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 successful reunion of Mount Mercy’s past and present,” said Catherine Shafer, Director for Advancement Services and a primary coordinator for Homecoming 2013. “The Alumni Association welcomed alumni, students, friends and their families back for a weekend of fun and fellowship.”

Homecoming 2013 offered a wide variety of activities throughout the weekend including honored class receptions; a brunch at the newly opened Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center; alumni games; Hall of Fame inductions and reception; and a family friendly festival complete with ice cream sundaes, cotton candy, face painting, caricatures, a photo booth, and an inflatable obstacle course.

During Homecoming festivities, Justin Oeth ’06 received the Certificate of Merit Award for showing promise for significant professional growth and achievement, JoAnn Zinkula Kintzel ’86 received the Professional Achievement Award for significant contribution and achievement in her field, and Dr. Michael Condon ’95 received the Misericordiae Award for his humanitarian service to others through professional and volunteer activities.

The Office of Alumni Relations is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Alumni Awards, which will be presented at Homecoming 2014. To nominate a Mount Mercy graduate, please contact Josie Takes, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at alumni@mtmercy.edu or by phone at 319-286-4412.

In total, more than 450 alumni, friends, parents and students came to events throughout the weekend, and students also participated a variety of activities leading up to the weekend including making commemorative tie dye t-shirts, trying their hand at ceramics during pottery night, and flinging green and yellow gelatin at one another during Jello Wars, a well-loved homecoming tradition.

More photos from Homecoming 2013 can be found by viewing the Homecoming 2013 Photo Album on the Mount Mercy Alumni Facebook Page.

“Homecoming 2014 planning is underway, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next fall,” said Shafer. Homecoming 2014 will once again be held the first weekend in October.