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New COVID-19 restrictions transform how campus organizations operate

New COVID-19 restrictions transform how campus organizations operate
August 21, 2020
For many clubs on Mercer’s campus, the coronavirus pandemic has presented all sorts of new and never-before-seen challenges, adding significant unknowns for clubs organizing events and activities that would be uncomplicated under regular circumstances. 

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.
August 8, 2020
A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

Recent graduates faced with tough decisions surrounding commencement

Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place for both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. 
August 6, 2020
Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place on both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. According to Senior Vice President for Marketing Communications and Chief of Staff Larry Brumley, there will be about 1,500 total participants in the commencement ceremonies. There are 561 on the Macon campus, 826 in Atlanta and 88 from the law school. Typically, there are between 2,000 - 2,100 attendees out of around 2,600 graduates who are invited. 

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19
August 5, 2020
Mercer University has announced that 35 students have tested positive for COVID-19, including 29 student-athletes.

Bear Fair goes virtual

Photo via Degy Entertainment/degy.com
August 5, 2020
Campus Life will be using an emerging virtual event platform called Degy World to facilitate Bear Fair, an event that introduces new students to Mercer’s student groups.

BREAKING: Macon mayor vetoes county mask mandate

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
July 27, 2020
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed on July 27 a measure passed by the city commission that would mandate masks in Macon-Bibb County.

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Only about 13% of Mercer undergraduates hail from outside of Georgia.
July 26, 2020
The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’.

Students protest, Peer Advisors resign over Mercer’s pandemic reopening plan

A Mercer student attends the protest for online classes at the Godsey Administration Building on July 14.
July 22, 2020
After Mercer University declined to offer a distance learning option this fall, some students have responded by protesting or limiting their involvement on campus.

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration
June 19, 2020
Underwood “believes it’s fitting to tell that story through permanent sculpture in a prominent location on campus to provide inspiration and a reminder that we still have much work to do in order to achieve racial justice. Now is the time to get this done.”

Mercer foregoes undergraduate tuition hike, adds six new degree programs

Archived photo from Nov. 14, 2018. A student registers for classes.
June 19, 2020
Tuition will not increase for Macon undergraduates for the first time in eight years.

Mercer University announces changes to fall semester to combat COVID-19

Archived photo from October 26, 2019
June 13, 2020
Mercer Bears have returned to campus for the fall, but the semester ahead will be anything but normal.

Principal deals with both sides of distance learning

Teri Reed sits at her desk in Jefferson County Traditional Middle School, March 12, 2019. She opened her school’s computer lab for her students during the teacher sick-outs that took place that year.
May 1, 2020
Schools all over the country, including Teri Reed’s, have moved to digital teaching methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson County Public Schools started distance learning on April 7, and students and teachers have had to adapt to the situation.
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