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New name suggestions for ASU-GHSU consolidation might appear in July

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 7:58 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:03 PM
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After more than 1,200 people sent in suggestions for a new name for the consolidated university that will replace Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, three finalists might be revealed in mid-July, officials said Wednesday.

At the first public meeting of the Consolidation Working Group that is working on the change, officials said more than 1,250 people had offered up to three suggestions through a Web site. GHSU President Ricardo Azziz called it a “massive number of suggestions.”

A group of 10 people from both institutions has been studying the names of the top 100 universities and research on the qualities of names, said Susan Barcus, Chief Development Officer for GHSU, who is co-chairing the working group.

The group will also test market potential names with an eye toward a name with statewide and national impact, Azziz said.

“This is a comprehensive American university,” he said. “This is not a local university.”

The idea is to whittle it down to a “short list” of names, hopefully by June 15, that can then be sent out for feedback, Azziz said. People will be asked to pick three names but not to rank them. The hope is to have that input and potential finalists before a committee meeting July 11, and to then submit three unranked suggestions to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, who will ultimately choose the name, Azziz said.

The university will launch a marketing campaign with the new name, he said.

“We need to have a name that means something and we need to market and brand that name,” Azziz said.

The committee did settle one name issue Wednesday – it voted unanimously to retain ASU’s mascot, the Jaguars, as the name for the new university’s sports teams.

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rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 05/16/12 - 08:22 pm
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What name would have state

What name would have state wide appeal? What name would have national recognition? Not some contrived name sent in my me and countless others. When one mention's Georgia colleges, what name immediately comes to mind? No, not ASU, not Georgia Southern, but UGA. What school has national recognition? Yep, that's right, UGA. There is no name that any one can come up with that is going to put this merger on the map. So, and this is my opinion only, the new name has already been determined. I think the whole merger will be a sattelite campus of UGA. Therefore ASU will become the Summerville campus of UGA-Augusta, and GHSU will become the UGA- Augusta Medical School. And the Athens campus of GHSU will become known as the UGA-Athens
Medical School.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/17/12 - 04:02 am
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rm, that sounds about right.

rm, that sounds about right. At first I understood that reason they wanted to take their time with the name. But, as the months and months drag, I'm thinking "Come on with it already!!". We all know about the costs involved AFTER the name is chosen, but what about the costs involved in just choosing the daggone name?? Can you imagine the countless meetings upon meetings?? Not only do these meetings take time themselves, but the meetings are removing the participants from their regular assigned jobs! I just hope these name-picker-outters will be smart enough to make it easy...GHSU was NOT easy! MCG, ASU, UGA for example, are all easy. Get it?

sjsypien
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sjsypien 05/17/12 - 04:52 am
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What a waste of our tax dollars.

Didn't Aziz just waste over a million bucks to change the name of MCG? What does he care, it's not his money. Also, did the name change improve the school any?

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 05/17/12 - 07:06 am
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MCG

Medical College of Georgia is already branded. Go back to it. Add MCG Summerville Campus to reference the new campus.

The folks should have never changed from MCG....the change for change sake was poorly advised.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/17/12 - 08:05 am
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University of Georgia at

University of Georgia at Augusta for the all-encompassing name. GHSU either goes back to MCG-Augusta or becomes Medical University of Georgia at Augusta. Athens becomes Medical University of Georgia at Athens or MCG-Athens.

Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
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Wonder how much nay-saying

Wonder how much nay-saying accompanied Mr. Cumming's presentation of the idea of a canal complex for My Hometown?

Does My Hometown have native-born leaders with the foresight and public-spiritedness of a Cumming to grab today's "brass(really golden) ring?"

Thinkernow
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Thinkernow 05/17/12 - 08:29 am
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Wow, from the comments above

Wow, from the comments above it sounds like some UGA graduates are really getting worried about having another major university in the state. To be honest, I think they should be.

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Tom Corwin 05/17/12 - 10:30 am
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Clarifying MCG and expenses

I have pointed this out in the past but just to help clarify the issue, the name Medical College of Georgia has not gone away. It now refers solely to the medical school and not the whole university. MCG graduated nearly 190 people earlier this month. While we do not know what the new name will be, it will not have "health" or probably medical in the name, Azziz has said. On the expense issue, while a couple million was budgeted for the name change to GHSU, only a couple hundred thousand has been spent, most of it for things like the temporary banners that you can see around campus. When it became apparent that consolidation might be coming, officials backed off the major expenses like changing the permanent signs.

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David Parker 05/17/12 - 10:44 am
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this is going to be

this is going to be sooooooooooooo anti-climactic if the name is announced as: UGA - Augusta

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/17/12 - 12:27 pm
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Comprehensive

com·pre·hen·sive – adj. covering completely or broadly. . . . . . . . syn. – INCLUSIVE

“This is a comprehensive American university,” Ricardo Azziz said.

There's your new name right there!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/17/12 - 03:27 pm
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Tom Corwin..what are you doing?

Why are you trying to confuse this entire situation with facts? Don't you realize that telling us these things will only cause the rabble-rousers to retreat and scramble to put out new mis-information? The best and easiest thing for us to do is to discredit your knowledge....just ignore it, and keep thinking what we've been told all along!
What do you mean there's STILL a MCG??? Only a couple of K has been spent on name changes, and not a million?? And the new name won't have "health" or "medical" in the name?? I call BALDERDASH!!

Now excuse me while I go and stick my head back in the sand!

(Tom, thanks for the correct info! Just pulling your leg!)

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/17/12 - 03:29 pm
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Hot air
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Consolidation committees, working groups, marketing campaigns, tests of market potential etc, etc.........the "sales pitch" mumbo-jumbo of the corporate world goes on and on. Typical boardroom "focus group" shtick. The triumph of style over substance, of packaging over content, of appearance over reality

Are we selling used cars or something?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/17/12 - 03:49 pm
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Nit-Picky

I don't mean to bash the headline, but when a headline reads, “New Name Suggestions . . . Might Appear in July,” readers might say, “Ho-Hum.”

Slow news day, I guess.

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