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October 2019

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...that Governor Tom Ridge and Michele Ridge were on campus this month to attend the dedication ceremony of the new Thomas J. and Michele Ridge Archives archival displays on the renovated main floor? The Hammermill Library was closed for the afternoon on Monday, Oct. 7, to accommodate preparations for the honored guests, including the Ridge family and Mercyhurst President Michael Victor. Speeches were delivered by university representatives Caleb Pifer and Leanne Roberts, followed by Governor Ridge himself, with a reception held afterwards. For their kind donations to fund the renovations and display cases, the Mercyhurst University Libraries would like to recognize the generosity of:

Brian & Jessica DeFrancesco

Thomas B. Hagen

Hillman Family Foundation

Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation

David & Ellen Ryan

Michael & Mary Wood


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University and Ridge Archivist Bryan Colvin worked with Dionne Veitch and Jeremy Hewitt in Mercyhurst's marketing and brand management department to create photo and artifact displays. Student employees Molly Kennedy, Shannon Gotham, Stevan Mooradian, and Hannah Pfeifer also helped in the archives to make the new exhibits possible. The items will remain on the main floor of Hammermill for the foreseeable future. However, Colvin and his student employees are not finished yet and continue to work in the archives on the third floor preserving the history of Mercyhurst and the Ridges.

— Karen Niemla & Bryan Colvin






Introducing the Opposing Viewpoints In Context database

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

—video by Karen Niemla



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Trick or Treat!

On Thursday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mercyhurst will be having a Trick or Treat event for students, sponsored by the Mercyhurst Erie Staff Senate. The Hammermill Library is one of many offices on the main campus where spooky students can pick up tasty treats! You can even get a chance to win gift certificates to The Roost by posting a selfie with Trick or Treat office staff on Instagram with @MercyhurstU using the #trickORtreatMU hashtag. Click here for a list of more locations and contest details!






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The Work Study of the Month for October is Nicole Schwab, a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science. She is an Erie County native, coming to Mercyhurst from nearby Wattsburg. The customer service aspect of libraries is Nicole’s favorite part of working at the library, since she likes interacting with people. At home, she has an eclectic menagerie of pets, including emus, a deer, a teacup pig, a donkey, sheep, cows, cats, chickens, a turkey, and a few quail birds. After graduating, Nicole wishes to become a state game warden. We too hope she can help protect Pennsylvania's wildlife in the future!

— Angela Okey and Karen Niemla







a closer look at EBSCO's Business Source Complete and Company Profiles

Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly, full-text business database. Here you can find Case Studies, Industry Profiles, SWOT Analyses, Country Reports and Market Research Reports It provides detailed company information for more than 1.1 million of the world's largest public and private companies.  Business Source Company Profiles is related to Business Source Complete, but provides full-text MarketLine (aka Datamonitor) profiles for companies in various industries all over the world arranged in a browseable, searchable list.

— Karen Niemla


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—Karen Niemla