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Committee submits 6 names for consolidated university in Augusta

Friday, June 15, 2012 10:25 AM
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After months of winnowing down more than a thousand recommendations, a committee has chosen six suggestions for the name of the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities.

Helen Hendee (left), the vice president for development and alumni relations at Augusta State University, and Susan Barcus, the chief development officer at Georgia Health Sciences University, talk about the naming process for the consolidated university.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Helen Hendee (left), the vice president for development and alumni relations at Augusta State University, and Susan Barcus, the chief development officer at Georgia Health Sciences University, talk about the naming process for the consolidated university.

They are:

• Arsenal University

• Augusta Arsenal University

• Augusta University

• Bartram University

• Noble University

• University of Augusta

A consolidation working group of ASU and GHSU members looked at more than 1,200 suggestions, many of which were duplicates, said Helen Hendee, the vice president for development and alumni relations at ASU, who was a co-chairwoman of the group.

GHSU President Ricardo Azziz did not “micromanage” the process and instead gave the committee a few simple principles: the name could be no more than three words, it should not have health or medical in the name and it had to be university, Hendee said.

The committee culled those that were profane or more than three words, but “I will tell you that our group looked at every single name,” said Susan Barcus, the chief development officer for GHSU, who was also a co-chairwoman of the group.

Names were generally divided into three broad categories – geographical, aspirational and proper names that referred to a specific individual, Hendee said.

The committee consulted with experts and did extensive research on what elements should be considered in the new name, Barcus said.

Augusta University and the University of Augusta were the most popular suggestions among those submitted, Barcus said.

Arsenal University and Augusta Ar­senal University are not just nods to the former Au­gusta Arsenal facility where ASU began, Hendee said. Arsenal also symbolizes strength, she said.

“The two naming opportunities, Bartram and Noble university, are really rooted in the contributions of historical figures of significance to the area,” Barcus said.

“Noble” refers to Noble Jones, a physician and carpenter who was an original Colonist and Revolutionary War figure and a Co­lonial surveyor, Barcus said. “Bartram” refers to the prominent naturalist William Bartram, she said.

“We have 38 miles of Bar­tram Trail through Georgia, so this was in his honor,” Barcus said.

After internal and external input, a task force is expected to vote June 27 on three unranked finalists, which will be submitted to the University System of Geor­gia Board of Regents. The board could take up the issue at its meeting in August.

If approved by the South­ern Association of Colleges and Schools in December, the new consolidated university would begin operation in January.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/15/12 - 09:37 am
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Uh.......that's it??
Unpublished

Totally underwhelming!

downthecrapper
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downthecrapper 06/15/12 - 09:38 am
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Who was on the "creative" committee?

MCG/GHSU/ASU is giving alumni the opportunity to vote on their top three names. There is not a "Check this box if you dislike all of the above". These names are HORRIBLE and sound like a diploma mill college. I hope that the Board of Regents laughs at this list and asks that they start over.

aubaug
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aubaug 06/15/12 - 09:51 am
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Laughable, embarrassing

Hope the Committee enjoyed coffee, doughnuts, and their social time together. The submitted names do NOT reflect National or International acclaim; they are laughable, and embarrassing, at best.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 09:52 am
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Six

The committee was ordered to present six names, so they did. But we can all see that the bottom four names are so ludicrous that no one on the Board of Regents will even consider them. So it will be one of the top two choices.

David Parker
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David Parker 06/15/12 - 09:59 am
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Arsenal U isn't that bad, but

Arsenal U isn't that bad, but who am I to weigh in. heh

ARC fan
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ARC fan 06/15/12 - 10:06 am
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This is ridiculous!! What in

This is ridiculous!! What in the world is Noble University? And Bartram?? What does the Arsenal have to do with the medical campus - there must be a misunderstanding or this is some type of hoax.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 06/15/12 - 10:12 am
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If this is the load of hooey

If this is the load of hooey we get for the name of the university, what can we expect from the substantive "merger" of the two?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/15/12 - 10:16 am
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0 for 6

The last four sound like correspondence schools and the first two sound podunk. Nothing here to make it sound "outstanding".

iLove
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iLove 06/15/12 - 10:27 am
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If this the case, I say keep
Unpublished

If this the case, I say keep one of the three original names.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/15/12 - 10:28 am
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Kidding

They are kidding....right?

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 06/15/12 - 10:32 am
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how could they...

how could they have an appropriate name without "Georgia" or "medical" or both?

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/15/12 - 10:33 am
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MCG where art thou?
Unpublished

If MCG is the state medical school for the state of Georgia, then the words "Georgia" and/or "State" must be in the title somewhere.

As it stands with this list of names, they have taken MCG and completely buried it! Who would know that "Augusta University" or "Bartram University", for instance, contained the state medical school?

This surely fits perfectly with Azziz's stated objective of raising the profile and ranking of MCG.

Not!

Kudos to all involved.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/15/12 - 10:34 am
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And I thought!!!!

What were you thinking? I really believe they were not thinking at all or on something. I am with the rest of the previous commenters they stink! Go back and try again!!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 06/15/12 - 10:39 am
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I try not to give personal opinions on here, but...

These are quite disappointing. I second Rob Pavey's opinion.

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 06/15/12 - 10:46 am
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How about

Georgia Medical and Arts University of Augusta
Georgia Medical and Arts University at Augusta

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 06/15/12 - 10:54 am
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Do the members of the

Do the members of the "consolidation working group" realize how much material they have provided for Jeff Foxworthy?

moralcompass
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moralcompass 06/15/12 - 11:20 am
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are you kidding me -

at least two names sound possible with augusta in them
the others are so ridiculous that it seems they are bent on having augusta in the name

my recs
Georgia Union University (union of two schools)
Georgia National University (play of words on the course)

the schools needs a more encompassing name that just augusta
for jobs and residency you are trying to attract people from around the country

HighSociety
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HighSociety 06/15/12 - 11:25 am
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Wow!

Wow!

countyman
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countyman 06/15/12 - 11:35 am
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University of Augusta is

University of Augusta is clearly the best choice... I've said this for sometime now on here..

The majority of people living in metro Augusta seem to agree with me... It's not a shocker Augusta University and University of Augusta were the most popular choices..

The article explains why both Noble and Bartram were used...

csrareader
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csrareader 06/15/12 - 11:29 am
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Weak

Wow... amazingly weak.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/15/12 - 11:33 am
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Lee Benedict

I like your suggestions. It recognizes both schools. That is good.

David Parker
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David Parker 06/15/12 - 01:53 pm
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new proposals:1. Let's sweat

new proposals:

1. Let's sweat the small stuff University

2. Augusta University of Disagreement

3. Everybody's Got One University

4. I know better than a University System work group designed to name the new school University

5. David Parker University

Commence to clicking the red thumb yall.

To clarify why "Arsenal" The campus on WWay is on the grounds of the Augusta Arsenal. Plus there was a Confederate Powder Works downtown where Sibley Mill is back in the day (circa 1860's i think)

countyman
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countyman 06/15/12 - 11:52 am
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The word 'Georgia' should not

The word 'Georgia' should not be included in the name... We already have Georgia Tech, U of Georgia, Georgia State, etc...

It's better to create your own indentity, and become unique instead of following the lead.. Augusta is a big enough city, and has enough clout were Georgia isn't needed...

People living right here in the US, and overseas know about Augusta.. The Masters, Ironman, James Brown, USA Cycling Championships, Arts in the Heart, Medical District, Fort Gordon, Westobou, etc.. The Plant Vogtle expansion will bring extra attention to the metro area over the next decade..

Augusta University or University of Augusta jumps out compared to Georgia East Central University, etc... Google the word 'Augusta' and see what comes up first... I bet it's related to the second largest metro in the state of Georgia..

Jake
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Jake 06/15/12 - 11:47 am
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Arsenal University?

Isn't "arse" a slang word for your rear-end? On second thought.......

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 06/15/12 - 11:48 am
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What a waste

Why not leave it Augusta State University then rename the medical college, hold on, it's ingeneous: College of Health Sciences?

Or ASU School of Dentistry, ASU School of Medicine?

Now both campuses will need to replace letterhead, signage, etc and that stuff isn't cheap. So much for saving on administrative costs.

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carcraft 06/15/12 - 11:49 am
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I think they should call it

I think they should call it "The Augusta Arsenal Enterprise" Then they can Honor both Augusta State U and Dr. Azziz at MCG!

whatmistake
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whatmistake 06/15/12 - 11:53 am
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Noble University? This is

Noble University? This is what you get when you leave something that means so much to so many to a bunch of academics. They've clearly blown it but will defend their list to the hilt to save face after the blowback makes it clear what a boneheaded bunch of names they've come up with. Maybe the regents can un-do the damage, but don't count on it. We're likely stuck with one of these monstrosities. University of Augusta seems the only logical choice while the last two names are simply jokes, or worse. What a disaster.

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Fiat_Lux 06/15/12 - 12:07 pm
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Tossing bones...

It almost certainly will be one of the first two. And, personally, I think they are the best and most appropriate choices. The undergrad school might still have its own name, just as the medical school is still called the Medical College of Georgia.

The rest seem a little absurd, just bones tossed out to appease the scrabbling beasts. Who but a descendant would seriously consider "Noble University"? And Arsenal? Please.

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iwaspregnantin1993 06/15/12 - 12:17 pm
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Augusta State University

We all know that the name will end up abbreviated and ASU sounds beefier than AU or UA. Lame, lame, lame. Noble U - are you kidding me???? And Arsenal??? What a laughing stock we will be. This time it is appropriate to throw the baby out with the bath water. Good grief.

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smalltowndoc 06/15/12 - 12:30 pm
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terrible!

As a medical graduate of MCG, I am mortified. They sound like community colleges or worse, diploma mills. This whole process has disturbed me greatly and concerned me for the leadership of a school I used to be proud of having graduated from!

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