Parent eNewsletter for Fall 2013
September is flying by here at the 'Hurst. Students are nearly one month into their fall semester classes and we're so glad to have them back on campus - the only thing better would be to have everyone, alumni, parents, and friends, on campus with us too! We're looking forward to welcoming you to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013.
For those of you who may be too far away to join us, we hope you'll stay in touch here through the Parent eNewsletter which will be sent periodically throughout the academic year!

Homecoming & Family Weekend

There is still time to register for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013 - but it's coming quickly so make your plans and get ready for a fun-filled weekend at the 'Hurst. Homecoming & Family Weekend will be held Oct. 4-6, 2013 and will have activities for all ages, including Family Bingo, Friday Night Lights, Family Lunch, several athletic games, and brunch! To see a full schedule of events and to register, visit

We look forward to showing you why the students consider Mercyhurst to be another place they call "home!"

Mercyhurst Ranked #37 by US News & World Report

Mercyhurst University improved on last year's U.S. News & World Report rankings and is now #37 among Master's Universities in the North in the 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges." Out commitment to academic quality and success is evident in the experience that students receive at the 'Hurst. Mercyhurst's ranking continues to rise each year along with the standardized scores of our students. News like this makes us remember how great it is to be a Laker! Read the full story here.

Campus Involvement Center Kick Starts a New Year!

The Campus Involvement Center (CIC) was pleased to welcome over 650 new students during “Welcome Week”.  Welcome Week began with a high energy kickoff in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center and culminated with Freshmen Convocation (an Academic celebration).  During the four days of Welcome Week, new students had an opportunity to meet other new students, learn about the importance of getting involved and connected to campus, and complete a service project that truly reflected what it means to be compassionately hospitable.

The CIC continued to engage students in the Campus Involvement Fair, which took place on the first Friday of September.  The fair hosted more than 75 Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations and over 35 Erie area service sites.  More than 500 students attended the fair and signed up to receive more information about the variety of ways to get connected at Mercyhurst.

Student Internship Program

In alignment with Dr. Gamble’s call at convocation, the University would like an increased focus on student internship participation.  An exciting and importance piece of increasing student participation is to partner them with our alumni wherever and whenever we can.   To  carry out this initiative, Dr. Kyle Foust '89 has been named the Director of the Mercyhurst Student Internship Program and will coordinate all student internships that were formerly coordinated by the Career Development Center. The Career Development Center will remain but will interact with students on all other career related matters outside of the internship program as we have known it; i.e. on campus recruiting, the Career Fair, job placement, career advising, graduate school advising, etc. For more information, students can stop by and set up an appointment with Kyle in his office in Egan 213 or contact him at

AIM Students Conquer the Canyon

Thirteen members of the Mercyhurst Community hiked the Grand Canyon in May 2013.  Conquer the Canyon with the Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) was an initiative and collaboration that provided a life altering experience to see parts of Arizona and the Grand Canyon that very few ever get to see. Although all 13 participants got to experience so much on this journey, they also provided so much more for dozens, even hundreds, of others with their efforts. The purpose of this trip was to raise awareness about the Autism Initiative here at Mercyhurst and awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Best-Selling Author to Speak at Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst Student Government has committed to this year’s university-wide academic theme of “Happiness”. This year’s first year Mercy Mission Reading was Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. The book embraces Mercyhurst's core value of becoming reflectively aware and asks us to think about our behaviors and attitudes and promotes the balance of mind, body and spirit. In keeping with this value, new students discussed the book during Welcome Week and Rubin, the best-selling author, will speak on campus on Monday, November 11th at 8:30pm in the Performing Arts Center. The event, sponsored by Mercyhurst Student Government, Division of Student Life, Office of Academic Affairs and the President’s Office, is one your student will not want to miss!

Fall 2013

Dates to Remember

In order to help keep you informed, here are some important dates of the academic calendar:

October November
  • 18: J-Term & Spring Semester Registration- Seniors
  • 19: J-Term & Spring Semester Registration- Juniors
  • 20: J-Term & Spring Semester Registration- Sophomores
  • 22: Last day to Declare Pass-Fail
  • 25: J-Term & Spring Semester Registration- Freshmen
  • 27: Thanksgiving Break Begins After Classes

  • 2: Classes Resume
  • 6: Regular Classes End
  • 8: Weekend Classes End
  • 9-13: FINAL EXAMS
  • 18: Grades Due- 9:00a.m.

Join the Parents Council

The Mercyhurst University Parents Council was established in 2012 to act as a resource for the continued betterment of the university. The organization is comprised of volunteer parents and family members of current and past Mercyhurst University students. There are no membership dues, however, members are encouraged to demonstrate their support through a contribution to the Mercyhurst Annual Fund. For more information on the Parents Council, visit or email Tamara Walters, director of alumni relations and annual giving at

SAA 5K Race

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is gearing up for their 3rd annual 5K to take place Saturday Oct. 5, during Homecoming & Family Weekend. The proceeds from the 5K will support the students of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) in their efforts to connect with 'Hurst alumni and promote the traditions and heritage of Mercyhurst. Everyone is welcome to participate in the 5K - to register for this event and others, please visit our registration page here.

Campus Mail

All students living on campus now have their own individual mailbox. So long as the student continues to live on campus year to year, they will keep the same mailbox. If you would like to know your student's mailbox number, please contact your student.
Mailing a letter or package to your student can be addressed as follows:

Student Name
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Box #
Erie, PA 16546
Our Contact Information:
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-2000
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