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 warmer days are on campus. The University, much like this summer, is moving forward with vibrant momentum.

Demolition is nearly complete at the site of our future outdoor athletic complex; if you live near Cedar Rapids take a drive down 17th Street NE to see the progress. You won’t believe how different the landscape looks. In a few years, all of our outdoor sports teams will finally have the home field advantage they’ve been waiting for.

We’ve added two new programs to our master-level offerings: Master of Strategic Leadership and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. These two in-demand areas add even more energy to the already lively atmosphere at our year-old CRST International Graduate Center. For those of you thinking about pursuing your master’s, I encourage you to explore our growing list of academic programs.

Iowa high school seniors enrolling as new freshman this fall will have a unique financial aid opportunity in the Catherine McAuley Scholarship. The scholarship will be offered to traditional freshman with annual household incomes of $45,000 or less, and can be renewed for up to four years. We look forward to connecting even more students to Mount Mercy’s top-quality education through this exciting tribute to our campus history as a Sisters of Mercy sponsored university.

So many new and positive changes, not only on our campus but in my life as well. Over the past months my husband Bill and I have settled comfortably into the All-America City of Cedar Rapids. I’ve been whole-heartedly welcomed to the city and to campus by the Mount Mercy family, past and present. We welcomed two new family members with the weddings of our son James and daughter Maddie, and we’ve moved much closer to our oldest son Drew and his family (including our two granddaughters) in the Twin Cities.

I hope you’ll be able to join the campus for Mercy Day on September 24 and Inauguration Day on September 26. The celebrations will be filled with an enthusiasm that embraces our campus community’s bright future.

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I am genuinely excited to continue moving this outstanding university forward with the help of so many of you. For those of you who tweet, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @PrezHamen to stay connected and be a part of our energetic campus life.

Mother Catherine McAuley once said, “resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.” That is exactly what we’re doing at Mount Mercy, heading toward a future even warmer than today, and we’re doing it together.

Many blessings,

Laurie Hamen, J.D.
President, Mount Mercy University