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Lisa Lafler named assistant vice president for communications and marketing
On Campus / Uncategorized / Spring 2013

Lisa Lafler named assistant vice president for communications and marketing

Lisa Lafler ’93 was appointed assistant vice president for communications and marketing this winter. In her new role, Lafler leads Mount Mercy’s Office of Communications & Marketing in communications, marketing and public relations efforts. Lafler brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and management to the position. She was […]

On Campus / Spring 2013

Mount Mercy undergoes pioneer re-accreditation process

Universities are a core element of the social and intellectual fabric of the nation, and are subject to the expectation of public accountability. Accreditation of universities is an essential part of that accountability. In the fall Mount Mercy welcomed a group of peer reviewers for a mission review commissioned by […]

New archives offer history of Mount Mercy from the beginning
On Campus / Spring 2013

New archives offer history of Mount Mercy from the beginning

Mount Mercy University students, faulty, staff and alumni now have a way to access a plethora of the university’s history in just a single room. This fall Mount Mercy opened an archives collection that dates back to 1905 in the lower level of Busse Library. The archives contain artifacts dating […]

The Stone City art mystery
On Campus / Summer 2012

The Stone City art mystery

Story submitted by Matt Collins, great-grandson of artist and Stone City Art Colony student Persis Weaver Robertson. In the spring of 2009, while preparing my late grandmother’s summer home for rental use, I discovered a painting of unknown provenance. Its creator left only a tantalizing caricature of his face in […]

Welcoming God in strangers
On Campus / Spring 2012

Welcoming God in strangers

“People often tell me how depressing it must be working with refugees,” said Sister Marilyn Lacey. “And I always tell them, ‘Do I look depressed?’” The woman addressing the crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members wore a bright smile as she delivered her keynote address, “Mercy Beyond Borders: […]

Grotto restoration continues on campus
Archives / On Campus / Spring 2012

Grotto restoration continues on campus

Like a favorite room in your house, every campus has a special place. For Mount Mercy, that place is Our Lady of Sorrows Grotto, or simply, the grotto. “An alum once told me that Mount Mercy’s grotto is the best kept secret in Cedar Rapids,” says Professor of Art Jane […]

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 […]

Professor’s life sweetened by ‘little brother’
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Professor’s life sweetened by ‘little brother’

“Do you think we should be worried about folks stealing our secret recipe?” Professor of Social Work Rick Zingher waits for nine-year-old Jarrett to ponder the question. The two are standing at Zingher’s kitchen counter, with lemons, sugar and cutting utensils neatly arranged before them as they prepare to make […]