Tune in Wednesdays at Noon
Join the Alumni Relations team weekly on Wednesdays at noon for a new "Lunch with Lakers" series.

Each week, a member of the Mercyhurst community will be interviewed and allow for Q&A time from the audience.

You can check out past sessions on public health, cybersecurity, admissions, and check out upcoming sessions at: mhur.st/lunch-w-lakers
When COVID-19 struck, it didn’t take long for members of our various national alumni chapters to start reaching out to each other, making sure that fellow Lakers were OK, and offering help to anyone who needed it.
Lakers helping Lakers -- that’s what we do.
We could use your help. We have established a Student Emergency Fund to support the urgent short-term financial needs of our students who are contending with lost jobs, travel challenges, and other significant hurdles. These funds will assist Mercyhurst students in the face of this crisis.
We realize these are difficult times for everyone. But, if it is within your means, we urge you to consider a gift in support of our students.
Additional Tax Relief for Donors: Per the CARES Act, if you take the standard deduction on your 2020 tax return (the one that you'll file in 2021), you can claim up to $300 in charitable deductions in addition to the standard deduction.
Get out there and walk/run!

Join Mercyhurst alumni and friends all over the world in a 5K walk/run! To join, all you have to do is:

  1. Complete a 5K (walking or running) in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, however you like—be sure to keep track of how long it takes you
  2. Sport some Mercyhurst apparel, or simply wear blue and green
  3. Submit your name, location, time, and photo below
  4. Check back, the leaderboard will show the time to beat for walking and running in both family and individual categories

Deadline to participate is April 30! There will be prizes for each category and for best photo!
Join us for Virtual Trivia on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Please create a team of no more than four people - it's ok if you don't live together - you can Facetime/Call/Text your teammates to come up with the answers.

Select one player from your team to be the Team Captain (he/she will submit the answers on behalf of your team).

May the best team win!
Help honor and celebrate the Class of 2020 - as their senior year was cut short, let's let them know that all the Laker alumni are behind them and are thinking of them!

Submit a note of congratulations, a piece of advice, or a special message. The class will receive the messages in a booklet in May!
#1. Celebration for Lakers to cheer on other Lakers
#3. College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
#5. Some of the best people in the Mercyhurst community
#6. College of Arts and Humanities
#7. Mercyhurst was founded by the Sisters of ...
#8 If you find one, you could be lucky, you could also find her in Preston Hall
#9. Term of endearment for our University
#14. Original student union and new place to grab a pint

#2. We are the Mercyhurst...
#4. Department whose motto is "Teach, Anyone, Anywhere"
#10. Original campus residence hall
#11. Our favorite color
#12. A great place to take a photo with Old Main in the background
#13. A street that we love
#15. President Michael T...
#16 School where some Fashion Merchandising students attend
In appreciation for all Mercyhurst alumni, Mercyhurst University is pleased to offer special alumni tuition pricing on select Mercyhurst graduate programs. These benefits include a $9,990 flat rate for the Organizational Leadership online master’s program and up to 35 percent off other master’s programs and graduate certificates. These benefits result in savings of more than $9,000 on most master’s programs, and more than $15,000 in savings on the OL master’s.

A streamlined application process is also available for alumni interested in pursuing these graduate opportunities; for most programs, only a completed application at apply.mercyhurst.edu and a personal statement are required to apply. More details about tuition benefits and eligible programs are available on our Graduate Program Benefits for Alumni webpage . You can also contact the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at grad@mercyhurst.edu or 814-824-3351



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Career News

Abby (Brennan) Power '07 founded The Solutionary School in January 2020 to engage with communities of all ages to create social change. The flagship program at The Solutionary School is "The Kids of Solutionary Street" Puppet Workshop. Abby believes play can be an inlet to creating a more compassionate and just world. These virtual and in-person workshops reach children all around the world.

Scott Koskoski '00 , a national philanthropy consultant and leadership coach, recently launched Carpe Diem Fundraising, a new boutique consulting firm specializing in helping small and medium-sized organizations dramatically scale their social impact and raise more money. Scott is also a member of senior leadership at Trinity School for Ministry and resides with his wife and four children in Washington, Pa.

Births and Adoptions

Bruno Didiano '10 and Elizabeth (McMullen) Didiano '10 welcomed their first child, Dominic William Didian, on Oct. 29, 2019. Bruno is an attorney currently working at Gateway Health. Elizabeth is the advancement manager at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Emily (Warren) Zimmer '10 and her husband Gregory Zimmer welcomed the birth of their first child, Leo Edward Zimmer. He was born April, 6, 2020.
Marriages and Engagements

Gretta Freyermuth '13 and Eric Lundgren '13 were married Aug. 30, 2019 at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pa.. Gretta played volleyball and Eric was a wrestler at Mercyhurst. The bridal party included fellow alumni Elyse Texido '13, Katie Powell '13, Becky (Nagy) Leush '13, Kelly (Perry) Clarke '13, Patrick Carter '12, Levi Smeltzer'12, Jordan Shields '13, Michael Baxter'13, Colin Farabaugh '12, & Marc Weinheimer '12 . Eric and Gretta are, currently living in Eugene, Oregon.

Val Sherrange Crofoot, '76 married Pete Zielinski at St., Hedwig's Church in Erie, Pa. on March 20. They met at Mercyhurst while among the graduates of the first class of Geriatric Care Assistant.

Alumni Deaths

Helen Walsh Redmond '50


Julie (Colditz) Morrow '78 on the death of her mother Patricia Colditz Hare
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