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Mitten Tree Project brings joy to more than 100

The 2014 annual Mercy College Mitten Tree Project was a resounding success!

Through the Mitten Tree, the Mercy College community lives out the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy by helping students who might otherwise be unable to provide gifts to their minor children during the holiday season. 

A glimpse into their God-given talents

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.

 VPCoverAlong 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!

Maintaining a Healthy School-Life Balance


With so many competing priorities these days, all students struggle to maintain a healthy school-life balance. But taking steps to maintain a healthy balance can make you a better student and healthier person. If you feel like you have no life outside of school, your balance might be a bit off and it’s time to reassess your priorities.


“Keeping an even balance, as much as possible, can reduce your overall stress by feeling confident all parts of your life are being attended to,” says Mercy College academic advisor Caitlyn Zimmerman.

Zimmerman adds that students often prioritize academics at the expense of personal priorities such as relationships, “me-time” or exercise. Cutting out these personal priorities can have negative impacts on both schoolwork and personal life.

Practicing Servant Leadership

Mercy College was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, a religious order of Catholic nuns. This fact is not simply a part of our past, but has significant implications for how we operate in the present.

One way this heritage impacts our community is that we focus on forming the whole person, not merely the intellect. So, for instance, every student who goes through the school will take a course in servant leadership, which will focus on cultivating leadership practices for future service in one’s chosen career field. Servant leadership is a popular buzz-phrase in academic circles. To Mercy College, it means that our community is committed to forming future leaders who have a genuine dedication to serving others.