MACON - Eight Mercer University graduates have been selected to participate in two highly selective national and international service programs upon graduation on May 10. Rizza Ibanez, of Milledgeville, Ga., will enter the Peace Corps, while seven other members of the class of 2008 will participate in Teach For America, the rigorous and nationally competitive program that places top college graduates in low-income schools across the nation.
MACON - Mercer University is ranked in the top three in the Southeast for placement of Peace Corps volunteers among colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduate students. In the most recent fiscal year, 11 Mercer graduates were serving in the Peace Corps around the world, putting Mercer in a third-place tie with Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
Earlier this week, faculty and staff in Mercer’s College of Nursing packed boxes of masks, gloves, goggles and gowns to donate to healthcare workers in Atlanta-area hospitals who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. “We didn’t...
Many students see the world through study abroad and service opportunities during their time at Mercer, and some choose to change the world as Peace Corps volunteers after graduation. Six students have already accepted Peace Corps offers this year, and...
Mercer University lawyers are serving their communities in a variety of ways during the pandemic. We are proud to tell their stories of service. Butler Wooten and Peak has formed a nonprofit called BWP Cares to purchase meals from locally...
Many Mercer University College of Pharmacy students have sought out ways to help their communities combat the new coronavirus. Several pharmacy students and their employers put to good use the Georgia Board of Pharmacy’s recent policy allowing pharmacies to temporarily...
Rizza Bella Ibanez, 22, of Milledgeville, Ga., has been accepted into the Peace Corps.Ibanez departed for Mozambique on Sept. 30 to begin pre-service training as a community health development Peace Corps Volunteer. Upon graduating from Volunteer training in December, Ibanez will be assisting local organizations with training techniques to improve HIV/AIDS programs.Ibanez is the daughter of Lenon and Ester Ibanez, and a graduate of Baldwin County High School in Milledgeville, Ga. She then attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, graduating in 2008. Ibanez previously traveled as a volunteer to Nicaragua on mission trips with Burford-Based Amigos for Christ."I chose Peace Corps because of its reputation and mission," said Ibanez. "Peace Corps stresses adaptation to the host country's culture and helps empower locals to meet their needs."During the first three months of her service, Ibanez will live with a host family in Mozambique to...

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