Students, staff struggle with weather conditions

The weather is taking its toll on Mercyhurst.

For the third time in its 89-year history, the university canceled classes due to the harsh weather conditions this past Thursday and Friday, which reached as low as -17 degrees.

The school’s water pipes have struggled to hold up, breaking in Audrey Hirt Academic Center’s first floor on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and damaging the computer lab in Room 110.

A water line then proceeded to burst in the Student Union on Saturday, Feb. 21, causing flooding and an evacuation. The snow continues to be a problem for students and employees as well.

SAC adapts to cancellation

Members of the Student Activities Council (SAC) had to think on their feet this past Friday, Feb. 20.

Due to classes being canceled, SAC’s plan to host their “Are You Smarter than a Professor?” event was put on hold. In one evening, the SAC had to plan, advertise and budget a new event, which became a Social Media Night.

The SAC Constitution requires that at least two events be held over the weekend.

Blood Bank drive relocates

Due to the water main break in the Student Union, the Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York’s blood bank drive scheduled for next Thursday, March 5, will be moved to the Mercy Heritage Room in Sullivan Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Community Blood Bank comes to Mercyhurst every 112 days, according to Communication and Marketing Coordinator and recent Mercyhurst graduate Nicole Leone.

“The goal is to provide a safe and adequate blood supply to patients in need,” Leone said.

Networking Night offered for students, alumni

Mercyhurst will host its Fourth Annual Alumni Networking Night for students from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Mercy Heritage Room.

The event, open to all majors and academic years, is intended to be a chance for current students to interact and make connections with former Mercyhurst students in the working world.

Thirty alumni are expected to attend, with backgrounds in business, education, hospitality management, graphic design, biology, accounting, criminal justice and more.

Magoc receives national recognition

History Department Chair Chris Magoc, Ph.D., was recently recognized for outstanding achievement in Public History by the National Council on Public History.

Magoc received the honor for his article “Reflections on the Public Interpretation of Regional Environmental History in Western Pennsylvania,” initially written and presented at a conference early in 2014.

Study abroad students arrive in Ireland

A group of 26 Mercyhurst students who are spending spring semester in Dungarvan, Ireland, arrived last week and began classes Monday.

Students are accompanied by Heidi Hosey, Ph.D., director of the Faculty-led Study Abroad Program and Professor David Grabelski, Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department of Intelligence Studies, with his wife, Kitty. Grabelski will be teaching Strategic Comparative Analysis, one of the five core classes offered to students on the trip.

Fencing club set to duel during spring

Mercyhurst’s Fencing Club is now pointing its efforts toward acquiring new members this spring.

Fencing Club President Nadia Robtoy is excited about the club’s growth potential and hopes that new events will encourage more participation among the Mercyhurst student body.
“We actively seek to serve the Mercyhurst Mission and be a part of the community,” said Robtoy. “We do a lot of demonstrations.”

Under Robtoy’s leadership, the club has visited the Mercy House, the Veterans Administration and youth improvement centers to promote the benefits of fencing and to entertain audiences.

Administrative Assistant to president wears many hats

A former ski-instructor, actress and advertiser – Betsy Frank now serves as Administrative Assistant to the Office of the President at Mercyhurst University.

Frank stressed the diverse and always changing roles in her position.

Mercyhurst faculty members publish a record six books last year

The humanities are not dead at Mercyhurst.

Professors in the humanities at Mercyhurst, including English, Philosophy, Religious Studies and World Languages have been particularly prolific this past year, producing six books, a record number for one year at Mercyhurst.

According to Jeffrey Roessner, Ph.D., a professor of English who co-edited Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction last year, those achievements directly benefit students in the classroom.

Conservationist speaks on Painted Dog

For the past 26 years, Greg Rasmussen, Ph.D., has dedicated his career to the conservation of the African Painted Dog.