Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2013

Campus News

Livingston appointed Lourdes University president David J. Livingston, Ph.D. , vice president for advancement at Mercyhurst, has been named the new president of Lourdes University, a coeducational liberal arts institution of 2,600 students in Sylvania, Ohio. Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania in 1958, Lourdes is known for its quality academic programs and personalized attention to students.

President Gamble announces

leadership changes President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., recently announced personnel changes intended to maximize the achievement of goals set forth in the university’s strategic plan. Jeanette Britt ’94 , formerly associate vice president for advancement, has joined the president’s staf as chief information ofcer. Monsignor David Rubino, Ph.D. , who has steered the Walker School of Business over the last two years as interim dean, becomes vice president for external afairs, which includes the advancement function. Ryan Palm ’07 , director of alumni relations and annual giving, becomes assistant vice president for advancement.

Livingston served in a variety of roles during his more than 15 years at Mercyhurst, from faculty member and chair of the religious studies department, to president of the Faculty Senate, to associate vice president and later vice president for advancement. In that role, he is credited with making strategic and far-reaching gains, among them increasing the annual average giving to the university by more than 80 percent. He raised $32 million of a $50 million capital campaign goal two years ahead of schedule and acted as project manager for the $10.5 million academic building completed in the summer of 2012.

Police academy graduates 100th class

Thirty-three cadets graduated from Mercyhurst’s Municipal Police Training Academy on Dec. 14, 2012, the 100 th class to complete the 21- week program. Nearly 3,000 students have graduated from the academy since it began in 1977. Cadets undergo nearly 780 hours of training to prepare for entry-level positions as police ofcers, deputy sherifs, municipal authority ofcers, park rangers and security guards. Cadets can also obtain 16 college credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice. The academy, housed on the North East campus, is one of only 16 certifed academies in Pennsylvania where individuals can earn Act 120 certifcation, a requirement for many law enforcement jobs. The Mercyhurst curriculum goes more than 20 hours beyond the required 754 hours of training Pennsylvania mandates for future police ofcers, said Bill Hale, police academy director.

Café Diem reborn in new location Café Diem student manager Jessica Christofferson

Café Diem , the student-run café formerly located in Hammermill Library, reopened in January on the

frst level of the new Center for Academic Engagement. The café serves cold and hot breakfast and lunch items, including a variety of healthy menu options. Besides ofering convenient dining services for the many students, staf and visitors using the building, it’s an additional hands-on food and business experience for students in the Statler Department of Hospitality Management. About 15 students work as managers, purchasers, staf and food preparers.


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