Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2015

CONVERSATION DRAWS A CROWD Two women who share a passion for issues of peace and justice – especially as they afect women – shared the stage April 9 when Mercyhurst hosted the second annual Joan D. Chittister Lecture. Author, journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver joined Joan D. Chittister, OSB, “In Conversation” in front of a packed house at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Chittister is a 1962 Mercyhurst graduate. While the two come from vastly diferent backgrounds, they became good friends after Eunice Kennedy Shriver introduced her daughter to Chittister’s writings. Shriver invited Chittister to serve on the planning committee for two editions of her groundbreaking Shriver Reports on issues afecting women. Chittister was also a major speaker at The California Women’s Conference Shriver hosted in 2008. The Chittister Lecture Series began in 2014, when Mercyhurst dedicated the Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister, OSB, in Hammermill Library. Both the archive space and the lecture series were endowed by the Boyle Family in honor of Helen Loebelenz Boyle, Mercyhurst Class of 1934, a longtime friend of Sister Joan.

MCFEE HONORED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE A faculty member known for his energetic, engaged and challenging teaching style was honored with the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award. Daniel McFee, Ph.D., who was promoted this summer to full professor, earned the right to address the Class of 2015 at commencement. McFee, who currently chairs the Department of Religious Studies, has taught at Mercyhurst since 2002. As a co-founder and co-director of the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics & Society, he has helped bring dozens of infuential speakers to campus. Their focus on ethics in connection to business, the environment and technology has helped enrich dialogue about ethical decision-making. Active with the Faculty and Student Academic Travel (FSAT) program, he has traveled abroad with students fve times, including a three-week tour of Italy, Ireland and England in 2005. He’s also a widely published author, focusing on areas of science and religion, environmental ethics and ethics of emerging technologies. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and went on to earn a master’s of divinity degree in religion and ethics from Duke University and a doctorate in religion and ethics from Marquette University.


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