Sept Birthdays

9/3  - Rick Blackwell     
9/6  - Morgan Varner    
9/12 - Mamawa Kaisamba     
913  - James Teahen     
9/14 - Tony Nickle     
9/15 - John Graham     
9/18 - Ken Viggers     
9/19 - Ellen O' Keefe    
9/21 - Christine Salter   
9/23 - Ayman Amer     
9/23 - Lori Heying     
9/23 - Yvonne Sippy     
9/23 - Dianne Austad  
9/24 - Laura Richards   
9/24 - Jena Watts    
9/25 - Jennie Schmidt   
9/25 - Fidel Mejia     
9/28 - Anastasia Willenbring     
9/29 - Ryan Ronan      

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Faculty Forum
Mohammad Chaichian
"Globalization and Brain Drain"
Sept 15 | 7 pm

MSN Info Session
Sept 20 | 5:30 pm

Mercy & Mission Week 
Interfaith Prayer Service
Sept 20 | 7 pm
Chapel of Mercy

Keynote Address
Sister Marilyn Lacey
"Mercy Beyond Borders: A Faith Journey"
Sept 22 | 7 pm
Chapel of Mercy

For a full schedule of Mercy & Mission Week activities, visit

our website.  


Farmscape Documenting the Changing Rural Environment

Sept 23 | 7:30 pm
McAuley Theater 


Teaching through the Magic of Song
Poetry and Oral Performance to Enhance Literacy
Sept 27 | 7:00 pm



Martha Hennessy guest speaker
Sept 29 | 7:00 pm
Donnelly 300

Homecoming Festivities
Sept 30 - Oct 1  

Athletic Events
Friday, Sept 16

J.V. Men's Soccer
Cornell College at
Mount Mercy University
5:00 p.m.


Saturday, Sept 17


J.V. Volleyball
Mount Mercy University at Saint Ambrose University
9:00 a.m.

Mount Mercy University vs Black Hawk College
At St. Ambrose University
12:00 p.m.

Mount Mercy University vs Sauk Valley CC
At St. Ambrose University
1:30 p.m.


Men's Cross Country
Mount Mercy University at
Iowa Intercollegiate Meet
11:15 a.m.

Women's Cross Country
Mount Mercy University at
Iowa Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet
11:15 a.m.

Women's Golf
Mount Mercy University at
Illinois Wesleyan Invitational
9:00 a.m.

Men's Soccer
Mount Mercy University at William Penn University
7:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
Mount Mercy University at William Penn University
5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 18


Men's Golf
Mount Mercy University at
Clarke Invitational
11:00 a.m.

Women's Golf
Mount Mercy University at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational
9:00 a.m.

Monday, Sept 19


Men's Golf
Mount Mercy University at 

Clarke Invitational
9:00 a.m. 


Quick Links

September 2011

Last Call! Please take a moment to RSVP to either Lunch & Learn session with the Sisters of Mercy. Be infused with fresh perspective and renewal in your daily mission on the Hill. 

Lunch & Learn for Staff

Monday, September 19, 11:30 to 12:45, Flaherty Community Room

"How can my work at Mount Mercy be informed and supported by the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Social Teaching?"

Please RSVP Sister Shari Sutherland at ssutherland@mtmercy.edu   

Lunch & Learn for Faculty

Wednesday, September 21, 12:40 - 1:30, Flaherty Community Room

"How can my teaching at Mount Mercy be informed and supported by the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Social Teaching?"

Please RSVP Edy Parsons at eparsons@mtmercy.edu by  


All are invited to join us on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m. for Mass at Sacred Heart Convent. We hope you'll stick around for treats with the Sisters and a tour of the Convent at 9:30.

Please RSVP for this event: ssutherland@mtmercy


 In June, Professor of English Joy Ochs facilitated a National Collegiate Honors Council Faculty Institute in Park City, KY. "Seeing Beneath the Surface: Kentucky Cave Country" featured the City as Text pedagogy as faculty participants from around the country examined the relationship between cave and culture by exploring Mammoth Cave, blue grass music, local folklore, the tourism economy, and shape-note singing at a remote Baptist church.


Assistant Professor of History Adam Ebert published an essay in agricultural history titled "Nectar for the Taking: The Popularization of Scientific Bee Culture in England, 1609-1809." He also presented a paper at the Agricultural History Society's annual conference titled: "The Problem of 'impurity and sluttishness': Food Quality and British Honey Markets, c. 1800-1915"


Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy received a Mini-Grant from the Iowa Arts Council to support her upcoming Mount Mercy photography exhibit "Capturing Confluence," which runs Sept 30 - November 2 in the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery. In addition, the National Collegiate Honors Council will publish a collection of essays - including one from Hagy and Norma Linda Mattingly - alongside some of Hagy's photographs from the Faculty Institute Hagy and Mattingly attended this summer on "Arts, Music, Literatures: Cultures and Identity in Albuquerque and Santa Fe."


Assistant Professor of English Chris DeVault presented a paper, "Confessions of a Grey-Faced Paralytic: The Complete Witness of 'The Sisters,'" at the 2011 North American James Joyce Conference in Pasadena, Calif. June 12-16.  In addition, his book, Joyce's Love Stories, was accepted for publication by Ashgate.

Professor of English Mary Vermillion presented a paper, "Shakespearean Universality: A Prison-Based Service-Learning Project," at the Cambridge Shakespeare conference (Cambridge University, September 11).


Professor of Religious Studies Charlotte Martin presented a paper at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire over the summer, at the meeting of the annual conference of the National Newman Association on John Henry Newman's philosophy of higher education. Her paper was titled, "University Education as Trojan Horse for the Common Good."  


Reference Librarian and Archivist Kristy Raine served as the original art coordinator for the Grand Wood Art Festival for the sixth year this past June. The exhibit featured 30 works, on loan from private collectors and museums, by Grant Wood and artists associated with the Stone City Art Colony, Wood's eastern Iowa art experiment (1932 - 1933). 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the festival. Raine was also invited to serve as guest lecturer at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore) for the ongoing exhibition, "The Making of David McCosh: Early Paintings, Drawings, and Prints." McCosh is considered the most prominent painter in the American northwest and was an art educator at the University of Oregon for almost four decades. Raine delivered the lecture, "When Tillage Begins: The Stone City Art Colony and School" (July 27, 2011).


ACE Director Mary Jean Stanton will make a presentation at the National College Reading and Learning Association (NCRLA) in November in San Diego, Calif., "Directing 21st Century Learning Centers." Stanton has been active in both the state, regional and national associations for over 20 years, and held offices at the state and regional levels.


Professor of Psychology Don Damsteegt rode his age on his bike on Labor Day - 65 miles.


Assistant Vice President for Communications & Marketing Fritz McDonald presented a workshop at the EduWeb conference over the summer. McDonald's presentation, "The Conversation Tree: The Art of Social Media Content" focused on techniques for developing strong social media content. McDonald also presented, "Fact vs. Fiction: Why Memoir Needs Both" at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, which focused on truth and fiction in memoir writing.  


Director of Student Activities and Orientation Sarah Botkin traveled to her 50th state this summer. She has now visited all 50 states.


Director of Human Resources Vicky Smith was recently elected President-Elect of the Iowa CUPA-HR (College and University Personnel Association - Human Resources) chapter.  


Mount Mercy Names in the News


Acting Provost Melody Graham and Vice Provost Jan Handler were featured in the Corridor Business Journal's "Movers and Shakers" on May 16 for their new positions in the Academic Affairs office. 

New Mustang Head Bowling Coach Glen Healy was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on June 6 for his addition to Mount Mercy's new program.

Sister Mary Cephas Wichman, Sister Kathy Thornton, Sister Bernice Kurt, Sister Philomena Husak, and Sister Veronica Gorman were all featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on June 11 for celebrating their jubilees this year.  


Mount Mercy's smallest ambassador, Flat Catherine, was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on July 3 for her many travels around the country and world. Director of Major and Planned Giving Hilery Livengood was used as a resource in the article regarding Flat Catherine's early beginnings.  


Mount Mercy junior Molly First was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on July 11 for her role in the UI's FUTURE in Bio-medicine program. First researched alongside Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Nguyen in the elite program.    


MSN Program Director Kathy Dolter was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette "Now Hiring" section on August 7 for her expertise on nursing job opportunities.  


Rev. Dustin Vu, Mount Mercy chaplain, was quoted in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on August 27 regarding the merging of St. Patrick's Catholic Church with John XXIII, now called Blessed John XXIII Catholic Parish.   


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