Oct Birthdays

3-Oct    Scott Stoeger
4-Oct    Barry Grove
5-Oct    Ryan Phillips
5-Oct    Diane Mulbrook
5-Oct    Julie Tande
9-Oct    Danielle Dillon
10-Oct   Nancy Brauhn
11-Oct   Nancy Rhodes 11-Oct   Mary McClenathan
13-Oct   Eric Hearn
14-Oct   Cheryl Tabarella-Redd
14-Oct   Elaine Cook
15-Oct   Jan Handler
16-Oct   Marc McCoy
17-Oct   Ryan Bezy
17-Oct   Theresa Wendler
17-Oct   Janet Evans
17-Oct   Lowell Henkle
18-Oct   Rick Zingher
20-Oct   Rick Hall
22-Oct   Jim Grove
22-Oct   Kathi Pudzuvelis
26-Oct   Katie Clime
26-Oct   Mary Gehris
26-Oct   Jenny Kaefring
27-Oct   Kathy Toborg  
31-Oct   Moira Blake  
Upcoming Events

Patrick Baird
Oct 11 | 7:30 pm
University Center

Film Festival  

King Corn | Oct 11
Fresh | Oct 18
Lunch Line | Nov 1
All films start at 7:00 pm in the Busse Library Viewing Room

Songs of Jerusalem Choir Concert
Oct 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Stello Performance Hall

Jim Grove
Oct 25 | 7:00 pm

Aquinas Lecture
Patrick Jordan
Oct 27 | 7:00 pm

Athletic Events

Friday, Oct 7

J.V. Volleyball
Eastern Iowa C.C. at Mount Mercy
8:00 p.m.

Calumet College of St. Joseph at Mount Mercy
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 8

Men's and Women's Cross Country
Mount Mercy at Fighting Bee Invitational
10:30 a.m.

Men's Soccer
Mount Mercy at Iowa Wesleyan
3:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
Mount Mercy at Iowa Wesleyan
1:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct 10

J.V. Men's Soccer
Mount Mercy at Wartburg
7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct 11

Mount Mercy at Waldorf
7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct 12

Men's Soccer
Clarke University at Mount Mercy
2:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
Clarke University at Mount Mercy
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 15

Men's Soccer
Viterbo University at Mount Mercy
3:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
Viterbo University at Mount Mercy
1:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct 17

J.V. Men's Soccer
Wartburg College at Mount Mercy
4:30 p.m.

Men's Golf
Mount Mercy at Ashford Invitatinal

Women's Golf
Mount Mercy at Ashford Invitational

Quick Links

October 2011

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President Christopher Blake performed alongside Assistant Professor of Business Tracy Tunwall during a special performance by the award-winning band Aeroroot during the Society for Human Resource Management Conference on September 27. Mount Mercy served as a sponsor for the State Conference.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Yearous was invited to serve as the opening speaker for Mercy Medical Center's "Stay Well Soon" event on September 27. Yearous spoke to the attendees about the eight dimensions of wellness and how each individual can and should take responsibility to monitor and make improvements to higher levels of wellness within each of these dimensions of wellness.

Assistant Professor of Social Work April Dirks-Bihun was invited to deliver two workshops at the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse on October 24. The first workshop, "Cultural competence: Working with Latino children who have been sexually abused," will increase participant knowledge on the topic of sexual abuse among the Latino population as well as explore techniques for working with Latino children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. Her second workshop, "Treatment for Latinos: Using narrative techniques to treat sexual abuse among Latino children and adolescents," will demonstrate narrative therapy techniques that can be used as tools for  reframing the story of abuse and creating a way for Latino children and their families to move through trauma. Participants in this workshop will become more culturally competent by gaining a better understanding of the Latino population as well as learn narrative therapy techniques for treating sexual abuse.

Professor of Art Jane Gilmor was named one of five national recipients to receive the Tanne Foundation's 2011 awards recognizing artistic achievement. This year's awards honored four artists in recognition of their artistic achievement as well as one artist-run organization which has presented exceptional work for over 30 years. Gilmor has been honored with a grant for the design and publication of a monograph book on her 40-year career.

Associate Professor of History Edy Parsons was invited to present a paper, "American Boxer Indemnity Fund and Tsing Hua College in the Early Twentieth-Century China" for the 40th Annual Meeting - Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2011

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Randy Lyle was elected president-elect of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research during their annual conference in Arizona last month. Lyle was also one of the panel presenters at the conference presenting on explorations in "neuroscience, personal biophysics and consciousness."         

Associate Professor of Nursing Carol Heim presented a poster presentation at a nursing conference in Minneapolis in August regarding methods she uses in an interventions course for junior nursing students. The presentation was titled "Strategies for teaching prioritization and delegation: A step toward success." The conference was titled "Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators: Effective Strategies for NCLEX Success."

Administrative Assistant for Social Work Anne Heim will be inducted into the Marion Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame October 7 in recognition of her volunteer service to the district.  Heim also received the Governor's Award for volunteerism a few years ago.  

Professor of Education Norma Linda Mattingly attended a National Collegiate Honors Council Faculty Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July. The four-day institute focused on City-as-Text pedagogy. Faculty participants from around the country explored the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. They engaged in daily writing and discussions about the relationships between old and new perspectives of the cities as gleaned from conversations with the local people, and their observations of neighborhoods, famous municipal building murals, and local tourist attractions, including the state capitol and artist museums along Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and Tingly Park and Old Town square in Albuquerque. Her essay, "Dreaming in New Mexico," has been published in a book titled, Arts, Music, Literatures: Cultures and Identity in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Campus Dining is conducting a survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, you will help them gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus dining experience. This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential. By taking the survey, you'll have the opportunity to win a $150 Ticketmaster Gift Card or one of three $50 Visa Gift Cards!

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Want to support Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon (CRDM)? Eat at CiCi's Pizza every third Monday of the month between 5 pm and 9 pm.  Remember to drop your receipt into the CRDM jar and CiCi's will donate 15% of their profit to CRMD.

What is CRDM, you say? Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon is an organization bringing Coe, Kirkwoord, and Mount Mercy students together in order to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

CiCi's Pizza
2315 Edgewood Road, Cedar Rapids IA 52404

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Mount Mercy Names in the News


The Mount Mercy University Choir was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 7 and 12 for their role alongside Orchestra Iowa in Brucemore's "Brucemorchestra IV: Crown Imperial" concert.

Mount Mercy was mentioned in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 13 for its rank in the U.S. News and World Report. Mount Mercy ranked 24th in the Midwest Regional category.

Senior Ryan Pleggenkuhle was featured in a photo in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 13 shooting hoops on the Mount Mercy campus during a warm September day.

Tom Castle, interim assistant provost and dean of adult accelerated programs, Colette Atkins, assistant dean of adult accelerated programs, Randy Lyle, assistant dean of graduate programs, and Amanda Humphrey, director of academic assessment, were all featured in the Corridor Business Journal's "Movers and Shakers" on September 12 for their new roles.

Dean of Admissions Scott Baumler was featured on KGAN on September 21 regarding Mount Mercy's financial aid assistance for freshmen students.

Mercy and Mission keynote speaker Sr. Marilyn Lacey was featured in The Witness on September 18 for her presentation "Mercy Beyond Borders" at Mount Mercy.

Mount Mercy's record enrollment was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 19. It was also mentioned in the Gazette's editorial on September 26 as a positive reflection on local higher education. The record enrollment announcement was also heard on several radio stations and mentioned on channels such as KCRG TV-9

Mount Mercy volleyball players Meghan Nelson was featured in a photo in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 22 during the Mustangs match against Viterbo.

President Christopher Blake was featured in a Gazette photo on October 1 for the dedication of the University Center. He was also featured on KCRG TV-9 on September 30 and October 1 regarding Mount Mercy's newest building and the dedication ceremony the campus celebrated.

Mount Mercy's docu-drama "Farmscape" and director Karan Founds-Benton and producer Mary Swander were featured on several radio stations, including KCCK on September 16 and 600 WMT AM on September 21 regarding the unique production.    


Mount Mercy's keynote speakers for the MBA Speaker series and The Barbara Knapp Endowed Business Lecture series were both featured in the Corridor Business Journal on September 26 to promote their lectures at Mount Mercy.  


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