ARC News

Peer Tutor Awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Award

Congratulations to 2019 writing tutor Meghan Duffey, who helps bring the University’s overall tally of Fulbrighters to 17 since 2010. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries in order to solve global challenges. 

  • Senior Duffey, a double-major in English and mathematics with minors in history and Spanish, will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea from July 2019-July 2020.

SI Leader Selected for the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Summer Program

Congratulations to 2019 chemistry tutor (and former SI leader) Moriah Roycroft, who is among some 300 undergraduates from North America, Great Britain and Ireland selected each year to work at the top German universities and research institutions.

  • Junior Roycroft, a global health studies and global development studies double-major, will work on developing a lateral flow assay to detect kidney rejection after organ transplantation in an effort to make organ rejection testing easy and accessible to transplant patients.

Peer Tutor Selected as 2019 Snyder Scholar

Congratulations to 2019 math tutor Danielle Loving, who was selected by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for her research experience, academic qualifications, and commitment to pursuing future graduate studies in organic chemistry. 

  • Junior Loving, a chemistry and criminal justice double major, will receive a stipend, travel funds, and housing to complete a 10-week research program with Dr. Martin Burke, professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois.

Peer Tutors Selected to Present at World Congress on Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to 2019 economics/accounting/finance tutor Sachin Khurana and science tutor Jack Xhemali, who will present at the second World Congress on Undergraduate Research to be held May 23-25 at the University of Oldenburg in Germany.

  • Junior Khurana, a triple major in finance, economics and management with minors in mathematics, statistics, and philosophy, will present research that analyzes how changes in public investment can dampen private investment and ultimately affect national economic growth.
  • Junior Xhemali, a biology major and chemistry minor on the pre-med track, will present research that explores the karrikin transduction pathway, which has significance with regard to plant germination and how plants react to stress.

Lab Assistant Receives Prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study or Intern Abroad during the Summer of 2019

Congratulations to 2019 lab assistant Perlie Do, a junior psychology major, who will participate in a Mercer On Mission trip to Vietnam.

Peer Tutor Receives Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Congratulations to 2018 math tutor Elise Young, who was awarded a Study Abroad Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

  • Junior Young, an electrical engineering major from Lawrenceville, is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the award. She will use the $1,000 grant to study abroad at the University of Aizu in Aizuwakamatsu, Japan.

Peer Tutor Accepted to Institute on Economic and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. 

Congratulations to 2017 economics tutor Maddie Zgonc, who has been accepted for admission to the 2018 Institute on Economic and International Affairs (IEIA) as a participant in the Leadership Scholars Program.

  • Junior Zgonc, from Powder Springs, is a global development and political science double-major with a minor in history. She will receive a full scholarship from The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) to attend IEIA this summer in Washington, D.C., where she will be enrolled in and earn credit for two courses through George Mason University and will be provided housing just steps from the White House.

Peer Tutor Receives Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Teach English in Taiwan

Congratulations to 2018 graduate and 2015-18 writing/Spanish tutor Sterling Conyers, who was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Award, bringing the University’s overall tally of Fulbrighters to 15 since 2010.

  • Conyers, from Fayetteville, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2018 with majors in international affairs and Spanish and minors in Asian studies and global health. She will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan.

Peer Tutor Receives Critical Language Scholarship to Study Abroad 

Congratulations to 2018 graduate and 2016-18 writing tutor Mary Martinez, who was recently awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad this summer.

  • Martinez, from Savannah, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2018 as a global health studies major with a minor in French. She was selected to study Korean in South Korea, after having previously traveled to the country as part of a Mercer On Mission trip. On her first trip, she became interested in the experiences of North Korean refugees who have fled to South Korea and hopes to resume her work with the refugee population.

Peer Tutors Selected to Receive Prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Congratulations to 2017-19 writing tutor Ariel Daniels and 2018-19 math tutor Danielle Loving, who are among nearly 1,000 American undergraduates from 386 colleges and universities selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad in 2018. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas.

  • Sophomore Daniels, a political science major from Milledgeville, will study Arabic in Morocco.
  • Sophomore Loving, a chemistry major from Byron, will participate in a Mercer On Mission trip to Peru.

Peer Tutor Selected for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship

Congratulations to 2017 math tutor Eduardo Rubio, who was recently selected for a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) internship during the summer of 2018 in Washington, D.C.

  • Sophomore Rubio, from Palmetto, is a computational science and economics double-major with a minor in mathematics. As part of his internship, he will conduct research, draft talking points, organize events, attend hearings and briefings, and provide assistance on the floor of the House of Representatives from June 2-July 28.

Supplemental Instruction Leader Accepted to Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to 2017 SI leader in accounting, Simran Khoja, who was accepted to the 2018 Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) as a participant in the Leadership Scholars Program.

  • Rising senior Khoja, from Lilburn, is a double-major in economics and math. She will receive tuition and housing from The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) to attend ICPES this summer in Washington, D.C.; will be enrolled in and earn credit for two courses, Economic Problems and Public Policies and American Foreign Policy, through George Mason University; and will participate in an internship.

Master Student Workshop Series Provided by the ARC

The ARC offered three Master Student workshops in January 2018: Getting Organized, Personality Types, and Decision Making. These workshops were designed to help students begin the semester on a positive track by providing them with the skills needed to become a master student.

Tutoring Comes to YOU!

Each evening from 4:00-6:00 p.m., December 4-7, 2017, the ARC and Residence Life provided math, science, and writing tutoring to first-year students in Legacy, MEP, and Plunkett Halls! Free snacks were also provided!

The ARC Presents at First Year Friday: Preparing for Finals

On December 1, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., the ARC presented on Preparing for Finals. This presentation provided students with information on how to prioritize academics, stay motivated, create a study schedule, assess current knowledge, use active study strategies, and utilize available resources.

ARC Gives Out Halloween Treats and Raffle Tickets

The ARC crew drove around their "scary grades" cart (see image below) and handed out treat bags to students on Halloween. Each treat bag contained candy and a ticket to enter the ARC Halloween Raffle. Students who attended SI or tutoring sessions from Oct. 31-Nov. 15, 2017, were able to turn in their raffle tickets to be entered in a prize drawing. Jona Naqo won a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

ARC Scary Golf Cart

ARC Scary Grades Cart

ARC Welcomes a New Staff Member

Tamar Perla Cantwell joined the Academic Resource Center as our new Assistant Director in 2016. She manages the Macon campus peer tutoring program, conducts peer tutor training workshops to facilitate individual CRLA tutor certification, teaches College Study Skills courses (LSK 185 and 186), delivers study skills workshops, and monitors the Online Writing Lab’s daily operations. Mrs. Cantwell holds a Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tamar Cantwell

Tamar Perla Cantwell, Assistant Director

The ARC Throws an Open House Party!

The ARC threw an Open House party that included trivia, cornhole, a dessert bar, and a door prize drawing. We had over 135 students attend our two-hour event. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped spread the word about the services we provide here in the ARC!

Ipad Winner

One lucky student even won an iPad Mini! 

ARC Writing Tutor, Alex Mooring, Presents at National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Eastern Washington University

Read about her accomplishment by clicking here!

Congrats to the ARC Study Skills Peer Coach, Timothy Walker, for receiving the Boren Scholarship!

We are so proud of Tim and his achievements! Read about his award by clicking here!

Supplemental Instruction Leader, John Ramirez, receives SMART Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense

Read about his accomplishment by clicking here!

ARC Welcomes a New Staff Member!

Oct. 3, 2014 - Misty Cline has joined the ARC staff as our new Administrative Coordinator. Misty has a B.A. in English/Education from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. Misty has served as the Communications Manager and Continuing Education Coordinator at Fort Valley State (2009-2012), and she also held the position of Public Relations Specialist at Fort Valley State (2007-2009). More recently she has held positions with EuroMotive, Pilot International, and Das-Brooks Bookkeeping, and further back in her work history she served as a Copy Editor for The (Macon) Telegraph.

We are looking forward to having Misty on our staff and tapping into her special talents!

New Study Skills Peer Coach position added to ARC peer tutoring staff!

J.T. James joins the ARC peer tutoring staff as a Study Skills Peer Coach. He hopes to help students develop their study skills and improve their academic performance. Read the Mercer Cluster's article about the new position by clicking here.

ARC Welcomes New Staff Member!

At the beginning of July we welcomed Chris Scoggins as our new Administrative Coordinator. Chris is a great addition to our permanent staff! We are lucky to have him aboard. 

While new to the ARC, he is no stranger to Mercer, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the College of Liberal Arts and most recently a Master’s degree in Public Health from Mercer University School of Medicine. Chris manages the ARC’s staff of lab assistants and works closely with all staff members to assure the smooth operation of the facility. Chris also provides tutoring services in computer skills and APA formatting.

Outside of the ARC, Chris is an avid private pilot who enjoys flying recreationally.

Chris Scoggins