Tunnel Talk: Week of September 27, 2016



Week of September 27, 2016 









Free Counseling for Those Affected by Flood

Mount Mercy University’s Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic (located at 1650 Matterhorn Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids) is offering free counseling services to community members affected by the flood.

Services are available during the clinic’s regular business hours: Monday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be open Tuesday, Sept. 27, despite class cancellations.

To set up an appointment, call 319-368-6493 or visit www.olsonmftclinic.com.

Flood 2016 Volunteer Info

No doubt, Cedar Rapids residents will need help cleaning up after the flood waters retreat. Please visit our flood volunteer website to sign up for volunteer opportunities. The community couldn’t do it without you!








Fall Faculty Series

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


The Intrinsic Logic & Architecture of Border Walls and Barriers: A Comparative Analysis

Sept. 29 // 7–8:30 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

This forum features a professor who has extensively studied the architecture, history, and social-political and economic reasons walls have been erected along national and imperial borders.


Aquí Estamos, Here We Are

Oct. 3 // 5:30 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

Combining photo presentations with lectures on various topics from the impact of César Chávez and the Chicano movement to recent Latino immigration in the South, José Galvez will engage students with current immigration events while reminding them that the candidates in the current presidential campaign are speaking about real human beings whose lives will be impacted by their policies.


Visiting Writer Series: Cristina Henríquez

Oct. 6 // 3:30 & 7 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room & Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Cristina Henríquez has authored three books of fiction, including The Book of Unknown Americans. This widely acclaimed novel brings to life the varied human stories behind the ongoing debate about immigration through the eyes of characters from all over Latin America. Henriquez's stories have been published in The New Yorker,Glimmer TrainPloughsharesTriQuarterly, and AGNI, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New YorkerThe Oxford American, andPreservation. She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

Contact Belkis Suarez at bsuarez@mtmercy.edu for more information.


When Deportation Means Death: The Church & Sanctuary

Oct. 11 // 7 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Why do some churches, synagogues and even some cities identify themselves as places of “sanctuary” for immigrants, places of protection from being apprehended for deportation by US authorities? This forum will cover why some immigrants have fled from state-sponsored violence in Central America. Because the US government provides support to these countries’ governments, the Sanctuary Churches suspect that the government will not judge these immigrants fairly; it will not acknowledge the human-rights violations the immigrants claim in their applications for “refugee” status. In short, the presentation considers facts around the idea of providing sanctuary when deportation would amount to a death sentence.

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

Band: The Icarus Account

STILL ON! Sept. 27 // 7–9 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Twin brothers Ty & Trey bring their pop-indie sound to Mount Mercy as they tour the country for their new album Over the Moon!

>> Check out their new video for “Cherry Street” here.

Band: The Middle Ground

Sept. 29 // 8–10 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Newly minted Nashville transplants, The Middle Ground, emerged on the Milwaukee music scene in 2013 as The Joe Neary Band and quickly found a niche with their alternative pop sound.

>> Check out their video for “Chasing Cars” here.

Club Friday: Student Government Association

Sept. 30 // 3 p.m. // Sisters of Mercy 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 Criminal Justice Club takes over the University Center!

Artist Lecture & Opening Reception

Pamela Calore: Immigration

Oct. 4 // 4–7p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall & Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

This exhibit features the use of photography and video to examine immigration along the US-Mexican border and current immigration crisis in Malta and Sicily. Join Calore to learn about her work during a lecture in Betty Cherry, and ask questions about specific works during the opening reception in the Gallery. 

Standing in Solidarity

Immigrants and Refugees in a Broken Correctional System

Oct. 6 // 1–4 p.m. // Mercy Medical Center – Halligan Hall

Mercy Medical Center is hosting a workshop on immigrants, refugees, and the prison system. The workshop is sponsored by Catherine McAuley Center, Catholic Charities, Fresh Start Jail Ministries, and Sisters of Mercy Justice Committee. Key speakers will be Sisters JoAnn Persch, RSM and Pat Murphy, RSM. 

RSVP to Sister Emily at devinee07@gmail.com by Oct. 3.

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



Bags for Cobas

Oct. 1 // 11 a.m.

Mission & Ministry will host a bags tournament to help raise money for the Coba family in Belize. Last August, a group of students were struck by a hurricane in the process of building a house for the Cobas. The money will be used to help in their rebuilding process.

$10/team. To register, contact Jordan Mellinger at jmelinger9595@mustangs.mtmercy.edu or Isaiah Corbin at icorbin@mtmercy.edu.

Antioch 2016

Sign up due Oct. 15

Nov. 4–5 // Off campus

Antioch is a nondenominational Christian retreat that goes off campus for two days. It is an awesome opportunity to meet new people and refocus for the rest of the year. This year Antioch is Nov. 4-5.

There is a $15 fee that covers T-shirt cost, food, and transportation to the retreat. Sign-ups are due Oct. 15. You can contact Jacob Stewart at jstewart0716@mustangs.mtmercy.edu or Monica Steffen at msteffen1497@mustangs.mtmercy.edu for sign up 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.

Schedule changes 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 career options, and hook yourself up with résumé 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. // Fri., 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Visit the Career Services page for more information.

Internships and Jobs

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


Training Seminar 2016

Corporate Finance and Credit Analysis – GreatAmerica Financial Services



Financial Analyst Internship – GreatAmerica Financial Services

Taxpayer Support Associate – TaxACT

Human Resources – Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Social Media – Lebeda Mattress Factory


Taxpayer Support Associate – TaxACT

Driver Manager – CRST

Accounting Clerk – Genova Technologies




Recreation, Wellness & Intramurals                             




Grocery Shopping Bing

TONIGHT! Sept. 27 // 3–5 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Why not?

Frisbee Golf

Oct. 3 // 6–8 p.m. // Green Space

Come play a relaxing game of frisbee golf with friends around campus.


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

Healthiest State Walk

Oct. 5 // Noon // University Center Commons

Grab a walking buddy, get up, and go! Take initiative to help make Iowa the healthiest state by walking 1K (3 laps around the green space).

Friends and Family Weekend

RSVP Requested

Sept. 30–Oct. 1


Outdoor Movie: “Finding Dory”

Sept. 30 // 7:30  p.m. // Green Space


Saturday Events

Oct. 1 // 10 a.m. // Main Campus

Inflatable obstacle course

3K Run/Walk Adventure

Carnival Games

Photo Booth

Campus Tours



RSVP here.

Sponsored by Intramurals, M2AP Board and Student Engagement.

Join the Mount Mercy University Especially for You Race Team

The 26th annual Especially for You® Race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. Please consider joining the Mount Mercy University Team to support this wonderful event. Details can be found here.

Registration and more info can be found here. The team will have the Mount Mercy University logo on the back of the shirt.


October 5

Online individual registration closes at Midnight (no logo on shirt)

Questions? Contact Brenda Steinke, director of student engagement & recreation at bsteinke@mtmercy.edu or ext. 1296.

Lundy Fitness Center Classes

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

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

Kick Boxing with Dani // Mon. & Wed. // 5:00 p.m.

Zumba // Tues. & Thurs. // 5:30 p.m.

Mustang Shuttle Rides

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

NOTE: Shuttle may not be running tonight, Sept. 27.

The 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 checkout from Lundy Fitness Center!   The MMU Bike Club provides bikes for students and employees for a quick ride to the store or for a relaxing ride on 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.

Puzzle of the Week

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.


Great Minds Problem Solving

Submit your answer to ACE by Friday

Mary looked up from the Times crossword and smiled at Ben. "I'm sure you will find this of interest, Ben." she said. "RADAR LEVEL, ROTOR. REDIVIDER and MOTOR are the first five clues in today's crossword." "And I suppose you want me to provide you with the answers?" said Ben confidently. "On the contrary, Ben. I completed the entire cross word in one minute twenty seconds. But I noticed that four of these five clues have something in common. Can you tell me the odd one out?" Ignoring the fact that four of the words are of the same length, which is the odd one out and why?




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