Parent eNewsletter for May 2014
Congrats, Grads!
It has been a busy spring here at the 'Hurst! With spring each year we say goodbye to the seniors, and the class of 2014 will be dearly missed but we're proud to soon call them alumni! Amongst this year's seniors are a select few that truly stand out. This year's graduation award winners are: Amber Penna (Carpe Diem Award), Alethea Gaarden (Bishop's Award for Academic Excellence), Jacob Griffin (Frank Barry Leadership Award), Lisa Sirois (Sister Carolyn Herrmann Service Award), Gregg Robbins-Welty (Mother Borgia Egan Award), and Ian Grecco, Carly Marnik, Daniel Martin, Mark Wilson, and Sarah Woodring (Alumni Recognition Awards) and Jessica Braymiller, Emily McAveney, Molly Hunter, Mary Mancuso, Evan Watkins, Sarah Lange, Rebecca Wheeling (President's Awards for Excellence in respective academic schools). Congratulations to all award recipients on these prestigious graduation awards and to the entire class of 2014!
New Academic School
In early April, Mercyhurst announced the dedication of the university's seventh school, named after Gov. Tom Ridge. The Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science will now house intelligence studies, mathematics, computer systems and communication departments along with distance learning and online education. This is an excellent opportunity and is truly unique to Mercyhurst! Read more about the new school addition here through the online press release.

Career Networking Night

Our annual Lakers Helping Lakers event, the Alumni and Student Career Networking Night was a great success! Alumni returned to campus to mingle and network with over 80 impressive and ambitious students. The group was able to practice their networking skills while meeting some of our very successful alumni who offered knowledge and expertise about their fields and life after Mercyhurst.
Check out our blog post to read more and to watch the video of alumni and student testimonies.

Senior Farewell Reception

Parents of senior students, we know you never want them to leave the 'Hurst  and of course we wish they could stay too. To welcome all graduates to the Alumni Association, we'd like to invite senior students and their two guests to a Senior Farewell Reception on Saturday, May 17. TODAY is the final day to register online - If you have already submitted your RSVP, there is no need to register again. We hope to see you there!

Service Honors Society

Mercyhurst students take pride in being "ambassadors of service" whether it is beyond the gates on 38th Street or right on campus. Recently, 48 senior student in the class of 2014 were inducted into the Service Honor Society as they received graduation cords and certificates to commemorate the occasion. Students were nominated by peers, faculty, administrators, staff, or self-nomination and had to complete an application and be selected by a committee of 10 staff members and administrators. The students (listed in the column on the right) embody the notion of being "ambassadors of service" and it is without a doubt that they each had a parent, grandparent, or mentor who really nurtured and cultivated their sense of selflessness.

Campus Housing Improvements

Mercyhurst is dedicated to providing an exceptional residential experience to its students. Mercyhurst and Residence Life are excited to announce over $1 million of improvements to campus housing. All the smaller bedrooms in the Briggs and Lewis areas will receive new and space efficient furniture. This includes beds, dressers, desks, and desk chairs. Improvements are also being made to the bathrooms of these apartments. Furthermore, improvements are also being made to the freshman area. Warde Hall will receive a new batch of lounge and common space furniture, Baldwin Hall is seeing renovations to the common space kitchens, and aesthetic improvements are being made to McAuley Hall.

Panciera Award Winners 

Sr. Rita Panciera, the foundress of Campus Ministry at Mercyhurst, recently presented this annual award which is given to a dedicated service and mission-based group on campus. This year, MYRACLE (Mercyhurst Youth Retreats and Catholic Leadership and Education) received the award! Over the past several years, this group of dedicated students has carried out dozens of youth retreats in parishes within a three hour radius of campus. Whether it is faith-based service, adopting a highway or beach for cleanups, building a home, mentoring a child, or serving dinner to the homeless, the students continue to be an inspiration to others. Congratulations, MYRACLE!

May 2014

Dates to Remember

Academic Calendar    
  • May 8: Classes End
  • May 8: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  • May 9: Reading Day
  • May 11: Weekend Classes End
  • May 12-16: Final Exams
  • May 17: Graduate Graduation
  • May 18: Baccalaureate Mass, Adult and Traditional Student Graduation
  • May 21: All Grades Due by 9 a.m.
Residence Life Calendar
  • May 14: Check-out begins 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Hall Desk
  • May 17: Students not involved in graduation or not staying for summer must check out by 12 p.m.
  • May 19: Students involved in graduation must check out by 12 p.m.

Dining Calendar
  • May 9: Egan Dining Hall opens at 10 a.m.
  • May 9: Laker Inn opens at 11 a.m.
  • May 15: Laker Inn closes Thursday evening at 1 p.m.
  • May 16: Egan Dining Hall closed for boards after 8 p.m.

Service Honor Society Inductees

Kathryn Adams
Mohammed Al-Bidhawi
Brett Ambrose
Monica Bader
Deirdre Best
Nicholas Cianci
Rebecca Cratty
Grace Doman
Lindsey Gotkin
Jacob Griffin
Rose Heid
Elisha Helgen
Porscha Imperial
Luke Hames
Andrea Javor
Kathryn Jeffries
Caitlin Kempton
Andrew Klobuchar
VIctoria Lewis
Mary Mancuso
William Margiotta
Emily Mashuda
Tyler Meader
Heather Mills
Laura Mohney
Dominique Montilus
Zachary Moss
Maria Nemeth
Shauna Novobilsky
Caitlin O'Neill
Amber Penna
Jessica Pepe
Sarah Piasecki
Kelsi Romatowski
Abigail Savage
Angela Sbroglia
Lisa Sirois
Caitlin Sniezek
Chelsey Starin
Veronica Stekanchik
Jocelyn Stein
Zachary Stephens
Alexander Vinesky
Brittany Waldecker
Kelsea Wemett
Kellie Wendell
Kristin Worden


Have there been individuals at Mercyhurst that have impacted your student in their education, sports, involvement, or every day lives? The FACE campaign allows you to give to the Annual Fund in honor of a Faculty member, Administrator, Coach, or Employee (FACE) to show who has made the biggest impact for our students! You can show your support here online.
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