Gwynedd Mercy University students from the Schools of Business and Arts and Sciences were invited to the now-annual Alumni and Student Speed-Networking Event on Tuesday, November 12.
Students ranging from freshmen to seniors met with select alumni from a variety of career fields including Communications, Finance and Psychology. In the non-traditional format of “speed-networking,” groups of several students had six minutes to network with each alum before moving on to the next table.
After speed-networking, students had the opportunity to continue their conversations over light refreshments. Students not only learned useful interviewing and career tips, but they saw first-hand what you can do with a Gwynedd Mercy University degree.
We would like to thank all who contributed to this amazing event, especially the alumni who made the trip back to campus.
Graduates of the classes of 1963 & 1988 spent the afternoon reminiscing with one another at Gwynedd Mercy University's annual 25th and 50th Year Reunions on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
The day began with mass in the Campbell Hall Chapel at 11:30 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 the brand new University Hall.
Alumni received a special certificate from President Kathleen Owens, PhD, honoring their anniversaries as well as new “university” t-shirts.
It was a picturesque scene for Gwynedd Mercy University's 27th annual golf tournament on Monday, September 23 at Manufacturer's Golf & Country Club.
The clear skies and crisp, light breeze made for perfect golf weather. The afternoon started out with lunch featuring Philly favorites like cheesesteaks and cannoli on the terrace overlooking the 250 acres of plush scenery.
The sellout crowd of 128 golfers set out a little after 12 p.m. to play the scramble-format tournament. Nobody may have driven home the new Jeep for sinking a hole-in-one, but there was a variety of raffle prizes and giveaways to claim including a $400 gift certificate to A la Maison Bistro and even a wheelbarrow of cheer.
The tournament closed out with a cocktail hour followed by a dinner buffet. Thanks to all of the generous participants and donors, Gwynedd Mercy University raised approximately $65,000 which will benefit the university's scholarship support for students.
Gwynedd Mercy University would also like to thank Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club for being a beautiful, first-class course and the hard work of committee members Mark Craney, Jay Haenn, Father John Collins, Tony Mauriello, Helen Nelson, Regina Lowrie, Mia McGlynn, and Donna Smyrl.
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Over 100 alumni and friends of Gwynedd Mercy University filled Assumption Hall for the annual All Alumni Reception on Saturday, September 28. The beautiful fall weather allowed for guests to enjoy each other’s company and the delicious food and drink out on the back steps overlooking campus.
During the reception, Gwynedd Mercy University honored the 2003 Women's Basketball team and the 2008 Men's Cross Country, Women's Tennis and Baseball teams as part of the annual Salute to Champions. The newly inducted Hall of Fame honorees, Mary Anne Wade, Alex Marsh, Ed Solvibile and Dana (Landis) Hashagen, also joined in on the fun.
Students old and new enjoyed a weekend of reminiscing and creating new memories all around the University. Whether it was enjoying a movie under the stars or ziplining across the lawn, Homecoming 2013 was a success.
We want to thank all who came out and please look for upcoming alumni events coming soon!
Griffin pride was in full force Thursday night when social media started buzzing about the new Gwynedd Mercy University commercial. This is an exciting time for our University and we are excited to share it with all of you.
If you missed the live commercial, watch it here!
This Throwback Thursday we are honoring the 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees. This year's inductees are:
Mary Anne Wade, Class of 2002 - Women’s Basketball
Alex Marsh, Class of 1995 – Men’s Basketball
Ed Solvibile, Class of 2002 - Baseball
Dana (Landis) Hashagen, Class of 2006 – Women’s Soccer
Gwynedd Mercy University invites all teammates of the inductees to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, September 28th at 1:00 p.m. in the Julia Ball Auditorium.
If you would like to attend, please contact Joanne Talarico, in the Athletics Office, 215-646-7300 x252
Gwynedd Mercy University honored several alumni at this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, September 13.
Each year, Gwynedd Mercy University selects deserving recipients out of the 17,000-plus alumni to receive the University's highest alumni award. The Distinguished Alumni Award acknowledges the achievements of outstanding individuals whose personal lives, professional success and community service match the objectives of their alma mater.
Earning the distinction in 2013 were six praiseworthy individuals.
Maria Bradley, '73 was the former Senior Vice President and Global Outsourcing Leader for Aon Consulting before starting her own company, Benefit Express, in 2001. Marie was inducted into the prestigious University of Illinois Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential Women in Business in the Midwest.
Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, PhD, RN '83 has been the Dean and Professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing since August 2012. Some of Glasgow's honors include the 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and a two-time American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She is a Fellow Elect in the American Academy of Nursing and will be inducted this October.
Denise G. Link '75/77 is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at Arizona State University where she is the director of a nurse managed clinic in Central Phoenix that serves low income uninsured adults. Denise was named the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in 2012 and received the Award for Clinical Excellence by the AANP.
Regina C. O'Keefe has 25 years of public accounting experience with Gable Peritz Mishkin, LLP and has been a partner of the firm since 2000. O'Keefe is a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and held a position on the Montgomery Township Finance Committee for a two-year term. She is also the newest member of the GMU School of Business Professional Advisory Board.
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.
This year's recipients were Regina Finalyson and Judy Talvacchia.
Finalyson '78 recently retired as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Allentown where she was previously served as the principle of the Francis Raub Middle School. Regina was acknowledge by Governor Rendell for transforming her school's test scores and is the award recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa "Education Leadership Award."
Talvacchia '69 graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a degree in French but took an early retirement after 23 years with Verizon and earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Judy is currently the Chaplain at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Care in Cambridge and a Facilitator in the Spiritual Formation for the Ministry Program and a Spiritual Director at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
The secret is out!
President, Kathleen Owens, announced that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has accepted the institution’s application and has confirmed the achievement of university status. The College has officially changed its name today to Gwynedd Mercy University.
“This historic moment prompts time for reflection upon the legacy provided for us by our founding sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy,” Dr. Owens said. “As entrepreneurs and leaders, they have envisioned and actualized the transition from junior college to four-year college, to master’s degree institution, and finally to university status.”
“This institution has been changing from the time it came into existence in order to respond to the needs of the time which is a particular hallmark of Mercy,” Catherine McMahon, RSM, Special Assistant to the President/Mission and Planning, said. “It's responding to the needs of our world today - the students that will be coming to us, and the kinds of educational experiences they will need to have when they go out into the workforce of the next generation.”
Gianna Quinn, Director of Alumni Relations, believes the change to a university will help appeal to a wide margin of prospective students and will strengthen the weight of a Gwynedd Mercy University degree.
"Our achievement of university status is an exciting next-step for our institution," Quinn said. "It enhances the visibility of the Gwynedd Mercy name and offers increased prestige to our Alumni Association, which encompasses almost 18,000 distinctive Mercy graduates."
In the past five years, Gwynedd Mercy University has awarded 3,757 degrees. Of that total, 2,973 are undergraduate degrees and 784 are Master’s degrees.
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It’s the perfect time of year to spend time outside on Gwynedd-Mercy College’s picturesque campus. Whether it’s studying alfresco or going for an afternoon jog, students are taking advantage of all 160 acres before the temperatures begin to drop. This gorgeous snapshot was taken from the third floor in Assumption Hall, just one of the many scenic views on campus. What was your favorite way to enjoy the luscious grounds of GMC? As always, we would love to see your pictures. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students are back in school, the temperature is starting to dip and the leaves on campus are beginning to change. That can only mean one thing.
Homecoming Weekend is right around the corner!
This is your chance to reunite and reminisce with classmates, professors, coaches and staff. Kicking off the fun-filled weekend will be the Movie on the Lawn, an under-the-stars showing of Monsters University on Friday.
Don't miss the All Alumni Reception on Saturday, September 28 where you can reconnect over drinks and hors d'oeuvres in Assumption Hall. We will also be honoring the 2003 Women's Basketball team and the 2008 Men's Cross Country, Women's Tennis and Baseball teams.
There are plenty of activities for both you and your family to enjoy, including the Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28. At the festival you will have the chance to ride a mechanical shark, play relay games and even zipline. Yes, even ziplining.
Are you a former RA? Resident Assistant alumni are invited to the Resident Life Alumni & Staff Reunion to reconnect with former Resident Life staff on Saturday afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.
While you are checking out the campus, please stop by the Griffin Complex to check out the Volleyball Tri-Match between GMC, Arcadia and Wesley on Saturday. Also, cheer on the Griffins Men and Women's Soccer teams at the Turf Field Complex.
GMC Homecoming Weekend will close out with Sunday Mass on September 29 at 11:30 a.m. and the Sigma Phi Sigma Induction Sunday afternoon.
if you have any more questions or feel free to call Alumni Relations at 215-641-5554 or E-mail at email@example.com! We hope to see you there!