Homecoming, Lecture by President Carter Coming this Fall

The fall semester will offer two outstanding events for students and alumni. Former United States President Jimmy Carter will be the featured speaker of the 2008 President’s Lecture Series at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23,on the Macon campus. Homecoming Week will move from winter to fall and feature numerous events, including a men’s basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 22, with the Bears facing off with a national basketball powerhouse in the University Center Arena.

In his address, President Carter will cover themes from his best-selling book Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.  The program is tentatively scheduled to be held in Willingham Auditorium More details will be released early fall semester.

The President’s Lecture Series brings leading thinkers to Mercer whose ideas and viewpoints intersect with the University’s mission as a faith-based institution of higher learning. The programs are designed to promote Mercer’s core principles of religious and intellectual freedom and respect for religious diversity while generating reflection and conversation on issues of importance.
The lecture series was inaugurated in April 2007 with an address by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and author of the best-selling book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.

Homecoming Week will be held Nov. 16-23. The celebration, with the overall theme being “Mercer Then and Now,” will offer numerous events for students, alumni, faculty and staff. Among the planned activities will be the Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon, where alumni will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the University’s athletic program. The honorees will be recognized during the half-time program of the basketball game, which will be web-streamed on A-Sun TV.

Mark your calendar for both this exciting programs and watch for more information over the summer and fall.

Grand Opera House Announces 2008-2009 Broadway Series

The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of the University, will present a “supersized” lineup for the 2008-2009 season.  Subscription renewals for existing season ticket holders are currently being processed, and new subscriptions will go on sale in July. The upcoming Broadway Series will include the following:

"Sweeney Todd" - Oct. 12
"Nunsense" starring Sally Struthers -  Nov. 18-19
"Annie" - Dec. 16-17
"Rain – The Beatles Experience" - Jan. 22-23
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - March 2-3
"Movin’ Out" - April 23-24
"The Drowsy Chaperone" - May 7-8

Additional shows and events not included in the Broadway Series will also be available for purchase with a Broadway Series season subscription. For more information, call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470.

Human Resources Offers Mercer Job List for Alumni

In response to alumni interest in employment opportunities at Mercer, the Human Resources Office announced the implementation of an alumni employment e-mail distribution list.  Weekly announcements will be sent to those alumni interested in receiving information regarding current position vacancies at the University. 

Human Resources has implemented a new online application system, which allows alumni to apply for vacant positions online. With this system alumni can easily apply for multiple positions, attach a resume and cover letter and continue to monitor the progress of their application throughout the process. To complete an online application and to view a current list of openings at Mercer, including job descriptions, visit www.mercer.edu/HR.

To subscribe to the e-mail distribution list, please contact Human Resources at jobinfo@mercer.edu or 1-800-MERCER-U (ext. 2786).

Trustees Approve 10-Year Plan, Set Budget for 2008-09

On April 18, the Board of Trustees of Mercer endorsed a new vision statement and an ambitious 10-year strategic plan for the University that calls for more than $1.2 billion in new investments in the institution’s endowment, faculty and staff, facilities and technology, and academic and co-curricular programs over the next decade. [more]

Eight Mercer Graduates to Serve Others in National Programs

 Eight Mercer University graduates have been selected to participate in two highly selective national and international service programs upon graduation on May 10. Rizza Ibanez, of Milledgeville, Ga., will enter the Peace Corps, while seven other members of the class of 2008 will participate in Teach For America, the rigorous and nationally competitive program that places top college graduates in low-income schools across the nation. [more]

Commencements Result In More Than 1,500 New Alumni

Mercer graduated more than 1,500 students from 11 schools and colleges during 10 commencements in May in Macon and Atlanta. Among the many highlights was the address given by Mercer Trustee and popular television show host Nancy Grace at the main Macon commencement on May 10 in the University Center. In her speech, she spoke on how the death of her fiancé changed the course of her studies and her life.  [more]

Graduates Awarded Special Honors at Commencement

In addition to the diplomas for its more than 1,500 graduates, the University, as well as the individual colleges, presented awards to outstanding graduates. [more]

Mercer Awarded Major Grant for Redevelopment Alliance

Redevelopment efforts in downtown Macon and the surrounding neighborhoods have received a major boost from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Mercer has been awarded a $250,000 planning grant from Knight Foundation to facilitate a voluntary alliance of redevelopment partners to coordinate plans and leverage new investments. The grant was announced June 6 by Macon Mayor Robert A. B. Reichert and Mercer President William D. Underwood during a news conference at Mercer Village, 1645 Montpelier Ave. [more]

Ingleside Village Pizza Sign of Things to Come for College Hill Corridor

More than 100 Mercer students, faculty and staff joined President William D. Underwood and a number of city officials to celebrate the opening of the second location of Ingleside Village Pizza on Montpelier Avenue, adjacent to the Macon campus. The April 23 event also marked the first step in realizing the University’s and the College Hill Corridor Commission’s vision for the retail area along Montpelier, which borders the north side of campus. The commercial center, currently under development, will be called the Mercer Village and will eventually include a number of college-friendly businesses. [more]

Laffer, Fleming Named Distinguished University Professors

President William D. Underwood has announced the appointments of economics icon Arthur B. Laffer Sr. and retiring Provost Horace W. Fleming to the positions of Distinguished University Professors. Underwood made the announcement of Laffer as Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the May 17 commencement of the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics in Atlanta. Fleming’s appointment as Distinguished University Professor of Educational Leadership was announced by the president at the May 10 undergraduate commencement on the Macon campus. [more]

Dalton Appointed Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management

On April 24, President William D. Underwood announced the appointment of Brian Dalton as senior vice president for enrollment management, effective July 1. Dalton, currently vice president for enrollment management and associate academic dean for program development at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., succeeds Terry Whittum, who recently resigned to return to Florida for personal reasons. [more]

Morgan Named Senior Vice Provost For Service-Learning

On May 2, President William D. Underwood announced the appointment of Mary Alice Morgan, Ph.D., professor of English and director of Women’s and Gender Studies, to the position of senior vice provost for service-learning, effective July 1. [more]

Professional Education Programs Earn National Accreditation

Along with its regional and state accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Tift College of Education of Mercer University has received national accreditation for all of its programs from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  NCATE, the national organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education, notified the College of its new status on May 1. [more]

Nursing Graduate Programs Re-Focused on Areas of Critical Need

The Georgia Baptist College of Nursing will offer two focuses in its Master of Science in Nursing program: the Nurse Educator and the Clinical Nurse Specialist. Both programs are taught on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Atlanta campus, with classes beginning August 18. [more]

School Counseling Master’s Coming This Fall in Atlanta

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies, in partnership with the Tift College of Education, will offer the Master of Science in School Counseling program for individuals desiring a career in school counseling on the Atlanta campus, with classes beginning in August.  For those who already have a master’s degree in counseling, the college will have an add-on certificate program in School Counseling. Pending Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification, both programs will prepare counselors to address Georgia’s efforts not only to meet the needs of its growing elementary, middle and high school populations, but also to help students remain in school... [more]

Engineering Students Outnumber Others in Music Technology Course

Across the country, universities have recognized a trend in engineering students engaging in music-related activities and enrolling in music classes for electives. Students in Mercer’s School of Engineering are no different and benefit from the availability of music classes offered through Mercer’s Townsend School of Music. [more]

Piedmont, Mercer Name Nieb Executive Director of Center

On May 1, Sharon L. Nieb became the executive director of the Center for Health and Learning, a center of excellence established by Piedmont Healthcare and Mercer University in 2005 to provide solutions to today’s challenges in healthcare delivery, education and research. [more]

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