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Athletics / Awards & Class Notes / January 2017

Spring 2016: Athletics Honors & Awards

Softball: Carson Burgart, NAIA Scholar-Athlete Alexis Ferguson, NAIA Scholar-Athlete Amanda Gaffey, Second Team All-A.I.I. Tawny Menster, Second Team All-A.I.I. Hannah Petersen, Second Team All-A.I.I. LJ Putzier, NAIA Scholar-Athlete, NFCA Second Team All-Central Region, A.I.I. Player of the Year, First Team All-A.I.I. Brianna Sturtz, NAIA Scholar-Athlete Baseball: Tarran Beasley, Second Team […]

Enactus Changing Lives Through a Job Readiness Initiative
On Campus / Spring 2016

Enactus Changing Lives Through a Job Readiness Initiative

The student-led Enactus program offers educational opportunities to women through the EmpowHer initiative, which covers topics like resume building, cover letters, creating business cards, proper attire and what to expect during a job search.

Healing Words & Healing Minds
Academics / On Campus / Spring 2016

Healing Words & Healing Minds

Using her two areas of study in tandem, junior Mount Mercy English and psychology major Courtney Snodgrass has published two poetry collections, writes commissioned pieces, is spent part of the year editing Mount Mercy’s Paha Review and is in the daunting process of starting a nonprofit to benefit area veterans.

President’s Letter: When Success Follows
Spring 2016

President’s Letter: When Success Follows

The passion of Mount Mercy faculty and staff is to help prepare students to be profoundly successful at whatever they choose to do. The true measure of our success is found in our graduates putting their passion into action, how they define and achieve their personal success after graduating from Mount Mercy University.

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.

Sisterhood & Second Chances
Academics / On Campus / Spring 2016

Sisterhood & Second Chances

Both Kim and Angie believe without Mount Mercy, their education and careers at Pearson would be much different than they are today. “I owe a lot to [Angie] and her encourage­ment,” Kim said. “I went to school to be a travel professional, and that industry took a serious downturn. We would take walks and she would say, ‘Kim, do what I did. Start taking classes and take a chance.’”

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.

Generations of Success
Feature / Spring 2016

Generations of Success

How our graduates put their passions into action — Mount Mercy alumni share their stories. There’s no limit to what you can achieve with a Mount Mercy education. Our alumni find success in every professional sector imaginable — as doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, storytellers, artists and more.

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 […]

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 […]