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.
Sixteen Mount Mercy University students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program are traveling to Punta Gorda, Belize, to work for the common good and development of the country this week. Students will partner with entrepreneurs in the country to enhance development of five different businesses, varying in services from solar dried fruit to an Internet café. Punta Gorda is the southernmost sizable town in Belize with a population of approximately 5,500 people representing seven ethnic groups.
Miss Iowa Mariah Cary will compete for the title of Miss America on Saturday, January 12. The competition will broadcast Saturday on ABC at 8:00 p.m., CST. A native of Burlington, Iowa, the Mount Mercy student's platform focuses on her struggles with mild motor tics, a form of Tourette Syndrome. During her visits to Iowa schools, she has spoken about bullying and dealing with the condition as a child.
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.
On the one week anniversary of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, President Christopher Blake joined seven other Iowa college presidents – and hundreds throughout the nation – in calling for increased gun control. The open letter to President Barack Obama demands an end to the gun show loophole, a ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons, a requirement for customer safety standards for all guns, and the opposition to legislation that would allow guns on college campuses and in classrooms.
Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will feature the works of Steven Deo, Tom Jones, Larry McNeil, Ryan Lee Smith, Star Wallowing Bull and Marie Watt in the exhibit “Migrations: New Directions in Native American Printmaking” January 7 – February 1. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Viewings can be arranged outside or regular hours by checking out a key from the University Center Information Desk. A closing reception will be held on Friday, February 1, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the gallery.
Mount Mercy University stands with the nation in our shock and sadness at the tragedy that unfolded yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Children are some of the most vulnerable in our society, and the teachers who care for them daily cherish the beauty of life and learning. It is therefore especially tragic that these caring and vulnerable ones should perish in this way. We pray for the souls of the departed and for God's mercy and love to be shown now and in the time ahead for the families and loved ones of these victims.
Three Mount Mercy University students have been nominated for The Irene Ryan Scholarship Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region V Festival. Junior Taylor Foster of Cedar Rapids, senior Casey Gaul of Dyersville, Iowa, and junior Jarod Heims of Monticello, Iowa, were selected by KCACTF responders and Mount Mercy’s new Drama Coordinator Nich Radcliffe to compete for the scholarship in January. The festival will be held January 20 – 26 in Lincoln, Neb.
Three Mount Mercy University students were selected as members of the 2012 Iowa Collegiate Honor Band at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. This marks the second year Mount Mercy has participated in the honor band, which consists of players from 15 other Iowa colleges and universities.
“This was a great opportunity for our students to play a collegiate program under great guest conductors and meet and mingle with band students from across the state,” said Mount Mercy Coordinator for Campus Music Gerald Kreitzer.
Mount Mercy University President Christopher Blake announced today that the university is seeking comments from the public about Mount Mercy University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Mount Mercy’s MBA program, while steeped in classroom knowledge, demands that its students learn a practical side to business and management.
The Capstone course, a students’ final course in the MBA program, offer students hands-on, relevant experience gained through working with and supporting local Corridor-based businesses. Courses such as Principles of Project Management and Entrepreneurial Endeavors encourage outreach and help to facilitate connections between MBA students and local business leaders.
Mount Mercy University received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for its Quality Initiative project, Pathways to Scholarship. The university is participating in the launch of a new HLC accreditation model that includes a campus-specific improvement project, the Quality Initiative. Mount Mercy's two-year project placed special focus on energizing scholarship by encouraging faculty and student engagement in research and creative work, both individually and through collaborative teams.
Mount Mercy's Vice President for Development Duff Ridgeway was featured in the November 2012 CASE newsletter. Read about his career in development for higher education and why he values Mount Mercy University.
Duff Ridgeway member profile - CASE newsletter, November 2012
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 Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Guthrie, Ph.D., has been named an Iowa Public Health Hero by The University of Iowa College of Public Health. The award was established to raise awareness and recognize those who have made significant impacts in the public health workforce and improved wellness and disease prevention across the state. Nominations for Public Health Heroes are submitted by peers in the Iowa public health practice community and awarded annually.
Members of the Mount Mercy University Choir, Jazz Connection, Band and Handbell Ensemble will perform Lessons and Carols Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in Chapel of Mercy on Mount Mercy's campus. This event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Mount Mercy University is hosting "Tales of the Season" Sunday, December 2, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Activities will include storytelling with Steve Arnold, holiday crafts, cookie decorating and a special guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations in advance are required and should be submitted to Mount Mercy's Associate Director of Alumni Relations Catherine Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 27.
Mount Mercy University and OPN Architects were awarded 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design at the Iowa American Institute of Architects Convention in Des Moines. The award recognizes outstanding efforts to reduce energy use. Alliant Energy recognized OPN Architects, Inc. for renovations at Mount Mercy's new University Center, which achieved a 65 percent kBTU savings. The University Center opened in the fall of 2011.
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.