Mercer Earns ‘A’ Grade for Transportation on its Green Report Card

Mercer earned an “A” grade for its efforts on transportation in the 2010 Sustainability Report Card, earning placement in the Transportation Leaders category. The University was also one of just 12 schools featured in the Transportation Leaders section of the Green Report Card’s Web site. The list of Transportation Leaders is composed of 105 schools that earned “A” grades in this category.

Mercer earned the grade for its trolley services between the Macon campus and downtown and its partnerships to revitalize the areas around the university to make them more attractive to faculty and staff – giving them the freedom to walk or bike to work. Additionally, the University’s Bear Bikes program, a bike sharing program for students, faculty and staff on the Macon campus, recently received a $40,000 grant to expand its program, with an emphasis on biking in the College Hill Corridor and downtown Macon.

The grade was an affirmation for Dr. John Hintermaier, an assistant professor of history and the chair of Mercer’s sustainability committee.

“This really shows one of Mercer’s distinctives – that we are willing to partner with community groups and local government to work on projects that benefit a lot of people, not just ourselves,” Dr. Hintermaier said. “By creating a walkable, bikeable community where people want to live, you’re creating a healthier environment, for yourself and the planet, right at the beginning. It also undercuts the myth that environmental things have to be luxury items, because your actual investment is small relative to the benefits we accrue from them.”

The University improved its overall grade to a C from a D+ on last year’s report card, and Dr. Hintermaier believes the University will further improve that score next year and into the future. Mercer will soon begin construction on its first LEED-certified building on the Macon Campus – a renovation and expansion of an existing home that will serve as the University’s new Admissions and Welcome Center. Other initiatives that should positively impact the university’s score are the relocation of The Bike Store into Mercer Village and construction of The Lofts At Mercer Village, which will provide more opportunities for upperclassmen and graduate students to live on campus. In addition, the College Hill Corridor project will continue to enhance the quality of life in the areas surrounding Mercer.

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 April 2010      

Two Mercer MBA Programs Make ‘Top 15’ Lists in Entrepreneur Magazine

Reviews by Master of Business Administration students at the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics place the program among the top 15 in the nation in two categories of The Princeton Review’s “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.” The MBA students cited Mercer’s preparation as superior in the categories of marketing and accounting, putting the University in the same company as Duke, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern. The list appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine. [more]

Grants to Fund Expanded Prosthetic Program in Vietnam and Haiti

A Mercer On Mission project that provides low-cost prosthetics to amputees in developing countries has received two substantial grants to help with those efforts. The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance awarded Dr. Ha Van Vo, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, with a Sustainable Vision Grant of $37,275 to help him perfect his design and set up a prosthetic lab and clinic in Vietnam. In March, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship awarded the University a $50,000 grant to replicate the Vietnam program in Haiti, where the 2010 earthquake left thousands of Haitians without limbs. [more]

Federal Judge to Address Law School Commencement 

R. Lanier Anderson, a senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 commencement ceremony of the Walter F. George School of Law. The commencement and hooding ceremony will take place Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m. in the University Center. [more]

Emerson Named Men's Basketball Player of the Year for State of Georgia

Mercer senior Daniel Emerson was named the Georgia college men’s basketball “Player of the Year” for the 2009-10 season by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Emerson, along with other ATC award winners, was honored March 23 at the Naismith Awards Banquet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. [more]

Student Traveling to Washington for Undergraduate Research Event

Corinne Gilmer, a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Mercer, will present her research on Capitol Hill as part of a national event showcasing undergraduate research. Gilmer, a junior, will attend the Council for Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., April 13. Gilmer is one of only two students from Georgia, and one of only 85 in the nation, selected to attend the event. [more]

University’s Phronesis Project to Hold Conference on Teaching of Character

The University’s Phronesis Project will host a conference, titled “Character Across the Disciplines,” April 9-10. The conference commences Friday, April 9, with a panel discussion, titled “Character in Disciplinary Perspective,” by three of the nation’s leading experts on character development. The panel begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Medical School Auditorium and is free and open to the public. [more]

Mercer to Hold Undergraduate Research and Engineering Events in April

The University will host several events in April showcasing undergraduate research and engineering in Macon, including the Third Annual Engineering Expo and Fourth Annual Mercer University Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 16 in the University Center and the inaugural Mercer Undergraduate Research Conference on April 19. [more]

McAfee to Offer a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Beginning this summer, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will offer a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. The degree is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to deepen their ministry without pursuing a full-time Master of Divinity. [more]

University Honors Founders at Executive Forum in Macon

President William D. Underwood honored founding members of the University’s Executive Forum on March 23 as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Forum. In addition to the ceremony in Macon, the Forum featured CNBC senior analyst and financial industry expert Ron Insana, who gave presentations in Macon and Atlanta. [more]

Mercer to Host College-Oriented Relay for Life Event in Macon, April 9-10

For the first time, the University will host an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. The event, MACRelay, is organized for teams from the area’s colleges and will be held April 9-10 at Porter Patch on the Macon campus. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., April 9, and the survivor reception and survivor/caregiver celebration lap will begin at 7:30 p.m. The event concludes at 7 a.m. on April 10. [more]

Pharmacy Students Selected for National Internship Program

Melissa Denno and Destin Sampson, both third-year Doctor of Pharmacy students in Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, have been selected for prestigious summer internships sponsored by the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP) in collaboration with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Denno and Sampson were among 12 students interviewed from a national applicant pool for the highly competitive internships and ended up taking both slots — the first time the internships have gone to students from the same institution. [more]

Smith to Present William L. Self Preaching Lectures at McAfee

Noted author and professor The Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr. will deliver the 2010 William L. Self Preaching Lectures, April 5-6, for the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. Dr. Smith will speak on the theme “Doctrine that Dances.” All events will be held in the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center on the Atlanta campus. [more]

Lofts at Mercer Village Groundbreaking Set for April 22

Officials from Sierra Development, Piedmont Construction Group LLC and Mercer will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the $10 million mixed-use Lofts at Mercer Village development on Thursday, April 22, at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the construction site located on Montpelier Avenue, across from Mercer Village. [more]

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