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"Enjoy Yourselves.” That was the motto for the 1898-1899 Shorter tennis club, shown in the photo above. The club colors were black and blue, and they even had their own flower, the Forget-Me-Not. Pictured in the photo are, front row, left to right: Alice Myers and Stella Hirsch; second row: Cleo Archer, Ethel Fortenberry, Alberta Spencer and Flora Keller; back row, Mai Pickett, Foy Murphy and Fannie Lewis.
We have tons of student achievements to celebrate here at Shorter. In fact, there are so many, we've set aside an entire day to do just that – Celebrate Shorter! Students from all departments will make special presentations before judges, peers, faculty and staff, and at the end of the day, prizes will be awarded for the best presentations. This year's event will be held April 6 and will be open to the public. We would love to see our alums on the Hill, and we know you will be proud of our students, just like we are!
The Men's Indoor Track and Field team clinched the 2011 NAIA national championship title. The Hawks secured the school's first-ever NAIA team national championship in 50 years of NAIA membership at the championship meet held recently in Ohio. In addition, Shorter head coach Scott Byrd was named the NAIA Men's Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding the university to its third overall team national championship. The Hawks now stand as the odds on favorite to win the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in May, something the Hawks have been closing in on during the past several seasons.
Switching to academic achievements, Shorter University's College of Adult and Professional Programs (CAPP) recently inducted 20 students into Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for business, management, and administration. CAPP also inducted eight students into Tau Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the National Organization for Human Services. Shorter's Kappa Chi chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha was also recognized nationally at the 2010 Zeta Tau Alpha Summer Convention. After three years of having the highest grade point average (GPA) of Zetas in Georgia, the Kappa Chi chapter has now surpassed the leading chapter and it holds the highest GPA of Zetas in the nation! Additionally, six Shorter students were selected for inclusion into the 2010-2011 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Our Alpha Chi honor society was also recently named a Star Chapter for the 2009-2010 academic year. One of 37 chapters selected for this honor nationwide, Shorter's chapter will be presented an award for their achievement at the upcoming 2011 Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego, Calif.
And before we take our final bow, we would like to call your attention to a dedicated group of theatre students. For more than a year, nine theatre students saved money for a trip that could change their lives. Through spaghetti fundraisers and selling concessions, the group was able to raise enough money to rent theatres in Atlanta and New York City so that they could showcase their talents before an audience full of casting directors. (They even had enough left over to help with travel expenses!) The trip earned praise from Caroline Kaiser, casting assistant with New York-based Theatreworks USA, who said, “It seems that there is a lot of talent coming out of Shorter University, and I think that New York should take notice.”
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