May 7, 2018 - 8:32am
Mount Mercy University’s popular spring Market at the Mount is set for May 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at the new Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex. The student-organized event will bring more than 40 local vendors to the outdoor complex, located at 651 19th Street NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402. Open to the public, vendors include services, artisans, crafters and food vendors. Products include crocheted items, BBQ sauces, wellness products, home decor and more.
April 27, 2018 - 8:52am
Mount Mercy University prides itself on the experiential learning opportunities afforded to its students, both on and off campus. Often, these opportunities come in the form of faculty-led research or projects—culminating in the day-long annual Scholarship Festival. To celebrate student work, Scholarship Festival will take place on Wednesday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. More than 60 students in majors from every academic department are presenting unique projects.
Multicultural Fair
April 20, 2018 - 9:34am
Mount Mercy University will celebrate its international students and the diverse cultures they represent at the annual Multicultural Fair on Thursday, April 26, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons. The fair will feature nearly 20 stations, representing many cultures and countries through posters, artifacts, apparel, music, food and other items.
April 17, 2018 - 9:12am
New date: Wednesday, May 2 Mount Mercy University and the Cedar Rapids Community School District are teaming up for a service project on Wednesday, April 18. More than 35 students from Coolidge, Grant and Van Buren elementary schools will build and deliver care packages to benefit Mission of Hope, a local organization that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to those in need.
April 4, 2018 - 9:06am
Mount Mercy University’s annual Aquinas Lecture Series will be held Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the on-campus Chapel of Mercy. If a loving, all-powerful God exists, why isn’t there more decisive evidence? University of Notre Dame Professor of Philosophy and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair Meghan E. Sullivan, Ph.D., will address this question during her lecture “The Church and the Hidden God.” Discussing themes from Job, Augustine and contemporary philosophy, the talk will explore the roles of trust, authority and community in overcoming doubt.
April 3, 2018 - 12:56pm
Mount Mercy University’s Community of Scholars Day will take place Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in Busse Board Room, Busse Library. Sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee, the second annual event is an opportunity for Mount Mercy faculty to showcase their research. Topics include: To Wine or Not to Wine, Sustainability in Higher Education, French Republicanism vs. the Hijab, The State of Diversity in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and many more.
April 3, 2018 - 9:21am
In 2016, Iowa reported 180 opioid-related deaths—more than six times the number reported in 2005. In response, Mount Mercy University will host a panel of experts for Opioids in Linn County on Wednesday, April 4, 5:30–7 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall 204. The event will include a panel discussion and Q&A with community leaders who will address harm reduction, county response, prevention and treatment, and how to spot signs of abuse.
March 29, 2018 - 11:06am
Mount Mercy University students, faculty and staff spent Spring Break 2018 in Texas responding to the still-heavy need for volunteers after Hurricane Harvey hit in August 2017. Twenty-six Mount Mercy community members made the trip and spent March 18–24 in the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas dismantling houses and cleaning up neighborhoods.
James McKean
March 28, 2018 - 9:38am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to welcome back author and Mount Mercy Professor Emeritus James McKean for the annual Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, April 5. McKean will lead a Q&A at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reading at 7 p.m., both in in Flaherty Community Room, 204 Basile Hall.
March 28, 2018 - 9:26am
ExploreU World of Technology, Mount Mercy University’s week-long science, technology, engineering and math program for middle-school-aged girls, once again earned a generous grant from Transamerica. The grant provides support for program development, student scholarships, mentor scholarships and faculty development.
March 5, 2018 - 3:44pm
Starting up a business can be hard, and getting the word out can even be harder. That's why some students at Mount Mercy University helped four local small businesses owned by women build websites. It was a partnership between them, and web hosting company GoDaddy. Watch the full story at KCRG.com »
February 22, 2018 - 9:31am
Mount Mercy University is announcing the launch of its first-ever doctoral programs, also the first offered in Cedar Rapids. Beginning fall 2018, Mount Mercy will offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT). “We’re proud to build on our quality master’s programs and continue to offer education that meets the demand, both from the community and our alumni,” said University President Laurie Hamen. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
November 21, 2017 - 9:26am
Mount Mercy University’s student Enactus team will host the fourth annual holiday Market at the Mount, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hennessey Recreation Center Gymnasium, located on the university’s campus. The student-organized event will bring more than 70 local vendors to campus.
November 1, 2017 - 10:12am
Little ghosts and goblins filled the hill last night for Mount Mercy University’s 2017 Halloween on the Hill. A long-standing Mount Mercy tradition and favorite student-volunteer opportunity, local kids visited campus for a night of ghoulish games, spooky stories, freaky fun, frightening food and trick-or-treating in multi-level haunted house.
October 31, 2017 - 11:39am
Mount Mercy University will host alumnus Danny Mishek, president and founder of SelfEco, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons as part of the Barbara A. Knapp Business Speaker Series. Mishek will present “EcoPreneurship: How Businesses Can Make Money and Make a Difference.” 
October 10, 2017 - 4:14pm
When Jason Sole, former drug dealer, notorious street gang member and three-time convicted felon, decided to turn his life around, he turned to education. Sole will share his inspiring story on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in Mount Mercy University’s Chapel of Mercy. The middle of three children, Sole was raised in Chicago and joined a gang to gain a position of authority and to financially improve his life. As a result of his criminal activity, Sole has been incarcerated in numerous correctional facilities.
October 3, 2017 - 10:38am
Mount Mercy University will host a musical fundraiser on Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Mount Mercy’s Chapel of Mercy to raise money for Fresh Start Jail Ministries (Linn County Correctional Chaplaincy). The concert will feature Mount Mercy’s University Choir and University Band. In lieu of an admittance fee, donations are encouraged.
September 30, 2017 - 1:59pm
For over 40 years—through countless victories, national titles and Mustang glory—Mount Mercy University’s outdoor athletes have never had a home field to call their own. Until now. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and community leaders gathered in celebration Saturday, Sept. 30 to kick off a new era in school history with the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex Grand Opening.
September 26, 2017 - 4:11pm
Mount Mercy University’s CRST International Graduate Center was blessed this week with a Little Free Library, given by John and Jane Langer, along with their children Andria Gibson, Melissa Bienvenu and Adam Langer. Little Free Libraries are a relatively new global phenomenon. Established in 2009, the book exchanges now number over 50,000 and are in all 50 states as well as 70 countries.
September 25, 2017 - 8:24am
Author Keith Lesmeister, who was raised in Cedar Rapids and currently resides in Decorah, will visit Mount Mercy University on Sept. 28 for a 3:30 p.m. Q&A and 7 p.m. reading. Lesmeister’s short story collection, “We Could’ve Been Happy Here,” examines the human heart amongst unique and challenged relationships, set in the Midwest—sometimes in Cedar Rapids. His writing style has been described as “dark” or “gothic."

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