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Confessions of an Americorps VISTA

Sometimes when I think about the fact that I’m living in Iowa, it feels like I’m having the most lucid dream I’ve ever had. Iowa was never on my radar growing up.

Kevin.jpgWhen I think about it, I bet you if I surveyed 50 people I grew up with in Biddeford, Maine, only 25 of them would be able to correctly identify where Iowa is in the United States. I don’t even want to know what those same 50 people would say if they had to read “Des Moines” aloud. They’d probably be about as confused as you’d be if I were to tell you I was going “up Down East Maine.”

The truth is, I never thought I’d be a full-time volunteer. I didn’t even know what AmeriCorps was, let alone VISTA, until my junior year at St. Michael’s College.

"I was a business major. The plan was to get my degree, get into an MBA program, and seek out a highpaying job in the corporate world. I’d check off the boxes until I got “there.”

Mercy Students Tie and Deliver Blankets to Des Moines Homeless

In February, Mercy College students, staff, and faculty came together to tie fleece blankets for donation to the homeless who are served by Joppa Outreach’s Winter Heat Team.

Married Mercy College Veteran Couple is Grateful

KoriHarakulKori and Ryan Harakel are expecting a baby boy—their first child, to be named Gabriel—in late August or early September, and she is already gaining valuable experience while working as a secretary on a maternity floor on the weekends.  

Dr. Joe Moravec Honored for Iowa Campus Compact Mission Award

Mercy College Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Joseph Moravec, DMin. will be honored at this year’s Engaged Campus Awards Mission winner by Iowa Campus Compact. With nominations from across the state, this year’s review process was very competitive.