Aug-Jul
14-21

Project Connect 2021

Project Connect is a free program that equips students from diverse backgrounds with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to achieve success at Mount Mercy.

August 14 - July 21
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Overview

This program provides academic preparation, personal growth, community engagement, and leadership development during a three-week, on-campus experience. You’ll get to move to campus before the rest of your classmates, earn credits toward graduation by successfully completing our three-week Psychology of Adjustment course, and build a strong community of support before the fall semester even begins. Project Connect addresses many of the issues that students struggle with the most as they transition from high school to college.

Schedule

Move-In | 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Hennessey Recreation Center

At your scheduled move-in time, check-in at Hennessey Recreation Center.

Introductory Meeting | 3:00–5:00 PM 
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Meet with Jennifer McNabb, Director of Project Connect!

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM 
McAuley Dining Center

Speed Friending | 6:30-7:30 PM
Rohde Family Plaza

Meet the Mentors | 7:30–8:30 PM
Rohde Family Plaza

Brunch | 10:30-11:30 AM
McAuley Dining Center

Campus Tour & MMU Technology Breakout Sessions | 11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Rohde Family Plaza

MMU Tech: Make your technology work for you! The mentors will walk you through the various computer programs and applications that you’ll be using as a student at Mount Mercy. 

Campus Tour: Familiarize yourself with your new “home away from home” with a guided tour led by the mentors.

Setting & Achieving Your Goals | 4:00–5:00 PM
Donnelly 301

With Jennifer McNabb, Director of Project Connect. Now is the time to look at your future goals and the best ways to achieve them with the support of the MMU community!

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Minute to Win It Team Challenge | 6:30–7:30 PM
Rohde Family Plaza

Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | 7:30-8:00 PM 
TBD

Brunch | 10:30–11:30 AM
McAuley Dining Center

Zooming Your Way to Success | 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Zoom

Over the last few months, Zoom has become a well-known resource for staying socially and academically connected while being physically distant. Since you’ll likely be using Zoom in many of your classes and campus interactions, we want to be sure that you’re putting your best foot forward in our new virtual environment. Join Jennifer and the mentors from the comfort of your room as we discuss some best practices for effectively using Zoom in college.

Class Schedules and the Textbook Process | 1:00–2:00 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Confused about your course schedule for fall? Have questions about when and where your classes are meeting? And what about those textbooks? For this session, we’ll review your fall class schedule, explain some common confusions, and discuss the process for purchasing your required textbooks.

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Mentor's Choice Activity | 6:30–7:30 PM
TBD

Mentor Mix-Up | 8:00-8:30 PM
TBD

Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | 8:30-9:00 PM 
TBD

Breakfast | 7:15-9:00 AM
McAuley Dining Center  

Mask Up, Mustangs! Kickoff | 9:00–10:00 AM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Lunch | 12:00–1:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Library Resources and Evaluating Good Sources | 1:30-4:00 PM
Library

Every successful college student knows that the library is crucial for academic learning and success. Hear from library staff about how to utilize the library for research as well as all of the other services the library has to offer.

Note: Teams Quinton, Amarilis, and Lauren will be from 1:30-2:30 PM. Teams India and Cece will be from 3-4 PM.      

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Virtual Game Night | 6:30–7:30 PM
Zoom

Mentor Mix-Up | 8:00-8:30 PM
TBD

Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | 8:30-9:00 PM
TBD

Breakfast | 7:15-9:00 AM
McAuley Dining Center 

Mind, Body, and Spirit Breakout Sessions | 9:00–10 AM
University Center

Mind: Meet with Barb Miller, Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, and learn about the incredible services and resources available in ACE.

Body: Staying in good physical health is important. Join us for a tour of the Rinderknecht Athletic Center, which is Mount Mercy's state-of-the-art wellness and athletic performance center.

Spirit: As a Catholic university, faith is an important part of the identity of Mount Mercy. Staff from the Campus Ministry department will lead us in a discussion about the diversity of faith that can be found on campus and how you can grow your own faith identity during your time at MMU.

Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Lunch | 12:00–1:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Campus Scavenger Hunt | 2:30–3:30 PM
Rohde Family Plaza

Work as a team to see who can find all the clues in the shortest amount of time!

Money Matters | 4:00–5:00 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

The financial aspect of college can be confusing and stressful. For this session, we’ll help you better understand your financial aid and your student account. You’ll also get a few great money-saving tips from the mentors.

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Mentor’s Choice Activity | 6:30–7:30 PM
TBD

Mentor Mix-Up | 8:00-8:30 PM
TBD

Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | 8:30-9:00 PM
TBD

Breakfast | 7:15-9:00 AM
McAuley Dining Center 

Mind, Body, and Spirit Breakout Sessions | 9:00–10 AM
University Center

Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Lunch | 12:00–1:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Time Management & Organizing for Success | 2:30–3:30 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

With Neal Davis, Coordinator for Academic Support Services. We all need help managing our busy lives. We’ll discuss best practices for managing your schedule and staying organized for a successful college experience.

Conflict Resolution & Healthy Relationships | 4:00–5:00 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

As you start this new chapter of your life, you’re going to be meeting lots of new people and developing many new relationships. For this session, we’ll be discussing the importance of developing healthy relationships and how to manage interpersonal conflicts when they arise.

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Bags Tournament | 6:00–9:00 PM
Rodhe Family Plaza

Join us for a competition to see who has the best bags game in Project Connect!

Breakfast | 7:15-9:00 AM
McAuley Dining Center 

Mind, Body, and Spirit Breakout Sessions | 9:00–10:00 AM
University Center

Mask Up, Mustangs! Team Projects | 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Lunch | 12:00–1:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Understanding College Expectations | 2:30–3:30 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Join the mentors for some real talk about what college is really like. They’ll discuss some of the big differences between high school and college, translate some of the college jargon, and get you ready for the start of fall classes.

Self-Advocacy | 4:00–5:00 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Self-advocacy is critical to your success at Mount Mercy. Learn how to advocate and get the support and resources you need!

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Self-Care | 6:30–7:30 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Self-care is critical to a successful life. Join us for some practical tips on reducing stress and maintaining wellness as you juggle the challenges of college life.

Mentor Mix-Up | 8:00-8:30 PM
TBD

Daily Wrap Up with Team Mentor | 8:30-9:00 PM
TBD

Breakfast | 7:15-9:00 AM
McAuley Dining Center 

Summer Wrap-Up with Jennifer | 9:00–10:00 AM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Mask Up, Mustangs! Presentations | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
McAuley Auditorium

Lunch | 12:00–1:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Group Photo | 1:30–2:30 PM
Rohde Family Plaza

Dinner | 5:00–6:00 PM
McAuley Dining Center

Project Connect Talent Show | 6:30–8:00 PM
McAuley Theater

Calling all singers, dancers, spoken word artists, musicians, jugglers, comedians, and the like. Share your unique talents at the 2nd Annual Project Connect Talent Show!