Academics

Nursing major follows passion, ends up in NYC
Academics / Feature / Fall 2015

Nursing major follows passion, ends up in NYC

Tessa Friason isn’t your typical college student. She didn’t return home for summer break to relax next to the pool, watch movies with friends or go back to the job she held in high school. The senior nursing major spent the start of her summer vacation in Atlanta, where she […]

Making an impact — in the field + on the field
Academics / Athletics / Fall 2015

Making an impact — in the field + on the field

For Mount Mercy University sophomore and Cedar Rapids native Meleah Baloch, turtles and turf are opening whole new worlds of learning. The gifted biology major is also an accomplished soccer player with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon. Mount Mercy provides the perfect setting for science and soccer. Baloch spent the […]

Expanding opportunity
Academics / Spring 2015

Expanding opportunity

Mount Mercy adds scholarships, academic programs and services In the last year, new programs, scholarships and admission agreements have been implemented at Mount Mercy University —all focused on a few specific goals: making a Mount Mercy degree more affordable, accessible and applicable to emerging workplace trends. These new initiatives have […]

Unraveling the mystery: Students decode crime scene using classroom skills
Academics / Archives / Summer 2014

Unraveling the mystery: Students decode crime scene using classroom skills

It is 5:30 in the evening on a crisp day in April. Law enforcement arrives outside a whitewashed house on the city’s northeast side. A vague dispatch call reports concerned neighbors heard strange noises, loud bangs and have noticed a light on in the attic of the supposedly vacant two-story […]

Teaching the teachers: Mount Mercy education department offers learning model unique to eastern Iowa
Academics / Summer 2014

Teaching the teachers: Mount Mercy education department offers learning model unique to eastern Iowa

Mount Mercy University is working to put education students a step ahead by partnering with Regis Middle School and Center Point-Urbana schools to implement a new kind of teacher preparation. The Professional Development School (PDS) model was implemented just one year ago as a way for Mount Mercy education majors […]

Nursing honors program, NOVA, a bright spot for students
Academics / Summer 2014

Nursing honors program, NOVA, a bright spot for students

A clinical nurse specialist in Minnesota, a neonatal advanced practice registered nurse in Iowa City, a Mayo Clinic nurse in Rochester–these alumni have something in common beyond profession. They were all part of Mount Mercy University’s Nurses of Vision and Action honors program, known as NOVA. The 14-year-old NOVA program […]

Students find renewed purpose in Belize
Academics / Summer 2014

Students find renewed purpose in Belize

Service beyond self—in addition to a top-quality education, it’s what Mount Mercy strives to instill in all students. Life-changing experiences in the small country of Belize have opened the eyes of graduates and undergraduates alike, in a beautiful example of service beyond self in action. “So, when are you going […]

New programs open doors of opportunity for career goals
Academics / Summer 2014

New programs open doors of opportunity for career goals

It’s been an exciting spring of academic growth for graduate and undergraduate programming at Mount Mercy. Two new graduate degrees, a new graduate area of emphasis, two accelerated undergraduate programs in healthcare and a new traditional undergraduate major in actuarial science are creating new career possibilities for students during the […]

A Story Untold: Senior history project introduces student to late grandfather’s heroic past
Academics / Feature / Summer 2014

A Story Untold: Senior history project introduces student to late grandfather’s heroic past

On June 6, 2014, our nation remembered the 70th commemoration of D-Day and honored the few remaining veterans who experienced WWII. For one recent Mount Mercy alumnus, this year’s passing of the Omaha Beach anniversary carried with it a meaning more profound than he could have imagined. What started as […]

Students on first faculty-led summer study abroad program travel to Costa Rica
Academics / Winter 2014

Students on first faculty-led summer study abroad program travel to Costa Rica

Costa Rica. Home to rich flora and fauna, beaches and tropical rain forests, and the host country for Mount Mercy University’s first faculty-led summer study abroad trip. “Costa Rica is a wonderful country to start this study abroad program,” said Dr. Belkis Suarez, assistant professor of Spanish and faculty leader […]

Giving the gift of imagination, reading
Academics / Spring 2014

Giving the gift of imagination, reading

In late May, just days after Mount Mercy’s 2013 Commencement ceremonies, the students at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlin, South Dakota, received a welcome visit from a Mount Mercy student (David Stemper, ‘14), a very recent alumna (Katrina Prudue, ‘13), their professor (Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly) and Mount Mercy’s […]

Plans for new graduate center announced
Academics / Spring 2013

Plans for new graduate center announced

Mount Mercy announced plans for a new graduate center during a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, November 2. The Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center is undergoing renovations for a grand opening planned in the fall of 2013. The graduate center was made possible thanks to a grant through the […]

Marriage and family therapy clinic to open for community as part of new graduate center
Academics / Spring 2013

Marriage and family therapy clinic to open for community as part of new graduate center

As part of the Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center, the Mount Mercy Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic will be an exciting and valuable place for training and outreach for the Cedar Rapids community. The clinic will serve as the training center for graduate students in the marriage and […]