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Mercer University's admissions team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the admissions process. Our counselors can answer your questions, provide you with information about visiting campus, and help you navigate the financial aid process. If you have any questions about becoming a Mercer Bear, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Sarah Armstrong

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Sarah Armstrong

Humorous, Easy going, Obsessed with The Office, Lover of podcasts, Broadway buff

Admissions Counselor
478.301.2322
armstrong_sc@mercer.edu

What would you bring to a deserted island?
Beyoncé

Most used emoji?
The octopus

Something most people don’t know about you?
I have eaten every flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

A skill you wish you had?
I wish I could be a standup comedian.

Advice for the college search process?
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions! I promise you are not bothering anyone!

If Mercer was an emoji, which one would it be and why?
The unicorn emoji because there is no other place like it

Favorite part of Greek Life as a Mercer student?
I loved that Mercer’s Greek culture is so empowering and supportive and different than what you see portrayed on TV.

Best place in Macon to see a concert?
Cox Capitol Theater

Jackie Atchison

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Jackie Atchison

Book collector, Yarn enthusiast, Singer, Traveler, Chocolate lover

Admissions Counselor
478.301.2307
atchison_jz@mercer.edu

What’s your hidden talent?
I can knit.

Favorite App?
Pinterest

Something most people don’t know about you?
I went to a performing arts high school.

What’s your go-to dance move?
The disco point

Favorite college memory?
Studying abroad at the University of Oxford

What made you choose Mercer for your undergraduate studies?
I loved the community feeling and small classes. And I loved that Mercer is a historic college campus with modern necessities.

Best place in Macon to have a relaxing day?
Tattnall Square Park is a great place to relax. Especially on Saturday mornings – there’s free yoga!

Jasmine Banks

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Jasmine Banks

Outgoing, Fun, Effective communicator, Very organized, Snazzy

Admissions Counselor
478.301.2312
banks_js@mercer.edu

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Mexico

Favorite app?
Snapchat

A skill you wish you had?
Sewing – I would love to be able to make original clothes.

What was your high school superlative?
Most Likely to Succeed

Advice for the college search process?
Start early. Also, read your emails– they will answer a lot of questions.

Best walking/running route on campus?
The indoor track at the UC

Best place in Macon to get your nails done?
Either Sassy Nails on Bowman Road or Macon Nail and Tan on Forsyth Road

Emily Farlow

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Emily Farlow

Old soul, Quiet, Bookish, Snack enthusiast, Funny

Admissions Counselor
478.301.2126
farlow_el@mercer.edu

What’s your hidden talent?
I can do the worm.

Most used emoji?
Heart eyes

What’s your walk-out song?
“Alexander Hamilton” from Hamilton

What are your hobbies?
Reading, watching Netflix, writing

Best part of your job?
Knowing that I’m helping students have the same amazing Mercer experience that I had!

Best walking/running route on campus?
Literally anywhere because campus is so pretty!

Favorite section of The Cluster to read as a Mercer student?
The News section – it kept me informed about important things happening on campus and in Macon.

Best place in Macon to read a book?
Tattnall Square Park

James Hulett

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James Hulett

Outgoing, Thoughtful, Funny, Creative, Team-player

Admissions Counselor
478.301.2659
hulett_js@mercer.edu

What’s your hidden talent?
I can quote every line from The Little Rascals.

Something most people don’t know about you?
I’m obsessed with sloths.

Favorite App?
Snapchat

What are your hobbies?
Tennis, music, theatre, tacos

What was your high school superlative?
Most Likely to Win the Lottery and Lose the Ticket

Mercer in 3 adjectives?
Student-focused, Challenging, #WorthIt

What was your favorite performance venue as a Mercer music student?
Fickling Hall

Best place in Macon to get coffee?
Taste and See

Elsie Miles

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Elsie Miles

Atlanta Braves fanatic, Coffee connoisseur, Cat lady, Organized, Bubbly

Senior Admissions Counselor
478.301.2570
miles_ed@mercer.edu

What are you binge watching?
Chopped

What are your hobbies?
Drawing/painting, watching Netflix, nature walks/hikes, playing disc golf

A skill you wish you had?
I wish I could sing!

What was your high school superlative?
Most Likely to Make Checklists for Literally Everything

Advice for the college search process?
VISIT!

Why Mercer?
If you want to become part of a big family that provides true support, love, and encouragement, Mercer is for you!

Best place in Macon to play disc golf?
Claystone Park

Michael Sears

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Michael Sears

Fun-loving, Family oriented, Kind, Southern, Sweet tea lover

Admissions Counselor
478.301.2653
sears_md@mercer.edu

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Hawaii

Favorite App?
Instagram

What’s your walk-out song?
“Run the World” by Beyoncé

A skill you wish you had?
Being able to sing like Ariana Grande

Favorite college memory?
Football games!

Why Mercer?
The people!

Best place in Macon to work out?
Pure Barre

Heather Matlock

 

Heather Matlock

Pizzaholic, Goof ball, Military brat, Word Game boss, Napping pro

Coordinator of Admissions
478.301.2309
matlock_hl@mercer.edu

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Okinawa, Japan

What are you binge watching?
Fixer Upper (I want to be Joanna Gaines when I grow up.)

What’s your nickname?
Shorty

What was your high school superlative?
Class Clown

Best part of your job? My Team!
The diversity and knowledge we all bring to the table is amazing.

Best study spot on campus?
Second Floor of Tarver Library

Best place in Macon to have a family outing?
Amerson River Park

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Jena Palmer

Barbeque aficionado, Thrill seeker, Avid reader, Quick witted, Extrovert

Assistant Director of Admissions
478.301.2316
palmer_jc@mercer.edu

Something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve seen all the movies on American Film Institute’s Top 100 List.

Favorite App?
Tastemade

A skill you wish you had?
Sense of direction! Thank goodness for Google maps.

What’s your nickname?
JPalm

Advice for the college search process?
Talk with your Admissions Counselor!

Favorite building on campus?
The University Center (UC)

Favorite organization you were involved with as a Mercer student?
BearForce – It was the best on-campus job!

Best place in Macon to get ice cream?
Cherry Street Scoops (Their ice cream is provided by Southern Swiss Dairy from my hometown, Waynesboro – the bird dog capital of the world!)

Alex Thomas

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Alex Thomas

Documentary lover, Sneakerhead, Laid-back, Frugal, Realist

Assistant Director of Admissions and Athletic Recruitment
478.301.2314
thomas_a1@mercer.edu

What would you bring to a deserted island?
A pillow, several bulk-sized variety packs of Doritos, golf clubs, and a few golf balls

Something that most people don’t know about you?
I have a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Go-to Dance Move?
Slide and Dab

What was your high school superlative?
Biggest Dreamer

Best advice for college freshmen?
Join a study group.

Something that surprised you about Mercer?
The accessibility of the staff – it’s amazing!

Best place in Macon for wings?
Francar’s

 

Chelsea Flieger

Dog mom, Historic homeowner, Introvert, Coffee lover, Mercer Bear

Assistant Director of Admissions and Campus Visitation
478.301.2076
flieger_cm@mercer.edu

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Sydney, Australia

Most used emoji?
Thumbs up

Something most people don’t know about you?
I was a varsity swimmer in high school.

A skill you wish you had?
I wish I could make furniture!

Best part of your job?
Working with an amazing student staff!

Mercer in 3 adjectives?
Transformative. Caring. Impactful.

Favorite roommate memory from Mercer?
My freshman roommate and I didn’t know each other before Opening Day, but we showed up wearing the same exact pair of glasses! We became really close friends and stayed roommates for 2 years.

Best place in Macon to take your dog?
We love going for walks around campus on Saturday mornings.

Deidra Bauld

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Deidra Bauld

Short, Introvert, Stylish, Calm, Naturalista

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
478.301.2656
bauld_d@mercer.edu

Most used emoji?
Open eyes straight face

Something most people don’t know about you?
My feet are different sizes!

Favorite App?
Spotify

What’s your go-to dance move?
Shoulder shimmy!

Best advice for college freshmen?
You’re going to experience so much change. Have an open mind.

If Mercer was an emoji, which one would it be and why?
The bear – You know why!

Best place in Macon to go shopping?
The New Mall (aka: Shoppes at River Crossing)

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Stephen Karafa

Expressive, Intuitive, Globally Minded, Imaginative, Social

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Stamps Scholars Program Coordinator
478.301.2373
karafa_sp@mercer.edu

What’s your hidden talent?
Knowing the words to Garth Brooks’ greatest hits

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
St. Andrews, Scotland

What are you binge watching?
House of Cards BBC Version

What’s your walk-out song?
“Castle on a Hill” by Ed Sheeran

Best advice for college freshmen?
Balance campus involvement with classes and free time.

Favorite place to eat on campus?
The Farmer’s Market

Best place in Macon to get a slice of pizza?
Hands down, Ingleside Village Pizza!

 

Dr. Kelly Holloway

Compassionate, Driven, First-gen college graduate, Dog lover, Frequent dinner party host

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
478.301.2650
holloway_kl@mercer.edu

Coolest place you’ve traveled?
Cusco, Peru

What are your hobbies?
Reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

A skill you wish you had?
Speaking a foreign language fluently

Favorite college memory?
Studying abroad

Best advice for college freshmen?
Take a class outside of your major.

Something most people don’t know about Mercer?
How diverse our student population is! We have a more diverse population than most public universities and nearly every private university.

Best place in Macon to have a date night?
Dinner at Downtown Grill and a show at the Cox Capitol Theater

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