April Birthdays

 4/2- Joni Howland
4/2- Veronica Marks
4/3- Mandy Zieser
4/4- Sandra Lyons
4/6- Robert Fahrenkrog
4/7- Kristen Roppolo
4/11- Ashley Buckmeier
4/11- Carol Heim
4/12- Deb O' Hara
4/14- LaDawn Edwards
4/15- Scot Enright
4/16- April Dirks-Bihun
4/17- William Basler
4/17- Kristen Kasner
4/19- Imran Farooqi I
4/19- Mary Vermillon
4/20- Carolyn Sternowski
4/21- Rebecca Lewis
4/21- Eric Watkins
4/22- Dave Dennis
4/23- Adam Ebert
4/23- Layne Huey
4/24- Neil Bernstein
4/27- Carol Tyx
4/28- Julia Lewis
4/29- David Klope
4/29- Jena Maloney
4/29- Cathy Penn
4/29- Kristy Raine
4/30- Janie Mills

Upcoming Events

Spring Play:
An Inspector Calls

April 1-2 | 7:30 p.m.

April 3 | 1:30 p.m

McAuley Theater


Awakening the Dreamer

Changing the Dream Symposium

Saturday, April 2

9:00 a.m.. - 2:00 p.m.

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

120 E. Boyson Rd. Hiawatha, IA


Presidential Lecture Series

Willard Boyd, S.J.D. 

The Role of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations in the United States

April 5 | 7:00 p.m.

Betty Cherry    

Holocaust Survivor

Elain Geller

April 6 | 3:30 p.m.

Chapel of Mercy


Visiting Poet | Camille Dungy

Suck on the Marrow: An Evening of Poetry with Camille T. Dungy

April 7

Q&A | 3:30 p.m.

Reading | 7:00 p.m.



Women and Spirit in Dubuque

 April 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact Sister Shari Sutherland for details

Global Issues Series
Allison McNeese Assistant Professor of History
They Keep Dying: Felipe Calderon's War on Drugs in Mexico
April 12 | 3:30 p.m.

Multicultural Fair
April 14 | 3:00 - 6:00
Betty Cherry

Master of Arts in Education
Info Session

April 14 | 5:30  


High School Art Exhibit

April 19 - 29

Mon - Fri | 4:00 - 6:00  

Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

Art Day 

April 29
10:00 a.m.  
Lecture by Guest Artist Mel Andringa


Athletic Events


Baseball - April 2

Saint Ambrose at Mount Mercy

 1:00 p.m.


Softball - April 2

Mount Mercy vs. Saint Ambrose

1:15 p.m.


Softball - April 2

Mount Mercy vs. Clarke

3:30 p.m.


Men's T&F - April 2

Mount Mercy at Washington Invitational

10:00 a.m.


Women's T&F - April 2

Mount Mercy at Washington Invitational

10:00 a.m.

Baseball - April 3

Saint Ambrose at Mount Mercy

1:00 p.m.


Men's Golf - April 3

Mount Mercy at Viking Classics

12:00 p.m.


Women's Golf - April 3

Mount Mercy at Lady Statesmen Invitatonal

12:00 p.m.


Softball - April 3

Mount Mercy vs. Grand View

11:00 a.m.


Softball - April 3

Mount Mercy vs. Viterbo

1:15 p.m.


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Quick Links

April 2011


Faculty and staff invited to use child care during tonight's play performance
Faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of childcare available during tonight's performance of the drama production An Inspector Calls. Childcare will be available tonight only, for children who are potty-trained. Parents can drop off their children at Lundy beginning at 7:00 p.m., and must sign a waiver before leaving their children. This opportunity is provided by the Stang Gang and Drama Club.    

Adopt your own corner of Mount Mercy

Do you take pride in the appearance of Mount Mercy's campus? Join us for an exciting new campus beautification program. The "Adopt-An-Area" program offers faculty and staff the opportunity to adopt one of ten designated exterior areas of campus for cultivation and gardening. Each area can be adopted by an individual, group, or department. Supplies and tools (including flowers and plants) will be provided by the maintenance department. Prizes will be awarded based on creativity, distinctiveness, and ongoing maintenance. Those interested in adopting an area should contact Dave Dennis at extension 1313. 

Ebert presents in New Mexico

Assistant Professor of History Adam Ebert was invited to present at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association March 3-6 on "Money Myths" in Albuquerque, NM. The title of Ebert's presentation was "Housewives and Old Wives: Superstition and Economy in 19th c. English Beekeeping."


Raine serves as featured speaker

Archivist and Reference Librarian Kristy Raine was a featured speaker during a Cedar Rapids meeting of Morning Connection women's group. Raine delivered the lecture, "Grant Wood: A Life," and shared major events from the painter's life and his legacy in American art. Raine also served as a featured speaker at the Dubuque Museum of Art on March 13. The lecture, "Three Men and a Painting: Eldon, Iowa, the Summer of 1930, and the Birth of American Gothic," was a Humanities Iowa event. Raine appeared as part of the museum's winter series of events devoted to Grant Wood's history and legacy.


Grove presents at Czech and Slovak National Museum

Professor of English Jim Grove gave a presentation, "Fulbrights Abroad," during the 6th Czech and Slovak History Conference at the Czech and Slovak National Museum in Cedar Rapids on March 11. The topic of this international conference centered around the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in l989.


Huey named to Uptown District Board of Directors

Residence Hall Director Allison Layne Huey was named to the Board of Directors with Uptown District (formerly called First Ave Uptown College District). Uptown District is an alliance of businesses and institutions that focus on enhancing safety and security in the district and promoting an enhanced retail environment for the Cedar Rapids community.


Mount Mercy represents at leadership conference

Several Mount Mercy representatives participated in the IUGO Leadership Conference on March 26 and served on panels. Director of Leadership Programs Mindy Chrisman '05 served on the panel, "Balance - It's not just for Gymnasts Anymore," in addition to her work moderating and organizing the conference. Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life Dr. Sue Oatey served on the panel, "Connecting Ethics and Leadership." Director of Student Activities and Orientation Sarah Botkin served on the panel, "Student Affairs - The Greatest Job That You've Never Heard Of."


Mount Mercy art students will display work at Eco-Arts Fest

Artwork from students in Professor of Art Jane Gilmor's drawing class, Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy's printmaking class, and Jim Jacobmeyer's art education class will be featured during the upcoming downtown Eco-Arts Fest on April 16. The event will take place in the New Bohemia Arts and Entertainment District, 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids.


Hanson participates in Student Affairs conference

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Resident Life Jenifer Hanson participated in the 2011 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Annual Conference on March 12-16 in Philadelphia. The theme of the conference was "Educating for Lives of Purpose." Special program tracks focused on: advising and helping, assessment, evaluation and research and equity and diversity, among many others.


Creative writing contest launched

With the help of the Office of Admissions, Professor of English Mary Vermillion launched Mount Mercy's first annual Creative Writing Contest for high school juniors. Mount Mercy students in her Intermediate Creative Writing class provided written feedback to all forty-four young contestants.


Book Club continues at Anamosa State Penitentiary

This academic year, students in Professor of English Mary Vermillion and Associate Professor of English Carol Tyx's literature courses led seven "book club" discussions at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.


Sutherland participates in Collaborative Sponsor Formation Program

Sr. Shari Sutherland participated in a Collaborative Sponsor Formation Program on March 18-20 in Oakbrook, Ill. Twelve collaborative organizations met and used the program as an opportunity to provide support for the orientation and development of current and future sponsors.


Mount Mercy faculty and staff participate in Mercy retreat

Mount Mercy faculty and staff members joined with colleagues from seven other Mercy universities for a Mission Retreat for Mercy Higher Education in Omaha, Neb. March 4-6. Participants included Boyd Broughton, Lu Crary, Tammy Hansen, Jenifer Hanson, Kris Keuseman, Nancy Merryman, Bill Mulcahey, Joe Nguyen, Mary Jean Stanton, Cheryl Redd, Bob Walker and Sr. Shari Sutherland.


Call for Happenings on the Hill proposals

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals for "Happenings on the Hill" Cultural Affairs events each year. The Cultural Affairs Committee is allowed a budget for planning on-campus cultural affairs events and is charged with selecting which events to support monetarily. Those wishing to be considered for a Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 "Happening on the Hill" event should submit a proposal to the Cultural Affairs Committee. Please e-mail submissions to emuhlbach@mtmercy.edu or use the online form to submit proposals.


Commencement information and activities online

As Commencement approaches, please refer to Mount Mercy's website for up-to-date information on events, locations and speaker information.


Mount Mercy Names in the News

Mount Mercy's name change was mentioned in the Fall 2010 edition of The Council of Independent Colleges Independent publication.


Mount Mercy University President Dr. Christopher Blake was featured as a guest columnist in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on February 28 for National Catholic College Week, where he shared the vision of a Mercy education. "Our Catholic, Mercy mission is a faith journey, not a finished destination. It is an unfolding story that must honor our Catholic identity, our Mercy mission and our pluralistic community where we are all People of God." - President Blake   


Mount Mercy University Track and Field Runner Jacqueline Kane was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on March 7 for being nominated as the fourth track and field All-American in school history at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships.


Associate Provost Jan Handler was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on March 10 for speaking about the integrated service learning system found in Mount Mercy's core curriculum. The Mercy Experience portal course relates to concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, such as immigration, violence, and poverty - and is a mandatory course for all incoming students.

Mount Mercy business major Adam Kaefring was featured in the Corridor Business Journal on March 14 for promoting Mount Mercy's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, which recently partnered with Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust to help educate students on basic financial principles. "I find in college, there are plenty of students who don't know (basic financial principles). The purpose of this seminar was to better educate students on how to invest and save money." - Adam Kaefring

Associate Professor of Economics Ayman Amer was used as an expert on the economy and the current situation with gas prices on KCRG TV-9 on March 10.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Deb Brydon was invited to serve as an expert on workplace privacy and constitutional rights for KCRG TV-9 on March 16.


Mount Mercy University Women's Basketball guard Micha Mims was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on March 18 for earning NAIA All-America honorable mention in basketball. 


Mount Mercy University Men's Basketball player Chad Underwood was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on March 19 for being awarded honorable mention for the NAIA Division II All-America.


Junior Jamie Zaruba, freshman Jarod Heims and alumnus Ben Morris '01 were invited to speak on KCCK's Culture Crawl on March 25. The group had the opportunity to share highlights of the upcoming Spring Play, An Inspector Calls. To listen to the podcast, visit KCCK's Culture Crawl website.  

Associate Professor of Business Bob Walker was featured in the Corridor Business Journal on March 21 for his soon-to-be published book on value-based spending and personal finances."It's about using your money in accordance with your values. A lot of the personal finance books out there are about how to make more money, but they don't go into how to spend your money in accordance with your values or how to use your money as a resource." - Bob Walker

Mount Mercy's Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program was featured during the KCRG TV-9 Mugshot segment on March 28, highlighting the Marcy 30 information session.    



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