Mercer University has selected a new dean to lead the Walter F. George School of Law.
Gary J. Simson, currently the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, was appointed as dean of Mercer’s law school by President William D. Underwood last week. He will take over the job July 1.
Simson replaces outgoing dean Daisy Hurst Floyd, who will become University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation and work with Mercer’s undergraduate and professional programs.
From 2006 to 2008, Simson served as the dean of Case Western Reserve’s Law School. Previously, he also held the roles of associate dean for faculty development, associate dean for academic affairs and professor at Cornell Law School.
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“Gary Simson is among the most respected leaders in legal education,” Underwood said in a news release. “He is an outstanding teacher, an excellent listener, and a wise and thoughtful decision maker. He is also among the most nationally prominent scholars in his field and will be a tremendous leader for the school of law.”
Peach BOE changes capital assets policy amount
The Peach County Board of Education unanimously approved to raise the amount of the threshold of its capital assets policy from $5,000 to $10,000 at its study session Tuesday night.
According to the policy, the school system is required to keep an inventory of items that cost $10,000 or more and are used for at least one year. Items covered under the policy include computer applications, machinery, buildings and land.
The changes, which will take effect July 1, were made on the advice of an auditor, said Jim O’Shields, assistant superintendent of administrative services.
Macon State adds new residence life staff
Macon State College recently named five staff and administrators to help lead its residence life program, according to a news release.
Those named were Chris Summerlin, director of residence life; James R. Hagler Jr., director of recreation and wellness; Rachel Hardy, intramural sports coordinator for the recreation and wellness program; Shawn Douglas, director of public safety and chief of police; and Jennifer Jones, communications coordinator for the public safety office.
Former U.S. Sen. Dole to speak at GMC graduation
Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will speak to the Georgia Military College class of 2010 as the junior college graduation keynote speaker.
The students graduate at 7 p.m. June 11 in Milledgeville.
Dole served as the first female senator from North Carolina and was national president of the American Red Cross.
Dole, a native of Salisbury, N.C., graduated with distinction from Duke University and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master of arts in teaching from Harvard.
She served as deputy assistant for consumer affairs during the Nixon administration. Her résumé includes six years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, and two years as assistant to President Reagan for public liaison. In 1983, she became the first woman appointed as U.S. secretary of transportation and later served as U.S. secretary of labor.
Mercer hosts workshop for college freshman
Incoming college students can take a free workshop at Mercer University from 2-5 p.m. Friday to “Get Ready for College Life.”
During the workshop, to be held in the science and engineering building, counselors will talk about estimating startup costs for buying textbooks or outfitting a dorm room, give tips on time management, and talk about college level writing and calculating course credits.
Register online at www.mercer.edu/arc/events.html or call (478) 301-2669.
Rutland JROTC fifth at drill team nationals
Rutland High School JROTC students placed fifth overall in national drill team competition and were recognized by the Bibb County school board recently.
“We’ve been there the past three years but this is the first time we scored in the top five,” said Cadet Col. William “Coty” Collins, who recently graduated from Rutland and spoke at the board meeting.
The team also placed fourth in armed regulation, fifth in inspection, ninth in platoon exhibition and 13th for its color guard. Collins, the team’s commander, finished first in the armed knockout drill.
The team comprises Lt. Col. Corey Perkins, Capt. Jeffrey Shumate, Brandon Crandall, Marcus Jackson, Samuel Wallace, Clarence Richardson, Marques Brown, Conner Snow, Blake Evans and Dallas Peavy. Advisers are Robert Dewitt, Joseph Chitwood and Harold Reynolds.
Stratford graduate earns $10,000 scholarship
The Armstrong Foundation of Armstrong World Industries Inc. awarded a four-year college scholarship to Blake E. Christianson, a 2010 graduate of Stratford Academy.
He is among 19 high school students nationwide to receive Armstrong scholarships.
Christianson is the son of Armstrong employee Karl Christianson of Macon. He plans to study biology and Spanish at Georgia Tech.
According to a news release, the Armstrong Foundation awards scholarships to the sons and daughters of Armstrong employees and retirees who achieve high scores on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The Armstrong scholars, chosen by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, receive $2,500 annually for four years.
Fitzgerald student wins biblical award
Christy Lynn Brown, a 2010 high school graduate from Fitzgerald, recently was awarded the citation award by AWANA Clubs International.
The award represents 10 years of studying biblical curriculum, studying scriptures, working with children and getting involved in community projects.
In 2010, 1,100 students throughout the nation received the award, according to a news release. Brown, an honor graduate of Tiftarea Academy, received a four-year scholarship to Mercer University this fall. She plans to pursue a business and law degree. She is the daughter of Jerry Eugene and R. Dianne Brown of Fitzgerald.
FPD graduate awarded $16,000 scholarship
First Presbyterian Day School graduate Andy Smith has been awarded the President’s Scholarship at Georgia Tech. It is the school’s top merit-based scholarship.
According to Georgia Tech, 7,000 students applied to Tech this year, and 110 were chosen to receive the President’s Scholarship.
Smith will receive $16,000 during the next four years and have access to scholarships to study abroad.
Compiled by staff writers Julie Hubbard and Andrea Castillo.