February Birthdays
2/1 Tammy Hansen
2/2 Patti Roman
2/2 Daniel Schloss
2/4 Jamie Jimison
2/4 Jane Schantz
2/6 Clint Dietrich
2/9 Marilyn Murphy
2/9 Colin Williams
2/10 Glenn Healy
2/10 Emily Muhlbach
2/11 Connie Hauskins
2/16 Ann Pasker
2/19 Mary Stanton
2/21 Benjamin Jensen
2/22 John Olachnovitch
2/23 Jader Perez
Upcoming Events


Recylemania Begins

February 6 - end of March


Janalyn Hanson White Gallery Exhibit

Area College Art Student Exhibit

February 11 - March 8

Opening reception:
Feb 11, 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Barbara Knapp Speaker Series

Elliott G. Smith

Competitive Blueprint for 2025 - Leading Iowa Forward

February 15

7:00 p.m.

Flaherty Community Room


Janalyn Hanson White Gallery Exhibit

36th Annual Children's Art Exhibit

February 28 - March 13

4th Floor Warde Hall

Athletic Events


Men's Basketball

Feb 5

Ashford University at Mount Mercy University

3:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball - Feb 5

Ashford University at Mount Mercy University

1:00 p.m.

Men's & Women's Indoor T & F - Feb 5

Mount Mercy University at Hilltop Invitational

10:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball
Feb 9

Mount Mercy University at Saint Ambrose University

7:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball - Feb 9

Mount Mercy University at Saint Ambrose University

5:30 p.m.

Softball - Feb 11

Mount Mercy University vs Minnesota State University UNI-Dome Classic

9:00 p.m.

Baseball - Feb 12

Mount Mercy University at Avila University    

1:00 p.m.

Women's & Men's Indoor T & F

Mount Mercy University at MCC Indoor Championships
10:00 a.m.

Quick Links
February 2011

Associate Professor of Accounting Steve Gilmour assisted in supervising a group of Mount Mercy accounting students who took part in a service-learning opportunity for the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club and the Cedar Rapids Chapter of the League of Women Voters. The group drafted audit programs, and also prepared a draft of suggestions to help improve the processes for each organization, with regard to maintaining appropriate accounting records.

Assistant Professor of Business Tracy Tunwall has been selected to serve as Chairperson for the Iowa Senior Human Resources Association (ISHRA). As chairman, Tunwall will advise the president and other officers and members of the board of directors regarding past practices, general operations, and other matters to assist in the smooth operation of the chapter.

Associate Professor of Business Rob Rittenhouse sat for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I exam. Rittenhouse was among the 36 percent of those who passed the exam. The CFA designation is the most highly respected designation within the finance field, which many mutual fund and hedge fund managers possess. The CFA certification requires three exams all together.

Assistant Professor of Social Work April Dirks-Bihun was invited to be involved with a professional workshop focused on cultural competency with faculty of the Iowa City School District. The workshop was in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and was meant to inform teachers and administrators about cultural diversity in the school district and surrounding areas.

Director of campus ministry Bill Mulcahey served in all-day workshops with the Archdiocese of Dubuque's Lay Formation Programs in October and January, and will assist again in February. Topics have included theological reflection, theology of grace, and the formation program on Jesus and salvation. Mulcahey was also named director of an afternoon retreat at American Martyrs Retreat House in Waterloo.

Mount Mercy University hosted the Girl Scouts on January 15 as they launched their first ever Smart Cookie U event. Girl Scouts attended six classes throughout the day that focused on Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Speech, Nutrition, and Entrepreneurship. Mount Mercy Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team members also spent the afternoon with the girls and taught them the importance of education and entrepreneurship, as well as the basic construction of a business plan.  


2011 Commencement Activities Schedule


Friday, May 13, 2011

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Accelerated Students Reception

Saturday, May 14, 2011

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mandatory Rehearsal for Graduates - McAuley Theater

Friday, May 20, 2011

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony - Chapel of Mercy (for graduate students and their families/friends)

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hooding 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 (all welcome)

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 Names in the News


Associate Professor of Music Daniel Kleinknecht was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 9 for his role as executive director and conductor of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, which produced Puccini's "Tosca," presented at the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre on January 16.

Professor of Psychology Don Damsteegt was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 15 as an expert on setting goals and plans for 2011. Damsteegt advised to set reasonable goals for yourself, plan big but start small.

Mount Mercy University students Ashley Brennan, Neil Lefebure, and Amanda Stahley were featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 22 for their participation in Last Person Standing, a competition sponsored by Residence Life that offers students the chance to win a free room for the 2011-12 academic year.

Students in the Emerging Leaders program Hanna Hegedorn, Kristie Chisholm, and Zach Kuntz were featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette and KCRG-TV9 on January 24 for their participation in a poverty simulation, where the students gained a deeper understanding of people faced with poverty situations.

Coordinator of Leadership Programs Mindy Chrisman and student Kallie Warnick were featured on KGAN CBS2 on January 17 to discuss volunteer opportunities and the celebration of service Mount Mercy offers each year for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Chrisman, along with student Candace Coberly, were also featured on WMT 600 AM regarding the service opportunities surrounding MLK Day.

Mount Mercy student Chantel LaPlante was featured on KGAN CBS2 on January 22 for her role in a March for Life rally, which took place in Washington, D.C.

Director of Counseling Services Tricia Borelli was featured as a guest expert on WMT 600 AM on January 10 to talk about New Year's resolutions, goal setting, and keeping yourself motivated.

Associate Professor of Economics Ayman Amer was featured on KCRG-TV9 on January 28 and The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 29 for his unique perspective on watching the events in Egypt unfold. Amer was born in Cairo, and has many family members in Egypt.

Senior Jayson Lawton was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 29 for a story on teen sitcoms that glamorize drugs and partying, and the negative affect they are having on teenagers.

Associate Professor of History Adam Ebert was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 30 for his appointment to the board at the Carl and Mary Koehler History Center.

The Men's Basketball team was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 30 for their key victory over William Penn, 86-82.

The Women's Basketball team was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 27 regarding their ability to give court-time to multiple players.  


Students Stephanie Nibaur, Anna Kallqvist, Mackenzie Holladay, and former student Kevin Arnold were featured in The Catholic Witness newspaper as they stocked shelves at the Catherine McAuley Center during MLK Day volunteer activities.  


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