February 15, 2006 THE MERCIAD PAGE 3
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On March 1, Dr. ThomasGamble will take the helm asMercyhurst College’s 11th presi-dent.Gamble, who is currently theschool’s academic dean, is for-mulating plans for the “ﬁrst onethousand days of transition,”he said.“I am starting the initial pro-cess for a new strategic planfor the college for the next ﬁveyears.”Gamble’s new plans for thecollege during this transitionalphase include: changing theacademic calendar, increasing diversity, organization changes,fundraising, expanding the cam-pus, continuing to plan the WestCounty campus and keeping incontact with students.
The Academic Calendar
Gamble’s vision for the new academic calendar would changethe current three-credit trimestersystem to a four-credit semestersystem.He plans to make a recommen-dation to the Board of Trusteesas early as September 2006.“The biggest problem with thetrimester system is the 10-week terms,” Gamble said. “With alonger period, there is moretime to do more interesting class work.”Unlike most semester school where students take ﬁve to sixthree-credit classes for a semes-ter, the four credit semester sys-tem is set up so a student wouldtake only four, four-credit classesduring two 14-week periods.“There are pedagogical disad- vantages in taking ﬁve courses ata time that are only three credits,”Gamble said. “This four-creditsystem will allow students to beless stressed.” The new system would alsoinclude a three to four week in-tersession period where studentscould either study abroad or takea class at Mercyhurst. According to Gamble, thesystem will help match sched-ules with other schools’ athleticcalendars, along with giving anadvantage to transfer studentsfrom other schools on the se-mester system. The system’s initial kinks arestill being worked out, said Gam-ble.“We have to see the effect thesystem will have on the liberalarts core and the total cost tomake the transition,” he said.If passed by the trustees, Gam-ble hopes the change will takeaffect either in September 2007or September 2008.
According to Gamble, theschool is in the process of think-ing about creative and innovative ways to expand the Latino and African American initiative.Gamble said the school willcontinue to use the diversity grant project started by the col-lege’s 10th president, Dr. MichaelMcQuillen.
Gamble is currently working on strategic and organizational is-sues around campus. One changecame in January with the moveof the president’s ofﬁce to theBishop’s Parlor. The old ofﬁce will become theSouth Parlor that ambassadorsand students can use, and willinclude a patio out into the mainsection of campus. Gamblesaid the change is symbolic, “Anew president, a new office,”he said. According to Gamble, there will be a relatively small numberof changes right away.Gamble plans to announce theofﬁcial staff reorganization at theend of this week.
The school has just come off a capital campaign, said Gamble, who plans to increase the school’sannual fund during the ﬁrst threeyears in ofﬁce.Gamble also hopes to buildrelationships with potential do-nors so as to enlarge the college’sendowment, which he notesneeds increased for the school’ssuccess.
While in ofﬁce, Gamble hopesto enlarge the school’s campus by constructing three new buildings:a dorm, an art building and aclassroom building, plus an ad-ditional parking garage. Theseplans are part of Gamble’s stra-tegic vision about campus exten-sion in the next ﬁve years. According to Gamble, theschool is growing at such a ratethat a new dormitory is neededto keep up with the increasedenrollment. The art building would houseanother theater, music and dancedepartment space and art studios.Gamble also noted that con-structing such a building wouldfree more space for sciencelaboratories.Gamble’s vision for a new academic building is to add moreclassroom space for the expan-sion of the current research andintelligence program. Another potential plan is toeither build up on a current park-ing garage or construct a new parking garage so as to minimizethe constant parking problems.
West County Campus
Mercyhurst West plans willmove forward, said Gamble, whose first decision for thatcampus is to choose an academicleader in the next month.“We need to express to thepublic we are interested outthere (in the west county) so wecan start courses in the fall,” hesaid.Gamble noted there is not yeta focus on the programs that willbe offered in west county.
Student Interaction and theMercyhurst Legacy
Gamble plans to continueteaching, except for his ﬁrst yearin ofﬁce; but, vows to be reach-able to students.“I will always be available tothe student government and theambassadors,” he said. “I alsoplan to have receptions at home with students.”He also noted that his twokids who attend Mercyhurstconstantly keep him in contact with students. “They always letme know what is going on,” hesaid.Gamble also promises to keepto the story of Mercyhurst.“The legacy is punctuated by individuals and is in our funda-mental commitments,” he said.“If we stay true to these com-mitments, the mission will beupheld.” Among his top priority in up-holding Mercyhurst’s mission isthe student-faculty relationship, which he notes is essential.“Students come and build fac-ulty relationships to ones they trust and rely upon,” he said.“And without that you lose thegreatest advantage in a smallschool.”
By Joshua Wilwohl
Editor-in chief There are many qualities thatmake people great leaders. John Quincy Adams statedthat, “If your actions inspire oth-ers to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, youare a leader.”Looking back on the past yearunder Dr. Michael McQuillen’spresidency, it can be stated withconviction that Mercyhurst Col-lege excelled under his outstand-ing leadership.Many students believed thatMcQuillen was the perfect choicefor president during a challenging point in the college’s history.Senior David Sterns, an intel-ligence studies major, explainedthat, “Dr. McQuillen was a fairand honest man who I feel did agreat job of leading this schoolthrough a very rough situation.He should be remembered as theman who kept us aﬂoat when theboat was sinking.” When Dr. McQuillen acceptedthe position as the 10th presidentlast year, one of his primary goals was helping the college focus onthe future.He strove to keep the primary mission of the college: educa-tion, as the foremost objectiveduring his presidency.McQuillen explained that, “Aspresident my primary responsi-bility was to continue to buildand strengthen the college.” With the help of the admin-istration, one that McQuillendescribed as “very hardworking and focused,” Mercyhurst suc-cessfully remained on a path of academic prestige and achieve-ment.Senior, Mike Kies explained,“I believe Dr. McQuillen did anadmirable job refocusing the at-tention of the Mercyhurst com-munity back to academics. He was a great asset to this schooland I wish him well in retire-ment.”McQuillen began his career atMercyhurst as a faculty memberin the history department in1971.In his 35 years here, he hasbeen an integral part of thecollege. As a history professor,McQuillen immensely enjoyedhis time with students in theclassroom.He explained that some of his fondest memories were of students and colleagues. They were the essential element thatkept McQuillen at Mercyhurst.He stated that he will miss,“The tremendous number of students that I have worked with in the classroom or asadvisees.”Students who took classes with McQuillen shared similarsentiments about an enjoyableclassroom experience.Greg Stelter, a senior socialstudies education major, had twohistory classes with McQuillen.He stated that, “Dr. McQuillenhad a knack for focusing on key trends and events. He was one of the most engaging and interest-ing professors I have ever had atMercyhurst.” Another senior, CharlesKrzyzek, talked about his ex-periences with McQuillen. “Dr.McQuillen was a great person with an intelligent stance oneducation and administration,”he said. Although McQuillen spentmost of his time as a faculty member, he was also academicdean for six years, associateacademic dean and dean of libraries.McQuillen not only enjoyed working with students, but ex-plained that he will miss his fel-low colleagues as well.“There are so many differentcolleagues I enjoyed working with. I have the utmost respectfor all of the talented, hardwork-ing members of the college,”he said.Dr. McQuillen will be leaving Mercyhurst and the city of Eriein March. He will be moving toFort Collins, Colorado wheremost of his family currently resides.McQuillen explained that he will be entering into semi-retire-ment. He hopes to continue hislove of education by teaching part time.McQuillen will look into be-coming an adjunct faculty mem-ber of Colorado State University,Front Range Community Collegeor the University of NorthernColorado. He hopes to teach afew courses each year.McQuillen is also looking tocontinue working with non-profit organizations such asHabitat for Humanity in theColorado area. When asked about leaving Erie,McQuillen highlighted some of the unique places that he enjoyed visiting.He stated that he will alwaysremember walking the paths atPresque Isle and enjoying thetranquility of Asbury Woods.However, the predominant fac-tor that McQuillen explained he will miss the most about Erie arethe people who live here.Most specifically McQuillencommented that he will miss thepeople of Mercyhurst.“From the Mercy sisters whobuilt the college to today’s stu-dents, faculty and staff, theseare the people who have madeMercyhurst. I have full faith thatthe college will continue to grow and progress.” Thomas Gamble, the presi-dent-elect, will assume his du-ties on March 1. McQuillen hasconﬁdence that Mercyhurst willﬂourish under the new leader-ship.“I think that the college is in very good hands. With such atalented and hardworking com-munity, Mercyhurst has a very bright future,” he said.Many students felt that Mc-Quillen was an excellent pro-fessor and president not only because of his abilities and hard work, but because of his pleas-ant and genial persona. Junior Bethany Canfield, apublic history major, exclaimedthat, “I am really sad to seehim go. He truly cared aboutthe students and I wish himthe best of luck in his futureendeavors.”Kies accurately describedMcQuillen’s open and amiablepersonality. “Dr. McQuillen hada way about him that everyoneloved. He always had a smileon his face and greeted students warmly around campus.”Many students greatly ap-preciated the personal help thatMcQuillen was always willing to give.Eric Valyko, the treasurer of the Mercyhurst Velo Cycling Club, explained that, “The sup-port and help he’s been willing to give the cycling club to helpus grow has been amazing and we’ll never forget it.”For the Mercyhurst commu-nity, McQuillen has been anessential part to the success of the college.His commitment to educationhas been evident in his 35 yearsof service as faculty member,dean and ﬁnally as president. As Mercyhurst continues toprogress into the 21
century,McQuillen will be proudly andfondly remembered as one of thecollege’s greatest members.
By Corrie Thearle
The Webmail interface continues to shut down often.
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Mercyhurst Webmail has beena consistent issue for studentssince Christmas break. The IT department is trying extremely hard to monitor anddeal with the issues the softwareis producing.Pat Benekos, the director of theinformation technology depart-ment, said, “We have made a lotof progress, and performance isbetter and the Webmail service isdropping much less frequently.” When Webmail is down, theserver is still running and all of the sent and received e-mails arestill being transported. How-ever, many cannot retrieve e-mailthrough the Webmail interface. This problem can be combatedin two ways. One choice is to waitfor the system to get up and run-ning again. Another choice is touse a POP client such as Outlook or Outlook express. The detailson how to use these programs with your e-mail are explainedin detail on the IT department’s Website.It must be stressed again that when an individual cannot log into Webmail it is not that the whole system is down. The Webmail interface is tem-porarily down, but e-mails are stillsent and recieved accurately. The IT department and theINTEL department have beenmonitoring the system every half hour from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.to gather statistics on how long login time and the load time takesfor Webmail. The software company Ip-switch has been no help up untilthis week because it is boggeddown with problems.On Friday Feb. 10, Ipswitchannounced that it will be releas-ing a patch for the software thatshould resolve the issues remain-ing with Webmail. The IT department is alsoconsidering switching vendors,although Benekos does not wantto make a rash decision.Ipswitch provides softwarefor many programs on campusincluding a shared calendar anddepartment instant messaging. Webmail is just a part of thesowftware that Ipswitch pro- vides. The school has been buy-ing thier software for at least ﬁveyears and there has never been aproblem up until now.Benekos explained that the risk of rolling back to the old Web-mail is far greater then the risk of continuing to use this update,because of the high possibility of losing e-mails and other data.Benekos said the three out-standing issues within the system.“The performance bogs downduring peak user access times,typically around lunch and din-ner, one process hangs intermit-tently about once a week, andMac users don’t have full func-tionality available to them.”“All of the other functionsof the e-mail server have beenoperating normally, so no emailmessages are being lost. Only the Webmail interface is still experi-encing problems. We are contact-ing Ipswitch daily to resolve theseoutstanding issues,” she said.Sophomore Carol Cote ex-plained, “Personally, I feel thatthe Webmail is not as efﬁcientas it used to be. It is also difﬁcultto delete even selected items without items being ‘accidentally’erased.” Junior Camilla Lynch has con-cerns over Webmail problemsaffecting academics.“The Webmail is slow andineffective. Because it also has aproblem with overloading, many of us have not been able to re-ceive emails or ﬁnd that the ones we send are getting returned. This is a problem for classes,especially when you have toemail a professor or classmates,”she said.
Webmail problemsstill bedevil college
By Sarah Sheehan
The biggestproblem with thetrimester systemis the 10-week terms.
- Dr. Thomas Gamble
I think that thecollege is in verygood hands.Mercyhurst has a verybright future.
Dr. Michael McQuillen
Gamble mulls big changes
McQuillen moves to Colorado
Semester system, new buildings among future plans for the ‘Hust