Presidential Search Celebrate Valentine’s Day with tale of love as Drama Guild presents “She Stoops to Conquer” announced

The first production of the Mercyhurst Drama Guild allows audiences a peek into the wonderfully entertaining world of love and interfering but well-intentioned families when they present Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” for three nights in Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst College.

The perfect “cheap date” for Valentine’s Day weekend, tickets are a bargain at a buck for Mercyhurst students attending any of the three 8 p.m. shows – Thursday, Feb. 10; Friday, Feb. 11; and Saturday, Feb. 12. Tickets are $2 for all others.

“She Stoops To Conquer” was debuted March 15, 1773, at the Covent Garden Theatre in London, England. This charming satire of the sentimental comedies of that era portrays a young lady posing as a serving girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class. This presentation features an entirely student cast and production team.

“First things first,” Mosco noted, “and that is to announce the committee membership.” “These individuals were chosen from among the college constituencies to work in confidence on behalf of the board of trustees and the greater Erie community.”

During the next 16 to 18 months they will search and screen the pool of candidates for the next president of Mercyhurst College, she explained.

From the finalists recommended by the search committee, the full board of trustees, currently at 33 voting members, will decide who will become the next president of Mercyhurst.

Presidential Search Committee members approved by the Mercyhurst board of trustees are: James M. Adovasio, Ph..D., professor of archaeology and anthropology and dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Thomas A. Billingsley, executive vice president, Erie campus; Robert Hoff, professor of psychology; and Aisha D. Jasper, representative, Mercyhurst Student Government.

Also, trustee Myron Jones, retired president, JET Broadcasting Corp, David J. Livingston, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and president, Faculty Senate, Erie campus; and trustee F. Brady Louis, retired president, WQLN Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Also, trustee Michael A. Malpiedi, president, Mercyhurst Alumni Association and vice president of sales, NextMedia Radio Erie; trustee Dennis Marin, president, Wedgewood Investors Inc; and trustee Lisa Mary McCartney, R.S.M, Ph.D., vice president, Erie regional community, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Also, Patricia Whalen, R.S.M., registrar, Mercyhurst College; trustee Kathleen C. Zurn, president, Bright Skies Properties; and Peter A. Yaksick, Ed.D., instructor in criminal justice, and president, Faculty Senate, Mercyhurst North East.

Mosco said that the committee met for the first time Friday and each signed an agreement of confidentiality to protect the identity of the candidates until the final stage of the selection process.

She also announced that trustees approved the appointment of Thomas A. Billingsley as acting president of the college from Feb. 24 until March 7 when Michael J. McQuillen, Ph.D., interim president, begins his first day on the job.
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