Basketball Excitement Soars as Men Shock No. 18 Southern Cal, Women Start 2-0

The men’s and women’s basketball seasons are under way with great success. The Mercer men traveled to Los Angeles on Saturday and recorded one of the University’s biggest wins ever. The Bears shocked No. 18 Southern Cal, 96-81, in the Galen Center and spoiled the debut of the Trojans’ O.J. Mayo, the top freshman player in the country.

It was only the second time in school history that Mercer had recorded a win over a ranked team. The win received nation-wide coverage with highlights shown on the highly-popular ESPN SportsCenter.

The men’s team will welcome the most high-profile opponent ever to the University Center on Tuesday when the Bears welcome the University of Alabama. Tickets for the game against the Crimson Tide went quickly as students, faculty and staff lined up early to grab a seat for the showdown. A tailgate party for Mercer students will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. adjacent to the UC. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. The game can be watched via live streaming or heard on the audio broadcast on the Mercer Web site at

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Australian Sensation The Ten Tenors Return to Central Georgia

In February 2006, the platinum-selling, internationally acclaimed phenomenon, The Ten Tenors sold out two shows at The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, as part of The Grand’s 2005-2006 Broadway Series. On Thursday, Nov. 15, this musical tour de force returns to Central Georgia for a special encore performance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at

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The Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the fall 2007 Alumni Apple iPhone drawing. The winners are Anna Kathryn Buffington, CLA ’04; Mary Heather Moody, Law ’05; Amanda Persaud-Deolall, Nursing ’03; Mary Melissa Simms, Law ’00,  and April D. Thompson, Engineering ’04.

The winners had a choice of the hot new Apple iPhone or a $500 Best Buy gift certificate. Two choose the iPhone and the others requested the gift certificate.
Piedmont Healthcare Funds Nursing Chair at Mercer

Piedmont Healthcare President and CEO R. Timothy Stack and Mercer President William D. Underwood announced on Nov. 8 the establishment of the Piedmont Healthcare Chair in Nursing that will benefit Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer. Funded by Piedmont Healthcare by a $2.85 million grant to the Center for Health and Learning, a partnership of Piedmont Healthcare and Mercer University, the Chair will support the establishment of a Ph.D. program in nursing education at Mercer. [more]

Science and Engineering Building Set for Dedication

Mercer will dedicate the new Science and Engineering Building and celebrate the School of Engineering’s 22-year partnership with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. United States Senator Saxby Chambliss, Congressman Jim Marshall and Logistics Center Commander Maj. Gen. Tom Owen will speak at the event.  [more]

School of Engineering Among Tops for Female Grads, Professors

The Mercer School of Engineering recently received national attention in two publications for its female-friendly atmosphere. The School is third in the nation for percentage of female students earning bachelor of science degrees in PRISM, the American Society for Engineering Education’s magazine. The School also ranked No. 18 in the country among engineering schools for percentage of women faculty tenured or on tenure-track by Connections, an ASSE electronic newsletter. [more]

Dalton Announces Retirement as Dean of Medicine

Martin L. Dalton Jr., M.D., FACS, announced on Oct. 26 that he will retire as dean of the School of Medicine, effective June 30, 2008, completing a distinguished 18-year career at the University. Dalton joined the Mercer School of Medicine faculty in 1990 as Chair of the Surgery Department and director of the surgery residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. He was appointed dean of the School of Medicine in September 2005. [more]

Mercer University Press Holds 18th Annual Authors Luncheon Featuring Mercerians Steve Berry and Ferrol Sams

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Mercer University Press will hold its 18th annual Authors Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 1. Fourteen national and regional authors, including best-selling and award-winning Southern writers Terry Kay, Hank Klibanoff, Steve Berry, Law ’80, and Ferrol Sams, CLA ’42, will be featured. Held at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel, the event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a reception and book signing, followed by lunch and speakers at noon. [more]

Mercer’s New Physician Assistant Program Receives Provisional Accreditation

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will launch its Physician Assistant program in January 2008 following the announcement of its provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. In a recent letter, the program received word on its provisional accreditation from the ARC-PA. The provisional accreditation will allow the College to begin the program, which will be the fourth in Georgia and the only second in the Atlanta area. [more]

Mercer on Mission Announces Locations for Summer 2008

Building on the success of the last year’s program, the Mercer on Mission experience has expanded from three countries to five. The Mercer on Mission program blends service-learning with a studying abroad experience. Students spend two weeks in the classroom on the Macon campus and three weeks performing service projects in their designated country. “Mercer On Mission experienced an incredibly successful first year and the expectations for the second year are even higher,” said Dr. Craig McMahan, university minister and dean of the chapel, who coordinates Mercer on Mission. [more]

’Tis the Season for Holiday Entertainment

The holidays are quickly approaching, and Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of the University, have a full lineup of festive performances in Central Georgia to keep every calendar merry and bright. [more]

Mercer Alumna and Rising Opera Star Returns Home to Perform with MSO

Leah Partridge
Mercer University alumna Leah Partridge, CLA ’97, is quickly garnering critical acclaim and an international fan base for her captivating performances on the world opera stage. The soprano has received consistent praise for her virtuosic technique and dramatic insight. She has made some of the great bel canto roles her own, and her career already includes many performances of the title role in "Lucia di Lammermoor," Violetta in "La Traviata," and Gilda in "Rigoletto." [more]

Carville and Matalin Deliver Political Analysis to Packed Forum

Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III, (left), a member of the Executive Forum Steering Committee and his wife Carlen (right) pause for a photo with speakers James Carville (center left) and Mary Matalin (center right) following The Executive Forum in Macon on Nov. 7.
Married political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin spoke before more than 530 business leaders at The Executive Forum presented by BB&T on Nov. 7. Some 200 people attended the lunch presentation in Atlanta at The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta and more than 320 people were at the dinner program in the University Center in Macon.  The couple are co-authors of the national best seller, "All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President." Carville is one of America’s best-known Democratic consultants, while Matalin is formerly assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, the first White House official to hold that double title. Carville,... [more]

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