When a group of adult students at Misericordia University expressed a desire to have a voice on campus and become more involved in the campus community, they did what motivated individuals with a common goal do – they got organized! The result was the formation of the University’s first adult learner organization – the Misericordia University Adult Student Council.
The need for such an organization could not have been more justified than by what occurred at the first meeting on April 12, 2014. As the students gathered in a third-floor meeting room of the library which overlooks campus, one glanced out the window and asked what all the excitement was about as children scurried across the lawn below. The answer? It was the Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Brunch. The problem? Not one of the students present knew anything about this annual event. Had they known, many would have brought their children, and even their grandchildren, to campus with them that day.
Something had to change, and it did.
Since that first meeting just a year-and-a-half ago, the Adult Student Council has worked with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) to accomplish great things for our adult learners. To date, the council has been instrumental in helping to initiate personalized on-campus orientations for new students in the Expressway Accelerated Degree Program and to make various workshops available during the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working adults.
Council members are currently working with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education on a pilot mentoring program for adult learners. Thanks to a successful fundraiser last year, the council sponsored a team for this year’s annual Pauly Friedman 5K Walk-Run to benefit the Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The council will also decorate a tree at Grotto Pizza at Harveys Lake this holiday season to benefit Ruth’s Place. In addition, the council is getting adult learners and their families more involved in campus events such as summer concerts and football tailgates. And, yes, their children and even grandchildren are enjoying the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Brunch as well as the annual Santa Brunch!
Recently, a few “crafty” council members have been busy making scarves to show their school spirit. The scarves cost just $10 each, and all proceeds help the council to continue its good and charitable work. If you’d like to order a scarf, please contact me, Johnna Evans, council advisor, at [email protected].
Thanks to a group of thoughtful and engaged students, Misericordia University’s Adult Student Council is carrying out its mission – “To give adult students a voice in what matters most to them and to help enhance and enrich their overall college experience.”
At Misericordia University “all are welcome” and the Adult Student Council is open to all adult students currently enrolled in full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate degree programs. The amount of time you give is entirely up to you.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at 10 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room (PCR) on the first floor of Mercy Hall. Please email me at [email protected] if you would like to join us. We hope to see you then!
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About the author: Johnna Evans, M.S. '15 is the Expressway Services Coordinator for the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University. She also serves as the advisor to the Adult Student Council.