It has been a long and cold winter.
The reflecting pool in the new “Mary’s Garden” is frozen and snow covered.
Yet despite the cold, a creative spirit still warms this campus. It is a creative spirit created by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926 and sustained by the faculty, staff and students who have strolled the campus and studied at Mercyhurst for 87 years. Today, clear evidence of this creative spirit can be found in the architecture of new Center for Academic Engagement, the new physician’s assistant and public health programs, and the development of our first doctorate degree in anthropology. This September we welcomed 795 new undergraduates to the Erie campus who are already contributing to the University community.
As the incoming vice president of external affairs, my task is to work with my colleagues to continue to fuel the by-products of our creative spirit. However, we need you to partner with us in this educational journey. I thank you for all your past support of Mercyhurst and hope you will join us in our efforts to build Mercyhurst University.
Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, wrote “While we place all our confidence in God, we must act as if all depended on ourselves.” Mercyhurst University tenderly places its confidence in God. However, Mercyhurst University depends on you and your help. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you and talking with you about our future success and how you can help with this progress.
Finally, Mercyhurst University is and will remain a Mercy, Catholic university embracing all students, from all parts of the world studying and learning together under the gracious umbrella of God’s love. With your continued help, we will continue to produce graduates who, as Mother Borgia, Mercyhurst’s first president demanded and
Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. the 11th president demands, are fit not only for the world but also fit for heaven.
Thank you and May God Bless you,
Msgr. David A. Rubino, Ph.D.