Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mercer University in Macon, Georgia

Macon University
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, Georgia 

As you can see Mercer University is located in the middle of the deep South.  Located about 75 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia.

We arrived at Mercer University Campus on a beautiful day for a Fall Homecoming weekend.  My husband attended Mercer University many years ago, and later on so did one of our daughters.  It was a wonderful experience for both of them.  On this weekend my husband especially enjoyed meeting  Fraternity Brothers, seeing old friends, and even seeing some of the teachers he knew back then.

Mercer could not have shown more Southern hospitality than they did for all of us for this special Homecoming Weekend.

Administration Building

 The Old Auditorium

 More photos of the beautiful old Administration Building.

William D. Underwood arrived at Mercer in 2006 and became the 18th President of Mercer University.  Since his arrival, Mercer has launched a second medical school campus in Savannah, initiated a master's-level physician assistant program, a doctoral-level program in physical therapy, and added Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology, Nursing, Counseling, Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction.  I could go on and on telling you all President Underwood has done for Mercer University.

The U.S. News and World Report has for 20 consecutive years ranked Mercer among the Top 15 Universities in the South.  The University has been named a "College with a Conscience" by The Princeton Review. 

Mercer University is a faith-based institution affirming religious and moral values that arise from the Judeo-Christian understanding of the world

The new Library

Mercer University includes Liberal Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, Education, Music, Nursing, Continuing and Professional Studies, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Theology.

Ware Building - Biology

Economics Building

At one time this was a freshman dorm for men. 

My husband fondly remembers the day his Mamma and Daddy brought him here for his first Freshman day at Mercer University.  With a lump in his throat and keen determination, he was ready to embark on an adventure that took him beyond his wildest imagination.

And then, there was a lump in my throat when we brought our daughter Sharon here for her first day as a Freshman at Mercer University.

Porter Hall Girls Dorm

 Shorter Hall Dorm for men.

Mercer University was founded in 1833 by Georgia Baptists. It was initially a boys preparatory school named "Mercer Institute," with 39 students enrolled.  From it's humble beginnings Mercer today is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education.  Today there are 8,300 students.

 Mercer University has been recognized as one of the five most beautiful college or university campuses in the United States.

Toby Bear is Mercer University's official mascot. Toby gained public notoriety among universities throughout the country when he was selected as the number one video qualifier for the NCA National Collegiate Mascot competition in the Spring of 2012.

 Toby Bear Mascot for Mercer University.

Guests for Homecoming Weekend were treated to a delicious luncheon at the Mercer University Center in the below photo.

Charming old Mercer University Alumni House.

 We did not have a scheduled event at the Alumni House....We just peeked inside and looked around just a little.   Of course I could not resist taking a couple of photos of the inside. 

Next door to the Dr. Lee Alumni House was this charming old home called the Mercer University Tift College Alumni House.

The Walter F. George School of Law was not directly on the Mercer Campus.....The Law School is located on it's own campus in Macon, about 1 mile from the main campus.  Nancy Grace, the well-known television attorney attended Mercer Law School.

Walter F. George School of Law

The Law school was established in 1873, and was named the Walter F. George School of Law in 1947 in honor of Mercer alumnus Walter F. George, class of 1901, who served as a United States Senator from Georgia.

In the below photo is Penfield Hall.  It use to be a girls gym, but is now used for social functions.  Our Homecoming dinner and program was held on Friday evening in this charming old building.  It was such a fun evening of meeting old friends and sharing a delicious meal.

Penfield Hall

Mercer Medical School was founded in 1982.

The Greek Village at Mercer University was dedicated in 2000. 

The ATO's are near and dear to my husband's heart.  Many fond memories were shared with ATO Fraternity Brothers on this Homecoming Weekend.  One of their ATO brothers became the Governor of Georgia in 2011.  He became the 11th Mercer alumnus to hold that office.  All of the ATO brothers are extremely proud of Governor Nathan Deal.

Our daughter Sharon also has fond memories of her days at Mercer University as a Phi Mu.

The Phi Mu House

One of the streets in Greek Village

Claude Smith Baseball Field

The sights and sounds of Mercer football will return after a 70-year absence.  The very first football game in 70 years will be held August 31, 2013.  Mercer has already sold over 3,000 season tickets.
Bobby Lamb is the new head coach for the Mercer Bears football team.

Mercer University Football field under construction.

For our Homecoming Weekend at Mercer University we were very fortunate to be able to get reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn, which was conveniently located right on campus, and just off I-75.  They could not have been more hospitable and accommodating.

The Hilton Garden Inn decorated their entrance foyer for Mercer Homecoming guests.

Mercer University was a truly wonderful educational experience for members of our family.  I feel our daughter Sharon not only got a very nice college degree,  but she returned home with far more than an education.  She had been transformed into a fine young Southern lady.   And, of course, my husband received his foundation at Mercer and was able to achieve more than he ever dreamed possible.

There are so many beautiful old homes in the Macon area, and of course I did get some photos to share with you later.

It was so nice of you to come along with us on this trip through memory lane.  Please do come again.

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