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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
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/15/12 - 12:34 pm
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If they are tax funded colleges why don't the tax payers have more input? Why is it always someone else making the decision instead of the real persons that pay the costs. This list of names is the most asinine list they could come up with to ensure their personal choice would be picked. I want a tax refund on all the money spent on the new GHSU signage that Dr. Cool had put in. Look at the waste and yet people lost their jobs because of him....so Augusta...

pikeka
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pikeka 06/15/12 - 12:39 pm
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Name? That's not a name. I've got a name.

Well considering that they are all uninspiring it’s clear that a decision was already made to have Augusta in the name as the other choices lack in so much as to not rival one of those names. This seems to go against what they have been selling us on about being recognized nationally; because those names have a very local regionalized theme. I appreciate the effort on the Arsenal, but c’mon. There is a reason a lot of the other schools have Georgia in the name as they noted because they serve more than their region. Augusta wasn’t synonymous with MCG or GHSU and having U of A or A U won’t change or elevate Augusta as a destination either with that name.

Personally, my choice and the one I submitted was Georgia Art’s and Medicine University… or the tag line Georgia A&M

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 12:59 pm
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Pernicious

At least they moved away from that infernal "State" designation.

And to smalltowndoc, don't bemoan your MCG diploma. Graduates in the future will still be graduating from the Medical College of Georgia; only it will be a college in the new Augusta University (or University of Augusta).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 01:03 pm
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Name

I agree with Dr. Azziz's criteria that the name not have the words health, medicine, or medical in the name. If you are going to create a true university, you are creating a school with multiple disciplines. You don't want your school name to single out only one of them in its name.

Liberal arts
Fine arts & humanities
Science
Business
Education
Medicine, dentistry, nursing

All of these colleges will be under the university's umbrella.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 01:07 pm
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History Professors

The committee selecting the six names must have been stacked with history professors. How else to explain Arsenal U, Augusta Arsenal U, Bartram U and Noble U?

Old Timmer
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Old Timmer 06/15/12 - 01:10 pm
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Mr. Parker

The Aresnal on Walton Way was way before the Confederacy. Gimme a break! The six choices are awful. I do like the Georgia A & M suggestions.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/15/12 - 01:09 pm
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seriously. i never understood

seriously. i never understood the name change from Augusta College to Augusta State University. Augusta University is fine. University of Augusta sounds better.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 01:11 pm
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Citadel

It had to have been some Citadel graduates on the naming committee who pushed for "Arsenal."

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/15/12 - 01:20 pm
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ASU and GHSU merged schools name change

O.K. so it seams that we have heard the best of the worse name for thee merger of the two Augusta Universities ASU & GHSU. Now let me make a few suggestions:

AUG for Augusta Georgia University. 

AGSU for Augusta Georgia State University. 

Ga A&M for Georgia Academic & Medical University. 

GUA for Georgia University of Augusta.

GAU for Georgia Augusta University.

AGMI for Augusta Georgia medical institution.

Southeastern University for East Central University of Georgia At Augusta.

   I could come up with more, but I think that they (GBOR) may already have chosen a new name for the merged University. If it was up to me I would go with a name that has the letter A in it first. Reason being, it's always good to be at the top of any list of listing...!!! 

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 01:29 pm
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Barcus

Up toward the top left of the story are some links to several articles. One of the links is to a blog written by Susan Barcus. She provides the reason why the committee elected not have the word "Georgia" in the name.

I accept that, but I was musing over the fact that we have North Georgia College & State University, We have Georgia Southern University, and we have Georgia Southwestern State University. Those opposed to the "Augusta" in the moniker might have been happy if they chose:

Georgia Eastern State University

or

Eastern Georgia State University

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/15/12 - 01:30 pm
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on a lark I'll submit "Visit

on a lark I'll submit "Visit our TEE Center And Sandwich Shoppes University"

David Parker
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David Parker 06/15/12 - 01:33 pm
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Jake says "Isn't "arse" a

Jake says

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

Just be thankful they didn't choose to honor Archibald Butt with the name proposals. (taps cigar)

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countyman 06/15/12 - 01:38 pm
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When people think of

When people think of 'Augusta' the cities in Maine or Kansas don't come to mind.. The majority of people already know Augusta is located in Georgia, and including Georgia accomplishes nothing...

Emory serves alot more than metro Atlanta, and doesn't need the word Georgia...

I'm not a fan of the other three names, but I don't see how Noble/Arsenal/Bartram are worse than Yale or Harvard....

The University of Augusta and Augusta University were the most popular choices... The people of metro Augusta have clearly spoken... They obviously think we don't need to rely on the name 'Georgia' to become the university we all want...

David Parker
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David Parker 06/15/12 - 01:56 pm
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Old Timer -

Old Timer - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Powderworks

my comment mentioned the powderworks (Sibley Mill) being Confederate, I don't think I dated teh Arsenal but if so, thanks for your accuracy.

I checked and Arsenal was built earlier in the 19th Century and the Civil War was THE conflict that would have utilized it but as we all know, Sherman luvs him some Augusta and we gots spared. Ah Deeclahr!

David Parker
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David Parker 06/15/12 - 02:01 pm
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Augusta University of Georgia

Augusta University of Georgia (AUG)

There now both sides have play

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/15/12 - 02:27 pm
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We are not part of UGA, and

We are not part of UGA, and it's not only a medical school, so what's left but AU or UA, unless we go back to ASU. The arsenal thing it out to lunch.

This is the name I've said all along. Thanks. I'm glad somebody listens to me.

Rob and Sean, my friends, y'all are also out to lunch with trying to name a school that's not named after Augusta. We have nothing to do with UGA, which has a lock on the GA name, plus who ever heard of an undergrad institution that took any part of the name of the grad school? Where did y'all go to school? Not around here.

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csrareader 06/15/12 - 02:29 pm
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Butt University... Archibald

Butt University... Archibald would be proud.

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Riverman1 06/15/12 - 02:35 pm
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Rob, I would have been more

Rob, I would have been more interested in it if you had come up with some kind of naturalist theme. Deepstep or something as similarly ridiculous. But never mind, I still luv ya.

Concerned Augustan
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Concerned Augustan 06/15/12 - 02:43 pm
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Not too creative...

IsAmericaFree, it makes perfect sense to keep the name "Augusta State University" as it is, but it appears that common sense isn't common.

skeptical
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skeptical 06/15/12 - 02:49 pm
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Laughably sad

Pitiful, pitiful, pitiful.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 06/15/12 - 02:50 pm
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Man, there's alot of upset

Man, there's alot of upset folks here, aren't there?? As I read this, I can't help but smile and think about people 50 years or so in the future, reading these comments and wondering what all the fuss was about! I think that even the folks on the committee had to consider Noble and Arsenal as complete stretches that people would NOT be happy about...but for some reason, they included them anyway. Is that because the other names were that horrific?? Gotta say the Georgia A&M sounds pretty catchy. Really, if you think about it, whatever name is picked will only truly catch on with "outsiders" when they begin hearing, seeing, and reading about the great things this school is doing!

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/15/12 - 02:53 pm
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D.P I was hoping that they

D.P I was hoping that they came up with themselves of the name The "AUG" than it would have been a no brainier. Here are more suggestions to play with:

ASUG for Augusta State University of Georgia that way both schools get to retain letters from their old school names.

AGSHSU for Augusta Georgia State Health Sceince University.

ASHSUG for Augusta Stat Health Sceince Univ. of Ga.

GIUSM for Ga Int'i Univ. School of Medical Augusta.

or

AGSU for Augusta Georgia Stats University,

It's all in a name we can live with now. but may can be changed sometime in the future like the name changes from MCG and Augusta College...!!!

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Austin Rhodes 06/15/12 - 03:11 pm
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Augusta United

Augusta United

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/15/12 - 03:13 pm
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AUG?

Isn't that what Charlie Brown says in despair?

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/15/12 - 03:27 pm
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ASU AND GHSU NEW SCHOOL CHANGE

For people who want a schoolname description. How about?
The Augusta international University of Georgia school of medicine, academic, health sciences and the arts.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/15/12 - 03:30 pm
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How about something really

How about something really important. Does this mean we'll be getting a college football team and can we build the stadium down on the river?

Hell, there are so many hair brained ideas floating around here today that one more won't matter.

Come to think of it, our own hometown college football team???

agrit
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agrit 06/15/12 - 03:36 pm
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Yall should have sent in your

Yall should have sent in your suggestions when the committee was taking suggestions.

As you can see, this is the best we get out of over 1500 suggestions. That's just laughable.

And to think that money was spent on marketing and consultants ...

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eb97 06/15/12 - 03:37 pm
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What's in a name? A lot

Do not care for any of these names. Would rather the name be something like Georgia Medical & Arts University. Possible students from out of state and out of the country would be able to identify what the school is and where it is. There are other towns in the states with the Augusta name. The names only means something to the people that live here not the people looking for a medical/arts university to attend outside of where they live. So, what's in a name, a lot it you want people besides locals to attend our University.

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Riverman1 06/15/12 - 03:50 pm
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Now think hard.....what if we

Now think hard.....what if we got a D-3 football team to start or any other division. You simply don't need the word medical in the name. This is getting to be hilarious. Duke Medical University?

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 03:51 pm
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JMO, A&M stands for

JMO, A&M stands for agricultural and mechanical. I don't think that would work, given their reasons for wanting name changes.

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