Misericordia University to Open Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health

Misericordia University recently announced that it is launching a Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine and Health. The center will prove beneficial to Misericordia because 40 percent of the student body is enrolled in health and medical sciences programs.

Stacy Gatlin, who will serve as director, stated that “[Misericordia] plans to develop a generation of scholars, bioethicists, and future community leaders who are engaged in research and program development that goes beyond the classroom. We will offer programs that aim to transcend generational, religious, and professional boundaries, and unite the community in service of a shared ideal: the importance of balancing necessary medical and scientific progress with the need to protect the sanctity of all human life.”

To read the full article, view the National Catholic Reporter Online.

Misericordia University Welcomes Students with a Message to Change the World

As the nation begins a new academic year, there are many first-year students eager to begin their time at a university or college. 436 of these first-year students and their families attended the annual Convocation Ceremony at Misericordia University on Thursday, August 24.

During the convocation ceremony the Alumni Association presented Dr. Tariq Adwan with the Young Alumnus Award. The award is presented to an alumni who has graduated in the past decade with “outstanding professional achievements and/or community or civic service.”

Dr. Adwan’s address to the new students of Misericordia spoke of what is necessary in order to be a young person who will make a positive impact in the world. He shared his experience of being the only Muslim student on campus during 9/11 and how he initially feared how his fellow students would react to him. Much to his surprise, the response of his fellow students was quite the opposite of what he initially expected. He and his peers stood in solidarity with the victims and families of the attack. It was at that moment  when he realized “changing the world was possible, but that he needed people to do it with.”

He called on the incoming Class of 2021 to share their story and embrace as many people and cultures as this is necessary when striving to change the world. “It is then that we become less threatened and more welcoming of the stranger. For we, once upon a time, were the strangers.”

The full article can be found here.

Catholic Colleges and Universities Host Presentation by Syrian Refugee

Last fall, the Shoval Center for Community Engagement and Learning and the study abroad office at King’s College hosted a presentation by Anas Allouz, a local student and Syrian refugee. Allouz told his family’s story of emigrating to the United States, arriving just over a year ago. He explained the joys and struggles that he and his family has faced in their journey.

Misericordia University also hosted a successful presentation featuring Allouz and his family as part of their Mercy Week programming. Additionally, Allouz shared his story in a presentation entitled “The Refugee Family Experience” at Marywood University, as part of Refugee Day, a day of programming and awareness hosted the Office of Campus Ministry. Before his talk, a candlelight vigil, outdoor prayer and procession were held in the university’s Memorial Garden.

These Catholic colleges reflect Pope Francis’ call for a Christian commitment to caring for refugees, especially in the current crisis, by raising awareness and educating their campus communities on the personal experiences of refugees.


Misericordia University Begins Music and Memory Program

Students at Misericordia University are bringing music to residents of a local nursing home through the nationwide Music and Memory Program. Students are collecting iPods to use to provide personalized music collections to patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive challenges. The music awakens memories that had previously been thought lost. For many patients, listening to songs that they used to love immediately have a positive reaction.

The first patient the students worked with was Elizabeth Wallace, a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Elizabeth had not spoken for over four years. After spending time listening to the iPod given to her by Misericordia students filled with her favorite songs, she began making eye contact, nodding her head and even responding “yep” to a question from her husband.

Upholding the dignity of every person is central to Misericordia’s Catholic identity, with programs like these that reflect that commitment at every stage of life. Read more on the Music and Memory Program at Misericordia University here.