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Discovery – Editor’s Note
Fall 2015 / From the Editor

Discovery – Editor’s Note

Mount Mercy’s campus really comes alive in the fall. Many of you, dear readers, are alumni, so you know what I’m talking about. But since this is my first fall on the Hill since I was a wide-eyed student hoofing it up to class from the pit, I was blown […]

Anything but ordinary – Editor’s Note
Summer 2014 / From the Editor

Anything but ordinary – Editor’s Note

I wish I could have had all of you readers with me for the interviews I conducted with the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are featured in the Summer 2014 Mount Mercy Magazine. Their stories absolutely blew me away … and the humility with which they shared those stories […]

For the times they are a-changin’ – Editor’s Note
About / Archives / Spring 2014 / From the Editor

For the times they are a-changin’ – Editor’s Note

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 that would […]

From the trenches, by the ‘wingman’
From the Editor

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” column. Indeed, enter […]

A summer of new beginnings
From the Editor

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 […]

Picking the right dance partner
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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 fellow […]

A watched pot…
From the Editor

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 […]

Lights, camera, action: Operation Passion starring Paul Gavin
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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 […]

Missing the forest for the trees
About / From the Editor

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 […]

An ugly 12-letter word: perseverance
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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 about sums up my experiences […]

I’ve been called a lot of things…
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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 ago […]

Anatomy of a Photo Shoot
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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; instead I’m praying that […]

Creatures of Habit
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Creatures of Habit

It was foggy, rainy and mostly gloomy in Cedar Rapids this past weekend. Given that January 1 slid by without me uttering a single commitment about working out and returning to the gym (I eschew News Years Resolutions), I decided that some cardio and weight-lifting would get my endorphins circulating […]