October 28th, 2014
Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) held its first town hall style meeting Monday, Oct. 27. All student government meetings are open for anyone to sit in on.
The goal of this new format was to promote student involvement. President Nick Latta said, “We wanted to open up the floor to everyone in a more free, public space.” However, there were a total of five students outside of MSG present. MSG will continue to promote their meetings and encourage students to attend.
Mercyhurst University won first place in the “College/Technical School” division of the 2014 Bread Box Awards from the Second Harvest Food Bank for raising the most money to promote awareness for as well as combat hunger.
The Empty Bowls project was largely responsible for Mercyhurst winning the award by raising $4,500 for the Second Harvest Food Bank, which resulted in the food bank being able to buy $76,500 worth of food.
The Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics (MCAP) has released its newest polls on Pennsylvania voters giving Republican Mike Kelly a lead in the congressional race.
On Oct. 13-21, 503 registered voters of the Pennsylvanian’s Third Congressional District (PA-3), were polled by Mercyhurst students about their opinions on the 2014 midterm elections, Congress’s performance, and their concerns about Ebola.
The poll was overseen by MCAP Director Joseph Morris, Ph.D., along with about 120 Mercyhurst students who conducted the polls.
Intelligence studies professors Kristan Wheaton and Steve Zidek received grants to conduct global training initiatives for the U.S. State Department.
Working under the State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Export Control Cooperation, Wheaton and Zidek will train foreign government officials on international and U.S. commerce laws regarding weapons of mass destruction, conventional arms and other related items.
Mercyhurst revised an old policy and student organizations have been informed of updates to guidelines based on recommendations from a task forced assembled by President Tom Gamble.
Mercyhurst Vice President of Academic Affairs Phil Belfiore Ph.D, says that there is no hold at this time on hiring new faculty for the next academic year, 2015-16.
Belfiore will sit down over the course of the current year with President Tom Gamble, Ph.D. of Mercyhurst and discuss options in allocating money for the next year. The number of new faculty hired next year will depend on how much money is available and how many other departmental needs there are, Belfiore said.
This year’s Majors and Minors (M&M) Fair to be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Mercy Heritage Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., plans to offer students a chance to explore academic concentrations.
At the fair, faculty and upperclassmen of various departments on campus will be available to explain more about their respective majors and minors to students.
Sample questions will be provided to students unsure of what to ask in order to ensure that curious students who attend the event will leave with a better understanding of the different major and minor opportunities at Mercyhurst.
On Friday, Oct. 17, David Dausey, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Public Health, appeared on CNN to share his expertise on the rising Ebola concerns in America.
He has also been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News Radio, the BBC and CTV. He received his Ph.D. at Yale and is now an international authority on public health.
“Erin Burnett’s staff was wonderful to work with and they made the experience very enjoyable,” Dausey said.
He only wishes there had been more time allotted to debate and discuss Ebola because it is such a significant issue.
In September, student Alan Abramek produced Mercyhurst’s theme song entitled “It’s Gonna Be A Good Day.” Abramek is currently a junior communications major from Poland.
Along with several other music students, he made this piece possible. The end product is a mix of pop and rap that reflects Abramek’s view of our school.
He “love[s] it here,” because of the campus, “the students, the talent, the work ethic [and] the energy.”
Social media and the Internet dominate today’s society and our generation. As research shows, each day, 25 billion tweets are read and sent 2 billion YouTube videos are watched; and 600 million people log onto Facebook. These numbers will only increase as time goes on and social media becomes more readily accessible.
Now, in 2014, about 1 billion people are active daily on Facebook; 500 billion tweets are sent a day; and 8 billion hours of videos are watched a month.
A specialized job fair for Hospitality and Intelligence majors will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Dubbed “Hospitality and Intel Career Palooza,” this job fair will feature nine private intelligence contractors (including BAE Systems, G3 Technologies and Prescient Edge) and 10 hospitality companies (including Hyatt, Omni and Sheritan).
It is taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Center for Academic Engagement, where some Hospitality majors will be supplying the food to potential employers.
This week Mercyhurst’s Campus Involvement Center is spreading Alcohol Awareness throughout campus.
There will be several events in the Student Union Great Room all week long providing students with activities as alternatives to drinking.
On Thursday, there will be Peer Educators Pledge Signing as well as the main event, referred to as “Don’t be a Drunken Pumpkin.” The event will include pumpkin painting, costume contests and prizes. On Friday there will be various events including Harry Potter Revealed, a Halloween Party and a Haunted Club Hockey Game.
Mercyhurst welcomed 14 new faculty members this year, among whom was Mercyhurst graduate Gena Kost.
Gena Kost, M.A., instructor of world languages, graduated from Mercyhurst in 1987 with an English Education Degree.
Kost devotes much of her time at Mercyhurst toward working with students transitioning over from other countries.
“I teach in the Intensive English Program, so I teach the English language to international students who need to gain a level of proficiency in English high enough to be able to enter college,” Kost said.