Education Notebook: Mercer’s Wilson sworn in as seminary president

March 16, 2014 

Richard F. Wilson

Richard Francis Wilson, chairman of Mercer University’s Roberts Department of Christianity, was sworn in Friday as the sixth president of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary during a two-hour service.

Wilson, also the Columbus Roberts Professor of Theology at Mercer, is on loan to the Liberian school for a year. Mercer President William D. Underwood offered Wilson’s services after receiving a plea for help from Olu Q. Menjay, president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention.

Speakers at the installation service were somber as they recounted the challenges of the dark days of Liberian Baptists and enthusiastic as they welcomed the possibilities of brighter days, according to a statement from the seminary.

The Rev. Gerald E. Thomas Jr., pastor of Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church in Roxboro, N.C., delivered the convocation sermon, “By Way of Hope.”

Wilson’s address, “Dreams Come with Many Cares,” touched on the history of “dangerous memory” for Liberian Baptists, the seminary’s recent tribulations and his pledges for the months to come. He elaborated on six pledges: to listen, to learn, to respect, to collaborate, to plot a course, and to move forward.

Wesleyan offers help filling out student aid application

Wesleyan College will host an event Friday that offers high school students assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The College Goal Georgia event will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Willet Library, room 122. The event is free and is sponsored by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Students win awards at Model UN Conference

Mount de Sales Academy recently sent nine student delegates to Valdosta State University for the Model United Nations Conference, where they won multiple awards.

Students served on committees ranging from the United Nations Commission on Refugees to the International Atomic Energy Agency. They debated topics, such as nuclear disasters and cyber terrorism. Seniors Chase Hatton and Bernadette O’Donnell, and sophomores Caroline Freeman, Owen Hood and Margaret Peth represented South Africa. Senior Harry Groce, junior Bailey Lambert, and freshmen Logan Bates and Elizabeth Dobson represented Germany, which received the Honorable Distinction Award for Best Delegation. Hatton received the Best Debater award for his work on the United Nations Security Council. Groce won the Best Delegate Award, Best Speech Award and Best Position Paper.

GMC signs transfer deal with Valdosta State

Georgia Military College students can now easily transfer to Valdosta State University.

The schools recently signed an agreement allowing GMC students to apply their associate degree credits toward VSU baccalaureate degrees without losing credit hours.

Westfield students earn AP awards

Twenty-one students at The Westfield School earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

Two students, Peyton Marshall and Valerie McLure, qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams.

Trey Spillers qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Eighteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Ryan Arlin, Ben Brooks, Gehrig Broxton, Stephanie Campbell, Claire Childers, Baylee Culverhouse, Sara Diamond, Neal Hancock, Sarah Kate Johnson, Olivia Kinnebrew, Nicole Knyfd, Micah Moore, Scott Murphy, Declan Poorman, Jessica Springer, Katie Townsend, Hamilton Way and Bryce Westmorel.

Victory Christian Academy schedules open house

Victory Christian Academy is holding an open house Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. at the school, located with Victory Baptist Church, 5685 Houston Road, Macon. Early enrollment discounts will be announced at the open house. The school is nondenominational and has a liberal arts-focused program.

For information, call Principal Beverly Kinman at 478-808-4474 or log onto

MGSC students earn spot in cyber defense contest

A team representing Middle Georgia State College will be competing at the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition scheduled for March 31 at Kennesaw State University.

The team was one of eight to qualify from a field of 18 teams representing various colleges. Students on the Middle Georgia State team are Michael Viox, Regina Pangelinan, Avinash Parekh, Ben Rich, James McMurran, Kent White, Artise Washington, Rian Williams, Shaun Franks, Brett Jenson and Chris Long.

Telegraph writers Liz Fabian, Jenna Mink, Mike Stucka, Andres David Lopez and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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