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October 13, 2020
Enrollment Division Update
I wanted to update all of you on the scheduled communications with the College community. We began 2020 with the communication tools: Faculty Staff Weekly Newsletter, Inside Mercy College, and, when necessary, individual emails to faculty, staff, and/or students. In March, when 2020 became anything but normal – all of the above communications were replaced with weekly emails on COVID-19. Now, we are slowly trying to resume regularly scheduled communications with the College community.
- Mercy Newsletter – comes out every Monday, is primarily focused on what is happening for that week and COVID-19. It is delivered via email to all faculty, staff, and students. This is sent out by Dr. Wajert and will continue to come out on Mondays.
- Faculty/Staff Newsletter – sent out to faculty and staff on Tuesday. It is focused on what faculty and staff need to know about the College community. It includes the CEOgram which goes directly to the President’s Office. This is sent out by the Office of Communication and Marketing. Please use the following link to submit items to the Faculty/Staff Weekly Newsletter: https://mercycollege.edu/forms/faculty-staff-weekly-email-article-submission-form.
- Inside Mercy College – the weekly student email. At this time, due to low submissions, this newsletter has been put on hold. If you would like to submit items for students, please use the following link to do so and they will be included in the Mercy newsletter that is emailed on Mondays: https://mercycollege.edu/forms/inside-mercy-college-article-submissions.
- Emails to Faculty, Staff and/or Students – these can be sent, however, prior to doing so please receive approval from the Vice President of your Division. The goal is to limit these emails and move as many submissions as possible to the Mercy News and/or the Faculty/Staff Weekly Newsletter.
Please direct any questions regarding this information to either Lori Edgeworth or Denise Hudgin, Director of Communication and Marketing.
Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated!
Admissions: The Admission Team is busy with the recruitment of students for the Spring 2021 semester and the Fall of 2021! The recruitment process is definitely different this year as most schools are not allowing visits from College recruiters in person. We continue to do our virtual visits and some are being done with specific schools. Healthcare Worker Wednesday is continuing every other Wednesday. Many of the College Fairs for both Graduate and Undergraduate recruitment are in a virtual format and the Admission Officers are participating.
The consulting contract with Ruffalo Noel Levitz has been signed and began on October 1, 2020. I will be meeting with our assigned consultant this week to construct the plan for our work. Once that meeting takes place I will be contacting others at the College to schedule meets and consulting sessions.
Alumni Relations: Alumni Weekend was held on September 26 and 27 and many alumni participated in the virtual events. Thank you to the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who participated in the Mercy Mile virtual walk. Congratulations to Hannah Bohn on the planning and execution of this event. Hopefully, Alumni Weekend 2021 will return to in-person events!
Financial Aid: The Financial Aid Office received notification of our default rate which is 4%. This is outstanding! It demonstrates that students who attend Mercy College complete their degree and become employed thus being able to repay their loans! The national default rate for students is 9.7%. Congratulations to our students and the Financial Aid Office staff for all the work they do advising students!!
Strategic Plan: The Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees at their September 15 meeting. I will be sending the updated plan out in a separate email to the entire College community. The Strategic Plan is the Road Map for the College, identifying our four goals and the Strategic Initiatives to complete each goal. The Strategic Planning and Budgeting Council will be meeting this Friday, October 16 to discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan. More details will be coming.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Enrollment Division. We are happy to assist.
Have a great week!
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Spring Textbook Adoption Period
Submitted by Sharon Rienerth
Textbook adoptions for the Spring 2021 semester will begin October 12, 2020, and end October 30, 2020. All textbooks must be available for the students to purchase on the first day of registration, which is November 9, 2020. An email with links to the adoption form at Matthews Books was sent on Friday, October 9.
Attention Snagit Users
Submitted by Jeff Metzger
On Sunday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m., Snagit will be updated to the newest version. If you use Snagit on a college-supplied computer, you will receive the update. The installation process will automatically remove Snagit 13 and install Snagit 2020. When you launch Snagit 2020 for the first time, you will be prompted for the product license key. Please call the college IT team at 419-251-9898 for assistance with the product key. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeff Metzger.
Current Student and Alumni Volunteers Needed
Submitted by Hannah Bohn
We are in search of current students and alumni to participate in Healthcare Worker Wednesday sessions. Participants will be asked to share information about their Mercy experience and how their Mercy education led to where they are today (or where they hope to be). Please encourage your students/alumni to participate in one or more of these virtual open house opportunities.
Sign Up Here
I have also typed a sample email (below), which you can send to any student who has a great Mercy College story to tell.
As a current student or alumni, I want to inform you of some exciting ways to get involved on campus and share your Mercy College story.
- Volunteer for Mercy College’s virtual Open House opportunities, called Healthcare Worker Wednesday (HWW). We are looking for current students and alumni who are willing to share information about their Mercy experience and how their Mercy education led to where they are today (or where they hope to be). These virtual Open Houses take place every other Wednesday. Sign up here to be an Alumni Speaker for one or numerous sessions.
- Complete the Current Student/Alumni Spotlight form. We’re proud of the ambitions and accomplishments of our students and alumni. We want to hear about your path to us, your Mercy College experience, your career aspirations/achievements, and anything else you would like to share. Tell your story here.
Questions? Contact Hannah Bohn-Coordinator of Alumni/Grants at Hannah.Bohn@mercycollege.edu or 419-251-8993.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Submitted by Suzanne Hall
About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience physical violence, sexual violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 1 in 6 homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. This year has seen an increase in reported domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reported that April 2020, when many people across the country spend most of their time at home due to stay-at-home orders, had a 15% increase in calls compared to April 2019 and as of May 2020 at least 10% of callers identified COVID-19 as contributing to violence and abuse.
Counseling and Wellness Services urges you to educate yourself and learn how you can help prevent domestic violence:
- Sign a violence prevention pledge.
- Healthy Relationships Virtual workshop presented by Counseling and Wellness Services on Wed., Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.: Virtual Workshop Link.
- View the Silent Witness Project of Northwest Ohio Virtual Remembrance of local women Killed by their partners.
- Visit the Counseling and Wellness Module on the Student Success Center Canvas Course to learn more information about domestic violence and find resources.
Best Zoom Background Contest
Submitted by Hannah Bohn
Faculty Development and Staff Council are teaming up this semester to offer some exciting events and contests for Faculty/Staff.
On October 19, during College Assembly, have your Zoom background showing and we will vote on "Best Zoom Background"
*The winner will receive a $15 Amazon E-gift card!
Send a message to Dr. Wajert using this link.
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