We Are Mercerians.

If you’ve visited our campus, then you’ve met a Mercerian. Probably several. And you probably noticed there’s something that makes us stand out. It might be the way we smile and say hi. It might be the way we serve our neighbors, both near and far. It might be the way we enthusiastically talk about our research or the way we carry ourselves with a sense of school pride everywhere we go.

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

 

We are leaders.

ASHILA JIWANI
Global Health and Biology Double Major, Class of 2018
 
Ashila has a hand in almost everything on campus. As a member of the Student Government Association, Greek Life, the Greek Programming Board, the American Mock World Health Organization, MU Miracle, and the Peer Advisor staff, Ashila has become a true campus leader. She is passionate about pursuing what she calls the essence of Mercer” the intersection of service, scholarship, and leadership.

 

“At Mercer, we all push each other to reach our maximum potential. Simply said we are one big family, and I’m proud to be part of a family who embraces change and values different perspectives.”

 

We are legacies.

SAM ONI
Mercer’s First Black Student, Class of 1967
 
A native of Ghana, Sam Oni enrolled at Mercer University during the civil rights movement in the U.S., as Mercer became one of the first private universities in the South to integrate voluntarily. He later returned to Africa to begin Project Ploughshare, a non-government organization focused on rural development in Nigeria. Today, Mercer awards the Sam Oni Scholarship to students from Liberia, who commit to return to their home country for two years of service after graduating from Mercer. Sam continues to be involved at Mercer as an alumnus and recently attended his 50th class reunion at Homecoming.
 
“Being a Mercerian means being part of a group of people who are committed to making our world a better place for all of God’s children to live together in peace, in harmony, and in love. The Mercer spirit is the spirit of service, the spirit of reaching out to your fellow man, the spirit of generosity, and the spirit of commitment all of those combined.”

 

We are maniacs.

JOSH WILCK
Biomedical Engineering Major, Class of 2019
 
Originally from upstate New York, Josh first heard about Mercer when the Bears defeated Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He made his way to Macon and has gotten involved on campus as a member of the Mercer Tennis Club, International Bears Association, and Mercer Maniacs, the student spirit group. He even paints up for games to show his support for the Bears.

 

 “A true Mercer Maniac wants to cheer loud and support their fellow Mercerians. I paint up for sporting events because it’s fun to get out of my comfort zone, and it’s a great way to make friends. My favorite memory as a Maniac would have to be when we upset Chattanooga in football my freshman year. The crowd brought so much energy, and you could tell the team was feeding off of it.” 

 

We are mentors.

DR. DAVID GOODE
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Class of 2002
DR. JENNIFER GOODE
Instructor, Technical Communication, Class of 2002
 
Mercer alumni Drs. David and Jennifer Goode met on Opening Day as first-year students at Mercer University. They began dating later that year and got married three weeks after graduation. Now, they’re both faculty for their alma mater, teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Engineering.
 
“When we moved to Macon as freshmen many years ago, Mercer became our home. As our family searched for jobs after graduate school, Mercer felt like a natural fit—we found ourselves back home. Now, as we teach, advise, and guide students in their academic pursuits, Mercer is our home for work, life, community, and professional growth.”

 

We are advocates.

MARGARET ROOYAKKERS
Public Health Major, Class of 2019
 
As executive director of MerServe, the University’s student-run service leadership board, Margaret helps plan, coordinate, and implement service and community engagement projects for Mercer students. In addition, she works for the Office of Housing and Residence Life and as a member of BearForce, a team of students who provide support for various events. During summer 2017, she traveled to Ecuador as a part of a team of students deployed by Mercer On Mission.
 
“I personally serve because I love the feeling I get when I am able to make a difference in someone’s life. I think Mercerians are so passionate about service because we know we have the knowledge and resources to help our community and to improve the lives of others. I cannot say enough how proud I am to be an active member of the Mercer community as well as the Macon community.”

 

We are athletes.

KAY BUSH
Biology Major, Class of 2018
 
Kay has become a leader on campus in several areas. As a student-athlete and Mercer cheerleader, she leads the crowd in cheering on the Bears, but her involvement stretches far beyond athletics. Kay is a member of the Student Leadership Team for the Office of University Admissions, an active member of Greek Life, and a proud Mercer Service Scholar. She has traveled to Peru and Vietnam as a Mercer On Mission team member, and she plans to begin medical school next fall.

 

“I love having the student section with us at football and basketball games! The fans add a lively dynamic to the atmosphere that keeps the games fun and exciting to watch. I know our players appreciate seeing our fans in the stands, too.”

 

We are visionaries.

SAM ORJUELA
Mechanical Engineering Major, Class of 2019
 
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Sam and his family moved to the U.S., where he developed a passion for baseball. While attending a baseball camp at Mercer, Sam fell in love with campus during a tour. When he arrived at Mercer, Sam immediately got plugged into campus life. He is a member of the Student Events team through the Office of University Admissions and served as a Peer Advisor during Orientation the summer after his first year on campus.
 
“Mercerians truly care about making a difference. We hold fast to our beliefs and welcome varying perspectives from those around us. Mercerians are passionate about what we are involved in, and that’s something you can’t teach. We don’t sit back and watch. We get in and get our hands dirty if we have to. The atmosphere at Mercer pushed me to find my passion and pursue it.”

 

We are community.

 

CARL FAMBRO
Owner, Francar’s Buffalo Wings, Class of 1978
 
Carl Fambro came to Mercer on an ROTC scholarship in 1974. After serving in the U.S. Army, Carl returned to Macon and opened Francar’s Buffalo Wings. Always a popular option for Mercer students and the Macon community, the restaurant eventually relocated to Mercer Village and continues to be a Macon institution almost 25 years in the making. It has become tradition for student groups to bring photos or memorabilia to hang on the walls of the restaurant, and he says it’s all about building community. Through the years, Carl has served generations of Mercer students, and alumni still stop by to grab some wings and catch up when passing through Macon.
 
“I think being here helps keep me young. And when I see all the new students come in every year, I get to listen to them and talk to them. I love it. We still have customers who come back to see us, who write to us, who talk to us on Facebook or Instagram. Former students drop in and say hey. If they’re passing through Macon, they stop. And I love it.”

 

We are Mercerians. Are you?

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One thought on “We Are Mercerians.

  1. It has been 50 years since I graduated from Mercer (AB 67, Law 70). Over the years, I have encountered many graduates from other colleges and universities. In these encounters, I have come to realize that Mercer gave me a little extra, a certain “richness” which stands out. That, among other things, has made me extremely grateful of my Mercer education. Thank you, Mercer!

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