Faculty & Staff Newsletter

March 23, 2020

Weekly Emails Suspended

After the current edition (March 23, 2020), the Faculty/Staff Newsletter and Inside Mercy College will be suspended until further notice to focus on COVID-19 communication. The most up-to-date information regarding Mercy College's response to COVID-19 is available at

Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

Ways to Help Your Community

Submitted by Annie Devine

The monthly Community Engagement Update newsletter is on hiatus for the time-being. Due to COVID-19, many volunteer opportunities have been cancelled but some organizations are more in need of volunteers than ever, particularly those providing food to children and shelter/food to those experiencing homelessness. If you are a person with increased risk of getting sick or if you are sick yourself, then you should not volunteer in ways where you will be coming into contact with other people/places. But there are many other ways you can help support and provide for communities in need during this time. Please see the following PDF for ways that you can help your community: Ways to Support Your Community

Spiritual Resources during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Submitted by Annie Devine

Below are a few spiritual resources that you might find helpful during this challenging time. Please know that I am praying with and for you. You can also email me prayer requests at which I will post on the shared Mercy College Prayer Request page.

Noel Levitz Survey

Submitted by Mary Bergs

THANK YOU to everyone who in any way encouraged a student to respond to the Noel-Levitz survey. We had a FIFTY-ONE PERCENT (51%) response rate. The standard for schools is 20%!

A copy of a chart with responses by program is available here.
All response data will be available to the College in about a month. College Strengths and Challenges will be shared with faculty and staff in late April. More detailed analysis will be done in early summer.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above
Ways to Help Your Community - see above
Spiritual Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic - see above

Mercy Foundation Announces Abdu Scholarship
submitted by Maraline Kubik
Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley will introduce a new endowed scholarship this year as part of its annual nursing scholarship program.
Rashid Abdu, M.D., founder of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, endowed the scholarship in honor and in memory of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Inspired by the Sisters’ deep devotion to nursing and caring for the poor, and in recognition of the value of excellent nursing care, Abdu established the scholarship to help the next generation of caregivers achieve their goals.
Preference will be given to students enrolled at Mercy College of Ohio, Youngstown campus; Mercy Health Youngstown employees pursuing a BSN at any accredited university are also eligible.
The Rashid Abdu M.D. Scholarship in Honor and in Memory of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, recommendation of the student’s college or university, and the student’s aspirations and motivations.

Ode to the Sisters
By your work and your lives, you showed us the way.
For your help and guidance, we can never repay.
Your souls are in heaven with the Lord we praise.
Your legacy on Earth, no one can erase.
You touched our lives with your thoughts and your deeds,
In our minds and in our thoughts, you planted the seeds.
Forever and ever they will continue to grow,
And before we leave, to others we’ll bestow.
For your generosity, prayers and gentle touch,
We in the Mahoning Valley thank you so much.
With deep gratitude and love,
Rashid A. Abdu, M.D.

For a scholarship application or information on how to support this program, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley: 330-729-1180. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is Monday, March 30.

Deadline Approaches for Scholarship Applications
submitted by Maraline Kubik

Students enrolled at Mercy College of Ohio – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Campus, and Mercy Health Youngstown employees, their spouses and children have until March 30 to apply for nursing scholarships provided by Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Last year, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley awarded more than $113,000 in scholarships to 63 students. To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing. Since the program began, more than $1.3 million in scholarships has been awarded to deserving students planning careers in healthcare.

For information, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley: 330-729-1180.

Job Opportunities
submitted by Kristen Porter

Below are three agencies that provide services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities that are served by the Lucas County Board of DD:

Trida Residential Solutions:
The Epilepsy Center:
Riverview Industries:

Position Applying For: DSP (Direct Service Professional) (job description may vary for each position):
- Provide Supervision and Guidance for residents during skill-building activities
- Implement individual service plans for residents
- Assist with ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) which includes personal care and preparing meals
- Developing rapport with residents and cultivating a safe, positive, and supportive relationship
- Reporting any concerns to the appropriate agencies/management
- Ensure an appropriate staff-to-client ratio at all times


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