Summer 2014

Master of Arts in Education paves the way to new job, new skills and an invaluable network for Cedar Rapids teacher
Alumni / Archives / Summer 2014

Master of Arts in Education paves the way to new job, new skills and an invaluable network for Cedar Rapids teacher

When Matthew Brems ’13, enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd) program at Mount Mercy University, he had recently returned to Iowa following a nearly three-year teaching stint in Arizona. After he began his job search in Iowa, he quickly realized that full-time teaching gigs were not easy […]

Unraveling the mystery: Students decode crime scene using classroom skills
Academics / Archives / Summer 2014

Unraveling the mystery: Students decode crime scene using classroom skills

It is 5:30 in the evening on a crisp day in April. Law enforcement arrives outside a whitewashed house on the city’s northeast side. A vague dispatch call reports concerned neighbors heard strange noises, loud bangs and have noticed a light on in the attic of the supposedly vacant two-story […]

Dahm takes over Mount Mercy baseball
Athletics / Archives / Summer 2014

Dahm takes over Mount Mercy baseball

A familiar face to the eastern Iowa baseball community took over the reins of the Mount Mercy baseball program this summer when Jack Dahm was named head coach of the Mustangs in June. “The excitement of the new athletic complex at Mount Mercy can only be exceeded by the hiring […]

Post-graduation trip to Ecuador helps MMU alum serve Corridor patients better
Alumni / Summer 2014

Post-graduation trip to Ecuador helps MMU alum serve Corridor patients better

When Allison Wampler ’13 chose Mount Mercy University, she made the decision primarily because of the reputation of the nursing program; however, she never imagined she would also find a community where her passion for Spanish language and cultures could also be incorporated seamlessly into her studies. In fact, when […]

Student art spotlights a caring heart as the best medicine a healthcare professional can give
On Campus / Summer 2014

Student art spotlights a caring heart as the best medicine a healthcare professional can give

What happens when you combine the creativity of art students with the compassion of nursing students? At Mount Mercy University, you find a wall covered in 150 ceramic IV bags that proudly display how an education steeped in Mercy Values equips nursing students for a lifetime of compassionate care. Senior […]

Teaching the teachers: Mount Mercy education department offers learning model unique to eastern Iowa
Academics / Summer 2014

Teaching the teachers: Mount Mercy education department offers learning model unique to eastern Iowa

Mount Mercy University is working to put education students a step ahead by partnering with Regis Middle School and Center Point-Urbana schools to implement a new kind of teacher preparation. The Professional Development School (PDS) model was implemented just one year ago as a way for Mount Mercy education majors […]

Piles of rubble, signs of progress
On Campus / Summer 2014

Piles of rubble, signs of progress

Where many buildings once stood well past their prime, now stands an expanse of land with a few piles of rubble and one lone building as the only indication of what used to be. This is the picture of progress. One year ago, while standing in one of the now […]

President’s Press: Building Momentum
On Campus / Summer 2014

President’s Press: Building Momentum

It’s hard to believe I’m welcoming my first summer on the Hill. When I arrived at Mount Mercy in early February to assume the presidency, it seemed as though these dog days might never arrive. As I admire today’s grotto flowers, now in full bloom, I feel how spirit-lifting these […]

Nursing honors program, NOVA, a bright spot for students
Academics / Summer 2014

Nursing honors program, NOVA, a bright spot for students

A clinical nurse specialist in Minnesota, a neonatal advanced practice registered nurse in Iowa City, a Mayo Clinic nurse in Rochester–these alumni have something in common beyond profession. They were all part of Mount Mercy University’s Nurses of Vision and Action honors program, known as NOVA. The 14-year-old NOVA program […]

Students find renewed purpose in Belize
Academics / Summer 2014

Students find renewed purpose in Belize

Service beyond self—in addition to a top-quality education, it’s what Mount Mercy strives to instill in all students. Life-changing experiences in the small country of Belize have opened the eyes of graduates and undergraduates alike, in a beautiful example of service beyond self in action. “So, when are you going […]

Anything but ordinary – Editor’s Note
Summer 2014 / From the Editor

Anything but ordinary – Editor’s Note

I wish I could have had all of you readers with me for the interviews I conducted with the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are featured in the Summer 2014 Mount Mercy Magazine. Their stories absolutely blew me away … and the humility with which they shared those stories […]

New programs open doors of opportunity for career goals
Academics / Summer 2014

New programs open doors of opportunity for career goals

It’s been an exciting spring of academic growth for graduate and undergraduate programming at Mount Mercy. Two new graduate degrees, a new graduate area of emphasis, two accelerated undergraduate programs in healthcare and a new traditional undergraduate major in actuarial science are creating new career possibilities for students during the […]

Friends and family reconnect with Touhey
Athletics / Summer 2014

Friends and family reconnect with Touhey

Kevin Touhey has lived on the East Coast for nearly 30 years, so he hadn’t seen much of his Mount Mercy family since leaving Cedar Rapids in 1985. But that didn’t stop friends and family from gathering at Hennessey Recreation Center last winter to reconnect with the former men’s basketball […]