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Misericordia University and the Department of Religious Studies is hosting the annual Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA annual conference on Aug. 9 in Mercy Hall. More at:

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Gina Grant '15

  • Hometown: National Park, N.J.
  • Major: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Senior

It may sound like a cliché, but I really do want to make a difference in people's lives. Misericordia is going to make that possible.

They say you just know when you step onto a campus and it is the one for you. That's what happened when I came to Misericordia. Everyone held the door open for me, which may seem like something trivial or small, but when you're new on campus, it means everything. People were so friendly and I knew immediately that Misericordia would be my home for the next five years.

I am enrolled in the five-year master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). When I complete my degree, I will be helping clients with all different types of speech disorders. This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I have a relative with Cerebral Palsy and I grew up seeing how much help the speech-language therapists provided. You don't realize how important communication is until you can't do it with someone you love.

The SLP program here is one of the best and it is taught in a brand new facility with a Speech Language and Hearing clinic where people from the community can come for treatment. It is particularly nice knowing I am on my way to a master's degree and as long as I keep up my GPA, I won't have to reapply or look for another school after my fourth year.

If you like to help others, then this is the place to be. In support of Misericordia's commitment to inclusive excellence, I helped start a new service organization on campus, "Students Spreading Disability Awareness," dedicated to raising awareness and money for those with disabilities. I am also the treasurer of the National Student Speech Hearing Association chapter and a volunteer with the MU Colleges Against Cancer. As a Scholar in Service to Pennsylvania, I have participated in countless volunteer opportunities such as playing cards and bingo with the residents of a nearby nursing home and tutor local elementary students.

Connor Brennan '15

  • Hometown: Stockholm, NJ
  • Major: Government, Law and National Security
  • Senior

This is a friendly, tight-knit community.

From the first encounter I had with Misericordia, the sense of community was evident. I took a tour, and my guide held a sign that read, 'Welcome, Conor Brennan.' I decided quickly that I would fit in, and found it easy to participate in campus activities. I enjoy the small community. You get to know people easily, and I've made close friends. You walk around and people say 'Hello' and open doors for you. If you need any help, there's always someone to talk to or to help you out. And the faculty are very accommodating. If you have an issue or concern, they'll work it out with you. The class sizes are small so professors get to know you. Through Campus Ministry, I have for Habitat for Humanity projects, and I'm now a leader of the group, learning about dry walling and plumbing along the way. Service is a big thing here."

Conor was one of nine students recognized with the University Service award at 31st Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on campus. The award recognizes students who have excelled at performing service on campus and in regional communities. As a sophomore, he participated in the Mercy Leadership Program: Lead to Serve. It is an 11-week program held during the fall semester and includes weekly sessions on topics such as team building, leadership skills, inclusion and management style. The speakers include representatives from different departments on campus including representatives from the Sisters of Mercy, who will share the story of Catherine McAuley, RSM, who founded the order to carry on her mission of helping others.

He also participated in the annual University service trip to Cross Keys, Manchester Parish - a rural community about an hour and a half drive from Kingston, Jamaica. During the seven-day mission in January 2014, the group cleaned and painted a home that lacked running water, a kitchen or bathroom, and housed as many as 20 occupants, many of them children. They also volunteered at a home for the elderly, a parish school, and a school for delinquent boys.

Kayleigh Morein '17

  • Hometown: East Meadow, NY
  • Major: Medical Science (Pre-Physician Assistant Studies)
  • Junior

When I first started looking at colleges, I knew exactly what I wanted: a small liberal arts institution with a good academic reputation and a wide array of clubs and organizations. I found all of these things and so much more at Misericordia.

I am currently in my third year of study in Medical Science, the undergraduate program that leads to a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies. The Physician Assistant program, one of the newest at Misericordia, has been a great addition to an already outstanding College of Arts and Sciences. Although the program is extremely rigorous, the professors are very supportive, friendly, and willing to go above and beyond to help you succeed. For me, the academic aspect of college was the most important factor when choosing a school and I have been thrilled with the faculty and level of intellectual stimulation they provide. I have grown so much since coming to Misericordia and I believe much of this can be attributed to my professors who have challenged me to work to my potential, encouraging me every step of the way.

Misericordia also offered many extra curricular opportunities. During my first two years here, I have participated in the Women's Track and Field Team, Adopt-A-Grandparent, SOUL Bible Study, Blue Chip Farms Animal Rescue Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Student Government Association Concert Committee, and Core Committee as the Student Representative. In high school I was involved in sports and didn't have time to volunteer. Misericordia has given me a chance to give back on many levels.Last fall I went on a service trip to Vermont and this summer I spent two weeks volunteering in Guyana, South America. These experiences have taught me more than I could have ever imagined. Having a global perspective is so crucial in today's world and I am so thankful that I have been able to witness life in many different places.

My campus involvement this year consists of being a Resident Assistant, leading the Soup Kitchen volunteer ministry, coordinating Starry Knights mentoring program and working as a peer tutor in the Student Success Center. Finding something to get involved in is easy, and the friends you meet make it even more worthwhile. Aside from all of the great opportunities for involvement and wonderful academic programs, I chose Misericordia because of the feeling I got when I first came to campus. The beautiful campus was impressive, but the friendly, smiling faces of everyone I came in contact with made me feel so welcomed. I knew in the first few minutes of being on campus that this is where I belonged. I really couldn't be happier with my decision. Misericordia has easily become my home away from home and I can't wait to see what other opportunities it has in store for me through the coming years!

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