Faculty & Staff Newsletter

January 13, 2020

News from Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Enrollment

I hope 2020 is off to a great start for each of you! Just as we begin the new year with hope and anticipation, the new semester brings similar feelings and new opportunities as we welcome new and continuing students.

The number of enrolled students will continue to fluctuate the next two weeks but please do everything you can engage and retain each student. As of the time of this submission on Friday, January 10, enrollment is:

Toledo campus: 1057

Youngstown location: 175

Total: 1232 enrolled for 10,822.5 credit hours. Our credit-hour goal for Spring is 11,688. Admissions had a goal of 160 new students this semester. The total number of new students today is 168. Congratulations to the Enrollment team – they again have exceeded the goal set for new students for the semester.

Mercy swag boxes will continue to be sent to students in online programs this year after the census count at each semester. There has been a positive response from students regarding this engagement effort.

The Strategic Enrollment Committee is meeting every other week and working to create a Strategic Enrollment Plan for the College. The goal is to produce a conceptual framework of this plan by the end of January. Please direct questions or comments regarding this to me or Dr. Trevor Bates, the co-chairs for this committee.

Progress continues on Pathfinder, the marketing automation system. There will be demonstrations as the system becomes more fully functional and tested.

I want to remind everyone that there is style guide available for your use but please consult with Denise Hudgin or me before creating any public-facing items.

Also available for your use is an online Strategic Plan dashboard. This will be updated annually and provides a quick snapshot of where we are in achieving our goals. You can access the dashboard here or find it on the Strategic Plan page of the website.

Interviews are scheduled for the position of Coordinator of Alumni Relations/Grants. The hope is to have a new person in place by early March.

As always please contact me directly if I can answer any questions.


Mercy Café Menu

Mercy Café Menu

Justice Week 2020 Events

Submitted by Annie Devine

"If you want peace, work for justice."

Inspired by these words of Pope Paul VI and by our Mercy values, we invite you to join us for our first annual Justice week from January 20-24. This opportunity to explore a variety of justice issues helps to deepen our understanding and conversations around healthcare and global concerns. This year, we will focus on the particular justice issue of Human Trafficking and its impact in our community. Please see the flyer for programs and activities that will be offered throughout the week. Youngstown and online faculty, staff, and students can join us online ( to hear Jeff Wilbarger, Director of The Daughter Project, speak at our Soup with Substance event on Thursday, January 23 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Revised Curriculum Forms

Submitted by Lori Yarger

The revised Curriculum Proposal forms are now available on the website, under Faculty & Staff Forms. We on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee have consolidated the previous forms to only two forms. The Curriculum Proposal Form is to be utilized for anything having to do with curriculum changes/revisions/deletions to new courses, special topics, and new programs of study. You will see that for New Course Proposal, Special Topics Course Proposal, and New Program of Study that you will need to fill out the Curriculum Supplement Form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Mobile Meals Opportunities

Submitted by Lori Yarger

Our College Community currently has a route to deliver Mobile Meals on the 3rd and 4th Mondays of each month. Many of you have already volunteered, but we are in need of additional volunteers. We still have many vacancies to be filled. If you are interested, you may contact me or sign up on the M drive under Mobile Meals, 2019-2020. If you have not done this previously, please let me know and I can be with you on your first delivery. If you have any questions, please let me know at

Youngstown Campus Wellness Week

Submitted by Ann Bair

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to focus on ways to improve one's total wellness. The Youngstown Campus will be offering Wellness Days on Monday, January 27, Thursday, January 30, and Friday, January 31. Ann Bair, Mental Health Counselor, will be offering a Relaxation/Mindfulness Station complete with guided meditation, calming scents and sounds, and stress management resources in the 2nd floor Conference Room. Darnell LaRosa, Student Affairs Coordinator, will be hosting a Nutrition Nook with a yogurt bar and fitness information in the 4th floor Main Office. A personal wellness quiz will be available to get students started on filling their Wellness Wheel. Please contact Ann Bair at 330-480-2874/ with any questions or concerns.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above
Justice Week 2020 - see above
Youngstown Campus Wellness Week - see above

Youngstown 2020 Senior Class Representatives Volunteer at Our Community Kitchen Christmas Outreach Day

submitted by Annette Hinrichs
Faculty, staff, and students collected multiple items to support Our Community Kitchen Christmas Outreach Day. Class representatives (see image) organized donations and handed out items the day of the event to over 100 people in the Youngstown community.

Spring Break Service Immersion Trip 2020
submitted by Annie Devine

Choose a different path this Spring Break!
Journey with us to Chicago, IL from March 7-11, 2020 to explore what it means to be the Mercy difference. Spend 5 days living simply in community, providing service to those in need, and reflecting on the causes of poverty and injustice as well as the deeper meaning of service. We will be hosted by the Brother David Darst Center, a social justice education center that provides opportunities for participants to see more clearly the faces pushed to the margins of our society. Through partnerships with local agencies, participants will get to know others, challenge stereotypes, confront fears, and break down barriers.

COST: $150 (includes transportation, meals, and housing)

HOW TO APPLY: Email Annie Devine at for an application for this year's trip or to receive more details.

DEADLINE: Applications are due Monday, February 3 along with a $50 deposit. Apply early! Space is limited.

QUESTIONS? Contact Annie Devine at 419-251-1866 or


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