Education Notebook: Record spring enrollment at Macon State

Macon State College enrolled more than 6,400 students this semester, making it the highest spring semester enrollment in the school since it opened in 1968, according to a news release.

Spring semester enrollment in 2010 rose nearly 4 percent from last year to 6,442 students. Of that number, 2,046 students attend classes at Macon State’s Warner Robins campus.

Those figures trail slightly behind the school’s all-time record enrollment of 6,615 students in fall 2009.

MSC adds psychology program

Macon State College students will be able to pursue a bachelor of science degree in psychology in the fall, according to a news release.

The program was approved by the Board of Regents ealier this month, and the school will rely on existing faculty to run the program. Officials expect 120 students will sign up for the degree.

Students will be able to choose from pre-clinical and counseling, psychology and law, and leadership and training concentrations within the degree.

Officials said the degree will prepare students for social service, legal, governmental, health sciences and business careers, as well as jobs with the military and for graduate study.

Bibb’s bottom high schools bring silver lining

Bibb County school system’s Acting Superintendent Sylvia McGee said there was a silver lining to being targeted as having four of the lowest achieving high schools in the state eligible for federal grants.

“The silver lining (is) to get the grant required community engagement,” McGee said. As the system moves forward to find new leadership and iron out the particulars of how the up to $24 million in grant money will be spent at four high schools, “I hope (that engagement) continues.”

She also said the money, which has to be spent on instruction-related costs in just the four schools — Northeast, Southwest, Rutland and Hutchings Career Center — at heart “is in the best interest of the children.”

“The data shows we’ve got issues,” she said. “We couldn’t turn (the money) down.”

Peach County accepting out-of-county students

Peach County is accepting applications from out-of-county students until 4:30 p.m. April 16. Applications can be picked up at the Peach County Board of Education at 523 Vineville St. in Fort Valley, or at any school in the county.

Once the applications are received, principals will evaluate them based on academic performance, attendance, discipline and available space. Parents will be informed of those decisions by May 5.

Tuition for approved out-of-county students is due before the first day of school.

While the final rate has not been determined, tuition is estimated at $1,530 per student.

Officials will determine which schools applicants attend by finding the one closest to the student’s home through MapQuest.

All current out-of-county students, including those of Peach school employees, will need to reapply for next year.

For more information, call the board office at 825-5933, or contact the schools individually.

Lecture explores black intellectual life

Fort Valley State University will hold a lecture that explores the history and future of black intellectuals in society at 6 p.m. Friday at the C.W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center, according to a news release.

The lecture, “Young, Gifted and Black: What’s Next?”, will be delivered by Delanor Doyle, the medical director of emergency surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Radio host to lead mentoring forum

Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Baisden will visit Fort Valley State University at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Health and Physical Education Complex to lead a mentoring forum.

Baisden is on a national tour to raise awareness for his program “One Million Mentors Campaign to Save Our Kids,” according to a news release. At the event, mentors within the Fort Valley State and Middle Georgia communities will talk about their experiences. Volunteers will be able to sign up as mentors and later will be trained and matched with children in the area.

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Turkish professor to give lecture at Macon State

A Warner Robins-based professor from Turkey will give a lecture at Macon State College next week as part of its Artists and Lecturers Series, according to a news release.

Gül Celkan, who recently retired as a professor of English, literature and writing, will talk about “Tales From The Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey” at 11 a.m. March 30 at the Macon State College Arts Complex Theater.

In her discussion, which is free and open to the public, Celkan will talk about modern Turkish life and culture through the eyes of 32 expatriate women across four continents.

For more information about the event, e-mail

Author, MSC professor to speak on Greek travels

Andrew Manis, associate professor of history at Macon State College, will discuss at 6 p.m. Thursday his experiences during his recent travels in Greece as a Fulbright Fellow.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Student Life Building cafeteria at the college. Manis was chosen as a 2009 Fulbright Fellow, and he studied and lectured at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

His research is focused on religion and race in American life, according to a news release.

Bibb seniors win college scholarships

Two Bibb students have won scholarships to Wesleyan College this fall, according to a news release.

Howard High School senior Morgan Cramer was awarded a Lane Scholarship, which is given annually to two academically superior first-year students whose intended major is in the area of fine arts. Cramer plans to major in art.

Stratford Academy senior Anna Jones was awarded a Findlay Scholarship, which is awarded annually to two academically superior first-year students who intend to major in either the humanities or social sciences. Jones plans to major in early childhood education.

Both scholarships are valued at $16,000 per year, which is renewable for eight semesters.

Stringing along talent

Howard High School’s String Trio won the Macon Kiwanis Club Talent Showcase and $1,500 in scholarship money this month.

The trio consists of Garret Knighton, a senior who plays violin; Will Hammet, a junior who plays violin and Aaron Odom, a senior who plays cello, said John Sweat, Howard’s string instructor.

The trio has been playing for about two years and has performed for various civic, church and senior citizen groups, Sweat said.

Central mock trial team loses at state competition

Central High School’s mock trial team made it to the state semi-finals recently, getting beat out by Henry Grady High School in Atlanta and Jonesboro High School in Clayton County, according to a competition news release.

Georgia’s Mock Trial Competition was held March 14 in Lawrenceville. Grady will go on to represent the state in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in May.

Teams were evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation.

CGTC student chosen as college’s GOAL winner

Tracy Staines-Powers, of Gray, an aircraft structural technology student at Central Georgia Technical College, was named March 2 the college’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.

Staines-Powers will now compete regionally. If she wins there, she will go on to compete for the state title. The state grand prize winner will receive a new car.

FVSU to announce name change for college

Fort Valley State University will announce a new name for its College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs on Tuesday during an 11 a.m. ceremony at the C.W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center, according to a news release.

Administrators said they decided to rename the college to update its image and attract more potential students with updated course offerings.

Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard.