Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends of Mercyhurst,

We truly appreciate your ongoing support in what has been another momentous year for Mercyhurst. The following pages highlight the names of individuals and organizations who helped us achieve our shared goal of growing our strong and vibrant university. Thank you for helping to make such a positive diference in the lives of the more than 3,500 students across our two campuses. You embody the spirit of Mercy through both your generosity and commitment. In addition to the second strongest Annual Fund performance in Mercyhurst history, we also saw record-breaking gift pledge activity—more than $6.5 million in a single year. Further, the university secured 23 major gifts in the areas of academics, athletics and capital improvements. The largest of these gifts include:

• The $4 million transformational community economic development project known as the Downtown Erie Innovation District.

• Our new $1.25 million risk management program in partnership with Erie Insurance known as the F.W. Hirt—Erie Insurance Risk Management Program, funded by alumna Betsy Hirt Vorsheck ’77.

• The $1 million investment by Cleveland-based technology company MCPc to fund our new Cyber Security Lab and Network Operations Center.

• A $500,000 donation from alumna Ellen Ryan ’64 and her husband, David, to help fund main foor renovations in Hammermill Library.

A complete list of major gifts and other Department of University Advancement fgures can be found on the following page. These gifts represent far more, however, than simple dollar fgures. Each contribution from the smallest to largest is an investment in the future of Mercyhurst, and the leaders of tomorrow. Our university community is made special because of the incredible individuals like you who are engaged and active participants in Mercyhurst’s successful future. Again, we sincerely thank you for your support, and look forward to seeing you at a university event soon.

Sincerely yours,

Caleb M. Pifer Vice President External Relations and Advancement Mercyhurst University


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