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Student Profiles

Mercer's students come from nearly every state in the nation and from countries all around the world. Their experiences and interests are as diverse as they are. Here are just a few of the faces that will greet you when you come to visit campus.

Kristina Hanson


1, 2, 3
Class: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Current Activities: Engineering Honors Program, Phi Mu, MU Intramural Supervisor, Intramural sports
Best Mercer Moment: Joining Phi Mu
Favorite Campus Hangout: University Center
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: There are no shortage of great places to eat in Macon!
Advice to New Students: Find your niche, whether it be a sorority/fraternity, bible study, or even ballroom dance club, find something yoiu can do when not doing homework; it will help you meet tons of new people.  Try to get to know your professors, they really do want you to do well and are willing to help you acheive your goal.
 

Mike Harding


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration Minor
Current Activities: Greek Life, RUF, BME Club, Habitat for Humanity, PUSH America
Best Mercer Moment: Becoming President of my organization and making the Dean's List!
Favorite Campus Hangout: University Center at the intramural courts
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Hanging out at Lake Tobosofkee
Advice to New Students: Be open to meeting new people. Some of your best friends will be the people you meet in your first few days at Mercer! Also be open to getting out of your comfort zone also, Mercer will test that and it's made me a better person because of it.
 

Alexi Melton


1, 2, 3
Class: Sophomore
Major: Global Health
Current Activities: Honors Program, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and Greek Life!
Best Mercer Moment: Getting plugged into the Macon community overall
Favorite Campus Hangout: University Center
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Volunteering at Strong Tower after school program
Advice to New Students: Take advantage of every opportunity given to you at Mercer.
 

Kevin Eck


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration Minor
Current Activities: Honors, Supplemental Math Instructor, Reformed University Fellowship, Hoffman's Hooligans, Athlete's Feat Flag Football
Best Mercer Moment: Being on Espn several times while painted up during the 2010 A-Sun Championship
Favorite Campus Hangout: Mercer Village
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Trivia at Shamrock
Advice to New Students: Make sure you make time for activities besides studying. It is easier to focus after taking a break to relax at a Mercer athletics event or hanging out with friends.
 

Molly Tucker


1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Class: Senior
Major: Holistic Child Major, Women's and Gender Studies Minor
Current Activities: Phi Eta Sigma Senior Advisor, Amnesty International Vice President, Mercer Educators in Action, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Epsilon
Best Mercer Moment: Orientation Street Party 2009
Favorite Campus Hangout: Jittery Joe's! If Mercer Village doesn't count, then the University Center :)
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Second Sunday!
Advice to New Students: Be open-minded!  There are so many differnet things to experience at Mercer, whether its academically, socially, culturally, etc.  Try as many new things as possible and savor every moment of your four years here; because they'll be gone before you can say Jesse Mercer. 
 

Sam Pollock


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Junior
Major: Political Science, Pre-Law
Current Activities: Great Books Program, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Pre-Law society
Best Mercer Moment: Listening to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal speak about his time at Mercer, and having President Underwood follow on one of my tours.
Favorite Campus Hangout: University Center
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Going out to eat, fishing on the Ocmulgee, going out to First Friday downtown.
Advice to New Students: GET INVOLVED! No matter what it is, find something that you will love and get involved with it. What you put into Mercer the more you will get out of Mercer.
 

Chelsea Flieger


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Senior
Major: Leadership and Community Service, Spanish and Education Minors
Current Activities: Mercer Service Scholars, LEAP, Service Project Director, Peer Advisor, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
Best Mercer Moment: Wilderness Weekend during my freshman year
Favorite Campus Hangout: Anywhere outside when the weather is nice
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: I love to try new restaurants downtown.
Advice to New Students: Find your passion and then find other people who share it. There is probably a club of people already who share your interests but if there isn't, start one! It is better to be involved in one or two things that you really love rather than a thousand things that you have no time for.
 

Davis Lacey


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Engineering
Current Activities: Honors Program, Mercer Ultimate Team, Special Events Team, Lifeguarding
Best Mercer Moment: The crush parties and formals of Alpha Delta Pi.  Crazy times with awesome people!
Favorite Campus Hangout: The trees near Bear Field make wonderful hammock spots…just sayin'…
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Attending the services, events, and outreach activities of New City Church Downtown.
Advice to New Students: College is an incredible time.  Although school work is very important, the most valuable lessons to be learned come from outside of the classroom.  Above all, be yourself.  Make close friends, and send a smiling face to as many people as you can.
 

Laura McKenzie


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Senior
Major: Psychology
Current Activities: Honors Program, Great Books Program, Lead Peer Educator for Aware, President: Psychology Club, Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Psi Chi Honors Societies, SHAPE Committee, Greek Life, Mercer Athletics Student Involvement Committee
Best Mercer Moment: Being elected to leadership positions in my sorority and student organizations, and getting to work with amazing faculty and fellow students!
Favorite Campus Hangout: Greek row, University Center
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Visiting restaurants downtown with friends
Advice to New Students: Take the time to get to know your professors and pursue your passions throughout your time here at Mercer. The organizations, clubs, and professors here are wonderful and can enrich your college experience so much more than you can imagine. Getting involved at Mercer will give you so much back in return!
 

Scotty Lester


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Senior
Major: Spanish, Pre-Medicine
Current Activities: Mercer Ambassador, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Breast Cancer Research, Phi Eta Sigma,  and studying abroad in Spain
Best Mercer Moment: I worked the Medical School Graduation last year, and my job was to sit with Ferrol Sams until he went on to speak. Gettiing to talk to him about his Mercer experience, and getting to ask what really happened in the Administration Building, has been a highlight of my Mercer experience.
  Favorite Campus Hangout: The University Center Fitness Center
  Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Having dinner at one of the great local restaurants downtown.
  Advice to New Students: Get involved! Whether you enjoy community service, or playing club soccer, there is plenty to choose from on campus. Classes are important, but there is more to college than coursework. Getting involved will round out your college experience and let you enjoy your time here that much more.
 

Ellie Cottrell


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Junior
Major: Communication Studies and Media Studies
Current Activities: Greek Life, Order of Omega, Panhellenic Council Executive Vice President, Phi Eta Sigma
Best Mercer Moment: Wilderness Weekend with my FYS-X class was a blast! Bonding with other freshman and Prof. Harshbarger, participating in activities like the zipline and the confidence pole, and even braving the rain helped make the whole weekend unforgettable.
  Favorite Campus Hangout: Jittery Joe's
  Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Moe's Mondays!
  Advice to New Students: Mercer has tons of opportunities to experience new things, enjoy lifelong hobbies, meet fellow Mercerians, help you feel at home, and have the time of your life! The possibilities are endless!
 

Christopher Driver

1, 2, 3, 4 Class: Senior
Major: Political Science
Current Activities: Great Books, Honors, Pre-Law, Alpha Tau Omega, Mercer Ambassador, Student Admissions Team, Pi Sigma Alpha--National Political Science Honors Society
Best Mercer Moment: During the Spring semester of my freshman year, it snowed in Macon. A lot of students out and about on campus, and I went to the UC hill with several others. I 'borrowed' a tray from the UC food court and used it as a sled. It was great to have the Mercer Community spontaneously come together and have fun in the snow.
  Favorite Campus Hangout: Greek Village
  Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Hanging out and going out to eat downtown.
  Advice to New Students: Always be open to the opportunities Mercer has to offer--academically, socially, professionally, or whatever. Your freshman year is a really great time to find your niche in the Mercer Community, and being open to new opportunities will help you to branch out and find passion in whatever you do.
 

Melissa Lam


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Sophomore
Major: Business, with a concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and specializing in Economics
Current Activities: Reformed University Fellowship, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Mercer Service Scholars, Delta Sigma Pi
Best Mercer Moment: Joining Delta Sigma Pi
  Favorite Campus Hangout: Jack Tarver Library
  Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Going to the Shoppes at River Crossing
  Advice to New Students: Make friends with coffee!
 

Bryan Halstead


1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Class: Sophomore
Major: Chemistry Commerce, Pre-Dentistry
Current Activities: Honors Program, Reformed University Fellowship, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Mercer University Pep Band
Best Mercer Moment: My best Mercer Moment was the whole homecoming game experience. The night before the game we had awesome skits put on by our own students followed by fireworks. It was such an incredible night! The next day there was a cookout before the game. You could feel the excitement in the air! Then… the game! The arena was completely full. Alumni came back to Mercer from all over the country. It was such an awesome experience to see the current student body and the student body of another time celebrating in unity a tradition of excellence.
Favorite Campus Hangout: Connell Student Center
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Late night trips to Huddle House
Advice to New Students: My advice to new students would be to enjoy the college experience. Dive head-first into the many things Mercer has to offer. Time as a college student is limited. I definitely encourage everyone to thoroughly enjoy the time that they have getting to make connections with other students and professors while being completely immersed in the opportunities that Mercer has to offer. Plain and simple… BE THE BEAR!
 

Heather Foreman


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Current Activities: Great Books Program, Reformed University Fellowship, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Mercer Service Scholars
Best Mercer Moment: Pilgrimage to Penfield – Mercer history plus getting to know new friends!
Favorite Campus Hangout: The Quad
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Eating at the Greek Corner Deli
Advice to New Students: Make the most of Mercer! Get involved in student organizations, take leadership positions, and investigate Macon. There are lots of fun things to do that will make your time here memorable.
 

Matt Townsend


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Senior
Major: Accounting
Current Activities: International Programs Experience, Student Government Assosciation, Delta Sigma Pi, and International Programs Office
Best Mercer Moment: Hmm, for me, Mercer no longer applies strictly to the campus. The student body, the true heart of Mercer, has continually shown me that the opportunities each of us are afforded don't stop within the borders of Campus. From visitng Bangkok, Thailand to planning backpacking trips around Western Europe, I've learned that Mercer student's are passionate about what they do and what they want.
Favorite Campus Hangout: Jittery Joe's
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Second Sunday Brunch is a great way to meet the community.
Advice to New Students: Get Involved! I say it over & over, but honestly if you don't get to know people you're restricting your possibilities
 

Matthew Gorgans


1, 2, 3, 4
Class: Junior
Major: English, Secondary Education Certification
Current Activities: Quadworks (Bear Brigade Co-Chair), Amnesty International President, Mercer Shakespeare Society member, active member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
Best Mercer Moment: I can't pick just one! All of the big events we've done since I've been on Quadworks like our end of the year parties, Bearstock, and Stompfest.
Favorite Campus Hangout: Either the University Center or Old Co-Op
Favorite Off-Campus Activity: Wandering around Target aimlessly with my friends.
Advice to New Students: Enjoy every moment of your Mercer experience! Every year is a little different, but in a good way. Don't get too stressed out, your professors and classmates are here to help!