Wednesday, September 30, 2015
When Michael Victor arrived on campus in August to assume the presidency of Mercyhurst University, he made a promise: I am here to reinvigorate the spirit of Mercyhurst.
In short order, he established his cabinet, began implementing a broad sweep of changes, and refreshed the look of campus. Time for a little fun, he thought.
A number of colleges and universities, including Lake Erie College, where Victor was president before Mercyhurst, celebrate a tradition known as Mountain Day, which is anticipated each year as a time for fresh air, exercise and fun with friends.
At Mercyhurst, Victor has rebranded the event and christened it HURST DAY, pulling out all the stops for a truly grand-scale celebration of student life. It happens the week of Oct. 5. The exact day is a well-kept secret, the start of which will be signaled by a blaze of drummers and pipers first thing in the morning. Classes will be canceled until 6 p.m. so everyone can participate. Students from the North East campus will be bussed to Erie for the occasion.
“A celebration like Hurst Day, which is a campus-wide event, is the kind of social glue that fosters community and inclusiveness on a college campus, and so I am very excited to begin this new tradition at Mercyhurst,” Victor said.
Students will enjoy a day of outdoor activities and games on the campus green. There will be corn hole, disc golf, horse race derby, dunk tank, bungee run, mechanical bull and much more. More than 75 four-person teams have signed up to participate in the signature event – a scavenger hunt. Each member of the winning foursome will take home a GoPro.
Victor stressed that the entire university community is encouraged to come outdoors and participate for at least some of the day. Everyone is invited to enjoy a picnic lunch in Munson Plaza from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
HURST DAY ends at 4 p.m., but as a crowning effect, students will be treated to a steak dinner in Egan Cafeteria.
“This is one day each year when we step back, enjoy friendships and our beautiful natural surroundings,” Victor said. A special thanks, he added, to the planning committee: Sarah Allen, Lindsay Cox, Betsy Frank, Jeremy Hewitt, Chris Norris, Courtney Olevnik and Dionne Veitch.