Spring 2012

Proven program leadership
Academics / Spring 2012

Proven program leadership

In a relatively short time span, Mount Mercy has grown a reputed cohort of programs that are directed by experts in the field. With the addition of the two newest programs, Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the institution is […]

Ridgeway helms development, alumni relations
On Campus / Spring 2012

Ridgeway helms development, alumni relations

With an impressive fund-raising resume and extensive management experience, Mount Mercy Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Duff Ridgeway brings new energy to campaign, development, alumni and annual fund operations. Ridgeway, who joined Mount Mercy University last October, gained an in-depth background in institutional advancement while working for Simpson […]

Bernstein and Ochs named first ever Sustainability Fellows
On Campus / Spring 2012

Bernstein and Ochs named first ever Sustainability Fellows

As Mount Mercy continues to keep green initiatives top of mind, a new fellowship has been established to give sustainability initiatives in the classroom even more room to run. Professor of Biology Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., and Professor of English Joy Ochs, Ph.D., have been named the 2011–12 Educating for Sustainability […]

Mount Mercy community remembers Hannah Joy Olson
On Campus / Spring 2012

Mount Mercy community remembers Hannah Joy Olson

Mount Mercy said goodbye to a much loved friend last fall, when Hannah Joy Olson ’10 passed away on September 18, 2011 from complications stemming from cystic fibrosis. A bright and vibrant addition to the Mount Mercy community, Olson was featured in the 2008–09 President’s Report for her indomitable spirit […]

Transamerica bestows $300,000 gift toward University Center
On Campus / Spring 2012

Transamerica bestows $300,000 gift toward University Center

In a generous act of support, Transamerica Life Insurance Company (formerly known as AEGON) bestowed a $300,000 gift toward Mount Mercy’s University Center. To honor Transamerica’s contribution, the second floor corridor in the Center has been named the Transamerica Corridor. A formal recognition and reception, honoring the gift and striking […]

Ranson scholarship honors legacy on the court
On Campus / Uncategorized / Spring 2012

Ranson scholarship honors legacy on the court

Forty years ago, an unlikely champion started Mount Mercy’s women’s basketball program – with stunning results. With almost no prior coaching experience, then Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Leonard Ranson (Dr. R.) created a legacy. Starting with a home court that consisted of what is now the McAuley Theater, Dr. […]

New Board of Trustee members join Mount Mercy
On Campus / Spring 2012

New Board of Trustee members join Mount Mercy

Two dynamic new board members joined Mount Mercy University’s Board of Trustees this fall, Dawn M. Bazarko and Ronald J. Herold. Both bring outstanding professional credentials and ample leadership experience. A speaker, author and industry leader, Bazarko has more than 20 years experience as a nurse and senior health care […]

Johnson joins Academic Affairs team
Academics / Spring 2012

Johnson joins Academic Affairs team

As the new academic support and retention specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs, Valencia Johnson will work with students, faculty and staff to ensure incoming students experience successful and positive transitions upon enrollment at Mount Mercy. In her new role, Johnson will engage campus resources — enhancing harmonization amongst Mount […]

Bringing the sound of music to Mount Mercy
Academics / Spring 2012

Bringing the sound of music to Mount Mercy

After conducting and teaching for 20 years at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Gerald Kreitzer came to Mount Mercy this fall to serve as coordinator for campus music. What inspired such a move? “Opportunity,” says Kreitzer, “the chance to get in on the ground floor and build something truly […]