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Mercyhurst Magazine - Spring 1991

Mercyhurst Magazine - Spring 1991

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Vol. 9 No. 2Spring
1991
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Carolyn Herrmann Union Become** a Reality
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COVER STORY
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The Crown Jewel
"There is always one moment when the dooropens and lets the future in," said British novelistGrahm Greene. For Mercyhurst students, that momentbegan on September 30 with the dedication of theCarolyn Herrmann Union.FEATURES
Y Mercyhurdtd "Third
Spring" Continued
Mercyhurst's Board of
Trustees
approved a planto create a new college division with campuses in Erie,North East and Corry.
1
ALookbidide
One religious group unknowingly has providedanswers and inspiration for many people seekingmeaning in today's troubled times
the Amish.
J
Beverly
David-Migliaccio
She's black, she's beautiful and she lives in awheelchair. But Beverly
Davis-Migliaccio
is living anormal life. Well, as normal as a family of 30 brothersand sisters can get.
About the Cover
The new student union completes a $10 millionprogram of renovation and development that reflectsthe dignity, class and style that typifies
Sr.
CarolynHerrmann's and Dr. William P. Garvey's years as headof this institution. It is an edifice that Mercyhurstfounder Mother Borgia Egan would be proud of.
Cover photo by Rich Forsgren '84.
Vol. 9, No. 2
J
Spring 1991Chairman of the Board of TrusteesJames A. ZurnPresident / PublisherDr. William P. GarveySenior Assistant to the PresidentMary Daly '66ContributorsMary BensonGary
Bukowski
73Dorothy DiSantiRich Forsgren '84Dan
Langan
'91Pat
Liebel
'53Karen McGuire '92Tim MoriartyTimes Publishing Co.EditorKimberly DillonDesignerTypoGraphic Systems, Erie, PA
Printing
Seneca Printing, Oil City, PAAlumni BoardPresident
Lance
J.
Lavrinc '83,Pittsburgh, PA (412) 242-9344Vice President Thomas P. Richter 73,Erie, PA (814) 833-4206Secretary Joan P. (Kostolansky) Evans '60,Erie,
PA
(814) 838-8333Members to 1990Joan P. (Kostolansky) Evans '60
Lance
J.
Lavrinc '83Thomas
P.
Richter 73Members to 1991Alice Feehey Crotty '49Sally E. (Carlow) Kohler '51Vivetta Petronio '58Anthony
J.
Quint 78James
Sabol
70Matthew Whelan '86John Wiecek '88Members to 1992Sr. Rebecca Burke '84Diane Erzen '89Michael Malpiedi '81Jeanne
Maley
Pfadt '42Mercyhurst Magazine is published threetimes a year by Mercyhurst College. Themagazine is published by the Office ofExternal Affairs, Mercyhurst College,
Glenwood
Hills, Erie, PA 16546.
 
Mercyhurst Continues its
"Third
Springwith
a
New
McAuley
Division
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acquiring the seminary was the$1,500,000 purchase price plus thecost of repairs. To the rescue camethe North East Chamber of Commerceand the Redemptorist Fathers. TheFathers agreed to a 10-year purchaseplan and the chamber pledged$500,000 for repairs and developmentof the campus. "I saw this project as atremendous challenge from thebeginning," said Robert Miller, ownerof Better Baked Foods of North East,
/
t was a dilemma. For each of thelast five years, the college hasbeen at, or near, capacity enrollment for traditional students. However, the college had to continuesome growth in order to generateadditional funds to continue thedramatic improvements of the 80s.Moreover, the college wished toexpand its market commitment to alargely unserved population in theErie area
those who wished one-and two-year programs rather thanthe traditional four-year degreeprograms.Mercyhurst President Dr. William
P.
Garvey found the solution
a newcollege division that could increasethe post-secondary participation rateof Erie County and Northwest
North East Campus
Pennsylvania high school graduates.
On
Jan.
23, Mercyhurst's Board ofTrustees approved a plan to createsuch a division with campuses in Erie,Corry and North East.With sites already operational inErie and Corry for eight years, as partof the Mercyhurst College CareerInstitute
(MCCI)
program, the onlynew factor in the equation was theproposed North East site. The idea oflocating a campus in North East wasbased on the availability of the old St.Mary's Seminary, which consisted offive beautiful buildings on 84-acres. Acampus with the appearances of
a
New England prep school, St. Mary'swas an ideal location for residentialprogramming.The major stumbling block inwho led the chamber effort anddonated $50,000. "I was surprisedand pleased by the cooperation,vitality and support of the North Eastcommunity.
I
think it's a tribute tothe citizens and community leaders ofNorth East who have been so cohesiveand supportive of this venture.""The Redemptorist Fathers whoowned St. Mary's Seminary couldn'thave wished for anything better. TheFathers, who occupied
St.
Mary's for
110
years, had wanted to see aCatholic institution carry on theireducational and religious mission,"said Ronald Lajohn, partner in ProzanJohnson Lajohn Realtor, the firm whorepresented the Redemptorist Fathersin the sale of the North East property."This ending to the story is the best
SPRING
1991
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