President’s Letter: When Success Follows

At Mount Mercy University, we play a great balancing act with the definition of success. Our alumni, students, and members of our faculty and staff have achieved significant accomplishments in their professional lives. Many have been overwhelmingly successful by every financial measure possible. But beyond the index of their salaries, many judge their success in other terms—by providing compassionate service and support to those in need, and by holding society together in vital ways.

The passion of Mount Mercy faculty and staff is to help prepare students to be profoundly successful at whatever they choose to do. The true measure of our success is found in our graduates putting their passion into action, how they define and achieve their personal success after graduating from Mount Mercy University.

This edition of our magazine features Mount Mercy success stories from alumni and students.

We celebrate the success of Enrique Cortina ’13, who traveled from his home in Spain to Mount Mercy, and obtained a career-launching and life-affirming education. He now utilizes his talents as a soccer player and the knowledge and skills he gained on the Hill to lead a semi-professional soccer team.

We also recognize life-long learners Kim Bauer ’15, Cynthia Dennis ’11, Judy Lubben ’03 and ’14, and Angie Wisner ’13. These graduates enjoy great professional and personal success because of their commitment to education through our nontraditional program, after experiencing gaps in their educational journeys.

Courtney Snodgrass, a current junior and member of the Class of ’17, has published two books of poetry and is in the process of starting a non-profit organization for veterans. We know we’ll see more from her and her talented classmates in the coming years.

Finally, our students are helping make our entire community of Cedar Rapids better through the successful initiative EmpowHer, a joint effort between Mount Mercy University and the Catherine McAuley Center. Through this program, Mount Mercy students and faculty help women at the margins of society learn the skills needed to gain employment and ultimately become professionally and personally successful.

At Mount Mercy, we develop students who become invaluable resources and contributors to society—to their family, workplace, community and larger world. We teach that success is broadly defined—that each student must uncover their own, personal story of success.

I am so proud of our students and alumni and look forward to celebrating your successes. I know you will find inspiration and encouragement in the success stories featured in this edition of Mount Mercy Magazine.

Written by President Laurie Hamen

1 King, Martin Luther, Jr. “My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence.” New York, N.Y. From: Fellowship 24 (1 September 1958): 4-9. (PD) 6 pp. (Reprint of Chapter VI, Stride Toward Freedom.) 580901-002.