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Shorter to celebrate new name on June 1


ROME — Shorter University will celebrate its new status on June 1 with a day of celebratory events.

Those events will begin with a 10 a.m. signage unveiling and dedication at the main entrance to the campus, followed by open houses from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the main Rome campus, the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business facilities in the MidTown Crossing Shopping Center, and the School of Nursing in the Coosa Medical Building, 20 Riverbend Dr. SW (in Riverbend Mall).

Later that day, Christian recording artists Rebecca St. James and Jonny Diaz will perform at 6 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium, 601 Broad St., with In Pursuit, a local band that includes Shorter student Drew Carroll, as the opening act. Diaz will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by featured artist Rebecca St. James at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets for the event are $5 for students and $8 for adults. All tickets will be $10 at the door; however, seating is limited and admission is not guaranteed. For tickets, call the Shorter College Box Office at (706) 233-7288.

St. James has been recognized by Christianity Today magazine as one of the top 50 “Up and Coming Evangelical Leaders 40 and Under.” In 2007, she was named “Favorite Female Artist” in contemporary Christian music for the seventh consecutive year by the readers of “CCM Magazine.” She has received Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)-certified gold album awards for her groundbreaking album titled “God” and her Grammy Award-winning project “Pray.” St. James is also a best-selling author with more than a half-dozen books to her credit.

In March Diaz was nominated as New Artist of the Year for the upcoming 41st GMA Dove Awards. His 2009 CD, “More Beautiful You,” is his first as a signed artist with INO Records, which is home to such artists as MercyMe, Caedmon’s Call, and The Fray.

Also offered that evening will be Shorter University Night with the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium. Shorter President Harold E. Newman will throw out the first pitch for the 7 p.m. game in which the Rome Braves take on the Augusta Green Jackets. For tickets to the game, visit or call (706) 378-5144.