MMU—Mentors, Makings Choices and Ultimately You


Student Katelyn Bishop and Professor Anne King at the Founder's Day Convocation.

Student Katelyn Bishop and Professor Anne King at the Founder’s Day Convocation.

I didn’t take notes, but that was the gist, I think, of what student Katelyn Bishop said today at Founders’ Day Convocation, our annual official opening of school at Mount Mercy University.

MMU Times journalist Anna Bohr, ready for anything!

MMU Times journalist Anna Bohr, ready for anything!

Katelyn was a memorable speaker among many who addressed the class of 2019. She used the initials of the school as an acronym for her message:

Mentors—find faculty and others who will help you.
Make Choices—get engaged, find your passion, don’t be passive.
Ultimately you—it’s your own decisions that will make your university experience what it will be. (I don’t think she used “ultimately” as her “U” word, but “you” and “your choices” where her point, so I think I’m using her message, if not her actual terms. Anyway, her point is that the main responsibility for a good university experience actually rests with the student, a message that rings true.)

President Laurie Hamen, Provost Jan Handler and Professor Anne King listen to Senior Katelyn Bishop.

President Laurie Hamen, Provost Jan Handler and Professor Anne King listen to Senior Katelyn Bishop.

Of the others who spoke to the class of 2019, I would have liked one of them to say “Vietnam,” but it was a good ceremony.

In particular, Dr. Joy Ochs, faculty chair, gave advice that I hope most students will follow: “Read everything.” It’s a quaint idea, but makes a world of difference.

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MMU President Laurie Hamen gave a brief history of the Sisters of Mercy and MMU, and then said the “Mercy Expectation” is for students to fully commit to their MMU experience.

After the songs were sung—I love any ceremony where we get to belt out the “Alma Mater”—and prayers and speeches said, the class of 2019 got to pass through the high-five lines of faculty.

Well, it wasn’t too bad. I can still type. Which means, class of 2019, my syllabuses will be done for the first day of class. I hope.

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Above, Sisters of Mercy sing a blessing to new students and faculty and staff. Below, new students recite the “student pledge.” In case you forgot the details, students, I think there was something about bringing your professor chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t take notes, but yeah, I think that’s what I heard ….

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School is on! As President Laurie Hamen urged, time to go all in.

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