Kesselring awarded Mary Catherine McAuley Award

Mount Mercy University graduate Bianca Kesselring received the Mary Catherine McAuley Award during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 21. Kesselring was also the ceremony’s student speaker and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Management.

The Mary Catherine McAuley Award is presented to the graduate who, in addition to a high scholastic ranking of a 3.0 or above, has attended MMU for all four years of their undergraduate studies, and has exemplified to a marked degree cooperation with administration, faculty and students; integrity in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. The award is named for Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.

While at Mount Mercy, Kesselring was especially active on campus. She held work-study positions in Busse Library and in the Office of Admissions, was a Student Ambassador and Orientation Leader, and took on the role of Orientation Intern her senior year. Kesselring was also President of Students in Human Resource Management, active in the Honors Program, wrote for the Mount Mercy Times, and sang in the University Choir.

Off campus, she was a lunch room volunteer at St. Jude Elementary School, worked as a hostess and server at Cottage Grove Place for nearly six years, and could be found waitressing at Vito’s on Saturday nights.

Recently, Kesselring was welcomed to the MMU staff as campus visit coordinator. A critical role in the Office of Admissions, Kesselring is the first point of contact for many campus guests. She is responsible for providing hospitality and ensuring an exceptional experience for prospective students and their families during campus visits.

Congratulations, Bianca!

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