Dec. Birthdays

2 Dec Valencia Johnson
4 Dec Anita Render
6 Dec Michael Bootsma
6 Dec Antonino Mione
9 Dec Paula Ganzeveld
9 Dec Teresa Wery
11 Dec Dawn Behan
11 Dec Kim Bro
12 Dec Ryan Scheckel
13 Dec Sarah Krie
13 Dec Jan Schulze
15 Dec Mindy Bulicek
15 Dec Christopher Martin
15 Dec Mickey Nothwehr
16 Dec  Vione Beck
16 Dec  Julie McIntosh
17 Dec  Trace Pickering
17 Dec  Scot Reisinger
18 Dec  Anne Nugent
19 Dec  Julie Pulkrabek
20 Dec  Theresa Neff
21 Dec  Jane Caraway
24 Dec  Aaron Jennings
27 Dec  Carol Melsha
29 Dec  Ellen Lahr
30 Dec  Jennifer Lee
31 Dec  Chad Loes

Upcoming Events

Lessons & Carols

Christmas Concert

Dec. 8 | 7:30 p.m.

Stello Performance Hall  


 Chamber PM Exchange 

Thursday, December 15

 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

University Center Commons 


 500 Bags: No More! 

Saturday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m.

The Seuss Room at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.


Handbells Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 18
3:00 p.m.

Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories


Athletic Events



Wednesday, Dec. 7

Women's Basketball

William Penn at Mount Mercy

5:30 p.m.


Men's Basketball

William Penn at Mount Mercy

7:30 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 9

Men's and Women's Indoor T&F

Mount Mercy at Vikings Throws Fest and ISU Holiday Preview


Saturday, Dec. 10

Women's Basketball

Clarke University at Mount Mercy

1:00 p.m.


Men's Basketball

Clarke University at Mount Mercy

3:00 p.m.



Quick Links

December 2011

Escape the chilly December air and be a part of the Chamber PM Exchange on Thursday, December 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the University Center. Open to all Chamber members and friends of the University, join local professionals in the Corridor and network, enjoy food and music, and connect with new colleagues and new ideas. Door prizes also included!

Registrar Jason Clapp, Associate Registrar Chance McWorthy and Assistant Dean of Accelerated Programs Colette Atkins attended the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (UMACRAO) Conference for Registrar and Admissions personnel in Sioux Falls, S.D., November 2-4. Clapp presented a session entitled "Free or Almost Free Technology Toolkit" and sat on a panel for a Registrar 101 session. In addition, Clapp won the Exemplary New Member Award in recognition of dedicated service as well as served on the program committee as the auditing chair. Atkins co-presented, "Is 40 the new 20? Serving Adult Students" with Kelly Brooks from Capella University. McWorthy, who currently serves on the newsletter and membership committee, also recently accepted the position of membership committee chair for the organization. UMACRAO covers North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.


Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Director Jacob Christensen and MFT Program Director Randy Lyle attended the Building Family Connections conference. They presented during a general session titled, "Current Culture and Adolescent Development: How is Culture Aggressively Pursuing our Kids?" Lyle discussed brain development throughout childhood and Christensen covered the ways media and advertising are influencing children and adolescents. The duo also discussed ways that families can help buffer some of the negative influences they face.


Assistant Professor of Spanish Belkis Suárez presented a paper in Oklahoma City on November 17-19 during a conference from the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies, "Latin America Development and Peace Corps." The title of Suárez paper is "Una aproximacion literaria y cinematografica a la Venezuela de la Revolucion."


Coordinator of Campus Music Gerald Kreitzer represented Mount Mercy University as an exhibitor for the 1st time at the Annual Iowa Music Educators Association (IMEA) conference in Ames, Iowa, last month. Thirteen other Iowa colleges and universities were also present at the convention. The IMEA convention was attended by over 600 Iowa Music Educators and coincides with the Iowa All-State Festival, in which 1,200 high school musicians make up the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra. Kreitzer was also recently presented with the Iowa 4th Annual "Mr. Holland's Opus Award" by Todd Rogers of Bob Rogers Travel.  The award is for "Dedication to students" and is voted upon by fellow members of the Iowa Music Educators Association.


Associate Professor of Music Carol Tyx presented a poster session titled, "Making Research Matter: Connecting the Social and the Personal" at the National Council of Teachers of English in Chicago, November 17-19. Academic Technology Librarian Vicky Maloy was also instrumental in the success of this session, contributing her invaluable skills as a poster-designer.


Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy will present a solo art exhibit at Kirkwood's Iowa Hall Gallery entitled, "Water Pilgrimage." The exhibit runs January 17 - February 17 with an opening reception January 26 at 11:00 a.m.  

Mount Mercy Names in the News



Professor of Art Jane Gilmor was interviewed on 600 WMT AM on November 2 to highlight Mount Mercy's "Grottos in the Heartland" event with curator Lisa Stone.

Students Miaree Ure-Harmon and Danny Wayson were featured on 600 WMT AM on November 2 for their role in the fall play Scapino.


Associate Professor of Communication Joe Sheller was invited to be a guest on 600 WMT AM on November 3 regarding his lecture on the Iowa Caucuses.


Mount Mercy student Olivia Mehring and several Resident Assistants were featured on KCRG -TV 9 on November 4 as they raised money for Kids Against Hunger by allowing students to cream RA's for charity. The endeavor was also featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on November 5.

Men's head soccer coach Amir Hadzic was featured on The Gym Class 1600 KGYM on November 9 to chat about the Mustangs' amazing comeback during the Midwest Collegiate Championship.

The men's soccer team was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on November 11 for their amazing comeback against Ashford during the MCC tournament. The team scored four goals in ten minutes. They were also mentioned in the paper on November 19 for their first-ever national debut.


Professor of Biology Neil Bernstein was used as an expert in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on November 10 for the article, "Shell Shock: Rising prices raise concerns over turtle-hunting in Iowa."


Academic Support and Retention Specialist Valencia Johnson was noted in The Cedar Rapids Gazette for her new appointment with Mount Mercy.


Men's basketball players Dino Gutesa and Sam Kenyi scored some photos in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on November 16 during their game against Cornell College.


Mount Mercy was featured in The Corridor Business Journal on November 21 for its sustainability initiatives. The article referenced Mount Mercy's sustainability task force and highlighted several key initiatives the campus has undertaken in recent years, including naming new Educating for Sustainability Fellows, going trayless in the cafeteria, undertaking a biodiesel project, competing in RecyleMania, signing the Presidential Climate Commitment, and launching a sustainability Twitter page. The article featured Assistant Dean of Accelerated Program Colette Atkins and Vice Provost Jan Handler.


Mount Mercy was mentioned in the Catholic Witness during a special article that highlighted the 175th anniversary for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The St. Raphael Cathedral was filled with the Archdiocesan Chorale and additional musical guests -- representatives from Mount Mercy, Loras College and St. Stephen Student Center.


Vice President for Development Duff Ridgeway was featured in The Corridor Business Journal's "Movers and Shakers" on November 28 for his new appointment with Mount Mercy. 



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