Education Notebook: Middle Georgia State to offer new degree

May 11, 2014 

This fall, Middle Georgia State College will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree program tailored for professionals in technical or industrial careers who want to move into management.

The degree is designed for students who have earned associate of applied science or associate of applied technology degrees from accredited institutions. The program will be housed at the college’s Warner Robins campus, according to a Middle Georgia State news release.

“Oftentimes, individuals working in technical careers find that advancement opportunities require them to manage people, budgets and other resources,” Varkey Titus, dean of the School of Business, said in the release. “These managers have to understand the organization as a whole, rather than just a specific area. The new bachelor of applied science degree we have developed will help prepare these individuals for those opportunities.”

Mercer to rename College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Mercer University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies will become Penfield College of Mercer University on July 1 to better reflect its academic offerings, according to a news release.

The college’s new name, approved by the university’s board of trustees on April 25, has historical significance at Mercer. Josiah Penfield, a businessman and member of the First Baptist Church of Savannah, provided a $2,500 donation that enabled Georgia Baptists in 1833 to found Mercer in a rural Greene County community named Penfield in recognition of the donation, the release states.

Barnes remains active in Middle Georgia State botanical gardens

About a month ago, Waddell Barnes, 88, arrived at Middle Georgia State College’s Macon campus with 25 different species of hydrangeas. But it was more than a decade ago that the retired physician helped develop the botanical gardens that surround the college’s buildings, which include 36 distinct areas with 3,000 trees and 185 individual species, and he continues to guide development.

“He’s still real active,” said Derrick Catlett, the campus arborist. “He daydreams and brainstorms and delivers us our goals.”

For his work promoting community beautification and the love of gardening, National Garden Clubs Inc. recently recognized Barnes with its national “Award of Excellence.”

Besides helping to develop the gardens that bear his name, Barnes also established a horticulture room at the college’s library, which houses his personal gardening and horticulture books.

“We’re all very blessed to have him,” Catlett said.

Catlett has been the campus arborist for about five years. He said his favorite Waddell Barnes botanical gardens area is the native mesic grove located in between the lake and the education and professional sciences center buildings, where pine, ash and rare oak trees live.

Stratford students win scholarships

Thirty-five seniors from Stratford Academy’s class of 2014 were offered about $4.2 million in merit scholarship awards, not including the HOPE scholarship. The 74 seniors in the class of 2014 were accepted at 94 colleges and universities across the country and abroad, according to a news release.

Georgia College chemistry professor to take new position

After teaching chemistry at Georgia College for the last 10 years, Julia Metzker has accepted a new position as the community-based engaged learning director.

In her new position at the college, Metzker will work to bring community partners together with faculty and staff to develop opportunities for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations, according to a news release.

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

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