After helping the Mercer baseball team to its first Atlantic Sun Regular Season Title in program history, several Bears received A-Sun Conference postseason honors as announced by the league office on May 20. Tenth-year head coach Craig Gibson was named A-Sun Conference Coach of the Year while sophomore third baseman Chesny Young was named the A-Sun Conference Player of the Year and junior Brandon Barker was voted the A-Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Mercer University School of Law successfully defended its title as the champion of the Attorney General's Cup in the Second Annual Legal Food Frenzy – a competition to help feed the hungry in Georgia. In a friendly competition against the state's other law schools to see which could gather the most food for Georgia's food banks, Mercer Law School gathered more than any other school. In all, the School gathered 8,037 pounds of food, or 22 pounds per student, to help support the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, which is more than double the total from last year.
Mercer University will support the revitalization of the former Tattnall Square Presbyterian Church to create the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts with a $425,000 grant from ArtPlace America. The University is one of 54 organizations across the country to be awarded funding from the highly competitive ArtPlace America grant program, which seeks to transform communities by driving vibrancy through investments in the arts and creative placemaking.
Dr. Carl R. Martray, dean of the Tift College of Education, will retire at the end of the academic year, capping a 10-year tenure that saw expansion of the College both in enrollment and program offerings. He led the creation of Tift's first Ph.D. programs, as well as accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.