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Sunday, June 24, 2012 8:54 PM
Last updated Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:55 PM
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Based on suggestions in website comments, Facebook comments, petitions and online polls, we've created a list of the 10 most recommended names for the combined Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities. Scroll down to find out how the voting from the Augusta Chronicle Facebook page turned out as of Wednesday morning

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The choices were:

--Arsenal University

--Augusta University

--Bartram University

--George Walton University

--Georgia Arts & Medicine University (Georgia A&M)

--Georgia Arts & Sciences University (or a variation)

--Georgia Southeastern University

--University of Augusta

--University of Georgia – Augusta

--William Few University

A few notes on the poll:

1) The list was arranged alphabetically because many commenters expressed concern the order was chosen to favor certain names over others.

2) Facebook polls only allow 10 options, so we had to make some tough choices.

3) Southeastern University was a popular choice, but it already exists in Lakeland, Florida.

4) Sorry to the many fans of James Brown Downtown College of Good Knowledge, but we did not think administrators would give it serious consideration.

5) There were many supporters of variations of Georgia Arts & Sciences University (GSAU, GUAS, GUSA), but we chose one to represent the four since we could only list 10 names.

6) We trimmed Augusta Arsenal University and Nobel University from the list because they received far less support than the other four committee-submitted choices in our original poll.

RESULTS

This is how the voting from the Augusta Chronicle Facebook page turned out as of Wednesday morning:

Georgia Arts & Medicine University (Georgia A&M)

476 votes

University of Augusta

152 votes

University of Georgia – Augusta

85 votes

Georgia Arts & Sciences University (or a variation)

82 votes

George Walton University

43 votes

Augusta University

42 votes

Georgia Southeastern University

10 votes

Bartram University

8 votes

Arsenal University

5 votes

William Few University

3 votes

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/12 - 09:49 pm
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Interesting poll. UA and AU

Interesting poll. UA and AU together appear to be about tied with one other name. That's the University of Georgia Augusta. What's funny is the school won't even be part of the University of Georgia. Heh.

BROADVIEW
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BROADVIEW 06/24/12 - 10:47 pm
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NEW NAME FOR ASU/MED SCHOOL

GEORGE WALTON UNIVERSITY

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/24/12 - 10:57 pm
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Rigged

The poll is rigged, because there are many of us who refuse to register at Facebook. The poll should be web-based so that a person can submit a vote directly from a web page via a submit button — we should not have to register at Facebook!

athome
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athome 06/25/12 - 12:59 am
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new U name

Riverman,
I think you are mistaken. Aren't ASU and GHSU/MCG both controlled by the Board of Regents of the University System of GA? (Along with dozens of smaller schools accross the state AND the larger UGA) They are the entity that dictated the schools merge into one.

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Connor Threlkeld 06/25/12 - 01:44 am
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Little Lamb

Little Lamb, based on your concerns, I have added the poll options to this story. If you would like to make your choice in the comments, we can add it to the results Tom Corwin will pass along to the university naming committee. As an alternative, you can have a friend who uses Facebook make a choice on your behalf.

The main reason we used a Facebook poll is that there are many more registered Facebook users than there are registered users of our website, and registration helps ensure each person gets only one vote. No effort to "rig" the poll was intended.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/12 - 06:20 am
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Athome, about UGA

The University System of Georgia has authority over all state supported colleges in the state. Ga Tech, Ga South, Ga State, UGA and the others come under its control. It's office is in Atlanta. Augusta State and GHSU are no more components of UGA than Ga Tech is.

As I keep pointing out, the professional schools and graduate education can keep their unique names. GHSU can even stay that name with "Augusta University's" above. How hard is that?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/12 - 06:23 am
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About Historical Names

How does using a historical name help the community or schools? Going that way is a negative...saying I don't want to be associated with the community.

specialist
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specialist 06/25/12 - 07:13 am
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WILLIAM FEW UNIVERSITY

Augusta really has to start to emphazie its historical past. I appreciate James Brown and what he did for Augusta, but that does not hit the "historical" mark.

Georgia Arts & Medicine University (Georgia A&M)
--Georgia Arts & Sciences University (or a variation)
--Georgia Southeastern University
--University of Augusta
--University of Georgia – Augusta

All too bland and do not convey a message to history.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/12 - 07:33 am
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Does anyone know of an

Does anyone know of an undergraduate university with a med school that puts the words "medicine" or "medical" in their name?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 07:41 am
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Newbie

I see we have a new registrant for the comments section. Welcome, Specialist. We have discussed some of your suggestions before. The main reason that "Arts & Medicine" and also "Arts & Sciences" are inappropriate is because those terms do not encompass all the disciplines offered by a comprehensive university such as our merged school. Our school offers business degrees, education degrees, and degrees in humanities. Those disciplines are not included in the terms arts, sciences, and medicine.

And Riverman made a salient comment above, you do not see other major universities across the country using educational disciplines in the name. For example, how would it sound to say Harvard University of Arts & Medicine? Not too cool.

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Also, regarding "Georgia Southeastern." If you look at a map of Georgia, you will see that Augusta is in the northern half of the state. Therefore, Georgia Southeastern is inaccurate.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 07:43 am
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Thanks, Mr. Threlkeld

I will submit my vote here:

Augusta University

It is short, sweet, and definitive.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 07:49 am
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History

I find it odd that people want to name a new university after a historical figure (i.e., William Bartram, Noble Jones, George Walton, or William Few have been suggested. Why not add Jimmy Dyess to the mix?). You can get a history degree from the merged university, but that doesn't mean that the entire school should be focused on history.

You can get a physics degree from the merged university — should we name the school after Isaac Newton?

When you see a school named after an individual (Harvard, Yale, Stanton, Millsaps, Emory, etc.) that person was usually the primary benefactor of the school and not a person famous in history (for anything other than starting a school).

specialist
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specialist 06/25/12 - 08:03 am
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William Few University

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Few

Check him out all you good Augustians.

specialist
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specialist 06/25/12 - 08:49 am
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William Few

Little Lamb

Reference your above

Extracted from wiki pedia

He was a founding trustee of the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens in 1785. Few's efforts to establish UGA as the first state-chartered university in the United States indicated the importance this self-educated man gave to formal instruction.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 09:05 am
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More about Few

Thanks for the information about William Few. Since he was so important in the establishment of UGA, it would seem that UGA would want to honor him. One of the thoughts coming across loud and clear is that Augustans do not want the university here to be construed as a satellite campus of UGA. Therefore, naming the university here in Augusta after a founding trustee of UGA would not go over well.

specialist
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specialist 06/25/12 - 09:36 am
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William Few

Little Lamb

That is just ONE of many attributes that this historical figure possessed. You really need to read his TOTAL Bio.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 09:59 am
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UGA Grad

I take it you are an alumna of University of Georgia, Specialist. Is that correct?

Dudeness
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Dudeness 06/25/12 - 10:16 am
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Choices

There are at least some good choices in this poll. I would like to see a follow-up poll using the top 3 choices from this poll to narrow it down further.

specialist
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specialist 06/25/12 - 10:57 am
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William Few University

Little Lamb

A graduate of UGA? I should be so lucky. Although I do have a "Grandaughter" that is in her second year (this coming semister), at UGA.
I am a yankee from the midwest and spent my years that I should have been attending college hauling alfalfa on the farm.
I graduated from the school of "hard knocks".

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/25/12 - 11:47 am
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ASU/GHSU Name Poll

We will see over the next ten years how successful the new name of the University is. Let's see how many supporters leave or give an endowment  to the new named University here in Augusta , Ga. Once again  "The Speak Easy" people think that they know what appeal to more intelligent people with more knowledge and utilize better English and speak better language everyday than they do, This is what happens when you let a bunch of1st Graders choose the school lunch for an entire year or so.

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countyman 06/25/12 - 11:53 am
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The University of Augusta is

The University of Augusta is the best choice.. Let's don't waste time explaining A&M stands for Arts & Medicine, instead of the common Agricultural & Mechanical...

The Hull College of Business at ASU is too important to be left out of the name...

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/25/12 - 12:02 pm
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Facebook
Unpublished

This fiasco is getting really, really old.................

Now the dreaded "Facebook" is part of the equation?

How......how.........amateurish! This is how a tertiary institution which aspires to greatness gets named? Through "Facebook"? Please!

Oh and Countyman....the students, alumni and faculty disagree with you. Strongly. They want the word "Georgia" in the name because they have to apply for positions elsewhere and further their careers and in the biomedical world, the "University of Augusta" aint squat! Got that?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/12 - 12:36 pm
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Of course, ASU also trains

Of course, ASU also trains teachers, but I don't expect to see Teacher's College in the name either.

But you know what wouldn't surprise me at all. The BOR could simply determine to keep the ASU name as it is. Just put that above GHSU for the med school portion. That would deflect criticisim from some who won't be happy with whatever is picked. It would work for me, too, although my first pick is AU.

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angedelune 06/25/12 - 12:43 pm
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asu/ghsu

why not call it Augusta University of Higher Learning that should encompass all degrees

raul
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raul 06/25/12 - 01:07 pm
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University of Augusta and

University of Augusta and Augusta University seem to be popular choices. Can someone explain to me why Augusta State University is significantly different than the other two? Why change it at all?

athome
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athome 06/25/12 - 02:20 pm
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ASU and the ASU medical

ASU and the ASU medical school or Medical College of GA at ASU. Keep the names most people want but tie them together

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/25/12 - 03:02 pm
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Vote to evaluate better name tilte submititions!

We will see over the next ten years how successful the new name of the University is. Let's see how many supporters will leave or give an endowment  to the new named University here in Augusta , Ga. Once again "The Speak Easy" people think that they know what appeals to more intelligent people than themselves with more knowledge and utilize better English and speak better language skills everyday than they do, But in reality they are only appealing to themselves and not the more serious minded people who want something great to symbolize and to represent their city and all parties involved. This is what happens when you let a bunch of 1st  Graders who are given the authorization to choose the school daily lunch for an entire year or so. When it was announced that a poll was going to be taken in search of a better name to represent both Universities in question. Didn't know it was going to be a majority wins situation. In all honesty it should have been of to The GBOR to pick the most intelligent submission, and if needed be add to the name "of Georgia", "Georgia", or "University". Also you have to keep in mind that MCG or GHSU is a well known University though out The State of Georgia, Region, The South East,  The Nation, and The World in the Medical Professions among the wealthy influential and well establish professional individuals. While that not to be said that AC or ASU don't have the same recognition on the same scale as MCG or GHSU. AC or ASU more so of lately has been known for it's athletic success in it's NCAA  golf national championships and NCAA basketball programs. So with that being said it means a lot to what the name on the players uniforms are. in order to maintain that respectability and credibility that the school has earned thous far. So I say once again "The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of It Parts".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 03:29 pm
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better name tilte submititions!

Yeah, I'd like some better submititions, too.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 07/06/12 - 10:47 pm
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University Name Poll Vote

The names on the list you have so far except one of two of them may be suitable for one University, but not both Universities. This situation is more than just the renaming of a school, but the fact of the matter is that this is the naming of two very and different institutions with a single name to represent both Universities as one Institution.

Quote By Aristotle; "The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts"

If I had to choose any of the ones listed now I would have to go with .

"The Southeastern University of Georgia"

My first three main choices are not listed on the current list of listing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 04:15 pm
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Southeast

It is true that Augusta is southeast of Athens. But I must remind you again that Augusta is not located in southeast Georgia. Augusta is in the northern half of the state.

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