New program: Nursing?
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Shorter College announced Feb. 6 that it is submitting a proposal to the Georgia Board of Nursing for approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The proposal will be submitted to the state nursing board later this spring with a goal of beginning to offer the first nursing courses in August 2010.
To assist with establishing this program, the college received a $200,000 grant from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation. This grant is a significant step in Shorter’s quest to offer this new degree.
The college currently offers all of the nursing core courses so students interested in enrolling in the BSN program could enroll at Shorter as early as the fall of 2008 to begin the core sequence, according to Dr. John Head (’87), Shorter’s vice president for enrollment management.
In making the announcement, Shorter College President Dr. Harold E. Newman stated, “The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a great fit for Shorter College because it serves the educational needs of prospective students and the health-care needs of our society. The nursing program will go hand in hand with our mission as a Christian college to serve and minister to the needs of others.”
Shorter’s plans for the program call for the inclusion of a medical missions experience in the curriculum, which would have Shorter students serving needy populations both domestically and abroad, Dr. Newman added.
Individuals interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Shorter College are asked to e-mail email@example.com or contact Dr. John Head at (706) 233-7342. Potential nursing faculty members who are interested in learning more about the program may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Shorter College Provost Dr. Craig Shull at (706) 233-7203.
Mark your calendars for April 19
Heritage on the Hill, a favorite springtime reunion tradition, will be held on April 19. This event will serve as the reunion weekend for the 50-year reunion class and classes above. All other reunion classes will continue to celebrate their reunions during Homecoming in the fall. For more information, please contact Suzanne Scott at email@example.com or (706) 233-7341.
Wow, what a Web site!
Shorter College’s Web site, www.shorter.edu, received a district honor from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the international professional organization for public relations, fund-raising, and alumni relations personnel in education. The Web site received an Award of Excellence in the Overall Website Design and Implementation category, competing against entries from colleges and universities in a nine-state region. The top winner in the category was Virginia Commonwealth University, with the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech also receiving Awards of Excellence.
The awards were presented on Feb. 19 at the CASE District III Conference in Atlanta.
The Shorter.edu site was completely redesigned during the 2006-2007 academic year with the site going live in March 2007. The site was designed and developed by Web manager Dana Thompson. Other individuals involved with the project were Tracy Batchelor, assistant director of institutional relations, and Dawn Tolbert, director of institutional relations for the college.
MORE ALUMNI NEWS
Guest artists perform in March
During the month of March, music lovers can enjoy a variety of recitals through Shorter’s guest artist series. These concerts are open to the public at no charge.
On Monday, March 3, international concert organist Hector Olivera will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. at Rome’s First Baptist Church, 100 E. Fourth Ave. Mr. Olivera has spent the past 40 years touring internationally as a concert organist; he was also the organist at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. His daughter Nicole Olivera is a senior in Shorter’s music department.
The Moscow String Quartet will continue Shorter’s guest artist series with a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, in the college’s Brookes Chapel. The members of this quartet have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of today; they have been described as “an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style.”
The 2007-2008 guest artist series will conclude March 31 and April 1 with a two-day residency by Donald Nally, the chorus master of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Nally has spent the past 20 years as a chorus master and conductor. His residency at Shorter will consist of clinics, master classes and mock auditions for Shorter students.
To look ahead to other spring arts events, visit www.shorter.edu/academics/arts/calendar.htm.
Progress continues towards championship games
Dec. 20 will be here before we know it, or at least it feels that way in connection to the 53rd annual NAIA football national championship game, hosted by Shorter College and Rome-Floyd County.
Plans are steadily coming together, and the NAIA host committee has been named. Rome attorney Bob Berry and Shorter Athletic Director Bill Peterson are leading the group which includes:
Transportation and logistics
Legal and governmental affairs
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
Shorter head football coach
Shorter director of athletic operations
Rome News-Tribune sports editor
Media and sports information
Linda Smith and Ann Hortman
Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hospitality and special events
President, River City Bank
Organizing sponsorship programs
Former executive director of YMCA
CEO, River City Bank
Chair of the advisory committee
Share your Shorter experience with a high school student
Shorter alumni play a significant role in recruiting today’s prospective students. Now is a great time to promote the next Sunday at Shorter to students in your area. Show off your alma mater by encouraging a high school junior or senior to visit Shorter, meet with faculty members and tour the campus.
On Sunday, March 30, the admissions office will host another Sunday at Shorter. If you know someone considering Shorter (or if you want to convince someone to consider Shorter), have them e-mail Joan Blackwelder at firstname.lastname@example.org for the day’s schedule and additional information. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Help us spread the word by promoting the March 30 Sunday at Shorter to a high school student near you!
Now introducing Miss Shorter College 2008
Congratulations to Brishelle Jacobs, who was crowned the 2008 Miss Shorter College on Friday, Feb. 22. In the photo, Brishelle is joined by first runner-up Lauren Irving (left) and second runner-up Jennifer Folsom (right).
Brishelle is a senior voice performance major and business minor. On campus, she is involved in Phi Mu, the Shorter Chorale, Up 'Til Dawn St. Jude's fund-raising group, the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, and Shorter opera theatre.
Seven contestants participated in four phases of the Miss Shorter College Scholarship Pageant: presentation and achievement in a private interview, talent and artistic expression, on-stage interview and evening wear competition. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship.
Check out the student life web page next week for a slideshow from the pageant.
We are family!
Family members of Shorter students felt at home on the Hill on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the college’s annual Family and Friends Day activities.
From a presidential welcome by Dr. Harold E. Newman to a departmental open house where guests mingled with Shorter faculty, parents and siblings learned more about the campus. Guests also had the opportunity to attend sessions on financial aid, study abroad and career development. The day concluded with baseball, softball and basketball games. More than 100 guests enjoyed the event.
Nine for nationals
Shorter’s indoor track and field team will send nine individuals and four relay teams to the NAIA national championships on March 6-8. This is the Hawks’ second season, and they competed in four qualifying events this winter.
The men’s national qualifiers include Albeyon McMillan for 60m, Remy Charpentier for 600m, Allen O’Neal for 600m, Derricus Johnson for 600m, Remy Charpentier for 800m, Martin Hernandez for 5000m, Montagious Brown for high jump, and Nate Scott for 60m hurdles. Relay teams qualified for 4x400m, 4x800m, and 4000m distance medley.
The women’s national qualifiers include Ashley Cousin for 60m, K’Ianca Dupree for 60m, K’Ianca Dupree for 200m, and Ashley Cousin for 200m. The ladies 4x400m relay team also qualified.
Keep up with their success at nationals at www.goshorterhawks.com.
Lady Hawk named individual golf champion
Shorter’s women's golf team had an impressive showing on Feb. 25-26 in the Ann Rhodes’ Birmingham-Southern College Shootout with Lady Hawk Daniela Vargas taking the individual championship for the tournament. Vargas shot a 72 in the second round for a two-day total of 148.
The 16-team tournament featured seven NCAA Division-I schools and three Division-II schools. Shorter was only one of four NAIA schools in the competition.
“Daniela continued to show her strength as a golfer, and everyone on the team proved we can compete with the best,” said head coach Ahmad Hayat. “With such strong competition, we came out and played a tough game.”
Shorter will play in the SCAD Invitational on March 3-4 in Savannah, Ga. Keep up with their season online at www.goshorterhawks.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow
Tuesday, March 4
Coosa Country Club, Rome, Ga.
Reservations are required.
Alumni are wonderful resources for Shorter students to learn about career planning, internships and job interviews. Please join us for this student-alumni dinner networking event.
Please call (706) 233-7305 for more information.
Sunday at Shorter (Prospective student event)
Sunday, March 30
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information, contact Joan Blackwelder at email@example.com
Heritage on the Hill
Saturday, April 19
Heritage on the Hill will serve as the reunion weekend for the 50-year reunion class and classes above. Click here for more information.
SHORTER ALUMNI BENEFITS
Liberty Mutual: Savings on auto and homeowner’s insurance to Shorter alumni
For a free, no-obligation rate quote, call Beth Blalock at 770) 924-6464 x 206 or e-mail Beth.Blalock@LibertyMutual.com.
"I've switched my homeowner's and automobile insurance to Liberty Mutual. Not only does Shorter receive a portion of my payments, but coupled with the discount for alumni, I've realized an annual savings of more than $1,300. I've also made a new friend in Beth Blalock, who
is Liberty Mutual’s quote representative for Shorter.”
Shorter alumnus Clark Samples (’71)
Shorter College Alumni Association Platinum Plus MasterCard Credit Card
"The Bank of America credit card is a wonderful tool for alumni to promote Shorter through name recognition. Every time I present the card, a new person sees the Shorter College name, and often asks about the college.
Shorter alumna Patsy Drummond (’62)
Travel Benefits: Savings on resort vacation
condominium rentals for Shorter alumni
To review available locations and dates as well as booking information, visit www.alumnitravelbenefits.com/shorter.asp or call (888) 729-3842. Use Shorter’s code AGA-002.
"We had a wonderful trip to Disney World! The condo through Alumni Travel Benefits was beautiful; it exceeded our expectations in every way!”
Shorter alumna Tina Chapman (’04)
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