As always, it is difficult to believe that the summer months have flown by. Welcome to September, cooler autumn weather, and the beginning of another academic year!
The big difference this year is that we are now Mercyhurst University – and we are celebrating this new status the entire year! Additionally, we are celebrating the fact that Mercyhurst is once again ranked in the top fifty schools according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings of America’s Best Colleges.
‘The Year of the University’ is Mercyhurst’s way of engaging its own family and the Erie community in celebrating its historic transition from a college to a university. Mercyhurst College, founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, officially became Mercyhurst University earlier this year. Lectures, performances, and assorted other public events are planned throughout the year as part of the festivities!
First up is the annual Homecoming and Family Weekend. If you have not already registered for the annual Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, do so now via the online registration website! Visit the Homecoming website for more details and information.
Another exciting development is the partnership with the Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity on The House That Hurst Built. Mercyhurst is building a whole house in one month’s time. The goal is to complete the blitz-build in four weeks and celebrate its completion during halftime festivities at Mercyhurst’s Homecoming football game on September 22. Visit the House That ‘Hurst Built website for more information.
Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities for alumni to celebrate their alma mater and to get involved in the larger Mercyhurst community, connecting ‘Hurst alumni all across the globe. Take a moment and look through the following ways to get involved:
• Alumni Leader in Local/Regional Areas – When new graduates leave Mercyhurst and move to jobs all around the world, the alumni community seeks to be a welcoming presence in their new surroundings. Regional and local leaders will serve as a point of contact for new alumni and graduates in a specific locale. Alumni Leaders also help organize local events, help to coordinate the local service project in March of each year, and assist in maintaining a local/regional listserv and social networking platforms. This is a very open-ended opportunity where alumni are invited to be involved as much as their time and schedule permit. To volunteer, or to learn more about the opportunities, contact Alumni Board member Kristen Hudak at email@example.com.
• Mentor to a Current Mercyhurst Student – The Alumni Office coordinates a unique e-mentoring program that pairs current students with alumni for an electronic mentorship program. Guide a student through his/her years at Mercyhurst and/or in their professional career by signing up today. To volunteer, contact the Alumni Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Mercyhurst Alumni Service Days in March – Beginning last year, the Alumni Board of Directors authorized an event where alums across the country participate in a service event coinciding with events on the Mercyhurst campus for Mercy Month. This year, we’re going to visit nursing homes in various cities to help share our Irish spirit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Those interested in volunteering, or helping to coordinate a local event, should contact Alumni Board member Kristen Hudak at email@example.com.
Do you have other ideas about how to help alumni network better? Let us know!
Matthew Robaszkiewicz ’88, president
Mercyhurst University National Alumni Association
firstname.lastname@example.org / #202-636-3825