Christopher Blake will be installed at 10 a.m. Friday as the first permanent president of Middle Georgia State College.
The inauguration will be at the Recreation and Wellness Center on the Macon campus.
“This is a momentous and historic occasion for Middle Georgia State,” said Albert Abrams, chief of staff and chairman of the inauguration planning committee. “Middle Georgia State was created not quite two years ago, and this is the institution’s first opportunity to hold a presidential inauguration. It will be a memorable day, one in which the Middle Georgia State community and the people it serves can take a tremendous amount of pride.”
The presidents of most of the University System of Georgia’s other institutions will attend as delegates. In addition, delegates representing the Board of Regents and its central administration, including Chancellor Hank Huckaby, also are expected to attend.
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Private colleges and universities have been invited to send delegates. Other distinguished guests will include civic and business leaders from throughout Georgia, Middle Georgia State’s current and retired faculty and staff and many of Blake’s friends and current and former colleagues.
A variety of celebratory events, most free and open to the public, will take place on Middle Georgia State’s five campuses in the days leading up to the ceremony.
SEARCH COMMITTEE TAPPED FOR THEOLOGY DEAN
Mercer University President William D. Underwood has appointed a search committee to identify and recommend a dean for the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology to succeed founding Dean R. Alan Culpepper. Culpepper announced in August his intention to return to teaching after 20 years in the post.
The search committee will be chaired by Mercer Chancellor R. Kirby Godsey, who as Mercer’s president in 1995, recruited Culpepper to lead the new school.
“The selection and appointment of the next dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology signals a new era in the life and work of the School,” Godsey said.
MAB SEGREST ANNOUNCED AS 2015 NEWELL SCHOLAR AT GEORGIA COLLEGE
Mab Segrest has been named as Georgia College’s third Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar for the spring 2015 semester.
Born in Alabama, Segrest is a writer and social activist who has a diverse background in academia and in working for various social justice organizations. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in modern British literature from Duke University and was appointed the Fuller-Matthai Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at Connecticut College in 2004.
Segrest has authored works such as “My Mama’s Dead Squirrel: Lesbian Essays on Southern Culture,” “Born to Belonging: Writings on Spirit and Justice” and “Memoir of a Race Traitor.”
Segrest plans to incorporate her work on Central State Hospital into her course and her various lectures at Georgia College. She also hopes to create an open discussion in the community and on campus when it comes to mental illness.
MERCER PROFESSOR DESIGNS MOBILE APP
A professor in Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy has developed a mobile application and website, InpharmD™, that provides customized, on demand, evidence-based responses to clinical questions from health care providers.
The website and app allow users to type in any medication-related question and receive an evidence-based answer within a specified time period. The application also includes an automated topic search feature, allowing the user to learn tips, facts and the latest news about medications from around the United States and world.
The service launched Sept. 24 at Health 2.0’s eighth annual Fall Conference in Silicon Valley, California, according to a statement from the college.
Health 2.0 selected InpharmD™ to participate in “Launch!,” which gives 10 health care technology startups the opportunity to demonstrate their products in front of a live audience. The audience will select its favorite product to receive demonstration time on the main stage at next year’s conference.
Ashish Advani, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor at Mercer and founder of InpharmDTM, will represent InpharmD™ in the competition.
FVSU RECEIVES NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION MONEY
Fort Valley State University will help meet a crucial need for globally engaged scientists, researchers and engineers by using supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation.
The $7,500 in NSF funding will help the university create a U.S.-Philippines international collaborative research experience for undergraduates in the biotechnology program. The campus will partner with the University of Philippines and the International Rice Research Institute on research and education in the field of plant genomics and biotechnology. It also will provide training, networking and intellectual development opportunities for undergraduates and faculty scientists with international research backgrounds.
To finalize the implementation details for this project, two FVSU scholars flew to the University of the Philippines-Los Banos to conduct a planning trip for the program. The scholars included Sarwan Dhir, a professor of plant biotechnology and director of FVSU’s Biotechnology Center, and Brandon Beaty, a senior biotechnology major.
Telegraph writer Oby Brown compiled this report.