Alumni

Shaping minds under a Serengeti sky
Alumni / Spring 2015

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 […]

Finding clarity in loss: Alumna’s book helps others navigate the passing of a loved one
Alumni / Spring 2015

Finding clarity in loss: Alumna’s book helps others navigate the passing of a loved one

In January 2014, Charles Dixon passed away after a twenty -year bout with leukemia leaving his wife of 46 years to navigate the many details that follow the death of a loved one. A CPA by training, organization comes second nature to Gloria Dixon ’85, and she was prepared to […]

Alumni / Spring 2015

Class Notes

Achievements Sister Marie Cigrand ‘75 Vice President, Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA Dorita (Pion) Sondereker ‘82 Director of Emergency Services, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV Lee Gaffigan ‘92 Director of Disability Claims, MetLife, Mt. Prospect, IL Kristen (Prosser) Kasner ‘92 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – […]

Master of Arts in Education paves the way to new job, new skills and an invaluable network for Cedar Rapids teacher
Alumni / Archives / Summer 2014

Master of Arts in Education paves the way to new job, new skills and an invaluable network for Cedar Rapids teacher

When Matthew Brems ’13, enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd) program at Mount Mercy University, he had recently returned to Iowa following a nearly three-year teaching stint in Arizona. After he began his job search in Iowa, he quickly realized that full-time teaching gigs were not easy […]

Post-graduation trip to Ecuador helps MMU alum serve Corridor patients better
Alumni / Summer 2014

Post-graduation trip to Ecuador helps MMU alum serve Corridor patients better

When Allison Wampler ’13 chose Mount Mercy University, she made the decision primarily because of the reputation of the nursing program; however, she never imagined she would also find a community where her passion for Spanish language and cultures could also be incorporated seamlessly into her studies. In fact, when […]

Alumni / Summer 2014

Class Notes

Achievements Maury Thompson ’84 Assistant County Manager, Johnson County Developmental Supports, Olathe, Kansas. Wendy (West) Northcutt ’88 Program Manager, Pearson, Iowa City, Iowa. Amy (Osenbaugh) Brinkmeyer ’94 Inducted into the Linn-Mar High School Athletic Hall of Fame on January 31, 2014. Roxanne (Holsteen) Kropf ’96 Office Manager, Shive-Hattery, Inc., Cedar […]

Alumni / Summer 2014

Ten alumni form Mount Mercy’s first Young Alumni Council

In an effort to recognize and support young alumni while connecting them to their alma mater, Josie Takes, alumni relations coordinator, helped create Mount Mercy University’s Young Alumni Council. Young Alumni Council members for the 2014-2015 are: Michael Kaduce ’09 – President Maria Upmeyer ’10 – Vice President Emily Muhlbach […]

MBA grad lives Mercy values through mentorship
Alumni / Spring 2014

MBA grad lives Mercy values through mentorship

Mount Mercy University promises students a practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Elements of Mercy values like compassionate service are weaved throughout program curriculums, giving students a choice – learn and move on, or learn and take action. Because of a master’s […]

Michael Kutcher planned as 2014 commencement speaker
Alumni / Spring 2014

Michael Kutcher planned as 2014 commencement speaker

When Michael Kutcher ‘02 graduated from Mount Mercy with degrees in management and finance, he didn’t plan on a career path in public speaking.  Life has a way of taking unexpected turns.  After an eye-opening encounter with five-year-old Bella, a young girl living with pronounced cerebral palsy – a condition […]

Josie Takes named alumni relations coordinator
Alumni / Spring 2014

Josie Takes named alumni relations coordinator

Mount Mercy University has named Josie Takes the alumni relations coordinator. Takes previously served as the events and programs director at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, in which she planned and managed all festival events and programs. She worked closely with the many organizations and businesses in the Cedar Rapids […]

Three Mount Mercy University alumni named to 2013 Forty Under 40 honorees
Alumni / Spring 2014

Three Mount Mercy University alumni named to 2013 Forty Under 40 honorees

This year, three Mount Mercy University alumni were named to the Corridor Business Journal’s 2013 Forty Under 40 list: Joel Althoff, ’02, Brooke Fitzgerald, ’03, and Wesley Hilleshiem, ’11. Joel Althoff, ’02, earned his bachelors of science in math and computer science. After working as a senior remote access specialist […]

Alumni / Spring 2014

Class Notes

Deaths 1940s Sister Irence DeMeulenaere CM ‘42, August 17, 2013. Marcella O’Brien Rooney AC ‘47 ‘64, September 6 2013. 1950s Adeline Biderman Gaimari RN ‘56, July 17, 2013. 1960s Patricia Masterson Kline ‘63, September 5, 2013. Kathleen Overall ‘68, May, 2012. 1970s Margaret Banse ‘71, August 18, 2013. 1980s Daryl […]

Alumna revered for ‘lighting a fire’
Alumni / Spring 2013

Alumna revered for ‘lighting a fire’

“If you build it, they will come.” For the community surrounding Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH), it could be, “If you believe it, they will come.” The small rural town of Grundy Center, Iowa, witnessed a determined little hospital rise from the ashes to prove itself worthy of their healthcare […]