March 26, 2020 – 11:00 am
Mercy College of Health Sciences continues to monitor ongoing developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our College community. The following information provides answers to many of your
questions and instructions on how to access numerous campus resources.
During these challenging times, we encourage you to utilize our counseling services available through the
Norkaitis Student Success Center by contacting Maria Mattiace at (515) 635.1214 or
The Diocese of Des Moines has provided a website with numerous spiritual resources you can use to
meditate on and process the situation we are all facing together. You can find these diocesan resources at
www.dmdiocese.org/resources/worship/coronavirus. Additionally, our campus ministry department is still available to serve students of all faith backgrounds and can be reached by emailing Bo Bonner at email@example.com.
Our faculty and staff are prepared for a seamless transition to online coursework beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. The spring semester will conclude on Saturday, May 2, 2020, except for the Accelerated BSN, which will conclude on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
At this time, Mercy College is expecting to offer our regular on-campus and clinical experiences in the summer semester. In furtherance of this objective, we have decided to delay the start of the term. The summer semester will utilize the following schedule:
12-Week Summer Term: May 26 - August 15
14-Week Summer Term: May 26 - August 29
Summer Accelerated BSN: May 18 – July 3 (Term 1), July 7 – August 22 (Term 2)
REGISTRATION AND ADVISING
Registration is currently open and available online for all current Mercy College students. Please work with your academic advisor to register for courses through MyMercy or contact the registrar’s office at (515) 635.1133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transcripts can still be ordered at www.mchs.edu/Transcript-Request.
All questions regarding veterans benefits can be directed to Carolyn Bucklin at email@example.com.
Our online, comprehensive tutoring services are available for free through D2L via Smarthinking. Our tutors are available for individual appointments. More details can be found at www.mchs.edu/tutoring. Please contact Keri Stripling for additional resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 635.1250.
Many of the library’s resources remain online through our normal channels. Should you need assistance, you are encouraged to text (515) 303.4275, chat online via the library’s webpage, or email email@example.com as needs arise.
If you are in need of technological assistance, please complete the IT request form on our website or contact the IT department at IT@mchs.edu or (515) 473.8158.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The scholarship application deadline has been extended to April 15. All current and future students who are looking to receive funding during Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 are encouraged to apply. Our
financial aid team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 635.1133.
Due to Governor Reynolds’s restrictions on gathering sizes, and in coordination with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have elected to delay our commencement ceremony. We recognize the symbolism of this important ceremony and are committed to ensuring students are able to participate at a later time when appropriate.
Please know that these changes and resources have been made available to you after much thought and careful consideration for the wellbeing of all our students, faculty, and staff. We are dedicated to making the most of our time together, both on- and off-campus. It is our commitment to ensure you are able to advance your
education toward becoming a successful healthcare professional.
During this challenging time, I leave you with the words of our foundress, Mother Catherine McAuley.
THE SUSCIPE OF CATHERINE MCAULEY
My God, I am yours for time and eternity.
Teach me to cast myself entirely
into the arms of your loving Providence
with a lively, unlimited confidence in your compassionate, tender pity.
Grant, O most merciful Redeemer,
That whatever you ordain or permit may be acceptable to me.
Take from my heart all painful anxiety;
let nothing sadden me but sin,
nothing delight me but the hope of coming to the possession of You
my God and my all, in your everlasting kingdom.
Douglas J. Fiore, PhD
President, Mercy College of Health Sciences