Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Mercyhurst College Class of 1966 will gather for its 50th reunion this summer, but Class President Mary Daly will begin celebrating earlier. She’ll be honored today for 50 years of service to her alma mater.
The longest-serving current employee at Mercyhurst University, she tops a list of more than 80 employees marking service anniversaries this year who’ll be recognized at a ceremony and reception on campus. Their service to Mercyhurst totals more than 1,000 years.
President Michael Victor, who is presiding over his first recognition program after taking office last August, welcomed the opportunity to celebrate their years of hard work and dedication to Mercyhurst.
Daly earned her business degree from Mercyhurst in 1966 and immediately joined the college’s staff. Within a few years she became Mercyhurst’s public relations director and she later held several cabinet-level vice president positions. She currently serves as the president’s liaison to the Board of Trustees and board professional.
She left Mercyhurst only briefly to earn a master’s degree in corporate and political communication from Fairfield University.
A respected public relations professional, Daly was the first woman elected president of the Erie Ad Club and the first woman to receive the George Mead Award for a Distinguished Career in Public Relations.
Her advertising campaigns captured many awards, including a pair of coveted silver awards from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She also launched the school’s first professional website; founded Mercyhurst Magazine and the Monday Morning newsletter; and supervised events ranging from graduations and Christmas parties to the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July and the D’Angelo Young Artist Competition.
Like Daly, Sister Patricia Whalen, RSM, is a Mercyhurst graduate who has spent most of her career at her alma mater. While she’s being honored now for 20 years of consecutive full-time service, she has been affiliated with Mercyhurst in some way ever since joining the education faculty in 1970.
She left her full-time position in 1987 when she was elected to the leadership team of the Erie Community of the Sisters of Mercy. Even then, she continued to supervise the Pre-Teaching Internship Program and the Cadet Teaching Program. She returned to Mercyhurst when her term ended in 1996, and has served as registrar since 1999. She will step down from that position later this year, but will stay to assist on a part-time basis.
Also being honored for 25 years of service are:
And for 20 years of service:
Helen (Missi) Berquist