Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2014



Many of the 600 or so high school students who attended the March 12 college fair at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Ala., stopped by the Mercyhurst University table. Though it’s a bit of the beaten path for Mercyhurst recruiters, Mercyhurst was represented thanks to 1958 home economics graduate Alberta Hain Jobczynski, who’s lived in the area for more than 40 years. She put together a display using materials supplied by the admissions staf, and says the campus photos attracted a lot of attention. “People stopped to look at them and asked, ‘Where is this school? It is beautiful,’” she reports. She recalls her student days. “I was a day student while attending Mercyhurst. Our home was fairly close to the college – about a mile and a half east of Mercyhurst on 38th Street. The physical plant was MUCH smaller than at the present time, but was a beautiful campus. All of our classes were in Old Main. We had a new library that had just been completed. It was upstairs over the ‘Little Theater’.” Alberta’s husband, George, was in the military so the family lived at several places in the United States, plus several years in Orleans, France, and a short time in Germany.


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From recruiting new students – to providing leadership and service opportunities for current students – to helping upperclassmen and recent graduates launch their careers, the opportunities are endless for alumni who’d like to give back to Mercyhurst. We call it “Lakers Helping Lakers.” Alumni Ambassadors are especially helpful to the admissions staf as they work to convince high school students to make the right choice and enroll at Mercyhurst. Graduates who have already signed on have made phone calls for accepted students, helped host receptions in their hometowns, and even represented the Hurst at college fairs. Talking with someone who’s had a positive experience at Mercyhurst can make all the diference as teens struggle to make the all-important college choice. The advancement staf also welcomes alumni help, whether to serve as a class agent to help plan a special reunion, or helping organize a happy hour gathering in your area. The Career Development Center can also beneft from alumni involvement. Possibilities include bringing your company to the annual career fair or for an on-campus recruiting visit, taking part in the alumni networking event, or serving as an e-mentor to a student in your major. Other campus departments, including the Internship Ofce, Service Learning and the Campus Involvement Center, need your help as well. To learn about all the options, visit the Mercyhurst Alumni Community at and click on “Get Involved.”

YOUR GIFT CAN HONOR A MERCYHURST FACE* *Faculty member, Administrator, Coach or Employee When you reminisce about your time as a student at the Hurst, what do you think about? Is it your former teammates? Lifelong friends? Or, could it be an infuential individual who helped make your college experience unforgettable?

There’s likely someone from the Mercyhurst Family who stands out as your mentor, a role model or your biggest advocate. The Ofce of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving has just launched FACE of MU, a new giving campaign that invites alumni, current students and parents to share a story and make a gift in honor of that special Faculty member, Administrator, Coach or Employee who made a diference. “This participation campaign allows donors to have a greater voice when they support Mercyhurst,” said Tamara Walters, director of alumni relations and annual giving. “The entire Mercyhurst community works together to provide the overall experience here for its students. Every size gift matters, every gift makes a diference, and every donor is heard.” Whether it’s an advisor who helped you break free from your shell, a coach who pushed you to be the best athlete you could be, or a professor who helped you discover your passion, we want to share your story. The FACE campaign welcomes gifts on behalf of any FACE member, both currently working here and those who have since left or retired. Visit the Hurst Happenings blog at to learn more about this campaign, read others’ stories or to inquire about making a gift and sharing a story of your own.


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