Events Calendar

Fall 2023

Thursday,
August 17

Department of History Welcome Event

Time: 11am - 1pm
Location: SLC Lobby | Macon Campus

Join the History Department in welcoming the start of a new semester!

Contact: Dr. Matthew Zimmerman

Tuesday,
August 22

Department of History Welcome Event - Cochran Campus

Time: Noon - 1pm
Location: Conference Room, Wiggs Building (2nd floor) | Cochran Campus

Join the History Department in welcoming the start of a new semester!

Contact: Dr. Matthew Zimmerman     FLYER

Monday,
August 28

English Studies Organization Open Mic Knight

Time:  5:00pm
Location:  Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

Come share a poem or very short story, sing an original song or play one on an instrument. All students are invited!

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Thursday, 
August 31

English Studies Organization Book Club: Howl’s Moving Castle

Time: 1:00pm
Location: Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus
Description: This is a student led, informal discussion of the book. 

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Wednesday,
September 6

How to Study for your Language Class

Time: 3pm
Location: SoAL 110 | Macon Campus
Description: Language faculty will discuss tips on how to study to be successful in a language class.

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER

Thursday,
September 7

How to Study for your Language Class

Time: 3:30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (https://tinyurl.com/mryyed5z)

The language faculty will share tips on how to be successful in a language class and in studying a language.

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER  

Saturday,
September 9

CANCELED - Whistle Stop Cafe Field Trip: Juliette, Georgia

Time: arrive between 10am and 10:30am
Location: Whistle Stop Cafe, 443 McCrackin St, Juliette, GA 31046

ESO is sponsoring this trip to the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was originally built for the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, which is based off the book by Fannie Flagg. After filming it became a working restaurant. There's movie related sights to see there and around town. You must also have your own transportation to the event and pay for your own food at the restaurant. Please note that you MUST fill out travel forms and give them to Dr. Trayers by Thursday, September 7th in order to participate.

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers

Monday,
September 11

Communicating with Professors

Time: 5pm
Location: The Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

How do you write appropriate emails for professors? What exactly are "office hours" and why should you go to them? This workshop will help answer these questions!

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Tuesday,
September 12

Book Discussion: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Time: 7-8pm
Location: Roberts Library 231 (Writing Center) | Cochran Campus

The English Studies Organization will be gathering to discuss Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Come and join us!

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian     FLYER

Wednesday,
September 13

SoAL Graduate Program Information Session

Time: 6:00pm
Location: Teams (click here to register)

Continue your journey to success. That graduate degree or certificate credential is closer than you think. Join us for a virtual information session about Graduate Programs and Certificates being offered in the School of Arts in Letters. ​

Contacts: Dr. Monica Miller and Dr. Andre Nicholson     FLYER

Thursday,
September 14

ESO Book Club Discussion - Fried Green Tomatoes

Time: 1-2pm
Location: Writing Center TEB 226 | Macon Campus

Whether you've seen the movie or read the book, come join our student-led, informal discussion of the book by Fannie Flagg or the movie it is based on or both.

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Monday,
September 18

Communicating with Professors

Time: 5pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (link to come)

How do you write appropriate emails for professors? What exactly are "office hours" and why should you go to them? This workshop will help answer these questions!

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Wednesday,
September 20

French Conversation Table

Time: 2pm
Location: SoAL 110 | Macon Campus

Come and practice some French!

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER

Friday,
September 22

ESO Writing Marathon

Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Writing Center TEB 226 | Macon Campus

Find joy in writing again by participating in a Writing Marathon on campus!

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Tuesday,
September 26

Joy Harjo Reading and Book Signing

Time: 11:30am
Location: Volleyball Gym | Macon Campus

The School of Arts & Letters will welcome Joy Harjo, internationally renowned musician, performer, and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States (2019-2022), and 1st Native American Poet Laureate, to present on September 26, 2023, at 11:30am on the Macon Campus.

Click here for more information.

Contact: Dr. Amy Berke    FLYER

Thursday,
September 28

History Advising Kick Off

Time: 11am - 1pm
Location: SoAL 110 | Macon Campus

Drop by for help with advising and registration!

Contact: Dr. Matthew Zimmerman     FLYER

Thursday,
September 28

Goat Yoga by Homegrown Yoga

Time: 5:30pm
Location: SLC Amphitheater | Macon Campus

Student Life is partnering with ESO to bring in Homegrown Yoga and live goats. Any fitness level can do goat yoga! Come join us for a fun, happiness awareness event!

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Monday,
October 2

Celebrating Korean and K-Pop!

Time: 6:30pm
Location:  Math Auditorium | Macon Campus


MGA students and faculty will showcase their Korean, demonstrate Taekwondo, present their art works inspired by K-pop, and present K-pop music videos on the huge HD screen in the Math Auditorium. The videos will be accompanied by commentary on Korean culture and K-pop music.

Contact:  Dr. Yunsuk Chae     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 3

Strategic Notetaking

Time: 5pm
Location: The Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

How can notetaking save you time and stress? We will suggest helpful methods of notetaking!

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 3

Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Location: Roberts Library 231 | Cochran Campus

The English Studies Organization is hosting a book discussion on Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian     FLYER

Wednesday,
October 4

Info Session: History - Secondary Education and MAT

Time: 2pm
Location: Virtual

Come find out everything you need to know about the secondary education program in History! We'll also review the Masters in Teaching (MAT) option available at MGA. We'll see you there!
Contact: Dr. Charlotte Miller     FLYER

Wednesday,
October 4

Overcoming Anxiety for Language Learning

Time: 3pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (https://tinyurl.com/mrxdscyf)

Many people feel nervous about learning a language. Learn some ways to overcome your anxiety so you can start your language learning journey!

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER

Monday,
October 9

Overcoming Anxiety for Language Learning

Time: 2pm - 3pm
Location: SoAL 110 | Macon Campus

Many people feel nervous about learning a language. Learn some ways to overcome your anxiety so you can start your language learning journey!

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER

Monday,
October 9

Art Exhibition Opening:  Stefani Byrd

Time: 6:00pm
Location:  Peacock Gallery | Russell Hall, Cochran Campus

Art Exhibition titled Domicile, featuring the work of Stefani Byrd. The work utilizes Byrd's domestic life as source material for an intimate visual study of form and space using 3D scanning technology. Domicile explores how the pandemic and the need to quarantine has changed our collective relationship to home, shifting it from a refuge to also that of a confine. The Exhibition runs from October 2 through November 3.

Contact: Prof. Luke Buffenmyer     FLYER

Monday,
October 9

Indigenous Literature Read-In

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Location: Roberts Library 231 | Cochran Campus

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the English Studies Organization is hosting an Indigenous literature read-in. Bring a poem, short story, or nonfiction work to read aloud. Suggested authors include (but are not limited to): Joy Harjo, Louise Erdrich, Heid E. Erdrich, Kaitlyn Curtice, Annette Clapsaddle, Leslie Marmon Silko. Tommy Orange, Zitkala-Sa

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 10

Strategic Notetaking

Time: 5pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (link to come)

How can notetaking save you time and stress? We will suggest helpful methods of notetaking!

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Wednesday,
October 11

Work in Progress: John Murphy on Joseph Conrad

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (click here to join)

Join us as Dr. John Murphy shares a work in progress on “The Precarity of Virtue: Ethics, Anthropology, and Character in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.” Come and hear about the project and share questions and feedback.

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 17

Bring Your Own Book Fair: Scary Edition

Time: 1:00pm
Locatoin: Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

Students are invited to bring their favorite scary book to share with everyone!

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 17

Music Department Open House

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Band Room, Music Building | Macon Campus

Explore the latest additions to the Music Department's state-of-the-art facilities and discover valuable insights about the program. Join us for an evening featuring a performance by the MGA Commercial Combo, an enlightening presentation on our new facilities by Professor Michael Gaffney, and an exciting preview of upcoming events by Dr. Justin McAdara.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara      FLYER

Thursday,
October 19

French Conversation Table

Time: 12:30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (link to come)

Come and practice some French!

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER

Monday,
October 23

Graduate Application Writing: Statements of Purpose and Other Documents

Time: 12:20pm
Location: Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

Make your graduate graduate application as strong as possible! Career Services will provide a workshop on writing statements of purpose and other texts for graduate applications. 

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 24

Book Discussion: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Location: Roberts Library 231 | Cochran Campus

The English Studies Organization is hosting a book discussion on Crank by Ellen Hopkins.

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian     FLYER

Wednesday,
October 25

SoAL Graduate Program Information Session

Time: 6:00pm
Location: Teams (click here to register)

Continue your journey to success. That graduate degree or certificate credential is closer than you think. Join us for a virtual information session about Graduate Programs and Certificates being offered in the School of Arts in Letters. ​

Contacts: Dr. Monica Miller and Dr. Andre Nicholson     FLYER

Thursday,
October 26

Coffee and Conversation with Professors Andre Nicholson and LaRonda Sanders-Senu

Time: 2pm
Location: Library | Cochran Campus

Drs. Nicholson and Sanders-Senu will discuss their recently released anthology, insecure, Awkward & #Winning: Intersectionality of Race, Gender & Sexuality in the Works of Issa Rae.

Contact: Dr. Andre Nicholson     FLYER

Thursday,
October 26

English Studies Organization's Annual Mystery Theater

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location:  Arts Complex Theatre | Macon Campus

English Studies Organization's Annual Mystery Theater is a one-time performance on October 26th with limited tickets. More details coming!

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers    FLYER

Friday,
October 27

Senior Exhibition: Jackson Griffith - Closing Reception

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Lobby | Macon Campus

Artwork by Jackson Griffith will be on view in the Arts Complex Lobby from October 23rd through October 27th. The closing reception will be followed by a short concert in the Rehearsal Hall.

Contact: Jackson Griffith     FLYER

Tuesday,
October 31

Movies & Makeup
Blood, Gore, & More

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Outside Russell Hall, near library | Cochran Campus

Prof. Edwards and students apply Hollywood make-up effects to students.

Contact: Rebecca Edwards              FLYER

Tuesday,
October 31

Banned Book Trivia

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Student Life Lounge | Warner Robins Campus

Join the Honors Student Association and the MGA Library for Banned Book Trivia!

Contact: Dr. Heather Ness-Maddox     FLYER

Wednesday,
November 1

Pay It Forward - Kindness Cards

Time: 9:15am start
Location: TEB Lobby | Macon Campus

ESO's Pay It Forward Event is one of the Happiness Awareness (Positive Psychology) events. ESO will be handing out Kindness Cards. All you need to do is one act of kindness and pass the cards on. See how kindness spreads throughout our community.

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Thursday,
November 2

Grammarpalooza

Time: 12pm - 2:30pm
Location: Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

Grammarpalooza is The Writing Center's regular semester writing refresher. This social game allows core students to review common editing problems in a light-hearted and candy-laden environment. This fall, our review items will be its/it's, a/an, and commas versus semi-colons; our theme is "My Neighbor Totoro."

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Thursday,
November 2

An Evening of Percussion

Time: 7:30
Location: Arts Complex Theater | Macon Campus

Miguel Castro, director of percussion, presents the first student recital of the semester.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara      FLYER

Saturday,
November 4

A Night of Saxophone with Jared Cummings ft. Dr. Giuliano Graniti

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Theatre | Macon

Jared Cummings (DMA student, FSU) and MGA's own Dr. Giuliano Graniti perform.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara     FLYER

Monday,
November 6

Jazz Band & Commercial Combos

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall | Macon

MGA's Jazz Band and Commercial Combo perform.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara     FLYER

Monday,
November 6

Dr. Cory Smith Happiness Awareness and Mindfulness Walk

Time: 12:30pm
Location: Writing Center TEB 226 | Macon Campus

Dr. Cory Smith, Professor of Psychology, will be speaking on happiness and positive psychology. After his talk, he will be leading a mindfulness walk around campus

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Tuesday,
November 7

Brown Bag: Joys & Jaundice, Research in East Africa with Dr. Charlotte Miller

Time: 12:30pm
Location: SoAL 206 | Macon Campus

Presented by the History Student Organization and the Department of History. Dr. Miller presents ongoing research, and discusses research practices.

Tuesday,
November 7

Citation Guide Workshop

Time: 5pm
Location: Writing Center (TEB 226) | Macon Campus

Join this workshop/game to become comfortable with using citation guides for MLA, APA, Chicago, and other styles.

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Tuesday,
November 7

Bethany Knowles: Senior Recital

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall

Bethany Knowles brings an hour of both classical and musical theater repertoire. Free and public event!

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara     FLYER

Tuesday,
November 7

All Rights Reserved

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Russell Hall Theater | Cochran Campus

Theatre at MGA presents All Rights Reserved, a play by Michael Ragozzino, directed by John Iverson.

Contact: John Iverson     FLYER

Wednesday
November 8

All Rights Reserved

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Russell Hall Theater | Cochran Campus

Theatre at MGA presents All Rights Reserved, a play by Michael Ragozzino, directed by John Iverson.

Contact: John Iverson     FLYER

Wednesday,
November 8

Citation Guide Workshop

Time: 5pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (link to come)

Join this workshop/game to become comfortable with using citation guides for MLA, APA, Chicago, and other styles.

Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley     FLYER

Thursday,
November 9

Book Club & Happiness Awareness - Shawn Actor's The Happiness Advantage

Time: 1:00pm
Location: Writing Center TEB 226 | Macon Campus

Come join us for an informal, student-led discussion of Shawn Achor's book The Happiness Advantage. This is part of our Happiness Awareness events for fall.

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers     FLYER

Thursday,
November 9

All Rights Reserved

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Theater | Macon Campus

Theatre at MGA presents All Rights Reserved, a play by Michael Ragozzino, directed by John Iverson.

Contact: John Iverson     FLYER

Monday,
November 13

Art Exhibition Opening:  Shannon Riddle Interplay

Time: 6:00pm
Location:  Peacock Gallery | Russell Hall, Cochran Campus

Artwork from MGA's own Shannon Riddle. The exhibition runs from November 13 - January 19. More information to come.

Contact: Prof. Luke Buffenmyer     FLYER

Tuesday,
November 14

Stages of Memories

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Theatre | Macon Campus

Stages of Memories is crafted from the interviews of ten MGA students on campus, highlighting both the shared events that unite them and the individual experiences that make each one of them unique.

Contact: John Iverson

Tuesday, 
November 14

Book Discussion: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Location: Roberts Library 231 | Cochran Campus

The Cochran English Studies Organization is hosting a discussion of John Green’s novel Looking for Alaska. Come join us!

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian     FLYER

Tuesday,
November 14

UPDATES - Chambers Singers

Time: 8:00pm
Location: Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall | Macon Campus

MGA's Chamber Singers perform. Formerly scheduled at Wesleyan College.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara     FLYER

Wednesday,
November 15

French Conversation Table

Time: 2pm
Location: SoAL 110 | Macon Campus

Come and practice some French!

Contact: Dr. Sabrina Wengier     FLYER

Wednesday,
November 15

Music Composition and Career Masterclass with David Fletcher

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Band Room, Music Building | Macon Campus

Guest musician David Fletcher presents a masterclass in music composition and careers. Return at 4:30pm to get a behind the scenes look at MGA's Jazz Band as they workshop one of David Fletcher's compositions.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara

Wednesday,
November 15

Stages of Memories

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Theatre | Macon Campus

Stages of Memories is crafted from the interviews of ten MGA students on campus, highlighting both the shared events that unite them and the individual experiences that make each one of them unique.

Contact: John Iverson     FLYER

Thursday,
November 16

CANCELLD - Stages of Memories

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Russell Hall Theatre | Cochran Campus

Unfortunately, the Cochran performance of Stages of Memories has been cancelled.

Contact: John Iverson     FLYER

Thursday,
November 16

Stream of Consciousness

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall | Macon Campus

Full sensory experience with sound sculptures; featuring guest artist David Fletcher on acoustic trombone and Dr. Justin McAdara on electric trombone. Four local artists/art students will be doing live painting during the performance.

Contact: Dr. Justin McAdara              Flyer

Tuesday,
November 28

MFA In Film Production Info Session with UCF

Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Location: Arts Complex Theatre | Macon Campus

Professor Philip Peters from the University of Central Florida (UCF), will come to our Macon campus for an in-person presentation about their MFA Film program and the other exciting opportunities that they have there at UCF.
Contact: Prof. Zardosht Afshari     FLYER

Tuesday,
November 28

Storytelling Through Music: The Lion King

Time: 5:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Theater | Macon Campus

Professor Michael Gaffney presents a Film Score Analysis on The Lion King.
Contact: Prof. Michael Gaffney      FLYER

Tuesday,
November 28

History Student Organization - Cochran Movie Night

Time: 7:30pm
Location: 230 Walker Hall | Cochran Campus

Movie Night featuring Frank Capra's Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike.

Contact: Dr. Tracie Provost     FLYER

Wednesday,
November 29

History Last Day of Classes Celebration

Time: 11am - 1pm
Location: SLC Lobby | Macon Campus

Send off the semester right by joining the History Department and celebrating the last day of classes!

Contact: Dr. Matthew Zimmerman

 

Spring 2024

Tuesday,
February 6

Work in Progress: Stephen Taylor on Authenticity

Time: 2:30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (link to come)

Dr. Stephen Taylor will be sharing a work in progress on the Commodification of Authenticity. Come hear about the project and offer feedback and questions.

Contact: Dr. Mary Christian

Thursday,
March 7

The Alice Experience

Time: 12pm - 2pm
Location: Student Life Amphitheater | Macon Campus

The Alice Experience is an interactive walk through the Alice in Wonderland world. See your favorite characters come to life and complete your journey through Wonderland, defeat the Jabberwocky, run a caucus race, and more fun games and activities.

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers

March 25 - April 12

Reel People Arts Festival: Celebrating Diversity in Film and Media Arts

Programming will explore diversity in filmmaking and media in Georgia and beyond. Free public events will celebrate filmmakers, composers, animators, technologists, and game designers whose work defies the historical homogeneity of Hollywood.

Details and schedule to come.

April 10 - April 13

MGA Undergraduate Conference

MGA's 2024 Undergraduate Conference, sponsored by the School of Arts & Letters, serves to highlight exceptional student work across MGA's many undergraduate programs. The conference will take place on MGA's Cochran and Macon campuses. Highlights include student panels. poster sessions, student art exhibitions, and keynote speakers. 

Details and schedule to come.

Wednesday,
April 10

"Middle Georgia Politics": A Panel Discussion

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Arts Complex Theatre | Macon Campus

The Political Science department presents a panel discussion for the Undergraduate Conference. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

Thursday,
April 11

MGA Student Art Exhibition Reception

Time: 3:30pm
Location: Peacock Gallery | Cochran Campus

Details to come.

Thursday,
April 11

Undergraduate Conference Student Panels

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Cochran Campus

Details to come. Followed by closing reception in the Peacock Gallery.

Friday,
April 12

“Celebrating Middle Georgia Businesses,” Will Butler, COO Pilot International and MGA alum

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Arts Complex Theatre | Macon Campus

MGA's Undergraduate Conference welcomes guest speaker Will Butler, COO Pilot International and MGA alum.

Friday,
April 12

Undergraduate Conference Student Panels

Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: School of Arts & Letters Building and Library | Macon Campus

Details to come.

Saturday,
April 13

Undergraduate Conference Student Panels

Time: 9am - 12pm
Location: School of Arts & Letters Building | Macon Campus

Details to come.

Thursday,
April 18

Gothic Masquerade Ball

Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: SLC Lobby | Macon Campus

This year's annual ball theme is Gothic Masquerade. We will have dancing, waltz lessons, food, games and socializing. Costume is not required, but there is a costume contest for the best Gothic look. Don't have a mask? No problem. Come join us for this fun social event!

Contact: Dr. Shane Trayers

An archive of past events of the School of Arts & Letters (SOAL) is available:

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