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The Merciad, March 23, 2011

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D’Angelo Department of Music presentsRead the story on Page 5
Mozart’s comic opera
‘Cosi fan Tutte
Vol. 84, No. 19/03/23/11, FREE
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Page 2March 23, 2011
Career Fair provides 80internship, job opportunities
Mercyhurst College students seeking jobs and intern-ships will have the opportunity to distribute resumesand meet with representatives from approximately 80companies at the annual Career Fair. This year’s Career Fair will take place Thursday from1 to 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The fair, which typically takes place during fall term, was moved to the spring term for the first time this yearin order to coincide with companies’ hiring cycles. The fair gives many seniors a chance to find post-graduation jobs and provides a great opportunity forsophomores and juniors to get internships, ExecutiveDirector of Experiential Learning Kyle Foust, Ph.D.,said.Some of the top companies that will be present at thefair include Lord Corporation, Erie Insurance Group,UPMC, Barber National Institute, Citadel Broadcasting and Waddell and Reed Financial Advisors. The complete list of these many companies may befound online on the My Mercyhurst Portal.“Students get a chance to meet several employers,and it’s a great time to talk to professionals because net- working is so important,” Foust said. About 600 students attend the Career Fair each year,and Foust encourages more to participate.“It’s an important event for anyone on a job search,and students should be received well by the employers,”he said.Students are advised to bring approximately 20resumes to the fair to give to the various companies.Students should check the company listings online togive themselves a better idea of how many copies they  will need, Foust said. The Career Development Office on campus can helpstudents compose resumes and print several copies forthe event.Dolores Griswold, administrative assistant andCareer Fair coordinator at the Career DevelopmentCenter, led the event’s organization.
By Stacy Skiavo
Staff writer
News Briefs
Students can enter essay submissions for the fifth annual P.Barry McAndrew Essay on Literature Contest. The student with the best critical essay on a work of fiction, poetry ordrama will win a $250 prize. Essays should be six to 10 pages,double spaced and formatted according to MLA guidelines.Entries will be judged on the originality of ideas, the clarity of claims and the eloquence of argument. Students need tosubmit their entries electronically to Dr. Marnie Sullivan by 5p.m. on Friday, March 25.
Essay competition in need of submissions
College establishes property acquisition policy
 The Board of Trustees approvedthe creation of a formal, writtenpolicy from a long-standing, yetunwritten policy of acquiring pri- vate properties to expand Mercy-hurst College’s boundaries. According to the minutes fromthe Jan. 27 Board of Trustees meet-
ing, the new policy permits the col-lege to use “$150,000 of the annualoperating margin to acquire privatehomes primarily bordering theboundaries of the Erie or NorthEast campuses or as otherwisedetermined by the college adminis-tration to be strategic acquisitions.”Mercyhurst Vice President forFinance and Treasurer Jane Kelsey explained the reason for the new board policy.Although such acquisitions hadbeen our practice, we had never putit in writing as a board policy, and we ought to put on paper what isour practice,” she said.Mercyhurst began acquiring pri- vate homes in 1992. The purpose of acquiring thesehomes is “to give the college flex-ibility to expand its boundaries inthe future,” Kelsey said. To acquire these propertiesand houses, Mercyhurst College is“going through due diligence andusing college resources appropri-ately,” she said.Even so, Kelsey said the amountof money Mercyhurst College hasspent to acquire these homes is“hard to say.”She estimated the college spentan average of $90,000 to $100,000per home. To date, Mercyhurst has pur-chased 13 houses. Two of thosepurchases occurred when the city of Erie installed the traffic lightin front of the gates. The collegebought these properties out of a“moral obligation,” Kelsey said. The college plans to soon addanother property to this total. The house the college wants topurchase is located at 3831 ParadeBlvd. It is listed at $114,900. The home appraisal came inat $104,000 and “by our policy,that’s what we offered, and they accepted,” Kelsey said.Once the homes are purchased,Kelsey said, they are “used as rentalproperties, largely rented by eitherfaculty or administrators.”She said Mercyhurst does notplan to create new buildings onthese properties.“If we would want to use thehouses for purposes other thanresidential we would have to geta zoning variance from the city, which might be very hard to do,”Kelsey said.Even though Mercyhurst doesnot currently plan to build on thesesites, these plans could change inthe future.Kelsey used the apartmentbuildings on Briggs and Lewis, which the college acquired in thelate 1980s, as an example of planschanging.“The sisters of Mercy back inthe 1960s probably did not envisiongoing farther east and acquiring those buildings and using them asstudent housing,” she said.
By Mike Gallagher
Staff writer
Career Development Center offers scholarship
Students interested in working with children and youthcan apply for the AmeriCorps Scholarship. Winners of thescholarship must complete 300 hours of service. Thescholarship is good for $1,200 for the 2011-2012 academic year. Applications for the scholarship will be available on April 1. Formore information, email Colin Hurley at churley@mercyhurst.edu or Kaitlin Schafer at kschaf16@lakers.mercyhurst.edu.
The yellow arrows indicate the nine properties Mercyhurst owns on Parade Boulevard west ofcampus. The college owns 13 total properties off campus. The Mercyhurst Campus is the larg-est single property in the city of Erie.
Google Maps/ Merciad photo illustration
Page 3March 23, 2011
Employment rate,salaries increasefor class of 2010
 A recent 2010 graduate survey shows the employment rate andstarting salaries for Mercyhurst Col-lege graduates increased between2009 and 2010. According to a March 14 Mercy-hurst press release announcing thesurvey results from the college’sCareer Development Center, “95percent of Mercyhurst Collegegraduates from the Class of 2010are currently employed or continu-ing their education, compared to 87percent from the Class of 2009.” According to Executive Direc-tor of Experiential Learning KyleFoust, Ph.D., “1,117 were surveyed,and 33 percent responded.” To perform the survey, “we orig-inally sent out emails,” Foust said.However, due to the “migrationto the Lakers.edu (email system), it was not as fruitful as we had hopedit would have been, so we ended upusing phone calls and online sur- veys,” he said.Prior to this, emails were usu-ally an effective way to conduct thesurvey.Fifty percent of studentsresponded to the survey last year,compared to 33 percent whoresponded this year. The job placement rate for “thisyear was 95 percent compared to 87last year,” Foust said. The figures show “more peopleare employed in full-time jobsrelated to their major, and the start-ing salaries for the class of 2010are higher than the class of 2009,”Foust said. When asked if the job market isreally that much better, Foust saidthat “the figures from our graduatesurveys show it is, but I think thereis still a lot of concern out thereabout the job market.”Even so, there is hope for the jobmarket.“We’re starting to see thatemployers are becoming more com-fortable hiring people,” he said.
By Mike Gallagher
Staff writer
Overview of the survey datafrom the 2010 Graduate Survey
In general, Mercyhurst graduates feel satisfied that
their Mercyhurst education prepares them for their cur-rent position, whether they are employed or continuingtheir education.
Of those graduates who are employed, 59 percentare placed in full-time jobs related to their major; anincrease of seven percent over last year.
Eight percent of the 2008 graduates who areemployed felt Mercyhurst did not prepare them for theircurrent job, a drop of 4 points from the class of 2009.
Twenty percent of those graduates who completedan internship while at Mercyhurst currently work for thecompany who hosted their internship.
Seventy-nine percent of all graduates are either verysatisfied or satisfied with their post-graduation status;an increase of 16 percent from 2009.
Those who did an internship received double thenumber of job offers than those who did not complete aninternship.
Faculty has gender disparities
 The Women and Leadership Task Force found that there is a“perception of gender inequality atthe college,” along with “concretedisparities,” Alice Edwards, Ph.D.and chair of the task force, said.President Thomas Gamble,Ph.D., along with nine membersof the Mercyhurst College com-munity, created the task force inMarch 2010, to focus on womenand leadership in the faculty andadministration.In the key findings, the task force stated that there is a definiteinequality in the number of maleand female deans, representationin upper administration, full andtenured professors, and number of sabbaticals granted. These were found by a survey of male and female professors, 91of whom completed more than 75percent of the questions. The task force results were pre-sented Tuesday.“Although we did not find any intentional examples of discrimina-tion, what we did find is that thereis a perception of gender inequality,”meaning that men generally havemore opportunities,” Edwards said.Some of the bigger issues creat-ing this perception are that femalesmake up only 16 of 54 tenured pro-fessors and three of 17 full profes-sors. The task force is now looking intothese figures, and Edwards believesthat “given the trends in higher edu-cation with women attaining morebachelor’s degrees than men, Mer-cyhurst has to pay attention to thisso that this aspect of diversity isrepresented at the college.” This is important because Mer-cyhurst is a college founded by  women for women, with 59 percentof students being female.“If we can pay attention to women,” Edwards said. “Maybe wecan pay attention to other under-represented groups on campus.” According to the Executive Sum-mary the task force provided, rec-ommendations include: increasedrepresentation of women among theupper administration, more hiring and retention of female faculty andadministrators, identification andrecruitment of female candidatesfor membership on the Board of  Trustees, including an obligation toseek out talented women, creationof a mentoring program for womenat the associate professor rank, andmost importantly, continuation of the task force for at least anotheryear.Professor Alice Edwards, Ph.D.; Assistant Professors Jodi Staniunas-Hopper and Melissa Surawski, Ph.D.; Associate Professors Candee Cham-bers, Ph.D., and Roger Griffiths,Ph.D.; Administrators Darci Jones,Michele Wheaton, Merry Shultz, J.D., and Judi Smith, Ph.D.; and Trustee Mary Ellen Dahlkempermake up the task force.
By Alaina Rydzewski
Features editor

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