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Office of Academic Support hosts M&M Fair

This year’s Majors and Minors (M&M) Fair to be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Mercy Heritage Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., plans to offer students a chance to explore academic concentrations.

At the fair, faculty and upperclassmen of various departments on campus will be available to explain more about their respective majors and minors to students.

Sample questions will be provided to students unsure of what to ask in order to ensure that curious students who attend the event will leave with a better understanding of the different major and minor opportunities at Mercyhurst.

Hospitality and Intel job fair to be held in Nov.

A specialized job fair for Hospitality and Intelligence majors will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Dubbed “Hospitality and Intel Career Palooza,” this job fair will feature nine private intelligence contractors (including BAE Systems, G3 Technologies and Prescient Edge) and 10 hospitality companies (including Hyatt, Omni and Sheritan).

It is taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Center for Academic Engagement, where some Hospitality majors will be supplying the food to potential employers.

Involvement Center to offer Alcohol Awareness activities

This week Mercyhurst’s Campus Involvement Center is spreading Alcohol Awareness throughout campus.

There will be several events in the Student Union Great Room all week long providing students with activities as alternatives to drinking.

On Thursday, there will be Peer Educators Pledge Signing as well as the main event, referred to as “Don’t be a Drunken Pumpkin.” The event will include pumpkin painting, costume contests and prizes. On Friday there will be various events including Harry Potter Revealed, a Halloween Party and a Haunted Club Hockey Game.

Alumna returns to 'Hurst as faculty member

Mercyhurst welcomed 14 new faculty members this year, among whom was Mercyhurst graduate Gena Kost.

Gena Kost, M.A., instructor of world languages, graduated from Mercyhurst in 1987 with an English Education Degree.

Kost devotes much of her time at Mercyhurst toward working with students transitioning over from other countries.

“I teach in the Intensive English Program, so I teach the English language to international students who need to gain a level of proficiency in English high enough to be able to enter college,” Kost said.

Solymosi joins Philosophy Department

Casey Bleuel photo: Tibor Solymosi, Ph.D., became one of Mercyhurst's 14 new faculty members this year as he joined the Philosophy Department.Casey Bleuel photo: Tibor Solymosi, Ph.D., became one of Mercyhurst's 14 new faculty members this year as he joined the Philosophy Department.
Tibor Solymosi, Ph.D., a new philosophy professor at Mercyhurst this year, is passionate about his research.

A native of Erie, Solymosi grew up familiar with the Mercyhurst, often being pushed around the campus in a stroller by his mother.

Today, he teaches Philosophical Inquiry and Pragmatism and Neuroscience behind those same open gates.

Students attend national UNICEF conference

On Oct. 10-12 two Mercyhurst students attended two national student conferences sponsored by UNICEF.

Junior Computer Systems and Math major Bereket Temtime and senior Biochemistry major Kirubeal Mulugeta went to the Millennium Campus Conference (MCC) at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

They met with student leaders from more than 50 countries, from over 200 universities worldwide and with more than 100 NGOs and companies global leaders.

Student club seeks to unify minorities

Black Students for Unity (BSU) is a new club looking to promote and unify black students and other minorities on Mercyhurst campus.

The club was started last February by junior Public Health major, Kennethea Wilson.

Wilson said the club tries to unite students coming from a disadvantaged background, who might happen to be black.

Students explore Study Abroad options at fair

Casey Bleuel photo: AIFS Campus Representative Jessica Soler talks with sophomores Sara Fatula and Karima Elsayed at the Study Abroad Fair.Casey Bleuel photo: AIFS Campus Representative Jessica Soler talks with sophomores Sara Fatula and Karima Elsayed at the Study Abroad Fair.
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Mercyhurst’s Study Abroad Office hosted the Study Abroad Fair from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Great Room where students were given the opportunity to pursue upcoming options and information related to studying abroad.

Three outsourced study abroad programs were present with informational tables at the fair, including the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), American Programs International (API) and Athena Study Abroad.

Moore joins Intelligence Studies Department

Mercyhurst University’s Intelligence Studies department become one of the 10 departments on campus to introduce new faculty this year, as they welcome Mercyhurst alumna Kathleen Moore, Ph.D.

Moore, originally from Detroit, Michigan, attended Wayne State University before earning her bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst in 2010.

Moore went on to attend Pennsylvania State University where she received her doctorate in Information Sciences and Technology in 2014.

She originally majored in criminology, but then switched to Intelligence Studies and later to Information Sciences.

'Hurst utilizes social media outreach

Mercyhurst’s Social Media campaign is continuing its effort to become an increasingly integral part of the university’s marketing strategy.

On Friday, Oct. 3, the hashtag #HURSTisHOME rang in Homecoming.

The hashtag is part of an aggressive social media campaign on behalf of the university to connect with Lakers past, present and prospective.