McAfee to Offer Courses at Henry Center this Fall

Beginning this fall, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will offer three of the core courses for its master’s programs at the Henry County Regional Academic Center. In addition, students can also take two courses online as well, allowing them to take a large portion of their master’s core courses without having to travel to the Atlanta campus.

The courses fulfill requirements for both McAfee’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees. 

“The McAfee School of Theology understands itself as a resource for ministers, churches and students preparing for various ministerial vocations,” said Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, dean of the School. “Knowing that many students in south Atlanta and middle Georgia are working and find it difficult to commute to Mercer’s Atlanta campus, McAfee will offer master’s level courses for the first time this fall at Mercer’s Regional Academic Center in Henry County.”

All three courses at the Henry Center will be taught in the evenings and include Pastoral Care, taught by Dr. Skip Johnson, on Mondays; Faces of Jesus:  A Global Perspective, with Dr. Ron Johnson, and Old Testament l with Douglas Watson. There will also be two courses Online, one in the fall, Hebrew Exegesis l, taught by Dr. David Garber, with an online meeting on Thursday evenings, and one in the spring, Church History II, taught by Dr. Loyd Allen.
Interested students should contact the Admissions Office at the McAfee School of Theology:  (678) 547-6474 orgo>.

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 May 2010      

Trustees Approve Record Operating Budget, Global Health Program

On April 16, the Board of Trustees approved a $185.4 million operating budget for next year, a $4 million, or 2.3 percent, increase over the current budget. Tuition for Mercer’s undergraduate programs will increase by 3.48 percent. Last year’s increase for Macon undergraduate programs was 2.9 percent, compared with increases of 6.5 percent in 2008, 6.8 percent in 2007 and 7 percent in 2006. Tuition increases for graduate and professional programs range from 1 percent to 4.4 percent. [more]

Dr. Lake Lambert Appointed Dean of College of Liberal Arts

On April 9, President William D. Underwood announced the appointment of Lake Lambert, Ph.D., currently professor and administrator at Wartburg College in Iowa, as dean of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1. Dr. Lambert will succeed Dr. Richard Fallis, who announced that he will retire as dean this summer following nearly 10 years at the helm of Mercer’s oldest academic unit. [more]

Dr. Linda Streit Appointed Dean of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

On April 27, President William D. Underwood announced the appointment of Linda A. Streit, R.N., D.S.N., as dean of Mercer’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, effective July 1. Since July 2009, Dr. Streit has served as the College’s interim dean, succeeding Dr. Susan S. Gunby, who returned to a professorship within the college upon her retirement as dean last summer. Dr. Streit is a tenured professor and associate dean of graduate programs, and she has served as a professor and administrator at the College since 1990. [more]

University to Hold Commencements for 1,600 Students in May

Approximately 1,600 students will be awarded degrees during Mercer commencements on the Macon and Atlanta campuses in May. President William D. Underwood will confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during 10 commencements, and graduates will hear from an array of distinguished speakers. [more]

Two Mercer Students Earn Fulbright Grants for Study After Graduation

Two Mercer students have earned Fulbright grants to address problems in Asia through research and activism. Hannah Vann, a women’s and gender studies major from Rome, and Kathryn Doornbos, a biology major from Brasstown, N.C., both earned grants from the highly competitive program to extend their interests beyond graduation. The two are both graduating May 15. Doornbos plans to study tick-borne illness in northern Thailand and Vann will conduct research on the women’s movement in Indonesia. [more]

Mercer to Launch New Center for Theology and Public Life

Mercer will launch a new center this fall that will provide a venue for theologically based discussions on current issues and controversies. The Center for Theology and Public Life, led by Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, will hold events on the Macon and Atlanta campuses each year focused on discussing current controversies from a sound theological and ethical perspective. [more]

Lofts at Mercer Village Breaks Ground, Announces Retailers

Mercer Village will welcome new business neighbors in early 2011. The Lofts at Mercer Village mixed-used development announced its first-floor retailers during its April 22 ground-breaking ceremony. Joining the Barnes & Noble at Mercer University will be restaurants Fountain of Juice and Margarita’s Mexican Grill and Designer Tan, a tanning salon. [more]

Mercer Students to Travel to Thailand as Part of Service First

Six Mercer graduates will travel to Thailand later this month as part of a yearlong service experience through a new Mercer program called Service First. The program helps to match recent Mercer graduates with international service opportunities that give them a chance to experience life outside the United States while also helping them to further understand their gifts and calling. [more]

CBF Gives Grant to CCPS to Explore Post-Traumatic Stress Counseling in Haiti

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies to investigate the possibility of training Haitians to provide post-traumatic stress counseling to the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake. [more]

Georgia Cancer Coalition Awards Mercer Professor Grant To Study Skin Cancer

The Georgia Cancer Coalition has awarded one of its six research grants for 2010 to a member of the Mercer University School of Medicine faculty. The organization will provide $50,000 to Dr. Robert J. McKallip, an assistant professor of immunology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences at the School of Medicine in Macon, to study therapies for treating malignant melanoma. [more]

Students Showcase Research, Engineering Prowess at End-of-Year Events

Mercer students wound down the spring semester on the Macon campus April 16 and 19 with a series of events that showcased their work – most of it done outside of the classroom –exploring everything from poetry to lung morphology, along with an engineering showcase and competition. [more]

Mercer Student Receives Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

Sophomore Joshua Coleman has been awarded a 2010-2011 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, a yearlong, $26,000 award, which he will use to study in Angers, France, at the L’universitie catholique de l’ouest. Coleman, of Guyton, is an English and French double major. [more]

Athletics, International Programs Launch Revamped Web Sites

Mercer’s Athletics Department and International Programs Offices launched redesigned, upgraded and expanded Web sites in April. [more]

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