September 2016
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Parent eNewsletter 
September 7, 2016

Upcoming events to mark on your calendars include:
-Sept. 22, Mass of the Holy Spirit
-Sept. 23, Last day to declare pass/fail, Mini 1
-Sept. 23-25, Homecoming Weekend (students and alumni)
-Sept. 30, Last day to withdraw, Mini 1
-Oct. 12, Classes end, Mini 1
-Oct. 13-16, Mid-semester break
-Oct. 17, Mini 2 begins, first day to drop/add classes, Mini 2
-Oct. 24, Mid-semester grades due, last day to drop/add classes, Mini 2
-Nov. 1, Advising day, no classes held
-Nov. 7, Spring semester & Mini 3/Mini 4 registration for seniors
-Nov. 8, Spring semester & Mini 3/Mini 4 registration for juniors
-Nov. 9, Spring semester & Mini 3/Mini 4 registration for sophomores
-Nov. 11, Last day to declare pass/fail - fall classes & Mini 2
-Nov. 16, Spring semester & Mini 3/Mini 4 registration for freshmen

SAVE THE DATE: Family Weekend, March 31-April 2, 2017. Registration will open late January

You can view the full academic calendar at
It has been a very exciting year at the Hurst! To round out President Victor's first year, we're proud to report we reached a record-breaking fundraising year and are headed into what is a record-breaking enrollment year - with the largest freshman class that the University has ever seen!
Read the full press release and other recent news at
Parents can play a pivotal role in helping their sons and daughters get the most out of their time at Mercyhurst. Encourage them to explore their interests and engage in career planning early!
We help students with:
  • Preparing résumés and cover letters
  • Developing job interview techniques
  • Assisting with graduate school preparation (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, requirements, personal statements)
  • Informing and utilizing CareerConnect and CareerShift
  • Offering Career Fairs and opportunities to network with Alumni
  • Making a connections between majors and careers
  • Exploring career and job opportunities
  • Offering career exploration and preparation workshops and events each semester
This year, the Career Development Center will be hosting Internship and Career Fairs for each college.
  • Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences Career and Internship Fair       
    • Thursday, September 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.          
  • Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Career and Internship Fair
    • Thursday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    
  • Walker College of Business and Management Career and Internship Fair      
    • Wednesday, October 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.          
  • Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences Career and Internship Fair        
    • Wednesday, November 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.         
Contact the Career Development Center at 814-824-2427.
Today we are launching a brand new giving platform called Seize to house some of our newest and most innovative fundraising initiatives. This crowdfunding project was designed to help Mercyhurst faculty, coaches, administrators and students to vocalize funding needs to the University. Our goal is to find projects on campus that take our educational experiences to the next level, and offer unique giving opportunities for donors.
Learn more about the projects at!
Our freshmen parents may not know, but there is no way that our upper classmen parents have not heard....HURST DAY is coming!
Hurst Day is a tradition for the Mercyhurst University campus community featuring food, games, and lots of fun.  All classes are cancelled and there is a Mercyhurst themed scavenger hunt for students. The first place team will win GoPro cameras while the second place team receives Fitbits. 
Check out the video from last year's Hurst Day at
Student Activities Council and Multicultural Activities Council held a program titled Hurst is Home on Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Grotto from 5-7pm
Over 80 students came out to decorate birdhouses and make a human bird feed combination to enjoy after the program.
This and many more programs happen every weekend on campus!
The Senior Class Gift Committee is back and accepting members to the committee at the first meeting of the year being held Thursday Sept. 8 from 7-8 p.m. in Zurn 214. All seniors are invited to participate as a committee member and help to leave a legacy at Mercyhurst by continuing the nearly 30-year tradition of the Senior Class Gift.
Students may contact the Senior Class Gift Leadership Team if they have any questions or suggestions: Alyssa Archer (chairperson), Cailey Dewaine, Jimmy Duncan, and Taylor Rider.
Did you know that MU Campus Ministry has a very active outreach to children and youth called MYRACLE (Mercyhurst Youth Retreats and Catholic Leadership Education)? This passionate group of student leaders plans and offers a variety of retreats for children and youth at Catholic parishes and schools in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and beyond. They also connect with local religious education and youth programs and offer living stations of the cross during Lent. Feel free to talk to your pastor or faith formation leader about the possibility of inviting this ministry to your home parish. The student leaders can be reached at
This Oct. 21-23, students will take a next-step after their powerful experience at Campus Ministry’s popular Carpe Diem retreats. Our newest next-step retreat, 4th vow, focuses on how to live a life of service to others, modeled after the unique 4th vow taken by the Sisters of Mercy (poverty, chastity, obedience, and service). Planned collaboratively between our Campus Ministry and Community Engagement offices, this retreat will challenge students to confront some of the barriers we create to using our gifts to meet the needs of the world and offer hope to make a difference and lead a more joy-filled life!
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You can also follow WMCE on social media through their Facebook and Twitter pages
Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique solo performance on Friday, Sept. 16. Tickets for the 2016-2017 Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture season headlining acts are available at
Learn more about upcoming performances:
-National Theatre Live – A View from the Bridge, Sept. 18, 12:55 p.m.
-Dancing Wheels Company, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
-The Met: Live in HD – Tristan und Isolde, Oct. 8, 12 p.m.
-Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem: American Spiritual, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
-The Met: Live in HD – Don Giovanni, Oct. 22, 12:55 p.m.
-National Theatre Live – Frankenstein, Oct. 30, 12:55 p.m.
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