Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2013

from the president.

Penal Cross Belonged to Sister Maria O’Connor, RSM

’ i became a grandfather not long ago. That s the kind of milestone that prompts one to think about the future.

’ i don t imagine i’ll be president of mercyhurst when paxton is ready for college, but i m confdent there will still be a strong, healthy, vibrant mercyhurst university here on the hill that he can be proud to attend. ’ i want him to be able to see mercyhurst as i see it – as a community of learners, of people dedicated to the growth and transmission of knowledge and culture; as a place where goodness and mercy still matter; as a place of beauty and warm hospitality.

“ no university can aford to be complacent in these days of economic uncertainty and shrinking numbers of high school graduates. but mercyhurst has never been complacent; mercyhurst has been open to new ideas since its earliest days. after all this is what carpe diem means, right? indeed, i often describe mercyhurst as an institution on the move, and the stories in this issue explore just a few of the reasons. ” - four years ago we headed two miles north of our gates to launch a new campus in center city erie, a partnership with the booker T. washington center that s making college possible for more students every year. ’ longtime benefactor bob miller generously donated his property to expand our north east campus. The sustainable farming operation also moved to north east over the summer, opening up exciting new opportunities for our culinary students. ’ our faculty are known for the strong relationships they develop with their students, but they re scholars as well. you’ll read here about one whos among the frst in the nation to use google glass, and another whos working with his students to investigate the mechanisms of addiction. ’ ’ ’ we earned our highest ranking yet from U.S. News & World Report , refecting our growing reputation for academic excellence. and we re honored to be part of two partnerships that will bring exciting new resources to our campus and our students. mercyhurst is now home to the Thomas J. and michele ridge collection, an archive of historic material documenting their service to our region, the state and the nation. Through the generosity of former Trustee John boyle, his sister mary and their family, mercyhurst will also house the helen boyle memorial archives, named to honor former trustee and board ofcer helen boyle of oil city. The archives will honor helens friend, Joan chittister, osb, one of our most prominent graduates as well as one of the most infuential religious leaders today. ’ as we move forward, we always recall with gratitude the strong foundation laid for us by the sisters of mercy. we honored their legacy this fall by installing mercy and celtic crosses in the classrooms of old main, the building the sisters constructed in 1926. The crosses (pictured at left) remind us daily how blessed we are to be the benefciaries of their vision and hard work.

Celtic Cross Donated by Heidi Hosey, Ph.D.

Saint Bridgid’s Cross Donated by Sister Patricia Whalen, RSM

Mercy Cross Created and donated by Thomas Hubert

Mercy Rosary Cross Created and donated by Daniel Barricklow

god bless you, and god bless mercyhurst.

Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. President, Mercyhurst University


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