Mount Mercy University and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance are partnering on Aug. 25 for Service Day, a day dedicated to helping students assimilate to the Cedar Rapids area as well as the university’s service learning experience.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Nursing graduate Stephanie Nibaur ’13 was accepted into Mercy Volunteer Corps as a 2013-2014 volunteer.
As part of the Catholic Volunteer Network of AmeriCorps, the Mercy volunteers work to foster social change in impoverished or disadvantaged areas of the United States and South America. Volunteers are placed for one year, working in the realms of health, education and social work.
Nibaur is serving in St. Michaels, Ariz., a remote community in the Navajo Nation. She is working with residents to help them soar to their full potential.
Mount Mercy University is collaborating with Meth-Wick to bring educational programming to residents of the Cedar Rapids retirement community. The speaker series M&M Scholars launched in January and will engage residents in lectures featuring the expertise of university faculty and staff. The first series event hosted Librarian and Archivist Kristy Raine in a discussion on the Stone City Art Colony and School. Faculty members Jim Grove and Mohammad Chaichian are also on the schedule and additional programs are being arranged through May.
Ghouls and goblins of all ages will gather at Mount Mercy University on Sunday, October 27 to celebrate Halloween on the Hill. Families from local nonprofit agencies along with university staff and volunteers will gather to enjoy snacks, crafts and games in Hennessey Recreation Center’s gymnasium at 5:00 p.m. before trick-or-treating at Regina and McAuley, two student residence halls on campus.
Mount Mercy University, Coe College and United Way of East Central Iowa are partnering with the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) and Kids Against Hunger to help feed the hungry for this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
Mount Mercy welcomed 20 freshmen into the STEPS (Striving Towards Engaged and Purposeful Servant-Leadership) program during a special induction ceremony on Thursday, January 3, in Mount Mercy’s Stello Performance Hall.
Mount Mercy University, Coe College and United Way of East Central Iowa are partnering with Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) and Kids Against Hunger to help feed the hungry for this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 21.
Mount Mercy University students teamed up with Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to mentor area Scouts throughout the spring semester, culminating in a special campout that was held May 11-13 on Mount Mercy’s campus.
Mount Mercy University students traveled to Port Ministries in Chicago over spring break to lend volunteer help and other support for the inner-city ministry. The group of students, faculty and staff left March 23 and returned March 31.
Mount Mercy University hosted a celebration ceremony in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16. In his welcoming address, President Christopher Blake said it was not a coincidence this special event was being held at an institute of higher education, noting that King was an educated man, inspiring him to lead a movement for equal rights that would change the world.
Mount Mercy students, faculty and staff joined their classmates and colleagues for a morning set aside for community outreach and service to others on September 24. Teams joined forces and spread out into the community during the special outreach day, the final celebration of Mercy and Mission week activities on campus, which was observed September 18 – 24.
Two Mount Mercy University students are gearing up to spend their summers doing missionary work in Africa. Dia Brown, a junior nursing major from Urbandale, Iowa, will travel to Sierra Leone and work with a team at Jonathan House Ministries, a house for orphans. Elizabeth Brumm, a senior English major from Cedar Falls, Iowa, will travel to the small village of Dafor, Ghana as she joins forces with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
Mount Mercy students sacrificed a Saturday morning in order to reach out within the community and live out the call to serve during Spring Outreach. More than 60 students joined together in teams to perform tasks such as yard work, staining decks, cleaning and volunteering for Cedar Rapids' non-profits.
Mount Mercy University students are packing their bags, gathering tools, and preparing to depart on March 19 for the annual Alternative Spring Break service trip as they prepare to live out the institution's mission to serve those in need.
Mount Mercy University students are heading to New Orleans during winter break to participate in service work and hurricane recovery. More than ten students and two Campus Ministry staff members will be participating in the service trip, which is the sixth annual trip Mount Mercy students have made to aid in hurricane relief.