Mount Mercy’s faculty and staff will reveal their artistic talents at the first faculty/staff art exhibit in almost 10 years. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Oct. 29, 4–6 p.m., at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery.
Dr. Nathan Klein, assistant professor of business and 2007 Mount Mercy University alumni, was recently selected to receive the inaugural Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award for the Best Interdisciplinary Leadership Dissertation by Creighton University. Klein was one of two graduates from Creighton University’s Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership selected by the faculty.
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.
Publications (Books & Book Chapters):
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.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Nguyen, Ph.D. was recently awarded an Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellowship through Iowa Campus Compact, a coalition aimed at advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities.
As a fellow in the program, Dr. Nguyen will participate in professional workshops and events over the course of a year and will receive a stipend to foster a civic engagement project on campus. The details of the project will be presented at the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit or another Iowa Campus Compact network opportunity.
Dr. Bob Walker and Dr. Belkis Suarez are each Honorable Mention Honorees through the Iowa Campus Compact 2014 Engaged Campus Awards. The award program honors individuals and groups within higher education who work to strengthen civic and community engagement on their campuses.
Associate Professor of Business Dr. Bob Walker will be honored for his efforts in engaging students in building business partnerships and advancing quality of life programs in Belize.
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 Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Chad Loes will examine critical thinking skills in students during a special forum on October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The forum, “The Development of Critical Thinking: Does Residence or Diversity Matter?” is free and open to the public.
Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Dave Klope will offer insight on Islam in Iowa during a special faculty forum on September 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The forum, “Iowa Islam: Communication and Community” is free and open to the public.
Mount Mercy has named Elizabeth “Betsy” Winter as an admissions counselor. As an admissions counselor, Winter will be responsible for recruiting high school students to the institution. Her primary duties will include managing, tracking and evaluating recruitment data in her assigned territory, representing Mount Mercy in a positive manner while meeting and interacting with prospective students and their families, and building relationships with high school personnel, among other things. Winter’s recruitment territory includes West Central Iowa and Nebraska.
Yellowstone Park authorities are confirming that retired Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Biology Frank Jaszcz has died following a fishing accident in Yellowstone National Park. Mount Mercy faculty, staff and students extend their deepest condolences to Jaszcz’s family.
By the request of Dr. Christopher Blake of Mount Mercy, Archbishop Jerome Hanus of Dubuque has approved the appointment of Father Dustin L. Vu as part-time chaplain at Mount Mercy. He will begin his duties July 13. Fr. Vu will replace Mount Mercy’s chaplain Father Nick B. March, who has been appointed to serve as pastor of Christ Our Hope Cluster in Northeast Iowa.
Mount Mercy’s Assistant Professor of History Adam Ebert was recently awarded the Gilbert C. Fite Award for the best dissertation in agricultural history from the Agricultural History Society. Ebert’s dissertation, “Hive Society: The Popularization of Science and Beekeeping in the British Isles, 1609-1913,” is believed to be the first dissertation from a student writing on a non-U.S. history topic that has won this award.
Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair of Communications, Literature and Arts Kathryn Hagy has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach at the Fine Arts College of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Mount Mercy’s Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese will deliver a special forum titled “Jailed for Freedom: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Mount Mercy’s Race and Gender Speaker Series. The forum, held in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, is free and open to the public.