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About Us

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) plays a key role in student success at Mercer University. We provide structured guidance to traditional undergraduate students on the Macon campus by providing multi-discipline tutoring, supplemental instruction, college study skills courses, and academic advising. We provide specialized support for Mercer's student-athletes through the Student-Athlete Affairs program. In addition, drop-in tutoring labs for undergraduate writing and mathematics are located on the Atlanta campus and the Douglas, Henry, and Macon Regional Academic Centers. Support for distance learning students as well as Regional Academic Center and Atlanta Campus students is provided through our Online Writing Lab.

We’re here to help members of the campus community attain academic and career success by promoting

  • Independent, active, and lifelong learning
  • Scholarly achievement
  • Personal development

The ARC located on the Macon campus provides students with a quiet and inviting place to study and engage in course work. The Macon ARC employs many of Mercer University's students as lab assistants, peer tutors, and supplemental instruction leaders. Our student workers are knowledgeable and eager to assist their fellow Mercerians.

 
 

Our Staff

Jenny Zimmerman, Director
Jenny Zimmerman joined Mercer University as the Assistant Director of the Learning Center in 2001, and she became Director of the renamed Academic Resource Center in 2007.  Ms. Zimmerman supervises the Supplemental Instruction program and coordinates the professional tutoring labs serving the Regional Academic Centers and the Atlanta Campus.  She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. Ms. Zimmerman is a Vice-President of the Middle Georgia Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association.
Jenny Zimmerman, Director
Stephanie Mooring, Assistant Director
Stephanie Mooring joined the Academic Resource Center (ARC) as the Administrative Coordinator in 2004. She became Assistant Director of the ARC in 2010. Ms. Mooring manages the ARC's Online Writing Lab and coordinates the peer tutoring program for the Macon campus. Ms. Mooring is also the instructor for College Study Skills courses (LSK 185 & 186) and is an adjunct instructor in the School of Engineering, teaching TCO 141: Introduction to Professional Communication. She holds a Master's degree in Technical Communication Management from Mercer University School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Macon State College.
Stephanie Mooring, Assistant Director
Chris Scoggins, Administrative Coordinator
Chris Scoggins joined the Academic Resource Center in 2013 as Administrative Coordinator. 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 that enjoys flying recreationally.
Chris Scoggins, Administrative Coordinator

Brief History

The Academic Resource Center took up residence in the Breezeway of the Connell Student Center starting in September 2003. Prior to this time, the unit was known as the Learning Center and by 2001 had been located in several different sites on campus.

With each new school year, the Academic Resource Center expands and adapts its services to best fit the needs of Mercer students. The Academic Resource Center was named "Department of the Year" by the Student Government Association for the 2004-2005 year. This award is very special to our department because it was decided upon by the students. We take pride in the services we provide to the students at Mercer University and we strive to continue to have a positive impact on their scholastic endeavors.

 

Our Facility

We have a spacious study area with seating for up to 40 students at our tables, chairs, and laptop workstations. We also have 2 quiet study rooms that offer privacy and sound buffering for individual or group study. The ARC has a classroom equipped with 4 computers and seating for up to 30 students. Dry erase boards are available throughout the facility and markers and erasers are provided. Our computer lab has 15 computer workstations, a color printer with duplexing capabilities, and a scanner available for student use. Knowledgeable lab assistants are always on duty to assist ARC visitors with any needs or questions they may have.

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Technology

Computer lab:
Hardware


Software

  • 15 Thin Client Virtual Desktop computers
      • 4 USB ports
      • CD/DVD drive
      • 19" LCD monitors
  • 1 Black and white & color pay-for-print duplexing printer
  • 1 HP ScanJet 4890 flatbed scanner
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • SPSS Statistics 21
  • SAS 9.3
  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Eclipse
  • Microsoft C++ 2010 Express
  • Lockdown browser
  • VLC media player

Classroom:
Hardware


Software

  • 4 Thin Client Virtual Desktop computers
      • 4 USB ports
      • CD/DVD drive
      • 19" LCD monitors
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • SPSS Statistics 21
  • SAS 9.3
  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Eclipse
  • Microsoft C++ 2010 Express
  • Lockdown browser
  • VLC media player
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