Mercer University to Hold Research Conference in Atlanta Saturday


ATLANTA — Mercer University will hold its third annual Atlanta Research Conference on Saturday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., in the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center on the University's Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta. The conference keynote address will be given at 9:30 a.m. by Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann, the director of the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center. He will deliver his address titled “An Unintentional Career: Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Pursuit of Solutions,” in the auditorium of the AACC. The event is sponsored by Mercer's College of Continuing and Professional Studies and is free and open to the public.

“The goal of the Atlanta Research Conference is to not only provide students and faculty with a venue to share their research, but also to let them learn from accomplished researchers such as Dr. Bornemann and thereby inspire them to further develop their own research agendas,” said organizer Dr. Kenyon Knapp, CCPS assistant dean for graduate programs and associate professor of counseling.

The event includes presentations by faculty and students from the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Tift College of Education. The Swilley Library sponsored research awards as well, and the winners of the prizes will be presented at the opening session. In all, the conference will include 30 poster and oral presentations by 31 students and 23 faculty throughout the day at the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center. There will be 15 poster presentations in the atrium of the AACC, presented in two sessions, from 11-11:45 a.m. and 12:30-1:15 p.m. The 15 oral presentations will be given in four concurrent sessions, from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 12:15-12:45 p.m., 1:15-1:45 p.m. and 1:45-2:15 p.m.

“This year's College of Continuing and Professional Studies-sponsored conference, our third annual research event, underscores the determination of our faculty to achieve and model excellence in scholarly activity as well as in teaching and service,” said Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, dean of the College. “I am delighted that the conference will showcase the work of 31 students and 22 faculty members from schools and colleges on the Atlanta campus and from the Regional Academic Centers. I am confident that, for many, the experience will be transformational.”

About the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The College offers degree programs and lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek leadership roles in their communities and beyond, professional transition and advancement, and lives that have meaning and purpose. The College offers undergraduate degree programs in informatics, organizational leadership, human resources administration and development, public safety, liberal studies (individualized), and human services, and graduate programs in counseling, school counseling, organizational leadership and public safety leadership. Its programs are offered on Mercer's Macon and Atlanta campuses, at the University's regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County, Eastman and Newnan. The College offers an Education Specialist degree in School Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.