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December 2015
Greetings Mercyhurst Parents,
It seems as if this semester has flown by, we think that's probably because of all the fun we've been having here at Mercyhurst - you know the saying, time flies when you're having fun! Of course great work has been going on as well; the students are hard at their studies right now as the "dreaded" finals week is coming up! 
We hope you enjoy the December eNewsletter, it is full of opportunities to get connected, information and dates that are important for you to know, and a little look into the lives of our Lakers.
As always, feel free to contact us at alumni@mercyhurst.edu if there is anything we can help you with, if our office cannot, we will direct you to the appropriate person! 
Merry Christmas to you and your students, we hope to see you sometime in 2016!
-The Office of Institutional Advancement

Grotto Keepsake

Build your very own little Mercyhurst at home or in your office with this year's 2nd edition keepsake - the Mercyhurst Grotto. Last year's Old Main and O'Neil Tower keepsake is also available for anyone who missed out last year but still wants to begin their collection. 
This is a great way to show your love of Mercyhurst by collecting the special keepsakes of some of our favorite campus spots. Hint hint, they also make GREAT Christmas gifts!

Those who make a gift of $20 or more will receive this annual keepsake offer. Make your gift today online at hurstalumni.org/keepsake.

Save the Date
Mercyhurst Family Weekend

The Campus Involvement Center and the Office of Institutional Advancement are happy to announce the date of our upcoming Mercyhurst Family Weekend!
Please save the date for a fun weekend on the campus of Mercyhurst University: March 11-13, 2016. Join us for a chance to meet President Victor, fun family time, "Kids n Sibs" activities, and a chance to take a look into the campus life of our Lakers!
Please check your mail and email for a formal invitation in the next coming months.
Online registration will open on Jan. 18.

Living the Mission 

President Victor and his cabinet served lunch to the patrons of our local Emmaus Soup Kitchen in late November, this was a part of the administration's personal commitment to service! President Victor stated "If you believe deep down inside that something is important, you have to live it; words can be hollow without action...I believe in service and I believe in leading by example." 

The cabinet does just that each day, and their service is one great example of their great leadership!
Read the full story online at mercyhurst.edu/news.

A New Tradition-Hurst Day 2015

On Oct. 7, the campus of Mercyhurst looked a little different: students sprinting and gathering clues, bouncing obstacle courses, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, steak dinner, and a day off of classes took place for the first annual Hurst Day! Check out the video by clicking the image below or visiting Mercyhurst's YouTube page here to relive all the moments of this new and special tradition for Mercyhurst students!

"Miracle on 38th Street" 

Next week, Mercyhurst students will participate in "Miracle on 38th Street," a program coordinated by the Campus Involvement Center, Multicultural Affairs, Service Learning, and Campus Ministry offices.

Nearly 35 children from local service agencies will visit the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union for this annual event. The children will be paired with a Mercyhurst student "buddy" to lead him or her through Christmas activities, arts and crafts, snack time, and of course a visit and some gifts from Santa Claus.
This is a great service opportunity for our Lakers but also a great reminder of what the Christmas season is all about!

Academic Restructuring

A new change has been made to Mercyhurst academic structure with the formation of four new colleges, each with a full-time administrative dean. This restructuring process is a part of President Victor's efforts to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and ensure accountability.
The new colleges and their respective deans are:
  • Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Dean Michael Elnitsky
  • Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Dean James Breckenridge
  • Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Dean Leanne Roberts
  • Walker College of Business and Management, Dean Raj Parikh

You can read the full story on the restructuring here

FAFSA Filing for 2015-2016

Remember, after you file your 2015 federal income tax return, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to assure full consideration for federal, state, and institutional financial aid for the next academic year.  Mercyhurst University has a preferred filing deadline of March 15 for priority awarding of institutional scholarships, grants and work study. The FAFSA may be filed electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Individual states have varying deadlines to be considered for state grants. These deadlines can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Pennsylvania residents must file by May 1, 2016 in order to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA). For assistance completing your FAFSA or for specific questions about  the FAFSA, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

Student eBills have a new look

On September 25, 2015 the look of the student’s eBill changed. It was updated for a more streamlined look and simpler navigation. Students can now:
-View account summary
-View current statements as well as statement history
-Make one-time payments
-Set up a payment plan through Tuition Management Services (TMS)
-Make payments on their TMS payment plans
 
J-Term spring term bills can be viewed in early December. If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your son or daughter to give you “shared access” on the Mercyhurst eBill system.  By having “shared access”, you will be able to view and pay the bill online, as well as receive notifications of any billing changes.  Students can set up shared access by clicking on the Manage Account Access button once they link to their eBill.
Each time an eBill is updated, an email will be sent to the student as well as other authorized users.  The email will include a link to the Mercyhurst eBill site.  You will be glad you took the time to be part of this valuable shared information.     

December 2015

Dates to Remember



Academic Calendar
  • December 7: Reading Day, no classes
  • December 8-11: Final exams
  • December 16: Grades due by 9 a.m.
  • January 6: J-Term day and evening classes begin
  • January 8: Last day to drop/add classes
  • January 15: Last day to declare pass-fail
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Day observed-no classes held
  • January 26: J-Term classes end 
  • January 26: Last day to withdraw from classes
  • January 29: Grades due by 9 a.m.
Residence Hall Hours
  • The freshman residence halls will be closing for Christmas break on Saturday, Dec 12 at 6:00 p.m. They will reopen for J-Term on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 12:00 p.m. 
    Signs with this information will be posted during finals week with this information. If any freshman student needs to stay late, return early, or stay for the entire break, they will need to receive permission from their Hall Director or Assistant Director.

Mailroom Information

The RICOH Mailroom is located in the basement of Preston Hall and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

All students living on campus will be assigned an individual on-campus mailbox. Students living off campus will not be 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 numbered from the 1000's through the 1700's are in the Student Union on the ground floor. All other boxes are located in the Lower Level of Preston Hall by the mailroom. Students are able to access mailboxes when these buildings are unlocked.

Students receiving a package will be notified via email when it has been processed. All packages will be available for pick-up at the mailroom after 1:00p.m. A photo ID is required when picking up packages.

Campus Address:
Mercyhurst University
Student Name
Box #
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546

Sunday Mass

When you come to visit campus, please note that Sunday Mass is at 11:00 AM year-round in Christ the King Chapel, as well as at 7:00 PM when school is in session. 
Parents, families and friends are always welcome to join us!

For students who are not Catholic, there are many houses of worship in the Erie area, including a great variety of Christian churches, as well as temples, mosques and synagogues. Campus Ministry has created an Area Worship Guide to help direct students to these houses of worship, many which offer to transport students to/from services.

Don't forget...

Spring bill due date is January 6, 2016

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