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December 2016
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Parent eNewsletter 
December 1, 2016

Winter Break Residence Hall Information:
-All Mercyhurst residential buildings will close at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. All students are expected to vacate their rooms within 24 hours after their last exam or by 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16. Students requesting to stay beyond this time must be approved by and registered with the Office of Residence Life & Student Conduct (814-824-2304) by Monday, Dec. 12.
-Mercyhurst will be closed at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2017. Should an emergency arise, please call 814-824-2304 to be connected to the staff member on call.

Winter Break Dining Hall Information:
-Grotto Commons (dining hall) closes at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 (opened for lunch for faculty and administration Dec. 19-23  and Jan. 2-6)
-Laker Inn closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16
-All dining areas will reopen in January when the students return from break

Upcoming events to mark on your calendars include:
-Dec. 8 - Mini 2 classes end
-Dec. 9 - Fall class end
-Dec. 10-11 - Weekend classes held
-Dec. 12 - Reading day - no classes
-Dec. 13-16 - Final exams
-Dec. 21 - Fall semester and Mini 2 grades due by 9 a.m.
-Jan. 16 - Spring semester and Mini 3 begins / Martin Luther King Day - no classes held for Mini 3 and Spring semester, evening classes held (classes starting at or after 3:30 p.m.)
-Jan. 21 - Weekend classes begin
-Jan. 23 - Last day to drop/add classes, Spring and Mini 3
-Feb. 10 - Last day to declare pass/fail, Mini 3
-Feb. 17 - Fall semester incompletes to Registar/last day to withdraw, Mini 3

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

 
You can view the full academic calendar at mercyhurst.edu/academics/academic-calendar
Continue the tradition by collecting ALL THREE of our campus keepsakes - this year's keepsake is the beloved and beautiful Christ the King Chapel. We're also offering the previous years' keepsakes, so if you missed out before, you can still collect the Old Main/O'Neil Tower keepsake and last year's Grotto keepsake. The keepsakes are available for a $20 gift to the Annual Fund per keepsake.
Learn more and make your gift today at hurstalumni.org/keepsake.
We're excited to announce the largest gift in the history of the school, a $4 million grant which will be used to establish a Downtown Erie Innovation District to drive a new knowledge-based economy focused on safety and security. The Shaping Tomorrow grant was announced in late October by the Erie Community Foundation. Mercyhurst will join corporate partners Erie Insurance, Velocity Network, Inc., and McManis and Monsalve Associates on this great initiative.
Read the full press release and other recent news stories at mercyhurst.edu/news.
-Mercyhurst University’s annual Christmas Eve Mass is Dec. 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
 
-Students are now signing up to join the fleet of buses travelling from Erie to the March for Life in Washington, DC on Jan. 27, 2017. The cost is only $25 per student and students must sign up in Campus Ministry by Dec. 9
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-Did you know that, through the Service Learning Office, Mercyhurst students serve the Saturday lunch meal each Saturday at the local Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Campus ministry also recently helped with a special service project at the Soup Kitchen to disseminate Thanksgiving food baskets for local families in need.
We are excited to report that our first crowdfunding projects were all completely funded! The following items have been made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors:
-A coach's boat for the rowing team
-A MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer to integrate 3D printing into art and graphic design education
-4th Vow Retreat, a local service immersion experience named after the unique “4th Vow” of service made by the Sisters of Mercy. 
-Portal to the Past, an Archaeology and Anthropology exhibit at the ExpERIEnce Children's Museum!
Thank you to our donors!
Our 4+1 Programs are growing in popularity! Students can choose to take graduate-level coursework during their junior and/or senior years (covered under their flat-billing undergraduate tuition charges) to make it possible to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree with an extra year of studying. Currently, any major can complete an M.S. degree in Organizational Leadership or Data Science with an extra year. Criminal justice majors could earn an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration. Education majors could earn an M.S. in Special Education, and English, math, science or social studies-related majors could earn an M.S. in Secondary Education and PA Teaching Certification in one-year. Students could save up to $11,000 towards their cost for a master’s degree! Learn more at Mercyhurst.edu/4plus1
 
Is your student already a senior? Now is the perfect time to apply to graduate school at Mercyhurst. In addition to the programs above, we offer master’s degrees in Applied Intelligence (the grad version of our world famous intelligence studies undergraduate program), Anthropology and Physician Assistant. Those programs are quite competitive, so to be considered your son or daughter should apply ASAP.
Learn more online at mercyhurst.edu/graduate.
Mercyhurst University has teamed up with SALT to assist students, their families and alumni in managing the complex task of financing higher education and preparing them for financial success in the future.  SALT is a financial education resource provided free of charge to students and parents by American Student Assistance (ASA), a trusted nonprofit with proven ability in preventing student loan delinquency and default. 
Learn more about SALT and register for your account at www.saltmoney.org/mercyhurst
Mercyhurst Lakers are earning college degrees at rates well above both national and conference averages. Academic Success Rate figures recently released by NCAA show that 85 percent of student-athletes who entered Mercyhurst between 2006 and 2009 have earned their degrees.
To read the full story, please visit mercyhurst.edu/news.
The Mercyhurst community took part in the latest pop-culture phenomenon by completing an EPIC mannequin challenge before Thanksgiving break. Students. faculty, and administrators lined up in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center to freeze in time as the Men's and Women's Basketball Teams staged a match, all with a surprise visit from our mascot Luke the Laker.
Check out the full video on our YouTube page here.
Click the listed links to learn more about each of the upcoming shows!
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