Women’s  Soccer and Coach Serafy Make History at Mercer

The women’s soccer team earned a piece of Mercer athletic history this fall, winning its first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship. An Oct. 25 victory over Campbell was also highly significant for head coach Grant Serafy, who became the all-time winningest coach in program history with his 39th career win, springing him past Ian Hayley in the school’s record books.

Despite his achievement, Serafy was quick to put the focus back on his team. “It’s nice to accomplish this, but for me, it’s about winning a championship,” he said.

The Bears now head to Kennesaw for the Atlantic Sun championship, which will be held Nov. 5-8. Having sewn up the top spot, Mercer will get a first round bye, joining the tournament in the semifinal stage. For complete information on the A-Sun tournament, go to http://www.atlanticsun.org/

Club Wrestling Program Invited to National Tournament

Mercer University’s club wrestling team is one of 16 schools invited to participate in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Dual Team Championship Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Middle Tennessee State University. The invitation reflects the Bears’ growing program and the strength of the team’s performance. Mercer will compete against three of last year’s top-five teams, including defending three-time champion Grand Valley State.
Among Mercer’s returning wrestlers are Bryan Frederick, Nic Barker, Ben Mercier and Curtis Doemel, all of whom qualified for the team national championships. Top freshman wrestlers include Kyle Eastis and Brian Gurucharri. The coach is Kevin Andres.  

The wrestling program at Mercer is a club sport and member of the NCWA and not among the sports included in intercollegiate athletics.

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Homecoming to Provide Excitement for Alumni Return to Campus

As the days draw closer, there is much excitement among Mercer alumni about the many activities in which to participate during homecoming weekend, Nov. 21-23. The University’s decision to move homecoming to the fall for the first time in many years has been welcomed with an overwhelming show of support. The homecoming basketball game against Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, has become the focal point of interest, but many other exciting events are planned as well. [more]

Princeton Review: Business, Law Schools Among America’s Best

The Princeton Review named Mercer’s law and business programs among the nation’s best on Oct. 6, announcing that the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics in Atlanta and Macon was among the “Best 296 Business Schools” in its 2009 book and that the Walter F. George School of Law was among the “Best 174 Law Schools” in the 2009 edition of its law schools guidebook. The business school’s Atlanta MBA program also was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the category of “Greatest Opportunity for Women.” [more]

Carter Calls on Next Administration to Emphasize Human Rights

MACON — Promising a “sober speech,” President Jimmy Carter called on the next administration of the United States to restore human rights as a national priority. Carter made his remarks during the second annual Mercer University President’s Lecture Series on Oct. 23 on the Macon campus. [more]

Boortz, Bolton Highlight Executive Forum in Fall

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, spoke at the Executive Forum Presented by BB&T on Oct. 7, followed by nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz on Nov. 3. [more]

Alumna Heading to Mozambique for Peace Corps Assignment

Rizza Bella Ibanez, a 2008 College of Liberal Arts alumna, will be doing her Peace Corps work in Mozambique. Ibanez departed for Mozambique on Sept. 30 to begin pre-service training as a community health development Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduating from volunteer training in December, Ibanez will be assisting local organizations with training techniques to improve HIV/AIDS programs. [more]

Gift Aids Engineering Professor’s Research into Vein Treatment

A gift from a California company aided in the research of vein treatment methods led by Dr. Sinjae Hyun, associate professor of biomedical engineering. Hyun used the equipment to develop a new medical device, which he will present this summer to his research collaborators and the company. [more]

Professor's Grant to Create Course, Bring Speakers to Mercer

A new grant from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation will help Stetson School of Business and Economics professor Scott Beaulier, Ph.D., advance the study of political economy at Mercer University. Dr. Beaulier, the department chair and assistant professor of economics, will give a special topics course for the spring semester and bring in a number of high-level economists to deliver lectures on contemporary issues in political economy. [more]

Veteran Coach Bob Hoffman Era Begins in Men’s Basketball

First-year head coach Bob Hoffman in 2008-09 returns to the collegiate sidelines after a three-year absence, looking to bring his successful high-octane offensive philosophy to the University Center hardwood. Ironically, it may not be offense but rather defense that keys the Bears’ success this season. [more]

Restocked Bears Eager to Prove Their Mettle In 2008-09

After enduring a difficult, but necessary, transition season in 2007-08, women’s head basketball coach Janell Jones and a retooled Bears squad cannot wait to get back onto the court this year to show their fans what they are truly capable of. With a solid core of returning players, a hatful of talented young newcomers, and a challenging schedule designed to push the team to their very best, the Bears are aiming to turn a few heads in the Atlantic Sun Conference this season. Though the conference’s preseason poll estimated the team would finish in a tie for eighth place, Mercer’s team believes they are fully capable of shaking up those early rankings. [more]

Mercer Senior Producing Mercer Sports Videos for National Service

The Mercer Bears are getting new coverage online, thanks to a Mercer journalism student. Mercer Athletics are being featured in videos for UWIRE’S sports magazine video series “Campus Pulse,” produced by Mercer senior Shari Perkins, of Cumming. “Campus Pulse” is a weekly video series on college sports, created entirely by students on the ground at campuses around the country.  The series aims to capture the culture and excitement surrounding college athletics and promote the best young broadcast journalists around the country. [more]

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