Spring 2014

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 […]

Mount Mercy welcomes Laurie Hamen, J.D., as ninth president
On Campus / Spring 2014

Mount Mercy welcomes Laurie Hamen, J.D., as ninth president

Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., a higher education veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, academics and grant procurement, became Mount Mercy University’s ninth President in February 2014. Prior to arriving at Mount Mercy University, Hamen was Vice President for Enrollment Management, Athletics, and Student […]

For the times they are a-changin’ – Editor’s Note
About / Archives / Spring 2014 / From the Editor

For the times they are a-changin’ – Editor’s Note

This year, when I was hired as the assistant director for communications and marketing, I was privileged to be adopted into Mount Mercy University’s family. With that wonderful, amazingly hospitable family, I also inherited a sweet baby that was my responsibility to shape, mold and create into something that would […]

Building a home field advantage: Future outdoor athletic complex announced
Feature / Spring 2014

Building a home field advantage: Future outdoor athletic complex announced

On June 7, Scot Reisinger, Mount Mercy University’s athletic director, proclaimed, “It’s a great day to be a Mustang.” Only minutes before Dr. Norm Nielsen, interim president, announced that the university had purchased 22 acres of land to build a state-of-the-art outdoor athletic complex. The property where the new athletic […]

Mount Mercy University President’s Report 2012-2013
On Campus / Spring 2014

Mount Mercy University President’s Report 2012-2013

Measures of Success and Innovation Enrollment Record Accelerated student enrollment in online and evening programs (426 students) 29 countries represented by student enrollment for Fall 2013 (54 international students) Innovation Introduced the first online bachelor’s degree programs in Fall 2013 – business and human resource management. Opened the only student-run […]

Strengthening our Foundation and Securing our Future: A Strategic Plan for Mount Mercy
On Campus / Spring 2014

Strengthening our Foundation and Securing our Future: A Strategic Plan for Mount Mercy

Mount Mercy’s 2013-2016 strategic plan – Strengthening our Foundation and Securing our Future – was reviewed and approved during the November 2013 Board Meeting. As with the University’s previous strategic plan, this plan builds upon Mount Mercy’s mission, values and vision as a Catholic institution of higher learning, founded by […]

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 […]

Homecoming 2013: 85 and Showin’ Our Pride
On Campus / Spring 2014

Homecoming 2013: 85 and Showin’ Our Pride

Mount Mercy University’s Homecoming 2013, held October 4 and 5, celebrated Mount Mercy’s history while looking forward to what the future holds. The weekend’s theme was 85 and Showin’ Our Pride, playing homage to the University’s 85th anniversary year, which officially started on September 11, 2013. “Homecoming 2013 was a […]

Flashback: Spring 2000 Staff Profile: Amir Hadzic
Athletics / Spring 2014

Flashback: Spring 2000 Staff Profile: Amir Hadzic

In the Spring 2000 edition of the Mount Mercy Magazine, readers were introduced to Amir Hadzic, a native of the former Yugoslavia who joined Mount Mercy in 1995 to coach men’s and women’s soccer. Now, nearly 20 years after Hadzic joined Mount Mercy’s staff and more than 10 years after […]

Two new athletes inducted into the Mount Mercy Hall of Fame
Athletics / Spring 2014

Two new athletes inducted into the Mount Mercy Hall of Fame

Golfer Chad Greenlee ’02 and baseball standout Anthony Valera ’07 became the newest members of the Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame when they were inducted as part of Homecoming 2013. Greenlee, from Cedar Rapids, was a two-time NAIA all-region (2000-01, 2001-02) and two-time all-Midwest Classic Conference (1998-99, 2001-02) standout […]

Community garden project teaches sustainability and life lessons
On Campus / Spring 2014

Community garden project teaches sustainability and life lessons

We’ve all heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But when a mini-grant provided by the Sisters of Mercy, a community garden, and a summer of hard work gave students in the Students in Human Resource Management Club (SIHRM) tomatoes … and hot peppers, onions and a […]