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Shorter Chorale Releases Christmas CD
The Shorter Chorale, the premiere performing ensemble of Shorter College, has released a Christmas CD titled A Savior from on High. The CD is the first Shorter Chorale recording to be nationally released, according Dr. Martha Shaw, conductor.
The recording features the current Chorale and several alumni including 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition winner Jamie Barton, 2006 Music Teachers National Association voice competition winner Lenora Green, Nick Almand, Patrick Harvey, and Joe Knighton.
Included on the CD are works that the Chorale has not performed in concert as well as traditional favorites. “The CD tells the story of the Nativity including selections about Mary, the star, the shepherds, the wise men, and even the flight into Egypt,” Dr. Shaw said. “Also included are holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells.”
The A Savior from on High CD is available for $15 by calling (706) 233-7366 or through any member of the Shorter Chorale. Proceeds from the sale will help Chorale members defray the cost of their May 2008 tour to Italy. “The cost of producing the CDs has already been covered so every penny from the sales goes into students’ accounts for the Chorale tour,” Dr. Shaw added.
The CD was developed by ADA Digital Recording with Fyodor Cherniavsky as producer and Fred Horton as recording engineer.
In other Chorale news: The Chorale will celebrate its 40th anniversary by performing a fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in Shorter College’s Brookes Chapel. The concert will feature both the 2007-2008 Chorale and the Reunion Chorale, composed of members from the past 40 years. Dr. Jerry Warren, conductor of the Chorale in its inaugural year, will be a special guest at the concert.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior adults. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Shorter College Box Office at (706) 233-7288 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
The concert is the culminating event following a weekend of Chorale reunion activities and rehearsals. For Chorale reunion information, visit www.shorter.edu/chorale.htm.
The Name is Newman
The Shorter College Board of Trustees voted on Friday, Oct. 26, to name the college’s new student apartment building “Newman Hall” in honor of the college’s president, Dr. Harold E. Newman.
“The trustees were pleased to unanimously approve naming the new residence hall “Newman Hall” as a tribute to Dr. Harold Newman for the stellar job he is doing as president of Shorter College,” Trustee Chairman Dr. Nelson Price said. “He is obviously God’s man for this hour in the life of Shorter College. His academic prowess, business acumen and spirit are an asset to the academic and spiritual life of this school.”
Shorter began construction on the three-story, apartment-style building in March and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 20. The building, which provides living space for 46 students, is located behind the Sheffield-Thompson Building and west of Roberts Hall. The estimated cost of constructing and furnishing the building was $2.644 million, approximately $1.4 million of which was provided by the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Dr. Newman has served as the college’s president since January 2006. Previously he served as Shorter’s provost for 20 years and as interim president from January 2005 to 2006.
Remember your post office box? Here's your chance to own it!
Retired post office boxes are on sale this fall, and alumni are encouraged to participate. Your P.O. boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis only through hawkspace.shorter.edu.
Each box is $50, which includes a $20 donation to the Shorter fund. Sign into your HawkSpace account to find out more details.
MORE ALUMNI NEWS
Tip your hat to these outstanding alumnae
Shorter College’s Alumni Governing Board honored four Shorter graduates with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards were presented during halftime of the college’s homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Rome, Ga., resident Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher, a 1982 graduate of the college, received the Distinguished Alumna Award.
Covington, Ga., resident Vickie Bowen Henry, who graduated from Shorter in 1971, received the Distinguished Service Award.
Rome, Ga., resident Meredith McClain Thomas and Albany, Ga., resident Michelle McClain Calabro, 1996 and 1997 Shorter graduates respectively, were jointly named this year’s Distinguished Young Alumnae.
For more information on the lives and involvements of these alumnae award recipients, visit www.shorter.edu/about/news/2007/2007_10_04_alumni_awards.htm.
It’s here! Shigeru Kawai piano arrives from Japan
There’s quite an impressive addition to Brookes Chapel. The SK-EX Shigeru Kawai nine-foot full concert grand piano has been delivered to campus.
Handcrafted in Japan, this impressive addition to Shorter’s existing fleet of pianos was one of the purchases made possible by a $110,000 gift from Robert and Kathy (’64) Engeman in June 2007. In addition to this concert grand piano, a SK-5 Shigeru Kawai six-foot, six-inch artist grand piano was also delivered earlier this summer.
For additional information on these gifts, view the press release here.
Attention teachers: Shorter offers Master of Education
Having received approval from the Professional Standards Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Shorter College now offers a Master of Education with a major in curriculum and instruction through the Professional Studies (adult-degree) program.
This follows a successful launch of both Associate’s- and Bachelor’s-level programs in education during the 2006-07 academic year. The new Master of Education program will be offered by Shorter’s School of Education beginning this fall at the three metro-Atlanta campuses and in Rome.
“Our expansion looks good because of our qualified instructors,” said Dr. Bill Brown, dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences. “Many of them have previous experience developing curriculum and expanding programs, which has been evident in their contributions. The education faculty has done an outstanding job.”
Dr. Brown added, “Our process now includes a full set of steps for students to start from square one and move all the way to earning a master’s degree.”
For additional information on the Master of Education program, contact Dr. Elaine Artman, director of the graduate education program for Professional Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nine in November: Arts events for everyone
During the month of November, Shorter College will host nine art events that include a student art exhibition, an opera fund-raiser, a guest piano recital, the 40th anniversary of the Chorale, the fall play "To Kill a Mockingbird," the Feaste of Caroles, a recital by the preparatory department, a faculty recital and the Chorale performing at Spivey Hall in Morrow, Ga.
Visit the Arts Events Calendar for dates for each November event. For ticket information and reservations, contact Shorter’s box office at (800) 868-6980 ext. 7288 or email@example.com.
| Christian Focus Week brings campus together
Students, faculty and staff attended worship services throughout the week of Oct. 1 as part of Shorter’s annual Christian Focus Week.
In addition to worship services on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the week included a prayer breakfast, campus devotionals and a movie discussion.
Jay Leslie, director of worship and student ministries at Christ Community Church in Columbus, Ga., led the worship music during the week, and Rohan Peart, senior pastor of Josiah Vision Ministries in Marietta, Ga., spoke during the Tuesday and Wednesday chapel services. Allen Jackson, professor of youth education and director of the Youth Ministry Institute at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, was the final speaker during the week.
Crowned as king and queen
Justin Webb and Carmen Prather were crowned as Shorter College’s homecoming king and queen during halftime of the Hawks football game on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Justin is a senior history and political science secondary education major from Rome, Ga. He is the chaplain and sergeant-at-arms for his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. He is also a member of Shorter’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries and serves as an Epsilon Sigma sweetheart. He is the son of Michael and Cynthia Webb.
Carmen is a senior music education and vocal performance major from Dallas, Ga. She is a member of the Shorter Chorale, St. Jude’s executive board, opera theatre and the Epsilon Sigma sorority. She also serves on Shorter’s orientation staff and works as a campus resident director. She is the daughter of Daniel and Karen Brown and Jeff and Idella Prather.
Senior class representatives for the 2007-2008 homecoming court included Laura Bowen, Carrie Fitzsimmons, Bonnie McNulty, Erin Miller, Zach Morrison, Josh Payne, Joshua Pipes, Garrett Prather, Sam Renick, Cameron Rogers, Zackry Smith and Kate Talley.
Underclassmen court participants included junior representatives Britt Hester and Kianka Dupree, sophomore representatives Jacob Edfelt and Ashley Wiseman, and freshman representatives Grant Walker and Jennifer Holcombe.
A day for the kids
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Shorter hosted 75 children and sponsors from the Georgia Baptist Children's Home to a day of games, food and activities.
The kids began their day on the Hill as Hawks Football Coach Phil Jones spoke to them about motivation and success in life. Then, students from Shorter’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Student Government Association provided outdoor activities for the kids.
Following the on-campus activities, the children enjoyed a picnic at Heritage Park. They finally cheered on the Hawks during the football game against West Virginia Tech.
The schedule was coordinated by Shorter’s admissions office.
X marks the spot
If weeks, months or years have passed since you have been on the Hill, you’ll find the updated and redesigned campus map a useful tool for your next visit.
Earlier this fall the Office of Institutional Relations partnered with one of the largest campus design cartography firms in North America to bring Shorter’s campus map up to date.
See it for yourself at www.shorter.edu/map.htm.
From the Web site, individuals can zoom into specific areas of campus, or they can print a PDF format of the map. Larger color prints of the campus map are also available by contacting Tracy Batchelor, assistant director of institutional relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shorter’s athletics department has launched a new Web site, designed to showcase the college's 16 intercollegiate athletic teams and more than 400 athletes. The new online home for the Shorter College Hawks and Lady Hawks is www.goshorterhawks.com.
CSTV Networks, Inc., is responsible for the design and upkeep of the new site. CSTV.com is the most-trafficked college sports Web site, and its network of 215 official athletic sites for top colleges and universities (including Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt,) make it the number one online source for college sports original broadband content. CSTV.com continually provides the most in-depth coverage of all college sports and championships, including news, scores, analysis, blogs, podcasts, photo galleries, video and various multimedia features.
"With the continual growth of the athletic department, it is necessary that our Web site reflect that," said Grant Kersey, Shorter's sports information director and the site's administrator. "We hope it will provide our alumni, the community of Rome, the state of Georgia, and the Southeast with easier access to Shorter College athletic news and information."
Soccer teams earn postseason honors
In the postseason awards announced by the Southern States Athletic Conference, Shorter’s soccer teams had multiple standouts.
Three Hawks soccer players were named to All-Conference Second Team, and five were named All-Academic.
Defender Brendon Charles , goalkeeper Thomas Fulton and forward Robert Whitnell made this year's all-conference list. Brendon, a senior from Trinidad, played in 16 games this season for the Hawks and was key in Shorter's defensive backfield. Thomas, a senior from Tallahassee, Fla., played in 16 of Shorter's games and currently holds team records for saves in a season and shutouts in a season. Robert, a junior from Brentwood, England, and a member of last year's All-Conference Second Team, scored a team-leading 10 of Shorter's 28 goals this season with one assist. He currently holds the team records for most goals in a game, goals in a season and career goals.
The five Hawks named to the All-Academic team were Brian Arnold , Will Bentley , Brendon Charles, Sam Norman and Kyle Timberlake.
Two Lady Hawks soccer players were named All-Conference Second Team, and six were named All-Academic.
Defender Bonnie McNulty and forward Pauline Van Der Henst made this year's all-conference list. Bonnie, a senior from Ringgold, Ga., and one of this year's captains, played in all 15 of Shorter's games this season and has been a key defender for the past four years. Pauline, a junior from Lille, France, scored four goals and four assists this season. She was named to last year's conference and region teams.
The six named to the All-Academic team were Mallory Barnes , Renee Glenfield , Sarah Locklear , Bonnie McNulty, Anna Payton and Danila Szabo.
Softball team raises $5,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness
With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lady Hawks softball team used their resources to raise more than $5,000 towards the cause; they then presented this donation during a breast cancer survivor banquet held at the Forum in Rome.
The team raised these funds by hosting the Border Battle for Breast Cancer softball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13. They also asked for donations during the Oct. 6 Hawks football game, and they encouraged the campus community to purchase pink t-shirts as an additional fundraiser.
“We wanted to do something for the community that had long-term significance” said Head Softball Coach Melanie Carter. “Based on the tremendous support of our tournament and other initiatives, it’s evident that this is something everyone cares about.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS
For more information on the events below, visit Hawkspace or call the Alumni Office at (800) 868-6980, ext. 7353 or (706) 233-7353 or e-mail email@example.com.
Conversations with President Harold Newman
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Highland Hills Baptist Church
Reunion celebrating 40 years of the Shorter Chorale
For an itinerary, visit www.shorter.edu/chorale.htm
Last home football game of the season vs. Lambuth University
Saturday, Nov. 10
For tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni luncheon during the Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Ramada Hotel and Convention Center
Alfred E. Shorter Society Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 17
Forrest Place Ballroom
The Feaste of Caroles
Saturday, Nov. 17
Rome City Auditorium
For tickets, contact email@example.com
Wednesday, Nov. 21, to Friday, Nov. 23
Saturday, Dec. 15
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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