Mercyhurst welcomes newcomers to ranks

As the 2004-05 academic year unfolds, Mercyhurst College welcomes several new faces among its administrative ranks as well as a complement of 22 new faculty at the Erie and North East campuses.

Dr. Michael Lyden is the new director of the Office of Adult and Graduate Programs. He brings extensive experience in the fields of adult education and training and workforce development. He comes to Erie from Cleveland, Ohio, where he most recently served as director of education and training with University Hospitals Health System.

Lyden is no newcomer to Erie, however. He earned his bachelor’s degree in general science and master’s degree in social studies at Gannon University and worked here for several years in the areas of juvenile justice and youth services. Later, he earned his doctorate in education policy studies at Harvard University.

J.P. Cooney, who graduated from Mercyhurst in 1998 with a degree in hotel restaurant and institutional management and earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership in 2003, assumes the post of director of undergraduate admissions on the Erie campus. Formerly associate director, Cooney heads an admissions team that balances veterans and newcomers alike.

Returning are Travis Lindahl, who steps in as associate director; transfer counselor Brian Buczynski; and admissions counselor Michelle Logsdon. Eric Evans continues to serve as director of international admissions and services.

New faces include admissions counselors Emily Steck, a graduate of Iowa State; and 2004 Mercyhurst grads Christian Beyer, Lindsay Rider and Mike Marshall.

New to Mercyhurst North East is Dr. Thomas Staszewski, who assumes the position of academic dean. He graduated from the former Academy High School in Erie and earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Penn State University, his master’s in adult and community education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his doctor of education in administrative and policy studies/higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to MNE, he served as vice president of Ohio Valley Region Performing Learning Systems.

James R. Love is MNE’s new director of admissions. Love earned his bachelor of arts degree from Miami University and his master’s degree in business administration from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.

The following are new Mercyhurst faculty and their respective academic fields: Gae Anderson Miller, education; Gustavo Barboza, business; Janet Bischoff, music; Peggy Brace, art; Christine Colin-Burns, history; Dennis Dunne, culinary arts, North East; Frank Emanuele, science/computers, North East; Hillary Fogerty, English; Roger Griffiths, mathematics; Robert Harris, religious studies, North East; Sheila Kerr, intelligence; Dennis Lebec, communication; Judy Lynch, history/sociology, North East; Laurie Peyronel, nursing, North East; Thomas Spudich, chemistry; Ronald Stitt, music; Marnie Sullivan, English; Gary Sykes, criminal justice; Brent Weber, music; Kathy Weidenboerner, interior design; Selin Yalcindag, economics; and Peter Zohos, hotel restaurant and institutional management.

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