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Parent Reflection: Bill Gangloff

by cnewman

Having just passed the two year anniversary of my daughters' involvement in a terrible automobile accident, I paused to reflect on how truly blessed we are to be where we are today. My children are healthy and normal (for teenagers),due in no small part to the actions and kindness of many in the Mercy community.

On that horrifying morning, a graduate of MMA,who happened to be one of my former students at the Mount, stopped to assist total strangers in a time of dire need! Susan O'Neill Lauber, and her husband Mark, showed compassion and bravery when my girls could afford nothing less! My family will be forever in their debt for what they did to help save the life of my youngest child.They gave of themselves to comfort the injured and dying, under the most trying of circumstances.

While recovering in ECMC, my daughter was cared for by talented rehab experts under the guidance of another graduate of Mount Mercy. I am ashamed to admit I remember her only as Erica, but she was kind,compassionate,and extremely professional each and every day. I have no doubt that my daughters' recovery was hastened by this outstanding young woman.

Representing my child, in some legal affairs following the accident,was yet another Mercy grad,Cheryl Meyers Buth. Cheryl is another of my former students. She was also one of the finest softball players ever to wear the Mercy uniform! Cheryl is extremely well respected in the legal community,and is known for both her knowledge of the law and her decency in dealing with others. She handled our situation exactly the way we desired,with tact and respect for everyone involved. I cannot accurately express what her representation meant to my family,as well as to all parties involved.

I am so proud of the way these "Daughters of Mercy" have turned out! They are truly living the ideals set forth by Catherine McAuley many years ago. I have no doubt that these outstanding women are merely a minute sampling of the type of individuals MMA produces through the dedication of its faculty and staff. I know that they are exactly the kind of women I want my daughters to become.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how supportive the students, faculty & staff of the Academy were in the months following the accident. There were numerous thoughtful incidents carried out daily by everyone within the walls of the school. We appreciated all of the kind prayers and deeds bestowed on us during the entire ordeal. That was amazing! That is Mercy!

Bill Gangloff


"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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