Mercer University's Tift College of Education is now offering a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling. The degree, which began in fall 2001, is designed to prepare the students to function as a counselor in a variety of community settings, including mental health centers, community agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers, corrections and a variety of other helping and human service oriented programs.
LITHIA SPRINGS - Jerry Levin, CNN Middle East Bureau correspondent from 1981 to 1988, will lecture at 6 p.m., Jan. 30, at Mercer University's Douglas County Center, 975 Blairs Bridge Road.
Mercer University is now offering a Public Safety Leadership Institute (PSLI), which began Jan. 7 on Mercer's Atlanta campus. The Institute is designed to examine current leadership models and practices and to create an awareness of the knowledge, skills and attributes of a successful leader in the public safety environment. The PSLI has been a collective effort of Mercer's Tift College of Education and the Division of Extended Education.
MACON - Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and the subject of the motion picture Dead Man Walking will speak Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Willingham Auditorium on Mercer's Macon campus, 1400 Coleman Avenue.
Erin David Lang, a third-year student in Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law, will appear on the TV game show Jeopardy Feb. 18. Lang received her undergraduate degree from Mercer in 1998. She passed the Jeopardy test and was called in October to be on the show. She and her husband, David Lang, reside in Macon. Her parents are John and Patricia David of Byron.
Atlanta - Perry resident Lacey Allen and Peachtree City resident Kristin Lamond, juniors at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University (GBCN), presented a poster depicting the College's honor system at the annual conference of the Center for Academic Integrity, Oct. 19-21, at Texas A&M University.
MACON - A nationally acclaimed preacher and scholar who has spent the past three months ministering on the front lines of the recovery efforts in New York City following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will present a series of lectures at Mercer University in February. The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., D.Min., senior pastor of the Riverside Church in New York City, will speak on "The Spiritual Renewal of the Nation," Feb. 19-20 for the 2002 Harry Vaughan Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor of Christianity lecture series at Mercer. The three lectures in the series are as follows: "The Case for Prophetic Patriotism," 10:50 a.m., Feb. 19; "The Recruitment of Human Race Activists," 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19; and "Spiritual Courage for Justice, Peace, and Compassion," 10 a.m., Feb. 20. The free lectures, sponsored by Mercer's Department of Christianity, are open to the public and will be in the Religious Life Center on Mercer's Macon campus. Since 1989, Forbes has served as senior...
Atlanta - "Beginning Genealogy" will be offered during the winter session in Atlanta and Douglas County through Mercer University's Continuing Education program. Taught by Vivian Price, professional genealogist and author of the History of DeKalb County, Georgia, published by the DeKalb Historical Society, the non-credit courses will emphasize genealogy pertaining to Georgia and the Southeastern states.
The 17th annual Mercer Big Dance, to benefit the Athletic Department, will be held at the Edgar Wilson Convention Centre of the Macon Centreplex Feb. 22.   This year's dance, which will feature a Mardi Gras theme, will feature the Embers, the Coastline Band and Middle Georgia's favorite, the Grapevine.   Tickets are $20 each or tables of eight are $160. Call the Athletic Department at (478) 301-2733 to reserve a table today.   The Big Dance is a production of the Mercer Athletic Department and radio station WAYS (105.5), presented by Riverside Ford and sponsored by Kroger, Avaya Communications, Mercer Health Systems and Oakview Golf and Country Club. Don't miss this great mid-winter event.
ATLANTA - Two noted Baptist theologians will lecture on the influence of Calvinism on contemporary Baptists on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Cecil B. Day Hall on Mercer's Atlanta campus, 3001 Mercer University Drive.

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