News from the Career Development Center

Are you thinking of changing careers or wondering if you have the skills to get the promotion you’ve coveted? A recent article appearing in the NACE (Nat’l Assoc of Colleges/Employers) Spotlight by Megan Houlker cites the need to identify your entrepreneurial skills and effectively communicate those skills to employers/supervisors. “Today’s job market is fluid. Those who can move beyond the need for an overly structured career path will quickly surpass the rest of the pack.” Here is her top ten list of entrepreneurial skills that “translate well” in the job search process:

• Having passion

• Embracing change

• Possessing a high capacity for creativity and innovative thinking

• Recognizing, assessing, and creating opportunity

• Being resourceful

• Taking risks

• Developing and launching effective strategies

• Being a global citizen

• Making a positive impact

Read the entire article here.

Contact the Career Development Center at 814-824-2426 or via email at cdc@mercyhurst.edu if you need job search assistance or to find students and soon to be graduates who possess these skills. Carpe Diem!

 

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It’s the Playoffs!!

It is truly an exciting time of the year for Mercyhurst…commencement is just days away, the campus has never looked better, and it is the playoff season for a few of our spring sports teams! Over the next couple weeks three of our teams will partake in the NCAA Playoffs, representing quite an achievement just to qualify for the postseason tournaments.

The baseball team is up first, taking to the field tonight (Thursday) as the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Region playoffs. This is the second straight year the Lakers qualified for postseason play, and last the team was just one step away from the College World Series. The team plays No. 3 Kutztown Thursday to open the double-elimination tournament. The event is played from May 17-21, and regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 26 through June 2. Follow our Facebook page and the Hurst Athletics website for more details!

This weekend the No. 1-ranked mens lacrosse team hosts No. 4 Dowling in a NCAA semifinal. The face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Tullio Field, with tickets being sold for $10 for adults and $5 for student/seniors. Mercyhurst is the defending NCAA Champion, and has completed the 2012 regular season undefeated despite having a big target on their back. Dowling enters the contest 11-2, with one of their losses coming earlier in the year to Mercyhurst. The Lakers will look to extend their unbeaten streak to 21 games dating back to last year and as a result return to the NCAA Championship game. That game will be held Sunday, May 27, in Boston, Mass. You can learn more on Hurst Athletics and stay tuned to our Facebook page for some updates!

Last but certainly not least, the women’s rowing will seek to continue their string of postseason success when they travel to West Windsor, N.J., to compete as one of four teams in the NCAA Championships. This is the team’s second straight invite and third in the last four years. The team won a National Championship in 2004, and the varsity eight boat won the national championship in 2010. Stay tuned to Hurst Athletics and our Facebook page for updates from NJ!

All in all, should be a good few weeks for Mercyhurst University. GO LAKERS!

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Road Trip – Philadelphia

Alumni Tent at Dad Vail Regatta

We wrapped up the road trip this past weekend with a successful event in Philadelphia at the Dad Vail Regatta. Thank you to everyone who joined us along the way! We had a great time meeting and catching up with many of you, and we hope to see you again soon – whether at another event in your city or back at the ‘Hurst!

We couldn’t have asked for a better day at the regatta – eighty degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Thank you to all of our alumni in Philadelphia who came out to show their support for the men’s and women’s rowing teams! The men’s varsity lightweight eight took first place for their third consecutive win, and women’s varsity heavyweight eight took first place as well– which marked their fourth consecutive win of the race and first school in the history of the Dad Vail to win the event four consecutive years. It was exciting to be a part of that history!

We had a great group of alumni who joined us, ranging from the late 1970s to the mid-2000s – as well as a few future Lakers too! We were able to provide some new University gear to one young Laker so hopefully he’ll grow in to it by the time he reaches 18!

With the road trip coming to a close we are now pushing full speed ahead to Reunion Weekend preparations. We hope to see many of you there and if you have any questions or need some more information be sure to visit reunion.mercyhurst.edu!

 

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Alumni Spotlight – Sr. Michele Schroeck

This month we are spotlighting Sister Michele Schroeck ’88 ’96 ’10, an Elementary,  Special Education and Organizational Leadership grad who is now a Sister of Mercy and program coordinator at the The House of Mercy – a ministry and residence of the Sisters of Mercy in an economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Erie, Pa. Sr. Michele has had a rich history with Mercyhurst and truly exemplifies what it means to dedicate one’s life to the mission of our founding sisters and the University.

What professor did you find to be the most inspiring during your time at Mercyhurst?

I liked many teachers. As an undergrad one of my favorite classes was Philosophy with Dr. Bud Brown. Of course, I was inspired by the Sisters of Mercy who showed so much interest and concern for me as a student and person.

What about your time at Mercyhurst motivated you to pursue you current career path?

Srs Patricia Whalen, Bernadette Bell, Lisa Mary McCartney, and Michele Lehan inspired me to consider life as a Sister of Mercy. I was one of the last in the Education Cadet Program. It was a great program that gave me experience in teaching and financial assistance.

What did you do after you graduated from Mercyhurst?

After graduating from Mercyhurst I was a Mercy Volunteer Corps Member giving service as a second grade teacher on the Acoma/Laguna Pueblo in San Fidel, NM. After that I entered the Sisters of Mercy. I taught at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Erie and the Mercy Migrant Education Ministry that provided education and support services to the children of migrant farmworkers in Fremont, OH and Plant City, FL. After that I had the great honor of working as the Director of Service Learning at Mercyhurst College from 2001-2009. The Alternative Breaks enabled me to share service and integration in a deep way with many students. We did service experiences at the Mexican American Border, on the Navajo Reservation, in Camden/Philadephia and New Orleans, LA. We also offered international service experiences in Guyana, South America and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. These experiences provide a way for students to integrate the mission with what they are learning in their major. Our Mission ends with “We are Ambassadors in Service”.

Can you describe your current position and the work you do at House of Mercy?

The House of Mercy is a ministry and residence of the Sisters of Mercy in an economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood. We provide activities and advocacy for children and their families to create a healthy neighborhood.

I coordinate all programs that we offer.

What is your favorite/most inspirational story from your work?

I am always amazed how some of our recent refugees experience Christmas for the first time at the Mercyhurst Christmas on Campus. I asked one young girl from Nepal if she had ever heard of Santa and she said “no”. Thanks to Mercyhurst, some of these youth received their first Christmas gift. The youth start asking me in July if they can go to the Mercyhurst “Christmas party”. They want to continue coming long after age 10!

What do you hope current students at Mercyhurst can take away from their education? Any advice?

I hope the current students at Mercyhurst are able to broaden their education with service and greater involvement in the community. Thanks, Mercyhurst [University] students for all you do for the Sisters of Mercy, House of Mercy.

 

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Mercyhurst Dance Perfomance Viva la Danse
Viva la Danse

Viva la Danse

Thanks to Mercyhurst senior Rachel Torgesen for providing details on the Mercyhurst Dance performance, Viva La Danse. Be sure to check it out this weekend at the Mary D’ Angelo Performing Arts Center It is sure to be an impressive show that will capture the talent of the Mercyhurst dance department! Additional details are below.

The Mercyhurst dancers are performing a variety of dance pieces in the spring performance Viva La Danse. The performance includes the choreography of acclaimed twentieth century choreographers Gerald Arpino’s ‘Viva Vivaldi’ 2nd movement and Tomm Ruud’s ‘Mobile’. A premiere by Solveig Santillano and Marius Petipa’s ‘Paquita’ will complete the program. Three alumni are returning to perform along with the current students. Lauren Stenroos ’09 will be performing a pas de deux with fellow Dayton Ballet dancer Justin Koertgen. Pamela Swaney ’06 and Justin Michael Hogan ’09 who are both company members of St. Louis Ballet, will be performing a duet choreographer by Justin. Additionally Pamela will be performing the Dying Swan variation. The performance will be showcasing the department’s current and past talent and it is exciting to have the alumni back on stage at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

May 4 Friday- 4:30 pm preview concert, $5.00 balcony seating only

May 5 Saturday- 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

May 6 Sunday- 2:00 pm

Ticket prices for Saturday and Sunday performances range in price $3.50-$15.50

Please Call (814) 824-3000 for details

 

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Road Trip: Columbus

So sorry for the delayed update on Columbus! We’ve had a busy couple of days since we got back to Erie, catching up with our staff and preparing for the next leg of our trip! We had an amazing time in Columbus though, and I want to thank all of our alumni who were so hospitable to us while we were there.

Ohio treated us quite well last week! We had a great event Thursday in Columbus with an intimate crowd of alumni ranging from the class if 1942 to a recent grad from the class of 2012! We had a small group, but we had an amazing conversation about Mercyhurst of the past, present, and future.

We gathered at the Brazenhead Irish Pub – a recommendation from J.P. Rataczjak- a member of our Alumni Board of Directors and Columbus resident. We enjoyed an evening of food and drink, and Ryan’s knowledge about the history of Mercyhurst sports was put to the test (he passed). We learned about the difference in class size and tuition from 1942 to 2012 and everyone was thrilled to hear about Mercyhurst’s recent growth. We are definitely looking forward to going back next year!

After a week in Erie we’ll be heading to Ann Arbor on Wednesday May 2. We’ll be gathering at the Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery and look forward to seeing our alumni there!

 

-Liz

 

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Road Trip: Cincinnati

Last night we had a great turnout for our first alumni event in Cincinnati, Ohio! We gathered just north of downtown at The Pub at Rookwood. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we were lucky enough to be able to mingle and enjoy food and drink outside on their gorgeous patio. We were so excited to see the faces of a few alums we had only connected with via phone or email, as well as catch up with an alumna who we had not seen since Reunion Weekend last year. It was great to learn about what our alumni are doing in the Cincinnati area and we will definitely be back!

A wide range of our alums joined us last night ranging from the class of 1961 to 2007. One alumna was a former Rockette! On a more romantic note, we learned that four of the couples in attendance had met at Mercyhurst! What great stories to hear.

Tonight we will be in Columbus, Ohio at the Brazenhead Irish Pub. We are looking forward to catching up with our alumni in town!

As always, be sure to check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @HurstAlumni!

Carpe Diem!

– Liz Tobin

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Road Trip: Cleveland
Cleveland Alumni

Mercyhurst alumni in Cleveland just couldn't wait to put on their new Mercyhurst University t-shirts!

(Well…I’m slacking. The event in Cleveland was last Thursday, but didn’t get to write this until this morning (Monday). I hope you’ll forgive me!)

We had another great turnout for our University Road Trip, this time being alumni and prospective students in Cleveland, Ohio. Over 50 people gathered at the Corner Alley downtown for some food, drinks, and even a little bit of bowling! It was a great opportunity for alumni of all ages – ranging from 1957 to 2011 – to meet and mingle with each other and some of the newest batch of Mercyhurst Lakers set to descend on campus this fall.

During our alumni events it is always interesting to see who comes to the event. Almost always there are a handful of regulars, alums who show up each time we come to town, and we love them! But more and more we see new faces — folks who have never been to an event and came out to see what it’s like. In almost every instance like that, they go away happy they came and look forward to the next event. At the event in Cleveland we had many folks in that second category, so we very much look forward to returning this fall for our next event!

As always, check out our Facebook page for some photos, and follow us on Twitter @HurstAlumni!

This week we’re heading back to the Buckeye state for events in Cincinnati and Columbus on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Also on the horizon are events in Ann Arbor and Philadelphia, crazy to think how fast time is flying!

– Ryan

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Road Trip: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Alumni

Mercyhurst alumni from the 2000's gather at last night's event in Pittsburgh.

Last night a few members of the alumni relations staff made the trek down I-79 and hosted an event in downtown Pittsburgh for alumni and prospective students in the Pittsburgh area. The event was held at Jerome Bettis Grille 36, a local favorite establishment which served as a perfect venue. Little did we know when we selected the location two months ago that the very night we host an event the Pittsburgh Penguins would be hosting a first-round playoff game! Needless to say, the fact that the venue had many TVs was a definite bonus we never originally considered!

The event was well-attended and boasted a wide variety of years and academic programs represented by alumni. There were several alumni from the 1960′s, and yet quite a few from the 2000′s! In addition, we also welcomed a dozen prospective students who are contemplating enrollment at Mercyhurst this fall. We hope some good food and drink coupled with one-on-one time with our spectacular admissions counselors helped seal the deal last night. Also in attendance were two members of our Alumni Association Board of Directors: Mary McKenna ’90 and Ryan Kennis ’99.

In just a little bit we’re heading back on the highway, this time westward to Cleveland, Ohio. We’re gathering at the Corner Alley in downtown, and again expect a great mix of class years and look forward to another dozen or so prospective students that we hope will make the right choice for school this fall!

Many thanks to all who are coming out to see us! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos, and follow us on Twitter for more updates!

– Ryan

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