Tunnel Talk: Week of August 30, 2016

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Week of August 30, 2016









Join the MMU Phonathon Team!

·        Do you like money?

·        What about free food?

·        Fun? Games? PRIZES AND GIFT CARDS?!

Join the Mount Mercy Phonathon team and show your Mustang pride!  Join the fun and help raise money for YOUR university.

Sept. 6–Oct. 13

Monday–Thursday: 3–9 p.m.

Friday–Sat: CLOSED

Sunday: 1:30–9 p.m.

4 hour minimum shift, flexible hours

Contact Paula at pkubovec@mtmercy.edu.

A message from the Registrar

Sept. 1 is the last day to declare pass/fail. Sept. 1 is also the last day to add classes. Contact our Registrar’s Office at registrar@mtmercy.edu or stop in the office at  211 Warde Hall.

No classes Monday, Sept. 5. It’s Labor Day!

Enjoy the day off with family and friends.

Labor Day: Swimming and Grilling at the Villa

Sept. 5 // 3–6 p.m. // Sisters of Mercy Villa

Students staying over Labor Day weekend are invited to join us at the Sisters of Mercy Villa for swimming and grilling. Bratwursts, burgers, and more treats than you can shake a stick at—all provided for free. Lawn games will be set up outside, and a Wii U will be set up inside. Come relax after the first full week of classes.








Orientation Week

·        Rescue Roundup

Aug. 31 // 4–6 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Interact with four-legged critters and meet the organizations in town who support them! Also, find volunteer opportunities with various pet rescues.

·        Year of Mercy Pilgrimage

Sept. 8 // 3–7 p.m. // Chapel of Mercy

The Pilgrimage will include a visit to 3 Sacred Churches in rural eastern Iowa, including Dyersville, New Vienna, and Luxemburg. Then a stop at Breitbach’s Country Dining for supper. This will be a trip you won’t to miss. And get your camera ready; there are some beautiful sights to be seen along the way.

·        Service-Learning Orientation

Sept. 8 // 7–8 p.m. // Chapel of Mercy

Taking part in a classroom based service-learning project?  Join Isaiah Corbin, director of volunteerism and service-learning, to learn about the goals of service-learning, how to prepare for your experience, and the etiquette of working with community partners.

·        The Well Reds

Sept. 8 // 7–9 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Sophisticated and honest, alternative pop rock quartet The Well Reds are quickly gaining recognition as an Atlanta-based band to watch. These well-dressed southern boys boast a sound reminiscent of Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Head Automatica, and Augustana.

>>  Check out “Carousels” by The Well Reds.

Visit our Orientation Week page for more info and all of the week’s events.

Lecture and Closing Reception for Summer Student Art Show

Sept. 1 // 4–6 p.m. // Betty Cherry & Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

All work is made by MMU students, current and recently graduated. The exhibit combines different media from 2D-3D, and shows the different directions in which our students are heading. Support fellow Mustangs with conversation over snacks.

Club Friday: Fishing Club

Sept. 2 // 3–4 p.m. // University Center Commons

Each week one of the recognized student organizations hosts an event which provides food, prizes and activities for all students to enjoy. The organizations can show-off their club and recruit new members.

This week, Fishing Club takes over the UC!

Artist Lecture & Opening Reception

Mr. Jonathan P. Berger: Play House

Sept. 6 // 4–6 p.m. // Betty Cherry & Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

Within Mr. Berger's artistic practice he contemplates concepts of labor, love, and the fine line between loneliness and solitude found within the domestic sphere.  Mr. Jonathan P. Berger: Play House. utilizes sentimentality strategically to induce gentle conflation between world-representations of the domestic. Exhibit runs until Sept. 30.

Fall Faculty Series

Building Walls, Building Bridges: The U.S. as an Immigrant Nation

·        We Are All Immigrants: An Overview of Our Nation’s Journey

Sept. 7 // 7 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

What do we mean when we say the United Statesis an “Immigrant Nation?” This faculty forum hosted by Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese will provide a review of U.S. immigration history. There will be a specific focus on immigration in Iowa and the Linn County area, although the history will not be strictly local.

·        Exhibit — U.S. Immigration: 1492-present

Sept. 7–Nov. 30 // All Day // Busse Library

This enlightening exhibit will begin at Busse Library and travel campus throughout the series. 

·        The First Americans: U.S. Policy in “Indian Country”

Sept. 13 // 7 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

As we look at immigration to the United States, we often forget about the indigenous people who were already living here. This forum will look at history, laws, and policies that have shaped “Indian Country,” namely issues of sovereignty, assimilation, termination, and self-determination. Facilitated by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Deb Brydon.

·        Prejudice, Stereotyping & Discrimination Against Immigrants in the U.S.

Sept. 15 // 7 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

Our public discussion of our own immigration identity and the newly arrived immigrants in our country is deeply tied to how we think of ourselves and who “others” are. This faculty forum will talk about the causes of racism, prejudice and stereotyping as it relates to immigration and will also discuss some solutions to those problems from a social psychological perspective.

Find more information and a complete list of events on our Fall Faculty Series page.

MMU Events Calendar

Can’t wait for the all-knowing Tunnel Talk? Find updated events on Mount Mercy’s Events Calendar, including Club Friday, Campus Ministry, athletics, health & fitness, music, and more!




Mission & Ministry



 2nd Annual Volunteer Fair

Sept. 7 // 11 a.m.–1 p.m. // University Center

Over 20 organizations will be in attendance. Find places to volunteer, intern or have a Federal Work-Study position. Questions? Contact Isaiah Corbin at icorbin@mtmercy.edu.

Fall Busy Person’s Retreat

Sept. 12–16 // All Day // Chapel of Mercy

Contact Erin Broich at ebroich@mtmercy.edu for more information.

Fall Service Trip –  Registration Now Open!

Over Fall Break, Mission & Ministry will have two Service Trips to Grand Rapids, MI and Kansas City, MO. Registration and information about each trip can be found on our Service Trips page.

Mound View Neighborhood Cleanup

Sept. 18 // 12:30 p.m. // Busse Center

We’re teaming up with Coe College and our Mound View neighbors to help clean up our beautiful neighborhood. We will meet in front of Busse at 12:30 p.m. to walk to Central Park. Free ice cream from Dairy Queen for all those who participate.

To register, visit this page or contact Isaiah Corbin at icorbin@mtmercy.edu for more information.

Fall 2016 Mass Schedule

Chapel of Mercy

Sunday – 8:30 p.m.

Monday – 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 8:30 p.m. (located at fire pit or Chapel Lounge)

Thursday & Friday – 11:45 a.m.

Updated info can be found at the Daily Mass Schedule.




Career Corner




Career Services at MMU

Cheryl Redd is your helpful Career Services director.

Find professional employment opportunities, explore your career options, and hook yourself up with resume and cover letter help, mock interviews, employment opportunities, and special events.


Questions? Contact Cheryl at credd@mtmercy.edu or x1620.

Office Location: 102 University Center

Office Hours: Mon.–Thur., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. // Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Visit our Career Services page for more info.

Internships and Jobs

Each week, Cheryl shares a list of internships and jobs that may be of interest to you. Contact Cheryl with help prepping your resume or with mock interviewing—both essential to the job-finding process.



Accounting – Transamerica

Lab Tech – Red Star Yeast

Human Resources (Fall 2017) – Mercy Medical Center


Nurse Assistant – Sisters of Mercy

Driver Recruiter – CRST

Quality Assurance Technician – Diamond V




Recreation, Wellness & Intramurals                             




Kickball // Aug. 31 // 6 p.m. // Green Space

Sand Volleyball // Sept. 10 // 3 p.m. // Sand Volleyball Court


Check out IMLeagues for a list of all upcoming events and to sign up.

Student Engagement

Video and Board Games

Sept. 2 // 7–9 p.m. // UC Commons

Food and prizes!

Sponsored by Public Safety and Student Engagement

Pokémon GO Meet Up

Sept. 3 // 1 p.m. // UC Info Desk

Movie Night: “Now You See Me 2”

Sept. 3 // 9 p.m. // UC Plaza

If it’s raining, head to McAuley Theater. Sponsored by M2AP Board.

Picnic at the Villa

Sept. 5 // 3–6 p.m. // Sisters of Mercy Villa

Food, swimming, outdoor games, and fun!

Sponsored by Residence Life, Student Engagement and Campus Ministry.

Lundy Fitness Center Classes

Noon Yoga // Begins Aug. 29 // Mon. & Thurs. // 12:10 p.m.

Yoga with Madeline // Begins Sept. 7 // Mon. & Wed. // 4–5 p.m.

Kick Boxing with Dani // Begins Sept. 7 // Mon. & Wed. // 5:30 p.m.

Zumba // Begins Sept. 6 // Tues. & Thurs. // 5:30 p.m.

Mustang Shuttle Rides

Every Tuesday // 7 p.m. // Regina Hall

The NTS bus will pick up from Regina Hall every Tuesday at 7 p.m. with stops at Lindale Mall and Wal-Mart on Blairs Ferry Road. Bus will pick up from Wal-Mart at approximately 8:55 p.m. and the mall shortly after, before returning to campus. Shuttle is free with a Mount Mercy University ID. Students should plan to be at the designated areas at least 10 minutes prior.

Lundy Bike Check Out Program

Bikes and helmets are available for check out from Lundy Fitness Center!   The MMU Bike Club provides bikes for students and employees to check out for a quick ride to the store or for a relaxing ride on one of the area trails.  All you need is a current Mount Mercy University ID.

Lundy Fitness Center Fall 2016 Hours

Monday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Tuesday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Wednesday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Thursday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sunday: 6 p.m.–10 p.m.




ACADEMIC CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE                                       




What is ACE?

With Mount Mercy’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), under-prepared students can prepare, prepared students can advance, and advanced students will excel thanks to academic counselingwriting assistancepeer tutoring, accessibility services and study space available.


Questions? Contact ACE at ace@mtmercy.edu or x1208.

Office Location: 130 University Center

Office Hours: Mon.–Thur., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. // Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Flexible appointment scheduling is available.


Visit our ACE Center page for more info.

NEW! Great Minds Problem Solving

Use your talent and knowledge to solve the following problem and turn your answer in to ACE (130 University Center) by Friday. Your answer will need to demonstrate how you figured it out by showing the details of your solution.

The best solution will be posted the following week in the ACE office.

>> Puzzle of the Week

While working in the garden Sue accidentally fell down a 30ft dry wishing well. Nathan lowered down a rope. "Can you climb up?" shouted Nathan. "I'll be out before you know it!" replied Sue. But the climb wasn't as easy as Sue had first imagined. Each hour she managed to climb 3ft - but slipped back 2ft. How long did it take Sue to get out?




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