Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2013

’ newS on CaMPuS More than 1,000 graduate at 2013 commencements mercyhurst added more than a thousand students to its alumni ranks in 2013, including just over 500 traditional-aged bachelor s degree candidates from the erie campus; well over 300 who earned associate

Adovasio returns to re-excavate after storm damages Meadowcroft forty years ago, a young Jim adovasio made a discovery that turned the scientifc world on its head. he excavated beneath

- This summer, he returned to the meadowcroft rockshelter to re excavate a storm-ravaged section of this national historic landmark, which provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the frst people to arrive in the new world. an overhanging clif face on the north bank of cross creek, a small tributary of the ohio river in avella, pa., that history would later record as the earliest well- dated archaeological site in north america, dating back 16,000 years.

degrees at north east, west and corry; and almost 200 adult and graduate students. during the ceremony for traditional-age undergraduates, dublin native rhona

’ boyle – winner of the carpe diem award as the senior who had made the most positive impact on the campus – spoke to her classmates. kaleigh hubert was also honored with the bishops award for academic excellence. The graduation was held at erie s bayfront convention center due to construction at erie insurance arena (formerly Tullio arena). ’ robert mazza, owner of mazza Vineyards and a mercyhurst university trustee, delivered the commencement address during ceremonies in liguori fieldhouse at north east. dylan goodill, recipient of the medal of honor, the highest student award, also spoke. also honored there were 10 graduates of the bachelor of science in nursing (bsn) program, the frst baccalaureate degree ofered on the north east campus. - christine lo bue estes, ph.d., director of the graduate program in exercise science, spoke to master s degree recipients and adult students earning baccalaureate degrees. during exercises at the mary d angelo performing arts center, Teresa still received the catherine mcauley adult student award and the president s award for adult excellence went to matthew yaw. ’ ’ ’

Photo by David Scofeld

’ prior to adovasios work at meadowcroft, scientists believed the ancestors of native americans crossed a frozen landmass covering the bering strait about 12,000 years ago. adovasio said evidence of population in eastern north america thousands of years earlier meant that the academic community has had to reevaluate its previous notions of how and when north america was peopled. adovasio, director of the mercyhurst university archaeological institute, took along a team that included project archaeologist allen Quinn, processing lab director annie marjenin, 2013 alumnus mike way, and students Jamie badams, Jessica higley and michelle farley.

“ as a leader in sustainability among colleges and universities, mercyhurst had been looking for an evive bottles can even have their bottles sanitized with each flling. New hydration system gets high marks during test run erie campus employees got a refreshing treat this summer. as part of a pilot project, an evive station™ in old main provided free, fltered, chilled water in reusable bottles. Those who register their personalized

Choir visits Erie’s sister city in Poland choir director

rebecca ryan led a team of students, alumni and friends of the university to poland for the lublin partner cities choirs festival may 23-25.

’ choirs came from lublins sister cities, including nowy sad, serbia; omsk, russia; and Timişoara, romania, to perform at historic lublin castle. The mercyhurst choir performed a mix of traditional african-american spirituals, selections from american composers and sacred works, and ryan ofered a seminar on erie-born composer and arranger harry burleigh. The group also spent several days in the old city of krakow, visited the wieliczka salt mine (and sang in the underground cathedral carved out of rock salt by the miners), and toured the maydanek concentration camp with its museum exploring the holocaust in poland.

” environmentally friendly option like this for quite some time, explained sustainability ofcer brittany prischak. in decreasing bottled water use, we also decrease the energy needed to produce and recycle plastic bottles while cutting back on the plastic waste that ends up in landflls, not to mention the great lakes. “ ” The kiosk, installed free of charge, is supported by advertising revenue, plans call for more stations to be installed around campus later this year.


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