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Faculty & Staff Newsletter

December 23, 2019

What's Happening in Student Affairs

December 2019

UPDATES
- College Mascot Task Force - will commence during the spring 2020 semester to address the implementation of the “Blue Healer” mascot to the college. The focus will be three-fold. First, to identify multiple mark-ups used for marketing and advertising. Second, once mark-ups have been identified SGA will coordinate a “Name the Mascot” contest. Last, SGA has voted to purchase a new mascot costume that better reflects a “Blue Healer.”
- Co-Curricular Assessment Committee (CAC) - continues to meet on a bi-weekly basis and is currently developing their by-laws of membership and operation. The committee expanded the definition of “co-curricular” to include non-academic departments/offices.
- Pathways for Success – collaborating with Mercy Foundation to identify donor(s) or grant-funding to increase award amount and students served.
- Maxient - confidential record-keeping/sharing software with implementation scheduled for January 2020. Some of the departments/offices to use the software will be Student Conduct, CARE Team, Retention, Accessibility Services, and Academic Integrity.
- Smarthinking - 24/7 on-line tutoring software, available for all Mercy College undergraduate and graduate students. Smarthinking also has a module to assist with the development, or enhancement, of resumes and cover letters.
- Mercy College Food Pantry – please access the website to see how you can contribute to the pantry and continue to serve our students in need.
- Student parking tags – no longer required and will not be distributed, effective immediately.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Effective January 2020, the college will be closed from 1 to 5 a.m. with no card/ID access during that time. Mercy Protective Services staff will continue to be on campus 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Various camera and lighting upgrades will be made to the parking garage and other areas of the college during the spring semester.
- The next SOAR sessions will be on Monday, January 6 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, January 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 3rd floor Jefferson. Please make sure your departments/offices are staffed adequately.

If you have questions or comments regarding the information presented, or with the Division of Student Affairs, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Adkins, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Mercy Café

Submitted by Steve Joyce

The Mercy Café is closed for the holidays. The Café will reopen Monday, January 6, 2020.

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