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Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Deadline for Faculty/Staff Newsletter Submissions

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, submissions for the Faculty/Staff Newsletter to be published November 27, 2017 must be received by Tuesday, November 21 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your submissions by this deadline.

Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu (PDF)

It Takes A Village: Mercy College as a Learning Community

Submitted by Dan French

Lately I’ve been thinking about the college as a professional learning community. Simply stated, what we do here is somewhat straight forward; we teach, we assess to make sure that our teaching is effective, and we respond and support when our students need assistance. When viewed as a learning community, the critical nature of departmental interconnectedness becomes clear. As a community there are those who teach, those who support the teaching and learning infrastructure, those who support the students, and those who support the institution as a whole. The most effective communities consist of members who are willing to go the extra mile for the collective good, and to achieve our mission, all parts of the community must work together. 

Giving Tuesday - November 28, 2017

Submitted by Mike Whalen

During this season of thanksgiving, we hope you will consider remembering Mercy College with a contribution.

On Tuesday, November 28, institutions and organizations around the country will participate in Giving Tuesday. Please consider making your annual donation on this day. All gifts made on Giving Tuesday will support the College in a competition for up to $5,000 in additional funding through the Toledo Community Foundation and the Toledo Blade.

Donations can be made at mercycollege.edu/give. Questions about Giving Tuesday can be directed to Mike Whalen at michael.whalen@mercycollege.edu or 419-251-1824. Thank you for supporting Mercy College of Ohio.

Halloween Howl Door Decoration Winners

Submitted by Deanna Vatan

On behalf of Men in Nursing, and the many other students, staff, and faculty who helped make Halloween Howl 2017 such a success, I am happy to share with you the results of the door decoration contest:

Funniest - Nick Schmall (runner-up: Quentin Moore)
Scariest - Jennifer Jones (runner-up: Lynn Labardee)
Favorite - Jennifer Jones (runner-up: Liz Sprunk)

Student Life will be providing both winners and runners-up with Mercy College store gift certificates.

A special thank-you to Staff Council for coordinating the contest!

Remember Your Loved Ones - You are Invited

Submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND

During the month of November, a month to traditionally “Give Thanks,” the Prayer Intention Book in St. Joseph Chapel will be available for you to list the names of those among your family and friends who have died, especially in the past year. You are invited to write their names in the book and give thanks for the gifts they have given to you!

Do First Impressions Matter in the Classroom?

Submitted by Dan French

In a 1993 study, social psychologists Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal conducted a study of first impressions in the classroom. They asked participants to watch brief videos of professors delivering lectures and then rate the characteristics of the professors on initial impressions of enthusiasm, confidence, and a series of other measures. The researchers were studying whether or not 30-second first impressions could be predictors of the professors’ end of the semester evaluations from students. While there were many variables at work in the study, the research indicated two important points, first, that the impression we make on the first few days of class matters to our students and second, that perceived traits of optimism, confidence, enthusiasm, likability, and warmth matter. Other takeaways of interest were that teachers who smile more were highly rated as were those who had expressive non-verbal behaviors such as walking around and being generally animated. One cannot conclude that there is a correlation between teaching effectiveness and first impressions, but there are implications as student ratings are positively related to student achievement.

Nursing Division Pinning Ceremony

Submitted by Denise Kohler

The Mercy College of Ohio Nursing Division invites all students, administration, faculty and staff to the Fall Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the GESU Roman Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd, Toledo, OH 43607. The event will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating nursing students.

Teaching and Learning 3.0

Submitted by Dan French

In higher education, methods of instruction have been looked upon by many as a binary choice; there is online, and there is face-to-face. While there have been the occasional “hybrid” classes, the distinction remains, an online meeting and a face to face meeting. As digital learning tools evolve, the distinction becomes less clear as students benefit from blended modalities. Slowly emerging are personal learning spaces, where face to face classes employ learning management systems to reorient content around learners preferences, and tools such as library databases and mobile delivery become accessible on a host of devices 24/7. As we consider how traditional land-based classes incorporate digital content, we also see how online courses utilize personalized instructor feedback that blurs the lines between physical and virtual office hours. New methods of content delivery do not obsolete traditional teaching methods but should be considered as complementary. As the definition of a traditional student has changed, we should consider new ways of utilizing multiple methods of delivery to create flexible approaches to teaching that respond to our student's needs.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above
Halloween Howl Door Decoration Winners - see above
Nursing Division Pinning Ceremony - see above
Remember Your Loved Ones - see above

Deadline for Inside Mercy College Submissions
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, submissions for Inside Mercy College to be published November 27, 2017 must be received by Tuesday, November 21 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your submissions by this deadline.
2018 March for Life in Washington DC
submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
Do you believe every human person should have the right to life?
If so, attend the 2018 young adult and college student trip to the March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2018. Join the College and Young Adult bus trip sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo! The trip is only $159, but for college students there is a special discounted price of $119. The trip includes two nights in the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C., as well as free time to tour the city. Buses will leave on Thursday, January 18, at 3 p.m. from St. Thomas More Church in Bowling Green, OH, and will return Saturday evening, January 20. Payments by check can be made out and mailed to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo with “March for Life” in the memo line. Be sure to include your name, email, cell phone and rooming preferences. If you have any questions, contact Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933. Deadline to register is Friday, December 1.
March 5-10, 2018 Alternative Spring Break Trip!
submitted by Sister Sally Bohnett, SND
Do you have a heart for others in need?
Do you like hard work, fun, and a chance to get to know fellow students?
Do you want a spring break that you will ever remember?

Come along on the 2018 Mercy College Alternative Spring Break Trip! We will be traveling to David, Kentucky, in the heart of the Appalachians, to work with St. Vincent Mission in helping the poor and underserved in the area. In the past we have done primarily home repair, clean up, building or whatever else the Mission calls on us to do. Each day we work together, pray together, process together, and have fun together!

The cost of the trip is $150. Applications can be found on the board by the Student Lounge, on the Service Learning webpage, or stop in to see Sister Sally in the campus ministry area on 5th floor, Madison side of the building.
We would love to have you join us!!

The deadline to submit articles for Inside Mercy College and the Faculty/Staff Newsletter is Wednesday at 5pm. See older newsletters.