Alumni

Lighting a Fire
Alumni / January 2017

Lighting a Fire

From the Hill to the Classroom

Mount Mercy: Where Leaders Learn
Alumni / January 2017

Mount Mercy: Where Leaders Learn

Mount Mercy University’s combination of excellent academics, with a focus on compassionate service, produces graduates who hit the ground running in whatever field they desire.

Answering the Why of Nursing
Alumni / January 2017

Answering the Why of Nursing

When Justin Oeth ’06, stopped into work to help out for a few hours one July evening in 2012, he had no idea every skill and life lesson he had learned, both at Mount Mercy University and in his career, would be put to the test.

An Amazing Journey from Africa to America
Alumni / January 2017

An Amazing Journey from Africa to America

Amazing-Grace Ighedo ’16 strives to be the very best, no matter the circumstances or challenges of her life. This led her not only to the United States from Nigeria, but also to earn the coveted Minority Nurse Scholarship from Minority Nurse Magazine, and ultimately a degree from Mount Mercy University. […]

Beating the Odds
Alumni / January 2017

Beating the Odds

As a student at Mount Mercy, Andrew Whitters ’04 received a life-threatening diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease — a form of cancer from which he has been in remission since 2005.

Class Notes
Alumni / Awards & Class Notes / January 2017

Class Notes

It Was Meant to Be: One Email Changed Cynthia Dennis’ Life
Academics / Alumni / Spring 2016

It Was Meant to Be: One Email Changed Cynthia Dennis’ Life

Neither personal tragedy nor 20 years out of the classroom could keep Cynthia Dennis ’11, from her ultimate goal of achieving a master’s degree from Mount Mercy University once she set her mind to it.

A Long Journey Home: From Spain to Mount Mercy to Soccer Leader
Athletics / Alumni / Spring 2016

A Long Journey Home: From Spain to Mount Mercy to Soccer Leader

Enrique Cortina ’13, came to Mount Mercy University from his hometown of Valencia, Spain, to follow his passion for playing soccer while working toward earning an education he and his family could be proud of. The experiences and relationships Cortina formed during his four years at Mount Mercy revised his […]

Accountant Turned CFO: How Judy Lubben Leads by Mount Mercy’s Example
Academics / Alumni / Spring 2016

Accountant Turned CFO: How Judy Lubben Leads by Mount Mercy’s Example

Lubben, who had two sons at home while attending undergraduate classes, chose Mount Mercy because of its convenient location, small class size and professors’ passion. Barb Pooley, who was an influential mentor during Lubben’s time at MMU, was the one who recommended her for the job at Raining Rose. She said she also learned important lessons in leadership from her mentors at Mount Mercy.

Alumni / Spring 2016

Class Notes

Achievements Tom Fagan ’81, celebrated his retirement from the Linn County (Iowa) Treasurer’s office after 31 years of service, in November 2015. Dawn Barnes ’94, celebrated her retirement from the Area Substance Abuse Council of Cedar Rapids after 22 years of service, in January 2016. Marriages Jessica (Joens) Munson ’12 […]

Spring 2015 Edition Update: Kellie Lala and the Tumaini Junior School
Alumni / Fall 2015

Spring 2015 Edition Update: Kellie Lala and the Tumaini Junior School

Mount Mercy alumna Kellie Lala ’89 has dedicated much of her recent life to the Tumaini Junior School, a school in Karatu, Tanzania. She raises money for the school from afar, visiting her African friends whenever possible. You can find the full inspiring story—first published in the Spring 2015 Mount […]

New faces of MMU – Brenda K. Duello
Alumni / Fall 2015

New faces of MMU – Brenda K. Duello

The newest member of the President’s Cabinet at Mount Mercy is Brenda K. Duello ’96, vice president for development & alumni relations. She started in the role in April. Brenda brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in fundraising gained through her work in eastern Iowa. She is committed […]

Alumni / Fall 2015

Class Notes

Achievements Amber O’Connor ‘97, Program Coordinator in the Office for the Advancement of Underserved Learner, ACT, Iowa City, IA Michele Squires ‘02, Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Professionals, Professional of the Year 2015, Memphis, TN Loras Kilburg ’01, Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN Marriages Amelia (Havenridge) […]