Meet Our Staff

 

Laura Zirkle, Ph.D. (Associate Vice President for Student Life)

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I came to MU in: 1999

I graduated from:
  • University of Findlay, B.A. History and B.A. English
  • Bowling Green State University, M.A. College Student Personnel
  • Gannon University, Ph.D. Organizational Learning and Leadership
The best part of my job is… the students!

My favorite memory from when I was in college is…
The whole college experience was so fun and exciting…I loved just hanging out with my new friends –talking about anything and everything.

If I could meet one person, it would be… Winston Churchill

Something you may not know about me is…
I make stained glass.

The book I am reading right now is…
I just finished Divergent by Veronica Roth, so I’m starting the second in the series – Insurgent.

I have a special talent that nobody knows I have, it is… I am an animal whisperer.

Mercyhurst in three words: An amazing experience!

EMAIL LAURA





Dr. Judy Smith (Director for Health & Counseling Centers)

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My role is: Provide psychological counseling to students; direct the Health and Counseling Centers; assist with wellness and health topics and initiatives.

I came to MU in: Good question – 7 years ago?

I graduated from:

  • George Mason University, M.A.
  • Michigan State University, Ph.D.
The best part of my job is… the people.

My favorite memory from when I was in college is… spending time with my friends.

If I could meet one person, it would be… Mary Oliver.

If I were a superhero I’d be… jumping buildings with a single bound, traveling wherever I chose, and making paperwork disappear with a blink of my eyes.

Something you may not know about me is… I have a menagerie of 3 dogs and 2 cats.

The book I am reading right now is… the most recent James Patterson novel.

I have a special talent that nobody knows I have, it is… does making homemade yoghurt count?

Mercyhurst in three words: People. Mission. Knowledge.

EMAIL DR. JUDY




Alice Agnew (Director for Residence Life & Student Conduct)

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I came to MU in: August 2000

I graduated from:

  • Purdue University, B.A. Psychology and B.A. Sociology (1996)

The best part of my job is… impacting student lives.

My favorite memory from when I was in college is… the enduring friendships that I made.

If I could meet one person, it would be… Queen Elizabeth.

If I were a superhero I’d be…
Hermione Granger.

Something you may not know about me is…
I was on the rowing team in college.

The book I am reading right now is…
Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

I have a special talent that nobody knows I have, it is…
underground craps player (shh!)

Mercyhurst in three words:
Small. Catholic. Welcoming.

EMAIL ALICE





Sarah Allen (Director for Campus Involvement Center)

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I came to MU in: June 2003

I graduated from:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. Rhetorical Communications
  • Slippery Rock University, M.A. Educational Psychology

The best part of my job is…working with students, of course!  I have the privilege of getting to know many students each year and assist them in becoming a true Laker through their involvement in co-curricular activities.

My favorite memory from when I was in college is…times spent with the Pitt Program Council.  I was able to plan and implement my first concert at Pitt and we brought to campus the Black Eyed Peas and The Roots.

If I could meet one person, it would be… Adam Levine.

If I were a superhero I’d be…
Elastic Girl from The Incredible.

Something you may not know about me is…
I enjoy watching the Soap: General Hospital.

The book I am reading right now is…
I am not reading a book now…

I have a special talent that nobody knows I have, it is…
I am super flexible!

Mercyhurst in three words:
Friendships. Activities. Carpe Diem.

EMAIL SARAH

 



Dianne Rogers (Director for Learning Differences Program)

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My role is: As the Director for Learning Differences, I advocate for and assist students with disabilities.

I came to MU in
: 1999

I graduated from:

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Edinboro University

The best part of my job is… Working with students—watching them walk across the stage at graduation.

My favorite memory from when I was in college is…informal times with faculty and assisting in faculty research.

Mercyhurst in three words: Friendly. Academically Rigorous. Safety-net.

EMAIL DIANNE




Robert Kuhn (Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety)

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I came to MU in: July 2010

I graduated from:

  • Gannon University (1972)
  • Edinboro University (1994)
  • F.B.I. National Academy (2000)

The best part of my job is… Training and mentoring the younger Officers.

My favorite memory from when I was in college is… summer break & working in the Brewery.

If I could meet one person, it would be…
President Obama.

If I were a superhero I’d be…
Superman (bullet proof).

Something you may not know about me is…
I’m a history buff and oenologist.

The book I am reading right now is…
”Killing Jesus.”

I have a special talent that nobody knows I have, it is…
and nobody includes me… when I figure out what it is I’ll let you know.

Mercyhurst in three words
: Sisters of Mercy. Tradition. Irish.

EMAIL CHIEF KUHN




Pertrina Marrero

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I came to MU in: August 2004

I graduated from:
  • Penn State Erie - The Behrend College (undergrad) 
  • Edinboro University (grad)
The best part of my job is… EVERYTHING! It’s what I was destined to do.  I love what I do so I do it with love.

My favorite memory from when I was in college is… traveling abroad to Spain in my Junior Year of undergrad. It was magical, educational and very unforgettable. One day, I’ll return.

If I could meet one person, it would be… Jesus

If I were a superhero I’d be…
Wonderwoman…she’s simply amazing!

Something you may not know about me is… I LOVE pigs and elephants!

The book I am reading right now is… Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm

I have a special talent that nobody knows I have, it is...
making homemade products for hair and body from everyday, in your kitchen items.

Mercyhurst in three words: CHALLENGING. DIVERSE. GROWING.

EMAIL TRINA





Kyle Foust, Ph.D. (Executive Director for Experiential Learning)

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Office Location: Egan 213
Phone: 814-824-2171
EMAIL DR. FOUST

Events

Theatre: The Laramie Project

Dates: Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2014

Location: Taylor Little Theatre

MET HD Live: Così Fan Tutte

Dates: Apr 26

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

An Afternoon of Dance

Dates: Apr 27

Location: Ridge Library Great Room, North East

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