Two Mercer Press Authors Win Statewide Awards


KENNESAW — Two Mercer University Press authors won awards in their respective categories at the 46th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards, presented by the Georgia Writers Association at a ceremony held at Kennesaw State University Center on June 19. Mercer business and law professor James L. Hunt won the award for creative nonfiction – biography and Philip Lee Williams won the award for fiction.


Hunt won the biography award for his work, Relationship Banker: Eugene W. Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business 1916-1959, about Mercer alumnus and namesake of Mercer’s Stetson School of Business and Economics. Hunt is an associate professor of law at Mercer and holds joint appointments in the Stetson School of Business and Economics and the Walter F. George School of Law. Hunt’s work, representing 10 years of research, examines the rise of Stetson through the lens of his relationships. The key to Stetson’s banking success — as well as the key to the larger question of who received capital — was his skill at creating and sustaining personal relationships. Stetson’s best clients and associates included Coca-Cola’s Robert Woodruff, financier and railroad baron Averell Harriman, IBM’s Tom Watson Sr. and Morgan’s Thomas Lamont. It is through these relationships that both Stetson and Wall Street banking in the middle decades of the 20th Century can be understood.


Williams’ novel, The Campfire Boys, is his 14th published work and his third with Mercer Press.  The novel is a work set during the Civil War. He will release his fourth work with the Mercer Press later this year, a book-length epic poem following the journey of young naturalist William Bartram, titled The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram. The poem is part of Mercer Press’s effort, titled the Bartram Project.


In addition to Williams' book, the project will also release Bartram’s Living Legacy: the Travels and the Nature of the South, which includes a reprint of Bartram’s classic work alongside essays acknowledging the debt Southern nature writers owe the man called the “South’s Thoreau.” The anthology includes contributions from 16 of the South’s finest nature writers and strikingly illustrated with Bartram-inspired landscape paintings of Philip Juras. Among the authors to contribute to the work are: Bill Belleville, Kathryn Braund, Dixon Bynum, Christopher Camuto, Thomas Rain Crowe, Dorinda Dallmeyer, Doug Davis, Jan DeBlieu, Whit Gibbons, Thomas Hallock, John Lane, Drew Lanham, Roger Pinckney, Janisse Ray, Matt Smith and Gerald Thurmond.

 
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 Summer 2010      

Three New Deans Begin Tenures Today

Three new academic deans began their tenures today. Dr. Lake Lambert at the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Linda Streit at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, whose appointments were previously covered in News@Mercer, join Gary J. Simson, whose appointment at the Walter F. George School of Law was announced May 26. [more]

School of Medicine Earns High Marks in Recent Study

The Mercer School of Medicine received significant recognition in the recently released study of medical school graduates of 1999-2001 published in the June 15 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Mercer was ranked No. 8 among the nation’s 141 medical schools in Primary Care Output, No. 30 in the nation in Health Professional Shortage Area Physician Output and No. 41 in the nation in medical school rankings based on Social Mission Score. [more]

Jennings Family Endows Chair for the McDuffie Center for Strings

On May 12, President William D. Underwood announced the establishment of the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Chair in Music in the Townsend School of Music’s McDuffie Center for Strings. The gift establishing the endowed chair comes on the heels of two recently endowed funds: the Helen Wall Rich Endowed Professorship in Keyboard Performance and The G. Leslie Fabian Endowed Chair of Music. [more]

Banga Named Inaugural T.P. Haines Chair at College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

President William D. Underwood and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean H.W. “Ted” Matthews have announced the establishment of the T.P. Haines Endowed Chair in Transdermal Delivery Systems; Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the inaugural holder of the endowed position. [more]

President Presented J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award

The Washington-based Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty presented its J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award to Mercer University President William D. Underwood during the organization’s annual Religious Liberty Council Luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., on June 25 during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly. Also receiving the Dawson Award at the luncheon was the Rev. Dr. Gardner Taylor, one of the founders of the Progressive National Baptist Convention and a religious leader during the Civil Rights Movement. [more]

Atlanta Business Chronicle Recognizes Dr. Ha Van Vo as Health-Care Hero

The Atlanta Business Chronicle presented Dr. Ha Van Vo, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Mercer University, with its 2010 Health-Care Heroes Award for Innovation during the paper’s 13th annual awards program in Atlanta on May 20. [more]

Baseball Team Claims Conference Championship, Earns Spot in NCAA Tournament  

The Mercer baseball team won its first Atlantic Sun Championship since 1983 and clinched the University’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth with a 7-3 win over Jacksonville May 29 at Lipscomb University's Dugan Field at Marsh Stadium. The A-Sun Championship is the fourth baseball championship for Mercer since capturing the title in 1979, 1981 and 1983. [more]

Gardner Named Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Mercer has named veteran NCAA Division I coach Susie Gardner as the University’s new women’s basketball head coach. Gardner was introduced as the Bears’ mentor at a news conference in the University Center on June 24. [more]

Mercer’s International Programs Director Visits Korea on Fulbright Grant

Dr. Eric Spears, Mercer’s director of international programs, recently returned from a two-week tour of Korea and Korean universities, through the Fulbright Program for International Educational Administrators program. Dr. Spears was one of only eight finalists selected from a national pool of applicants, including finalists from Princeton University, San Francisco State University, George Mason University, the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University. [more]

Three Professors Named Governor’s Teaching Fellows

Three Mercer nominees to the prestigious Governor's Teaching Fellows have been selected for the program. Two professors studied in the program this summer, and one will enter the yearlong program this fall. [more]

College of Pharmacy Presents Awards at Annual Alumni Dinner

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences presented six awards to friends and alumni who have made significant contributions to the school during its annual Alumni Association Dinner on June 28 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., held in conjunction with the Georgia Pharmacy Association Convention. Dean H.W. “Ted” Matthews presented the awards. [more]

Mercer Alumnus Featured on International Radio Broadcast: ‘From The Top’

Keitaro Harada, Mercer graduate and former conductor of the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “From The Top” on June 17 and June 20. “From the Top” is the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. [more]

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