May Birthdays 

5/3 - Allison Parr 
5/3 - Jitka Stehnova  
5/4 - Mohammad Chaichian 
5/4 - William Mulcahey  
5/5 - Daniel Kleinknecht 
5/8 - Lawrence Noggle 
5/12 - Janet Rohner  
5/13 - Nancy Merryman 
5/14 - Mary Ducey  
5/14 - Bethany Rinderknecht 
5/15 - Gary Knapp  
5/15 - Mary Kettmann McNee  
5/15 - Blake Mikesell  
5/15 - Michael Russ  
5/16 - Bob Walker  
5/17 - Hilery Livengood 
5/17 - Ted Oglesby  
5/17 - Tracy Tunwall  
5/17 - Larry Yoder  
5/21 - Steve Lawrence  
5/22 - Elizabeth Kleiman 
5/24 - Diane Wiesenfeld  5/25 - Troy Bates  
5/26 - Alesia Hageman-Hruska  
5/26 - Charlotte Martin  
5/26 - Barb Pooley  
5/28 - Eric Hanson
5/28 - Angela Jansa
5/28 - Jared Pirkl
5/30 - James Demar
5/30 - Janice Reily
5/30 - John Robeson  
Upcoming Events

2011 Commencement


Hooding Ceremony for Masters Candidates 
Friday, May 20
7:00 p.m.  

Chapel of Mercy


Honors Convocation
Saturday, May 21

1:30 p.m.

Chapel of Mercy


Senior Reception

Saturday, May 21
3:00 p.m.

Dining Center

Nursing Pinning

Saturday, May 21

4:30 p.m.

Hennessey Recreation Center


Commencement Mass

Sunday, May 22
9:30 a.m.

Chapel of Mercy


Commencement Brunch
Sunday, May 22
10:30 a.m.  

Dining Center


Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 22

1:00 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Center


Commencement Celebration

Sunday, May 22

3:30 p.m.




Athletic Events



Men's and Women's Outdoor T&F

Thursday, May 26

Mount Mercy University at NAIA Outdoor National Championships (thru May 28)



Quick Links

May 2011

Blake serves as guest speaker at Jefferson High School

President Christopher Blake served as a guest speaker at the National Honor Society induction ceremony at Jefferson High School on April 18. Dr. Blake spoke on the values of servant leadership to current members and inductees of the honor society during the event.


Stehnova attends the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jitka Stehnova was invited to attend the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium held at Simpson College on April 1-2. Stehnova also spoke to the Women, Science, and Power Panel at The 20 Years after the Berlin Wall Conference held at the University of Iowa on April 7-8.


Rinderknecht presents at the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Director of Financial Aid Bethany Rinderknecht presented at the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA) spring conference in Des Moines on April 7-8. Her presentation was titled, "Program Review: Be ready as the 'FEDS' Wheel in...Don't Get Thrown Under the Bus!"


McNeese leads two reading discussion series for Humanities Iowa
Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese led two reading discussion series for Humanities Iowa this spring, which she wrote and developed. She presented, Wild Weather, at the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville, and at the Burlington Public Library she presented, All Things Teddy: The Extraordinary Life of Theodore Roosevelt.


Chaichian Presents at Academic Summit
Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian presented at The Future of Ethnic Studies: An Academic Summit at Iowa State University on February 25. His presentation was titled, "The Continued Significance of Ethnic Studies Programs in the Context of a Globalized Political Economy."


Damsteegt presents at the Iowa Psychological Association, awarded the Iowa Psychological Association Award

Professor of Psychology Don Damsteegt presented a workshop at the Iowa Psychological Association on April 9. His presentation, "Dr. Rogers, will you be my Facebook friend? And other ethical dilemmas in the electronic age," highlighted ethical concerns regarding psychologists use of social media. Damsteegt was also awarded the Iowa Psychological Association's Meritorious Achievement Award for his long time leadership with the state association, where he is currently the Public Education Committee Chair.


Hadzic receives prestigious Xavier XTRA Award
Coordinator of International Student Services and Men's Soccer Head Coach Amir Hadzic received the prestigious Xavier XTRA Award for outstanding coach, director or moderator at Xavier High School on May 17. Hadzic led the Xavier men's soccer team to win the 2010 State Championship.


Crary serves on Health Program Management Committee
Assistant Professor of Nursing Lu Crary will serve on the Health Program Management Committee, where she will be representing RN to BSN and four-year nursing programs.The committee is charged with guiding health occupation education throughout the state, as well as assisting the Iowa Department of Education annual health budget proposals. Crary's term will start in July. 


Cashner serves on selection panel for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships
Director of International Programs Catharine Cashner is serving on the selection panel for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad. These scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and administered by the Institute of International Education, provide funding for study abroad and undergraduate students with high financial need.


Vermillion signs contract for her third novel, serves as panelist for workshop
Professor of English Mary Vermillion signed a contract for her third novel, A Seminal Murder, to be published in July 2012 by Regal Crest Books. Vermillion was also invited to serve as a panelist at a workshop for The University of Iowa's graduate students in English who were seeking teaching jobs.


Yearous defends dissertation, facilitates workshop
Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Yearous successfully defended her dissertation, "School Nurse Documentation: Knowledge, Attitude, and Barriers to Using Standardized Nursing Languages and Current Practices," on April 21 at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She also facilitated a pre-conference workshop for the Iowa School Nurse Organization Annual Spring Conference on April 6. The workshop was titled, "National School Nurse Certification Exam Review." Forty school nurses from the state of Iowa were registered for this workshop.


Hagy invited to participate in two art exhibits
Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy has been invited to exhibit her work at two venues: the CornerHouse Art Gallery group exhibit of local photographers, with an opening reception held May 12 - and the Nepal Fulbright Commission's 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit, hosted at the Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 19 - July 3.


Kaefring selected for Higher One Education's Product Steering Committee
Controller Jenny Kaefring has been selected to be on Higher One Education's Product Steering Committee for 2011. Kaefring, alongside 19 other committee members, will be looking at new products Higher One can offer schools and help evaluate products. The committee will also make suggestions on what products Higher One would like to offer in the future. Higher One is a leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and provide enhanced service to students.


Mustangs in the Big Apple
A photo of the Mount Mercy Men's Soccer Team is currently running on a video board in Times Square, New York, courtesy of JoePhoto and Candid Color Systems. To view the "Attitude Pano" visit Kodak's website. 


Kernels Tickets - Gone!
All of the Kernels' home game tickets the Communications & Marketing Office were giving away have been claimed, but you can also keep an eye on Mount Mercy's Facebook page for additional opportunities to win!


All Out for Alabama!
Please consider those affected by the April tornado in Alabama. Hundreds of homes were lost and damaged, and an estimated 345 people lost their lives. Join us in going All Out for Alabama! Collection boxes for gently used/new clothing, kitchen/household items, school supplies and linens will be placed in Campus Ministry, McAuley Cafeteria, Basile Hall, and Lundy Commons until Thursday May 19 at 6:00 p.m. The collected goods will be sent to the Red Cross and distributed appropriately. Thank you for your support! Sponsored by Residence Life. For more information please contact sophomore Casey Gaul.  


Mount Mercy Names in the News


Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake was featured on KCRG TV-9 on April 29 and The Cedar Rapids Gazette April 30 regarding the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Dr. and Mrs. Blake threw a Royal Wedding party in honor of the celebration. You can view photos of the event on Mount Mercy's Facebook page. President Blake was also interviewed on WMT 600 AM radio regarding the wedding.


Vice President for Finance and Business Operations Barb Pooley and Systems Control Specialist James Teahan were featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on April 24 regarding Mount Mercy's partnership with Alliant Energy and the institution's efforts to conserve energy as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability.  


Assistant Professor of Political Science David Doerge was used as a resource for KCRG TV-9 on April 6 regarding the projected government shutdown. He was also invited to speak to KCRC on May 1 regarding the Supreme Court's decision to allow companies to support political candidates monetarily.


Mount Mercy softball player Liz Hill was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on March 31 for breaking Mount Mercy's career

home record against William Penn.  


Master of Business Administration Program Director Deb Oliver was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on April 17 as she discussed the successful components of the MBA program at Mount Mercy. "Our program is designed for the working student, and we are very flexible to their needs," she stated.   


Senior Kelsey Hansen was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Outstanding Graduates piece on May 15. Hansen has made remarkable contributions both in the classroom and on the playing field.  


Mount Mercy softball sluggers Jessica Magnuson and Liz Hill were featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on May 1 for being at the top of Mount Mercy's all-time home run list for the season.


Mount Mercy junior Jacqueline Kane was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on April 30 during an 800-meter relay final at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.


Mount Mercy art students were mentioned in an article regarding a unique "Eco-Beetle" sculpture at Kirkwood Community College. Made by German artist Mirko Siakkou-Flodin, the sculpture was created at Kirkwood and utilized the help of students from Mount Mercy, Kirkwood, Johnson School of the Arts and Metro High School. To view details of the sculpture click here.  


Mount Mercy student Herman Hounkponou was featured on KCRG TV-9 on May 7 regarding the "Venturing" mentoring partnership between Mount Mercy students and Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scouts. Students were also featured in photos in The Cedar Rapids Gazette during the capstone project to the program, a campout on Mays Island with Mount Mercy students and Boy Scouts. To view more photos, visit Mount Mercy's Facebook page 


Members from the Mount Mercy women's basketball team were featured in The Witness on May 8 for volunteering during Spring Outreach. Students  volunteered a Saturday morning to participate in yard work, staining decks, cleaning and volunteering for Cedar Rapids' non-profits.  


Mount Mercy nursing student Frankie Croghan was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on May 9 for donating her time at His Hands Free Medical Clinic where she helped look through donated medications to see if they have the correct prescription.


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