Alumni Discovery Project

Mount Mercy alumni have a valuable story to tell and an incredible impact to make on this University. We are on a mission to get to know our alumni in a better and more direct way. Through the Discovery Project, Mount Mercy University's Office of Development & Alumni Relations will conduct an innovative outreach effort to engage alumni. As a result of the project, increased alumni investment and commitment will drive Mount Mercy University toward its mission to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives.

The Discovery Project has been launched to build two-way dialogue between the university and its alumni, giving them the opportunity to share their stories, perspectives, ideas, and to begin shaping the future of the institution.

We want to hear your story.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Discovery Project?
The Discovery Project is an initiative at Mount Mercy University designed to engage our proud alumni by sharing conversations and stories about their lives since graduation. As an institution that values an education that inspires students to discover knowledge, build community, and lead courageous lives we see this project as a perfect fit for discovering the many accomplishments of our alumni.

Who is chosen to be interviewed?
We hope to meet with a wide range of alumni during this initiative. Alumni selected for the Discovery Project will receive an email or phone call from a Mount Mercy representative who will set up a convenient meeting time for the two of you and answer any questions you may have regarding the project.

What will the interviews cover? 
The interview is a great chance to share your story! It will focus on your life since graduation, the memories of your alma mater, and your impressions of Mount Mercy University today. You will also have the opportunity to ask about the latest happenings at Mount Mercy. You will not be filmed or recorded, but the Mount Mercy representative may take minimal notes in the course of your conversation.

Does Mount Mercy really want to hear what I have to say? 
Absolutely. The voice of each alum is important to us. It's our hope to learn from a wide range of alumni experiences.

Who will be conducting the interviews?
A representative from the Mount Mercy University Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

How long will the interviews be?
We anticipate the one-time interview will take an hour. We plan to stick to that time frame in order to honor your time and theirs.

Where will the interviews take place?
Interviews will take place in a coffee shop, an office building, on campus, or another professional and public location in which both parties agree to.

Will I be asked for money during the interview?
No. We simply want to hear your stories.

Will the Mount Mercy representative take notes during the meeting? 
Each representative’s style will vary. There may be a chance the representative takes notes in order to recall important information about your story.

What will you do with the information from the interviews?
The information collected as part of the interviews will help strengthen the programs, services and communications we offer to alumni around the globe. The University hopes to learn how to care more effectively for its students and alumni as a result of these interviews.

I have a few more questions. Whom may I contact?
Please contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at or call 319-286-4412.