January Birthdays
1/4 - Katherine Feldman
1/4 - Timothy Raine
1/9 - Trisha Swartzendruber
1/10 - Joe Nguyen
1/11 - Andrew Beer
1/12 - Cynthia Sadler
1/14 - Liz Metz
1/14 - Robert Trout
1/15 - Lu Crary
1/16 - James Gibbs
1/16 - Bruce Vander Sanden
1/17 - Deborah Brydon
1/17 - Loretta Haskins
1/17 - Thomas Patterson
1/19 - Kris Keuseman
1/21 - Boyd Broughton
1/21 - Glenn Hosford
1/23 - Jacquelyn Moorman
1/27 - Marcie Van Note
1/28 - Jennifer Baker
1/29 - Mary Capps
1/29 - Stacy Lepsch
1/30 - Marilynn Birkland
1/30 - Linda Pitlik

Upcoming Events

Gallery Exhibit: Susannah Biondo-Gemmell & Andrew Gemmell
Convergence: Sculptural and Functional Ceramics
Jan 7 - Feb 9 Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

Mon - Fri
4 - 6 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King  Celebration of Service

Monday, January 17

9:00 a.m.

Hennessey Recreation Center


Athletic Events


Women's Basketball - January 15

AIB College of Business at Mount Mercy

1:00 p.m.

Men's Indoor T & F - January 15

Mount Mercy at Dubuque Invitational   

10:00 a.m.

Women's Basketball - January 19

Mount Mercy at Iowa Wesleyan: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball - January 19

Mount Mercy at Iowa Wesleyan: 7:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball - January 22

Mount Mercy at Viterbo University

1:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball - January 22

Mount Mercy at Viterbo University: 3:00 p.m.

Men's and Women's Indoor T & F January 22

Mount Mercy at Cornell Quad

10:00 a.m.

Quick Links
January 2011

J-Term Study Abroad Adventures

The J-Term courses "European Union: Culture, Politics, and Economics" and the social work course "Social Welfare: Worldview" are heading overseas for a few weeks. Professor of Business Janice Reily, Assistance Professor of Business Tracy Tunwall, Associate Professor of Social Work Joni Howland and Director of International Programs Catharine Cashner will be blogging about their adventures and posting student reflections. You can visit the blogs and get updates on the trips at:



President Christopher Blake was invited to write a reflection for the American College and University President's Climate Commitment Newsletter. His article, "Sharing Vision and Perspective with Campus Leaders from Across the Nation," appeared in the monthly newsletter and was used on the Advancing Education for Sustainability website

In November, Professor of Art Jane Gilmor served as a visiting lecturer at Central Michigan State University, where she also exhibited her work at the CMU University Gallery. Gilmor worked with art majors Maria Terzopoulou, Christina Husmann and Cory Taylor as research and studio assistants on a 4000 square foot installation at The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell University. The exhibit, "(Un)Seen Work: Tradition and Transition," was on display through December 12.

Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar South/Central Asia Regional Travel Grant. The grant will allow her to spend two weeks in Sri Lanka, where she will lead a printmaking workshop at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She'll also lead a creativity workshop through the Sri Lankan Fulbright Commission. Hagy also recently presented at an international art conference in Nepal, and was featured in several Kathmandu newspapers. You can view the articles on The Himalayan Times site and the Republica Leisure site.

Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian presented a paper titled "Contested Ideological Urban Landscapes: The Case of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany" at the International conference on Spaces and Flows, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), December 4 and 5.

Adjunct English Instructor Cecile Goding recently served as a consultant to the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, under a project designed to introduce Haitian social workers to therapeutic writing methods. She was the primary liaison and mentor to a psychologist from Haiti, who visited the University and corresponded with Goding for six months. To date, over eighty of his clients, suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related illnesses stemming from the 2010 earthquake, have begun to write songs, poems and journals as part of the healing process.

Associate Professor of History Edy Parsons will present her paper, "The US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992: Implications for US-Hong Kong Relations" for Hong Kong in the Global Setting Conference at University of Hong Kong on January 12.

Mount Mercy Names in the News

Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy appeared on Animal Planet during an episode titled "Cats 101" on December 11. Hagy was invited to provide artistic insight into the "artwork" that is created when a special breed of cat, Devon Rex, uses its paws to paint pictures.

Professor of Art Jane Gilmor was interviewed on Iowa Public radio October 11 about the community-based project "(Un)Seen Work: Tradition and Transition," involving a year of interviews and workshops with workers living in Grinnell.

Mount Mercy Junior Tamara Patterson was featured on KCRG TV9 on December 2 for a special report on the power education has in fighting off unemployment.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team members Adam Kaefring and Allison Wilkens were featured on several news segments to discuss their campaign again texting inappropriate images. They appeared on KWWL on December 13 and KGAN on December 14. The team members highlighted their involvement in teaching kids the dangers of the new fad.

Vice President for Finance and Business Operations Barb Pooley was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on December 9 for a story recognizing Mount Mercy's efforts in reducing our overall carbon footprint by installing a geothermal well system in the new University Center. 

Professor of Psychology and Dean of Graduate Studies Melody Graham was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on December 18 for her unique gift-giving goal over the holidays. Graham purchased Christmas gifts through non-profits or other organizations that support a specific cause.

Mount Mercy University was featured in the Corridor Business Journal on December 27 during a special year-in-review segment on community projects that added a boost to the local economy. Mount Mercy was highlighted for its milestone move to University status, becoming Cedar Rapids' first ever university.

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