Education Notebook: Mercer hosting symposium on mental health

June 8, 2014 

The Mercer University School of Medicine and the Walter F. George School of Law will host a symposium called “Mental Health, Civil Rights, and Involuntary Treatment and Commitment” Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon in the medical school auditorium on the Macon campus.

The event, intended for those in the health or legal fields, is free.

The symposium aims to address a need in the mental health community for knowledge regarding the laws for involuntary patient treatment and commitment, according to a news release.

To register, contact Novetta Reid at

Georgia College hosting ribbon cutting for Ennis Hall

Georgia College & State University will hold a grand reopening of Ennis Hall on Thursday. The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m., and tours will follow throughout the afternoon.

Lecture and information sessions discussing different aspects of the building also will take place in the first floor gallery of Ennis Hall. The lectures begin at 9 a.m. with a focus on Ennis’ past; at 10 a.m. the discussion moves to Ennis’ present, and at 11 a.m. Ennis’ future will be the topic.

Ennis Hall has undergone a transformation during the past two years from the remnants of a 1920s women’s dormitory to a space that will be home to the Georgia College Department of Art, according to a news release.

Peach County BOE approves budget

The Peach County school board approved a fiscal 2015 budget Tuesday night.

As The Telegraph previously reported, the budget will allow for 173 instructional days in 2014-2015, which is three more than this past school year.

The total planned general fund expenditures are $27,952,029, an increase of $935,000. The school district added the three days of instruction to the academic calendar without increasing the millage rate, said Susan Perry, director of finance.

Central graduate receives scholarship to Yale

Central High School graduate Darby Mowell has been accepted to Yale University and received a four-year full QuestBridge National College Match scholarship, according to a news release.

Darby, who is intrigued by linguistics and logical mathematics, was one of 440 QuestBridge scholarship recipients nationwide. She plans to become a teacher.

Westside graduate for honor

Taylor Babbs, a recent graduate from Westside High School, was chosen as Work-Based Learning Student of the Year for her region. Each candidate was judged based on his or her work-based learning involvement, letters of recommendation, resume and a response to certain questions.

Taylor, an employee at Chick-fil-A, has been president of her DECA chapter, captain of the Westside cheerleading squad, an officer in the Westside High School Air Force JROTC Program and was voted Best All-Around by her fellow classmates, according to a news release.

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

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