Education majors at Mercyhurst are encouraged to join organizations that offer opportunities to be involved with their peers while gaining invaluable experience.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) promotes the welfare and education of exceptional children and youth. CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The Mercyhurst University CEC is directly involved with the greater Erie community providing social opportunities to high school students and young adults through expanding sociability opportunities events, organizing Special Olympic events though out the year, and making professional opportunities available to members.

CEC is open to all Mercyhurst University students interested in service on behalf of individuals with disabilities.


Susan Johnson, M.S. Ed., Instructor of Special Education, CEC advisor
Office location: Hirt 300 A
Phone: (814) 824-3371

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi promotes scholarship and excellence, supports the development and dissemination of important ideas and advancements in practice, fosters the professional growth and leadership of its diverse membership, encourages identity and reflection on critical issues in education, and maintains a high degree of professionalism among its members.

Our local chapter has won two national awards. The Society, as a community of scholars, is pledged to these worthy ideals: (a) recognizing scholarship and excellence in education, (b) promoting the development and dissemination of worthy educational ideas and practices (c) enhancing the continuous growth and leadership of its diverse membership, (d) fostering inquiry and reflection on significant educational issues and (e) maintaining a high degree of professional fellowship.

Any student of sophomore standing or above, with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, who is majoring in any field of education is invited to consider joining the International Honor Society in Education (Kappa Delta Pi).

Education majors who are invited to join Kappa Delta Pi enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Affiliation with Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
  • Eligibility to apply for $100,000 which is annually awarded to members in the form of scholarships
  • Provides members access to professional educators with valuable professional resources throughout their careers
  • Speaking engagements with Laureate Members
  • Access to current research and news on educational issues
  • Opportunity to attend the KDP Annual Conference to hear some of the most highly recognized educators in the field including Howard Gardner, Robert Sternberg and many others.


Kathleen Bukowski , Pd.D., Dean of the Hafenmaier School of Education & Behavioral Sciences, associate professor of education
Office location: Hirt 300 F
Phone: (814) 824-2019
E-mail: kbukowski@mercyhurst.ed


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum