Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

More figures from MNE’s first 25 years $0 – The amount Father Gildea wanted to be paid for speaking at MNE’s 2009 graduation. Instead his portrait was added to the mural depicting the Redemptorist tradition that has graced the back of Miller Hall since 1991.

94% – the job placement rate for the Physical Therapist Assistant program, which began in 1994. The three-year average for the national boards pass rate in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is 95 percent. The Respiratory Therapy program last year had a 100% national boards pass rate and 100% job placement rate. 100% of culinary students get positions in their feld or continue on for further education. The program director, Beth Ann Sheldon, graduated from the program in 1998. iMU 101 is a one-credit course that helps new or adult students successfully transition to college. This is just one of many services ofered by the Academic Success Center including tutoring, time management, study skills, test-taking strategies, paper and résumé writing, job and internship postings, and an employment fair. 107 classes of cadets have graduated from the Municipal Police Training Academy and are serving as police ofcers, park rangers, municipal authority ofcers and many other positions in the criminal justice system. 110 – The number of years the property was home to St. Mary’s Seminary. The seminary closed its doors in the mid-1980s, but its students return annually to visit. The student union is named in honor of Matt Ryan, a member of the St. Mary’s class of 1962 who was killed serving as a fre battalion chief in New York City on 9/11. 200 North East community members collectively raised $500,000 toward Mercyhurst North East’s initial renovation. Their names are still on display in the main hallway in Miller Hall. AM1530 WYNE was Mercyhurst North East’s frst radio station. Its move to the former National Bank of North East marked MNE’s frst move beyond campus. That expansion continued in 2000 with the purchase of the Schouller Pool (now the Mercyhurst North East Aquatic Center) and in 2007 with the purchase of the former First National Bank of North East building on Route 89 near Interstate 90 (now the Janet L. Miller Center for Growth and Academic Excellence building used for nursing and police training).

1 pay phone and one computer with dial-up internet were the means of connectivity on campus when Mercyhurst North East opened in 1991. $1.2 million Hirtzel Human Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory, which opened in 2009, is among the best in the country and features a cadaver lab, room for processing human remains, digital X-ray system, combination anatomy lab and classroom with stations for cadaver dissection, and a green energy recovery and air ventilation system. $1.5 million was the amount paid by Mercyhurst for the former St. Mary’s Seminary, payable over 10 years. A $50,000 non-refundable deposit was made by Robert S. Miller, a local businessman and benefactor. Mercyhurst awarded him an honorary degree in 2011 to recognize his unwavering support. 9-acre Miller Estate property, just across the street from the original campus, was donated in 2012 to serve as the future home of the culinary and hospitality learning labs. 18K – Students who transfer to MU from MNE are eligible for up to $18,000 in scholarships and can save nearly $30,000 on a bachelor’s degree by starting with an associate degree. 43K – The annual median salary of a practical nurse is $43,170. More than 117,000 new jobs are expected in this feld by 2024. 53 students in the inaugural class. Today more than 850 students are enrolled on the North East campus. The Redemptorist tradition of hanging a class photo in the main hallway continues to this day. 80 students enrolled at the Booker T. Washington campus. This location in downtown Erie opened in 2010, ofering increased access to associate degrees in business administration, criminal justice and liberal arts.


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