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Students deliver life, hope in Philippines
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Students deliver life, hope in Philippines

There is a flurry of activity. People rush in and out, fetching instruments. Adrenaline is pumping and the tiny room is filled with a mixture of excitement, awe, and nervousness. Medical training and instincts kick in. And then a baby cries. Witnessing the birth of a baby is nothing short […]

Eagle Scout continues life of service on campus
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Eagle Scout continues life of service on campus

Ben Wood learned early the impact that one person can have on a community and its people. The Mount Mercy junior was born in Cedar Rapids but moved with his parents, Joel and Cheryl Wood, to Cascade, Iowa when he was two years old. It was in that small community […]

Commencement: First University class walks the stage
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Commencement: First University class walks the stage

“Challenge conventional wisdom. Ask ‘Why Not?’ After all, the Sisters of Mercy did.” Those words of wisdom were spoken to the first graduating class of Mount Mercy University by keynote speaker Gary Hirshberg during the 2011 Commencement ceremony. Hirshberg, president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm, shared humor and insight with […]

Scholarship campaign illuminates intellectual discoveries
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Scholarship campaign illuminates intellectual discoveries

What do bees, filmmakers and mutating genes have in common with a Lutheran theologian, victims of crime in Linn County and mud turtles? All illustrate the research subjects Mount Mercy faculty are engaged in with students thanks to a unique scholarship campaign on campus. The Pathways to Scholarship campaign showcased […]

First annual creative writing contest for high school students a success
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

First annual creative writing contest for high school students a success

Cultivating creativity in writers is a daunting task. This year, Mount Mercy’s English faculty met the challenge by partnering with the Office of Admissions to incentivize high school juniors to get their pens scribbling. Mount Mercy’s first Creative Writing Contest kicked off in February and drew contestants from across Eastern […]

Mount Mercy biology professor Will Kirkland retires
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Mount Mercy biology professor Will Kirkland retires

After 31 years of teaching biology, Professor Will Kirkland, Ph.D., retired at the end of the Spring semester. He leaves a legacy of impacting countless students with knowledge that extends well beyond textbooks. Faculty, staff and students will remember Kirkland for his sense of humor, warmth, and dedication to his […]

Mount Mercy welcomes Willard ‘Sandy’ Boyd for second Presidential Lecture
Archives / On Campus / Summer 2011

Mount Mercy welcomes Willard ‘Sandy’ Boyd for second Presidential Lecture

Non-profit organizations play a critical role in the United States. As such, Mount Mercy has a vested interest in understanding their functions and the factors that enable them to thrive. This past Spring, a renowned expert on non-profits was invited to campus to provide fresh perspective on this important topic. […]

University Center keeps momentum building
Archives / On Campus / Spring 2011

University Center keeps momentum building

“When I look at the University Center, I imagine people in it,” says Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake, who like the rest of the campus, daily sees the development and expansion of the new University Center at the top of the hill. “I feel the excitement and the progress, and […]

Archives / On Campus / Spring 2011

Mount Mercy names new Board of Trustee members

Mount Mercy University welcomed four new members to the Board of Trustees last fall, including Patrick E. Falconio, Delores Hannon ’73 RSM, Dr. Richard T. Kettelkamp ’93 and Bruce M. King. Trustee Brandt Worley was elected vice chair. Two of the new members, Falconio and Hannon, have previous Board experience, […]

Knapp ends 14-year term as vice chair, continues on Board
Archives / On Campus / Spring 2011

Knapp ends 14-year term as vice chair, continues on Board

Barbara Knapp, long-time member of the Board of Trustees, formally stepped down from her role as vice chair at the Board’s fall meeting in November. Knapp has served on the Board of Trustees since 1994 and was elected vice chair in 1997 following the sudden death of then-Vice Chair Vincent […]

Mercy Week celebration rekindles traditions, highlights Mercy heritage
Archives / On Campus / Spring 2011

Mercy Week celebration rekindles traditions, highlights Mercy heritage

“I hope that what I say tonight makes a difference.” Such were the opening lines of an address by Sr. Mary Waskowiak, President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas during the annual Mercy Day lecture last September. The Mercy Day lecture was the closing event of Mercy Week, […]

Students sell coupons to raise money for service
Archives / On Campus / Spring 2011

Students sell coupons to raise money for service

Shopping for a bargain is common practice, but shopping for a volunteer opportunity is an entirely different objective. Each year, Mount Mercy’s Campus Ministry office helps empower students to raise funds for service trips by selling Younkers’ coupon books. By concentrating the profits on students’ travel fees, Campus Ministry has […]

Archives / On Campus / Spring 2011

Mount Mercy launches new external website

Last December, Mount Mercy launched a new website. More than just a cosmetic update, the new site reflects Mount Mercy’s identity as a University and features streamlined information architecture, revamped navigation and specialized features designed to reach Mount Mercy’s diverse audiences. Feature content throughout the site is focused on students, […]