The flowering dogwood on the front cover was the symbol of the 2011-14 strategic plan for Mercy College of Health Sciences.
(The dogwood is an important symbol of Jesus and his crucifixion. The blossom of the dogwood also serves as a reminder for Christians that Jesus died on the cross to cleanse their sins. Common symbols of the crucifixion, such as the thorny crown and the cross, were recreated in the dogwood blossom.)
That plan, entitled “Advancing Our Legacy of Learning Excellence” has been top of mind for the last four years, resulting in many accomplishments, as well as ongoing work that will continue to strengthen the College into the future.
Along the journey of these last four years, we have been blessed with the companionship of many unique and gifted individuals who have shared in our legacy.
In this third issue of VitalPeople, that is arriving in many of your mailboxes this week, we wish to tell the stories of those who are representative of the Mercy College Campus Community – students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors and employers. Each is a steward of our legacy. Some of them represent multiple facets of our community e.g. faculty/donor or alumni/employer. All have a valuable story to share, yet are also representative of the many others in our Community who share similar lives and stories that make this Campus Community so special and nurturing.
As you read their stories during the coming holiday break, I hope you will see their zest for life and their belief in using their God-given talents for the betterment of our students and the communities within which they choose to live and serve. We are grateful to have them as travel companions!