February 9, 2021
News From IT
Laptops for All Faculty and Staff
Mercy College leadership has approved a plan to use Coronavirus relief money to purchase enough laptops so that all faculty and staff will have a laptop computer. Ninety laptops have been ordered and will be deployed to people who have an older laptop or who only have a desktop computer. In addition, enough 24-inch monitors have been ordered so that everyone can have a dual monitor configuration. You are allowed to take one of those monitors home to use there. This is all being done in an effort to improve your remote work experience.
If you have a desktop computer only, or if you have a laptop that is more than two years old, you will receive a new laptop. If you already have a newer laptop, you will still benefit from the purchase of monitors. A cascading effect of this project is that it will free up dozens of desktop computers that are still serviceable. Those will be used to refresh aging equipment in student computer labs.
The laptops have been ordered, but shipments are delayed due to the pandemic and may not come in for two months. As soon as they arrive, my team will begin installing software and preparing them for deployment. We will coordinate the replacement of desktops and old laptops with each person as we work through the inventory. The monitors, however, have arrived so please let me know if you would like to sign one out to use at home. And please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or for clarification. A special thank you to Dr. Wajert and the Executive Staff for their support of this initiative!
Director of Information Technology
Mercy Café Menu
Submitted by Steven Joyce
Mercy Café Menu
Mindwise, an online behavioral health screening, has launched
Submitted by Ann Bair
Mercy College has added a new, completely anonymous online tool to assist students, faculty and staff with screening their overall behavioral health - including mental health, substance use and more. The link to connect to Mindwise can be found on the Counseling and Wellness page on the Mercy College website as well in the Student Success Center Module in Canvas under Counseling and Wellness. Just click on the green button to begin. Participants will be directed to college, community, and online resources if desired. Please contact Ann Bair (Youngstown) or Suzanne Hall (Toledo) with any questions or concerns.
CARES Act II Funding
Please remind students that Mercy College applied for and has received the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act second round funding (CARES II) and is ready for students to apply for the emergency relief funding beginning Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Funding will be awarded based on a pre-determined formula.
The second round of funding has fewer restrictions. Students who receive Federal Financial Aid and are Pell recipients will receive priority, but other students are eligible to apply including online students (undergraduate, graduate and credit certificates). Students must have experienced a financial hardship due to the disruption of campus operations because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of December 27, 2020, and be currently enrolled in spring semester.
Mercy students who are not eligible for funds are those enrolled in a dual degree program with either BGSU or Tiffin University and those who are in a noncredit program (Phlebotomy, EMT). Students in the dual degree programs should contact their home university for further guidance.
The College Emergency Fund Task Force will review and distribute these funds as quickly as possible.
Student should visit www.mercycollege.edu/covid-19 and click on the CARES ACT information for the application.
Mercy College in the News
Submitted by Denise Hudgin
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