News Archive

April 24, 2015 - 3:02pm
Mount Mercy welcomes long-time Cedar Rapidian Dr. Ruth White to the university’s board of trustees. Dr. White served as an English teacher, Advance Placement Literature instructor and academic advisor to minority students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District for over 30 years. Currently Dr. White is the Executive Director for The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success—a college preparatory program for students of color—and serves as an educational diversity and cultural competency consultant for Transwebglobal.
April 22, 2015 - 4:28pm
Mount Mercy University’s drama department will be performing “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for their annual spring drama production on April 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2:30 p.m. This six-time Tony Award nominee musical follows a dysfunctional, yet humorous group of middle school adolescents on their journey to win the Putnam Valley Middle School Spelling Bee. The audience will participate along the way as the group finds themselves encountering self-doubt, anxiety, loneliness, sexual awakening and the realization that winning isn’t everything.
April 21, 2015 - 2:25pm
Mount Mercy University will host its annual Multicultural Fair on Thursday, April 23 from 3 to 5:45 p.m. at the Sisters of Mercy University Center and Rhode Family Plaza. This event will showcase the various cultures represented in Mount Mercy’s diverse student body, by allowing various countries from around the world to share their culture with others.
April 20, 2015 - 10:02am
On April 22, Iowa native David Thoreson will visit Mount Mercy University and present on topics related to the environment at 7 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall to celebrate Earth Day. Thoreson has a unique education and numerous life experiences that he uses to present on varying topics.
April 16, 2015 - 12:33pm
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.
April 10, 2015 - 3:54pm
Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce that Rev. Anthony Adawu (lovingly known as Father Tony) has accepted the position of residential chaplain. Father Tony will be the first full-time chaplain for the university in almost six years.
April 9, 2015 - 1:44pm
Sister Karen Schneider has been selected as the keynote speaker for Mount Mercy’s University’s commencement ceremony to be held on May 17 at 1 p.m. at the US Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. Serving as both physician and assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University Children’s Center as well as a Sister of Mercy, Sister Karen works to improve children’s health in the United States and around the world.
April 2, 2015 - 2:47pm
Since 2005, Associate Provost Tom Castle has been an important member of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP), a professional network for higher education institutions offering accelerated formats. After serving in various positions, Castle became CAP president in 2013, taking on a leadership role in advocating for accelerated programs around the country.
April 1, 2015 - 4:21pm
Emilie Jacobson, a senior biology major at Mount Mercy University, was recently named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow, an award given to promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community.
April 1, 2015 - 3:57pm
Students in one of Mount Mercy University’s accelerated marketing courses practiced their craft and pitched a marketing plan to the owner of Hot Harry’s, a burrito restaurant on Cedar Rapids’ northeast side. Students Eric Tupper, Breanna Reed, Nicholas Berry and Alyssa Hilby met with the restaurant’s owner, Ken Halm, on March 10. Halm was excited to have Mount Mercy’s students and was impressed with their depth of understanding.
March 31, 2015 - 1:41pm
Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce Brenda Duello as vice president for development and alumni relations. A 1996 Mount Mercy graduate, Duello holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) credential. Duello comes to Mount Mercy from The University of Iowa where she served in development leadership roles for 11 years.
March 11, 2015 - 2:08pm
Students from Coe College, Kirkwood Community College, and Mount Mercy University participating in the Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon will be taking to their feet for twelve straight hours to raise money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon is a student-run philanthropy organization. Students from Coe, Mount Mercy, and Kirkwood partner together to raise money for families at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network.
March 9, 2015 - 3:25pm
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February 26, 2015 - 10:25am
Mount Mercy University continues to expand academics this spring by offering two new undergraduate majors, a new minor and additional tracks of study.     The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences welcomes chemistry and science marketing majors in Spring 2015. “While chemistry has existed as a minor,” stated Terri Crumley, dean of admissions at Mount Mercy, “we’re pleased to transition it to a major with tracks in biochemistry and forensic science to help more students work toward their bachelor’s degrees and ultimately their careers.”
February 20, 2015 - 10:33am
On February 23, Sr. Kathleen Erickson will visit Mount Mercy University to lecture on her experiences serving immigrants near the Mexican border. Her discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Flaherty Community Room, second floor Basile Hall. Sr. Kathleen has been a member of the Sisters of Mercy for nearly 50 years, focusing on the issue of immigration since 1991. Sister Kathleen opened an immigrant shelter for women and ran immersion experiences for those curious about immigration issues.
February 10, 2015 - 9:45am
Mount Mercy University’s Presidential Lecture Series was established in 2009 to highlight issues of value to the institution and its founders the Sisters of Mercy. This year, the university welcomes journalist John L. Allen Jr., senior Vatican analyst for CNN and associate editor at The Boston Globe. Allen is the author of nine books on Catholic affairs including, “Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis.” This work reflects upon the pope’s humility, compassion and vision for the church.
February 6, 2015 - 11:39am
African-American community leaders from the Corridor will gather at Mount Mercy University on Feb. 11, from 5:30-7 p.m. to participate in a professional women’s panel: Black Women Symposium. The panel will take place in Flaherty Community Room, second floor of Basile Hall. Associate Professor of Social Work April Dirks-Bihun, Ph.D. and the university’s multicultural affairs committee have organized the event in honor of Black History Month.
February 4, 2015 - 2:15pm
For the third year in a row, the Marion Arts Council is sponsoring an exhibit of artwork by Mount Mercy University and Cornell College art students at the Lowe Park Gallery, Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center, 4500 North 10th Street in Marion, Iowa. The exhibit opened January 30 and will be on display through February 27. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, February 10 from 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.
January 29, 2015 - 11:03am
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.
January 16, 2015 - 10:42am
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.