Griffins @ Home

Since we still cannot gather our alumni in person, the Gwynedd Mercy University Office of Alumni Relations is excited to announce our new virtual series: Griffins at Home!

We are lining up GMercyU alumni, faculty and staff to share their expertise and we hope that you will tune in to experience the offerings…virtually.

Each event will have a unique registration, and once registered, the user will receive the Zoom details. Sessions are free and will be recorded and posted to the alumni event pages following the event. Most sessions are in a lunch and learn format, that run between 30-45 minutes. Several events are evening sessions that run between 30-40 minutes.

If you have an idea for a session and would like to participate, please contact Gianna Quinn, in the Office of Alumni Relations, to share your idea: or 215-641-5554.

DID YOU KNOW? GMercyU has a new Griffin Pride page that has beautiful photos of campus available for download as video conferencing and mobile backgrounds? We also have coloring pages available, if you’re looking to color and relieve some stress! Check out the offerings!

Virtual Event Series

Bedtime Stories for Little Griffins
Thursday, July 2 @ 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Do you have children or grandchildren who love having books read to them? Education professor and alumna, Mary Jo Pierantozzi ’72, can help you check off this evening’s reading session. Little Griffins and adults alike will enjoy hearing “Ms. P” read aloud tonight’s bedtime story. If you know, or had Ms. P. in class, you know you are in for a treat! Consider including GMercyU in tonight’s bedtime routine.

Register today for the zoom information to tune in!

Lunch & Learn - American Sign Language
July 8 @ 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn American Sign Language (ASL)? GMercyU alum, Brian Smith ’08 a Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter and his colleague, Debbie Lawrence, a Professional Development certified trainer of ASL, will host this week’s Griffins at Home session. Join us as we learn the basics of ASL, in this 45-minute lunch and learn session. Please note there is a participant limit to 25 people.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting!

Lunch & Learn - Managing Burnout & Compassion Fatigue
Thursday, July 16 @ 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Are you feeling tired, frustrated, or just unsure of how to move forward in these times? Perhaps juggling everything from child/adult care to working from home seems too much. Join GMercyU's Daniel Jordan, Assistant Director of Counseling Services for a lunch and learn on managing burnout and compassion fatigue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Register in advance for this Zoom Meeting!

Bedtime Stories for Little Griffins
Thursday, July 23 @ 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Education professor and alumna, Mary Jo Pierantozzi ’72, is back to read to a bedtime story to your little Griffins. Tune in to see what “Ms. P" has selected for story time. What a great way to end the day!

Register today for the zoom information to tune in!

Understanding Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, July 29 @ 7 - 8 p.m.

Join Charmaine Maddrey-Smith ’08, ’10, ‘15, adjunct professor and alumna, as she leads us in discussion about emotional intelligence. Most understand why and how intellectual intelligence is key in academia. The question is “How does emotional intelligence benefit academia?”  What is it and how does it look in an institution of learning?  During our time together, we will uncover answers that will allow us to discover the importance of emotional intelligence in not only academia, but in every aspect of our lives. 

Register today for the zoom information to tune in!

6 Steps to Singing 
Wednesday, August 12 @ 7 - 8 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sing? Maybe you'd like to perfect your vocal technique? Assistant professor and director of the Voices of Gwynedd choir, Carol Evans, is hosting a session on "6 Steps to Singing." Tune-in for an hour of singing tutorial and fun.

Register today for the zoom information to tune in!

Past Events

Cooking Class
Thursday, June 18 @ 7:00 p.m.

GMercyU alumni association board member and chef, Toni Lorraine Johnson ’13/’15, showed us how to make her delicious Shrimp Curry from her own home!

Watch Chef Toni work her magic!

Click here to try it yourself -  Chef Toni's Curry Shrimp Recipe!

Fitness Class
Wednesday, June 24 @  12:00-12:30 p.m.

Looking to spice up your lunch hour? Join fellow Griffin, Maddie Herman ‘19, GMercyU’s Assistant Director of Intramurals and Recreation, for a free, 30-minute bodyweight workout, in real time. No weights at home? No problem! In this workout you’ll use your own bodyweight; all you’ll need is a mat and your water bottle to stay hydrated! 

Click here to workout with Maddie!

Lunch & Learn - Teaching History Through Comics
Wednesday, July 1 @ 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Do you or someone you know love comic books? Learn how alumnus, Tim Smyth ’08, uses comic books in his high school history classroom. Tim takes learning history to a whole new level and takes his teaching globally. He has been published by PBS and has presented at comic cons nationally. Tune in to hear more from this teaching super hero!

Click here to learn more about Teaching History Through Comics!

Virtual Event Details

  • Zoom virtual event waiting room will open 10 minutes prior to the presentation.
  • All guests may keep video on, unless otherwise noted.
  • All guests will be asked to “mute” their microphones.
  • Questions/answers will be taken via Zoom chat box during or after presentations.
  • Events will be recorded and posted to our website for viewing at a later time.
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