Posts Tagged ‘flood’

An ugly 12-letter word: perseverance

I’ve been thinking a lot about perseverance lately. It can be a hauntingly ugly, nasty 12-letter word. The noun is officially defined as “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” Well, that...

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The Mount Mercy Top 10 List for 2009

It’s that time of year. I don’t mean ugly holiday sweater parties, Christmas, Festivus, Kwanza, Channukah or New Years. I submit to you that there is a new “holiday tradition”: Top 10 Lists. They are truly ubiquitous. I’m sure you’ve noticed that all of the major (and...

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Do Porta-Pottys Freeze?

Do Porta-Pottys freeze? It’s not a question that I’d ever pondered until this past Saturday. Why? Because I’d never needed to. My friend and colleague Jenifer Hanson uttered it from the passenger-side seat of my warm, toasty SUV. We were motoring through a section of downtown Cedar...

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When Mission Matters…A Year to Remember

When Mission Matters…A Year to Remember
When the Sisters of Mercy founded this institution, they could not have foreseen the great flooding that would occur nearly 80 years later, but the legacy they instilled in our character ensured that we would rise to the challenge. Never has it been more clear that we live in a time of profound change...
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Track, Cross Country Coach Rises Above Flood Waters

Track, Cross Country Coach Rises Above Flood Waters
Like many other residents in the Palo community, Ryan Scheckel never thought the water would reach his home. “I saw them sandbagging the supermarket and thought, ‘What in the world are they doing? The water is never going to get that high,’” says Scheckel, the head coach for men’s and women’s...
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Nursing Professor Lends Expertise to Flood Victims

When Professor of Nursing Nancy Brauhn learned that local shelters were in need of volunteers to help families cope with the mental anxieties brought about by the devastating flood, she recognized that she was being called to lend assistance in her area of expertise. Brauhn, who teaches psychiatric nursing...
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Mustangs Aid in Flood Relief Efforts

Mustangs Aid in Flood Relief Efforts
When Mount Mercy students, faculty, and staff heard of the urgent need for sandbaggers in the small town of Palo, Iowa on June 11, they immediately began organizing teams to lend a hand to fight the rising flood waters bearing down on that local community. Dressed in green Mount Mercy “service” t-shirts...
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Flood Offers Unexpected Test of Emergency Plan

Flood Offers Unexpected Test of Emergency Plan
With Cedar Rapids inundated with 31 feet of flood water on June 12, it was difficult — if not impossible — to view the disaster as a learning experience. Staying true to its roots as an educational institution, in the weeks following the disaster Mount Mercy staff, faculty, and administration viewed...
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Director of Campus Computing Takes in Flood Victims

When the torrential flood waters of 2008 began to swallow up homes and businesses along Ellis Boulevard, Connie Snitker felt a particular sadness as she watched the devastation on the news. Snitker, Mount Mercy’s director of campus computing, lived in that area for 26 years before moving to a different...
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College Apartments Become Refuge for Academic Affairs Office Manager

In times of great struggle and difficulty, such as the Cedar Rapids flood, circumstances can sometimes be overwhelming. For Patti Roman, office manager in the Academic Affairs division, who lost almost all of her belongings to the flood waters, the compassion and service that others offered during that...
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