The excitement of the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta will kick off early Friday morning and nearly 50 Mercer students will be on hand to join in the excitement. The Georgia Dome is the host site Saturday and Monday for the NCAA basketball finals and CBS is the network originating coverage for the Final Four.
MACON - Four Mercer University seniors saw their yearlong effort to develop a plan for a "college town" corridor connecting the University with downtown Macon take a major step forward Friday. Macon Mayor Jack Ellis announced the creation of the College Hill Corridor Commission to implement the students' plan for the development of the corridor, which was part of two service-learning courses at Mercer.
WHO: Members of the Georgia Court of Appeals
MACON/ATLANTA - Mercer University is launching a new Ph.D. program in curriculum and instruction this fall that will help experienced teachers upgrade their own skills and become influential instructors and researchers within their schools, school systems and communities.
MACON - "Music for Haiti," a benefit concert for Haiti relief, will take place Sunday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Newton Chapel on Mercer University's Macon campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased and additional donations can be made at the door. Proceeds from the concert will go to the organization Haitian Hope to rebuild the St. Marc's Church School in Trouin, Haiti, which collapsed in the recent earthquake. The event will include performances by Robert McDuffie, distinguished university professor and international violinist; David Halen, concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Elizabeth Pridgen, G. Leslie Fabian Chair of Music at Mercer; Monty Cole, associate professor of music, and the Mercer Jazz ensemble. In addition to the music, there will be spoken word poetry.
MACON - The National Science Foundation has awarded Mercer University $174,574 to help it advance undergraduate research in chemistry. The grant will pay for equipment and provide funds for six students to work as researchers using a "studio lab" approach over the next two summers. The grant will also pay for Mercer professors and students to present their research at regional and national conferences and for the professors to expand the learning approach to other top-flight undergraduate chemistry programs.
WHO: Mercer Students and the Macon Community
MACON, Ga. - Mercer University has developed a unique study abroad program that will take students to the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to spend three weeks engaging in adventure sports and studying photography or archeology. Dubbed, the Mercer Caribbean Experience, the first program participants will study in the tropics during Mercer's first summer session, May 31-June 21.
ATLANTA - Mercer University will offer four new or redesigned graduate programs on its Atlanta campus this fall. Three of the programs are in education and one is in public safety, and all are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of dedicated public servants.   The College of Continuing and Professional Studies will introduce a Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership program this fall. The degree is at the leading edge of public safety education, according to Dr. Billy Slaton, the coordinator of Mercer's criminal justice degree program. The program is designed to augment all public safety disciplines and will include courses in terrorism, disaster planning, disaster response and budgeting.   "Today's public demands educated public safety leaders. Mercer University has stepped up to provide a comprehensive, integrated degree program that cuts across disciplines," said Stacey L. Cotton, chief of police for the City of Covington and co-coordinator of Mercer's...

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