October Birthdays
10/4 Barry Grove
10/5 Diane Mulbrook
10/5 Julie Tande
10/7 Richard Widstrom
10/10 Nancy Brauhn
10/11 Mary McClenathan
10/11 Nancy Rhodes
10/13 Daniel McCabe
10/14 Cheryl Tabarella-Redd
10/15 Janet Handler
10/16 Marc McCoy
10/17 Ryan Bezy
10/17Janet Evans
10/17 Theresa Wendler
10/18 Lisa Smith
10/18 Richard Zingher
10/20 Richard Hall
10/22 James Grove
10/22 Kathleen Pudzuvelis
10/23 Sue Harris
10/26 Kathleen Clime
10/26 Jennifer Kaefring
10/28 Paul McCoy
10/29 Diedre Cave
10/30 Ila Zimmerman

 On the Hill Events


Visiting Poet:

Heather Derr-Smith

The Rough Core of Desire: Poetry by Heather Derr-Smith

October 18

Q&A: 3:30 p.m.

Reading: 7:00 p.m.

Flaherty Community Room


Global Issues Series:

Neil Bernstein, Ph.D

Introduction to Endangered and Threatened Species: Why We Should Care

October 20

3:30 p.m.

Flaherty Community Room


Aquinas Lecture:

Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.

Learning Jesus in the Life of the Church

October 28

7:00 p.m.

Flaherty Community Room


Gallery Exhibit:

David Van Allen

Photographs: Assembled Portraits

Oct 8 - Nov 10

Monday - Friday

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

Athletic Events
Waldorf College at Mount Mercy
Oct 12, 7:30 p.m.
Dig Pink Night 

Men's Soccer 
Mount Mercy at Clarke University
Oct 13, 4:00 p.m. 
 Women's Soccer
Mount Mercy at Clarke University
Oct 13, 2:00 p.m. 

Men's Soccer
Mount Mercy at Viterbo University
Oct 16, 3:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
Mount Mercy at Viterbo University
Oct 16, 1:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
Bellevue University at Mount Mercy 
Oct 19, 3:00 p.m.

Clarke University at Mount Mercy
Oct 20, 7:30 p.m.


Quick Links
October 2010

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Deb Brydon presented a paper, "Careers in Criminal Justice: A Pilot Course," at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association in Chicago on September 24.  She presented an analysis of data collected from students who completed the new Mount Mercy course, CJ 112: Careers in Criminal Justice, in Spring and Fall 2009, along with a discussion of literature on career planning courses in higher education.

Director of International Programs Catharine Cashner was appointed by the Education Abroad Knowledge Community at NAFSA to serve for two years as the co-chair of the Subcommittee on Under-representation in Education Abroad. The co-chairs will direct the subcommittee's work in defining under-representation in study abroad, compiling and publicizing resources on under-representation, and gathering a panel of experts on different areas of under-representation.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jitka Stehnova has been accepted as this year's cohort of Iowa Section NExT fellows. Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and the Exxon Education Foundation. It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities.

Professor of English Joy Ochs was commissioned to write an article entitled, "Partners in the Parks and the Wilderness Aesthetic." The article will appear in the monograph, Partners in the Parks: Field Guide to an Experiential Program in the National Parks, and will be published later this year by the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Librarian and Archivist Kristy Raine was a guest lecturer on August 12 at the Joslyn Art museum in Omaha, Nebraska where she was part of the "Late 'Till 8: Thursday's at the Joslyn" series. Raine also recently celebrated her fifth year as the coordinator for the original artwork exhibit of the Grant Wood Art Festival, where a thirty-three-piece exhibit showcased the work of Grant Wood's life in art.

Professor of English Jim Grove presented a paper on October 14 titled, "At Play in the Fields of Adaptation: The Haunting of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train " at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He chaired the panel on Practical Approaches to Teaching Film. 
Associate Professor of History Edy Parsons will guest present "Embracing a New Century: Life in Today's China, on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Parsons will provide an overview of how China developed since the late 1970s, how the changes reshaped life in China, and what life is like in today's China.

Assistant Professor of Social Work April Dirks-Bihun has been invited to present a workshop at the University of Iowa for the 12th Annual Iowa Latino Conference on October 15. This conference focuses on strengthening and valuing Latino communities in Iowa. The workshop, "Cultural competency: Integrating the immigration story into our work with Latino clients," will be presented to educators, mental health professionals, and community members. Dirks-Bihun has also been invited to present a workshop at the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse in Madison Wisconsin on October 18. The workshop, "A story of hope and healing: Using narrative techniques to treat sexual abuse among Latino children and adolescents," will be presented to mental health professionals and educators specializing in the treatment and prevention of childhood sexual abuse.

Professor of Religious studies Charlotte Martin was invited to give a lecture on September 9 for the "Catholicism for Today's Adult" series sponsored by St. Pius X and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Churches. Martin's lecture was titled, "Our Role in Seeking Social Justice in the Vision of John Paul II."

Assistant Professor of History Adam Ebert has been invited to present "Between love and science: apicultural research and ethical beekeeping in the British Isles, c. 1750-1850" during the History of Science Society's 2010 meeting in Montréal, Quebec on November 4-7.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Dennis Dew has been invited to speak to the University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Social Psychology regarding his research on the cognitive processes behind responding to survey questions.  His lecture, "Honesty and Mental Effort in Survey Response: Challenges and Solutions," will be held on October 28 at UNI in Baker Hall.

Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant
In 2004, Mount Mercy applied for and received a highly competitive, five-year U.S. Department of Education, Title III Strengthening Institutions grant. The grant began in October 2005 and recently ended on September 30, 2010. The award, in the amount of $1,824,686, focused on strengthening the Nursing and Computer Science programs by integrating the latest instructional technology into the teaching learning process. The grant has supported three full-time faculty/staff and three part-time staff each year to accomplish this work. It has also provided multiple faculty and staff development opportunities and has allowed us to redesign and develop new curriculum. The Title III Grant also funded the renovation of classroom facilities, and installation of state-of-the-art technology in the new nursing simulation and clinical labs as well as the dedicated computer science lab.  Of the total award, $337,625 was used as matching funds to establish 16 new Title III Endowments totaling $675,250.

Commencement 2011 Activities
Please mark your calendars for the following 2011 Commencement celebration exercises:
Friday, May 20, 2011
7:00-8:00 p.m.               Hooding Ceremony - Chapel of Mercy
8:00-9:00 p.m.               Reception - Busse Library Atrium
Saturday, May 21, 2011
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.       Spring Honors Convocation- Chapel of Mercy
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.       Senior Reception - Dining Center
4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.      Nursing Pinning - Hennessey Recreational Center
Sunday, May 22, 2011
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.      Commencement Mass - Chapel of Mercy
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.    Commencement Brunch - Dining Center
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.       Commencement Ceremony - U.S. Cellular Center
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.       Commencement Celebration - Mount Mercy Campus

Mount Mercy in the News

President Christopher Blake was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 13 regarding the increase in fall enrollment for graduate and accelerated student programs.

Associate Professor of Political Science David Doerge was featured on KCRG TV9 on September 13 as a resource in analyzing trends in campaign ads.

Associate Professor of Communication Dave Klope was interviewed on WMT 600 AM for his expertise on Islam in Iowa. Klope presented a forum on Islam in Iowa during a faculty forum on September 15.

 Mount Mercy University student Nenad Simovic was mentioned in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 6 for winning the NAIA Men's Soccer National Defensive Player of the week.

Mount Mercy University student Stephanie Russell was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 18 regarding the issue of young adults choosing careers over marriage.

The Mount Mercy University Choir was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 20 for their participation in the annual "Brucemorchestra" performance at Brucemore.

Students, faculty and staff were featured on KCRG TV9's website on September 20 for their community service at Habitat for Humanity, Prairiewoods, and the Catherine McAuley Center during Mercy and Mission week.

Mount Mercy University was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 21 for partnering with the Cedar Rapids Police Department and other area local colleges to reduce underage drinking.

Mount Mercy was featured in The Witness on October 3 for receiving a Mercy Ministry grant of $35,000. The grant was given by the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community and will be used to support different Campus Ministry activities and programs.

Associate Professor of Business Bob Walker was featured in the Corridor Business Journal on October 4 for his innovative idea to start a business book club for students who graduated in the MBA program. The program will launch this fall.

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