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INSIDE MERCY COLLEGE - Student Weekly Email 
THE YEAR OF MERCY – Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
Pope Francis has designated 2016 as the Year of Mercy. As a College with that name, how fitting it is to look at how we can show mercy.
Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the Imprisoned
Practice - Pray for the families of inmates
 
INTERIM TITLE IX COORDINATOR CHANGE – Submitted by Leslie Erwin
Please contact Leslie Erwin, Interim Title IX Coordinator (also Interim Vice-President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students), for any Title IX issues or concerns. She can be reached at 419-251-1512, leslie.erwin@mercycollege.edu or titleix@mercycollege.edu. Her office was recently relocated to 5808 in the Division of Student Affairs. Have specific concerns at the Youngstown campus? You can also contact Betsy Cardwell, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 330-480-2170 or elizabeth.cardwell@mercycollege.edu.
 
SPRING SEMESTER DUE DATE REMINDER - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – Submitted by Diane Rahn
The payment due date for student bills for the spring 2016 semester is Friday, February 12. All student bills must be paid in full by this date unless you have a current payment plan or pending financial aid. Please log in to your Empower account to make sure that your bill has been paid in full. Payments can be made online using a debit or credit card, or you can also make payments in the Business Office with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Please contact the Business Office if you have any questions or concerns at 419-251-1726 or diane.rahn@mercycollege.edu.
 
CHALLENGE OUR ASSUMPTIONS – TED TALK – Submitted by Wendy Nathan
Please take 9 minutes to watch this most educating video. Stella Young will open your mind and challenge, perhaps, long-held beliefs you have about people. This is an excellent training tool to complement your health care education and expand your understanding of others. - Wendy Nathan, Interim Director of Accessibility Services
 
ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE – Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
12:15 -12:45 p.m., St. Joseph Chapel, February 10, 2016
It doesn't seem possible but February 10 begins the season of Lent.
Join us in the Chapel for the meaningful prayer service. What practice will you be doing for Lent? Stay tuned for possibilities offered through Campus Ministry.
Following the service will be a simple soup lunch and fellowship in the Madison Lobby.
Lent is a journey...where will it take you this year?
 
REMINDER: JOIN US TO PROMOTE CAMPUS WELLNESS! – Submitted by Lisa Sancrant
The Mercy College Campus Wellness organization is a student organization focusing on promoting mental health, stress management, and overall campus wellness. Join us for our first meeting of the semester: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Organization Room (M5617). Lunch will be available.
 
For more information or questions, please contact CampusWellness@mercycollege.edu.
 
PROJECT PJ – Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
February 1-22 – Happening Now!!
The Gay-Straight Alliance of Mercy College is partnering with Toledo Seagate Foodbank in bringing bedtime items to needy families in northwest Ohio. Please consider donating new and gently used bedtime books, stuffed animals, pajamas, and slippers. These items will be distributed to needy families in northwest Ohio. Promise House, a homeless shelter for LGBTQ teens, will also benefit from this collection. Location of collection boxes: 1st Floor Madison Lobby, 3rd Floor Jefferson Lobby, 5th Floor Madison
 
BUSY PERSON'S RETREAT – Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
The Busy Person's Retreat is tailored to fit YOUR schedule and is a chance to slow down and reflect on your relationship with God, others, and yourself amidst the busyness of life. What a great way to journey through this Lenten season. See Sr. Sally in Campus Ministry, 5th floor, if you have questions. Pick up an application from Sr. Sally, the Bulletin Board outside the student lounge, or from the Campus Ministry webpage.  Applications are due to Sr. Sally by Wednesday, February 17.
 
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS IN TOLEDO AND YOUNGSTOWN – Submitted by Shelly McCoy Grissom
Sogbety Diomande, a native of the Ivory Coast, will offer a glimpse of West Africa through drumming, dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs on February 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m at the Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Road.
Learn about Bessie Coleman, the first African American female to earn a pilot’s license. February 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Lagrange Library, 3422 Lagrange Street.
Both events are free and open to all.
 
WANT TO GET TRAPPED IN TOLEDO? – Submitted by Dave Crafts
The Resident Student Association (RSA) is hosting a "Trapped Toledo" event. Locked in a room with other Mercy Students, you must use your wits and the group's collective knowledge to find hidden clues, solve daunting puzzles and overcome challenges to escape before time runs out. ​Are you ready?
If you are interested in attending for FREE, email Callie Gorlitz cgorlitz@mercycollege.edu after 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8. The first 20 students to sign-up will be given tickets for either the 7:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. experience on Thursday, February 25. Email studentlife@mercycollege.edu with questions.
 
FEDERAL WORK STUDY JOB OPENINGS – Submitted by Julie Leslie
Mercy College currently has Federal Student Work Study job openings for the Toledo Campus. We have openings in the following areas:
• Community Service – ASK program (tutoring)
• Clothing Store/Business Office
• Nursing Skills Lab
• Student Records
Federal Work Study is need-based aid available to students enrolled at least half-time (must have a FAFSA on file to determine financial need). There is no guarantee of job placement and typical jobs are approximately 10 hours per week at minimum wage (currently $8.10 per hour). Please stop by the Financial Aid Office to complete an application and to submit your resume at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions, please contact the financial aid office at financialaid@mercycollege.edu or 419-251-1219.
 
2016-2017 FAFSA – Submitted by Julie Leslie
The new 2016-2017 FAFSA is here! To begin your application, click Start A New FAFSA. The 2016-2017 IRS Data Retrieval Tool was available on February 7, 2016.
 
If you have questions about the FSA ID, you can find the answers to frequently asked questions here. If you need assistance logging in with your FSA ID, contact us at 1-800-557-7394.
 
The Federal Student Aid PIN was replaced with the FSA ID on May 10, 2015. The new FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites, including FAFSA on the Web. You can use your FSA ID immediately to sign your FAFSA, but must wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify your information before you can use the FSA ID to create a renewal FAFSA, make corrections to your FAFSA, or view your SAR.
 
MERCY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS – Submitted by Julie Leslie
February 28th is fast approaching. Don't forget to complete your Mercy College scholarship application by the deadline. You can apply on-line. Only one application is required to be considered for all scholarships. Please write an essay on the Mercy values and how you demonstrate them in your life, your commitment to the College's motto of compassion and caring, and an explanation of your chosen major and your perceived need for funds.
 
Nursing students - please request all clinical instructor reference letters to be sent to the financial aid office by the February 28th deadline. References can be faxed, mailed or emailed to financialaid@mercycollege.edu. If you have any questions, please call 419-251-1219.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GLASS CITY MARATHON – Submitted by Lori Edgeworth
Mercy Health is the main sponsor for the Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio on Sunday, April 24, 2016. The Glass City Marathon includes a 26.2 marathon, relay, 13.1 mile half marathon, and a 5K run. As a member of Mercy Health and in support of the system sponsorship of the race, Mercy College has committed to staffing two water stations on the route. Each water station will have signage indicating the College is the sponsor. We are in need of volunteers to staff the water stations from 7 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Lori Edgeworth and Kate Cook will each be responsible for the stations and will be scheduling the volunteers. Please mark your calendar now for this wonderful service project promoting Mercy College in the Toledo Community. We will need approximately 50 volunteers for both stations so please consider participating! If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form. Contact Lori at 419-251-1614 or Kate at 419-251-1299 with any questions. Thanks in advance for your support and time.
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