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over130 graduates now, most ofwhom have gone on to receivetheir
different states,Canada, and Europe.
The program is split with 50percent of the students beingmale and 50 percent female.
said that the program hasa
withstudents' salaries starting at
to $50,000 per year.Heibel hopes
be even greater with the ad-ditions from the grant.* Themoney will go into a new insti-tute for the program called theMercyhurst Institute for Intelli-gence Research and Analysis.Heibel said, "The mission of thatinstitute will be to strive for alegitimacy of ntelligence studies.""It will benefit our studentsfor a number of reasons," HeibelsaidSome of these reasons include,creating an Association of Intel-ligence Educators to bring to-gether those with common inter-ests and goals in the
denti-fying training and product needsof intelligence managers, re-search new
develop distance learningintelligence related courses, andmuch more."We see the institute as notonly benefiting our students,"Heibel saidThe program, he explained,will benefit the governmentwhich
looking for students inthe area of intelligence and oth-er colleges that might be look-ing to start similar courses.
of hese schools includeWest Virginia University, Mexi-co
University, Wright StateUniversity, Drexel University,and Temple University.
duce graduates who are veryhire-able," Heibel said. "Whatis being taught in our programhere
really a liberal arts edu-cation."
the 1 ^gin-ning of the Mercyhurst Institutefor Intelligence Research andAnalysis, Heibel hopes manygood things
happen. "Thecenter has always been in theback of our minds," he said.
have been working withCongressman English for overtwo years
Heibel said andnow the college has finally re-ceived the funds to create a bet-ter learning facility to the grow-ing number of students withinthe program.
a 2002 grad-uate of the
program atMercyhurst and
now workingto obtain his
in organi-zational leadership.He is currently working withthe program as a graduate re-search associate but
the privatesector to work with business in-telligence."Although
has already beenthrough the program, he
veryoptimistic about the grant theyare now receiving.
think it will be good for ev-eryone," he said. "It is moneythat we did not have before thatwill increase the program."Ratajczak said that with themoney the program should be
purchase new equipmentand possibly hire new staffmembers to enhance a programthat
already very experiencedand knowledgeable.
had actually never heard oftheprogram,"Ratajczak said butadded, "I came to school andfell in love with it.""It was the first undergradu-ate program of its type in thenation," he mentioned
saidthat it is very deserving of thegrant given to itErin Cunningham
seniorfrom Ohio who is one of themany females in the program.
been given many oppor-
through the program,
cluding an internship at
have had about six job of-fers and just accepted
Cun-ningham also said."Places that come to interview
are just blown away."Cunningham did not comeinto Mercyhurst as a
major, though, she declared acommunications major butswitched her sophomore year."I took the Intro to
class and decided
what Iwanted to
She does feel that the grantwill be very helpful to the
gram even though she has hadgreat success. "The problemwith the program
that we haveso many projects going on. Itwould be nice to have a centerwe could go to
going to be nice to havea huge
by far the
Shementioned that the students andprofessors are great and have alot of experience as well."The professors here have awide variety of knowledge andexperience,"
saidShe also loves the small class-es and many opportunities thatshe
been allowed that
beeven greater with
have the ability to do any-thing
intelligence," she said"With this grant, Mercyhurstcould take on more students inthe program and give the stu-dents more opportunities," Cun-ningham saidNick Proy is a sophomore in
program and hopes that overthe
two years the grant willbe a great deal of help to theprogram.
"It is much needed and willimprove the facilities and themajor greatly," he said.Proy feels that the program isunique and deserves the grant
the onlycollege in the nation that trainsintelligence people for nationalsecurity. "I mink that it is goodbecause more analysts will
trained," he added.Proy, who
to attendlaw school eventually, feels that
will be a good base. Hesaid
the program, "It teaches
you how to
many kindsof information."
I was looking for amajor I found out that
dealt with computers and ana-lyzing information and it wouldhelp me achieve my goal of
ing to law school," Proy said.He hopes that the grant
add to the prestige of the pro-gram as well."I think that it will in the longrun, not immediately, but willeventually help us to becomemore nationally known."For more information aboutthe program, the $300,000 grant,and the new Mercyhurst Insti-tute for Intelligence Researchand Analysis, visitriap.mercyhurst.edu.
New field for SOCCer, baseball
Death toll in Iraqi blasts climbs above loo
The blueprint from the new soccer and baseball field shows
boost both thesoccer and baseball programs at Mercyhurst.
By Tom Las
seterKnight Ridder NewspapersIRBIL, Iraq The death tollfrom a pair of suicide bomb-ings in the offices
two Kur-dish political parties rose to atleast
on Monday as politi-
debate whetherthe violence would further un-ravel
plans for a unifiedIraq.
washed blood andbody parts
he floors andceilings
he rooms where theexplosions occurred
dle of holiday receptions Sun-day with dozens of Kurdish
and their follow-
Interviews with administra-tors at three of the city's fivehospitals indicated that
ple were confirmed
andmore than 200 were injured.Standing outside the regional
office, a spokesmansaid there were no local seniorofficials to interview. They alldied in the blasts, he said.
explosions, almost certainlythe deadliest in postwar Iraq,came as Iraqi and
officialsin Baghdad are trying to meet
deadline to hammer outa law to guide the formation ofan interim government.
keysticking point has been theamount of autonomy to begranted to the Kurdish territoryin northern Iraq.Leaders of the two partieswhose offices were hit by theblasts, the Kurdistan Democrat-
and the PatrioticUnion of Kurdistan (PUK), re-leased statements saying theywere resolved to work togetherfor the future of Iraq.But Peter Galbraith, theformer U.S. ambassador toCroatia who's been in the re-gion consulting
said the blasts provided pow-erful incentives for the groupsto isolate themselves from acentral Iraq authority.Galbraith said the Kurds haveexpressed fears to
since thefall of Baghdad that the "Iraqdisease" of chaos and violencewould follow to
he said.The bombings came on theMuslim holiday Eid
Adha,the Feast of the Sacrifice,which commemorates Abra-ham's willingness
obey Godby sacrificing
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This means more distractionand
instruction for the play-
Russo has been monitoringthe situation for a long time.Russo met with President Dr.William Garvey and laid out aplan for
new field after monthsof research. Garvey, adminis-tration, and the Board of Trust-ees approved the plan.Russo said, "Astro Play is thefuture of college athletics." Itrequires practically no mainte-nance, and can be used
anyweather condition."It's a done deal, all we needto do is sign the
saidRusso.This is a tremendous boostfor both soccer and baseballMercyhurst soccer hopes tohost the next round of
playoffs at home for the firsttime
two years."This commitment of a qual-
playing surface acknowledg-es that Mercyhurst needs pre-mium practice and playing facil-
go along with the nationalrecognition we have achieved,"said Cammidee.The baseball team is just
own."When I think about it, I can'teven sleep," said Spano. Lockerrooms, practices, and fans will
be welcomed."The thing
look forward tomost
the opportunity to onceagain focus on, and teachbase-ball, which
am here forand
said Spano.Soccer and baseball will havea place to call their own nextyear; a place where they
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