Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2013

Laker Radio adopts eclectic new format

Poll reveals opposition to arming of teachers A majority of registered voters in Pennsylvania rejects the controversial proposal of arming teachers in schools, according to a recent poll by the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics . The poll found that many Pennsylvanians support proposals advanced by the Obama administration, among them

Mercyhurst’s two radio stations – JAZZ FM in Erie and WYNE AM in North East — have combined into one new station: WMCE AM 1530 & FM 88.5 .

The change will allow WMCE to provide more diverse programming, attract more student involvement and appeal to a broader fan base, according to Laker Radio general manager and disc jockey “Captain Dan” Geary.

While WMCE will ofer hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Mercyhurst students will also be airing their own programming in a variety of genres. WMCE AM & FM will

improving mental health screening, requiring background checks for all gun sales and increasing the presence of police ofcers and armed security guards. The proposal to allow teachers trained in the use of frearms to carry guns in classrooms was rejected by a majority – 56 percent – of Pennsylvanians. To read more about this and other polls completed by MCAP , visit .

continue to feature Laker sports coverage and the highly-rated The Hispanic Show and Polka Party . Fans of the station’s former jazz format can stream this genre online at . New faces in advancement The Ofce of Institutional Advancement this spring welcomed two new employees who are already hard at work contacting alumni around the country.

Education Department to work with Mercy Center of the Arts

The Mercyhurst Education Department has forged a new cooperative agreement with Mercy Center of the Arts, a collaboration that will provide a vibrant arts-based preschool experience for Erie area children while also ofering new clinical opportunities for early childhood education majors. Working with the Sisters of Mercy and the Mercy Center staf, Mercyhurst will oversee the hiring of a new director for the center, who will also be a faculty member in Mercyhurst’s education department. Mercyhurst will also use the center as a resource for its teacher candidates, who will be assigned there for clinical experiences.

Julianne Weibel Foltz, Esq. , the new director of planned giving, will be working with current members of the O’Neil Society (Mercyhurst’s planned giving society) as well as discussing new planned and deferred giving options with alumni and friends of the school. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education advancement with a strong focus on planned giving. She can be reached at or 814-824-3990 . Tamara Walters is the new director of alumni relations and annual giving, replacing Ryan Palm, now the assistant vice president for advancement. She has more than six years of fundraising and event planning experience, primarily in higher education but most recently with the Red Cross chapter in Erie. She will be attending some of the alumni events this spring. She can be reached at or 814-824-3350 .

‘Ambassadors of service’ ofer aid during spring break trips Embodying Mercyhurst’s mission

of service, nearly 50 students, faculty and staf chose to spend their spring breaks volunteering at sites around America and the Caribbean. The alternative break trips were organized by the ofces of service learning and campus ministry.

One group headed to Gresslier, Haiti, joining a team rebuilding a church and school destroyed by the recent earthquake. Others went to Bridgeton, N.J., to help with demoliton and debris clearing in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Two groups headed south on separate Habitat for Humanity trips, one to Union County, N.C., and another to Tupelo, Miss.


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