News Archive : President Laurie Hamen

March 2, 2017 - 10:37am
Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen and five other higher education leaders from the corridor discussed college affordability, the role of technology in education, and enrollment challenges and opportunities during Corridor Business Journal Future of Higher Education College Presidents Panel on Wednesday, March 1.
February 8, 2017 - 10:07am
Mount Mercy University has officially decided not to add football to its athletic roster at this time, but will reconsider in the future. University leadership cited fully-occupied residence halls and a strategic focus on its growing graduate and online programs as principle reasons for the decision. The possibility of adding a football program was carefully explored during the past year, involving faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.
November 30, 2016 - 9:25am
By Nick Anderson More than 70 leaders in Catholic higher education have signed a statement of solidarity with undocumented students, urging protection for those who arrived in the United States as children at a time when the incoming Trump administration is pledging to crack down on illegal immigration.
September 19, 2016 - 8:45am
Collaboration aimed at addressing challenges in higher education Vanessa Miller, The Gazette For the first time since their founding — which for Loras College dates back to 1839 — Iowa’s six private Catholic colleges have formed a collegiate association aimed at finding new ways to collaborate and address “the ever-changing issues facing private colleges and universities.” (Keep reading on TheGazette.com…)
September 16, 2016 - 12:21pm
The six Catholic colleges in Iowa have formed the Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association to collaborate and find innovative ways to address the ever-changing issues facing private colleges and universities.
September 13, 2016 - 8:39am
Mount Mercy University was named a Top 50 Best Regional University — Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best College rankings.
September 2, 2016 - 11:05am
Mount Mercy University began its 2016-17 academic year with the largest enrollment in the university’s nearly 90 year history—an estimated total of 1886 students. The fall 2016 student body is on track to set records in number of traditional freshmen, residential students, student-athletes, new online students and international students.
August 10, 2016 - 1:03pm
Three new trustees were recently elected to the Mount Mercy University Board of Trustees: Ken Brown, Kirk Kaalberg and Mike Wehr ‘03. All three members bring tremendous leadership talent to the board.
July 15, 2016 - 10:11am
Mount Mercy University was ranked highest among Iowa private schools on MONEY magazine’s recently released Best Colleges list. Nationally, the Time-affiliated magazine ranked Mount Mercy 137 out of 2,000 four-year colleges. The rankings were based on 24 factors in three equally weighted categories: educational quality, affordability and outcomes. Ranked 147 in 2015, the university moved up 10 spots in 2016. 
May 20, 2016 - 12:18pm
Mount Mercy University will graduate the largest class in its history during commencement exercises Sunday, May 22, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Class of 2016 includes nearly 400 undergraduate students and 175 graduate students. The class is also the first to include students who finished their degree in a completely online format.
April 20, 2016 - 10:04am
Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen signed a memo of agreement on March 20 with Carlow College in Carlow, Ireland, while traveling abroad on Mount Mercy’s Senior Leadership Pilgrimage. Initiated by Carlow College President Fr. Conn Ó Maoldhomhnaigh through a visit to Mount Mercy in Spring 2015, the agreement provides MMU students with an additional study abroad opportunity in a place closely tied to the Mercy heritage.
February 1, 2016 - 1:52pm
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 writer and advocate Marybeth Lorbiecki, director of the Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign, on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy.

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