Fall 2015

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 […]

Defeating stereotypes with truth about autism
Academics / Fall 2015

Defeating stereotypes with truth about autism

The role of a parent is not one that is easy, and it certainly does not come with a guide book. At best, parents are guided by the people around them, and to build a successful family relationship, couples must lean on each other for support. But even with a […]

President’s letter: Learning to discover
Fall 2015

President’s letter: Learning to discover

We have a mission at Mount Mercy to prepare and equip students with academic excellence. As a university we contribute to the global growth of knowledge through the research and creative work of our faculty and students. We are guided by our Catholic intellectual heritage to seek truth through faith […]

Professor’s poetry uncovers gruesome history
Academics / On Campus / Fall 2015

Professor’s poetry uncovers gruesome history

As a poet, I’m always on the lookout for anything that might contain the seed of a poem. Often I find ideas sprouting right in my own backyard, but this past summer, funded by a summer scholarship grant, I followed a potential poetic trail to the Angola State Penitentiary in […]

Healing the cure + the disease
Academics / Fall 2015

Healing the cure + the disease

The diagnosis and subsequent treatment of cancer can be a long and painful process. At times it almost seems like the cure is worse than the disease, but many healthcare professionals today are working feverishly to help patients make it through these physically and emotionally difficult times. Dr. Jen Lee, […]

Nursing major follows passion, ends up in NYC
Academics / Feature / Fall 2015

Nursing major follows passion, ends up in NYC

Tessa Friason isn’t your typical college student. She didn’t return home for summer break to relax next to the pool, watch movies with friends or go back to the job she held in high school. The senior nursing major spent the start of her summer vacation in Atlanta, where she […]

Making an impact — in the field + on the field
Academics / Athletics / Fall 2015

Making an impact — in the field + on the field

For Mount Mercy University sophomore and Cedar Rapids native Meleah Baloch, turtles and turf are opening whole new worlds of learning. The gifted biology major is also an accomplished soccer player with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon. Mount Mercy provides the perfect setting for science and soccer. Baloch spent the […]

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 […]

New faces of MMU – Fr. Tony
On Campus / Fall 2015

New faces of MMU – Fr. Tony

Rev. Anthony Adawu (lovingly known as Father Tony), arrived at Mount Mercy in August and immediately set to work as the school’s first full-time chaplain in almost six years. As residential chaplain, Father Tony is creating and maintaining a pastoral presence to persons of all faiths throughout the campus community. He […]

Discovery – Editor’s Note
Fall 2015 / From the Editor

Discovery – Editor’s Note

Mount Mercy’s campus really comes alive in the fall. Many of you, dear readers, are alumni, so you know what I’m talking about. But since this is my first fall on the Hill since I was a wide-eyed student hoofing it up to class from the pit, I was blown […]

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) […]