Faculty & Staff Newsletter

November 11, 2019


A Message from Sue Wajert

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Today is Veteran’s Day! Let’s remember all those individuals who serve or who have served in the military! The image above is from Flag City Honor Flight out of Findlay – 9/23/2019. Complete one of these eight ways to show appreciation to our military members.

  1. Show Up at events to honor veterans.
  2. Donate to military organizations or those organizations that assist military veterans.
  3. Fly a flag - correctly
  4. Ask someone about their service.
  5. Write to someone in the military.
  6. Don’t confuse Veteran’s Day with Memorial Day.
  7. Visit a VA hospital.
  8. Get outdoors with a veteran.


The College continues on an exciting path with great opportunity for the future. Jefferson sixth floor is under construction as we continue to build our Learning Commons and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

The Physician Assistant Program continues preparing for its initial site visit with ARC-PA scheduled June 8-9, 2020. The Ohio Department of Higher Education is also conducting a three-day site visit for the Physician Assistant Program January 15-17, 2020. As this journey continues, the timeline is becoming shorter, but Dawn and her team are doing an excellent job to keep the process on track. Renovations have begun on Madison sixth floor, which will house the PA program….work continues as our construction team moves between the Learning Commons and PA.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is on hold for summer 2020. The College has contracted with a consultant to assist the BSN-Prelicensure team with the BSN curriculum. The ABSN is on hold as recommended by the consultant. The plan is to begin the ABSN in summer 2021.

Nursing is working on the new RN-MSN program with an anticipated start date of fall 2020.

Congratulations to the Health Information Technology Team as they received Continuing Accreditation awarded by The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) at its September 13, 2019 meeting.

The Executive Staff presented at the October 30, 2019 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) held at the Stranahan. You can view the presentation on the HUB by clicking here.

As we approach the end of the semester and the holidays, let’s be thankful for the Mercy College faculty, staff and students as we prepare for commencement.

Thanksgiving Prayer
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commencement in Toledo is Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle and on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown. Both ceremonies begin at 6:00pm.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers the family of Ben Dionisio who was awarded his degree posthumously after his death in an automobile accident.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!

Sue Wajert

Mercy Café Menu

Mercy Café Menu

Parking Garage and Building Improvements

Submitted by Sherri Boggs

The interior walls of the areas outside of each elevator on each floor in the parking garage have been painted and all broken windows have been repaired. The Jefferson parking lot lighting is being updated to LED lights. The new lighting will be brighter and more energy-efficient. Look for construction on a separate entrance for the Gandy Clinic to begin early in 2020. New flooring will be installed on the Jefferson Avenue entrances and existing carpeting between the doors will be removed and replaced with a solid surface.

Highlights from the Mercy Day of Service 2019

Submitted by Annie Devine

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, over 100 Mercy College, faculty, and staff spent their day in service to the wider community. We partnered with 18 different community agencies in Youngstown and Toledo and were able to get some much needed work completed around the Toledo campus and get the Mercy College Food Pantry ready for its opening day. Thank you to all who participated, helped as group leaders, shared their pictures, and a very special thank you to our Community Partners who hosted us! View Mercy Day of Service Highlights.

Mass of Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 21, 2019

Submitted by Annie Devine

Mercy College is celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 21 at 12:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel on the 1st floor of Madison. Fr. Chuck Denny will be presiding. All are welcome!

Join us for pie & coffee in the Madison lobby directly after mass. Sponsored by the Office for Campus Ministry and Service Learning. Flyer: Mass of Thanksgiving 11-21-2019

Interprofessional Simulation

Submitted by Dawn Borgerson

We will be performing an interprofessional simulation with nursing students, EMT students, paramedic students and emergency medicine residents on Tuesday, November 12 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The simulation will take place on the 3rd floor of Jefferson near the base of the ramp, hallways surrounding the nursing skills lab and multiple classrooms that have been reserved in that vicinity. These areas will have high traffic patterns throughout the day, please be aware that you will also encounter actors with mock injuries being transported as part of the simulation.

This interprofessional simulation places emphasis on roles/responsibilities, effective communication, interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork in a disaster situation. Students will use critical thinking, prioritization, and delegation to balance the flux of incoming patients during a code yellow. Key concepts include disaster preparedness, response, and mitigation with mass casualty incidents.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dawn Borgerson MSN, RN, CCRP at 419-251-1305.

Verifications of Employment

Submitted by Angela Nowak

New: the work number for employment and salary verifications

As of September 2019, all Bon Secours Mercy Health associates will use The Work Number® for fast, secure and automated employment and income verifications. Please visit the HUB for more information.

Mood Screening

Submitted by Suzanne Hall

To increase awareness of depression and other mental health concerns, Counseling and Wellness Services is encouraging students to complete a FREE mood screening this month.

Toledo campus will be holding free mood screening events on Monday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 20 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., and Thursday, November 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will also be resources on managing holiday stress, grief and exam anxiety, as well as a chance to win prizes. For more information, contact Suzanne Hall at 419-251-1454 or

Youngstown students can find copies of the mood screening on the board in the hallway outside of the Counseling and Wellness Center/Ann Bair’s office or may contact Ann Bair at 330-480-2874 or to complete the screening and have it scored.

Online students are encouraged to complete a free online screening found on the Counseling and Wellness Services page under the mental health screening link.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above
Mercy Day of Service 2019 Highlights - see above
Mass of Thanksgiving - see above
Interprofessional Education
- see above
Mood Screening - see above


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