Academics

Three Mount Mercy students compete for The Irene Ryan Scholarship Award
Academics / Uncategorized / Spring 2013

Three Mount Mercy students compete for The Irene Ryan Scholarship Award

Three Mount Mercy University students were nominated to compete for The Irene Ryan Scholarship Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region V Festival in January. Junior Taylor Foster of Cedar Rapids, senior Casey Gaul of Dyersville, Iowa, and junior Jarod Heims of Monticello, Iowa, were selected […]

Mount Mercy’s ‘Pathways to Scholarship’ Quality Initiative increases faculty/student partnerships
Academics / Spring 2013

Mount Mercy’s ‘Pathways to Scholarship’ Quality Initiative increases faculty/student partnerships

Through its successful Quality Initiative, Mount Mercy’s campus has seen an increase in faculty-student partnership in addition to individual research projects. Mount Mercy received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for its Quality Initiative project, Pathways to Scholarship. The university is participating in the launch of a new HLC […]

MBA students travel to Belize to work for common good
Academics / Spring 2013

MBA students travel to Belize to work for common good

Sixteen Mount Mercy students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program traveled to Punta Gorda, Belize, to work with local businesses in January. Students partnered with entrepreneurs to enhance development of five businesses, varying in services from solar dried fruit to an Internet café. Punta Gorda is the southernmost […]

Pathways to Scholarship Festival keeps research center stage
Academics / Archives / Summer 2012

Pathways to Scholarship Festival keeps research center stage

With a record-breaking number of research projects and an even more impressive turnout of visitors, Mount Mercy’s annual Pathways to Scholarship Festival on May 2 exceeded expectations. Students in a variety of majors were given a platform to showcase various academic and creative works, including student-faculty research partnerships. Panel sessions, […]

Mount Mercy helps unlock ‘STEM’ skills in children, families
Academics / Archives / Summer 2012

Mount Mercy helps unlock ‘STEM’ skills in children, families

More than 50 middle school students and parents participated in Mount Mercy’s inaugural STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Moms Night Out on April 23. Hosted in collaboration with the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP), this statewide family-friendly event provided hands-on activities for moms and other caregivers to […]

Med Lab Students Discover Secret to Thriving in High-Stress Environments
Academics / Spring 2012

Med Lab Students Discover Secret to Thriving in High-Stress Environments

Calm under pressure. Cool customers. Unfazed in high-stress environments. Mount Mercy seniors Amanda Walker Mikita and Sossity Davis embody these characteristics. They are required to be: it’s their job. As Medical Laboratory Science interns with St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Mikita and Davis are two of the unsung heroes […]

Iowa Goes to Hollywood
Academics / Spring 2012

Iowa Goes to Hollywood

“I wanted to let you know that you’ve been accepted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.” Jessica Joens ’12 can’t quite remember how she reacted when she got the call, but she’s pretty sure she let out a cheer. After applying for a competitive, one-of-a-kind internship in Hollywood […]

Proven program leadership
Academics / Spring 2012

Proven program leadership

In a relatively short time span, Mount Mercy has grown a reputed cohort of programs that are directed by experts in the field. With the addition of the two newest programs, Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the institution is […]

Johnson joins Academic Affairs team
Academics / Spring 2012

Johnson joins Academic Affairs team

As the new academic support and retention specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs, Valencia Johnson will work with students, faculty and staff to ensure incoming students experience successful and positive transitions upon enrollment at Mount Mercy. In her new role, Johnson will engage campus resources — enhancing harmonization amongst Mount […]

Bringing the sound of music to Mount Mercy
Academics / Spring 2012

Bringing the sound of music to Mount Mercy

After conducting and teaching for 20 years at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Gerald Kreitzer came to Mount Mercy this fall to serve as coordinator for campus music. What inspired such a move? “Opportunity,” says Kreitzer, “the chance to get in on the ground floor and build something truly […]

Opening doors to research possibilities
Academics / Archives / Summer 2011

Opening doors to research possibilities

Mount Mercy University students will have even greater opportunities to pursue research and collaborate with faculty on research projects thanks to the new Undergraduate Research Laboratory, funded in part by a $125,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. With additional contributions from the University, Mount Mercy’s Natural and […]

Graham, Handler lead Academic Affairs
Academics / Summer 2011

Graham, Handler lead Academic Affairs

With more than 20 years teaching experience and four successfully-launched graduate programs under her belt, Melody Graham, Ph.D., is perfectly positioned for her new role as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs. Graham, who previously served as dean of graduate studies, officially began her new position on July […]

The story of history
Academics / Archives / Spring 2011

The story of history

The story begins nearly 70 years ago in a tiny Polish town during the Nazi occupation. David Thaler is a young man when the Nazis begin persecuting the Jews in Europe. By the end of the Holocaust, Thaler loses his father, a sister and his entire extended family in the […]