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April is Autism Awareness Month

Submitted by Wendy Bejaige
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.
The Autism Society offers an informative list of facts and stats about autism. Just a few facts from their list: 
About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014) 
Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. (CDC, 2014)
Read the full list and bookmark this wonderful resource. 

If you would like more information on Autism, visit The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio.

Canvas Training Continues

Submitted by Dan French
Become a Canvas pro with our ongoing training sessions.

Tuesday, April 18, M2704
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Canvas 1- Introduction to Canvas, Part 1
2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Canvas 2 - Introduction to Canvas, Part 2
Wednesday, April 19, M2704
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Canvas 2- Introduction to Canvas, Part 2
1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Canvas 1- Introduction to Canvas, Part 1
Thursday, April 20, Live Through Adobe Connect
1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Introduction to Canvas

If you have any questions contact Dan, dan.french@mercycollege.edu, 419-251-1967.

It's Time to Turn in Your Rice Bowl

Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND

Due to Sister Sally by Wednesday, April 19

Did you take one of the Rice Bowls at the Ash Wednesday service? Or maybe one from Chapel or from around campus? If so, it is time to return them to Sister Sally in Campus Ministry with your monetary offering.
Remember, 75% of your donation supports Catholic Relief Services' programs around the world and 25% comes back to the Toledo diocese to fight hunger and poverty right here in northwest Ohio.
Thank you ahead of time!

Find that Form

Submitted by Mike Whalen
The 2017 Mercy College Employee Campaign is underway. Hopefully, everyone has received their campaign packet by now. If you have not, need another or have a question, please contact Mike Whalen at 419-251-1824 or michael.whalen@mercycollege.edu. The focus this year is funding for scholarships. As an added incentive, names from donation forms received by April 26 will be entered into an Early Bird Drawing for Clothing Store gift certificates. 

Remember: over 80% of our students receive some form of financial aid. They need our help. You are part of the answer. Please give.

Easter Week Mass - Thursday

Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND

April 20, 2017
12:15 p.m.
St. Joseph Chapel
Let us gather together and pray for the needs of the world, our country and our own special intentions. Father Bob Wilhelm is the celebrant (and gives a great sermon!). 
All are welcome!!

A Thinker's Guide

Submitted by Dan French

Upon finding myself a bit bored recently, I decided to revisit Socrates and the book, "A Thinker's Guide to the Art of Socratic Questioning" (Paul and Elder, 2014). As a historian by discipline, I am interested in how past methods inform the present, and in particular the importance of Socratic questioning in the building of critical thinking skills. Socratic questioning is a process that can guide us in creating high-quality discussions with our students. My quick take away from Paul and Elder is that effective questioning can be summarized into four points. When one states a conclusion or provides an answer to a question, ask (1) What are the opposing points? (2) What evidence, support, or assumptions led you to your conclusion? (3) What are the implications and consequences of your response? And (4) How did you reach your answer? Socratic questions, when applied to student discussions both in face-to-face and online classes, tend to keep discussions robust and revealing. By using a disciplined approach to discussions and questioning, we can help students come to terms with their thoughts, assist them in understanding alternative points of view, and illustrate the importance of evidence to back up their conclusions. "A Thinker's Guide..." is highly recommended.

Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Café Menu (PDF)

It’s on us at Mercy College…to show care and compassion

Submitted by Leslie Erwin

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017

Monday-Wednesday, April 24-26, 2017 - The Clothesline Project
Keep an eye out for the Clothesline Project display. There will be time set aside for students, faculty, or staff to make a shirt should they wish to do so.  Check out The Clothesline Project website for more information.
Thursday, April 27, 2017, Noon - Viewing of The Hunting Ground, Lower McAuley Room
Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to view The Hunting Ground, the acclaimed documentary about campus sexual assault. From the Action Toolkit: “It is a startling expose of sexual violence on U.S. college campuses, institutional cover-ups and the student survivors leading a movement for change.  Every student has the right to an education free from sexual violence and harassment.” Visit the film's website for more information. Lunch is provided and a discussion will follow.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Cafeteria Menu - see above
It's Time to Turn in Your Rice Bowl - see above
Easter Week Mass - see above
April is Autism Awareness Month - see above
It's On Us to Show Care and Compassion - see above
Combined BSN/ASN Pinning Ceremony – submitted by Denise Kohler
Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 5:00  - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio
Are You Over-Thinking?...Or Under-Thinking? – submitted by Scott Hevner
Often the most difficult parts of an applied, or story problem, is not the end calculation, but the knowledge required to select and apply the right math. Students often see the end result of a problem that may be a simple calculation and conclude that they were overthinking the problem. What is really lacking however, is the understanding of the underlying theory and concepts required to solve the problem. This is a different kind of thinking than just rattling through an equation. Therefore, to the contrary, the student has not overthought the problem but has under-thought it. Under-thinking is usually evident when someone doesn’t understand the concepts enough to ask the right question that will help solve the problem. I have found it useful to summarize problem solving in the following three steps.

1) Understanding concepts, background and theory, how they fit together and applying them to the problem. This will tell you what information is more important and why and enables you to ask the right question - to identify which tools you need to find the answer. It is this step that becomes more important in open ended problems that are more like those in real world situations.
2) Applying mathematical tools to solve the problem – writing the equation that will give you the solution based on the particular set of facts in your problem.
3) Carrying out the calculation.

The solution is to address the lack of understanding of the theory and concepts in the course. If the material was originally understood, then reviewing the notes or text may be all that is needed. All too often however students do not do this because it requires time. Usually they either do poorly on the assignment or waste more time trying to figure out the problem than they would have if they went back to their notes. Einstein’s E = mc2 is a simple equation. We could enter some numbers for m or c and easily solve it. However, it is useless without knowing how it works and why it is important.
Ahhh Day – submitted by Lisa Sancrant
The Counseling and Wellness Center of Mercy College invites you to take time to relax through taking part in "Ahhh Day." You have worked hard this semester and Ahhh Day is an opportunity to relax and practice self-care as you get ready to take on finals week.

Massage therapists will be available offering FREE 15 minute sessions for chair messages, Craniosacral therapy, and Reflexology. There are many benefits to massage therapy as it can lower stress, anxiety, and depression, improve sleep, and boost your immune system! 

When:  Monday, May 1
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Madison Rm. 5619
Sign up!

Please contact Lisa Sancrant, Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center, should you have any questions, 419-251-1454 or lisa.sancrant@mercycollege.edu.

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