Class of ’48 to be Honored at 2008 Law Day


The 1948 graduating class of the Walter F. George School of Law will be honored during 2008 Law Day and Alumni Weekend activities March 7-8. United States Rep. Jim Marshall, from Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District and former professor at the Law School, will deliver the keynote address at the Law Day Luncheon, giving special recognition to the class of 1948.

The Law Day Luncheon will be held Friday, March 7, 12:30 p.m., at the University Center Arena.

A reception will be held later that day, 5:30-7 p.m., at Macon City Club. The reception is for Law School alumni, friends, faculty, Alumni Board of Directors and Board of Visitors. Law School classes of 1968, 1983 and 2003 will also hold separate reunions on Saturday, March 8.

February Performing Arts Events for Townsend School of Music and The Grand Opera House

“Buffalo Soldier” – Presented by Theatre IV
Part of the 2007-08 GrandKids Arts Education Series
Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 11-13, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
The Grand Opera House

Townsend School of Music Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Richard Mercier, piano
Carol Goff, piano
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fickling Hall

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings presents
Diaz Trio with special guests

Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Andres Diaz, renowned concert cellist and Distinguished Artist of the McDuffie Center
Roberto Diaz, violist and president of the Curtis Institute of Music
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin, director of the McDuffie Center
Christopher Rex, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Distinguished Artist of the McDuffie Center
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fickling Hall

An Evening of Opera Choruses
Featuring the Mercer Singers with the Macon Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Grand Opera House
Contact the MSO at (478) 301-5300 for ticket information.

Mercer University Orchestra
Monday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fickling Hall

Mercer University Wind Ensemble Concert
Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission
David J. Zuver Performing Arts Center, Mount de Sales Academy
851 Orange St., Macon

Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra
Keitaro Harada, conductor
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission
Fickling Hall

“Stations of the Cross (Le Chemin de la Croix)” by Marcel Dupre
Presented by Robert Parris, University Organist
Monday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission
Newton Chapel

Mercer Jazz Ensemble Concert featuring Michael B. Nelson, trombone
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission
Fickling Hall

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Faculty Recital
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission
Fickling Hall

Mercer University to Celebrate 175th Anniversary with Special Founders’ Day Events

Mercer, which is celebrating its 175th year, will mark the event with several special Founders’ Day activities, including the traditional convocation on the Macon campus, as well as a Feb. 26 event on the Atlanta campus and an event featuring a discussion with five “Mercer Legends” on the Macon campus. Both Macon events will be held on Feb. 13 in Willingham Auditorium. [more]

Aldridge To Retire As Dean of Engineering School

M. Dayne Aldridge, Sc.D., P.E., announced today that he will retire as dean of the Mercer University School of Engineering, effective June 30, 2008, completing a distinguished 9-year career as dean of the School and more than 45 years in engineering. [more]

Prominent Evangelical Scholar to Deliver Smith Lectures At Mercer University

Prominent evangelical scholar the Rev. Dr. Anthony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, and founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, has been named the 2008 Harry Vaughan Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor of Christianity. Campolo will give three lectures as part of his appointment. The lectures are free and open to the public. [more]

“Celebrating Grace” Hymnal Leaders Hold HymnPosiums

Almost two years ago, the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music and Mercer University Press announced plans to produce a new hymnal.  One of the first tasks for the editors – Tom McAfee, John Simons, Stanley Roberts, and Milburn Price – was to select a committee of 50 church musicians and theologians, composer and arrangers, laypeople and educators to comprise five committees to accomplish the task.  In the intervening months, “Celebrating Grace: A Hymnal for Baptist Worship” became the hymnal’s title; an additional editor – David Music – was named; the Web site – – was launched; and Mark Edwards, veteran minister of music at First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., was tapped to become the first full-time employee of the project and “face” of the project. [more]

Mercer Political Science Students Interviewed on MSNBC During Class Trip to South Carolina

Five Mercer students appeared in a segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program last month and fielded questions from host Joe Scarborough about the 2008 presidential campaign. The students were in South Carolina as part of their political science class, “Road to the White House,” led by Mercer professors Greg Domin and Chris Grant. The trip is allowing the college students to get a firsthand look at the hotly contested Republican presidential primary in South Carolina and gave them a behind-the-scenes look at the political process of this year’s presidential election.  “It makes the subject so much more alive for the... [more]

Levine to Speak on “Jesus, Judaism and Anti-Jewish Preaching” at Mercer’s 2008 Self Preaching Lectures

Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University will be 2008 presenter of the William L. Self Preaching Lectures, Feb. 18-19, at McAfee School of Theology on Mercer’s Atlanta campus. Levine will give three lectures on “Jesus, Judaism and Anti-Jewish Preaching” over the two days: “Christians Say the Darndest Things: Mistakes about Judaism Mean Mistakes about Jesus,” “Telling Different Stories: How the Bible both Unites and Divides Jews and Christians,” and “Getting Past Guilt and Politeness: The Bible and Jewish-Christian Relations.” [more]

New Baptist Covenant: Unity. Harmony. Now, what comes next?

By Marv Knox Baptist Standard     ATLANTA — Fifteen thousand participants in the New Baptist Covenant convocation arrived in Atlanta Jan. 30 seeking unity in Christ and departed Feb. 1 wondering where their quest will lead. In the meantime, they demonstrated racial, theological and geographic harmony as they prayed, sang, listened to sermons and attended workshops focusing on ministry to the people Jesus called “the least of these” in society. [more]

President Receives Key to the City of Fort Myers at Alumni Reception

More than 40 Mercer alumni and friends from the Fort Myers, Fla., area attended a dinner prior to the men’s basketball game on Jan. 17 against Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers Mayor Jim Humphrey, BA’63, LLB’65, presented Mercer President William D. Underwood with a key to the city. The Bears were victorious, 99-77, over the Eagles.[more]

Davis Making an Impact on Technical Communication Profession

Marjorie Davis, Ph.D., professor of Technical Communication and founding chair of the TCO Department in the School of Engineering, recently scaled back her role in the department, stepping aside as chair. However, the change has not meant a slow down. The recent recipient of a prestigious award recognizing her accomplishments, she has continued her work to refine the Technical Communication field and has been working on the Academic-Industry Leaders Summit for the Society of Technical Communication (STC), which is working to align the academic and professional portions of the field. [more]

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