Middle Georgia State receives good accreditation results

December 8, 2013 

Middle Georgia State College got positive results from its first review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, meaning the college received tentative accreditation, according to a news release.

The results will be official after SACS’ board of trustees takes up the matter at its June 2014 meeting, the news release said. “This is a significant moment for our new institution,” interim President John Black said in the release. “It puts us firmly on the road toward becoming a state university.”

The SACS Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. SACS accreditation is required by the University System of Georgia. It was Middle Georgia State’s first review since Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges formed in January to create the new college.

Northside, WR compete for best rivalry in Georgia

Northside and Warner Robins high schools are featured in USA Today’s competition for the best rivalry in Georgia. Anyone can vote online an unlimited number of times to help the schools win $5,000 to share. Voting ends Tuesday. To vote, visit http://contest.usatodayhss.com.

Peach student dubbed ‘Outstanding Participant’ in national program

Peach County High School student Caitlyn Hicks recently was recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program, according to a news release. The program, which is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., is an academic competition established to honor black American high school students. Hicks was one of about 4,700 high school seniors whose PSAT scores were among the top 3 percent of students trying to qualify for the scholarship.

Mercer to host concerts

As the holidays approach, Mercer University is hosting several concerts. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Milburn Price, former national president of the American Choral Directors’ Association, will conduct the Choral Society in its annual performance of “The Messiah.” The performance will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and tickets are $15 at the door. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, clarinetist Todd Palmer joins a quartet of string musicians for an encore concert at Mercer’s Fickling Hall. The program includes several contemporary and classical pieces. Tickets are $12 for adults. Students from any school as well as Mercer faculty and staff are admitted free with identification. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 301-5470. Seating is limited.

Bibb Robotics Team gets grant of $7,000

Bibb County schools’ Robotics Team is a recipient of the FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Grant. The team, which draws students from all Bibb County high schools, will receive $7,000 over three years. The 2014 competition launches with an event at Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, where students will learn what the competition will be about. Students then have about six weeks to build a competitive robot.

The team still needs mentors, particularly people skilled in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering. For more information, email robobibb@gmail.com.

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this article.

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