Academics

Hagy serves as Fulbright Scholar
Academics / Archives / Spring 2011

Hagy serves as Fulbright Scholar

New language, new culture, new artwork — and new opportunities. Such were the discoveries of Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy when she stepped into her role as a Fulbright Scholar last summer. Hagy was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar grant by the United States Department of […]

Faculty-student collaboration soars with pathways project
Academics / Fall 2010

Faculty-student collaboration soars with pathways project

Mount Mercy has always prided itself on its teacher- scholars, a group of individuals equally committed to teaching in their discipline and to mentoring and helping students engage in research opportunities. A result of the student faculty interaction is that students often develop a stronger connection with Mount Mercy and […]

Serendipitous encounters lay groundwork for student exchanges
Academics / Fall 2010

Serendipitous encounters lay groundwork for student exchanges

When she stepped off the airplane in London, Professor of English Mary Vermillion, Ph.D. had a gut feeling that her return trip to Britain would be a fruitful one. “I felt like I belonged the whole time,” says Vermillion of her second visit. She experienced numerous “serendipitous encounters” that proved […]

Leveraging connection with Fortune 500 CEOS to make an impact
Academics / Fall 2010

Leveraging connection with Fortune 500 CEOS to make an impact

“It is always exhilarating to get out there and present our projects to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, but I think the most exciting part of SIFE is just stepping back and realizing what kind of positive impact we make within our community and around the world,” says Zach […]

'Moment in the spotlight' for first Master's degree graduates
Academics / Fall 2010

'Moment in the spotlight' for first Master's degree graduates

The hooding ceremony was very surreal for me,” says Anna Behning, a graduate of the first-ever Master of Business Administration (MBA) program cohort. May 2010 marked the first time in its history that Mount Mercy conferred graduate degrees upon students, including Behning and 31 of her classmates in the MBA […]

Giving voice to the voiceless
Academics / Spring 2010

Giving voice to the voiceless

Can a piece of art be a window into a terminally ill child’s hopes and fears? Can it enable you to imagine what it would be like to be homeless? Can it serve as a tool to reach the community? Mount Mercy Professor of Art Jane Gilmor’s work can, and […]

Proposed graduate programs given green light
Academics / On Campus / Spring 2010

Proposed graduate programs given green light

Spurred on by the overwhelming success of graduate programs in business and education, Mount Mercy’s Board of Trustees have approved the launch of two additional graduate programs in nursing and marriage and family therapy. Classes in the marriage and family therapy program will be offered beginning Fall semester 2010, while […]

To protect, serve – and lead
Academics / Feature / Spring 2010

To protect, serve – and lead

On those rare occasions when members of the Cedar Rapids Police Department are called to the Mount Mercy campus, students, faculty and staff are guaranteed to receive a professional and helpful response. But it is also common for members of the campus community to come face-to-face with an officer they […]

MBA Scholars Create, Nurture Community Partnerships
Academics / Fall 2009

MBA Scholars Create, Nurture Community Partnerships

In the last two years, Mount Mercy’s Master of Business Administration students have contributed to the rich, diverse  campus life. Through outreach to local organizations, MBA students have earned a reputation as a resource for helping business leaders make strategic investments and sound, data-driven decisions that will sustain their businesses […]

Scholar connects lab research to classroom innovation
Academics / Feature / Summer 2009

Scholar connects lab research to classroom innovation

Sit down to chat with Dr. Alesia Hruska-Hageman and you know instantly why she traded the research laboratory for the classroom: she is a teacher at heart. As she enthusiastically explains the intricacies of DNA, RNA, proteins and the structure of a cell, you realize you are witnessing her gift […]

A Learning Legacy
Academics / Feature / Summer 2009

A Learning Legacy

They use shaving cream, sandpaper and brushes. They use rice, felt and Play-Doh. They are teachers helping children grasp language with a unique approach they learned at Mount Mercy. Thanks to the generosity of 1972 graduate Mary Ashby, students in the  Mount Mercy Education Division are being trained to help […]

Academics / Winter 2009

Honors Student Tackles Acadia National Park

Mount Mercy’s honors students are known as outside-the-box thinkers and ambitious learners. For Morgan Filbert, a senior English and history major from Cedar Rapids, his experience as an honor student took on new meaning when he traveled to Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island, Maine last summer for an […]

Faculty Innovation Spurs Creative Nursing Curriculum
Academics / Winter 2009

Faculty Innovation Spurs Creative Nursing Curriculum

Actors Bring Mental Illnesses to Life Professional nurses routinely encounter difficult and stressful situations while on the job. But thanks in part to a new initiative orchestrated by Professor of Nursing Nancy Brauhn, Mount Mercy nursing students have a leg up on their counterparts. The Standardized Patient (SP) teaching strategy, […]