Today at 11am, Governor Kim Reynolds issued additional guidance on closures for certain businesses and libraries have now been included in that update.  We are thankful for our Library staff for being open and available the last few weeks. Beginning tomorrow  the Library will be physically closed with online access still continuing.  You may contact the library at: General assistance: library@mtmercy.edu, (Brightspace) brightspace@mtmercy.edu, (Password assistance) brightspace@mtmercy.edu and help@mtmercy.edu.   Students who have been using reserved textbooks in the library will find those books in ACE.  If students need access to computers or WiFi, please know the University Center is open for student access and the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE in McAuley Hall) has additional computer access. The hours for ACE are Sundays 6-9pm (Closed April 12 for Easter); Monday – Thursday 8am – 9pm.
  • Mustang Market: With the closure of our Library, the Campus Ministry staff will be moving the Mustang Market (on-campus food pantry) to the Campus Ministry area (Busse) with available access from 12-4pm Monday-Thursday. If students or employees need access to the Mustang Market outside of those hours, please contact Helen Blevi (HBlevi@mtmercy.edu).
  • Holy Week: Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.  As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold nation and worldwide, we hope you will take time to join our campus in prayer for all as each of us have been or will be impacted by this situation.  Mission and Ministry has offered Catherine McAuley’s Suscipe as a daily prayer for any that are interested to remind us of our community and Catholic faith.
  • Registration: Last week we had a great start to the registration for courses next year from our undergraduate through graduate programs.  If you have not had a chance to register for courses during this next academic year, please connect with your faculty advisor to set up a time to review your plan and register for classes.
  • Commencement: We received many great ideas via email and had over 60 graduating students on a Zoom call this last week to chat about commencement weekend activities.  The commencement committee is meeting today to discuss all the options and we will communicate the final update by this Friday, April 10, 2020.

In honor of Holy Week, please remember what our foundress reflected on, “All are good and happy.  The blessing of unity still dwells amongst us and oh what a blessing, it should make all else pass into nothing.” 

Remember to continue to both check-in on your family, friends, and colleagues while also making sure you take care of yourself. Our Mount Mercy COVID-19 website is updated daily with information for you and our coMMUnity.

The Mercy Way

The Mercy Way: Statement of Equity, Respect, and Inclusion During COVID-19 Crisis

As an institution committed to upholding the Mercy way, let us be reminded: Our name is Mercy. Our spirit is compassion. As a Catholic Mercy institution of higher education, we uphold the inherent dignity and worth of all people. We denounce all acts of hatred and seek to build equity for all.

COVID-19 has affected everyone, across all nations and among all people—it is not discriminating. Please ensure that, as members of the Mount Mercy University community, we are representing our commitment to a just and compassionate world. This is not a “China virus,” and we will not represent any group of people in a demeaning way.

Due to COVID-19, many have chosen to wear masks as a courtesy and precaution, which may protect themselves and others. This is out of respect and should be treated in that way.

We are all in this together! Wherever we are in the world right now, we are all part of the Mount Mercy University community and are expected to reflect global consciousness and behave in the spirit of compassion.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

General questions

All courses for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester will be offered online/virtual. Thank you to our dedicated faculty who have spent the last month thinking about and working to transition their courses online. While they may prefer to teach face-to-face, we feel this is in the best interest of the common good. Making the decision now allows our faculty and students the opportunity to plan for the rest of the semester instead of changing week-by-week.

  • Clinical/Field/Internship Experience: Those students participating in a clinical, finishing field experience, or at an internship (either on or off-campus) are continuing as they are scheduled, although that may change with your particular site. Like other state and accrediting organizations, we will be flexible and proactive with monitoring the situation so you can make progress towards graduation. Please connect with your clinical/field experience/internship advisors if you have questions or you hear differently from the places you are working.

  • Registration: Many students have asked about registration for classes this next year, and while we know that can seem like a long ways away, it’s important that students identify the courses they need in partnership with their faculty to achieve their goal of degree completion.

  • Academic Support: We know that switching to online learning is new to many students. While there can be greater flexibility with online learning, there must be a corresponding increase in dedication to the course. We suggest that students develop a routine for completing coursework like you do now. The routine will help you stay on track. If you need assistance please know that our resources are available to you. Here are email connections for various support services; Library (Library@mtmercy.edu), Academic Center for Excellence (ACE@mtmercy.edu) and the Registrar (Registrar@mtmercy.edu).

  • Student Support: If you are in need of support outside of academics including mental/physical health, career support, student engagement, residence life, diversity, or others, know that members of the Student Service team will be on campus during this time in the University Center, or feel free to connect via email (nklein@mtmercy.edu) if you have any questions.

Please note the following: 

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot spots.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for two months to low-income families, plus all Xfinity hot spots are free to the public during this time.
  • Charter free internet offer for 2 months
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and starting 3/17/2020 will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

As you know, the coronavirus poses a health threat to our entire population, especially to those over the age of 60 and those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.  All of those residing at Sacred Heart fall into this “higher risk” category.

Our main priority is to protect the health and safety of those living at Sacred Heart. To this end, we are constantly reviewing the latest recommendations from our local and state health departments, as well as Mercy Medical Center, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in order to provide the safest possible environment for our Sisters of Mercy and staff.

Based on the latest available information, one important way to enhance our health and safety is to reduce our exposure to potential disease carriers. The fewer people you come in contact with, the less likely you will be to contract COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. 

We will be making some changes to ensure our safety over the next month.

Effective immediately, we are restricting visitors to Sacred Heart. For the immediate future, only visits from community Sisters of Mercy and those ministering at liturgy will be permitted.

 

Class/work absences and personal health

Please seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in, or have recently traveled from, an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms, as well as your affiliation with Mount Mercy University as an employee or student.

Employees, please be sure to proactively enter your time off online or through your supervisor, so we can properly track those people who are away from campus. Also, if you have questions or need support, please contact Michelle Snitselaar (Director of Health Services319.363.1323 x1283 or msnitselaar@mtmercy.edu).

We have been working diligently to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our employees as we continue to serve students living on campus and studying throughout the United States as well as abroad. You will be receiving communication over the next day that our Human Resource department has put together about what our work will look like going forward.

We owe a great debt to many essential personnel on our campus, including our facilities department that has been busy cleaning, disinfecting, and restocking our campus in response to COVID-19.

Due to the new guidance from the Federal Government to extend physical distancing through April 30, 2020, we will be extending the closure of Lundy Fitness, Rinderknecht Athletic Center (RAC), and Hennessey Recreation Center until May 1, 2020.

Events

After reviewing feedback from students and meeting with graduating seniors, Mount Mercy has made the decision to celebrate commencement virtually on May 17, the same day it was originally scheduled. Honors Convocation and Nursing Pinning ceremonies will both be incorporated into commencement. Commencement Mass will be done as a Facebook Live event.

Additionally, graduating seniors will be invited back for a gathering during Alumni Reunion Weekend and Homecoming weekend Sept. 25-27.

More information for seniors and the community soon to come.

According to the Archdiocese of Dubuque guidelines, all public celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled. Therefore, we will not be having Mass in the Chapel of Mercy in the foreseeable future. All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

During this time, the Archbishop will live stream a celebration of Holy Mass each Sunday, as well as the Chrism Mass (and the services for Triduum(Holy Week), if the situation has not changed by then), and will lead the Rosary each week on Thursday. Click here for more information about these live-streamed events.

For international students

The President of the United States recently suspended most travel from Europe. We've been in contact with one Mount Mercy student in Europe, and we’re working on a plan to continue their progress toward graduation. We will also be meeting with our international students in the coming week to talk about current and summer plans for travel.

Please contact Keesha Burke-Henderson if you have any questions about your travel plans.

Re-entry into the U.S. for people traveling from or through impacted countries is outside the control of the university. MMU strongly recommends that everyone reconsider travel to any country outside the United States. We encourage you to monitor developments through the U.S. Department of State and CDC websites.

Students living on campus

Residential Students and Adjustments to Student Accounts

Due to additional guidance shared by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Linn County Public Health, Mount Mercy University is now limiting the occupancy of the University operated housing to students with essential needs only. 

Students with essential needs are defined as those meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Housing or food insecurity
  2. Physically or emotionally unsafe home environment
  3. Unsafe conditions at home due to your own or a family members’ health conditions, including possible COVID-19
  4. Difficulty arranging travel by April 5 (i.e. verified international students or those living >500 miles away)
  5. Lack of reliable internet at home to complete coursework

We are asking all other students to make plans to leave campus as soon as you are able and no later than Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please know that this situation may change again as local, state, or national guidance is received so we recommend you move off campus soon. 

Students - Fill out the Spring 2020 Residency Form by tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by 5 pm CST. Requests submitted via this form will be reviewed for approval by Residence Life and the Vice President for Student Services as quickly as possible, and no later than Friday, March 28. Please understand that due to the design of our residential facilities to have many shared spaces, we are very limited in how we can appropriately isolate individuals to meet recommended guidance from state and local health officials.

Student Accounts: You may receive an adjustment to your student account per your individual housing contract. Additionally, your financial aid may be adjusted based on your specific circumstances. 

The Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices are working as quickly and accurately as possible to make the adjustments.  Following is a timeline of what you can expect as of today.  However, the changing environment may necessitate future timeline changes.

  • March 23-April 10: Process changes in student billings and financial aid for those students moving off-campus
  • April 15: Student account statements posted; no March statements will be published
  • April 17: Refunds for Spring changes processed no later than this date
  • April 22: New Cashnet auto pay date; delayed from April 15

If you have questions about your financial aid and/or student account please call 319-368-6467 or email finaid@mtmercy.edu or studentaccounts@mtmercy.edu.

If you need assistance during this time please contact our residence life staff (ResLife@mtmercy.edu) and our staff will do our very best to assist you.  Please also share this information with your parents/families so they can understand the update on this situation, we will be updating our website with this information yet today.

The MMU dining hall will re-open as planned at 4:45 PM on Sunday, March 22, and continue with normal hours starting Monday, March 23. All meals will be served to-go style. Students will not be allowed to gather and dine in the cafeteria as we encourage social distancing at this time.

As of March 19, while the campus remains open, we are going to transition to card access only throughout the day for each of our buildings on campus.

Spiritual Resources

God our Father, we come to You in our need
to ask Your protection against the coronavirus
that has claimed lives and has affected many.

We pray for Your grace for the people tasked
with studying the nature and cause
of this virus and its disease
and of stemming the tide of its transmission.

Guide the hands and minds of medical experts
that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion
and of those governments and private agencies
that must find cure and solution to this epidemic.

We pray for those afflicted. May they be restored to health soon.
Grant us the grace to work for the good of all
and to help those in need. 

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son
who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen. 

Mount Mercy will be sending out a weekly newsletter with prayer, reflection, and suggestions for how to live compassionately and mercifully in these new and challenging times.

In these trying times, spiritual nourishment can be hard to come by. To aid you as you search for ways to join others in prayer, liturgy, and reflection on how to follow Christ in this new situation, please see the following links below:

  • Bishop Barron is offering daily and Sunday mass through Word on Fire, available for live streaming and on-demand.
  • Notre Dame offers daily and Sunday mass.
  • Mass livestream and rosary livestream are available through the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
  • Oregon Catholic Press has a list of mass, prayer resources, daily scripture, music, and inspiration.
  • St. Louis University’s Center for Liturgy allows you to look at the upcoming Sunday, reflect on the Scripture, “pray to Sunday," and more.

Videos of your local parish’s mass celebration or other prayers can be found on their websites; pastors and parishes are doing their utmost to make spiritual resources available to all who hunger for them.

Archdiocese of Dubuque: Stay up-to-date with statements from Archbishop Jackels and his office. Continue to check for updates and resources during this uncertain time.

The first is the US Bishops’ page. You can click on the calendar day to find readings, along wih lots of other info: https://www.usccb.org

Pray As You Go weaves music with Scripture and reflection. It’s a great way to do a little reflection and prayer, and somebody’s already provided the format. Click here! 

St. Ignatius of Loyola came up with the Examen to allow people to prayerfully reflect on how God acts in every facet of their lives. You can find loads of information and a guide on a simple Examen prayer here

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Taizé is a style of musical prayer comes from an interdenominational Christian community in Taizé, France. It involves simple repetition of a phrase, often from Scripture, set to music. Harmonies, instrumentation, and intricacy ebb and flow throughout. A soloist will sometimes sing further portions of the Scripture passage even as the main phrase continues to pulse. You can look up Taizé music on Spotify or YouTube, but here are a few arrangements and titles:

You’ll find a few links below for spiritual resources online, but you might also be sick and tired of looking at screens for social interaction, academic purposes, work, and spiritual nourishment. To that end, this little spiritual resource corner would like to offer a few suggestions for the spiritual life away from the blue light of a monitor.

Make time for silence. It can be easy, especially if weather’s bad or you simply can’t go outside, to switch from “work” on the screen to “relaxing” with the screen. But sometimes that type of relaxation can be the opposite of refreshing: it serves as a pause of fatiguing work with fatiguing play. Take time to unplug, even if only for a little bit of time, and be away from screens.

Get outside, if you can. If you’re able to take walks, maybe have them serve as time for personal prayer. Tell God what’s going on with your day. Reflect on blessings you’ve encountered, challenges you’re facing, and make them a part of a conversation with God.

Reflect. Have a favorite prayer, or song, or hymn? Take time to reflect on the words. What strikes you today? What inspires? What challenges? Make it a prayer. Or, as said above, take time to reflect on the blessings of your day. You can do this mentally, or writing with a journal...or, if you’re on your own, why not talk aloud? It’s just you and God, after all.

Be intentional. In times like this, especially if you’re quarantined, it can be tempting to view things as mundane, monotonous, meaningless. This is a good time to take to heart the words of St. Teresa of Kolkata: “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” How do you imbue your daily actions with love—for God, for the gift of the body and mind God has given you, for the relationships God has put in your life?

Reflect on readings. Take time to really pray with Scripture; whether you’re looking at the readings for Mass that day, the readings for the upcoming Sunday, reading through a devotional, or picking up the Bible and choosing verses at random, engage with what you read and take time to reflect on it away from the noise of screens and phones.