March Birthdays


3/1 Raven Blackwell
3/1 Brian Reynolds
3/1 Mary Lou Saindon
3/4 Duff Ridgeway
3/5 Jeremy Cohen
3/5 Janis Dickes
3/6 Joy Ochs
3/18 Christopher Blake
3/18 Sarah Botkin
3/18 Lonna Drewelow
3/18 Vicky Smith
3/19 Christopher DeVault
3/19 Janelle Ster
3/22 Kimm Harris
3/23 Erin Mann
3/23 Danielle Rings
3/25 Amanda Cushman
3/25 Thomas Javoroski
3/25 David Walker
3/27 Andrea Mabry
3/30 Joseph Givvin
3/30 Anne Hartman
3/30 Karla Stuecker
Upcoming Events
MBA information session
March 5 | 5:30 p.m.
Flaherty Community Room

Memory and Imagination with author Patricia Foster
March 7
Q&A 3:30 p.m.
Readings 7:00 p.m. 
Flaherty Community Room

Janalyn Hanson White Gallery exhibit 
Featuring artwork of students from Nepal
March 8 - 29
Mon - Fri | 4 - 6 p.m.

Opening reception - artwork of students from Nepal
March 8 | 6 - 7 p.m.
In the gallery

Between Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Art in Nepal lecture
March 8 | 7 p.m.
Flaherty Community Room

MBA Speaker Series with Van Meter, Inc. CEO Barry Boyer
March 13 | 7:00 p.m.
Flaherty Community Room

Pinkalicious: The Musical
March 15 - 16
7:30 p.m.
March 17
1:30 & 7:30 p.m.
McAuley Theater

Marriage and Family Therapy information session
March 20 | 5:30 p.m.
Flaherty Community Room

Presidential Lecture Series with Clay Jones
March 20 | 7:30 p.m. 
University Center Commons


Athletic Events

Wednesday, March 7

Women's Basketball 

NAIA Division II National Championship
Mount Mercy vs. Southwestern College
9:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 10


Mount Mercy at Graceland University

Sunday, March 11

Mount Mercy at Graceland University

Saturday, March 17

Men's & Women's Track & Field  at Central Methodist (Mo.) Open
Wednesday, March 21

Mount Mercy vs. William Penn University
3:00 p.m.

Mount Mercy vs. Grand View University

Saturday, March 31

Mount Mercy vs. Grand View University at Oskaloosa
11:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.


Quick Links

March 2012

PROUD launches second year of 'Adopt an Area'
Mount Mercy's PROUD taskforce (PRomoting Our University Distinctiveness) is launching its second year of the Adopt an Area program. Open to all faculty, staff and students, Adopt an Area allows you to form a team of colleagues and "adopt" a specific area of campus for cultivation, gardening, beautification and general upkeep. With the support of the facilities department, you'll be able to purchase flowers or other necessities, use campus tools and equipment, and let your imaginations do the rest! If you would like to learn more about how you and your friends can adopt an area of campus, contact Director of Facilities Dave Dennis at ddennis@mtmercy.edu

Suarez to present paper at SECOLAS
Assistant Professor of Spanish Belkis Suarez will present her paper "La mujer en el cine venezolano" at the South Eastern Conference for Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) at the University of Florida March 29-31.

Guthrie, Bro, Lewis and nursing students attend legislative event
Assistant Professors of Nursing Sharon Guthrie, Kim Bro, and Lecturer of Nursing Becky Lewis accompanied seven graduate and five undergraduate nursing students to Des Moines on February 16 for Iowa Nurses Association Legislative Day. The session included updates about current state health policy issues and education regarding the public policy process. In the afternoon, students and faculty engaged in health related discussion with numerous senators and representatives at the Capitol. For many students, this was their first experience visiting the Capitol and engaging in discussion with legislators.

Christenson to serve on Global Journal of Health Science board
Associate Professor and Clinical Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program Jacob Christenson, Ph.D., LMFT, will serve on the Global Journal of Health Science board. The journal is an international, peer reviewed, open access journal, which publishes research and studies in the fields of public health, health policy, health education and regional disease, among many others. Christenson will provide feedback on content within the publication. The position is offered by invitation only, and board members must have demonstrated academic competence in research.

Gilmour and students attend Accounting Summit
Associate Professor of Accounting Steve Gilmour and Mount Mercy seniors Lesa Caspers, Carrie Werning and junior Jodi Burgess attended the 2012 Accounting Summit in Coralville February 16-18. The summit allowed attendees to learn first-hand the current challenges facing the accounting profession and provided opportunities to engage in discussion, case-based learning activities and hear presentations from individuals in leadership positions throughout the accounting profession. Gilmour facilitated small group discussions of several cases that involved grappling with a practical accounting issue, including ethical considerations as paramount in importance.

At the conclusion of the event, six students were recognized with a leadership-related scholarship. Mount Mercy junior Jodi Burgess was selected as one of the six scholarship recipients out of 100 accounting students representing 15 colleges and four states at the summit.

Vermillion to launch eBook mystery 
Professor of English Mary Vermillion's first mystery novel, Death by Discount, will be reissued as an eBook this March. A finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, the novel portrays Wal-Mart's impact on small-town America. For more information, please see the publisher's Web site here.

Brauhn to publish article, completes online teaching course
Professor of Nursing Nancy Brauhn, Ph.D., RN, completed BP 101: Foundations of Online Teaching this winter. She also submitted an article in a SAGE publication - Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, which will be published in 2013. In her article, Brauhn highlights what has become a culture of divorce and its impact on society.

Hadzic serves on guest panel for production on Bosnian war
Coordinator of International Student Services and Men's Soccer Head Coach Amir Hadzic served as a guest panelist at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City on February 24. The purpose of the panel was to provide a talkback discussion among community members following the play The Toymaker's War, which focused on Bosnian civil conflict and a young journalist's account of events. To read more on this production and Hadzic's role click here.

Castle, King present marketing strategies to Chamber group
Interim Assistant Provost/Dean of Adult Programs Tom Castle and Lecturer in Business Anne King discussed modern marketing strategies and areas of focus in the classroom at a marketing roundtable meeting for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance on February 16. The group of non-competing marketing professionals met on campus for the February monthly meeting.

Jentz recognized by City Council
Coordinator of Marketing and Media Content Jennifer Jentz, along with former colleagues of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Business Long Term Recovery Initiative, was recognized by the Cedar Rapids City Council on February 28. Mayor Ron Corbett declared February 28 as Business Long Term Recovery Day in Cedar Rapids in recognition of the group's work in business flood recovery that helped save 82 percent of Cedar Rapids flooded businesses and thousands of jobs. Jentz was the communications specialist of the initiative, which concluded on December 31, 2011.


Mount Mercy Names in the News


Head Men's Basketball Coach Paul Gavin was a guest on 1600 AM's The Gymclass on February 7 to talk about the Mustangs season.


Executive Director for Mercy Mission and Identity Sr. Shari Sutherland was featured on KGAN on February 8 to share Mount Mercy's support of religious liberty regarding the HHS ruling. HR Director Vicky Smith was also featured on KCRG -TV9 on February 10 to chat about this same topic. 


Assistant Professor of Education Jennifer Schmidt was featured in the Business 380's "Who's News" section on February 12 for her board member appointment to the Carl & Mary Koehler History Center.


Women's basketball players Bria Field, Laura Lippert and Emily Greiner were featured in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on February 16 in an article titled, "Mustangs get 2 seed for MCC tourney." 


Mount Mercy students in the social work program and STEPS leadership program were featured in The Witness on February 19 for participating in the role-playing Poverty Simulation. Read more about their experiences here

Women's basketball senior guard Emily Greiner was featured on KCRG TV-9's Sports Desk on February 21 to discuss the team's road to nationals. 
Mount Mercy alumna Nora Hammond '95 was featured in Business 380 for her role as the executive director of the Science Center. Read her story here
Women's basketball senior guards Micha Mims and Emily Greiner and senior forward Bria Fields were mentioned in a Gazette article on February 24, "Mustangs in semifinals" for their work in defeating Ashford, 77-65. 
Men's basketball junior forward Chad Underwood, senior forward Sam Kenyi, junior guard Markus Cocroft and junior forward Troy Peter were featured in the Gazette on February 25 for game highlights of the Mustangs vs. Grant View game held on February 24. 
Head Women's Basketball Coach Aaron Jennings was featured on 1600 AM's The Gymclass on February 27 to chat about the Mustangs season. 
Mount Mercy's spring musical Pinkalicious was mentioned in "After Five" - a column in the Corridor Business Journal by Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance Executive Director Jessica Johnson. 
Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Ryan Scheckel and his wife Jill were featured on KGAN on February 29 for a story exploring trends in family planning and finances. 





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