Mount Mercy welcomes freshmen into S.T.E.P.S leadership program

Mount Mercy University welcomed twenty new freshmen into the S.T.E.P.S. Leadership Program during a special induction ceremony on January 5 in Mount Mercy's Stello Performance Hall.

The ceremony officially welcomed and inducted the S.T.E.P.S. Class of 2015 into the program through a symbolic pinning, officiated by members of the sophomore S.T.E.P.S. class. Rebecca Cuvelier, a representative of the S.T.E.P.S. junior class, led newly inducted students in the Call to Service, a pledge announcing students' oath to aid others and work to grow as leaders through workshops, events, and personal reflection. Lecturer of Business Anne King served as the keynote speaker, with invocation and blessing led by Executive Director of Mercy Mission and Identity Sr. Shari Sutherland '71.

Mount Mercy's S.T.E.P.S. program is a four-year leadership program built on the foundation of servant leadership. Students accepted into the S.T.E.P.S. program have shown a high degree of interest in learning how to utilize their strengths and abilities in order to contribute effectively and efficiently in the communities in which they live and work. The program focuses on empowering students to develop skills that will aid them in their college experience and in life after graduation.

"Mount Mercy is proud to welcome this energetic and talented group of students into the S.T.E.P.S. program. These twenty freshmen will experience wonderful challenges as they develop and cultivate their skills for serving others in the community. We are excited to see how they will use their leadership skills to positively impact the world for years to come," says Coordinator of Leadership Programs Mindy Chrisman '05.

Students inducted into the S.T.E.P.S. program work to gain a fundamental understanding of leadership by participating in workshops and volunteering with a local service agency. By their senior year, students will be able to assess their growth as a leader and be able to identity and increase the innate strengths that they have as individuals. A capstone trip during their senior year will include a journey to Ireland as students connect servant leadership to the works of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy.

Congratulations to the S.T.E.P.S. Class of 2015!

  • Miranda Beckler, an elementary education major from Tiffin, Iowa
  • Julia Cuvelier, an accounting major from Lawler, Iowa
  • Katerina Althoff, an elementary education major from Farley, Iowa
  • Stephanie Clemens, a nursing major from Granger, Iowa
  • Tess Fewell, a nursing major from Swisher, Iowa
  • Austin Czerwiec, a management major from Muscatine, Iowa
  • Haley Graham, a nursing major from Kalona, Iowa
  • Anna Kelley, a nursing major from Russell, Minn.
  • Deana Knustrom, a nursing major from Fort Madison, Iowa
  • Ryan Miller, a management major from Loves Park, Ill.
  • Kara Oakley, a psychology major from Cedar Rapids
  • Haley Sprague, a nursing major from Muscatine, Iowa
  • Katelyn Till, a fine arts major from Maquoketa, Iowa
  • Matthew Cullen Wermers, a criminal justice major from Rochester, Minn.
  • Nick Wilson, a biology major from Earlville, Iowa
  • Audrey Hayes, a biology major from Clinton, Iowa
  • Laura Campbell, an English major from Central City
  • Baylea Mattison, an elementary education major from Marengo, Iowa
  • Melissa Boyle, a nursing major from Waterloo, Iowa
  • Rachel Vaughn, a nursing major from Blairsburg, Iowa

To view photos of the S.T.E.P.S Induction ceremony, visit Mount Mercy's Facebook page.

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