The new logo for Middle Georgia State College
When students at the school formerly known as Macon State College came back for the spring semester, they returned to an entirely new school - Middle Georgia State College.
The new college is a result of the merger between Macon State and Middle Georgia College, which took effect in January. The Macon site is now one of the college's 5 campuses, which also include Warner Robins, Cochran, Dublin, and Eastman.
The new name also began the process of changing everything at the school to reflect the new title. Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Nancy Stroud says everything from letterheads to envelopes, and signs has to be changed.
Staff members are also beginning to use the new name when answering phone calls, which they say takes some getting used to after growing accustomed to Macon State. "It's like when you get married, sometimes you still use your old name," says Stroud.
Response from students 13WMAZ spoke with say the new name seemed overwhelmingly positive. Many said the new name was a better reflection of the school's size. "Middle Georgia just makes it sound a bit bigger and more connected with other institutions more so than Macon State which sounds more limited," says transient student Jordan Jackson.
The new team name for MGSC is the Knights, and their colors are purple, black, silver, and gray. They have already replaced a large Macon State sign on I-475 and plan on changing their signs on campus.