February Birthdays


2/1  Tammy Hansen 

2/2   Patti Roman

2/2   Daniel Schloss

2/4   Jamie Jimison

2/4   Jane Schantz

2/6   Clint Dietrich

2/9   Marilyn Murphy

2/9   Colin Williams

2/10  Glenn Healy

2/10  Emily Muhlbach

2/16  Ann Pasker

2/19  Mary Jean Stanton

2/21  Dale Borman

2/21  Ben Jensen

2/22  John Olachnovitch

2/23  Sharon Clark

2/23  Jader Perez

Upcoming Events
Spring semester classes begin
February 6

February 10 | 4 p.m.

Janalyn Hanson White Gallery exhibit:
Featuring Peter Xiao
February 14 - March 6
Mon - Fri | 4-6 p.m.

Artist talk & reception with Peter Xiao
February 17 | 4 p.m.

Faculty Forum: Exploring Education & the Common Good
February 23 | 7 p.m.
Flaherty Community Room 


Athletic Events

Saturday, February 4

Women's Basketball 

Waldorf College at Mount Mercy
"Think Pink Day"
1:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
Waldorf College at Mount Mercy
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 11

Mount Mercy vs. Bellevue University
10:00 a.m.

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

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

Men's & Women's Bowling
Mount Mercy at MCC Invitational
February 11-12

Men's & Women's Indoor Track & Field
Mount Mercy at MCC Indoor Championships

Wed., February 15

Women's Basketball
at Iowa Wesleyan
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
at Iowa Wesleyan
7:30 p.m. 


Quick Links

February 2012

Cedar Rapids Blue Zone Check-Up

A special community forum and appearance by Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones, will be held Thursday, February 2, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, in Ballrooms D, E, and F. A community discussion will take place from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. with health leaders from St. Luke's, Mercy, PCI, and Linn County Public Health to discuss health issues facing our community. The discussion will be followed by a presentation by Dan Buettner from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

It's not too late to pledge your support for Cedar Rapids to become a Blue Zone. By taking this pledge you increase Cedar Rapids' odds of being selected. Communities chosen as finalists will be announced on February 10.  


Learn more about this event and Cedar Rapids' involvement with the Blue Zones Initiative at www.getactivecr.com


Oatey selected for ACPA implementation team 

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life Dr. Sue Oatey has been named to the implementation team for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Institutional Leadership Council for Small Colleges. ACPA is an international organization for student affairs professionals.The implementation team will define and organize the first institutional leadership council for senior student affairs administrators at small colleges. Councils are established to provide and enhance collaboration, professional development, and association (ACPA) guidance.


Graham, Castle serve on Braley panel

Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Melody Graham and Interim Assistant Provost/Dean of Adult Programs Tom Castle were invited to serve as guest panelists during Congressman Bruce Braley's forum on the state of higher education in America. Graham and Castle offered feedback and expertise during the forum, which was held at Coe College on January 26 and included students, faculty and higher education administrators from around the community.


Hadzic named 2011 Coach of the Year

Coordinator of International Student Services/Head Men's Soccer Coach Amir Hadzic has been named the 2011 Coach of the Year for the state of Iowa by The National Federation of State High School Associations. Hadzic serves as the boys soccer coach at Xavier High School. This is the second consecutive year Hadzic has won this award. The Saints finished with a 17-2-1 record last season and won the MVC "Valley" Division Championship. The team also won the 2010, 2011 IHSAA 2A State Championships and has a combined two-year record of 34-5-1.


Hagy has artwork featured in solo exhibit, publishes journal article 

Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy has a featured solo exhibit, "Water Pilgrimage" on display at the Iowa Hall Gallery of Kirkwood Community College. Her artwork will be showcased until February 17.  

 Hagy has also recently published a journal article, "Between Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Art in Nepal," which is featured in ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts Volume 19, issue 1 (December 2011).  


Stehnova takes students to Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women

Mount Mercy Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jitka Stehnova, Ph.D., accompanied four students to the 14th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics January 27 - 29. Mount Mercy students in attendance included: senior Clara Camarillo, senior Sabine Kassis, junior Kayla McGrew, and senior Brittany Shanklin. Kassis and Shanklin presented a poster on their research based on "Modeling Print and Electronic Textbook Sales" at the conference, which they also presented at the fall 2011 Iowa Math Modeling Competition.


Sutherland attends Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities annual meeting

Executive Director for Mercy Mission and Identity Sr. Shari Sutherland attended the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities' annual meeting, "Catholic Higher Education and Culture: Advancing Gospel Values and Cultivating Civility." She also took part in the Conference for Mercy Higher Education's Mission Officer's meeting, January 26-30 in Washington, D.C.


Mount Mercy handbell ensemble to tape segment for Variety Club Telethon

The Mount Mercy University handbell ensemble will be taping a segment for the Variety Club Telethon on February 4 at the Transamerica Studio in Cedar Rapids. The telethon is to benefit Children's Charity. Since 1975, the Variety Club has raised over $88 million. The handbell ensemble will ring "Down to the River to Pray," arranged by Anna Laura Page. Senior Stephanie Nibaur will accompany the handbells on flute. The telethon concert will air on channel 7 (KWWL) on Saturday, March 10. The handbell choir also recently participated in the Epiphany Concert "We Come Bearing Gifts" alongside other Catholic Choirs and handbells groups on January 6 at St. Pius. In all, 11 different groups shared their Christmas music with the congregation.


Oliver invited to join Way Up Conference Planning Council MBA Program Director Deb Oliver has been asked to join the Way Up Conference Planning Council. The council plans the annual conference program that is held in Iowa for the organization, Women in Higher Education. The conferences are held annually in November. Oliver has attended the conference for the last 4 years and presented a session at the conference in 2009 and 2011. 


Chaichian begins fellowship in residence, works on third book

Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian has started his fellowship in residence with The University of Iowa's Obermann Center for Advanced Studies spring 2012. He is also currently working on his third book, "Empire and the Wall," which focuses on the significance of building walls to either avert racial-ethnic or gender-based conflicts, or subjugate and control the colonized populations during various historical phases of globalization. Chaichian also published an article on "The New Phase of Globalization and Brain Drain: Migration of Educated and Skilled Iranians to the United States" in the International Journal of Social Economics in January.


Tyx poems to be published

Two poems, written by Associate Professor of English Carol Tyx during her fall sabbatical, will be published this spring. "Corpse Pose" will appear in the April issue of Pirene's Fountain; "Preparing the Beans" will be included in the April edition of RHINO.


Guthrie article published

Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Guthrie co-authored the article "Harnessing the Power of Student Health Data: Selecting, Using, and Implementing Electronic School Health Documentation Systems" that was published in NASN School Nurse journal in January. To view this article online, click here.


Mount Mercy Names in the News


Associate Professor of Communication Joe Sheller was a guest on KCRG TV-9's coverage of the 2012 Iowa Caucus on January 3. Sheller was used as a resource as news anchors discussed the candidates' campaign ads. Sheller was also featured on KGAN on January 18 regarding the SOPA Act and online copyright issues.   


Associate Professor of Music and Cedar Rapids Opera Theater Director Daniel Kleinknecht was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 9 for the play The Merry Widow.     


Men's basketball player Chad Underwood was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 12 for joining Mount Mercy's 1,000-point club during the Mustangs' Midwest Collegiate Conference victory over St. Ambrose, 82-69.     

The women's basketball team was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on January 15, "Mustangs perfect in MMC," as they defeated AIB, 59-49 in Des Moines.


Coordinator of Volunteerism and Service Learning Brooke Oehme was featured on KGAN on January 16 to share highlights of Mount Mercy's volunteer and service efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Professor of Philosophy Mary Ducey and Director of Athletics Scot Reisinger were featured on KCRG TV-9's "Ethical Perspectives on the News" on January 22.   


Professor of Psychology Don Damsteegt was used as a resource in the Gazette's "Business 380" on January 22 in an article title, "Coping Skills: Psychologists see the stress that comes with a recession." His expertise was also used in an article in the Des Moines Register on January 22, which addressed parent-teen issues in the use of Facebook and other social media.    


Students Adam Kaefring and Mariah Carey were featured on KCRG TV-9 on January 23 to offer their feedback on Congressman Braley's proposal to cap the student loan interest rate. Their comments were also featured in a  Gazette article online.Carey was also featured on KGAN on January 23 to share her experience with getting to see President Obama during his visit to Cedar Rapids.    


Head Women's Basketball Coach Aaron Jennings was featured on KCRG's Sports Desk on January 24 to update viewers on the Mustangs record-breaking season. 


Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Melody Graham was featured on KGAN during their coverage of Congressman Braley's proposal to cap student loan interest rates. 


Associate Professor of Economics Ayman Amer was featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette's "I love Egypt: Group marks anniversary of Country's revolution." Amer is originally from Cairo, Egypt. 


Vice President for Alumni and Development Duff Ridgeway was featured in the Gazette's "Movers and Shakes" for his recent appointment to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI Board of Directors for 2012-2015.


Associate Professor of Business Bob Walker and wife Kristy Walker were interviewed on American Public Media's Marketplace, an NPR station. The two were able to share their financial strategy for handling Christmas. 


Transamerica Life Insurance Company's generous $300,000 gift for the University Center facility was featured in The Catholic Witness


Mount Mercy's MLK Day day of service was featured in The Catholic Witness in an article titled, "More purposeful world for common good," which was a quote from President Blake during his address to students, faculty staff and community members at the opening ceremony. 



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