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Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

TODAY! Heritage Day Tea - Monday, September 25, 2017

Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND

6th Floor Jefferson, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to come to this special Heritage Day Tea during our Centennial year. Stop by anytime and enjoy some free treats - tea sandwiches, tea, fruit and sweets. Celebrate the history of Mercy and meet some Sisters of Mercy. What better way to celebrate our heritage than to come together, share stories and eat!

Mercy Happenings and Employee Spotlight

Are you presenting at a conference? Completing a degree? Have something recently published? Doing a fun project in a course you are teaching? Have an event coming up or an event that passed? Share this and other notable information with the College. Submit your Mercy Happenings today.

Do you love what you do? Would you like to be featured on Mercy College's social media and website? Tell us what you love and a little bit about yourself and your profile may be used in an upcoming post on Mercy College's website or social media. Complete your employee spotlight now.

Questions? Contact Denise Hudgin.

Good Practices for Undergraduate Education

Submitted by Dan French
I was sorting through some old literature the other day and came across an article from 1991 which was a compilation of “ Seven Good Practices for Undergraduate Education.” They are as true today as they were 25 years ago…

(1) Maintain student faculty contact.
Student-faculty contact is an important factor in student motivation and involvement.

(2) Facilitate cooperation among students.
Learning is enhanced when it is more team effort than a solo race. Good learning, like good work, is social, not isolated.

(3) Encourage active learning.
Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, and relate it to past experiences.

(4) Give prompt feedback.
Knowing what you know and don't know focuses learning. Students need appropriate feedback to benefit from courses.

(5) Emphasize time on task.
Time plus energy equals learning. There is no substitute for time on task.

(6) Communicate high expectations.
Expect more and you will get it.

(7) Respect diverse talents and ways of learning.
There are many roads to learning. Students need the opportunity to show their talents and learn in ways that work for them.

Before Germ Theory...

Submitted by Dan French

In 1846, before germ theory was understood, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was searching for answers. In maternity wards where he was working women were dying of a malady known as ‘childbed fever.' After studying two different maternity wards, he noticed that one staffed by male doctors had a death rate five times higher than one staffed by female midwives. After observing the differences between the two wards, Semmelweis noticed that the doctors were performing autopsies in their facility and the midwives were not. Semmelweis theorized that residues of the cadavers were to blame and began to order doctors to wash their hands and instruments in a chlorine solution. He did not know that chlorine killed germs, the existence of germs was not known at the time, but picked chlorine for its deodorizing properties. The solution immediately reduced the number of deaths, but the medical profession was not yet ready to accept Semmelweis’ theory. Doctors resented being indirectly blamed for the women’s deaths and still believed diseases were caused by an imbalance of humors or by miasmas (bad air). Semmelweis eventually lost his job and spent the rest of his life arguing over the merits of sanitation, ironically, he died of sepsis in a mental asylum in 1865.

And The Winners Are...

Submitted by Mike Whalen

The winners of the 2017 Homecoming basket raffle are below. Thank you to all who contributed to the baskets, worked the raffle ticket tables, and who bought tickets. 

Homecoming Basket Raffle 2017 (PDF)

Scramble Results!

Submitted by Mike Whalen
On Friday, September 15, 83 golfers played Belmont Country Club in the 10th Scramble for Scholarships in support of Mercy College students. The winners are:

First prize at 18 under:
The Madhouse foursome of Bill Sattler, BJ Claus, Greg Reese, and Mike Zapeicki.

2nd Prize at 12 under:
Mike Erwin, Miguel Osuna, Paul Erdmann, Wade Hampton

3rd Prize at 11 under:
The Waterford Bank foursome of Aaron Bieszcad, Jay Villarreal, Jeff Weiss, and Wil Clark

Thank you to all who helped make it happen and played in this event.

Mercy Day Mass

Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
St. Joseph Chapel (next to the Library)

Mercy College and the Mercy College Auxiliary invite you to the Mercy Day Mass. This celebration rounds out our week of acknowledging and thanking God for our Mercy heritage. Father Bob Wilhelm is our celebrant. All are welcome!!

Pray the Rosary!

Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND

October 2 through October 6 (each day)
12:15-12:35 p.m.
St. Joseph Chapel

Has it been awhile since you have prayed a rosary? 
Have you heard of the rosary but not sure what it is about? 
Many religious traditions use beads to count their prayers. The repetition of the rosary prayers is calming and is a great form of meditation. Come see what it is all about! Let us pray aloud this ancient prayer for the many prayer intentions of our faculty, staff, and students. Free rosaries will be available!

Depression Awareness Month & National Mental Health Awareness Week, October 1-7, 2017

Submitted by Suzanne Hall
Since 1990, the U.S. has recognized the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. October is also Depression Awareness Month. According to the National Screening for Mental Health Organization (2017):
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15-44
  • Depression affects more than 15 million American adults in a given year, while only half of those diagnosed with a major depressive disorder receive treatment
  • Up to 80% who receive treatment for depression show an improvement in symptoms
We are often encouraged by our medical providers, family, and friends to engage in screenings to identify possible health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It is just as beneficial to participate in screenings to identify mental health issues and follow up with the recommended treatment. Depression is a treatable condition and spreading awareness about ways to get help and that it is OK to get help will help save lives.
The counselors at Mercy College will be offering free depression screenings for students, faculty, and staff. They will also be providing additional information on mental health resources during National Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Wednesday, October 4, 1-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(3rd Floor Jefferson Lobby)
Please contact Clair Willrich at clarissa.willrich@mercycollege.edu or 330-480-2874 to schedule a screening time. 
Students unable to attend the screening sessions offered, can follow up with one of the Mercy College Counselors anytime throughout the academic year to complete a free and confidential mental health screening. For more information on scheduling an appointment, please visit the Counseling and Wellness services webpage.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above

Heritage Day Tea - see above

Mercy Day Mass - see above

Pray the Rosary - see above

Depression Awareness Month & National Mental Health Awareness Week - see above

Men in Nursing - First Meeting
submitted by Chad Kosanovich
Come see what Men in Nursing is all about at the first meeting of the semester!
Monday, October 2, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Madison 2619 – Student Organization Conference Room
Leadership opportunities are available!

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