Like Any Other Kid
March 4, 2019 - 8:36am
A new series from Mount Mercy University’s social work program aims to bring awareness to the many types of trauma people experience and its impact on their lives. The series, titled Building a Trauma Informed Community, utilizes an award-winning documentary, a panel of community professionals, and speakers from the field to explore adverse events that can lead to trauma, examine how individuals can develop resilience despite exposure to trauma, and introduce innovative programming for working with survivors.
February 26, 2019 - 11:47am
Author, journalist and backcountry ranger Ken Ilgunas will speak about his journey across North America at Mount Mercy University on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall. Ilgunas trekked 1,700 miles across North America, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline to answer the question: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land?
Spring Lecture Series
February 14, 2019 - 9:48am
Recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center show one of the top reasons young people abandon their Christian faith is because they believe it conflicts with science. To address this topic, three nationally known Catholic scholars will visit Mount Mercy University for a new spring lecture series titled Explorations in Faith & Reason.
Chapel of Mercy
October 2, 2018 - 4:03pm
Mount Mercy University will host a musical fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the on-campus McAuley Auditorium to raise money for Fresh Start Jail Ministries (Linn County Correctional Chaplaincy). The concert will feature Mount Mercy’s University Choir led by Gerry Kreitzer, director of music activities, and University Band led by Steve Stickney, director of bands. In lieu of an admittance fee, donations are encouraged.
September 27, 2018 - 9:05am
The use of excessive force by the police continues to strain relationships with certain historically marginalized groups in society. Retired police chief David Couper will join the Mount Mercy University community on Wed., Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room to examine this issue and provide recommendations to improve these relationships.
2018 Fall Faculty Series
August 27, 2018 - 10:05am
Mount Mercy University’s 2018 Fall Faculty Series is set to kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in Mount Mercy’s Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall).
2018 Fall Faculty Series
August 22, 2018 - 9:38am
In 1987 the United Nations defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, an accelerating global demand for natural resources has exceeded the earth's ability to replenish itself.
May 7, 2018 - 8:32am
Mount Mercy University’s popular spring Market at the Mount is set for May 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at the new Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex. The student-organized event will bring more than 40 local vendors to the outdoor complex, located at 651 19th Street NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402. Open to the public, vendors include services, artisans, crafters and food vendors. Products include crocheted items, BBQ sauces, wellness products, home decor and more.
April 27, 2018 - 8:52am
Mount Mercy University prides itself on the experiential learning opportunities afforded to its students, both on and off campus. Often, these opportunities come in the form of faculty-led research or projects—culminating in the day-long annual Scholarship Festival. To celebrate student work, Scholarship Festival will take place on Wednesday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. More than 60 students in majors from every academic department are presenting unique projects.
April 4, 2018 - 9:06am
Mount Mercy University’s annual Aquinas Lecture Series will be held Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the on-campus Chapel of Mercy. If a loving, all-powerful God exists, why isn’t there more decisive evidence? University of Notre Dame Professor of Philosophy and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair Meghan E. Sullivan, Ph.D., will address this question during her lecture “The Church and the Hidden God.” Discussing themes from Job, Augustine and contemporary philosophy, the talk will explore the roles of trust, authority and community in overcoming doubt.
April 3, 2018 - 12:56pm
Mount Mercy University’s Community of Scholars Day will take place Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in Busse Board Room, Busse Library. Sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee, the second annual event is an opportunity for Mount Mercy faculty to showcase their research. Topics include: To Wine or Not to Wine, Sustainability in Higher Education, French Republicanism vs. the Hijab, The State of Diversity in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and many more.
April 3, 2018 - 9:21am
In 2016, Iowa reported 180 opioid-related deaths—more than six times the number reported in 2005. In response, Mount Mercy University will host a panel of experts for Opioids in Linn County on Wednesday, April 4, 5:30–7 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall 204. The event will include a panel discussion and Q&A with community leaders who will address harm reduction, county response, prevention and treatment, and how to spot signs of abuse.
James McKean
March 28, 2018 - 9:38am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to welcome back author and Mount Mercy Professor Emeritus James McKean for the annual Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, April 5. McKean will lead a Q&A at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reading at 7 p.m., both in in Flaherty Community Room, 204 Basile Hall.
March 28, 2018 - 9:26am
ExploreU World of Technology, Mount Mercy University’s week-long science, technology, engineering and math program for middle-school-aged girls, once again earned a generous grant from Transamerica. The grant provides support for program development, student scholarships, mentor scholarships and faculty development.
March 5, 2018 - 11:29am
The fight to desegregate the nation's historically white Catholic sisterhoods remains one of the most under-researched topics in American history. Shannen Dee Williams, Ph.D., will explore the topic during her talk "Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns" on March 8 at 7 p.m. at Mount Mercy University’s on-campus Chapel of Mercy. 
February 26, 2018 - 3:19pm
Mount Mercy University will offer a Graduate, Accelerated Undergraduate & Online Programs Information Session on Tuesday, March 6, 5:30–7 p.m., at the university’s CRST International Graduate Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet academic advisers and program directors, tour the Graduate Center, review program information, speak with financial aid, and meet other interested students in a relaxed, open-house setting. Light refreshments will be provided.
October 31, 2017 - 11:39am
Mount Mercy University will host alumnus Danny Mishek, president and founder of SelfEco, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons as part of the Barbara A. Knapp Business Speaker Series. Mishek will present “EcoPreneurship: How Businesses Can Make Money and Make a Difference.” 
October 25, 2017 - 8:49am
The Arbinger Institute, in partnership with Mount Mercy University, will present The Outward Mindset Leader on Oct. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mount Mercy’s CRST International Graduate Center. The event will focus on how our inner mindset can change our outward views of the world.
October 24, 2017 - 10:19am
Students enrolled in MMU’s Immigrants & Literacy portal class are encouraging other students to Mix It Up in the lunch room on Thursday, Oct. 26. The event, set to take place Noon–1:30 p.m., helps students connect with peers and identify, question and cross social boundaries.  
October 10, 2017 - 4:14pm
When Jason Sole, former drug dealer, notorious street gang member and three-time convicted felon, decided to turn his life around, he turned to education. Sole will share his inspiring story on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in Mount Mercy University’s Chapel of Mercy. The middle of three children, Sole was raised in Chicago and joined a gang to gain a position of authority and to financially improve his life. As a result of his criminal activity, Sole has been incarcerated in numerous correctional facilities.

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