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.
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.
The event, which took place on Tuesday, April 14, was standing room only and featured student dance, music and recitation performances.
Mark Santillano, assistant professor of the Dance Department, served as adviser for the event this year.
The West County Lions Club will host a charity Zumbathon Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fairview Elementary Gymnasium.
The club is a local chapter of the Lions Club International (LCI), the world’s largest service club organization, which boasts over 46,000 clubs and 1.4 million members globally and is primarily known for its service to the blind and visually impaired.
The West County Lions Club, started in July 2014, is looking to become more active in the community and begin raising funds for charities in the Western County.
Schiff will direct his final Literary Festival this Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. The evening will be the capstone event to this year’s festival and will feature the unveiling of the student Literary Magazine, Lumen. While it may be Schiff’s last time as the director of the festival, his contributions will not be forgotten, according to this year’s Lumen editors, juniors Caroline Magoc and Hailey Carone.
Mercyhurst’s Bystander Intervention Committee launched the Step Up Program in an effort to encourage students to step up in helping others experiencing mistreatment and not be a bystander.
The Step Up program is a national program that encourages students to be proactive in helping others in all types of ways. The Bystander Intervention Committee is currently using the Step Up campaign to advocate for sexual assault prevention at Mercyhurst.
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.