Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2018

’ University s Division I Lakers are a big part of that landscape, said Mercyhurst President Michael Victor. That we are able to host this tournament and provide our city s fans the opportunity to see college hockey at its best, not to mention bring scores of visitors to our city, is absolutely thrilling. For more information, including ticket details, visit . ” “ ’ ” Ice Breaker Tournament coming to Erie The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) and Mercyhurst University will host the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament. One of the premier NCAA Division I ice hockey tournaments in the nation, the event will feature the University of Notre Dame, Providence College, Miami University and Mercyhurst University. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will be the title sponsor for the tourney, set for Oct. 12-13 at Erie Insurance Arena. “Erie is home to a robust sports community and certainly Mercyhurst Mercyhurst admitted to Coalition for Access, Afordability and Success

Mercyhurst University joins 130 higher education institutions across the United States as a member of the Coalition for Access, Afordability and Success, an organization dedicated to streamlining the college application process for all students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, including low-income and Mercyhurst has strived to live the mission of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy, who believed that a college education should be available to all who seek it,” said Mercyhurst President Michael Victor. “Joining the ranks of the Coalition is closely aligned with that mission and provides us one more tool to reach a diverse community of learners.” frst-generation households. “During its 92-year history,

Members of the Coalition include a diverse group of public and private universities that provide substantial support to lower-resourced and

underrepresented students, maintain holistic admissions

practices, ofer institutional fnancial aid, and demonstrate consistent graduation rates across all income

Photo Courtesy of the Tom & Michele Ridge Collection at Mercyhurst University Ridge-Palmer friendship yields support for archives Erie native and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge met fellow Pennsylvanian and professional golfer Arnold Palmer during his campaign for governor in the early 1990s and they became fast friends, sharing a deep and abiding respect for each other. In honor of that friendship, the trustees of the Arnold D. Palmer 2003 Charitable Trust have pledged $250,000 to Mercyhurst University to be used for renovations showcasing the Tom & Michele Ridge Collection in Hammermill Library. “One of the most unexpected but lasting friendships made during my time in public service was my friendship with Arnold Palmer,” Ridge said, in acknowledging the gift. “He was many things to many people, but to me, a dear and beloved friend for over 20 years. I think of him often and miss the regular visits and times together when the conversation often turned to politics and government at both the state and national level. I am truly honored and grateful that the legacy of our friendship will be part of the Mercyhurst archives.” The collection spans Tom Ridge’s military service in Vietnam through his years as Pennsylvania governor and the frst Secretary of Homeland Security. It also features the historic papers and ephemera from Michele Ridge’s service as First Lady.


“The Coalition was formed by a cadre of Ivy League Schools and universities represented in the Big 10,” said Joseph Howard, vice president for enrollment at Mercyhurst. “To be invited to join this cause is an honor for Mercyhurst and afrms our commitment to providing life- changing educational experiences to all persons, regardless of social Mercyhurst’s participation in the Coalition provides the third application option for prospective students; the university will also continue to accept its own Mercyhurst-specifc application and class.”

The Coalition provides a free platform for high schoolers to

develop online portfolios as early as the ninth grade, including a digital locker that enables students to build a library of materials to share with the colleges of their choosing; a space for students, counselors and teachers to engage with each other; and an application.

the Common Application.


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