Mount Mercy University will welcome alumni back to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 18–20.
The weekend is designed to celebrate the campus community that was once home to alumni. Various events and activities will take place including the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Alumni Awards Luncheon, Alumni Reunion Mass, Service and Spirit Day, and more.
Julie Sterling, M.D. ’98 and Jennifer Welton ’05 will be honored as part of the Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class of 2014. The annual awards reception spotlights community leaders under the age of 40 who are working to make a positive impact in the Corridor.
Dr. Sterling graduated from Mount Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology. She practices at Family Medicine Specialists, P.C. in Cedar Rapids.
Mount Mercy University will welcome alumni back to campus to celebrate Homecoming on the Hill Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2014.
“In Linn County alone, nearly 6,000 Mount Mercy graduates help shape Iowa’s Creative Corridor and contribute to the vibrancy of their communities,” said Catherine Shafer, executive director for advancement services. “Homecoming offers an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and reminisce with old friends and while enjoying campus with their families.”
On June 19, Mount Mercy’s oldest living alumna Frances McLaughlin Stauffacher JC’31 celebrates her 103rd birthday.
Mrs. Stauffacher has experienced some amazing things over 103 years. She has been a teacher, worked for a life insurance company, and was a recreation worker for the American Red Cross during World War II.
Mount Mercy wishes the very happiest of birthdays to Mrs. Stauffacher!
Mount Mercy University is calling for the nomination of outstanding alumni leaders to be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the community. Honorees will be acknowledged during an annual recognition luncheon held in conjunction with Homecoming this fall.
“Mount Mercy alumni make monumental impacts on their communities,” said Josie Takes, coordinator of alumni relations. “Our annual award presentation and luncheon is one way the university shows our pride in their exceptional service.”
When Michael Kutcher ‘02 graduated from Mount Mercy with degrees in management and finance, he didn’t plan on a career in public speaking. After an eye-opening encounter with a five-year-old living with pronounced cerebral palsy – a condition Kutcher shares in mild form – Michael decided to let life lead him toward his true calling: motivational speaking.
Students at Mount Mercy University traded old for new in the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) t-shirt swap held Oct. 24. Learners donated college-branded t-shirts from around the country and in return received a new Mount Mercy shirt.
“We collected over 100 t-shirts advertising other colleges and universities,” said Ryan Phillips, annual giving coordinator. “Our Development and Alumni Relations office supplied each donor with a brand new Mount Mercy t-shirt to replace their old one.”
Mount Mercy joins Corridor communities in mourning the loss of alumna Peggy Whitworth ’64, who passed away October 25, 2013. Peggy was instrumental in creating the Brucemore Historic Site, serving as its executive director until 2007. Her unwavering advocacy toward the cause of preservation is credited by many as the keystone behind Brucemore’s magnificent grounds. Peggy’s community-building drive was also focused through her steadfast work on political causes, including campaigns for President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Like all causes she believed in, Ms.
Mount Mercy alumna Sister Laura Reicks '78, of Dubuque, Iowa, was named president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community this spring. Sister Reicks will serve a five-year term as president starting July 1. She will reside in Omaha, Neb., to fulfill her responsibilities at the Central Office for the West Midwest Community.
Mount Mercy alumna Pamela Schmitz Delagardelle has been named president and CEO of Allen Health System effective January 1, 2013. Prior to her appointment at Allen Health System, she was the CEO of Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) in Grundy Center, Iowa, for nearly 10 years. Delagardelle is the first woman and first nurse to provide leadership as president and CEO of Allen Health System.
Mount Mercy University has named Catherine Shafer associate director of alumni relations. Shafer previously served as the facilities coordinator at the president's house for University of Northern Iowa, in which she planned and managed events held at the president's home. She also worked closely with the president and his wife to build relationships for the university. She holds her bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa.
Mount Mercy University’s MBA Program Director Dr. Deb Oliver, and alumna Maureen Osako ’93 were honored as Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal on Thursday, March 8, during a special awards banquet. As award recipients, Oliver and Osaka are recognized as having made a difference in the Corridor, serving as role models and leaders in their industry and their communities.
Mount Mercy University congratulates alumni Greg Buelow '95, Donajane (DJ) Castelein '05 and Kimberly Ivester '95 for being recognized during the Corridor Business Journal's Forty Under 40 awards banquet, held on October 27 at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.