Fall 2010

Personal stories highlight path to Mount Mercy University
Feature / Fall 2010

Personal stories highlight path to Mount Mercy University

The daily lives of students and faculty at an institution of higher education are incredibly varied. It’s fair to say that no two days are alike. In general, students fret about exams, pull all-nighters to finish term papers, socialize with friends over burgers and fries and catch a basketball game […]

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 […]

Celebrating and re-branding Mount Mercy University
On Campus / Fall 2010

Celebrating and re-branding Mount Mercy University

With the impending launch of University status in August 2010, in 2009–10 the efforts of the institution focused on the rebranding of Mount Mercy as a university, rather than a college. The branding strategy for Mount Mercy University comes from a nearly four-year evaluation of the institution’s past identity. Months […]

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 […]

Opportunities for learners of all backgrounds enriches campus
On Campus / Fall 2010

Opportunities for learners of all backgrounds enriches campus

Adult students Jason Brinkman and Sandy Barrera were doing well in their careers, but they knew there was a higher plateau they could reach in their respective companies — if only they had a Bachelor’s degree. The education and experience they could gain in the classroom could result in promotions […]

Student, community support bolsters Unity projects
On Campus / Fall 2010

Student, community support bolsters Unity projects

“When you look at the geography of the campus, the University Center is right in the middle,” says senior Adam Kaefring, a business major from Solon, Iowa. “Because it is right in the middle of campus, it’s going to be easy for everyone to go to that spot. It will […]

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 […]

Alumni fuel SIFE endowment
Alumni / Fall 2010

Alumni fuel SIFE endowment

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) teams are known for having a “head for business and a heart for the world.” Mount Mercy University’s SIFE team lives that motto every day, and in more ways than one. Their efforts in helping grow and sustain businesses in the local community have won […]

Alumna hits centennial milestone
Alumni / Fall 2010

Alumna hits centennial milestone

When Sr. Veronica Gorman graduated from Mount Mercy Junior College in 1931, the price of a gallon of gas was 10 cents. Thomas Edison had just submitted his last patent application, Al Capone had just been sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion, and the Star Spangled Banner […]

Sr. Mary Lawrence Hallagan's vision
Alumni / Fall 2010

Sr. Mary Lawrence Hallagan's vision

Sr. Mary Lawrence Hallagan’s reputation as a visionary is not without merit — her dedication and leadership led to the development of fundamental pillars of education and healthcare in the Cedar Rapids community. Hallagan’s vision and ideas have sprung into solid foundations that touch the integral components of the city. […]

Science and Silly String
Alumni / Fall 2010

Science and Silly String

They say a classroom can open doors to the world — but what if your teacher brings the world to your classroom? Davenport High School Science Department Head Laura McCreery ’03 strives to give her students “light-bulb” moments, especially if it means taking her class outside the traditional four-walled classroom. […]

Mustang softball, track & field go to nationals
Athletics / Fall 2010

Mustang softball, track & field go to nationals

History was made by the Mount Mercy softball and track & field teams last spring. On the diamond, the Mustangs claimed their first regular season conference title since 1992 and won the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament to earn the fourth national tournament berth in school history. After wrapping up the […]