Tunnel Talk: Week of October 11, 2016


Week of October 11, 2016









Fall Break

Oct. 19–21

Classes will resume as normal on Monday, Oct. 24. 

Faculty-Student Research and Scholarship Opportunities

Are you a student seeking ways to gain valuable skills through paid research or scholarship? Are you a faculty member with a project that would benefit from student help?

If so, MMU has Pathways to Scholarship and other faculty and student funds to help pay for your hard work (e.g., conferences, supplies, etc.).

Please contact Dr. Lee at jlee@mtmercy.edu for more information.

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.

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

Track Your Volunteer Hours  

Much of Mount Mercy’s community pitched in to help Cedar Rapids before and after the flood. Be sure to track those hours via our volunteer tracking page. The hours tracked will be used by United Way to help receive federal funding for disaster recovery.








Fall Faculty Series

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


When Deportation Means Death: The Church & Sanctuary

Tonight! 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. 


Our Immigrant Stories

Oct. 15 // 10 a.m.–5 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Community groups and Mount Mercy faculty, staff, and students are invited to a day-long series of events that will reveal many personal immigration narratives. This “immigration day” will help explore and embrace our common immigration roots and stories.


Faculty Forum — The Immigration Election 

Oct. 25 // 7–8:30 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

In a year when immigration has pushed Britain to exit the European Union, public policy debate in the U.S. has rarely been so contentious and difficult. This forum will provide insight into why immigration has become such a hot topic in this election cycle, including a look at the rhetoric surrounding the issue, and immigration as an election topic in the media.

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

Psychology Department Info Session

Lunch provided!

Today! Oct. 11 // Noon–1:30 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

Are you a psychology major/minor or considering becoming one? Come join this fun lunch event where you can talk with psychology major/minors and professors! All students interested in Mount Mercy’s psychology program are encouraged to attend. Lunch provided.

Graduate & Accelerated Programs Information Session

Tonight! Oct. 11 // 5:30–7 p.m. // Francis J. Pruss Conference Center at the CRST International Graduate Center

For anyone interested in any of our six graduate programs, accelerated programs, or the RN to BSN online program, this information session is a wonderful opportunity to learn more — in a relaxed environment.

  • Meet Program Directors
  • Tour the Graduate Center
  • Review program information
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • Meet other interested students

RSVP online now.


Oct. 12 // 7–7:45 p.m. // Donnelly 300

Come learn how the Run. Hide. Fight. model will help you during an active shooter situation. This training will teach the basics and link to Mount Mercy’s active shooter/threat emergency response plans.

Countries of the Month – Honduras and El Salvador

Oct. 12 // University Center

Celebrate Honduras and El Salvador, and taste the traditional dishes of baleadas (yum!) and arroz con leche (so good!) during lunch in the Dining Center. Enjoy music in the University Center and stop by the info table to learn more.

Fall Play: Alice’s Wonderland

Oct. 13, 14 & 15 // times below // McAuley Theatre

Join Alice on a journey of discovery through the surprises and horrors of Wonderland. Get tickets here. 


Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.


Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.


Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Club Friday: Alliance

Oct. 14 // 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 Alliance takes over the University Center!

Second Annual Fresh Start Prison Ministry Benefit Concert

Oct. 16 // 2:30 p.m. // Chapel of Mercy

Fall concert benefiting the Fresh Start Prison Ministry. Enjoy musical performances featuring the University Choir, Madrigal Singers, Band, and Handbell Ensemble.

The Linn County Correctional Chaplaincy Ministry reaches out to local correctional facilities to offer spiritual guidance and weekly worship services to inmates, family members and facilities staff members. The ministry is partnered with local churches and businesses around Linn County.

Bookmark Making for Local Elementary Schools

Academics Club and the Honors Program

Oct. 18 // 9 a.m.–Noon // University Center

America Reads Day is Friday, Oct. 21, and the Academics Club and the Honors Program will be making bookmarks for local elementary schools in the UC on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Stop by and make a bookmark to promote the importance of reading!

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner

RSVP by Oct. 25

Oct. 31 // 5:30 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

The Criminal Justice Club & Student Activities are hosting their 2nd Annual Murder Mystery at Mount Mercy. Celebrate Halloween by playing a character or observing as a detective. Share clues & solve the crime over appetizers, pasta, & dessert (free!).

RSVP by Oct. 25 here.

Questions? Contact Bailey Rickels at brickels1802@mustangs.mtmercy.edu.

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



Lunch n’ Learn with Sr. Mary Sullivan

RSVP due by Oct. 13

Oct. 18 // Noon–1:30 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

Mission and Ministry will host a special lunch n’ learn with Sr. Mary Sullivan, author and renowned authority on the life and legacy of Catherine McAuley. Come join for lunch to hear all about it!

RSVP to rsvp@mtmercy.edu. 

30-Hour Famine

Oct. 14–15

The 30 Hour Famine is a great opportunity to understand the feeling of true hunger, educate yourself and the community about world hunger and poverty, and make a difference. We raise money for World Vision, which feeds, clothes, and educates children stuck in poverty. For more info, contact Marisa Moon at  mmoon1960@mustangs.mtmercy.edu.

Antioch 2016

Sign up due Oct. 15. Sign up here.

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 sign up here.

For more info, contact Jacob Stewart at jstewart0716@mustangs.mtmercy.edu or Monica Steffen at msteffen1497@mustangs.mtmercy.edu. 

Halloween on the Hill – Volunteers Needed!

Halloween on the Hill is just around the corner. Each year, Mount Mercy partners with local organizations to provide children in our community a safe and fun environment where they can eat pizza, play crafts and games, and go trick-or-treating. All are welcome.

Volunteer opportunities are available for set-up, games, crafts, trick-or-treating and more. To volunteer, fill out this form or contact Isaiah Corbin at icorbin@mtmercy.edu for more information.

2017 Spring Service Trips

This year we will be taking trip to Franklin, TN; St. Michaels, AZ; and DeFuniak Spring, FL. The trips will focus on a variety of issues so head to the Service Trips page to learn about each one. To register, click here 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.

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.

SENIORS: Important Job Seeker Events in October


Professional Job Fairs

Today! Oct. 11 & 13 // More info here 

Professional Job Fairs promising a minimum starting salary/wage of at least $40,000.


Corridor Welcome Reception for Seniors

Oct. 17 // 5–7 p.m. // Cedar Ridge Winery

More details and registration here. Students should come dressed in business professional attire with business cards. Email Cheryl at credd@mtmercy.edu for more information.

Campus to Careers Seminar

Oct. 13 // 6:30–8 p.m. //  Flaherty Community Room

Thinking ahead to the future? Come listen to Society of Human Resource Management speaker Nancy Conway. This presentation is sure to be beneficial for all majors.

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



Underwriting – United Fire Group

Climate Organizing Fellow – NextGen Climate

Financial Analyst – GreatAmerica Financial Services

Taxpayer Support Associate – TaxACT

Human Resources – Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Social Media – Lebeda Mattress Factory



Residential Officer – Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services

Health Service Supervisor – Mercy Medical Center

Children's Applied Behavior Analysis Specialist – The Homestead




Recreation, Wellness & Intramurals                              





Oct. 12 // 6 p.m. // Racquetball Court, Hennessey Recreation Center

It’s not volleyball, but similar! Come try out this new sport. You never know—you might be good at it.

Free transportation to the MALL OF AMERICA!

Oct. 15 // 6:30 a.m.

Spend your Saturday at the Mall of America, thanks to free transportation provided by M2AP Board! There are a limited number of seats on the bus—so make sure to sign up quickly here.

This holds your place for a potential seat on the bus, but you will not actually be able to go on the bus until you sign a waiver and fill out emergency contact information. These forms will be emailed to you after signing up and can be returned to Lundy Fitness Center at the front desk. Once you have dropped off the necessary forms for the bus trip, we will send you an email confirming your seat on the bus and provide more information about the days schedule.

The bus leaves MMU at 6:30 a.m. and leaves Mall of America at 7:30 p.m.

If you have any questions contact Amanda Ehlers at aehlers@mtmercy.edu.

Ghost Hunter: Chris Moon

Oct. 24 // 7:30 p.m. // Stello Performance Hall

The evening will begin with a paranormal presentation with actual stories and real evidence. After the presentation, a lucky group of students will be led on a real ghost hunt on campus. Last year’s visit produced an amazing picture of a nun on the balcony—what will come of this year’s hunt?

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 p.m.

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

Mustang Shuttle Rides

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

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

Special FBI agent Zeva sat in a dimly lit diner, observing four well known criminals who were sitting around a square table. The four were known as Don, Archie, Clive and Bill. One was a swindler, one a bank robber, a third a pickpocket and the fourth a forger. The person who sat across from Archie was the forger. The person on Bill's left was the pickpocket. The swindler was to the right of the forger. The bank robber sat opposite Don. Who was the swindler? 





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