During the “Alumni of the Decades” 75th anniversary year homecoming dinner held Sept. 28 at the Courtyard by Marriott, three Mercyhurst alumni were presented with the Spirit of Mercy Award in recognition of the realization of the Mercy spirit in their lives and work. The recipients were David Robinson, Jeanne Baker and Sister Natalie Rossi, RSM.
David Robinson '88 earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Mercyhurst in 1988 and went on to receive his master's degree in organizational leadership at the college in 2000. He served as president of Mercyhurst Student Government and was the first recipient of the Barrett C. Walker Graduate Leadership Prize. He has worked with the national Catholic peace organization Pax Christi for the past 10 years and was recently appointed its national director.
Jeanne Baker '70 was also president of Mercyhurst Student Government. She was a behavioral therapist for eight years at Gannondale School for Girls. An employee of the Dr. Gertrude Barber Center for the past 22 years, she is currently its director of community support services, supervising the work of 300 para-professionals and 100 health providers.
Natalie Rossi, RSM, '66, started a ministry at a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona and was co-founder and director of the counseling program at Albuquerque, N.M.,County Jail. She worked in the Erie County Prison, developing special programs for women, and did outreach work with former inmates. For the past seven years, she has been director of the chaplaincy program at the State Correctional Institute for Women in Cambridge Springs, Pa.
Mercyhurst presented the three alumni with the Spirit of Mercy award as part of the special events it has planned for its 75th anniversary year. The college, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, opened it doors to the first class of Mercyhurst College students on Sept. 20, 1926.