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Mercyhurst Magazine captures university life, heritage

As the spring 2015 semester winds to a close, Mercyhurst’s Marketing and Public Relations Department is readying its biannual publication, the Mercyhurst Magazine.

The University has sent out the 30-page magazine since 1986. Scheduled to print soon after the new president of the University is announced, the magazines creators face a fast approaching deadline.

Sue Corbran, Editor of the magazine, said that the publication is the result of extensive interdepartmental cooperation.
“It’s an ongoing process that gets really intense in the last few months,” Corbran said.

Video Game Club set on pause after Union flood

After the closing of the Carolyn Hermann Student Union, some Mercyhurst student club meetings came to a stand-still.

The Mercyhurst Video Game Club (VGC), which utilized the Student Union Great Room as their primary meeting space, has been one of the clubs adversely affected by the February pipe burst and has not been able to hold a club meeting this term.

Student Physics Society chapter opens at Mercyhurst

This year, Mercyhurst has been getting Physical.

After re-introducing a Physics major at the beginning of this year, ending a 20-year absence of the major, the University now also officially houses a chapter of the Society of Physics Students, an organization of the American Institute of Physics.

Culinary student cooks competition

Casey Bleuel photo: Junior Timothy Gilbert puts together a dish at this year’s Mercyhurst edition of “Chopped.” The proceeds from the event went to the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.Casey Bleuel photo: Junior Timothy Gilbert puts together a dish at this year’s Mercyhurst edition of “Chopped.” The proceeds from the event went to the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.Junior Hospitality major Timothy Gilbert won the second edition of Mercyhurst’s “Chopped,” a student cooking competition that simulates Food Network’s popular cooking show with the same name.

On Tuesday, April 7, Gilbert faced off against senior Hospitality major from Ontario, Ethan Sykes, in the cooking competition in front of an audience and three selected judges at the Center of Academic Engagement. Gilbert was victorious on what was a close margin, by one point in a 90-point scale. Tickets were $5 per person and included a pasta buffet. All proceeds of the event went to the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Volunteers head to Second Harvest

A study commissioned by Feeding America in 2014 showed that 82,000 people in Erie County are served annually by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
The study found that 20 percent of those served by Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie County are 65 and older.

As part of the University’s Mercy Week, Mercyhurst students and faculty traveled to Second Harvest Food Bank, March 18 to help out the cause and volunteer their time creating boxes of supplies to be sent to older citizens in the extended Erie community.

Marketing department pictures Snapchat success

my.mercyhurst.edu/snapchat photo: Mercyhurst University’s Snapchat account reaches out to students to tell their campus stories and share positive experiences at the school.my.mercyhurst.edu/snapchat photo: Mercyhurst University’s Snapchat account reaches out to students to tell their campus stories and share positive experiences at the school.
Two months ago a New Media class taught by Communication Professor Brian Sheridan suggested that Mercyhurst develop a presence on the photo messaging application Snapchat.

Today, the Snapchat app is up and running and has reached over 600 followers after Chris Norris, director of Marketing and Caitlin Ewing, a Marketing team member, decided to undertake the task, launching the app Feb. 25. Their goal was to provide students with a chance to tell their own “campus story.”

Annual Wellness Fair offers plenty

Nhi Tran photo: Students visit the “Pamper Me!” station offered by the Multicultural Center at this year’s Wellness Fair.Nhi Tran photo: Students visit the “Pamper Me!” station offered by the Multicultural Center at this year’s Wellness Fair.Mercyhurst’s Campus Involvement Center hosted the eleventh annual Mercyhurst Wellness Fair Friday, March 27.

The fair provided students with information and activities centered on health and wellness. The Wellness Fair drew more than 300 people to 20 health-centered educational stations set up in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.

Student races to N.Y. finals

Casey Bleuel photo: Sophomore Molly Card will advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition in New York this April.Casey Bleuel photo: Sophomore Molly Card will advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition in New York this April.Molly Card, captain of the Mercyhurst equestrian team and sophomore Exercise Science major, placed second at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Finals in West Virginia this Spring. She will now advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition April 4 in New York.

Though many students on the team have advanced to the Regional finals in the past, Card will become the first to advance to the Zone equestrian competition since Mercyhurst University sponsored its first equestrian team during the 2005 to 2006 academic year. She will compete with riders from across Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ontario, according to the team’s advisor, Mary Ann Owoc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Mercyhurst.

Mercyhurst dining manager addresses Egan situation

It was Isaac Asimov who said, “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s transition that is the trouble.”

Despite the flooding and subsequent closing of the Student Union on Feb. 21, Egan Dining Hall and Laker Inn employees have handled the sudden shift to Egan Dining Hall well, according to Mercyhurst Dining General Manager Dean Schoenfeldt. Schoenfeldt said that his staff is working hard to accommodate students during the transition.

“We’re doing everything to keep the students in mind,” Schoenfeldt said in an email to The Merciad.

Experts discuss interviewing and Career Fair prep

Career Services and Mercyhurst’s Business Club hosted an interview preparation seminar this past Thursday, March 19.

Keynote speakers Frank Rizzone and Kristofer Gossett, Ph.D., informed students about interviewing etiquette in preparation for the Career Fair this Thursday, March 26. The fair will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst REC Center. Students in attendance were grateful for the timely advice.

The seminar is the first event held by new Business Club President, Mariano Lagos, who took office this semester.