We Are Mercerians

Mercerians are known for our school spirit and dedication. We stand out, especially in the way we serve our neighbors, both near and far. Mercerians are enthusiastic, loyal, and passionate. We carry our school pride everywhere we go.

At Mercer, we are fiercely loyal to the orange and black. It defines who we are.

We are leaders.

VICTOR GITAU, ’20

Major: Finance | Minor: Risk Management & Insurance

Why did you choose Mercer?

I love Mercer because it’s truly a community. I chose Mercer because I felt at home when I stepped on campus. The students and faculty genuinely care about each other and the school. It’s the family atmosphere that makes this campus special.

What does it mean to be a Mercerian?

Being a Mercerian means that I take what I have learned in my four years here and use it to change the world. Every Mercer Bear majors in changing the world, and that starts with our immediate community. Here, I’ve learned how to use my gifts and talents to make the world around me a better place.

We are mentors.

DR. KATHY KLOEPPER

Professor | Associate Professor of Chemistry & Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan

What makes Mercer so special?

I came to Mercer for the diverse opportunities for teaching and research, but I stay at Mercer because of the people. Students, faculty, and staff are all passionate about what they do, and the enthusiasm for Mercer is palpable even just walking across campus. We all encourage one another to be our best, and, if you are looking for a place that will help you make the world a better place, Mercer is it.

What is a Mercer game day tradition that you love?

The Mercer Maniacs are the best! This student fan section can always be counted on to show up in creative Mercer gear to cheer on their Bears. One of my favorite Mercer Maniacs moments was watching them lead fellow Mercer students into UGA’s basketball arena to cheer on the women’s basketball team as they took on the Georgia Bulldogs in the first round of the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament. Lots of the opposing team commented on their energetic arrival and how wonderful it was to see students having so much fun supporting student-athletes.

We are maniacs.

EARL “DRU” FORD IV, ’20

Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience 

What does it mean to be a Mercerian?

To me, to be a Mercerian is to be a student and a teacher–a mentor and a competitor. It means to exemplify the best of these qualities in all aspects of our lives. 

What is your favorite Mercer memory?

My favorite Mercer memory would have to be traveling to the University of Iowa to cheer on the Mercer women’s basketball team as they played in the first round of the NCAA tourney in 2019.

 What makes Mercer unique?

The thing that makes Mercer unique to me is that there is a big school feel with our athletics, yet we have a small school atmosphere across campus and in our classrooms.

We are legacies.

ERIN KELLER, ’08

Alumna | Vice President for Development, NewTown Macon

What is a Mercer game day tradition that you love?

I love walking through campus and taking in the different sites of the community coming together in the name of Mercer (football). Walking through campus on game days brings me a sense of nostalgia. Mercer Football has helped to better unify the Macon and Mercer communities and it has increased the passion and excitement for the current students and alumni base!

What makes Mercer unique?

The campus culture and the intimate environment are both very unique to Mercer. Though Mercer has experienced unprecedented growth, it has remained true to its identity. When you set foot on campus and meet the people, it is displayed so effortlessly.

We are home.

PABLO VALENTIN

Staff | Coordinator of New Student Programs

Describe a Mercerian in three adjectives.

Ambitious. Selfless. Inquisitive. 

What is your favorite Mercer memory?

My favorite Mercer memory to date has been seeing our Class of 2023 meet their Peer Advisors and O-Groups for the first time at Bear Beginnings in Hawkins Arena. It’s such an exciting time for everyone involved and really sets the tone for the start of a Mercer Bear’s journey! 

Why do you love Mercer?

When the opportunity to take on New Student Programs came my way, I knew I had to come down from New York. It didn’t take more than a day for me to fall in love with both Mercer University and Macon, Georgia. It just felt right from the very beginning.

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