Schedule


Friday, November 8


Archives Open House

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Archives, Tarver Library • Free

Stop by the archives on the third floor of the Tarver Library for a chance to meet our staff and reminisce about your Mercer days! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the department and its holdings. We’ll have yearbooks and displays to look at, light snacks, and small giveaways to share. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. For more information, call 478-301-2968, or email archives@mercer.edu.

College Bound: An Inside Look at Admissions

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Lobby, Connell Student Center • Free

Planning your trip for Mercer’s Homecoming? Don’t miss the opportunity to get an inside look at the college admissions process. Join the Office of University Admissions for a seminar designed for alumni, faculty, staff, friends of the University and their college-bound students in grades 9-12. Lunch will be provided and registration information will be posted soon.

The Admissions staff will provide information on:

  • Evaluating colleges and universities during your search
  • Preparing a competitive application
  • Mastering college entrance exams
  • Understanding financial aid
  • And more!

Your family will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with an admissions counselor
  • Ask your pressing questions about college readiness
  • Learn more about Mercer’s admissions process
  • Take an optional student-led campus tour

For more information or with questions, contact Stephen Karafa: (478) 301-2373. Register here!

Alumni Career Speaker Series: Engineering

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. • Room 110, Science & Engineering Building • Free

Dr. Jason Stack, EGR ’96 – Electrical Engineering, is the Director for the Ocean, Atmosphere, and Space Research Division of the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He will share his career experience involved in the planning, execution, and management of integrated basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development for many of ONR’s Science and Technology programs. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page.

Alumni Career Speaker Series: Business

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. • Room 251, Stetson Hall • Free

David Barbee, BUSM ’02, will address his career as Executive Director and Head of Business Development of the Middle Market Financial Sponsors Group at J.P. Morgan. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page.

Alumni Career Speaker Series: Great Books

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. •  Auditorium, Willingham Hall • Free

Dr. Catherine Roe, CLA ’12-Southern Studies/MED ’16-Doctor of Medicine, will speak on her career as a Chief Resident of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine department at Emory University School of Medicine. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page.

Alumni Career Speaker Series: Health Sciences

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. • Willett Science Center Auditorium • Free

Dr. Bryan Green, CLA ’95-Biology, is a gastroenterologist at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, South Carolina. He will address his career path after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Mercer. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page.

Alumni Speaker Series

Mercer Men’s Basketball vs. Columbia International University

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. • Hawkins Arena • University Center

Tickets for this game go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 28.

National Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. • Griffin B. Bell Board Room, University Center • Invitation Only

We will hold our annual meeting of Mercer’s National Alumni Association Board of Directors. Invitations will be sent via email. For more information, contact Jill Kinsella: (478) 301-2717.

(re)Discover your Roar: 5 Ways to Recharge Your Career and Your Life

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. • Room 251, Stetson Hall • Free

Whether you are pursuing entrepreneurship full time, working a 9-to-5, or juggling a side gig, you have felt overwhelmed at some point. With to-do lists a mile long, family responsibilities, and other competing demands, you may struggle to manage without feeling depleted. In this session, you will walk away with a strategy to move from overwhelmed to overjoyed in professional and personal life.

About Dr. Thommi: Triple Bear, leadership consultant, national board-certified counselor, and author of the newly released book Grace Space: Understanding and Implementing Work/Life Harmony, Thommi Odom Lawson, Ph.D. provides a solutions-based approach that uniquely addresses the overlap of career success, interpersonal relationships, and home life. While helping clients figure out strategies for enjoying work, dealing with difficult colleagues, or making better career choices, Thommi sometimes uncovers emotional issues that would sabotage success at a new position or company. She effectively employs techniques to deal with stress, anxiety, or depression to increase chances for success. Purchase the book at www.drthommi.com and schedule a virtual session with Dr. Thommi at www.connectgrowthrive.me. Presented by Mercer’s Center for Career and Professional Development. More info on career services for alumni at http://career.mercer.edu/alumni.

Mercer Women’s Basketball vs. Western Kentucky

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Hawkins Arena, University Center

Tickets for this game go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 28.

Undergraduate Class of 1969 Golden Anniversary Reception Dinner

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Tattnall Square Center for the Arts, 1096 College Street • $35

Members of the undergraduate Class of 1969 are invited to celebrate your 50th anniversary with your classmates, current faculty and staff. Visit the Class of 1969 Group on Facebook to catch up with your classmates before Homecoming. Invitees will receive printed invitations and registration forms by mail. Or, use link at the bottom of the page to register. For more information, contact Sharon Lim Harle: (678) 547-6420.

Class of 1968 Dinner

Law Class of 1969 Golden Anniversary Reception and Dinner

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Steed Lobby, Law School • Invitation Only

Come join us as we celebrate the 50 year reunion for the Class of 1969. To register for this event, or for more information, contact Cheryll King: (478) 301-2180.

5th Annual Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Presidents Dining Room, University Center • $40

At our 5th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, we will present the following with University Awards:

  • The Honorable Robert Reichert, LAW ’81, Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Shane Buerster, BUS ’18, Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award
  • Babs Baugh, Meritorious Service Award
  • Aileen Rosso, Alumni By Choice
  • Kay Nelson, Alumni By Choice

We are excited to induct the following into the Athletic Hall of Fame:

  • Michael Mimbs, BUS ’99
  • Mark Mimbs, BUS ’97
  • Kacie Hudson, BUS ’11
  • Rick Cameron, “The Voice of the Bears”

Pre-registration is required; reception begins at 6:00 p.m., and dinner and program begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. To register for this event, please click on the link at the bottom of the page. For more information, contact Jill Kinsella: (478) 301-2717.

Alumni Awards

Southern Spirits

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Woodruff House • $50

Join us for an evening of cocktails and food pairings inspired by the South as we hear about three authors of the region. Whether it is Flannery O’Connor or Alice Walker, fiction writers have captivated us with tales of the region. Three faculty members of Southern Studies will guide us through an evening of literature and spirits. Pre-registration required; limited seating available. Please note: Southern Spirits requires registration separately from Homecoming registration. Use this form to register. For more information, please contact Amy Watson: 478-301-2910.

Mercer Jazz Ensemble Concert

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. • Fickling Hall, McCorkle Music Building • Free

From the earliest Ellington to the modern works of Carla Bley, the Mercer Jazz Ensemble takes a musical journey through the first century of music for jazz orchestra. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. For more information, contact David Keith.

Student Lip Sync Competition

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • Cruz Plaza • Free

Student organizations participating in Homecoming create a lip sync routine that incorporates Mercer Spirit as well as the student theme of Homecoming Week: Mercer’s All That. This lively and fun competition is a can’t miss event!

Homecoming Pep Rally and Fireworks

8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. • Cruz Plaza • Free

Alumni, students, and the Mercer community gather full of Mercer spirit to help cheer our football team to victory against Wofford! Mercer Cheer, Dance, Marching Band, and Football Team will all be present. Homecoming 2019 Royalty will be announced during the program. Our annual amazing fireworks display cap off a spirited evening. See you there, Bears!

 


Saturday, November 9


Homecoming 5K

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. • Butler Plaza • Pre-Registration: $25 • On-Site Registration: $30

Join friends, current students, former professors and family members for a run, jog, walk, or sprint through the beautiful Macon campus in the 2019 Homecoming 5K Road Run. This 5K offers chip timing and awards and begins directly in front of Five Star Stadium. Check-In time is from 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. The event will start at 8am. Click here to register.

Alumni Hospitality Tent & Tailgate

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Drop by our Alumni Hospitality Tent and Tailgate to celebrate our reunion year classes and members of the Half Century Club! Members of our anniversary classes (1969, 1979, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009) will receive a free Mercer alumni t-shirt. Visit our Class Reunion Group on Facebook to catch up with classmates before Homecoming. All alumni are welcome under the tent! Grab a nametag and Homecoming 2019 lanyard while supplies last. This is a free event! However, spaces are limited so make sure to register soon! This is a free event! If you pre-register here you will receive a complimentary meal, (2) drink tickets, and a Homecoming 2019 t-shirt. For more information, please contact Anneliese Vanderheyden: 478-301-5675. Use link at the bottom of the page to register.

Tailgating

McAfee School of Theology Alumni and Friends Tailgate

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to join us at the McAfee tailgate tent to enjoy delicious tailgate fare, good company, and to help us cheer on the Bears to a Homecoming victory against the Wofford Terriers. For questions, contact Nikki Hardeman.

Please let us know you are coming so we can provide enough food. You can register here.

University Library Tailgate

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Join us at the Library tent and help us celebrate Homecoming with some free chocolate, stadium cups, and bottle openers! While you are here, look through past Mercer yearbooks and relive your college years! To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. For more information on this event, contact Scott Gillies: 478-301-6274.

Minority Mentor Program (MMP) Homecoming Tailgate Party

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Mercer University Minority Mentor Program welcomes alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to join us for a Homecoming tailgate. This is a great opportunity to socialize and network! To register for this event, contact Tracy Artis.

Theta Pi Nupe Tailgate

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Black Field • Pre-Paid

Ultimate tailgate for Theta Pi Nupes and guests. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. With inquiries, email Sam King.

Stetson School of Business & Economics Homecoming Tailgate

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Patio, Mercer Innovation Center • Free

SSBE welcomes students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to join us on the patio of the Mercer Innovation Center. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and food before the big game! To register for this event, email Dell Bunker.

Tift College of Education Alumni Tailgate

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Tift College of Education Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Staff are all welcome to stop by the Tift College of Education Tailgate Tent on Black Field for lunch and giveaway prizes. Lunch will be ready around 11:30 am. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. Please come join us! For more information, contact Wendy Rothenhoffer: 478-301-5397

College of Health Professions Homecoming Tailgate

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Faculty, staff, and current students in the College of Health Professions welcome you to visit our tailgate prior to the Homecoming game. All are welcome – returning alumni, current students, prospective students, and family members. Find out what is going on in the College and share in our lunch buffet. You may find some giveaways to take to the game. For more information about this event, please contact Becky Nelson: (678) 547-6208

College of Pharmacy Tailgate

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

The College of Pharmacy welcomes students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to join us for our first tailgate! Let’s enjoy an afternoon of fun and food before the big game! For more info and to register, please contact Sarah Bigorowski: (678) 547-6204.

College of Nursing Family and Friends Tailgate

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to join us at the Nursing tailgate tent to enjoy good company and help us cheer on the Bears to a homecoming victory. To register for this event, contact Janda Anderson: 678-547-6700.

Half Century Club Luncheon

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Intramural Courts, University Center • Invitation Only

This event is by invitation only for our undergraduate alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, alumni and one guest attend free. A registration fee of $25 applies to each additional guest. Invitees will receive printed invitations and registration forms by mail. Or, use link at the bottom of the page to register. For more information, contact Sharon Lim Harle: (678) 547-6420.

Half Century Club

African American Alumni Reunion

11 a.m. Saturday, November 9 – 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 10 • Invitation Only • $85

Join fellow African American Alumni for a weekend full of food, fun and friends. The All-Inclusive Registration includes 2019 AAA T-Shirt, Friday Social Mixer, Saturday Alumni Tail Gate on black field, Greek Showcase, Saturday Night All Black Party plus contribution towards the AAA scholarship for minority students currently attending Mercer. For more information and to register please contact mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

Law School Tailgate

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Wear your school spirit and come join us for the Law School Tailgate with free food and drinks! To register for this event, click here.

Mercer on Mission Tailgate and Tent

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. • Black Field • Free

Mercer On Mission will be welcoming friends, returning alumni and especially MOM alumni. Under our big tent you will find a number of our students and faculty eager to show you what they have been doing through their Mercer On Mission adventures. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. For more information, please contact Craig McMahan: 478-301-2992.

African American Alumni Tailgate & Greek Showcase

12 p.m. – 4 p.m. • Invitation Only • $35

Join us as classmates, family, and friends convene on Black Field for food and fun during our 2019 tailgate. The event will also play host to the much anticipated annual Greek Showcase! This year’s competition will kick off at 1 PM on Black Field near our tailgate location. For more information and/or to register for this event, please contact mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

Golf Cart Tours of Campus for Class of 1969 and Half Century Club Members

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Depart from Stetson Parking Lot following Half Century Club • Invitation Only

This event is by invitation only. Invitations will be mailed to members of the Class of 1969 and Half Century Club. To register for this event, please click the link at the bottom of the page. For more information, contact Sharon Lim Harle: (678) 547-6420.

Townsend School of Music Showcase Concert

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Fickling Hall, McCorkle Music Building • Free

The Townsend School of Music presents a rapid-fire, whirlwind concert featuring the many talented students and ensembles of Mercer. Quick snapshots of music from all parts of the recital hall will hold the audience in suspense. The diversity of musical sounds generates an explosive energy that always leaves the audience stimulated. No registration required; seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please contact David Keith.

Football Game: Mercer Bears vs. Wofford Terriers

3 p.m. • Five Star Stadium

Need tickets to the game for your family or group? Purchase tickets online or call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 and come cheer on our Bears! Watch the 2019 Homecoming Court presentation during halftime. The King and Queen will be crowned, and winners of the student Homecoming competition will be announced.

The Grapevine Band

Immediately following football game • Black Field • Free

A total party experience playing your favorite hits from multiple decades! The Grapevine plays immediately following the football game. It’s picnic style, so bring your favorite beverage, your picnic, and a lawn chair and enjoy a great evening with your friends.

Law Class of 1974 Reunion

7 p.m. • Woodruff House, 988 Bond Street • Invitation Only

The members of the School of Law class of 1974 will come together to celebrate their 45-year reunion at the Woodruff House.  For more information, please contact alumni@law.mercer.edu.

All Black Party

8 p.m. – 2 a.m. • Invitation Only • $10

We invite all alumni and their guests to join us at this event hosted by the African American Alumni Network’s Young Alumni! Come out and enjoy dancing, food truck(s), cash bar and great company! Doors open at 8 PM. Attire: Grown and Sexy (All Black). Please note, this is a volunteer-led event and not an official event of the Mercer University Alumni Association. For more information and/or to register for this event, please contact mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

Football Cheerleaders

Registration is Open!