“This Tuesday will mark an exciting new chapter in Shorter’s history,” said President Harold E. Newman. “We are thrilled to reveal the new look of the Shorter University brand and honored to give the Rome community and Shorter family a chance to share in our excitement. Shorter College has made a name for itself by providing a quality education within a Christian environment; Shorter University will continue to build and grow on that reputation.”
Shorter has several events planned throughout the day to celebrate the name change, beginning with an unveiling of the new sign and logo at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the campus. Open houses at the college’s new Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business and its school of nursing will follow from 1:30 until 3 p.m. The Ledbetter College of Business is located in the space formerly occupied by Goody’s in the MidTown Crossing Shopping Center and the school of nursing is located at 20 Riverbend Drive.
Later in the evening, Shorter will host a 6 p.m. concert featuring Christian recording artists Rebecca St. James and Jonny Diaz. At 7 p.m., Newman will mark the beginning of Shorter University Night at the Rome Braves game by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Shorter officials say the change from college to university status will have several benefits. It will enable Shorter to better respond to market forces within the state of Georgia and within the higher education community at large, Newman said.
“Becoming Shorter University positions us for future growth. It does not, however, change the nature of Shorter. We remain committed to providing a high quality educational experience that features personal interactions with faculty, a strong focus on students, and excellence in all areas.”
He said the change will require little internal restructuring since the college has followed a university-style structure for several years.
“For much of the past decade, we have operated under a university model in that we have had separate schools headed by deans and have offered graduate programs,” he said. “This change in designation solidifies that reputation.”
Nelson Price, chairman of the Shorter College Board of Trustees, echoed Newman’s enthusiasm for the name change.
“From the inception of my working with Shorter, we have had the bold ambition to see it excel, and we feel the title of university will enhance the understanding of the level of academic excellence offered at Shorter,” said Nelson. “We also desire to see the academic success enhanced by the infusion of the Christian faith.”
Concert tickets can bepurchased in advance. Student are $5 and adults will be charged $8. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Shorter College Box Office at 706-233-7288. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Braves tickets can be purchased by calling 706-378-5144.
Shorter history: At a glance
1873: The Cherokee Baptist Female College (a forerunner of Shorter College) is founded by Luther Rice Gwaltney
1877: Name changes to Shorter Female College in honor of the generous contributions of Alfred and Martha Shorter College
1900s: “The Chimes” literary magazine is established
1910: College moves from downtown Rome to its current site
1910s: Shorter’s Alma Mater is written, and the Periscope student newspaper is created
1920s: Shorter becomes home to the nation’s first indoor swimming pool, which still exists in the Fitton Student Union; the Argo student yearbook is established; and the college is first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1930s: Shorter’s music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the first school in Georgia to be so honored
1950s: First male students are admitted
1954: Shorter College is approved by the Georgia State Department of Education to train teachers
1958: Shorter College begins its first affiliation with the Georgia Baptist Convention
1973: Shorter celebrates its Centennial
1990s: Shorter begins offering international programs as well as professional studies programs in the Atlanta area; the Hugh Davis Center for Ministry Education is established
2006: Dr. Harold E. Newman, longtime provost at the college, is named Shorter’s 18th president
June 1, 2010: Shorter College transitions to Shorter University
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