MACON - Mercer University's fall enrollment increased by a healthy 5.2 percent over the fall of 2007, setting a record as the highest enrollment in Mercer's history.Based on official 15th class day numbers, Mercer has enrolled a total of 7,573 students, shattering the previous record fall enrollment of 7,200, set in 2001 and tied last fall. The 599 entering freshmen on the Macon campus recorded 25th/75th percentile SAT scores of 1080/1290. It is the largest freshman class since 2005. The most significant gains in enrollment were recorded in Mercer's Tift College of Education, which saw an increase of 314 students, or 21.9 percent over last year's figures. Other significant increases were recorded by the College of Continuing and Professional Studies - up 81 students, or 11.8 percent over last year - and the School of Medicine, which showed an increase of 54 students, or 15 percent, including 30 first-year M.D. students in the School's new four-year medical program on the Savannah...
Macon--Mercer University psychology majors Karen Adkins, Katie Daniel, Tiffany Duffy and Allison Smith recently won the first place award for undergraduate research from the Georgia Psychological Association. The student research team won the award for their research project entitled "The Effects of Temperament and Breed on Perceptions of Adoptability of Shelter Dogs," which they presented at the Georgia Psychological Association meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. in May. Throughout the school year, the student research team researched how one dog's behavior affects the way people perceive other dogs of the same breed and the adoptability of a dog of that breed. Their faculty adviser on the project was Dr. John C. Wright, certified applied animal behaviorist and professor of psychology. Also at the Georgia Psychological Association meeting in May, Samantha Daniel, a spring 2004 graduate of Mercer, won the first place Division of Women Psychologists Award. Daniel's research project was...
ATLANTA - The College of Continuing and Professional Studies of Mercer University will hold a free information session on its new Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership program from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, on the University's Atlanta campus. The event will be held in Room 213 of the Davis Building, 3001 Mercer University Dr., off I-85 just inside the northeast perimeter. Professors, administrators, and admissions and financial aid counselors will be available to talk with attendees.
ATLANTA - Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics will hold a free reception and information session for its new 16-month accelerated Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree as well as its Flexible MBA. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road NE. Stetson School of Business and Economics Dean Roger C. Tutterow will speak about the programs.  Faculty, alumni and admissions/financial aid representatives will also be available.   The new accelerated EMBA is designed for current and aspiring business managers who have a minimum of five years of professional work experience. Classes will be held on Friday afternoon and Saturday every third weekend, interspersed with online activities, allowing even the busiest professionals the opportunity to earn this advanced degree. Three off-campus retreats provide a concentrated study on specific business topics,...
 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.- Using a balanced attack and a deep bench, the top-seeded Lipscomb Bisons ended the eighth-seeded Mercer Bears' basketball season by a 78-62 score Thursday afternoon in the Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at East Tennessee's Memorial Center.      In Mercer's last appearance as the number eight seed, the Bears advanced to the semifinals of the 2000 conference tourney after upsetting top-seeded Troy in the quarterfinals, but no such magic occurred Thursday afternoon as the Bisons avoided an upset. Lipscomb's only other appearance in the A-Sun tournament was last season when the Bisons fell, 68-64, to Jacksonville.   "We knew coming in that our margin of error was slim," said Mercer head coach Mark Slonaker. "We wanted to play more zone but their outside shooting prevented that. Our turnovers in the first half and the first five minutes of the second half were the keys to the game."   Mercer...
Dennis Keith Helling, the executive director of pharmacy operations and therapeutics for Kaiser Permanente, was the commencement speaker for the Southern School of Pharmacy. The commencement took place on May 7, at the Sheffield Student Center on Atlanta's Cecil B. Day Campus. Below is Helling's commencement address:   President Godsey, Executive Vice President Fleming, Dean Matthews, Distinguished Platform party, and Graduates of the Class of 2005.  Thank you for this pristine honor to be with you today.  To the Graduates - Today is about excellence; your excellence, your achievements.  Today is your day.  We are here to celebrate your hard work.  But along your journey you were supported and loved by family and friends, so be sure to give them a big hug and let them know of your gratitude.  My message today is threefold: congratulations, challenges and commitment.  First, Congratulations!  You are graduating from one of the...
MCDONOUGH - Mercer University's Henry County Regional Academic Center will begin its second session of spring semester on Friday, March 10. Adults interested in earning a bachelor's degree through the Center's evening and weekend programs are invited to a free open house Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Academic advisors, professors, financial planning representatives and admissions counselors will be available to answer questions and discuss programs.        
MACON - The Honorable Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, will be the featured speaker at The Executive Forum on Thursday, March 9. He will give a dinner presentation at 6:30 p.m. at The University Center at Mercer University in Macon.
MACON - Mercer University will hold two commencements at the University Center on the Macon campus on Saturday, May 13. Students from the College of Liberal Arts, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, School of Engineering and Tift College of Education will graduate during a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., while students from the College of Continuing and Professional Studies will graduate in a ceremony at 4 p.m.   The main Macon commencement, which includes four schools, is the largest of the University's 10 commencements, with more than 460 graduates in attendance. For the first time, commencements are being held on campus in the University Center, opened in 2004 as the focal point of campus activity.   This year's exercises will be the final ceremonies that Dr. R. Kirby Godsey will preside over as president and CEO of Mercer. Dr. Godsey, the longest serving president in the University's history, will step down as president on June 30 after more than 27...
MACON/ATLANTA - Nearly 1,500 students will participate in graduation ceremonies on Mercer University's Macon and Atlanta campuses in May. Awarding bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, the University will hold 10 commencement ceremonies and hear from an array of renowned speakers, including several prominent Mercerians. Below is a listing of commencement dates, times and speakers.Atlanta Commencements - Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional CampusCollege of Pharmacy and Health SciencesSpeaker: Dr. Roger L. Williams, executive vice president and Chief Executive Officer of United States PharmacopeiaSaturday, May 5, 9 a.m.Sheffield Student CenterGraduates: 142Georgia Baptist College of NursingSpeaker: Kerry Gough, member of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Board of Visitors and retired district manager with Travelers Insurance CompanySaturday, May 5, 12 p.m.Sheffield Student CenterGraduates: 47College of Continuing and Professional StudiesSpeaker: Dr. Peter Rhea Jones,...

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