Although founded and steeped in Catholic tradition, Mount Carmel College of Nursing nurtures and fosters spiritual growth among students, faculty and staff of all faith traditions. It is not a new phenomenon and has its roots in the values of Mount Carmel’s founding congregation, the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Although they’ve taken on different names over the years, today we know them as the Trinity Health Core Values of Reverence, Commitment to Those Who Are Poor, Justice, Stewardship, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.

MCCN again is partnering with nearby Avondale Elementary School to help provide holiday gifts to children in need. Students have set up a special Christmas tree in the main lobby decorated with paper ornaments outlining gifts for a specific child at the school. Interested students, faculty and staff can simply choose an ornament and purchase gifts as indicated on the card. Please bring in purchased gifts unwrapped by Friday, December 5. Anyone who wishes to help wrap gifts is invited to help do so on December 10 and 11 in the Rec Room. MCCN then will deliver the gifts to Avondale on Friday, December 19. Thank you in advance for helping make the holidays a little brighter for kids in need.

Mount Carmel’s parent organization, CHE Trinity Health, has announced its new name – Trinity Health. Along with the new system name and logo, the new Trinity Health Mission Statement and Core Values were rolled out as well.

In July, Mount Carmel West welcomed its newest K9 Safety & Security officer, Valor, a two-year-old German Shepherd, to campus. Born in the Czech Republic, Valor entered training with his handler, Sgt. Tim Glenn, in June. Although he visited campus occasionally over the summer during his training, he became a full-time officer with Glenn in September once they completed their program. Not only is Valor certified in bomb detection and patrol, but he can serve as a therapy dog as well.

The library is pleased to host Jingle Bells & Books on Wednesday, December 3 from noon to 2 p.m. If you haven't already done so, come get an ornament off the Avondale tree to purchase a child a gift. Give school supplies, games or toys or donate clothing such as pajamas, boots, coats, hats, mittens, scarves and underwear. Enjoy refreshments including our signature chocolate fountain, plus hot chocolate, snacks and sweets from Charlie's Java Jolt. Visit http://library.mchs.com for further details.

The college is initiating a late registration fee beginning with Spring 2015 registration. Students who schedule courses within 10 days prior to the start of a semester will be subject to a one-time $100 late registration fee. To avoid the $100 fee, register for Spring 2015 classes before midnight December 25, 2014. The $100 late registration fee will be assessed on all Spring 2015 registrations after that deadline.

The Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service held on Monday, November 24 in the College Lounge was a great success and provided a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and learning. Organized by Ellen O’Shaughnessy, DMin, Director of Campus Ministry and Campus Ministry students, the event featured individuals representing Christianity, Islam and Judaism, reflecting on what their faith means to them. The following individuals participated in the activities: