Faculty Achievements

Awards and Recognition

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology, is a visiting Scholar, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa.

Alesia Hruska-Hageman, Assistant Professor of Biology, received the Iowa Academy of Science's Distinguished Iowa Science Teaching Award for 2012. 

Deb Oliver, Director of MBA Program, was chosen as one of the nine 2012 Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal. 

Community Presentations and Service 

April Dirks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, was invited to present on the topic of child welfare and parental rights as part of a professional panel on the KCRG-TV, Channel 9 show called Ethical Perspectives on the News.

Mary Ducey, Professor of Philosophy, moderated eight episodes of ‘Ethical Perspectives on the News’, a panel discussion televised on Sunday mornings on KCRG, the ABC affiliate. She is also on the planning committee for the show.  She also gave four lectures at Westminster Presbyterian Church on religious and ethical themes in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. She will be giving four lectures on St. Thomas Aquinas at First Presbyterian Church in May. She had two radio interviews on WMT, one on St. Valentine and one on St. Patrick. She also had a lecture in March on St. Patrick for the Theology on Tap program. She also serves on the Faith Formation Commission, which directs religious education at All Saints Parish and School.

Jim Grove, Professor of English, led the Faculty Development Workshop, “Are the Humanities Now a Luxury?” at Mount Mercy.

Kathryn Hagy, Associate Professor of Art, spoke as a Global Issue Series at Mount Mercy on "Between Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Art in Nepal."

Alesia Hruska-Hageman, Assistant Professor of Biology, presented a workshop, “Extracting DNA from Kiw,i” at the Open Minds Open Doors conference for middle school girls on STEM careers at Mount Mercy. She and all of the science faculty (Joe Nguyen, Kris Keuseman, Ryan Bezy, Neil Bernstein, and Edy Parsons) along with several of their students are conducting an after school enrichment program on science topics for Erskine Elementary School.

Joe Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, served as a State Science Olympiad Judge for Crime Busters and Forensics Science Events, a Finalist Judge for the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair.

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Elizabeth Kleiman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, co- presented at Open Mind, Open Doors conference for middle school girls. This conference was to increase their interest in STEM sciences.

Bob Walker, Associate Professor of Business, led two Webinars (Web-based Seminars), “Incorporating Values into the Personal finance Class,” March 8th, 2012, and “Using Social Media to enrich Your Personal Finance Class,” March 21, 2012, sponsored by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Conference Presentations

Ayman Amer, Associate Professor of Economics, presented a paper, “Rising US Income Inequality: Empirical Explanations,” at the Northeast Business & Economics Association Conference in Philadelphia.

Dawn Behan, Associate Professor of Education, co-presented a paper, “Eat Your Breakfast, Honey: Eating for Success in School and Beyond,” at the 3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy, and Society, in France. She also co-presented a paper, “Teachers’ Perspectives on How to Cope with a Learning Disability: Been There, Done That—with Success!” at the Iowa Learning Disabilities Association in Iowa. She also co-presented “Preparing Students with ADHD for Success: The Power of Self-Determination Skills” at the CHADD 23rd Annual International Conference on ADHD in Florida, and co-presented another paper, “Are We Meeting the Needs of Students with Challenging Behaviors? The Use of FBA, BIP, and PBIS,” at the American  Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in Chicago.

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology, co-presented a paper, “An Update on Declining Yellow Mud Turtles (Kinosternon flavescens) in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri,” and another paper, “Range-wide Molecular     Phylogenetics of the North American Box Turtles (Terrapene),”  at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Minnesota.

Adriana Buliga-Stoian, Assistant Professor of Political Science, presented a paper, “The Politics of Judicial Review: Courts and the Electoral Calculus,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Seattle, WA. She also presented the same paper at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Portland, OR.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology, presented a paper, “Continuing Significance of Diversity: Globalization and the Need for a Paradigm Shift in Teaching Ethnic Studies,” at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Arizona.  He also presented a paper, “Contested Memorial Landscapes and Collective Memory; The Case of South Carolina State House Grounds,” at the International Conference of Spaces and Flows in Italy.

Don Damsteegt, Professor of Psychology, presented a workshop, Ethics of Social Media Use,” at the Spring Conference of the Iowa Psychological Association.

Chris DeVault, Assistant Professor of English, presented a paper, "Confessions of a Grey-Faced Paralytic: The Complete Witness of 'The Sisters,'" at the 2011 North American James Joyce Conference in California. He also presented a paper, "'We Will Only Exist as My Inventions': The Ethics of Narrative Play in Atonement," at the 2011 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in St. Louis, MO. He will also present a paper, “Amatory Darwinism in Finnegans Wake” at the 2012 International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin, Ireland, this summer.

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Melody Graham, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Jan Handler, Vice Provost, co-presented a poster, “Scholarship:  It's Not What You Think: A Campaign to Increase Student Awareness of Faculty-Student Research,” at the Gateways to Best Practices for Undergraduate Research Program Directors - URPD Conference in St. Louis, MO. They also co-presented this poster at the International Perspectives On Undergraduate Research and Inquiry: A Scholarly Discussion Conference.

April Dirks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Joni Howland, Associate Professor of Social Work, co-presented a paper, “Sustaining strong social work education: Using the feminist perspective to empower junior faculty,” at the 29th Annual BPD (The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors) Conference in Portland, OR. April will also present a paper, “Protection for Undocumented Children,” at the Cambio de Colores: Latinos in the Heartland 11th Annual Conference at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  

Adam Ebert, Assistant Professor of History, presented a paper, “Science and Spiritual Sensation: Natural History vs. Vivisection in 19th-Century England,” at the 33rd Annual Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference on “Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit” at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He also presented a paper, “The Problem of ‘impurity and sluttishness’: Food Quality and British Honey Markets, c. 1800-191,” at the Agricultural History Society Annual Conference at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology, will present a poster, “Invariance of Saucier’s Subcomponents of the NEO-FFI: A Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis,” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.

Joe Givvin, Professor of Philosophy, presented a paper, "Using Humor and  the Philosophy of Humor in  Introductory Philosophy," in the 2012 AAPT Workshop-Conference held at St. Edward’s University, in Texas.

Jim Grove, Professor of English, presented a paper, “A Small Film at the Crossroads of Large American Issues: Immigration, 9/11, and Human Rights in The Visitor.” at the International Crossroads Conference, University of Toulouse, France. He will also present a paper, “The Opening Quick Draw of True Grit: The Pleasures the Coen Brothers Meeting Mattie Ross and John Wayne.” at “From the Blank Page to the Silver Screen” 4th Annual Conference, University of Maine, France in June.

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing, presented, “School Nursing Documentation & Electronic Health Records: Achieving Coordinated Care,” and “Review for National School Nurse Certification Exam,” at the Iowa School Nurse Organization. She also presented, “Book Club: Glass Castles,” at the National Association of School Nurses Conference.

Carol Heim, Associate Professor of Nursing, presented a paper, “Strategies for teaching prioritization and delegation: A step toward success,” at the Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference in Minneapolis.

Amanda Humphrey, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, presented a paper, “Using Literature to Develop Reflective Judgment in Criminal Justice Students,” at the American Society of Criminology 2011 Annual Meeting.

Chad Loes, Professor of Criminal Justice, presented a paper, “Diversity Experiences and Motivation to Learn: Is There a Link?” at the Higher Education: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing Future Conference in North Carolina. He also presented a paper, “The impact of college residence and diversity experiences on the development of critical thinking in first-year college students,” at the conference held by the American Educational Research Association in Vancouver.

Charlotte Martin, Professor of Religious Studies, presented a paper, “University Education as Trojan Horse for the Common Good,” at the Newman Association of America in Manchester, NH.

Ellen O’Keefe, Associate Professor of Education, presented a paper, “Successful Transitioning from High School to Postsecondary Education” at the IDA Regional Conference in Illinois. She and Dawn Behan, Associate Professor of Education, also co-presented a paper, “Preparing Students with ADHD for Success: The Power of Self-Determination Skills” at the CHADD Conference in Florida. She also presented a paper, “Real World Behavior Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities”, at the LDA Conference in Iowa. She presented another paper, "Are We Meeting the Needs of Students with Challenging Behaviors? The Use of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Positive Behavioral Supports" in the AACTE Conference in Chicago.

Joy Ochs, Professor of English, presented a talk on “Experiential Learning and Partners in the Parks” at the conference of the Upper Midwest Honors Council.

Edy Parsons, Associate Professor of History, presented a paper, “American Boxer Indemnity Fund and Tsing Hua College in the Early Twentieth-Century China,” at the 40th Annual Meeting - Southwest Conference on Asian Studies.

Jennie S. Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Education, will present a paper, ““Not Your Father’s Lecture” – Web 2.0 and Higher Order Thinking Skills in the Higher Ed Classroom,” at the American Association of University Professors in Washington, D.C.

Belkis Suárez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented a paper, "Una aproximación literaria y cinematográfica a la Venezuela de la Revolución del siglo XXI," at the 61st Annual Conference in Oklahoma of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies (MALAS). She also presented a paper, "La mujer en el cine venezolano," at the 59th  Annual Conference of the Southeastern Conference for Latin American Studies (SECOLAS). She will present a paper, "La violencia urbana en Venezuela una mirada cinematográfica y literaria,” at the conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Tracy Tunwall, Assistant Professor of Business, presented a paper, “Sustainability of the Workplace,” at the International Conference on Human Resource Management and Professional Development in the Digital Age in Singapore.

Mary Vermillion, Professor of English, presented a paper, "Shakespearean Universality: A Prison-Based Service-Learning Project," at the Cambridge Shakespeare Conference in Britain.

Doctoral Degrees 

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing, completed her Ph.D. degree in Nursing at University of Iowa in July 2011.

Grants 

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology, received a grant in the amount of $18,000 from MidAmerican Energy and Monsanto, Inc. He also received a grant in the amount of $1900 from McElroy Foundation. These two grants will help fund his 2012 summer project.

Kathryn Hagy, Associate Professor of Art, received 2011 Artist Grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

Alesia Hruska-Hageman, Assistant Professor of Biology, received R.J. McElroy Trust Student/Faculty Research Grant with student Joe Zach. The grant was entitled “Examining the interaction between PICK1 (Protein interacting with C Kinase) and Luman Recruitment Factor (LRF)”

Guest Lecture 

Ayman Amer, Associate Professor of Economics, was invited to present a paper, “Financial Institutions in the Middle East,” at Wartburg College in May. 

David Doerge, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented the closing lecture in the summer program for foreign attorneys at the Gould School of Law, University of Southern California.

Mary Tarbox, Professor of Nursing, was invited to present a talk on “Institute of Medicine, Future of Nursing” at Iowa Nurses Association Lobby Day. She was also invited to present a talk on “Institute of Medicine, Future of Nursing; Implications for School Nurses” at Iowa School Nurses Association.

Honour Society 

Tracy Tunwall, Assistant Professor of Business, was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Mount Mercy 2011-12 Faculty Forum 

Ayman Amer, Associate Professor of Economics, presented a paper, “Explaining Three Decades of Rising US Income Inequality,” at Mount Mercy University’s Faculty Forum.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology, presented a paper, “Globalization and Brain Drain,” at Mount Mercy University’s Faculty Forum.

Charlotte Martin, Professor of Religious Studies, presented a paper, “University Education as Trojan Horse for the Common Good,” at Mount Mercy University’s Faculty Forum.

Joe Sheller, Associate Professor of Communication, presented a paper, “The Iowa Caucuses 2012:  The Last Hurrah?” at Mount Mercy University’s Faculty Forum.

Professional Service

Ayman Amer, Associate Professor of Economics, served as a panelist at  the Economics of Migration - Midwest Economics Association Conference in Illinois.

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology, published a book review  of Cognitive and Neuroscientific Aspects of Human Love: A Guide for Marriage and Couples Counseling in the Journal of Neurotherapy.

Chris DeVault’s, Assistant Professor of English, review of Janine Utell's book, James Joyce and the Revolt of Love, was accepted for publication by the James Joyce Literary Supplement. His review of Approaches to Teaching Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway was accepted for publication by the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. His review of the 2011 North American James Joyce Conference was published in the International James Joyce Foundation newsletter.

David Doerge, Associate Professor of Political Science, was reappointed for another 3 year term to the Nominating Committee, Arthur Ross Book Award, Council on Foreign Relations.  

Adam Ebert, Assistant Professor of History, serves as Vice President of Linn County Historical Society Board of Directors.

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology, serves as a reviewer of manuscript for Biologics: Targets & Therapy (Dove Press), Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Spanish Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, and Psychological Reports.

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing, serves as a member of the Midwest Dairy Health and Wellness Advisory Council.

Kathryn Hagy, Associate Professor of Art, served as a guest art judge for the Grant Wood Arts Festival in Anamosa.

Charlotte Martin, Professor of Religious Studies, has been selected as President of Women for Peace Iowa.

Joy Ochs, Professor of English, facilitated a round table discussion (“Creating Community at Small Colleges”) at the conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, organized a special session for MAA Sectional Meetings, Central College, Iowa. She and Elizabeth Kleiman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, organized 2012 STEM Mom's Night Out which was funded by STEM on April 23rd at Mount Mercy.

Belkis Suárez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, will serve as an organizer and a chair of a panel, "La violencia urbana en Venezuela: visiones desde la literatura, el cine y la sociología", at the conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Mary Tarbox, Professor of Nursing, completed a review for Choice Magazine: Takeshita, C (2012) Global Biopolitics of the IUD. As a member of Statewide Task Force, she also helped review process for On-line registration of Deaths – Iowa Nurses Association Representative. As a member of Statewide Task Force (IOM0Future of Nursing), she also helped establish seamless transition for RN’s to achieve BSN.- Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing representative.

Dina Timofeeva, Assistant of Business, serves as a volunteer member of a Financial Committee at Linn County Public Health Department.

Publications, Exhibits, Performances

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology, co-authored an article, “Response of a yellow mud turtle (Kinosternon flavescens) community to habitat change: Management implications for a nature preserve”, and it was published in Natural Areas Journal.

Ryan Bezy, Assistant Professor of Biology, co-authored an article, “Light-dependent attenuation of phycoerythrin gene expression reveals convergent evolution of green light sensing in cyanobacteria,” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Nancy Brauhn, Professor of Nursing, authored an encyclopedia entry, “The Current Status of Divorce in Iowa,” in Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia which will be published in 2013.

Deb Brydon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, co-authored an encyclopedia entry, “GPS offender monitoring,” in Encyclopedia of Community Corrections.

Don Damsteegt, Professor of Psychology, published an article, “Stress in America Survey 2011,” in the Iowa Psychologist.

Chris DeVault’s, Assistant Professor of English, book, Joyce's Love Stories, was accepted for publication by Ashgate Publishing Ltd. His essay, "'The Memory of Parnell': Juridical and Ethical Testimony in 'Ivy Day in the Committee Room,'" was accepted for publication by the James Joyce Quarterly.

April Dirks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, published “Protection for undocumented children: Sexual abuse among Latino children living in the heartland,” in S. Jeanetta & C. Valdivia (Eds.). Cambio de Colores: Latinos in the Heartland.

Adam Ebert, Assistant Professor of History, published an article, “Nectar for the Taking: The Popularization of Scientific Bee Culture in England, 1609-1809,” in Agricultural History.

Ron Feldt’s, Professor of Psychology, article, “Social Cognitive Model of College Satisfaction:  A Test of Measurement and Path Models,” was accepted to be published in College Student Journal. Feldt’s article, “Development of a brief measure of college stress: The College Student Stress Scale,” was originally published in 2008 in Psychological Reports, and now the article has been accepted for inclusion in the Labome.Org database, and the PsycTESTS database (American Psychological Association).

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing, co-authored an article, “Harnessing the Power of Student Health Data: Choosing Electronic School Health Documentation Systems,” in NASN School Nurse. 

Kathryn Hagy, Associate Professor of Art, had artwork included as 2012 Solo exhibit entitled "Water Pilgrimage" at Iowa Hall Gallery–Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also had artwork included as 2012 Part of a group exhibit entitled "Lure of the Local: Collecting the Corridor 2006-11," Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Lure of the Local, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also had artwork includes as 2011 Solo exhibit entitled "Capturing Confluence" at Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She had artwork includes as 2011 Part of a group exhibit entitled "USEF-Nepal 50th Anniversary Exhibit" at Siddhartha Art Gallery,  Kathmandu, Nepal. Her artwork was also included in 2011 Part of a group exhibit entitled SECAC Member Exhibit" at SCAD Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, Georgia. Hagy’s article, "Between Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Art in Nepal," was published in ASIANetwork: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. She also had "Observation Essay/Duranes", Arts, Music, Literatures: Cultures and Identity in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, National Collegiate Honors Council Institute, ed. Sara Quay, 2011.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology, published an article, “The New Phase of Globalization and Brain Drain: Migration of Educated and Skilled Iranians to the United States,” in the International Journal of Social Economics. His article, “Contested Memorial Landscapes and Collective Memory; The Case of South Carolina State House Grounds,” will be published in the International Journal of Spaces and Flows.

Dina Timofeeva, Assistant of Business, published an article, “The Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) on Foreign Private Issuers,” in Innovation Processes of Regions.

Tracy Tunwall, Assistant Professor of Business, published an article, “Sustainability of the Workplace,” in the International GSTF Business Review Journal.

Mary Vermillion’s, Professor of English, first two novels--Death by Discount and Murder by Mascot--were reissued as eBooks by Regal Crest. Her third novel, Seminal Murder, will be published by Regal Crest in May.

Bob Walker’s, Associate Professor of Business, text book, Personal Finance: Building your Future, was published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin. His dissertation, “Business internships and their relationship with retention, academic performance and degree completion,” was released by ProQuest.

Faculty-Student Research Collaborations and Co-presentations 

Neil Bernstein,  Professor of Biology, and his students, Samantha Frost, Rachel Fendrich, Andrew McCollum, co-presented, “Ornate Box Turtle Hatchling Home Range,” at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science in Iowa.  He and his student, Kristopher Slutts, co-presented a paper, “Sand dune succession following removal of pine planting: impacts on microclimates, habitat succession, and ornate box turtles,” at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science in Iowa.

Ryan Bezy, Assistant Professor of Biology, mentored his research assistant, Aaron Lacy while doing his research project. Lacy presented a poster, “Effect of nitrogen limitation upon the growth of the freshwater cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa,” at the Iowa Academy of Sciences conference.

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology, sponsored three student poster presentations. Megan Vogel, Kyla Lindley and Allison Roe, presented a poster, “Personality, Emotional Intelligence, Emotion Regulation, Metacognitive Self-Regulation, and Test Anxiety: A Correlational Analysis,” at the UNI CSBS Student Research Conference and the Pathways Scholarship Festival at Mount Mercy University.

Jim Grove, Professor of English, and Chris DeVault, Assistant Professor of English, co-mentored their Pathways to Scholarship Project research assistant, Stephanie Russel. She presented, “The Ethics of Narrative Play: Atonement and Film Adaptation,” at the Pathways Scholarship Festival at Mount Mercy University.

Alesia Hruska-Hageman, Assistant Professor of Biology, and her students, Ben Reinhart, Joe Zach, co-presented a poster, “Cloning Luman Recruitment Factor (LRF) into a mammalian expression vector to test its interaction with Protein Interacting with C Kinase (PICK1),” at the Iowa Academy of Science. She also mentored her Pathways to Scholarship Project research assistant, Alex Holsinger. He presented, “Optimizing methods for transfecting and labeling mammalian cells to test the interation between PICK1 and LRF,” at the Pathways Scholarship Festival at Mount Mercy University.

Norma Linda Mattingly, Associate Professor of Education, and her student, Stacy Sedlacek, co-presented a paper, “I’m Done Waiting … Moving Forward with Early Childhood English Instruction,” at the Iowa Culture and Language Conference.

Joe Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, co-presented a poster with his research assistant, Molly First, at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science. He also co-presented a poster, “Understanding Essential Herpesvirus Assembly Interactions,” with his research assistant at the FUTURE in Biomedicine Research Symposium, and University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Conference in Iowa City. Joe and Molly also co-presented a paper, “Characterization of Essential Herpesvirus Assembly Interactions,” at the FUTURE in Biomedicine Research Symposium.

Edy Parsons, Associate Professor of History, mentored her Pathways to Scholarship Project research assistant, Ryan Dunbar. He presented, “Red Star Rising: Superpower of the 21st Century,” at the Pathways Scholarship Festival at Mount Mercy University.

Jan Rohner, Professor of Education, Nancy Merryman, Associate Professor of Education, Jennifer Rasmussen, Assistant Professor of Education, and a student, Holly Becker, co-presented a paper, “Words count: Vocabulary learning strategies for young children and for pre-service teacher educators,” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition.

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, mentored two students, Sabine Kassis and Brittany Shanklin. They presented a poster on the Mathematical Model of Print and Electronic Textbook Sales at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics held at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Stehnova attended the conference as their mentor, was invited and participated in the faculty panel for the undergraduate research.

Student Co-Curricular Collaboration

Alesia Hruska-Hageman, Assistant Professor of Biology, and all of the science faculty (Joe Nguyen, Kris Keuseman, Ryan Bezy, Neil Bernstein, and myself) along with several of their students are conducting an after school enrichment program on science topics for Erskine Elementary School.

Kathryn Coulter, Associate Professor of Business, and Scot Reisinger started a new service activity this year called Good Sport Day. They invited the 3rd graders from our partner schools, Arthur and Erskine Elementary to come to Mount Mercy. Student athletes of Mount Mercy did role playing on how to be a good sport in different sports situations and our SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team worked with them on nutritious eating.

Steve Gilmour, Associate Professor of Accounting, and Mount Mercy students Lesa Caspers, Carrie Werning and Jodi Burgess attended the 2012 Accounting Summit in Coralville from February 16-18th. The Summit provided an opportunity to interact with faculty, students and accounting professionals from across the United States. It allowed attendees to learn first-hand the current challenges facing the accounting profession and provided opportunities to engage in discussion, case-based learning activities and hear presentations from individuals in leadership positions throughout the accounting profession. Gilmour facilitated small group discussions of several cases that involved grappling with a practical accounting issue, including ethical considerations as paramount in importance.

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was invited to the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium, and bringing few of Mount Mercy students to represent Mount Mercy University. She organized,prepared and brought a team of mathematics majors (Sabine Kassis, Brittany Shanklin, Jarod Heims) to compete at the Iowa Math Modeling Contest (IMMC 2011).

2012 Summer Scholarship Awards 

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology 

Ryan Bezy, Assistant Professor of Biology

Adriana Buliga-Stoian, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology

Christopher DeVault, Assistant Professor of English

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology

David Doerge, Associate Professor of Political Science

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology

Jim Grove, Professor of English

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Kathryn Hagy, Associate Professor of Art

Alesia Hruska-Hageman, Assistant Professor of Biology

Kris Keuseman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Joe Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Joy Ochs, Professor of English

Cathy Penn, Associate Professor of Nursing

Belkis Suárez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dina Timofeeva, Assistant Professor of Business

Rick Zingher, Professor of Social Work

Tenure and Promotions 

Dr. Ellen O’Keefe was promoted to Professor 

Jennifer Rasmussen was promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Dawn Behan, Associate Professor of Education, was grand tenure. 

Anne King was promoted to Assistant Professor 

Lisa Smith was promoted to Assistant Professor