Join future alums as they embark on their first service trip during freshman orientation!
It seems as if Commencement 2015 was just yesterday, but believe it or not, GMercyU will be welcoming the Class of 2019 in less than a month!
Join future alums as they embark on their first service trip during freshman orientation!
Want to mingle and network with fellow alums? Join us for our second Center City Sips at Pagano's in Philly!
GMercyU's Alumni Association is gearing up for a summer full of events! Catch up with old friends and faculty and learn what's new at GMercyU!
June 24, 2015
GMercyU Alumni Networking Event in Center City, PhiladelphiaMeet and network with GMercyU Griffins after work.
Tir Na Nog Irish Bar and Grill
1600 Arch Street
(across from Suburban Station)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations to RSVP or for more information: 215-641-5554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Phillies and Down the Shore event, you can register here!
While we wait for the mounds of snow to melt and the temperatures to rise, we can all dream about sitting at the Phillies game or hanging down the shore with fellow GMercyU alums.
The Alumni Association has a whole slate of fun events to reconnect with fellow graduates this spring and summer! We can't wait to see you all!
Contact the Alumni Relations Office to RSVP or for more information at email@example.com or 215-641-5554.
**Online Registration will be available shortly.
**Online Registration available in April!
**Online Registration available in May!
Gwynedd Mercy University visited the Windy City this past weekend to catch up with alums and their families who have since moved to Chicago since graduating.
President Kathleen Owens, PhD, spent the evening sharing all of the latest news that is happening on campus and listening to alums reminisce about their time at GMercyU.
GMercyU's next stop will be in Florida on February 9, 2015 in Naples and February 10, 2015 in Orlando. Stay tuned!
Graduates of the classes of 1964 & 1989 spent the afternoon reminiscing with one another at Gwynedd Mercy University's annual 25th and 50th Class Reunions on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
The day began with mass in the Campbell Hall Chapel and was followed by lunch in Assumption Hall. Graduates and their guests got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather and see the changes being made on campus, including University Hall and the Keiss Library and Learning Commons.
For many, this was the first time they have been back to Gwynedd Mercy University since graduation. Students Chelsea Kahana and Jasmin Hall spent time with the alums, catching them up on the current happenings on campus.
Alumni received a special certificate from President Kathleen Owens, PhD, honoring their anniversaries and Mercy tea and scones with a Catherine McAuley quote as a keepsake.
My kind of town, Chicago is...Gwynedd Mercy University is heading to the windy city! The ever-popular GMercyU On the Road is stopping in Chicago on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Meson Sabika Restaurant in Naperville, IL.
We invite you and a guest to a complimentary alumni reception to meet President Kathleen Owens and connect with local Gwynedd Mercy University alums. It's a great chance to connect back with your alma mater and catch up with what you have missed since moving to the Midwest.
Gwynedd Mercy University kicked off Mercy Week with the 28th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 22 at Manufacturer's Golf & Country Club. Mother Nature cooperated, giving golfers a pleasant day with a crisp chill in the air to signify the first day of Fall.
The boisterous crowd of almost 100 golfers teed off at noon to play the scramble-format tournament. While a few came within just a few feet, nobody was lucky enough to drive home in the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee for sinking a hole-in-one. There were plenty of prizes and giveaways to claim, however, including at $500 gift certificate to A la Maison Bistro, Philadelphia Eagles tickets and the always popular wheelbarrow of cheer.
The tournament ended with a cocktail hour and dinner buffet where the winners were announced and recognized. Thanks to all of the generous participants and donors, Gwynedd Mercy University raised close to $60,000 which will benefit the University's Annual Fund. The Annual Fund supports the University's academic programs and loosens the financial strain put on students.
To commemorate Mercy Week, I hope you will consider supporting the next generation of Distinctive Mercy Graduates. You can make a gift online today or contact Nicholas Hagdorn directly with any questions you might have at 267-448-1345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwynedd Mercy University honored several alumni at this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, September 12.
Each year, Gwynedd Mercy University's Alumni Association recognizes the wonderful achievements of select alumni by honoring them with the University's highest alumni award. These individuals have represented the University in their everyday lives, helping elevate the value of a Mercy education.
Earning the distinction in 2014 were seven praiseworthy individuals.
Kathleen Kelly Brogan '65 began her nursing career at Roxborough Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse and spent the next twenty years on the faculty of its School of Nursing. In 1990, Kathie was named director of Education and Quality Improvement for Patient Care Services at Presbyterian Medical Center (PMC) and later named director of Staff Development for PMC and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, Kathie formed her own company, Brogan and Associates and in 1999, she served as director of Clinical Standards and Education. She is now chief nursing officer for the Network, and President of the NewCourtland Education Center.
Sister Janet Henry, RSM ' 67 received her BA in History and started her career as a high school teacher but later transitioned into hospital and healthcare administration, earning her MBA from Yale University in 1980. Sister Janet has worked in a variety of senior-level administration positions, first at Mercy Catholic Medical Center then at Franciscan Health System in Aston, PA as CEO at the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital. For more than a decade, Sister Janet worked at Jefferson Health System and the Main Line Health System as VP of various hospitals and departments within the region. Currently, Sister Janet serves as VP of Mission and Ministry for Catholic Health Initiatives at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA. She is currently in process of attaining her Leadership Coaching Certification.
Maureen Kahn '84 earned her degree in Business Administration from GMercyU and went on to receive her Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Hamilton University and a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. With 24 years of experience, Maureen served as Senior VP of Patient Services at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA and in leadership positions at hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania. In 2001, Maureen joined Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL as Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer and then went on to become the President/CEO in 2005. Maureen was listed as one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know,” recently issued by Becker’s Hospital Review. On October 1st of this year, Maureen will step into yet a new role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blessing Corporate Services, the parent company of the Blessing Health System.
Matthew D. McHugh '95/97 earned both his ASN and BSN from GMercyU and went on to receive his MSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, and a JD from The Northeastern University School of Law. Matthew worked as Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in Denmark, and completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in nursing outcomes research at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Rosemarie Greco Term Endowed Associate Professor in Advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn.
Domenic Zampogna '01 completed his master's degree in School Counseling at GMercyU and continued his education at St. Joseph's University where he earned a second master's degree in Educational Leadership. In 1999, Domenic worked as Director of Guidance at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia until 2004 when he became Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at St. Pius X High School in Pottstown. In 2011, Domenic joined Cardinal O'Hara High School as a Guidance Counselor and has since come full circle, re-joining Roman Catholic High School as the Director of Guidance this academic year. He spent more than ten years developing and executing youth and young adult programing for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and co-chaired the Philadelphia Archdiocese Millennium Youth Celebration 2000, a two-day event held here at Gwynedd Mercy University.
Gwynedd Mercy University also honored the recipients of the Anne Fitzpatrick Murray Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, an award given to a person who has made significant public service contributions by sharing or volunteering his or her talent, time and resources in the spirit of Mercy.
Cynthia Gornick '83 earned a BS in Business Administration from GMercyU and was hired as a business office manager at a local nursing home. Within four years, she became a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and began managing her first skilled nursing & rehabilitation center. Her career took her from Gwynedd Valley to all across the country, ultimately landing in Austin, TX— where she has lived for the past 18 years. Inspired to better understand and serve her community, Cyndi to started Gornick Consulting Services, a business that coaches leaders of faith-based ministries, with the mission to meet needs of at risk, poor and underserved people in areas such as affordable housing, education, hunger and healthcare.
Megan McStravick '07 started at GMercyU as an Education major but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services. Megan went on to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University School of Social Work in 2008. Since then, Megan has been employed by the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, where she is a Social Worker/Social Services Intake Coordinator. Megan has been heavily involved with community clinics and organizations that advocate for the rights of uninsured individuals and she is a part of leadership teams that educate uninsured individuals and enroll them in affordable health insurance plans.
From the moment you walk onto Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus for the first time, you begin to hear about the Circle of Mercy either from the upperclassmen, faculty and staff or from the popular song that is sung at most events. Many of us wonder: what is this Circle of Mercy everyone is speaking about? Through orientation, Freshman Year Experience (FYE), service projects and numerous events and opportunities, we begin to gain an understanding of what Mercy means to not only our University community but to oneself.
My freshman year, I decided to participate in my first Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Baltimore, Maryland where I met Karen Schneider RSM, M.D.. The experiences I gained while on ASB with those whom I served as well as sitting around Sister Karen’s kitchen table and hearing her experiences of Mercy helped me to come to an understanding that Mercy is about being compassionate, respecting the dignity of others, serving those who are less fortunate and being hospitable to those who are different than us. Not only did I gain an understanding of Mercy but my eyes, ears and my heart were opened to those individuals who needed it the most and my own small Circle of Mercy began to grow!
Since then, my Circle of Mercy has increasingly grown larger in size and my passion for helping others has grown stronger. However, as my senior year of college and graduation quickly approached I began to wonder, “What’s next?” How will I continue to incorporate Mercy into my daily life? Where does my circle of Mercy go from here?” Only three months after graduation, I still do not have the answer to each of these questions but on July 31, 2014, I was blessed to begin my pilgrimage to Ireland for the Young Mercy Leaders Conference at Mercy International Centre in Dublin where I began to find some direction towards answering these questions.
On the pilgrimage, I was accompanied by eight of my peers, and two faculty members, Ms. Mary Jo Pierantozzi and Ms. Carol Evans. We also had the wonderful privilege of traveling with seven students and two faculty members from Misericordia University, another Mercy institution located in Dallas, PA. It was landing at the Belfast International Airport, where I first began to see the Circle of Mercy at work as strangers from two sister schools became united and new friendships were beginning to form.
With the start of the Young Mercy Leaders Conference still a few days away, we had the opportunity to explore the history and streets of Belfast and Northern Ireland, where we learned about the “troubles” that, sadly to this day, are still occurring between the Protestants and Catholics over political and religious beliefs. Despite having some knowledge in regards to the “troubles,” it was still shocking to see firsthand the Peace Walls and gates that divide the community. We learned that life for those who live in Belfast has become more peaceful in recent years although there is still much work that needs to be done to unite the two communities. However, there is hope that one day the peace walls and gates will be able to be removed to allow the residents of Belfast to live in peace with one another. As we viewed the various murals and Peace Walls we each had the opportunity to join people from around the world to sign the Peace Wall in support that Belfast will soon be at peace.
During our journey through Northern Ireland we also gained a greater understanding of why the land in Ireland is so green, as we trekked through the pouring rain to see some of the Ireland’s most beautiful views as we visited Carrick-a-Rede Bridge and Giants Causeway. Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is a 300 year old rope bridge that many of the GMercyU and Misericordia students had the opportunity to cross despite our fears of the cold water that lay far beneath us as we walked to the other side. Giants Causeway was another beautiful sight to see, despite the rain, and it was interesting to learn the three different theories on how the Causeway was created. Some say that “God made the world and God made the Causeway!” The second theory is that lava under the water moved and caused the earth’s plates to move which resulted in the creation of the rock formation. Lastly, the third theory is a funny Irish tale about a man named Finn McCough who got into a fight with a Scottish man named Brenner and threw the rocks from Scotland to Ireland. Belfast also provided us all the opportunity to enjoy traditional Irish food and a visit to the Titanic museum as well as many other wonderful sites.
Finally, it was time to travel to Dublin and on August 5th we started out on our first walk through the streets of Dublin to the Mercy International Centre, where Catherine McAuley started her mission and the location for which the conference would be held. On our walk to Mercy International Centre I knew we were getting closer as I saw the street sign for Baggot Street, a street I have heard about for the past four years and one I had only hoped to one day have the opportunity to walk down. Then from a short distance I noticed the white building with the big red doors and statue of Catherine McAuley that I have seen countless pictures of and I knew we had arrived! I could feel the chills of excitement run through my body to finally be at the place where Catherine McAuley once called home and where her vision of providing a place where women could find shelter, provide an education to young children and healthcare for those who needed it began. As soon as we walked through the iconic red doors and into Mercy International we were greeted with warm welcomes and hospitality by the Sisters of Mercy and all those who work in the building.
The conference began with an opening ritual in the exquisite Memorial Garden in which Catherine McAuley is buried, where we gathered around the Rill of water that flows through the garden. The Rill was built in 1994 and is filled with water brought from all over the world to symbolize the unity of the Mercy family from all around the world. Each Mercy institution was encouraged to bring water from their individual campuses to incorporate in the opening ritual, once again symbolizing the unity of Mercy. I was blessed to have been chosen to represent our University in the pouring of the water into the Rill. After each school poured their water into the Rill, we processed into the chapel for the remaining of our opening prayer and soon the chapel was filed with joy as we proudly sang the “Circle of Mercy” together and in that moment I have never felt so connected to a group of people, many whom I had not yet had the chance to meet.
The next three days were filled with workshops, prayer, music, reflection and laughter as we continued to learn more about Catherine McAuley and learning about how we could incorporate her mission into our everyday lives. In small groups, we attended six different workshops as well as three keynote presentations as a whole group. Each workshop and keynote presentation had different, interesting themes and had us all thinking about life and others in new ways. I was happy to be reunited with Sister Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D. as we were honored to have her as one of our key note speakers as well as a presenter for one of our workshops. Having the opportunity to once again talk to Sister Karen made me feel as if I had come full circle from freshman year of college to now a Distinctive Mercy graduate. I learned so much from each of the workshops I attended.
During one of the workshops we were given a tour around Mercy International Center where we learned about some of the original rooms and how they were used, including the International Room, Catherine’s Room and The Heritage Room. The International Room was the original classroom that once educated more than 200 students at a time! Catherine’s Room is where she spent her final days and it was interesting to find out that it is the only room in the building with the original floor boards. The Heritage Room is filled with display cases that hold some of Catherine’s belongings as well as other treasures from the original building. In the Heritage Room there are also panels that share the story of Catherine McAuley and how the Sisters of Mercy began as well as how the mission has spread to all around the world!
As I increased my knowledge on Catherine McAuley throughout the conference, especially during a workshop where we had the chance to read her letters, I realized that she was just like you and I. Catherine was a regular person who loved to dance, laugh, help others and even made mistakes. She was scared and nervous at times but her one decision to provide a safe place for women to stay turned into a mission that impacted people all over the world for many years. Knowing that Catherine was an average woman gives me hope that I too can make a difference and that I do not have to do something big to make a positive impact in my world. This brings me closer to answering my question of how I can incorporate Mercy in my everyday life.
I am now beginning to understand that it is the little actions towards another person or things that you do that can truly add up and make the biggest of differences in someone else’s life and it only takes one step to walk in someone else’s shoes to light up their world for the better. While at the conference, I also learned that it is okay to not always know “what’s next” in life. I know that God will direct me in whatever path he sees fit and that it is important to discover what brings you a source of joy to your life. Soon after returning home from the conference, when I least expected it, God led me to my “next” as I now begin my new journey and school year as a full-time special education teacher, something that brings me much joy.
I left the conference and Ireland refreshed and inspired to follow in Catherine McAuley’s footsteps and live by her quote “Resolve to be good today but better tomorrow”. After reflecting on my third question, “Where does my Circle of Mercy go from here?,” I have come to the conclusion that, through my experiences at Gwynedd Mercy University and the Young Mercy Leaders Conference in Ireland, the Circle of Mercy never truly ends. It only grows wider and wider with each person that you meet and each life that you impact. This pilgrimage has truly been an experience of a life time. I thank all who made this trip possible, especially the Alumni Association for blessing me with this opportunity.
-Christie Delhagen '14
Valie Genuardi Hobbit House has been an integral part of the Gwynedd Mercy University family for more four decades. As a lab school for the School of Education, many of our alumni have gained hands-on experience in their field through teacher apprentices, work studies, and other volunteer opportunities.
Without the University’s support, Hobbit House could not continue to offer an appropriate program which provides the “Seeds” of our Catholic faith to the children. Hobbit House provides children with an exceptional first school experience as the foundation for their future both inside and outside of the classroom.
Through the parents of our Hobbits' generosity, Hobbit House was able to install interactive whiteboards and a cart of thirty iPads for students to enhance their technology awareness. Below you will find the recent article that was featured in Gwynedd Mercy University’s Alumni publication, Today Magazine, highlighting the strong partnership between Hobbit House and GMercyU.
For more information on Hobbit House, visit gmercyu.edu