September Birthdays
9/3 - Ricky Blackwell
9/12 - Mary Bonine
9/12 - Marnawa Kaisamba
9/13 - Tesha Dobling
9/14 - Anthony Nickle
9/15 - John Graham
9/18 - Kenneth Viggers
9/19 - Ellen O'Keefe
9/20 - Anastasia Willenbring
9/21 - Todd Saville
9/23 - Ayman Amer
9/23 - Dianne Austad
9/23 - Lori Heying
9/24 - Laura Richards
9/25 - Fidel Mejia
9/25 - Jennifer Schmidt
9/25 - Brandi Vercande
9/29 - Tanya Simmons
9/30 - James Teahen
on the Hill Events
Area High School Art Teachers Exhibit:
 Sept 10 - Oct 6
Janalyn Hanson White Gallery
Monday - Friday
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Faculty Forum: Dr. Dave Klope
Islam in Iowa: Communication
 and Community
 Sept 15, 7:00 p.m.
Flaherty Community Room
Mercy & Mission Week
Inter Faith Music Traditions
Sept 21, 7:00 p.m.
Chapel of Mercy
 Mercy & Mission Week
Luncheon with Sister Mary Waskowiak
Sept 23, 11:30 a.m.
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
 Mercy & Mission Week
 Chapel Address
Sept 23, 7:00 p.m.
Chapel of Mercy
Athletic Events
Volleyball - Sept 14
Ashford University at Mount Mercy at
 7:30 p.m.
Women's Soccer - Sept 15 
Mount Mercy at University of Saint Francis at 6:00 p.m. 
Volleyball - Sept 16
Cornell College at Mount Mercy at
7:30 p.m. 
Women's Golf - Sept 17
Mount Mercy at Iowa Wesleyan Invitational at 9:00 a.m. 

Men's Cross Country - Sept 18
Mount Mercy at Iowa Intercollegiate Meet at 11:00 a.m.
Women's Cross Country - Sept 18
Mount Mercy at Iowa Intercollegiate Meet at 11:00 a.m. 

Women's Golf - Sept 18
Mount Mercy at Fighting Bee Classic at 10:00 a.m.

Men's Soccer - Sept 18
Mount Mercy vs Grinnell College, Sal Vaccaro Invitational at 12:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer - Sept 18
Mount Mercy vs Fontbonne Colleg, Sal Vaccaro Invitational at 10:00 a.m.  

Quick Links
September 2010
Professor of Psychology Don Damsteegt presented a continuing education workshop for Stephen Ministers at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on May 3. Damsteegt presented, "What is mental illness."  Damsteegt also was quoted in the May 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine regarding family stress in a difficult economy.

Men's Head Soccer Coach Amir Hadzic won the All Metro and All Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Coach of the Year Awards for his service as a soccer coach at Xavier High School last spring. He was also awarded the 2010 Coach's Achievement Award by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, which was presented at the conclusion of the State Tournament title game on June 5, 2010. 

PM Supervisor & Interlibrary Loan Associate Robyn Clark-Bridges was elected secretary of wilderness camp EWALU's board of directors, outside Strawberry Point, where she will serve on the executive, personnel, and property committees.

Adjunct Roy Pettibone was recognized over the summer for over a year of service as a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides at-risk children with caring adult mentoring friendships. 

Associate Professor of English Carol Tyx's essay, "In Lila's Shoes" was published in the anthology, A Cup of Comfort for a Better World.  The anthology features nonfiction essays about volunteering.  Tyx's piece describes an experience she had volunteering with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Colombia, South America.

Professor of English Joy Ochs served as the Program Director for Partners in the Parks, Zion National Park, May 10-15. Partners in the Parks is a joint project of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the National Park Service to provide honors students an academic wilderness experience. Senior English and Education student Josh Stoll participated in the Zion program this year. Ochs also participated in the National Collegiate Honors Council meeting of the Honors Semesters Committee May 22-30 in Iquitos, Peru. As a member of the committee, she was charged with helping to plan national and international semesters and institutes for honors faculty and students from around the country. She also participated in a mini-institute to practice and refine the City-as-Text™ pedagogy.

Assistant Professor of English Christopher DeVault will be presenting a paper, "The Nightmare of Edwardian London: Terror, Anarchy, and Modernism in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday," at the 2010 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago on November 4-7. 

Residence Hall Director Allison Layne Huey will present "When life hands you lemons make tarts, meringues and soufflés: Identifying and Maximizing Campus Resources for Start-Up Programs," as part of the Association of College and University Housing Officers -International (ACUHO-I) Living-Learning Programs national conference. Huey will share the creation of two pilot programs and how they became a Mount Mercy University priority for growth, which launched into a nine-community LLP just one year later. She'll focus on how to meet high expectations with limited resources, rally support on any level, and the importance of leaving room for organic growth that leads your program down a rich path of development. 

Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian presented a paper titled "Colonial Domination, Artificial Boundaries, and Disruption of Life for Migrant Workers along the U.S.-Mexico Border" at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference (IJAS) held June 8-11 in Aix-en-Provence, France. The paper is based on Chaichian's field research and observation of the new border fence that was built along the California-Arizona border with Mexico, and based on meetings with numerous groups who provide humanitarian assistance to migrant workers on both sides of the border. He completed a 1,000 miles roundtrip trek during a 12-day trip in August, 2009; visiting four twin cities of San Diego, CA-Tijuana, Calexico, CA-Mexicali, Yuma, AZ-San Luis Rio, and Nogales AZ-Nogales Sonora, Mexico.

Adjunct English Instructor Cecile Goding taught three workshops during this year's Iowa Summer Writing Festival: "Great Shapes for the Personal Essay," "This Too is Life: Memoirs of Illness and Health," and "Look Who's Talking: First Person Workout."

Associate Professor of Nursing Carol Heim and Lecturer of Nursing Becky Lewis were co-presenters for the poster sessions at a Nurse Educators' conference in Minneapolis, Minn., August 12-13. Their presentation, "P.R.E.P.: Key themes beneath the strategies," was based on content, strategies, and outcome data from a new senior nursing course, Professional Preparation. 

Associate Professor of Communication Joe Sheller was elected president of the Iowa College Media Association. The ICMA meet in the summer and elect officers for one-year terms. 

Professor of Philosophy Joe Givvin presented a workshop on "Teaching the Ethics of Genetic Choice" at the 18th International Workshop/Conference on Teaching Philosophy on July 31 at Costal Carolina University.

Associate Professor of Education Norma Linda Mattingly presented her research on pre-service teachers' responses to multicultural literature and their perceptions of diversity at the Tenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations in Belfast, Ireland in July. While at the conference, she attended plenary presentations, paper sessions, workshops, and colloquiums on a variety of issues of diversity.

Director of the Advance program Colette Atkins presented at the Conference for Mercy Higher Education last June. The theme for this year's conference was "Becoming a Global Citizen in Mercy." The conference was held at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Atkins' presentation detailed Mount Mercy's endeavors to become more environmentally sustainable.
Professor of English Jim Grove's article, "To State the Problem Correctly: Facing the Black Tickets in Jayne Anne Phillips's Machine Dreams," was published in the Moravian Journal of Literature and Film.

Director of Prospect Management Steve Groenewold presented at the Heartland Regional PowerCampus User's Conference in Omaha, Neb., last June. His presentations, "Managing a Campaign using PowerCampus" and "Using Microsoft Reporting Services" offered insight and ideas on how to use PowerCampus software in different ways.

Associate professor of Nursing Cathy Penn was recently featured in a "Lab Links" newsletter for State of Iowa public health laboratory members. She was featured for her creative use of the virtual tour of the Oakdale Hygienic Lab in the Fall 2009 "Cities, Sewers and Shots" portal course. To take a virtual tour of Oakdale Hygienic Lab, visit their website
Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach at the Fine Arts College of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal during the 2010-2011 academic year. Hagy is currently teaching art, developing her artwork related to water images, and investigating how Nepal's arts flourish under political and social pressure as artists confront censorship or lack of financial/community support. You can follow her travels at her blog, or by becoming a fan of her work on Facebook
Assistant Professor of History Adam Ebert was recently awarded the Gilbert C. Fite Award for the best dissertation in agricultural history from the Agricultural History Society. Ebert's dissertation, "Hive Society: The Popularization of Science and Beekeeping in the British Isles, 1609-1913," is believed to be the first dissertation from a student writing on a non-U.S. history topic that has won this award.

Head Women's Soccer Coach Raven Blackwell was recenlty  featured on the NCSA College Athletic Scholarship's Blog 
Mount Mercy Names in the News
President Christopher Blake was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on August 23 and 24 for Mount Mercy's move to Mount Mercy University. He was also featured on KCRG TV9, WMT 600 AM radio, Iowa Public Radio, and the Corridor Business Journal.  Mount Mercy was also featured in the Witness for its move to a university.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John P. Marsden was featured on KGAN on August 23 to discuss the transition to University status. He was also featured on KWWL and served as a guest on WMT 600 AM radio on August 26.
Media Relations Manager Emily Muhlbach was quoted in the Corridor Business Journal on September 5 regarding the campus-wide excitement of moving to a university.
Academic Technology Librarian Vicky Maloy was invited to be a guest on KCRG TV9's "Ethical Perspectives on the News" in June. The panel discussed social media and privacy.
Recent graduate Hannah Olson '10 was featured in the Des Moines Register last May for her grit and determination to graduate, overcoming cystic fibrosis, a lung transplant, and cancer.
Students in Professor of Business Kathryn Coulter's class were featured in the Witness last May for their efforts in packaging meals with the non-profit organization Kids Against Hunger.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Deb Brydon was invited to be a guest on WMT 600 AM during an interview regarding the Supreme Court handgun bill.
Director of Counseling Services Tricia Borelli was quoted in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on May 24 regarding the American Idol craze and its potential to be "addictive."
Dean of Admissions Scott Baumler was featured in the Corridor Business Journal's "Movers and Shakers" for his appointment at Mount Mercy. He was also quoted in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on July 14 as a resource on local and national gender enrollment trends.
Professor of Psychology Don Damsteegt was used as a resource in The Cedar Rapid Gazette for a story involving mothers who resort to killing their children.
Residence Hall Director Allison Layne Huey was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on August 15 to help describe the mentality of incoming freshman. Students Sara Wolf and Dia Brown were also quoted.
The Faculty and Staff Newsletter is sent once a month during the academic year from the Office of Communications & Marketing. To submit your news item, e-mail Emily Muhlbach at emuhlbach@mtmercy.edu.
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