Today Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 14

WHAT’S NEW AT New Athletic Conference Formed G GMercyU, along with six current Division III institutions, received approval from the NCAA to form the new Atlantic East Conference (AEC) effective September 1, 2018, and to begin competition in the 2018-19 season. The seven founding institutions of the Atlantic East include Gwynedd Mercy University, Cabrini University, Immaculata University, Marymount University, Marywood University, Neumann University, and Wesley College. The AEC is being formed to foster athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, private colleges located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The geographic focus will bring together some of the top colleges in the region, while still allowing for a strong conference of like-minded institutions, all of which integrate competitive athletics into the student-athlete’s university experience. GMercyU Welcomes New Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Van Brunt, PhD recently joined GMercyU as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs. Coming to GMercyU from Cabrini University, Dr. Van Brunt served as the founding Dean of the School of Business, Arts, and Media with an extensive background as both a professor and an administrator. Prior to her time at Cabrini, Dr. Van Brunt spent more than a decade in the business world as an accountant, banking officer, and assistant vice president. As part of her new role, Dr. Van Brunt will sit on the Executive Council, which supervises academics, operations, and long-range planning for GMercyU. “Gwynedd Mercy University has a community spirit and dedication to social justice that fuels my passion for higher education,” said Dr. Van Brunt. “I look forward to continuing the precedent that Gwynedd Mercy University has set for academic excellence and a deep commitment to its students and Mercy mission.” 12 TODAY Voices of Gwynedd End Silver Celebration with Ireland Heritage Tour The Voices of Gwynedd celebrated their 25th anniversary with a 10-day concert tour in Ireland, stopping to take in the sights along the way. The VOG performed for the Sisters of Mercy at the Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland.