Mercer Graduate Student Named Runner Up in American Counseling Association National Essay Competition


ATLANTA —Martha A. Nodar, a student in Mercer University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, placed second in the American Counseling Association 2012 Corey Graduate Student Essay Competition. Nodar’s essay was selected as runner-up from among more than 100 entries nationwide.

Nodar will be recognized by Dr. Barbara Herlihy, chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation, at the Association’s national convention in San Francisco, Calif., on March 24. In addition to a cash award, Nodar’s 500-word essay will also appear in the May issue of Counseling Today, the monthly periodical of the American Counseling Association.

“When I entered the competition last fall I had no idea my essay would be one of the finalists,” Nodar said. “I submitted my essay simply out of an innate love for the written word. I have a passion for understanding human behavior, beginning with my own.”

Nodar lives in Decatur and is currently a freelance journalist for the Reporter newspapers, including Buckhead Reporter, Brookhaven Reporter, Sandy Springs Reporter and the Dunwoody Reporter. After graduation, Nodar plans to pursue her license in Clinical Mental Health Professional Counseling. She graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in 2008.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus — and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.
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