Tunnel Talk: Week of October 25, 2016


Week of October 25, 2016








 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.

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 funds to help pay for your hard work (e.g., conferences, supplies, etc.).

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







Fall Faculty Series

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


Faculty Forum — The Immigration Election 

Today! 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.

Mix It Up Day at Lunch

Oct. 27 // Noon–1:30 p.m. // MMU Cafeteria

Mix It Up Day, launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, encourages students to sit with someone they don't know and eat lunch with them in the cafeteria for just one day.

The goal is to get MMU students practicing hospitality and a welcoming stance towards each other by having conversations over lunch. This is one small way to get students to demonstrate the Sisters of Mercy's value of hospitality towards one another.

Look for the tables that have neon green conversation starters. All faculty, students, and staff are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner

Today! 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 today 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.

Club Friday: Law & Politics

Oct. 28 // 3-4 p.m. // Sisters of Mercy University Center

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 Friday, learn about the Law & Politics club.

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.

Careers in Public Safety Forum

Nov. 7 // 6-7 p.m. // Flaherty Community Room

Seven representatives from federal, state, county and local public safety/criminal justice agencies will be on campus to talk about their careers in public safety.

The representatives include: US Marshals Service, US Probation, Iowa State Patrol, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and Area Ambulance. 

Blood Drive on Campus

Nov. 9 // 11-3 p.m. // Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Give the gift of life during a blood drive on campus!

To sign up or for more information, contact Madison Coates at 563-920-7819 or at mcoates1745@mustangs.mtmercy.edu.

Live2Lead Mount Mercy

Nov. 10 // 5:30 p.m.

This event offers a great leadership experience and will explore networking, sharing and leadership features.

The Mount Mercy Athletic Department will kick-off the Mustang Leadership Academy, a new program to offer leadership and personal development to student athletes.

For more information, contact Mohamed Hamed at 319-651-9393 or marketing@drewelow.com. 

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



Halloween on the Hill – Volunteers Needed!

Oct. 30

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. Fill out this volunteer 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 trips 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.


Community Outreach and Events – Alzheimer's Association

Human Resources – Catherine McAuley Center

PR/Communications – Catherine McAuley Center


YCS – Program Coordinator – The Homestead

HR Assistant – Kelly Services

Paraprofessional – Cedar Rapids Community School District



Recreation, Wellness & Intramurals                              



FREE Movie Tickets

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

First come, first served! 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!

HillFest 2016

Sponsored by M2AP Board

Nov. 3–9


Jeff Scheen: Comedian

Nov. 3 // 7-8 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Jeff Scheen brings off-beat humor to campus. Get a taste of his comedy here.


Six Appeal: A Capella Group

Nov. 4 // 7 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Who doesn’t love a good a cappella group? Find their sweet dance moves and music here.


Movie Night: Ghostbusters

Nov. 5 // 7:30 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Bill Murray. What more do you need?


Kid Ace: Magician

Nov. 7 // 7:30 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

Oooooh. Aaaaahhhh. Magic!



Nov. 8 // 8 p.m. // University Center

Make a new friend! First come, first serve—so get there quickly!



Nov. 9 // 7:30 p.m. // McAuley Theatre

This fast-paced and exciting new form of comedy is a combination of MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out” and “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” – but there is a bit of a twist. Just like in the old TV series “Mission Impossible,” the Chicagoan actors in Mission IMPROVable pretend to be agents. The audience members are the co-agents and participate in the hilarious theater games or “missions” by yelling out suggestions.

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

Donald had been sentenced to sixty days in prison. The warden agreed that for each day he worked sewing mail bags he would receive $7, but for each day he didn't work he must pay $3 towards the upkeep of the prison. Over the sixty day period, Donald earned a total of $170. How many days did Donald work?





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