As a former U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer, Mercyhurst intelligence studies faculty Arthur Mills has held assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and South Asia but when he crosses the threshold of Mercyhurst University’s new Center for Academic Engagement (CAE) on Wednesday, Aug. 29, he’ll be making history of another kind.
Mills will teach the first class in Mercyhurst’s flagship academic building and he will be welcoming not only students new to the building but students new to the university. Mostly freshmen will occupy the seats of Room 203 at 8 a.m. when Mills presents his syllabus for “Introduction to Intelligence Analysis.”
“I am honored to be teaching the first class in the CAE,” Mills said. “Our students are now housed in a building that maximizes all that is best in both physical workspace and intellectual environment. It reflects the importance that Mercyhurst places on the intelligence studies program.”
Dr. Joe Morris will teach the first political science course – The American Presidency – in the CAE at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday. He’ll welcome students to the versatile new polling center, where furniture converts from computer-equipped polling stations to flat-surfaced desktops with the push of a button.
In addition, Morris will commence the first poll of the 2012-2013 year for the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics (MCAP) on Sept. 11. The poll will gauge Pennsylvanians’ opinions on the Obama-Romney race, Super PACs, the Voter ID Law and more.
“Our new home in the CAE takes MCAP to a whole new level,” Morris said. “Our polls will be more accurate. We'll complete them quicker and more students will have the opportunity to be part of the process. It's just a fantastic resource for Mercyhurst and the larger community.”
Hospitality Management, another anchor program of the CAE, will introduce its students to the high-tech kitchen facilities on site at 3 p.m. Wednesday with labs and a class: Chef Charles Magalhaes will conduct the Food Service Management II and IIIlabs from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the main kitchen while adjunct faculty Srdjan Popovic will begin Applied Service Methods in the Marriott Café.
September 6 marks the first catering collaboration between hospitality students and Parkhurst Dining Services in the new building. They will produce a special luncheon in the Marriott Café to honor the Rev. William J. Byron, S.J., lead celebrant at the university’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, which takes place earlier that morning in Christ the King Chapel.
Finally, the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society (ELIES), another primary tenant of the CAE, will host its first faculty planning meeting on Thursday, Aug. 30. Religious studies faculty Dr. Daniel McFee and philosophy faculty Dr. Kevin Sullivan and Stephanie Barnhizer are working with faculty from several disciplines to offer lectures and seminars in a range of ethical fields.
“The new CAE empowers the Evelyn Lincoln Institute to expand its offerings substantially,” McFee said. “It will provide much-needed space to host everything from a small seminar series on the ethics of the modern financial industry to web-based lectures on environmental issues with internationally known environmental activists. We are thrilled to be in our new space.”