Education Notebook: Mercer homecoming scheduled

November 17, 2013 

As fans continue to celebrate the return of football, Mercer University will hold its homecoming Friday through Sunday.

The events include a men’s basketball game and football game Saturday when Mercer’s basketball team will battle Yale in Hawkins Arena at noon, and the football team takes on Stetson at Mercer University Stadium at 4 p.m.

Friday, the Alumni Career Speakers Series kicks off with three different presentations around campus. The Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner at Drake Field House begins at 5:30 p.m., with the “Old School vs. New School” step show at the Religious Life Center at 6 p.m. and the Class of 1963 golden anniversary reception and dinner at the Presidents Dining Room, also at 6 p.m., according to a news release.

A parade of lights gets underway at 7 p.m., and a homecoming party and alumni reunion will be 8-10 p.m. on the intramural field adjacent to Mercer Stadium. The annual student skit competition will be at 8:30 p.m., and a pep rally will be at 9:30 p.m. at Cruz Plaza.

Saturday includes a 5K road run and Orange Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Cruz Plaza. The Half Century Club brunch follows at 10 a.m. on the intramural courts in the University Center. Sunday, women’s basketball will take on Furman in Hawkins Arena at 2 p.m. A performance of “Thanksgiving Song” by the Mercer Singers and Women’s Chamber Choir takes place at 3 p.m. at Fickling Recital Hall, and Mercer Theatre will perform its production of Vladimir Volkoff’s “Love Kills” Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Back Door Theatre.

The full schedule of events is available at

Middle Georgia students rank nationally in simulation

A team of Middle Georgia State College business majors consisting of Caleb Carter, Kharis Jones, Hamid Ganjikia and Michael Faulkner is ranked fourth nationally in a business simulation model known as MikesBikes-Advanced, according to a news release.

MikesBikes-Advanced is used worldwide in a range of college and university courses. Companies, including Microsoft and HP, have used MikesBikes-Advanced as a way to offer cross-functional training. The competition portion encourages students to understand strategic principles. Middle Georgia State’s business faculty use the simulation in senior-level business courses, according to a news release.

Perry High School wins One-Act state championship

Perry High School recently won first place at the state Class AAAA One Act Play competition with its performance of “The Taste of Sunrise.” Russell Bugg also won Best Actor.

Middle Georgia State to show ‘The Donner Party’

The Middle Georgia State College Library and the History Student Organization are sponsoring showings of the PBS documentary “The Donner Party” at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cochran Campus library and at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Macon Campus library. In addition to viewing the film, participants will get a brief overview on how to use the library’s scholarly film database, Films on Demand.

Both showings are free and open to the public, according to a news release.

Burnsed joins First Presbyterian Day School

Beth Burnsed will be joining First Presbyterian Day School as director of communications beginning Dec. 2.

Burnsed is a 2000 graduate of FPD and attended Oglethorpe University and the University of Georgia, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in advertising. She previously has worked as the event marketing coordinator for the Jekyll Island Authority and as director of special events, according to a news release.

Bibb campus police to get bulletproof vests

The Bibb County Campus Police force received a $6,489.46 grant from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, a federal program that offers refunds for vests that police buy.

Deputy Chief Stephanie Prater plans to buy 18 vests with the grant. Each vest will be fitted to an officer and include breast plates and Level III-A protection, the highest level of blunt trauma protection.

“First and foremost safety is paramount for our officers,” Prater said in a statement. “If we are not safe, we can’t protect everyone else. We have to look out for them and that is our priority.”

Howard Middle School Orchestra gets grant

Rachael Smith, the orchestra teacher at Howard Middle School, was awarded a $700 grant from Southern Rivers Energy’s Bright Ideas grant program.

Smith’s grant, “Sansa Kroma: Teaching and Connecting Traditional Ghanian Music to Orchestra,” will buy four Remo tunable tubanos and a talking drum. Sansa Kroma is a Ghanian children’s song about a hawk that rescues small chicks. They learn not to worry if their parents die because the village will take care of them.

Students will meld traditional African drumming patterns and rhythms with African melodies on Western instruments to create a new sound.

The orchestra students also will be assigned an area of Ghanian culture to study, such as history or geography.

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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