June 2014

New Dean is Mercy Alumna!

Mrs. Eleasha Mercer Tarplin '94 has received much-deserved praise this past spring at Mercy. Not only was Mrs. Tarplin named Teacher of the Year, she was also named Dean of Student Affairs. Mrs. Tarplin has taught at Mercy for 7 years and will welcome her own daughter, Elon, as a freshwoman for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

Mrs. Tarplin has been a Math and Business teacher at Mercy since 2007 and has been deeply involved in many Mercy activities and committees including: Mercy AdvancED Review Team; Mercy Advisory Council; Senior Class Co-Moderator and Prom Coordinator; Co-Moderator of the Black Awareness Society for Education; Co-Adviser to the Business Professionals of America; Strategic Planning Committee; and Alumnae Board Member. Mrs. Tarplin has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Xavier University and a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Mathematics from University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to coming to Mercy, she worked at the Academy for Business & Technology and Ford Motor Company. She will begin the position of Dean of Student Affairs July 1.

Congratulations, Mrs. Tarplin!


New Director of Development

Mercy welcomes Kathryn Rusak as Director of Development. Kathryn currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oakland Community College Foundation and prior to that served Wayne State University as a Senior Major Gifts Officer for almost ten years. Her expertise is in donor relations support, special event services, alumni relations and board management. Kathryn has designed and implemented comprehensive campaigns and led strategic advancement activities. She will begin at Mercy on July 7.

Kathryn has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education; Association of Fundraising Professionals; Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan; Council for Resource Development; and inFORUM.

Please join us in welcoming Kathryn Rusak!

70th Anniversary and Grand Reunion Weekend


September 25-27, 2015

ALL INCLUSIVE!  ALL YEARS!  ALL CLASSES!

Everyone is invited!

Plans are underway for a memorable weekend which will include an open house, luncheon, tours, mass and more! Stay tuned for more information.

If you are interested in helping us locate lost classmates, please contact the Alumnae Office at alumnaeoffice@mhsmi.org or 248-476-3270.

We are also seeking GARDENERS to spruce up the Alumnae Courtyard for the event! If you have a GREEN THUMB, let us know!


Upcoming Class Reunions

Attention Classes of 1959, 1964, 1974, 1989, 1994, and 2004 - your reunion is in the works! Check the Mercy website for details.


24th Annual Make a Difference for Mercy Golf Outing

Monday, September 22, 2014

8:00 am Registration ~ 9:00 am Shotgun Start ~ 2:00 pm Lunch
Western Golf and Country Club ~ Redford, MI

There are several ways to support this event:

Sponsor! Sponsorship opportunities range from $200 to $5,000.

Donate! Donations of golfer prizes or gifts are welcome.

Golf! Registration is $150 per golfer and includes breakfast, cart & green fees, two drink tickets, lunch and invaluable networking with the Mercy community.

Last year 136 Mercy supporters golfed to benefit Tuition Assistance and Athletics at Mercy! Don't miss your chance to make Mercy connections - reserve your spot today!


Alumnae Book Club

Get those books off your nightstands and into your hands! Join our Alumnae Book Club and enjoy the company of Mercy alums who love to read and chat about books, books, books! We meet monthly at Mercy or at the home of an alum. For more information, visit Mercy’s website or contact Tina Cyrol Russette ’76 at tmrussette@att.net.

July 15: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

September 16: The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

October 21: The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

November 18: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

December 16: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin


Tea for Tuition Raises $22,000

The 10th Annual Tea for Tuition on April 13th was a great success! Thank you to all alumnae who donated a gift, hosted a table, attended, served on the planning committee, or volunteered! We set another attendance record and raised $22,000 for the Alumnae Association Tuition Assistance Fund.

See more photos at mhsmi.org/alumnae/tea_tuition/2014. Mark your calendar for next year’s Tea, Sunday, April 26, 2015.

If you benefitted from tuition assistance while at Mercy, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Alumnae Office at 248-476-3270 or alumnaeoffice@mhsmi.org.


Alumnae Board Makes a Difference. JOIN US!

You haven't left your Mercy Spirit behind, so please consider putting it to good use by joining our Alumnae Board. We are seeking new members for a two-year, renewable term, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Prospective board members should have an appreciation of their years at Mercy and be willing to work for the betterment of Mercy students and alumnae. The time commitment is reasonable, and the rewards are great. We are Mercy women, just like you, so you’ll have an immediate connection. Help us maintain Mercy as the premier Catholic high school for girls in Southeastern Michigan.

The Alumnae Board works with Mercy High School to design and promote opportunities for alumnae to connect with one another and with current students. The board organizes events for alumnae and the Mercy community and raises funds for student scholarships.

Board meetings are typically held the third Wednesday evening of the month from August through May. We do not meet in November; instead we have a Christmas potluck meeting the first Wednesday of December.

Events include a Legacy Dinner, Memorial Mass, Tea for Tuition, and more. We volunteer at the fall and winter Open Houses and Graduation practice. We do service projects and organize an Alumnae Book Club. There are many ways to participate! Find out more and bring us your fresh ideas!

Come see what we are all about. Attend our next meeting on August 27, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Mercy’s Advancement Office, or contact the Alumnae Office for more information: 248-476-3270 or alumnaeoffice@mhsmi.org.Spring Issue of MOSAIC


MOSAIC has been mailed, so let us know if you did not receive your copy. You can also catch up online and submit your story for Class Notes!


Welcome to the Alumnae Association, Class of 2014!

We hope you will always find strength and comfort in your Mercy sisterhood.


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Ways to Give

Will you consider a gift to Mercy High School? Take a look at the ways to give and visit our secure online giving site mhsmi.org/donate. With your help, we can continue to empower young women.


Alumnae Association Mission - To bring together Mercy students, past and present, while striving to:

  • Support and affirm the mission of Mercy High School including its values of human dignity, mercy, justice, service, and option for the poor
  • Participate in ongoing advancement efforts which provide financial support to Mercy High School
  • Support the challenges of preparing young women for critical roles in contemporary society
  • Recognize the achievements of Mercy students, past and present
  • Create settings for the exchange of ideas and information among past and present Mercy students

Mercy High School Mission

Mercy High School, a Catholic college preparatory school for young women, fosters spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and cultural development. Enriched by students from diverse backgrounds, Mercy nurtures compassionate leaders committed to addressing human needs, working for justice, and serving the poor.

Mercy High School - Women Who Make a Difference