Parent eNewsletter for September 2014

Welcome Back!
Greetings to all of the parents of our Laker students! For returning parents, you will likely remember receiving these Parent eNewsletters last year, but for our new parents, this is the first of several eNewsletters that you'll receive. This is a piece from the Office of Institutional Advancement and it is our way of keeping you in touch with the happenings of campus and the students. We can always be reached at if you need to contact us!
Here's to another great year at the 'Hurst!

Laker Football at Michigan Stadium

This Oct. 18 the Lakers will take on Slippery Rock University at The Big House. Parents of the football players, cheerleaders, and pep band may find this of particular interest - you're invited to attend an Alumni and Friends Tailgate before the game. Learn more about the game day options that we have planned and register today at!

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2014

Join us this Oct. 3-5 for a fun weekend starting with family bingo on Friday night, the football game and family lunch on Saturday, and mass and brunch on Sunday, all right here on campus at Mercyhurst! Make your plans now and register today at for what's sure to be a great weekend!

Bleed Blue, Give Green

This year the Alumni Relations team is beginning with freshman students when it comes to student giving! Previously, the first time philanthropy was truly introduced to students was during their senior year when they were asked to support their senior class gift. This new Bleed Blue, Give Green campaign is an education piece to begin teaching students the importance of giving back and how the support of others, such as our loyal alumni, impacts their life as a Laker. We welcomed the new students by delivering a small treat to each residence hall room as well as the commuter students' orientation. Learn more about this campaign and watch our welcome video below:

Career Development Center

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 Career Shift
  • 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
Contact the Career Development Center at 814-824-2427.

Annual Day of Service

Each year at Mercyhurst, the freshmen class is introduced to what it means to be an ambassador of service by participating in our Annual Day of Service. Over 2,000 hours of service were completed in just one day all around the Erie area. Check out the video by clicking here!

Campus Ministry

Mercyhurst does not force religious participation in any way, but we do work very hard to make sure that each student has access to information about religious participation for all faith traditions. Roman Catholic Mass is held on campus Sunday year-round at 11 a.m. (with the exception of alumni/homecoming weekend, when it takes place at 10 a.m.) and at 8:30 p.m. each Sunday when school is in session. Periodic ecumenical Christian services are also offered on campus. 
Each year campus ministry produces an Area Worship Guide listing a great number of churches from various Christian denominations, as well as temples, mosques and other local houses of worship. These houses of worship offer to pick up and drop of students who need transportation to services. If your daughter or son is struggling to find a place of worship, please direct them to the Campus Ministry staff and we will gladly help them to connect. Beyond traditional worship, Campus Ministry offers a great variety of retreats, prayer gatherings, student fellowships, service and outreach groups.  These are all great ways for students to grow and to form meaningful friendships while on campus.
For Campus Ministry questions, please contact Greg Baker at or 814-824-2301.

Campus Involvement Center

September is packed full of events, students will have a chance to experience William Close & the Earth Harp Collective in this once in a lifetime event and 100 students will get a FREE ticket to this performance, courtesy of the Student Activities Council. Students will have the opportunity to talk to RJ Mitte, character Walter Jr. (Flynn) in the popular AMC series Breaking Bad on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. In addition to all the extracurricular programming taking place during the fall semester, the CIC will launch a NEW Leadership Certification Program. This three-tiered program will help students develop relationships with other students, increase their self-awareness, and enhance their communication skills- with the ultimate goal of better preparing you for leadership experiences. The program consists of Mercyhurst alumni leading discussions with students about a series of important topics and hands on learning opportunities to assist students in uncovering their leadership potential.

Adjusting our Aim

The AIM program at Mercyhurst has undergone some pretty extensive changes in a few short months.  First and for most is a slight name change, AIM is now the Autism / Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst and it better reflects the services we provided to individuals that are high functioning on the Autism Spectrum. The program has been separated somewhat from the Learning Differences Office, assigning Brad McGarry as the new director.  Under Brad’s leadership, AIM has transitioned to be a course that all AIM students are enrolled in to address social strategies or vocational skill development.  Social skills training has been modified to better fit individualized students.  The Peer Mentor Program is back again and AIM students are excited to be meeting with a matched Peer Mentor for a minimum of four hours per month.  We are still one of the few programs in the country that offer specialized housing.  The AIM program is also busy offering numerous trainings for the students, staff, faculty and community about the program and Autism Awareness.
The AIM program has been getting some national attention as well.  AIM was featured in a recent report highlighting how colleges and universities are rising to serve the needs of students on the autism spectrum.   Mercyhurst PR Director Debbie Morton said the university has been working with NBC, which is expected to send a crew to campus this fall to report on the AIM program for an upcoming news feature.
 All students at Mercyhurst have numerous opportunities to be a part of this nationally acclaimed program through the AIM Peer Mentor Program, Autism Awareness Programs, Summer Foundations Program and even a trip to the Grand Canyon in May 2015. 
For more information on these opportunities or the AIM program, please call Brad McGarry at (814) 824-2451.

Sept. 2014

Dates to Remember

Academic Calendar 
  • Sept. 11: Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Sept. 12: Summer Incompletes due to the Registrar
  • Oct. 8: Mid-Semester Break begins after classes
  • Oct. 13: Day and evening classes resume
  • Oct. 18: Weekend classes resume
  • Nov. 3: J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Seniors
  • Nov. 4: J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Juniors
  • Nov. 5: J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Sophomores
  • Nov. 17: J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Freshmen
  • Nov. 21: Last day to declare pass-fail
  • Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Break begins
  • Dec. 1: Day and evening classes resume
  • Dec. 5: Regular classes end, last day to withdraw from classes
  • Dec. 6-7: Weekend classes held
  • Dec. 8: Reading day - no classes
  • Dec. 9-12: Final exams
  • Dec. 17: Grades due by 9 a.m.
Upcoming Events
  • Oct. 3-5: Homecoming & Family Weekend

Send a Gift!

Campus Ministry offers a balloon/gift ministry, which allows parents to custom design a gift package using balloons, candy, Mercyhurst memorabilia, or other items of your choosing.  This is a great way to celebrate birthdays, milestones or holidays, or to just send a gesture of thoughtfulness. 

Contact Betty at or (814) 824-2429.  A nominal fee is charged for materials.

Campus Involvement

The Campus Involvement Center (CIC) kicked off the first week of classes with the Annual Involvement Fair. Over 75 clubs were represented at the fair which was held on Friday, Aug. 29.  In addition, 29 service organizations from the Erie community represented how students could get involved, beyond the gates.

More than 500 students attended the fair and signed up to receive more information about the variety of ways to get connected at Mercyhurst.

Senior Class Gift Committee

Each year the senior class, under the direction of the alumni relations team, chooses a gift to give to Mercyhurst for other students to enjoy. The committee has begun to form and all seniors are welcome to attend weekly meetings to be a part of the planning of the gift, the fundraising, and event planning.

The committee is being directed this year by senior chairperson Amanda Marley `15. Applications for the chairperson position are available during the spring of students' junior year, all are welcome to apply for this leadership role.

Any senior that is interested in learning more or joining the committee should contact Amanda at

Mailing to Students at MU

All students living on campus are assigned an individual on-campus mailbox. Students living off campus are not assigned mailboxes. The box you are assigned will remain yours so long as you continue living on campus each year. Freshmen received their box numbers and box combinations at the beginning of the school year via email. Boxes are located in the Herrmann Student Union and Preston Hall and can be accessed when those buildings are unlocked.

The campus address is:
Mercyhurst University
Student Name, Box #
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546


Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, Sept. 11, Mercyhurst will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. This Mass is a celebration of the start of the new academic year and it is held in Christ the King Chapel with a luncheon for the entire campus community following the Mass.

This year, the mass will be celebrated by Bishop Persico who will bless the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Learn more about this year's mass and this special campus tradition in the news release here on the Mercyhurst website.
Our Contact Information:
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-2000
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