Jordan J. Cohen, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, gave the commencement address for the the School of Medicine on May 7, at the Macon City Auditorium. Below is Cohen's address:   The class of 2005!  Wow!  Let me be among the first to congratulate you, not only for your marvelous academic achievement, which we're celebrating today, but also for the choice you made some time ago when your decided to spend your working life as a health care professional.   That choice, and the tangible symbol of academic success you will receive momentarily, have positioned you to contribute your talents to one of the most noble of human causes.  Whether as a doctor, or as a public health professional, or as a family therapist, you will be positioned as few others are to advance the cause of human health.    Indeed, you will be armed with more powerful tools for doing your noble work than any generation...
 MACON, Ga..- The Mercer men's basketball team opens its final two-game homestand facing Gardner-Webb in a Thursday night contest. Tip off is at 7 p.m. at the University Center. Game Notes (pdf)   The Bears finished their road schedule with a flourish, recording the squad's first three-game road winning streak since the 2002-03 conference championship season, and a win would give Mercer its longest winning streak since a four-game span in December 2003.   Mercer (9-16, 7-11 A-Sun) enters the final two games of the regular season fighting for position in the post-season conference tournament, while also battling injuries that have chipped away at both the Bears' starting lineup and shortened the bench. Freshman Montavious Waters is listed as doubtful because of a strained hamstring, but forward Brian Pfohl, who sprained an ankle last Friday, and guard Michael Slonaker, who injured a knee Sunday in the UNF contest, are expected to see...
LITHIA SPRINGS - Mercer University's Douglas County Regional Academic Center will begin its first session of the summer term on Friday, May 19. Adults interested in earning a bachelor's degree through the center's evening and weekend programs are invited to a free drop-in informational session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18. Academic advisors, professors, financial planning representatives and admissions counselors will be available to answer questions and discuss programs.        
WHO: Thirty teams of computer programmers from more than a dozen colleges and universities across the Southeast, including Georgia Tech, Wofford College and Augusta State University. Mercer University's Binary Bears will field five teams in the event. WHAT: Mercer's computer science department's Spring Programming Competition WHEN:   1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22 WHERE:  The Computer Science Building off College Street on Mercer's Macon Campus. WHY:  Teams are competing for awards in two divisions. The competition will pit three-person teams in the divisions against one another to see who can program their way through six to 10 problems the fastest and with the fewest errors. There will be many opportunities for video and photos. Media interested in doing interviews with students or professors or getting still photographs or video should contact Mark Vanderhoek at (478) 301-4037 or (478) 952-5514.   ###
LITHIA SPRINGS - Mercer University's Douglas County Regional Academic Center will hold a free information session beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, for prospective students considering applying for fall session, which begins Aug. 21. Adults interested in earning a bachelor's degree through the Center's evening and weekend programs are invited to the informational session to meet with academic advisors, professors and admissions counselors.
MCDONOUGH - Mercer University's Henry County Regional Academic Center will hold an information session this week for its second summer session as well as the two fall sessions. Adults interested in earning a bachelor's degree through the Center's evening and weekend programs are invited to the free information session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27. Academic advisors, professors and admissions counselors will be available to answer questions and discuss programs.        
(The following article was published Tuesday, April 2, 2007 in the Macon Telegraph.)By Jennifer Burkjburk@macontel.com
(Photo cutline: Medical student Tiffany Stanfill received a $2,000 check from Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. At the presentation were, left to right, Dean Martin Dalton; Stanfill; Dr. Monique Davis-Smith, assistant professor of Family Medicine, who will serve as Stanfill's research mentor; and Dr. Richard J. Ackerman, professor of Family Medicine and councilor of the local AOA chapter.)
Mercer University has installed an emergency warning siren to alert campus and neighboring residents of potential danger. The new siren, located on the Macon campus, will be tested for the first time at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, as part of the monthly audible test of the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) test. The test will be performed the last Wednesday of each month.According to Mercer Police Chief Gary Collins, "This is one more step in the ongoing effort by Mercer University to improve mass communications with our students, faculty, staff and neighborhood in case of emergency."Along with the siren, there is also a voice address component to inform the campus of an emergency situation. The combined approach of voice and siren can help save lives by eliminating confusion and restoring order.The siren is integrated into the Macon-Bibb County warning system and will be automatically activated when an EMA emergency notification or test is transmitted.
MACON - Mercer University's Tift College of Education will hold a free drop-in information session on Wednesday, May 13, for those interested in applying to its new Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction program. The event will be held at the Lee Alumni House, 1270 Ash St., on the Macon campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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