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Kara Donovan, MS

Director of Admission Kara Scholten


Year Started at Mercy College: 2006


  • BA, Organizational Communication, University of Northern Iowa
  • MS, Student Affairs Administration, UW - La Crosse


Advice to Students
"You are here to enable the world, to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world" - Woodrow Wilson

Research Interests and Professional Projects
Graduate Research Project: Implementing Service-Learning at a Private Health Science Institution

Recent Publications/Presentations
Presenter at NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), Phoenix, Arizona in April 2012 on "Implementing Service-Learning at a Private Health Sciences Institution"

Professional Memberships

  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
  • National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)
  • Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling (IAACAC)

Community Service Involvement

Americorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corp), 2005-2006, completed 1800 hours of service earning the Presidential and Congressional Service Awards

Personal History:  The motto that guides my work...

The Student Is...

...The most important person on the campus. Without students there would be no need for the institution.

...Not a cold enrollment statistic, but a flesh and blood human being with feelings and emotions like our own.

...Not someone to be tolerated so that we can do our thing, they are our thing.

...Not dependent on us. Rather, we are dependent on them.

... Not an interruption of our work, but the purpose of it. We are not doing them a favor by seeing them. They are doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.

Quick Links

Kara Donovan, MS
Director of Admission
(515) 643-6604

Office Location
Mercy Court, Rm 128

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Office of Admissions
921 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1200