Tunnel Talk: Week of Oct. 18, 2016


Week of October 18, 2016









Fall Break

Oct. 19–21

Enjoy! 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


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.


VANG:  A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers 

Oct. 29 // 7–9 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Vang is a two person show written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, telling the story of three immigrant farm families settling in Iowa.


We Are Your Neighbors: The Rhetoric of the Mother Mosque 

Nov. 1 // 7–8:30 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

Discussions about Islam are more personal in Cedar Rapids, home to the Mother Mosque of North America. This forum will discuss that mosque's symbolic status how its Cedar Rapids presence contradicts — at least on the local level — the depiction of Muslims as an evil “other.”

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

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.

Mass with Archbishop Michael O. Jackels

Oct. 28 // 11:45 a.m. // Chapel of Mercy

Join us for a special Mass presided by Archbishop Jackels.

The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex Groundbreaking

Oct. 28 // 4 p.m. // 651 19th Street NE

Gather with community members as we officially celebrate the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex groundbreaking. Learn more about the complex and keep up with construction updates here.

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

Today! 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. 

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 trips to Franklin, TN; St. Michaels, AZ; and DeFuniak Spring, FL. Learn about the variety of issues these trip will focus on at our Service Trips page. 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.

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.


Business Development – True North

Risk Management – True North

Claims Internship – True North

Technology – True North

Underwriting – United Fire Group

Financial Analyst – GreatAmerica Financial Services

Taxpayer Support Associate – TaxACT

Human Resources – Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Social Media – Lebeda Mattress Factory


Probation Parole Officer I – Sixth Judicial District

Associate Financial Advisor – RBC Wealth Management

Office Clerk – Global Transportation USA




Recreation, Wellness & Intramurals                              



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?

FREE Movie Tickets

Oct. 27 // 9 a.m. // Lundy Fitness Center

First come, first serve! Limit 1 ticket per student.


Oct. 28 // 8–10 p.m. // UC Fire Pit

Paint a pumpkin while enjoying hot chocolate and s’mores next to a warm fire.

Movie: Halloweentown

Oct. 31 // 7:30 p.m. // University Center

Hang out with Marnie and Luke in this Disney Halloween classic. Free popcorn!

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

Rob decided he would try his hand on the stock market. To buy the shares he withdrew two-thirds of his total savings from his bank account. "It was a disaster," he said to Steve only a few weeks later. "I had to sell the shares at a loss, receiving only two- thirds of the price I had originally paid. My brief venture into the world of high finance has lowered my bank balance by $500!"  How much money did Rob originally have in his bank account? 





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