September 3, 2019
News from President Wajert
I hope that you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and that the fall semester is off to a great start! As of the end of the first week of classes we have 1450 students enrolled, taking 12,675.5 credit hours. We have one more week until the 15 day count so it is our hope that the number of students and credit hours will remain stable.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bronwyn Doyle to campus on September 11 – 13. Dr. Doyle is consulting with the Nursing Division this fall.
We continue to work on the HLC report and our preparation for the visit November 18 and 19. Criterion 1-3 are in beta version (the reports are undergoing one more review and will then be ready for submission).
Construction on the Learning Commons on the 6th floor Jefferson will begin in the next month.
The College received approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to move forward with the PA Program. We are now working with HLC who have been forwarded the documents for their approval.
Todd Jones from Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) a guest presenter at an upcoming college assembly. Todd will speak on the trends in higher education and will provide information that I believe you will find interesting and informative.
Thank you for all you do! Enjoy the second week of the semester.
Mercy Café Menu
Submitted by Steve Joyce
Mercy Café Menu
Tools for Schools/Rosary Cathedral Donations
Submitted by Judy Dudley
Traditionally, Mercy College and the Mercy Healthcare Center's Mission Committee have participated in "Tools for Schools" by collecting school supplies for Rosary Cathedral Catholic school (Collingwood Blvd). This year, to meet the specific needs of the students and teachers at Rosary Cathedral Catholic school, we have been asked to collect tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes instead of crayons, pencils, paper, etc. (though any donation is greatly appreciated). Collection boxes are located throughout the building-including both the Jefferson and Madison lobbies. Donations may also be dropped off in Judy Dudley's office (4th Floor Madison) through Friday, September 13. Thank you!
Fundraising Event: Funds Raised will go to the Alumni Board
Submitted by Karen Dziengelewski
The Mercy College Alumni Association Board is hosting two fundraising events on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Please mark your calendars and come out to support the Mercy College Alumni Association Board. All funds raised will go directly to the Operational Budget to help provide funding for 2020 events.
Max and Erma’s (Perrysburg Location only) requires the paper copy of the flier for the 10% to go back to the Alumni Association. This event is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bar Louie (Perrysburg Location only) will accept an imagine on cell phones along with the paper copy and 20% will go back to the Alumni Association. This event is from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
German American Festival: Volunteers THANK YOU!
Submitted by Karen Dziengelewski
The Alumni Board would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the college community and those who stepped up to help cover volunteer shifts at the German American Festival over the weekend of August 23-25. Our tent was responsible for checking IDs and providing wristbands to those of age. The following individuals were present during the weekend from the College, which allows our Alumni Association Board to raise $1,000 to help go directly into our operational funds to allow us to plan social events for 2020.
• Teri O’Donnell- Faculty (Active Alumni Board Member)
• Sue Eisel- Adjunct Professor
• Jamie Tooman- Faculty (Correct title if wrong please)
• Jeanne Cluff- Faculty
• Lori Yarger – Faculty (plus her husband Fred)
• Taryn Geiselman- Student
• Heather Felgner – Student (plus her sister Kelsey)
• Jana Zervos- Admission Admin. Assistant
• Dawn Hathaway- Adjunct Professor (plus her husband Jay)
• Marissa Tomaszewski- Adjunct Professor (plus her husband (Jake)
• Makala White – Student
• Kalena Anastacio – Student
Your help and dedication to Mercy College do not go unnoticed and you were vital in a successful weekend of volunteering to help raise funds for the Alumni Board. The board members can’t thank each of you enough. THANK YOU!!
Suicide Prevention Month
Submitted by Suzanne Hall
September is suicide prevention month. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 10 to 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals ages 35 to 54. There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510)! Clearly, suicide prevention is an important topic for all members of the Mercy College community. Watch for more information in upcoming weeks about suicide prevention month activities on both the Toledo and Youngstown campuses.
Mercy Health offers counseling support to faculty and staff through LifeMatters. Call 877-692-7780 or text “Hello” to 61295 (password BSMH1). There are also several crisis resources available. The National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and the Crisis Text Line at Text ‘START’ to 741741 have trained support people available 24 hours a day nationally. In Toledo, Rescue Mental Health Services can be reached at 419-255-9585 and in Youngstown, the Youngstown Help Hotline can be reached at 330-747-2696.
For more information on supporting friends and loved ones who are in crisis, please visit www.asklistenrefer.org to complete the online training in basic interventions.
Community Engagement Update - September 2019
Looking to get involved with your community? Have Service Learning requirements? View the Community Engagement Update for September. You can now SUBSCRIBE to this update by completing the "Stay Engaged" form on the Service Learning webpage.
If you have a volunteer opportunity that you’d like to see included in the monthly Community Engagement Update, please contact Annie Devine, Director of Campus Ministry & Service Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-251-1866 or complete the Form for Requesting Volunteers or Posting Service Opportunities.
Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College
Mercy Café Menu - see above
German American Festival: Volunteers THANK YOU! - see above
Get Engaged with the Community - see above (Community Engagement Update)
Join the A-Team
submitted by Gina Schultz
The Office of Admissions is looking for students to join the A-Team. The A-Team is a group of students who represent Mercy College and aid in special events.
Role of a Student Admission Assistant
• Attend and actively participate in Open House and other admissions events
• Acquaint new students and families to Mercy College
• Assist with campus tours, break out groups and assist where needed
• Resume Builder
• $1500 Scholarship
• Student must be a current Mercy College student in good academic standing.
• Student must have a positive attitude.
• Student must be able to participate in the majority of the admissions events throughout the year totaling 150 hours.
• Student may not concurrently be a Hoffman Ambassador.
To apply, please visit the Mercy College website.
Suicide Prevention Month
submitted by Suzanne Hall
September is suicide prevention month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the most recent reported statistics (2017), suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54. There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510) as well. Clearly, suicide prevention is an important topic for all members of the Mercy College community. Watch for more information in upcoming weeks about suicide prevention month activities on both the Toledo and Youngstown campuses.
Mercy College offers free, confidential mental health counseling for students. To request counseling services, please complete the online form. There are also several crisis resources available. The National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and the Crisis Text Line at Text ‘START’ to 741741 have trained support people available 24 hours a day nationally. In Toledo, Rescue Mental Health Services can be reached at 419-255-9585 and in Youngstown, the Youngstown Help Hotline can be reached at 330-747-2696.
For more information on supporting friends and loved ones who are in crisis, please visit www.asklistenrefer.org to complete online training in basic interventions.
Send a message to Dr. Wajert using this link.
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