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Making Her Mark

June 23, 2017
By Deb Daley

Roz Parr ’09 graduated with a strong sense of self and the confidence to go out into the world and make her mark, thanks to Mercy teachers who were positive, supportive influences.

“Even though I graduated eight years ago, I still feel the ramifications of my time as a Monarch,” she said.

Roz serves as the president of the Mercy’s Alumnae Council and currently works as the Assistant Director of Recent Alumni and Student Giving at Creighton University.

“ In my current job I encourage the spirit of service and philanthropy with Mother McAuley’s example as my guide. I try to serve the Creighton community and its students in the same way by raising money for student scholarships so that no student who wants to attend Creighton is turned away,” she added.

Being at Mercy, a small, all-girls school, gave Roz the opportunity to not only participate in a lot of different activities including theater, show choir, speech, Student Council and FBLA, but also to serve as a leader in many of those groups.

“The teachers also challenged me to be the best version of myself while always making the classroom a place where I wanted to be, not had to be,” she said.

Roz attended Holy Cross grade school, located across the street from Mercy, where she heard the Mercy honk and was green with envy when Mercy girls left on field trips. She saw Mercy in action every day.

“When it came time to decide where I would go to school, Mercy was the obvious choice,” she said.

After graduating from Mercy, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in English from Creighton University. As a graduate student she had the opportunity to attend and present at several literature conferences, as well as to work on interesting projects including an edition of the letters of Henry James and a digital humanities project about Romantic poets.

She still spends a lot of time at her alma mater at Alumnae Council meetings, attending events, or stopping by to see her favorite teacher, Ms. Marcuccio.

“ I always leave Mercy a little happier than when I arrived. It is an incredibly special place,” she added.

She encourages all alumnae to come back for a visit, attend an event, or make a gift to support the school “we all know and love.”

“Negotiated Tuition provides countless girls the opportunity to become Women of Mercy, but it requires a little generosity from a whole lot of people, including alumnae,” she said.

She is forever grateful for her years at Mercy.

“To try to sum up the impact Mercy had on me would be an impossible feat. Mercy taught me to be charitably minded and Mother McAuley set such a fantastic example of what it means to be a woman who works for positive change in realistic ways,” she added.