Mount Mercy University hosts military brunch May 12, signs Statement of Support

Mount Mercy University is veteran friendly and supportive of military personnel

Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen will sign a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserves, a public acknowledgement of the university’s support of military personnel, during a 10 a.m. brunch on Monday, May 12 at the Mount Mercy CRST International Graduate Center.

“Nearly 200 active and discharged personnel are part of Mount Mercy’s family, from students to alumni to staff and Trustees,” said President Laurie Hamen. “The military brunch is a just one way the university can show our support for all military service.”

Brigadier General Steven Altman, deputy commanding general-maneuver for the Iowa Army National Guard, and Dick Rue, state Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) chair will join President Hamen in a short presentation highlighting the university’s military support. Honored guests also include the Mount Mercy University Board of Trustees; Major Ryan Sextro, local commander at the Cedar Rapids armory; veterans and active personnel within Mount Mercy’s student body; as well as alumni, faculty and staff who have served or currently serve our country.

“Mount Mercy University offers veterans an easy transition into college life,” said Lisa Lafler, assistant vice president of marketing and communications. “Our registrar works closely with the VA, our financial aid understands the facets of the G.I. Bill, and we are proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.  I’m delighted to also share that plans for a Veterans Lounge are on track for yet this spring.”

Two days after the military brunch, President Hamen and Lafler will represent the university on the Center of Influence Flight, hosted by Iowa ESGR on May 14. The helicopter flight will give civilian employers the opportunity to learn about the National Guard.

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