Archive for ‘Alumni’

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

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. Dennis attended Cedar Rapids Prairie High School and later earned a degree from the University of...
Spring 2016 | Academics, Alumni | Read More

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

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...
Spring 2016 | Alumni, Athletics | Read More

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

Accountant Turned CFO: How Judy Lubben Leads by Mount Mercy’s Example
Mount Mercy Alumna Judy Lubben ’03 and ’14, has encountered the ups and downs as a leader of one of Cedar Rapids’ largest companies—Raining Rose. Lubben, who obtained both her undergraduate accounting degree and an MBA from Mount Mercy University, has been with Raining Rose—an internationally...
Spring 2016 | Academics, Alumni | Read More

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...
Spring 2016 | Alumni | Read More

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

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...
Fall 2015 | Alumni | Read More

New faces of MMU – Brenda K. Duello

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...
Fall 2015 | Alumni | Read More

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...
Fall 2015 | Alumni | Read More

Shaping minds under a Serengeti sky

Shaping minds under a Serengeti sky
Ten years ago Kellie Lala ’89 embarked on an African safari through the plains of the Serengeti, something she’d always wanted to do—and unbeknownst at the time—something that would change her life forever. Modest Hello Bayo, a local man from the village of Karatu, led the small group of camera-clad...
Spring 2015 | Alumni | Read More