Archive for ‘From the Editor’

For the times they are a-changin’

This year, when I was hired as the assistant director for communications and marketing, I was privileged to be adopted into Mount Mercy University’s family. With that wonderful, amazingly hospitable family, I also inherited a sweet baby that was my responsibility to shape, mold and create into something...
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From the trenches, by the ‘wingman’

Well, where do I even begin? As always, the latest issue of the Mount Mercy Magazine brought with it challenges, headaches, thrills and spills. But this issue especially was my “high-maintenance” child. You may notice that I am making a guest appearance in the “From the Editor”...
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A summer of new beginnings

Regrettably, it’s been a while since I last blogged about the Mount Mercy Magazine, life on campus and our latest shenanigans finding the stories that best represent Mount Mercy. I figured it was high time that I weighed back in. Like many of Mount Mercy faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends,...
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Picking the right dance partner

Picking the right dance partner
Every now and then (if you’re lucky), you have one of those “a ha” moments that justifies something you’re doing in your life or work. I was lucky enough to have one of those moments last night at the”Women of Influence” event hosted by the Corridor Business Journal. My...
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A watched pot…

As I’ve blogged on these pages before and for those who know me well (okay, for those who just know me), I’ve never been an incredibly patient person. If something is¬†scheduled to be completed in 10 minutes, I’m likely standing outside your office door after minute eight. If I drive...
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Lights, camera, action: Operation Passion starring Paul Gavin

If there is one truism that I see displayed constantly at Mount Mercy, it’s that our students, alumni, faculty, and staff have an unwavering passion for this institution. In the last 24 hours that has been proven and re-proven to me, most eloquently by members of our men’s basketball team...
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Missing the forest for the trees

The other day over lunch, a friend of mine said to me, “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you this for a few weeks now. Sometimes your eyes seem really dialated; sometimes your pupils are huge, abnormally so. I’ve noticed it for a while but keep forgetting to tell you.” I guess...
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An ugly 12-letter word: perseverance

I’ve been thinking a lot about perseverance lately. It can be a hauntingly ugly, nasty 12-letter word. The noun is officially defined as “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” Well, that...
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I've been called a lot of things…

I’ve been called a lot of things (both positive and negative), but I got a new moniker recently: “Connector.” I work with a person I consider a good friend and valued colleague. I haven’t known her personally for a long time, but our professional interactions increased a few years...
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Anatomy of a Photo Shoot

Tonight is what I jokingly refer to as “photo shoot eve.” “Photo shoot eve” differs from that “other eve” — Christmas Eve — in that I’m not awaiting the arrival of a bearded, rotund man clad in red velvet accompanied by a pack of flying reindeer;...
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