April 28th, 2015
Mercyhurst’s Alpha Beta Pi chapter of the education sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, organized the 7th annual Literacy Alive event, which reached 300 underprivileged pre-K students at seven different schools between April 13 and April 16.
The experience helped the future teachers teach young students the importance reading.
The search for Mercyhurst’s next president is down to four candidates.
Starting Dec. 12, the Selection Committee worked with various resources to select the candidates that would best fulfill the role of becoming Mercyhurst’s new president.
Member of the Board of Trustees, alumnus and co-chair for the selection committee, Joseph NeCastro, said that the process of selecting the next president has been successful.
Thomas Gamble, Ph.D., is retiring as president of Mercyhurst University after almost a decade of service in office.
Mercyhurst faced a decline in enrollment this year, which led to the termination of 14 staff positions in November as the university attempted to trim $2.5 million from its budget to make up for its financial trouble.
On March 1, 2015, Hoa Nguyen came to campus as the new executive vice president for finance and administration at Mercyhurst. Nguyen plans to use his experience to bring financial stability to the university and work closely with other departments to tackle future challenges Mercyhurst will face.
The Phonathon is a calling program where students communicate with alumni to ask for donations to the Mercyhurst annual fund and get updates on their professional lives so the school can keep in touch with them.
The program is overseen by the offices of Institutional Advancement and they meet at the Center for Academic Engagement. There are currently about 30 Phonathon callers a team of both undergraduate and graduate students.
Miller, a junior Vocal Performance major, developed his passion for singing and performing while at Mercyhurst. Originally an undeclared major with plans to study nursing or science, decided to pursue his interest in vocal performance at the end of his freshman year.
Students, faculty, staff and other members of the Erie community participated in Relay for Life, a 12-hour event that funds cancer research, on Saturday, April 25, in Garvey Park.
The theme for this year’s Relay was board games, with the slogan being “Game Over, Cancer.” Each student group with a table had its own theme pertaining to board games and the fight against cancer. Last year, with sponsors such as Starbucks, the Mercyhurst Relay event raised $23,000. This year, due to a lack of sponsors, the event raised about $18,000 in donations.
Did you notice the purple ribbons all around campus? They were in recognition of the Relay for Life that Mercyhurst held this past Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other than the ribbons that were placed everywhere on campus, there was a lack of formal publicity for the Relay. Even though there was a lack of publicity, the campus still managed to raise a large amount of money, over $15,000. But what if every student on campus knew about the event and donated five dollars? That amount could have doubled.
I have been trying to figure out how to write this for the past week, and I am still not sure I have got it right.
There’s a section of me which wants to skewer Dr. Gamble as the killer of Mercyhurst (one possible opening line I had fiddled with made reference to the ways a Soviet dissident named Solzhenitsyn who spoke of Stalin), but then the more rational and balanced part of me admits that to do so would be unbalanced and unprofessional.
With the split against Seton Hill University in two doubleheaders last weekend, Mercyhurst baseball claimed the top seed in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division going into the PSAC tournament on April 29.
Mercyhurst defeated the Griffins in game one and two, 2-1 and 5-2, on Friday in Greensburg, Pa. On Saturday, the team fell to Seton Hill in both games at home, 2-9 and 1-3.
“We knew what we had to do going into the weekend match-up,” said junior Brendan Cox.“The team came together and got the job done.”
Mercyhurst men’s tennis fell 5-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship after winning 5-4 in the PSAC Semifinals.
On Friday, the Lakers took on Kutztown University in the PSAC Semifinals.
Junior Robert Rizea, freshman Nenad Terzic and sophomore Conor McCooey leveled the match at four after being down 2-1.
Junior Travis Beck won the first set before losing the second set. He came back in the third set to win the match, 5-4.
Saturday, the fell to top seed Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in the PSAC Championship.
The Mercyhurst Softball team fell to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) in Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Lakers fell by one run in the first of the two games, to a final score of 5-4, despite having scored more earned runs. Game two ended 8-4.
Nye came in for relief in game one to close out the seventh and pitched the final six innings in game two.
The Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team defeated the Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals, 10-9, on senior day Saturday at Tullio field.
Mercyhurst clinched a spot in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament with the win.
Within just a minute of play, Mercyhurst found itself on the board after a goal from senior Trevor Vargo. Wheeling Jesuit answered a minute later after Tyler Buchan scored. Three more goals from Wheeling put Mercyhurst behind 4-2 at the end of the first.
Relay for Life has raised $11,041 to date. The event’s fundraising goal is to collect $22,000 by Saturday, April 25.
The annual fundraiser for cancer research will take place in Garvey Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The fundraising committee expects to collect the remaining amount within the coming days, as well as during the event itself.
“If we hit 11,000, it will be almost guaranteed that we’ll make our goal,” Kelsey Eckhoff, senior Intelligence Studies and Criminal Psychology major, said.
Mercyhurst faculty, staff and student government plan to continue the Sustainability program at the university after the elimination of Brittany Prischak’s position in November 2014.
The decision to cut Prischak’s position as sustainability officer presents a stumbling block to the university’s commitment to sustainability. The remaining members of the department are working to ensure the future of the sustainability program at Mercyhurst.
Alumni and students from Mercyhurst have developed an news and analysis source for affairs in Russia and the former USSR, allowing students and entry-level professionals to publish analysis for readers across the globe.
Graham Westbrook and Spencer Vuksic, both Mercyhurst Intelligence Studies alumni, developed the website Leksika in the summer of 2014. The website provides analysis of current affairs within the former USSR.
“The idea was to provide news writing with an intel flavor,” said Westbrook, “as well as to bring together some objective political dialogue about Russia.”
The Senior Class of 2015 raised funds for the development of a concession stand in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC) as their Senior Class Gift to the university.
According the head of the senior gift committee, senior Public Health major Amanda Marley, most of the funds have been raised with about 50 percent participation from the senior class. The committee’s ultimate goal is to reach $8,500 in funds for the project.
This past November, they decided to construct the concession stand in the MAC.