Faculty & Staff Newsletter

October 14, 2019

News from the Enrollment Division

Hope that your Fall semester is going well. Here are a few updates from the Enrollment Division:

The A-133 Audit is complete for this year and again we have zero findings! Congratulations to Julie Leslie, Financial Aid Director and her team for their excellent work again this year!!

We have received our cohort default rate (the percentage of a school's borrowers in the US who enter repayment on certain loans during a federal fiscal year and default prior to the end of the next one to two fiscal years) for 2016. Mercy College’s rate is 5.6%! This is below the National and state rates and both the Public and Private 4 year institutions! Mercy students graduate and become employed in healthcare enabling them to repay their loans!

The 2020 FASFA is now open for students to apply for Financial Aid for the upcoming year. This is important to students and the health of the College as over 85% of our students receive some form of Financial Aid.

The Fall Open House is Saturday, November 2, from 10 am to noon in room 3302/04. Please encourage any prospective students to attend and learn more about our programs and offerings. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who will be at Open House serving our future students and their families! The Admissions team appreciates your support!

The Strategic Enrollment Committee (SEC) has been meeting bi weekly reviewing data and working to develop the Strategic Enrollment Plan for the College. The goal of the SEC is to have a draft ready for review by the end of January 2020.

Admissions and Marketing have been working for the past several months to develop an automated marketing system for prospective students. The Admission Officers will begin testing Pathfinder in the next week. Amy Mergen, Director of Enrollment, and Denise Hudgin, Director of Communication, will be offering sessions in the next couple of weeks for anyone interested in learning more about Pathfinder and how it will work in the recruitment process.

The Admission Officers continue to be busy recruiting students, visiting high schools in the area and attending college fairs to recruit students for 2020.

If you have questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Enrollment Directors, the Enrollment team or myself. We are always happy to answer your questions and provide updates on recruitment.

Have a good fall break!


Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

Benefits Presentation Addition

Submitted by Angela Nowak

Due to a scheduling conflict, Human Resources has added an additional benefits presentation to the one currently scheduled Tuesday, October 22, 12-1 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. in the McAuley Room. An additional benefits presentation will be offered Wednesday, October 23, 12-1 p.m. in rooms J3302 and J3304.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

Submitted by Suzanne Hall

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Counseling and Wellness Services is offering awareness activities this month at the Toledo and Youngstown campuses.

Toledo will be hosting the Silent Witness Project, an exhibit recognizing women in northwest Ohio who have died from intimate partner violence. The display will be located in the Jefferson 3rd floor lobby by elevators on Monday, October 14, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Information and resources will also be available at the display.

In Youngstown, students are invited to participate in the Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project. During the evening on Monday, October 14. Students, staff and faculty will be making purple cutouts of their hands and signing their names to pledge “I will not use my hands or my words for hurting myself or others.” These pledges will posted throughout the college. A Ted talk will be available to view and informational cards and flyers for prevention, education, and resources will also be available.

For more information about these events, contact: Suzanne Hall at 419-251-1454 or (Toledo) or Ann Bair at 330-480-2874 or (Youngstown).

Spring 2020 Textbook Adoption Due Date: November 1, 2019

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Textbook Provision compliance-monitoring deadline for Spring 2020 semester is FRIDAY, November 1, 2019.

A FACULTY TEXTBOOK ADOPTION FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR EVERY COURSE BY THIS DEADLINE. If you plan to forgo any textbooks for a course, you must complete the form and indicate that no textbook is required by clicking the “Submit with No Books Required” button.

The link to the adoption form is included below.
Textbook Adoption Form

Username is: mercyoh
Password is: mercyoh

Please contact your division’s Administrative Specialist for assistance and our Matthews Books representative, Ashley White at with any textbook questions and concerns.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we comply with the HEOA.

Academic Affairs

Community Health Worker Program Site Visit This Week

Submitted by Angela Lust

We would like to announce that the Community Health Worker Certificate Program will be having a site visit Wednesday October 16, 2019. Please welcome Kristie Oles, the Education Regulatory Surveyor who is from the Ohio Board of Nursing. Thank you.

HR Advice and Council

Submitted by Angela Nowak

HR Advice and Council is open for business for associates and leaders. See flyer: HR Advice and Council

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities - see above

Career Center - RESUME LAB
submitted by Kristen Porter
Open Resume Lab
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Madison 3704

Need your resume looked at quickly and without an appointment?
Stop by the Career Center Resume Lab in M3704 on October 16th.

You can grab a snack, speak with the Director and leave with a reviewed resume!

Youngstown, online, or student who can't make it to Toledo Campus? Ask questions in the chat room here: Chat Room for Resume Workshop

Questions? Contact Kristen Porter, Director of Career, Professional Development and Retention at 419.251.1339 or
See flyer: Resume Lab Fall 2019

2020-21 FAFSA
submitted by Julie Leslie
The new 2020–21 FAFSA form is here! To begin your application, select the “START HERE” button on the FAFSA homepage ( or download the myStudentAid app for iOS and Android. Customers who are using an Apple device (mobile and/or desktop) may encounter errors on some FAFSA fields if the “smart punctuation” feature is enabled. This feature changes apostrophes and quotation marks to invalid characters that the FAFSA form cannot recognize.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to contact Financial Aid at or call 419-251-1219.

2020-21 Scholarships
Submitted by Julie Leslie
The 2020-21 Mercy College Scholarship application is now open. Please visit and apply today! The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020. Check out the attached checklist for more information.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Financial Aid at or 419-251-1219. See flyer: Mercy College Institutional Scholarship Checklist

Do you love Mercy College?
submitted by Gina Schultz
The Mercy College Open House is Saturday, November 2. We are looking for a few enthusiastic student volunteers to assist from 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM. Volunteers will receive breakfast and a FREE Mercy t-shirt!

Interested students should contact Gina Schultz by Wednesday, October 23 at 419-251-1906 or email

Constitution Day Contest Winners
submitted by Krista Bachlii
Mercy College congratulates the following selected students for winning the Constitution Day Quiz contest:
Emily Murphy
Precious Williams
Brian Rolfsen
Kaileen Balestrino
Each winner received a $20 Amazon gift card. Thank you to all who participated in the quiz!


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Send a message to the Mercy College President using this link.

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