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February 26, 2015 - 11:25am
Mount Mercy University continues to expand academics this spring by offering two new undergraduate majors, a new minor and additional tracks of study.     The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences welcomes chemistry and science marketing majors in Spring 2015. “While chemistry has existed as a minor,” stated Terri Crumley, dean of admissions at Mount Mercy, “we’re pleased to transition it to a major with tracks in biochemistry and forensic science to help more students work toward their bachelor’s degrees and ultimately their careers.”
February 20, 2015 - 11:33am
On February 23, Sr. Kathleen Erickson will visit Mount Mercy University to lecture on her experiences serving immigrants near the Mexican border. Her discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Flaherty Community Room, second floor Basile Hall. Sr. Kathleen has been a member of the Sisters of Mercy for nearly 50 years, focusing on the issue of immigration since 1991. Sister Kathleen opened an immigrant shelter for women and ran immersion experiences for those curious about immigration issues.
February 10, 2015 - 10:45am
Mount Mercy University’s Presidential Lecture Series was established in 2009 to highlight issues of value to the institution and its founders the Sisters of Mercy. This year, the university welcomes journalist John L. Allen Jr., senior Vatican analyst for CNN and associate editor at The Boston Globe. Allen is the author of nine books on Catholic affairs including, “Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis.” This work reflects upon the pope’s humility, compassion and vision for the church.
February 6, 2015 - 12:39pm
African-American community leaders from the Corridor will gather at Mount Mercy University on Feb. 11, from 5:30-7 p.m. to participate in a professional women’s panel: Black Women Symposium. The panel will take place in Flaherty Community Room, second floor of Basile Hall. Associate Professor of Social Work April Dirks-Bihun, Ph.D. and the university’s multicultural affairs committee have organized the event in honor of Black History Month.
February 4, 2015 - 3:15pm
For the third year in a row, the Marion Arts Council is sponsoring an exhibit of artwork by Mount Mercy University and Cornell College art students at the Lowe Park Gallery, Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center, 4500 North 10th Street in Marion, Iowa. The exhibit opened January 30 and will be on display through February 27. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, February 10 from 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.
January 29, 2015 - 12:03pm
The university congratulates these faculty members and thanks them for their unwavering commitment to education: Dr. Dawn Behan, associate professor and director of graduate education—promoted to professor. Dr. Christopher DeVault, assistant professor of English—awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. Dr. Dennis Dew, assistant professor of psychology—awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor.
January 16, 2015 - 11:42am
To celebrate the fall inauguration of President Laurie Hamen, Mount Mercy University has partnered with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) to construct three new Cedar Rapids homes. As announced in December, Mount Mercy faculty, staff and students will provide labor for CVHFH Youth United and Pope Francis Build projects.
January 15, 2015 - 2:19pm
On January 17, Mount Mercy University graduate students will board a plane bound for the Central American country of Belize. Nineteen students from the Master of Business Administration and Master of Strategic Leadership programs—the largest graduate group Mount Mercy has sent since the program was implemented in 2013—are journeying nearly 2,000 miles to help small businesses grow.
January 14, 2015 - 3:29pm
Congratulations to the following students named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2014 semester. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List.
January 14, 2015 - 2:04pm
Eight teaching students from Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom are visiting Mount Mercy during January. While here, they will visit three local schools, Arthur Elementary, Garfield Elementary and St. Matthew Catholic Elementary, to observe teaching and classroom management in the United States.
January 13, 2015 - 10:58am
Each year, the third Monday in January is designated as MLK Day—the only federal holiday observed as a day of service. Across the country, individuals and groups will donate their time to community projects, honoring the commitment to service and community exemplified in the life of Dr. King. 
January 12, 2015 - 3:53pm
Publications (Books & Book Chapters): Summer 2014 James Grove, Professor of English published a book chapter entitled “The Opening Quick Draws of True Grit: The Pleasures of the Coen Brothers Meeting Mattie Ross and John Wayne,“ in L’Adaptation Cinematographique: Premieres Pages, Premiers Plans, 197-213.  Paris: Mare & Martin. Fall 2014
January 12, 2015 - 2:31pm
Jessica Abbott Jennifer Knutsen William Adam Danyel Koele Roshanak Ahmadi Jordan Kramer Nicole Alsaker Kori Kremer Nichole Anfinson Laura Krych
January 8, 2015 - 12:04pm
Mount Mercy University’s Enactus team has received two grants that will allow them to grow the EmpowHer project, a partnership with the Catherine McAuley Center aimed at teaching women the skills needed to find employment. “We have been working with the Catherine McAuley Center on the EmpowHer project for three years now,” said Enactus President Julia Cuvelier. “This is a project that we do every year with the ladies to help them gain the skills and confidence that they need to go out into the working world and be able to do the best that they can.”
January 8, 2015 - 9:07am
Mount Mercy’s finance major has been granted the status of a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Recognized University Program, becoming one of only three institutions in Iowa to hold this prestigious distinction. The CFA Institute is a global association of investment professionals located in Charlottesville, Virginia with over 123,000 members.
December 11, 2014 - 3:39pm
The Enactus team will be hosting Mount Mercy University’s first Market on the Mount this Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall. This is a free event open to the public. This student-designed event encourages the community to connect with small, local businesses and also serves as a learning tool for students. More than 20 local vendors will be present to advertise their services and products. Some of these products will include handmade jewelry, 2-D artwork, wooden letters, massage therapy, custom flower seed packs and much more.
November 26, 2014 - 12:46pm
‘Tis the season to give! As we grow older and wiser, we learn that the holidays aren’t as much about opening presents as opening our hearts and thinking of others. The rest of the world has caught onto this sentiment too, introducing #GivingTuesday as a refreshing follow-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea behind #GivingTuesday is simple: give something that impacts the recipient in a meaningful way. This year, Mount Mercy is not only participating, but is doing so in a way that could influence hundreds of students’ educational experiences at the university.
November 18, 2014 - 5:07pm
Fifteen Mount Mercy freshmen in Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly’s portal class, Immigrants and Literacy, visited Taylor Elementary School in Cedar Rapids on Oct.17 to read storybooks to children in preschool through fourth grade. They volunteered during Mount Mercy’s Fall Break to participate in the America Reads Challenge, a national initiative to improve the reading skills of elementary-age children. The challenge has been going strong across the country since 1996.
November 17, 2014 - 10:58am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to host Audrey Boone Tillman, executive vice president and general counsel for Aflac Incorporated, on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy University Center. Tillman will be the keynote speaker for the university’s annual Barbara Knapp Speaker Series, an event named in honor of Mount Mercy Board of Trustee Barbara Knapp whose family founded Securities Corporation of Iowa. The series hosts influential speakers on business-related topics of benefit to the campus and greater community.
November 13, 2014 - 10:48am
In October, Mount Mercy University’s criminal justice program hosted local law officials in a panel conversation on police use of force policies in Cedar Rapids and Linn County. The conversation continues on Nov. 18 through a special workshop, Roll of the Dice, Diversity and the Community: A Special Look at Criminal Justice.

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