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MNE welcomes new students, faculty and staff

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mercyhurst North East begins its fall session on Wednesday, Aug. 24, welcoming a new class of students and faculty.

The incoming class represents a 25 percent increase in enrollment over 2015 and includes both traditional, first-time students, students transferring from other institutions and adults who are seeking additional education or new careers.

This year, students arrived at Mercyhurst North East from 13 states – as well as the United Kingdom and Uganda – with 63 pursuing degrees in the Walker College of Business & Management, 38 studying liberal arts and early childhood education in the Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; 222 studying biology, massage therapy, medical lab technician, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and health care management in the Zurn College of Natural & Health Sciences; and 37 in the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies & Applied Sciences seeking degrees in criminal justice and computer information.

New faculty include: Jessica Spanogle, instructor of business, Kelly Lucore, instructor of biology, and Deborah Krause, Elizabeth Lucas, Michael Meyer and Karyn Hodgins, in the nursing program. Amy Erickson was named MLT program director.

In athletics, the Saints are excited for the return of lacrosse this year under the direction of head coach Eric Miccio. Two other programs will feature new head coaches: Shannon Pullium, men’s basketball, and Brandon Crum, men’s baseball.

Since 1991, Mercyhurst North East has offered students the opportunity to earn a degree in two years or less and enter highly sought after, well-paid positions or pursue additional education.