April Performing Arts Events for Townsend School of Music

Every spring, the month of April is a “grand finale” showcasing the talents of students and faculty of Townsend School of Music. This year is no different, and the free musical offerings are varied and abundant.

For more information about these events, call Townsend School of Music at (478) 301-2748.

Mercer University Orchestra
Monday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fickling Hall 

Mercer University Wind Ensemble
Featuring Martha Malone, soprano
Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry Street, Macon 

Mercer Singers Farewell Concert
Saturday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fickling Hall 

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings presents
McDuffie Center String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles Finale
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Newton Chapel 

Mercer University Flute Choir
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fickling Hall

Students For Environmental Action Hosts Earth Week 2008
All events are free and open to the public.

Beyond an “Inconvenient Truth”
Vicki Coulter, a member of the Climate Project personally trained by Al Gore, will lead a discussion with Robert Hargrove, professor of chemistry, concerning the causes of and ways to address global warming.
Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Conference Room II, Connell Student Center

Picnic and Jazz
Free Picnic and Jazz, co-sponsored with the College Hill Corridor Commission
Sunday, April 20, 5 to 8 p.m.
Riverside Cemetery

Earth Week Movie: “The 11th Hour”
Monday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Willet Science Center, Lecture Hall

Shindig on the Green: An Earth Day Celebration
Tree Planting, Rubbish-to-Art Competition, Try-A-Bike
Music at 6:30 p.m., featuring Scott Baston and the News Architects
Tuesday, April 22, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tattnall Square Park

'100 Years of Broadway' Will Close 2007-2008 Season at The Grand

The Grand will finish its season in May with the jubilant revue of Broadway’s most beloved songs, “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway,” playing Thursday-Friday, May 8-9. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Five acclaimed Broadway veterans will perform highlights from the actual shows that they have starred in and many others. “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” recreates the finest moments from the greatest musicals of the century, such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Aida,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Music Man,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Movin’ Out,” “Jersey Boys,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Grease,” “Rent,” “Wicked,” “Mamma Mia,” and more.

Tickets are available through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at thegrand.mercer.edu. The Grand Opera House will announce the lineup for the 2008-2009 season in May.

Lectures Conclude Academic Year

“The Power Of The Closing Argument: How A Case Is Won Or Lost In Court”
Trials of the Century Lecture by Charles H. Weston Sr., J.D., senior lecturer of Criminal Justice at Mercer and Former District Attorney and State Prosecutor for the Macon Judicial Circuit and The State of Georgia for 31 years.
Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Willet Science Center Auditorium

"Imagining a Politics of Creation"
A lecture by Richard F. Wilson, professor of Christianity and chair of the Columbus Roberts Department of Christianity. The event is part of the Department of Political Science Lecture Series "Caring for God's Green Earth: the Politics of Energy (In)Dependence and Global Warming"
Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.
McCorkle Music Building Room No. 110

“Lessons from the Presidential Selection Process”
A lecture by Charles S. Bullock III, a political science professor at the University of Georgia and an expert in legislative politics and Southern politics.
Monday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Building

Hoffman Named New Head Men’s Basketball Coach

 Director of Athletics Bobby Pope introduced veteran coach Bob Hoffman as the new head men’s basketball coach on March 27. Hoffman was recommended by a 10-member search committee that included Trustees Sam Mitchell, Diane Owens, Tony Moye, Bruce Gordy, Dick Plunkett, Mercer alums and former athletes John Collier and Tommy Mixon and boosters Charlie Cantrell and Henry Arrington. He succeeds Mark Slonaker, who coached the Bears from 1997 to 2008. [more]

Kail to Return to the Classroom

The founding dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Thomas E. Kail, Ph.D., has decided to step down from his post effective June 30.  Kail, an administrator with Mercer for the past 13 years, holds a professorship within the College, and will return to that role following his resignation. [more]

Bell Family Gifts Historic Home to Mercer

One of Macon’s most historic homes, once used by the Allman Brothers Band for their debut album photo cover, is now owned by Mercer University, thanks to the generosity of a Savannah family with close ties to Mercer. The Bell House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was gifted to the University to benefit its School of Engineering by Mercer Trustee Gus Bell, of Savannah, and his family in memory of his wife, Amanda Hancock Morris Bell. The Bell family chose to dedicate the house to Amanda Bell – wife, mother and grandmother – who was very... [more]

Med School Seniors Learn Residency Locations at Match Day

Fifty-five seniors at the School of Medicine learned on March 20 their destinations for serving residencies during the annual Match Day ceremony, held in the Med School Auditorium. Until Match Day, senior medical students are unsure of where they will spend the next few years as residents. [more]

Mercer Students to ‘Paint the Town Orange’ as Part of Chamber’s Discover Macon Initiative

A group of Mercer University business students is working to bring more interaction between the Macon community and Mercer students through a series of events for students and community members called “Paint the Town Orange.” The events, which are part of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s new “Macon. Discover it.” initiative, will take place from April 14-18, include discounts for Mercer students and events that are free and open to public, including an outdoor concert on April 18. [more]

Business to Launch New Programs in Atlanta

The Stetson School of Business and Economics will add to its degree offerings this fall, with a new Master of Accountancy and a combined Bachelor of Business Administration – Master of Business Administration degree on its Atlanta campus. The new programs, which will both be evening programs, target the growing group of professionals in the Atlanta area in need of career-focused programs to help them succeed. [more]

Tift College of Education Set to Expand Programs

Tift College of Education is expanding several programs, including the graduate program. The College’s Master of Education degree with a concentration in early childhood education, which is currently offered on the Atlanta campus, also will be available at the Douglas County and Henry County Regional Academic Centers beginning this fall. [more]

End-of-Semester Events Involve Academics, Community

In addition to the Macon campus push to “Paint the Town Orange,” there will be a number of events and presentations among at Mercer to wind down the semester. Several student groups are also holding events to involve the community.  Events Include: Take Back the Night March and VigilThursday, April 17, 7 p.m.The Women’s and Gender Studies program and Mercer’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance are inviting community members to take part in an empowerment march to end sexual violence. The events is part of “Take Back the Night” and will being at 7 p.m., when participants will gather at Third Street Park,... [more]

Speakers Named for Commencements in May

The University will hold 10 commencements in May. Mercer alumna, trustee and television host Nancy Grace will be the commencement speaker for the May 10 undergraduate commencement in Macon. Economist and “father of supply-side economics” Arthur Laffer will be the featured speaker at the Stetson School of Business commencement in Atlanta on May 17. [more]

Medicine Seeks Participants for Study Concerning Memory Loss/Confusion Illnesses

The Mercer University School of Medicine is conducting a research study, free to those who are chosen to participate, to slow down or possibly reverse the progression of Parkinson’s Disease Dementia and Lewy Body Dementia. To qualify for the free study, the patient must have a sleep disturbance and either Parkinson’s Disease Dementia or Lewy Body Dementia.  In addition to no cost for participants in the study, the patients will receive free medical evaluations and medication. [more]

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