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Special Education majors get field experience

Contributed photo: Special Education majors helped out those with disabilities.Contributed photo: Special Education majors helped out those with disabilities.

Through a university -to-school partnership, Special Education majors are getting first-hand experience in their field of study with the help of their professor, Susan Johnson, M.S. Ed. You may have even seen them moseying around campus.

The partnership allows students in Johnson’s High Incidence Disabilities: Effective Instructional Practices course to partner with individuals with disabilities from a local middle school and high school to mentor and help orientate them to a college campus, twice every month here at Mercyhurst. During their time together, the students work on a curriculum involving functional daily living skills, safety and independent navigation skills, and functional skills that are typically needed in post-secondary life.

This type of exposure is just, “one of many clinical experiences that our undergraduate program offers our Special Education majors” said Johnson.

Kids and Sibs is a success for all

Taylor Bookmiller photo: Senior Grace Doman plays with a monkey at the petting zoo in the Student Union Great Room during Kids and Sibs.Taylor Bookmiller photo: Senior Grace Doman plays with a monkey at the petting zoo in the Student Union Great Room during Kids and Sibs.

Ashley Favata photo: Rock wall climbing occurred in the REC during Kids and Sibs.Ashley Favata photo: Rock wall climbing occurred in the REC during Kids and Sibs.

Ashley Favata photo: Kids played laser tag at the REC.Ashley Favata photo: Kids played laser tag at the REC.

This past weekend, Student Activities Council hosted the annual ‘Kids and Sibs weekend’ here at Mercyhurst.

This event revolves around students bringing their younger siblings for a weekend full of fun activities.

Wellness Fair provides services for all

Salina Bowe photo: Many students showed up at the Wellness Fair in the MAC.Salina Bowe photo: Many students showed up at the Wellness Fair in the MAC.

On Friday, April 4, the 10th annual Wellness Fair took place in the MAC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event was open to the students, faculty and staff of Mercyhurst University.

The Wellness Fair is designed to increase health awareness and to motivate people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Organized by Leadership & Outreach Coordinator in the Campus Involvement Center Kristy Jamison, the Wellness Fair is a cooperative event run by many organizations.

Career Fair goes well for students

Alison Ockasi photo: (L-R) Sophomore Lisa Klaiber, freshman Rachel Swartzfager and senior Johneisha Williams visit  the Catholic Health table at the Career Fair in the MAC.Alison Ockasi photo: (L-R) Sophomore Lisa Klaiber, freshman Rachel Swartzfager and senior Johneisha Williams visit the Catholic Health table at the Career Fair in the MAC.

This year’s career fair, held on April 3 in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center, was positively viewed by students who were in attendance.

Students were able to visit 94 booths from noon until 4 p.m. to talk with potential employers.

“What I noticed was there was a lot of diversity. There were at least two booths per major,” exercise science major Brian Beattie said.

Garvin to study fossils in Africa

Casey Bleuel photo: Heather Garvin, Ph. D., will be heading to South Africa to study hominid fossils.Casey Bleuel photo: Heather Garvin, Ph. D., will be heading to South Africa to study hominid fossils.

A Mercyhurst biological anthropology professor will spend the spring studying 1,200 hominid fossils in South Africa.

Heather Garvin, Ph.D., who has taught at Mercyhurst for a year and a half, was invited to fill a research position for “The Rising Star Workshop,” which is operated by University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Garvin will join a team of approximately 30 scientists from May 6 to June 6 to analyze the remains.

She plans on using the 700 three-dimensional scans of human skulls and postcranial skeletal measurements she collected while working on her dissertation to help compare these hominid fossils to modern human variation.

Students take part in Laker Live-In

Casey Bleuel photo: Grad student Jenna Dascanio, left, gives out candy to students in Warde Hall during the Laker Live-In event.Casey Bleuel photo: Grad student Jenna Dascanio, left, gives out candy to students in Warde Hall during the Laker Live-In event.

Casey Bleuel photo: Taylor Little Theatre is full of current and prospective students waiting to see two comedians perform on stage.Casey Bleuel photo: Taylor Little Theatre is full of current and prospective students waiting to see two comedians perform on stage.

Mercyhurst University hosted over 100 prospective students this past weekend during their Laker Live-In event.

Laker Live-In a yearly event organized by the Admissions and Residence Life offices that allows accepted high school seniors to stay overnight with a freshman in a campus residence hall.

Each freshman residence hall had an event planned for the prospective students. Baldwin Hall featured a girl’s spa night. Warde Hall featured a movie night while McAuley Hall had can jam and corn hole.

Religion students to attend conference

Six Mercyhurst students will attend a conference at Syracuse University to present papers on religious violence.

The Eastern International Region (EIR) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) will host their annual religious conference on May 3-4.

The conference, titled “19th Century Upstate New York Religions and their Heirs,” focuses on the impact of American religions in upstate New York.
On this occasion, the Mercyhurst students were selected to form two separate panels to discuss the proposed topic of religion and violence.

Williams went from architecture to math

mercyhurst.edu photo: Lauren Williams, Ph. D., teaches Math and also draws pictures on the side.mercyhurst.edu photo: Lauren Williams, Ph. D., teaches Math and also draws pictures on the side.

Although it is only her first year at Mercyhurst University, and her first job, Lauren Williams feels she is in the perfect place.

“This is the first place I came to interview,” Williams said. After the interview, she stopped applying to other jobs because, “everything I wanted was here.”

There are many advantages to Mercyhurst University, she added. Having smaller classes and getting to know the students personally is very helpful.

Adopt-A-Beach team seeking volunteers

It may not feel like there is a beach located in the same city that produces such brutal winters, but Presque Isle State Park, located just 15 minutes away from campus, is very much a tourist attraction during the summer months.

Unfortunately, with the large amount of tourists comes a large amount of debris, which is why biology Professor David Hyland, Ph. D., and Assistant Director of Student Financial Services Renee Wright became active members of the Adopt-A-Beach initiative to clean Presque Isle.

Social Work and Art departments join efforts to fill ‘Empty Bowls’

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Taylor Rollins photo: Volunteers helped to sculpt and paint bowls for the Empty Bowls movement, including pottery makers and junior Art Education major Sam Strathearn.Taylor Rollins photo: Volunteers helped to sculpt and paint bowls for the Empty Bowls movement, including pottery makers and junior Art Education major Sam Strathearn.

An empty bowl’s message is clear: Someone is without food. Mercyhurst’s Empty Bowls program hopes to end that issue.

Empty Bowls, a national movement started in Michigan in 1999, brings together pottery makers and artisans to make handcrafted ceramic bowls which are sold to the public. The proceeds from the bowls, as well as the profits from the tickets to have a simple meal of soup and bread, go towards an organization that is dedicated to ending hunger. Mercyhurst’s profits benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

The event occurs April 13 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and features soup from Molly Brannigan’s, Joe Root’s Grill, U Pick 6 Public House, Pufferbelly, Bertrand’s Bistro, the Brewerie and Whole Foods Co-op. A ticket is $5 and a ticket with a handmade bowl is $15.