January Birthdays

1/1    Mary Lou Ortiz
1/4    Tim Raine 
1/10  Joe Nguyen 
1/12  Hannah  Suddendorf  
1/14   Liz Metz 
1/15   Lu Crary 
1/16   James Gibbs 
1/17   Deb Brydon 
1/17   Tom Patterson 
1/19   Kris Keuseman 
1/21   Boyd Broughton 
1/27   Marcie Van Note 
1/29   Stacy Lepsch  
Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Ceremony
January 16 | 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast | 8:00 a.m.
Hennessey Recreation Center 

Janalyn Hanson White Gallery exhibit:
"From color to cattle to coffee: A 29-year Graphic Design Compendium."
January 6 - February 10
Mon - Fri | 4 - 6 p.m.

Athletic Events
Saturday, Jan 14


Women's Basketball 
Mount Mercy at University of AIB College of Business 
1:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball 
Mount Mercy at University of AIB College of Business 
3:00 p.m.   


 Men's & Women's Bowling

Mount Mercy at Roto Grip Eagles Baker Challenge 
January 14-15 


Men's & Women's Indoor Track and Field 
Mount Mercy at Sol Butler Open 


Wednesday, Jan 18 
Women's Basketball 
Iowa Wesleyan at
Mount Mercy
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball 
Iowa Wesleyan at
Mount Mercy


Saturday, Jan 21

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

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

Men's & Women's Bowling
Mount Mercy at Blue and Gold Classic

Men's & Women's Indoor Track and Field
Mount Mercy at Iowa State Open 


Quick Links

January 2012

Martin Luther King opening ceremony

Mount Mercy will proudly host the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day opening ceremony on Monday, January 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Hennessey Recreation Center. Volunteers are welcome to join us for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. prior to the ceremony. Come support Mount Mercy's volunteer efforts and community-wide service initiatives by signing up to volunteer at www.unitedwayofeastcentraliowa.org or by donating a non-perishable food item. For more information ------>


Cedar Rapids' Blue Zone Project
Cedar Rapids is a candidate to be designated a Blue Zone, and if selected, would earn us funding for bike and walking trails, fitness activities and more. Now the work begins for individuals who live and work in the Cedar Rapids area to earn the status of a Blue Zone! You can help! Take the pledge at www.bluezonesproject.com/citizens/signup (Enter your name and email address, using Cedar Rapids and one of its zip codes as the city). A Blue Zone is selected based on the level of support from the community for the initiative. Learn More ---> 

Mount Mercy joins Campus Compact
Mount Mercy has partnered with Iowa Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,200 college and university presidents (representing some 6 million students) who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Mount Mercy's collaboration with Iowa Campus Compact will mean greater service-learning development for faculty, staff and students. Through Iowa Campus Compact, Mount Mercy will have access to faculty workshops, educational tools, grants and award opportunities that are not available otherwise. Mount Mercy will also be able to take part in the development of new civic engagement programs and build relationships with other partner schools.


Milestone for Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy reached a milestone last month, celebrating the 180th anniversary of their founding on December 12.  


Campus Ministry receives grant
The Office of Campus Ministry recently received a generous $160 grant from the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community to help continue the work and ministry of the Office of Campus Ministry.


Celebration of 800th win of women's basketball 

We  invite you to help us stack the stands during a basketball doubleheader on Saturday, January 21, as we celebrate the 800th win of women's basketball and the players and coaches who helped make the program successful. The Mustangs take on Viterbo University starting at 1:00 p.m. for the women, with the men's tipoff at 3:00 p.m. Special guests Dr. Leonard Ranson and President Christopher Blake will join us, along with alumni and friends of the institution. Join us on January 21 as we celebrate this historic milestone!   


Ridgeway elected to CASE Board 

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Duff Ridgeway has been elected to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Board of Directors. Ridgeway was also invited to speak at the "Expanding Horizons" CASE District VI conference in Denver, Co. January 8-10. Ridgeway presented, "Using Your Leadership Strengths to Secure Major Gifts," during the development track break-out sessions.


Hagy's artwork featured at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 

Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy will have her artwork included in an upcoming Cedar Rapids Museum of Art exhibit, "Lure of the Local: Collecting the Corridor, 2006-2011," on display February 4 - May 13. The museum has purchased two of Hagy's splash images for their permanent collection, to be displayed alongside the work of local artists this spring. You can see more of Hagy's artwork on her Facebook page.


Tunwall publishes paper, presents at international conference 

Assistant Professor of Business Tracy Tunwall's paper "Sustainability of the Workforce" was accepted for presentation and publication at a conference titled "Human Resource Management and Professional Development in the Digital Age." Tunwall presented her research at the conference, which was held in Singapore last November.


Amer presents income inequality paper 

Associate Professor of Economics Ayman Amer presented a paper, "Three Decades of Rising Income Inequality - Empirical Explanations" during the Northeast Business & Economics Association Conference in Philadelphia last November.


Chaichian presents at international conference 

Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian presented a paper titled "Contested Memorial Landscapes and the Politics of Memory: The South Carolina State House Grounds as a Case Study" during the International Conference of Spaces and Flows in Florence, Italy last November. 


Atkins, Brydon and Humphrey complete Learning House course 

Last month Assistant Dean of Accelerated Programs Colette Atkins, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Deb Brydon, and Director of Academic Assessment/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Amanda Humphrey completed Learning House's course, BP 101: Foundations of Online Teaching. Learning House was founded in 2001 to aid small independent schools in building distance learning programs that serve the needs of non-traditional students.

Oehme completes workshop through Iowa Nonprofit Summit
Coordinator for Volunteerism and Service Learning Brooke Oehme completed workshops last November on Grant Management and Higher Education at the Iowa Nonprofit Summit in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa Nonprofit Summit was organized by Grant Enterprise Management Systems (GEMS), Iowa Campus Compact, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, Iowa Council of Foundations and the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs.  


Mount Mercy Names in the News

The men's basketball team was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on December 11 for their sharpshooting during the Mount Mercy vs. Clarke College game. The Mustangs defeated Clarke, 96-83.

Mount Mercy was mentioned in a Cedar Rapids Gazette story on December 16 titled, "Split the difference: More students in E. Iowa become part time so they can work, too." Mount Mercy was cited as enjoying steadily increasing enrollment growth in all areas the past several years, with steady trends in part-time/full-time enrollment.

Men's basketball player Marcus Cocroft was featured in a Cedar Rapids Gazette article on December 18 for scoring two free throws with only a second left during the Mount Mercy vs. William Woods basketball game. The Mustangs won, 71-67.

Associate Professor of Communication Joe Sheller was asked to be a resource for a KCRG - TV9 story on December 12 regarding political ads.

Business Department Chair Bob Walker was featured in a Corridor Business Journal article on December 12 titled "Colleges train young entrepreneurs." Walker was quoted for the role he plays on campus teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on entrepreneurship.

Fr. Dustin Vu was featured in The Catholic Witness on December 18 in the story, "Local Vietnamese communities going strong."

Director of Financial Aid Bethany Rindernecht was used as a resource for a Cedar Rapids Gazette article on December 18 titled "College savings made simple...except when it isn't."

Women's basketball players Micha Mims and Emily Greiner were featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on December 20 for their 16 points each as Mount Mercy defeated Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 65-52.

Men's bowling player Jamie Zaruba was featured in the Marion Times' "Metro Sports Report" for his diverse co-curricular activities, including hir role on the bowling team and participation in the performing arts.  



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