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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.

Sustainability Office challenges university

The Mercyhurst Office of Sustainability has challenged the university to become more conscious of its energy use.

Sustainability Officer Brittany Prischak issued a campus-wide challenge in The Weekender and the Morning Buzz, as well as on the office’s portal page, along with a list of instructions and tips on how to be more energy conservative.

The instructions were divided into three different categories: one for teachers, staff and students.

They focused mainly on conservation tips, such as making sure electronics are turned off when exiting rooms and hallways.

'Sabbath Week' set to begin on campus

With classes and activities in full swing at this point in the semester, Campus Ministry will be holding “Sabbath Week,” a time for students to take a break from meetings and

activities and use that extra time to re-center.

From Oct. 20 to 25, most Campus Ministry programs, such as Wednesday Night Fellowship, Thursday Night Bible Study and Habitat for Humanity will be canceled for the week.

Updates planned for Mercyhurst’s Hammermill Library

Mercyhurst University’s Hammermill Library is making changes this year to keep up with the fast growing world of research technology.

Using just computers for research, Darci Jones, director of University Libraries and Online Learning, said that knowledge, such as looking at how many times a source has been cited, is lost.

“Everyone has to use information. How you research makes the difference in the level of quality,” Jones said.

To bring back this interaction, the library is trying to implement a new course that teaches students how to effectively research.

Movie club emerges on campus

Movie lovers are being offered a new club on campus this year.

The Mercyhurst Modern Cinema Club (MMCC) has recently been brought to life by Walker School of Business Professor Kris Gossett and senior Accounting major Dennis Arthur, who is now president of the club.

Gossett, the club’s faculty advisor, wanted to give students the opportunity to engage in discussion about modern films.

“The idea for the club was based on my love for movies; specifically modern cinema,” Gossett said.