President's Message

Laurie Hamen

President's Message - 90 Years of Mercy 


Many people said 1928 wasn’t a good time to start a college. The Great Depression was just around the corner, and there wasn’t much demand for higher education, especially for women.

But with slim budgets, lots of ambition, and a deep commitment to high-quality, values-based education beyond high school, the Sisters of Mercy persisted and opened Mount Mercy Junior College.

As we look back on the last 90 years—receiving accreditation, launching new programs, allowing men to enroll, becoming a university, establishing our first-ever named college, and much more—we celebrate just how far we’ve come. 

This spirit of persistence and resiliency appears throughout the #MadeByMercy stories in this issue. You’ll read about Melaka Anderson ’18, who says God placed her at Mount Mercy at the right time to help her overcome the odds. And you’ll be inspired by journeys to MMU and beyond—from our first cohort of Project Connect students and an online student in Flint, Michigan, to our alumni doing amazing work locally, nationally, and globally. Plus, you’ll meet our oldest living alumna! 

Back on the Hill, we’re excited to share news about the generous Carver Grant for nursing lab enhancements and telehealth delivery, the Circle the City community service project, two transformational gifts to establish the Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health and renovate the Rinderknecht Athletic Center, the Fall Faculty Series and Spring Lecture Series, and so much more.

Here’s to another 90+ years! 

Laurie Hamen Signature

Laurie Hamen, JD President