President's Message

Made by Mercy

Anyone I’ve met with over the past few months has undoubtedly heard about my first experience on an MMU “J-Term” service-learning trip

Our trip to Tanzania in January was just one of the many mission-driven, study abroad/service-learning trips that Mount Mercy offers. But, let me tell you, it was life-changing—and not just for me.

The dedicated and hardworking MMU nursing faculty and students on the trip were beyond amazing. Our students built essential nursing skills, but also discovered their place in the word—experiencing first-hand how mercy, justice, and compassion shape their life’s work.

This merciful and accomplished spirit weaves its way throughout all #MadeByMercy stories in this issue. You’ll see just how much the Mount Mercy family serves communities in need and continues to make a difference far beyond the Hill.

From a juvenile detention center, organic farm, and a single mothers’ support group to support for veterans, volunteer physical therapy assistance, and lending a hand through Facebook—Mustangs far and wide turn compassion into action.

Meanwhile, on the Hill, we’re excited to offer our (and Cedar Rapids’) first-ever doctoral programs, celebrate Provost Jan Handler and her retirement, congratulate Gerry Kreitzer on a well-deserved music educator award, and launch our new campus food pantry that addresses food insecurity.

I never tire of sharing how truly inspirational our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are. And, for that, I thank you.

With Mercy and gratitude,

Laurie Hamen, JD