200 Mercy higher ed representatives stage symposium at Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst College will welcome about 200 representatives of Mercy colleges and universities from all over the country when it hosts the June 2-4 Symposium of the Mercy Conference for Higher Education (CMHE).

Sixteen Mercy schools from the United States, as well as two institutions from overseas, will be represented at the Symposium, which is themed “Becoming a Global Citizen in Mercy.” This will be the third biennial symposium organized by CMHE, which was formed in 2005 to reinforce the bonds of Catholic identity and Mercy sponsorship among participating colleges.

Keynote speaker for the event is Deirdre Mullan, RSM, originally from Derry, Northern Ireland, who represents the worldwide Sisters of Mercy as director of Mercy Global Concerns, a nongovernmental organization of the United Nations. Her talk, set for Wednesday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m. in Mercyhurst’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, is free and open to the public.

A panel of educators will respond to her remarks. They include Peadar Cremin, Ph.D. president of Mary Immaculate College in Ireland; Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., president of Georgian Court University of Lakewood, N.J.; Adrian Leiva, M.Ed., dean of Muffles College in Belize; and Kerry Robinson, M.A.R., executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable in Church Management.

Later that evening, the public is also welcome to attend a showing of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a powerful documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who helped bring peace to Liberia. It will be screened Wednesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the D’Angelo Center.

During the remainder of their Erie stay, delegates will choose from more than 30 workshops on topics including curriculum, service learning, teaching and assessment, student support, extracurricular activities, study abroad initiatives, sustainable development programs, and human rights.

Four of those presentations are being delivered by Mercyhurst faculty and staff, including:
 "Double Exposure: Using Service-Learning to Teach Social Research" by Dr. Ruth Auld, dean of graduate studies, and Dr. Brian Ripley, dean of faculty.
 "Encountering the Stranger: Developing Global Citizens through a Mercy-Centered Common Reading Program” by Dr. Christy Rieger, assistant professor of English; Darcey Kemp, director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Development; and student Lindsay Cox
 "A Generational View of Sustainable Leadership in Education: Faculty and Administrative Perspectives" by Dr. Caroline Pharr, assistant professor of chemistry, who is co-presenting with her mother, Dr. Christine Pharr of the College of St. Mary
 "Local Immersion Experiences as a Portal to Critical Reflection and Creative Response" by Greg Baker, director of campus ministry.

At an awards banquet on June 3, CMHE will present a pair of prestigious awards. The CMHE Leadership Medal will be given to Sister Sheila Carney, RSM, assistant to the president for Mercy heritage at Pittsburgh’s Carlow University. The College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Neb., will receive the Frances Warde Award for its Latina Scholarship Program.

For additional information, contact Sr. Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, Ph.D., vice president for mission integration at Mercyhurst, 824-2572.
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