University Sets New Enrollment Record - Again

A modest increase in the number of first-time freshmen on the Macon campus and growth in professional and working adult programs contributed to a record enrollment at Mercer this fall. Final figures provided by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness show a total Universitywide fall enrollment of 7,622, which represents a 4.3 percent increase over last fall’s record figure of 7,308.

In Macon, Mercer’s most academically talented freshman class ever enrolled this fall, with half of the entering students graduating in the top ten percent of their high school class.

Total enrollment was boosted by 30 first-year students on Mercer’s new four-year Medical School campus in Savannah. The University also saw healthy increases in the Tift College of Education and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

TBS to Film Comedy Show Pilot at The Grand Opera House

TBS has selected Macon and The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, as the first location for a live taping of a new comedy show to air on the Turner Broadcasting System’s cable television network. “The TBS Comedy Road Show,”hosted by comedian/actor and all-around funny guy Harland Williams, will be taped at The Grand on Monday, Dec. 22, and will air at a later date.

The public is invited to be a part of the live audience for this new television pilot showcasing the best homegrown comedy talent from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Featuring the South's funniest stand-up comics, musical comedians, sketch performers, novelty acts and video shorts, the entertaining evening will be a special holiday treat for audience members, who will receive free admission along with the chance to win door prizes – just for being a part of the show.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, at The Grand. Free tickets are available through Mercer Ticket Sales by phone at (478) 301-5470 or in person at either of two locations: Grand Opera House Administrative Offices at 400 Poplar Street in Macon (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or at The Grand at 651 Mulberry Street in Macon (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). For more information, visit

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Mercerians Out in Force to Celebrate Homecoming

MACON — It was a weekend of reconnecting, reuniting and rediscovering for hundreds of Mercer alumni, as they made their way back to Macon to celebrate with old friends and rekindle their love of Mercer. The new fall homecoming already promises to become an exciting tradition, as plans are under way for next year. [more]

Trustees Approve Two Ph.D. Programs

MACON — Mercer trustees at their annual meeting Dec. 4 approved new Ph.D. programs in nursing and curriculum and instruction, welcomed 10 new board members, elected officers for 2009, and recognized an outgoing board member as a Life Trustee. The new doctoral programs – Mercer’s third and fourth – fulfill objectives in the University’s recently-adopted 10-year strategic plan to expand Ph.D. offerings. [more]

Mercer Students More Engaged than Students at Peer Institutions

MACON — Recently released National Survey of Student Engagement results show that Mercer University students have a more engaged educational experience than students at its peer institutions and at Georgia’s public universities. [more]

Law School Graduates Pass State Bar Exam in Record Margin

More than 95 percent of Mercer University School of Law graduates who took the Georgia Bar Examination for the first time in July passed, according to the annual report released Nov. 3 by the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions. The first-time pass rate of 95.8 percent for Mercer Law School graduates is the highest first-time pass rate at the law school this decade. [more]

Law School Team Captures Fourth Straight Moot Court Win

For the fourth consecutive year, a team from Mercer University School of Law has won the Region 5 contest of the National Moot Court Competition, defeating Emory University School of Law in the final round on Nov. 22. [more]

Business Student Cleaning Up With New Laundry Venture

Mercer senior Phillip Calderon has developed a solution for his fellow students’ overflowing laundry baskets. The finance and management student at Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics started a laundry cleaning and delivery service called Student Laundry 101. [more]

Basketball Teams Going Strong Into Big Winter Match-ups

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are off to successful starts in the 2008-09 season. The men, under first-year head coach Bob Hoffman, are 6-3 with major upsets only three days apart at Alabama and at Auburn. The Bears, who are 1-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference play, almost pulled off a third major upset in the same week before falling to Georgia Tech, in overtime, in front of a standing-room-only Homecoming crowd at the University Center. [more]

Jittery Joe’s Coffee Opens in Mercer Village

MACON — There is now a new place on the College Hill Corridor to beat the chill.  Jittery Joe’s Coffee, an Athens-based roaster and coffeehouse, opened up its first Macon location in a newly restored historic building owned by Mercer University. The coffee shop joined another college-friendly business, Ingleside Pizza, in the redeveloped retail district adjacent to the Mercer campus. [more]

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