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Wednesday February 14, 2018

Two Mercyhurst women – Sister Mary Paul Carioty and Amy Danzer – will be among the 11 honorees when the Mercy Center for Women celebrates Women’s History Month with its annual “Women Making History” event.

  • Sister Mary Paul Carioty is a desk clerk and advisor to female students at Mercyhurst University. A former teacher in the Erie and Pittsburgh dioceses, she also worked as a nurse at UPMC Hamot and in Ethiopia and Washington, D.C. She has worked in a homeless shelter for 17 years and has been involved with “Take Back the Site” events throughout Erie. She was nominated by Sister Pierre Dembinski.
  • Amy Danzer is the director of assessment at Mercyhurst University. She has served in a variety of roles on boards and committees at Mercyhurst’s Child Learning Center, Mercyhurst Prep and is currently the acting liaison for the Sisters of Mercy to the Mercy Hilltop Center and secretary for the Erie County Human Relations Committee. She donates time to the House of Mercy and the Mercy Center for the Arts and helped create a free pre-school program in the Little Italy neighborhood. She was nominated by Sister Michele Schroeck.

Portraits of the women will be on display in the main lobby of Saint Vincent Hospital during the month of March. The formal presentation takes place during an event Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The presentation is open to the public.

Tauna Hunter, professor and chair of the Department of Dance, answers questions in the March issue of Dance Spirit Magazine. Interviewed by Helen Rolfe for an article titled "The MAJOR Requirements," she is quoted on advice about faculty advisors, self-care and time management, focus within the dance major, and the senior thesis. She shares the interview with Annie Kloppenberg, associate professor of theatre and dance at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, who addresses general education requirements, double majors, study abroad and postgrad plans. Hunter was also recently elected to the board of Erie Arts and Culture, which works to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie region and enrich the lives of its people through the advancement of arts and culture. "As a 24-year resident of the Erie community, I'm thrilled to be able to serve the region and arts community in this way," says Hunter, whose three-year term began in January.  

Members of Mercyhurst’s newly formed Data Science Club created a food delivery app called “Phoodie” to snag second place in the uber-competitive Hyland Hackathon held in Westlake, Ohio, Dec. 15-17. The app, created by Heidi Beezub, Tiffany Gonzalez, Ron Richardson and Kimberly Staudt, is based on the swipe feature of the mega-dating app Tinder. Read more.

Deanna Richard, head coach for Erie women’s basketball, was named Erie Times-News Sportswoman of the Year for 2017 following a season in which her team won 24 games and reached the NCAA Division Tournament for the first time in 22 years. Read more.

Dr. Matthew Weaver, assistant professor of psychology, addressed the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Erie, Feb. 10 on “Youth Rush In: Adolescence, Impulsivity, and Drugs.” He told the group that adolescence is a time of great change, during which young people go through massive neurobiological, hormonal and behavioral changes. Unfortunately, adolescence is also the time when they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of drugs and thus it is during adolescence that lifelong patterns of drug abuse are likely to develop.

Dr. Averill Earls, assistant professor of history, chaired and presented on a roundtable that she organized titled "Teaching Queer Themes in World History" at the January annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C. She is taking that show on the road with a new group of roundtable participants to discuss the same issues at the annual meeting of the World History Association this June in Milwaukee. And in other news, her award-winning podcast, Dig: A History Podcast, was just signed by the new Recorded History Podcast Network.