Corporate Social Responsibility Class Visits New Pioneer Co-Op

Students in the Corporate Social Responsibility course, led by Assistant Professor of Business, Tracy Tunwall, recently received a sustainability mini-grant to explore the New Pioneer Co-op, to purchase some items, and to then conduct research on the products' manufacturers. Students shared their experiences through a written assignment. For some, the field trip was a first-time experience at the Co-op and the first opportunity to use and enjoy organic products.

Wellness Committee's Community Garden Receives Mini-Grant Support

The Mount Mercy University campus will soon experience a new addition -- a community garden organized by the campus Wellness Committee. The project, led by Mr.Tom Doermann (Director of Human Resources), Ms.Carol Melsha (Space Project Coordinator and Campus Mail Manager), and Ms.Brenda Steinke (Director of Engagement and Recreation), is a partnership with the Sisters of Mercy. The future garden will be located near the Villa and will feature a variety of produce options. The team, with the assistance of Ms.

Research Team Receives Mini-Grant Support for Radon Testing Project

Dr. Jen Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, along with Mount Mercy students Kayley Keller and Emily Mitchell, have received mini-grant funding for a project that seeks to investigate radon levels found in the homes of campus community members. The trio plans to distribute two hundred testing kits to university faculty, staff, and students, followed by test readings and data collection for all participants. Households that receive concerning results will be be given information for public health resources, as well as mitigation services.

Bike Club Growth Prompts Second Grant Award

As the Mount Mercy Bike Club continues to experience growth and high demand for its current bicycle fleet, "Ideas into Action" is proud to announce additional funding for this new campus organization. Mark Mettler, the club's founder, was recently awarded a second mini-grant to offset the costs for purchasing six more bicycles, for additional safety equipment, and for costs associated with the bicycles' maintenance. The bike club also has plans for a spring bike rodeo, an event co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Northtowne Cycling and Fitness.

New CSR Course Receives Mini-Grant Support

One of Mount Mercy's newest minors, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is led by Tracy Tunwall, Assistant Professor of Business. This spring marks the program's first course, offering students an extensive unit on the nature of the food industry -- its history, the dynamics of major food corporations, as well as the increasing interest in the production of food -- the farm to table process, ingredients, packaging, and marketing.

Mini-Grant Program Supports Robert Shetterly Visit in Spring 2016

"Ideas into Action" is proud to announce its first award of the 2015-2016 academic year, given in tandem with the upcoming campus appearance of the nationally known artist, Robert Shetterly. Known for his series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT)," Shetterly will visit classes and offer a keynote address on the vital importance of being engaged citizens. His art, reflected in portraits of notable figures, seeks to open dialogue about living purposefully. Shetterly notes that his work "...highlights citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.

Mount Mercy Celebrates Fourth Year of Ideas into Action

Mount Mercy University celebrates the start of its fourth year supporting sustainability projects on campus. "Ideas into Action," the mini-grant program, funds activities or events that encourage and promote thoughtful use of community and natural resources. Grant awards range from under $100 to a maximum of $1000. Proposals are accepted throughout the academic year; select "mini-grants" from this site's main menu for further details.

Mount Mercy Welcomes David Thoreson for Earth Day

Mount Mercy marks Earth Day 2015 with the guest appearance of David Thoreson, professional photographer, world explorer, and advocate for protecting the planet's oceans and polar regions.  Thoreson resides in Iowa and has been published in the Iowan Magazine and has been featured on Iowa Public Television (IPTV).  His book, One Island, One Ocean: Ocean Watch and the Epic Journey Around the Americas, was co-authored with Herb McCormick (2011). 

Celebrate Spring 2015 with the MMU Bike Club

Mount Mercy's sustainability efforts proudly celebrate our newest student organization, the MMU Bike Club. Founded by Mark Mettler, a recent mini-grant recipient, the bike club seeks to make cycling a viable and enjoyable option for the campus community. Mettler and the club's members will promote biking opportunities in the Cedar Rapids area, offer instruction on selecting and servicing bicycles, and will organize local bike rides for fun, fitness, and the promotion of sustainable, alternative transportation.