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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mercyhurst University has a diverse and fascinating line-up of on-air talent for WQLN’s Collegiate Challenge scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Collegiate Challenge is WQLN’s annual fundraiser to support public broadcasting. Supporters of WQLN and Mercyhurst are invited to call in or stop by the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union Great Room between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. to make a gift on behalf of Mercyhurst University.

Kicking off the Challenge from 6 to 7 a.m. is Dr. Joseph Morris, associate professor of political science and the director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics, who will discuss the upcoming U.S. presidential election, including how Pennsylvania is a battleground state that could determine the outcome of the election.

Another special guest is Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, Mercyhurst’s vice president for mission integration. Sister will talk about the success of the Mercy Emissary program, which she designed to sustain the Sisters of Mercy legacy on campus.

Dr. Karen Morahan, assistant professor of nursing, will close out the Challenge from noon to 1 p.m. as she unveils the university’s plans for a Veterans Tribute over Veterans Weekend Nov. 11-12.

Mercyhurst will join five regional colleges and universities in the Collegiate Challenge: Gannon University, Penn State Behrend, Edinboro University, Allegheny College, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pitt-Titusville.

Schools are competing for two trophies — Overall Money Raised and Most Improved.

Last year, Mercyhurst won the honor of “Most Improved Fundraiser” by raising $7,382, a 133 percent increase in money raised from 2014.

Mercyhurst supporters can pledge online or via the pledge line at 814-866-5454. You can advance Mercyhurst by pledging now, or wait to show your support on Oct. 25, when members of the Mercyhurst community join the staff from 91.3 WQLN-FM on air. Mercyhurst students will man the phone lines.

This year’s on-air talent includes:

6-7 a.m.: Joseph Morris, associate professor of political science

7-8 a.m.: Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, vice president for mission integration

8-9 a.m.: Colin Hurley, director of community engagement

9-10 a.m.: Michael T. Victor, president

10-11 a.m.: Brett Johnson, director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture

11-12 a.m.: Travis Lindahl, director of graduate and adult enrollment

Noon-1 p.m.: Karen Morahan, assistant professor of nursing and Veterans Tribute coordinator

For more information on Mercyhurst’s role in the annual challenge, contact Allison Seib in marketing at 814-824-3120.