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Help us spread the word to fellow Shorter grads: Homecoming 2008 will be Sept. 26-28, and no one will want to miss the weekend’s festivities. If your class year ends in 3 or 8, you should definitely make plans to attend because your class reunion needs you!
In addition to class reunions, many other events are also planned for the weekend. Friday night begins with an Athletic Hall of Fame dinner honoring eight individuals who made their mark on Hawks Athletics. The evening will continue with a campus pep rally and a performance by comedian Cary Long.
As you can see, the weekend includes a variety of events for everyone. Your classmates have worked hard to organize multiple opportunities to reminisce, reunite and relive your college years. Additional details and events will be added as the weekend gets closer.
Summer is always a great time for a vacation, and now you can help Shorter at the same time! The Shorter College Alumni Association now has its own travel Web site. Instead of booking your next vacation plans through typical travel Web sites, go to www.shortertravel.com . Here, you will find the same airlines, hotels, rental cars, cruises and more. Each time you book travel through Shorter’s site, a portion of the travel commissions will benefit Shorter’s Alumni Association.
Check out the options and travel prices for your next out-of-town getaway, and book your trip where it makes a difference for your alma mater. Visit www.shortertravel.com today!
Scholar Teams are those with at least a 3.0 GPA for the team. “These national distinctions speak highly of the standards that our coaches have of their athletes,” said Athletic Director Bill Peterson. “The coaches realize the importance of success in the classroom, and these are huge awards for Shorter Athletics.”
Josh Severns, Shorter’s men’s soccer head coach, acknowledges the hard work required to earn this recognition. “I’m extremely proud of all the players on this team,” said Coach Severns. “This is a credit to the older players who demanded academic excellence and the way it has followed through to the younger guys. The study halls and academic times that we enforce really show their importance with honors like this.”
To congratulate the Hawks’ Scholar Teams on their academic success, visit www.goshorterhawks.com for coach contact information.MORE ALUMNI NEWS
Each of Mrs. Ruchti’s entries include a scripture verse, a devotional and a fact about Italy. A topical index makes her inspirational writings useful to travelers as well.
Shorter alumni and friends near Rome (Georgia) are invited to Mrs. Rutchi’s book-signing at Rome’s Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. For additional information on Mrs. Rutchi’s book, contact Shorter alumna Lana Shealy.
“It would be a huge understatement if I just said I’m pleased,” added Green.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ 2008 and 2009 National Football Championship games were awarded to Shorter College and Rome-Floyd County earlier this year. The 2008 title game will be played at Barron Stadium in Rome on Dec. 20.
For additional information and ticket reservations, visit www.naianationalchampionship.com.
The Executive Committee of Shorter’s Board of Trustees voted in June to approve a new contract for Dr. Harold E. Newman as president of the college. This four-year contract went into effect July 1.
In announcing the new contract, Shorter College Trustee Chairman Dr. Nelson Price said, “Excellence deserves rewarding, and I am most pleased Dr. Newman’s exceptional job as president of the college has been rewarded by a four-year extension of his contract. From a spiritual perspective, I am convinced our Lord had him in training as provost of the school for 20 years to enable him to lead the college at this opportune moment.”
Earlier this month, Shorter College received a $23,160 grant from TG for a scholarship program to help neglected or abused children. TG is a public, nonprofit corporation that helps create access to higher education for millions of families and students through its role as an administrator of the Federal Family Education Loan program (FFELP).
Using the grant funds, Shorter College will partner with the Open Door Children’s Home to provide one year of full tuition, room and board, and a book stipend for two students from the home. “The hope and opportunity this will provide to our residents is a gift that cannot be measured,” said Jennifer Scott, chair of the board of directors of the Open Door Children’s Home. “This scholarship opportunity will make a tremendous difference in the life of the students selected and will impact their future families as well.”
Shorter President Dr. Harold E. Newman added that the grant from TG enables Shorter to provide an important ministry to residents at the Open Door Children’s Home. “We are grateful for TG’s willingness to partner with Shorter College in making this scholarship initiative a reality. As a Christian college committed to excellence in education, Shorter College is proud to develop such collaborative efforts that have a meaningful impact on the lives of others. We look forward to helping make a college education more accessible for the students from the Open Door Children’s Home.”
Shorter’s campus safety efforts have increased in unique ways this summer.
On June 27, crews began installation of a new emergency warning system on the Rome campus, which gives college officials the ability to alert and inform the entire campus at once should a crisis situation develop. The Student Alert Mass Notification System offers siren alerts as well as pre-recorded and live-voice announcement capabilities. The siren can be utilized in case of severe weather. Other emergency announcements would be made through a pole-mounted speaker system located near the heart of the campus. Repeater systems inside outlying campus buildings will spread the alerts to the Professional Studies Center and the Art House.
A few familiar Shorter faces have taken on new responsibilities for the college. Dick Taylor will now serve as assistant vice president of facilities; Jeff Agan has been promoted to director of facilities management; Melissa Tarrant has been named registrar; and Carrie Fitzsimmons will serve as a gift officer in institutional advancement.
Taylor has served as Shorter’s director of facilities since September 1989. The Rome native will now be responsible for overseeing compliance with EPA and OSHA requirements for the college as well as long-range planning for buildings and grounds.
Agan has been employed by Shorter College since June 1991. His new post includes responsibility for overseeing the operation of the facilities management department. He completed his associate’s degree in business at Shorter and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through the college’s Professional Studies Program.
“The continued development of Shorter’s physical plant is a key component of our growth for the coming years, and we have recognized an increased need for planning as we seek to manage that growth,” President Harold E. Newman said. “Dick Taylor’s rich experience with Shorter and his knowledge of our campus and our future goals make him ideally suited to lead our long-range planning efforts. We are equally fortunate to have a talented and knowledgeable individual in Jeff Agan who can step into the day-to-day leadership of the facilities management department.”
As Shorter’s registrar, Tarrant will oversee the responsibilities of coordinating course schedules and registration, evaluating and issuing transcripts and maintaining academic records for graduation. Tarrant has been a member of Shorter’s staff since 2005, serving as director of the Center for Learning and Academic Success at Shorter (CLASS) and as director of academic advising. In these roles, she managed tutoring and academic support services for the college and advised undeclared majors.
“Melissa Tarrant has worked closely with the registrar’s office for some time, and she is a great fit to continue in that role,” said Dr. Craig Shull, provost.
Joining Shorter’s institutional advancement staff, Fitzsimmons (’08) will be the primary fundraising officer for Shorter’s School of Sciences and Mathematics as well as the School of Education and Social Sciences. She will also be responsible for all student-directed fundraising programs. Fitzsimmons holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts from Shorter; while a student, she served as president of the Student Government Association and as editor of Shorter’s student newspaper.
The winning softball program featured the four graduating seniors from the back-to-back national qualifying Lady Hawks and a graphic of the 2007 Southern States Athletic Conference Championship ring.
For more information on Coach Ibrahim, visit www.goshorterhawks.com .
The Shorter Hawks football team announced the “kick-off” of their new football season ticket campaign earlier this month with a spirited slogan: “Our Team. Our Town. Our Time.” This is the football team’s fourth season, and it marks the team’s first complete senior class to come through Shorter, most having played since the Hawks’ first season in 2005.
To find out more about the Hawks’ season and ticket information, visit www.goshorterhawks.com.
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Music Faculty Celebration
If you graduated in a year ending in 3 or 8, this is your class reunion year!
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Alumni and Friends Luncheon in conjunction with the GBC Annual Meeting
Feaste of Caroles with the Rome Symphony Orchestra
NAIA National Football Championship Game
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