Unless they are fans of history, it is unlikely that students outside of Erie know about the rich naval history attached to the city.
They may have heard about the Battle of Lake Erie from a high school history class, or vaguely remember the name of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, but these are just things from a book. Down on the lake, at the Erie Maritime Museum, there is a much better example of history, which can be seen, touched and sailed upon - the US Brig Niagara.
The seaworthy re-creation of the Niagara is the heart of “Sail Trainee Program,” which was founded six years ago and brings together about 45 people, consisting of 15 to 20 professional crew members and 20 to 25 volunteers and trainees. Each year, this make-shift crew operates the Niagara and sails it across the Great Lakes.
Last Saturday, March 1, the Student Activities Council (SAC) sponsored a relaxation day in the Student Union. Students who attended were treated to massages, yoga, a visit from the therapy dog and a flavored oxygen bar.
Students were encouraged to breathe deeply and pause their busy lives for quiet moments of reflection.
Organized by SAC junior members Gavin Oakley and Alison Gass, the event was sorely needed.
The faculty and staff are what shape the campus and the Mercyhurst experience to be what it is. Within each department, there is talent, experience, expertise, excitement and motivation brought to the table.
Chris Magoc, Ph. D., Mercyhurst’s history department chair, is full of life and excitement, both in the classroom and around the Erie community.
Having obtained his master’s at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg and his doctorate at the University of New Mexico, Magoc is a seasoned traveler and student.
Some students choose a college based on academic preferences, athletic opportunities or social environment. Jeff Krull chose to come to Erie because of the support of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM).
The AIM Program helps students with autism-spectrum disorders and learning disabilities transition to college life. Krull, who has Asperger syndrome, credits the AIM program for helping him become a successful college student.
A sophomore graphic design major, Krull had been socially anxious, but through support from the AIM program, Krull joined the Theater Appreciation Club.
The Laker Inn will feature a brand new fruit smoothie bar opening March 17, according to Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) representatives.
MSG developed the idea at the beginning of this academic school year to sponsor a place close to the gym where students would have access to healthy fruit smoothies. Each 16-ounce smoothie will cost $3.75.
MSG President Amber Penna has played a large role in the development of the smoothie bar. The smoothies will come in seven flavors ranging from classics like blueberry and strawberry to more exotic, tropical flavors.
Looking for a way to relieve yourself of stress during this busy time of the school year, right before midterms? If your answer is “yes,” then the Student Activities Council has got you covered.
This Saturday, March 1, SAC will be putting on a “Relaxation Day” in the Student Union. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
Many things will be happening during the “Relaxation Day.” One of these things will be yoga. This will take place at 1:15 p.m. and will go until the end of the event. Yoga will be taught by Campus Ministry employee Betty Amatangelo.
At the moment you come into Meghan Corbin’s office, you breathe positivism. On her board, to the right, you can read a message that says, “I choose happy.” This message inspires happiness to me every time I come into her office.
Corbin has taught communication, business, management and marketing courses at Mercyhurst University.
All the classes that she teaches are her favorite, but one that she enjoys teaching the most is Strategic Communication. This is a communication course that students take during their senior year, and students get to work with clients. “I think for me this is the first time I see this level of confidence from the students,” Corbin said.
It takes a special kind of person to brighten the day of a busy, sometimes stressed-out, college student. For many students who visit The Laker Inn, Denise “Dee” Pamula has been such a person.
A native of Erie and grandmother of six, Pamula began working as a Grill Cook at the Laker Inn in July 2013, taking up the position again after parting ways 13 years ago.
“I loved it here and I loved it here then, too, because I loved the kids,” she said.
Six Mercyhurst hospitality students traveled to Boston last weekend to attend a leadership conference hosted by the Professional Convention Management Association.
The conference, titled “Convening Leaders,” brings together people from all over the hospitality industry. Hospitality Management Professor Daryl Georger accompanied the students.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last April, the conference featured discussions on safeguarding against potential disasters, according to senior Taylor Digiacomo.
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Catholic liturgical season of Lent, is a week away. Many of the students here will be seen with an ashen cross marked on their forehead, symbolizing the beginning of this season of repentance and sacrifice.
However, Mercyhurst will also be celebrating Mercy Month, a month of activities designed to call to mind a current issue of social justice. This Mercy Month’s theme is immigration.