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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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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/15/12 - 04:56 pm
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Agrit is dropping info. Heh.

Agrit is dropping info. Heh. You know I don't want to call you something weird. Agrit at.....

Tom Corwin
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Tom Corwin 06/15/12 - 05:26 pm
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Coming Sunday

We will have a more indepth Q&A with Susan Barcus and Helen Hendee on the process and the reasoning that went in to the names on the short list in Sunday's paper and here online.

I have pointed this out before but the "State" name cannot remain in the name of the new university. The University System of Georgia has a specific classification of universities called "State Universities," of which Augusta State is one. The New U will be in the "research universities" category so it needs a name that reflects that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/15/12 - 05:28 pm
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Thanks, Tom. We are getting

Thanks, Tom. We are getting THERE.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/15/12 - 05:30 pm
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I really liked the reasoning

I really liked the reasoning behind George Walton University. It sounds fancy enough too.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/15/12 - 05:36 pm
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Alumni & Faculty
Unpublished

I'd like to know what the MCG alumni and faculty think about this. We've already heard from one on this thread. I believe his/her opinion would be typical of the vast majority. These are the opinions that really count. How will medical and dental graduates feel with one of these anonymous, innocuous names stenciled on their diplomas? Will up and coming physicians and dentists who aspire to make waves in the world of medicine be happy to attend "Augusta University"?? How will research faculty feel when they submit their grant requests to the National Institutes of Health with "Augusta University" as their place of employment? How will faculty feel with the name "Augusta University" written large on their CVs when they apply for employment elsewhere at bigger and higher profile academic institutes?

To all the used car salesmen, soccer moms, county shills, bankers and realtors who've given us your two cents worth, thanks a lot but you're clueless about the academic world of medical research and MCG's standing in it. I can tell you for a fact that the word "Augusta" might be big in the world of golf but it has zero gravitas in the academic world and I mean ZERO. The National Institutes of Health which allocates grant funding for medical research has never heard of "Augusta University", nor has most anyone in the world of medical education.

It could be worse though, I guess. The doomsday scenario would be for the names "Noble" or "Bartram" to be chosen. If that were the case, it's quite possible that you could see certain administrators hanging by their necks from telegraph poles.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/15/12 - 05:59 pm
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I'm glad my diploma is the

I'm glad my diploma is the old MCG style.

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 06/15/12 - 06:04 pm
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I seriously think it will be 1 or 2.

3-6 simply stink
I like Georgia A & M, but as has been pointed out, the letters mean different things to different people.
My favorite name, apparently not even considered, was Lyman Hall University. Dr. Hall was a physician, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and on the Committee that founded the University of Georgia. What other credentials do you need?
Some have submitted George Walton University after the Signer from Augusta, who also was on the Board for ARC, However, he was involved in a duel which resulted in the death of Button Gwinnett, the third signer. Bad taste in your mouth...
Oh, and Azziz has said no football team. :-((

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 06/15/12 - 06:31 pm
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Is anyone even aware that

Is anyone even aware that GHSU already has a partnership with the University of Georgia. What is not being considered in all this is the new name will also apply to the GHSU campus in Athens. Or will it? I think all of this is just to appease those who wanted to have some input on the new name. All of these names are so ridiculous that they do not stand a chance. The BOR and Azziz already know what the new name will be.Believe me, they are not going to have an Arsenal University in Athens. Think about what would make the most sense.. UGA-Augusta. Since GHSU already has an Athens campus and has a partnership with UGA, that is the only thing that makes sense. After all, we have USC-Aiken. Could you just imagine changing it to Graniteville University?

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john29860 06/15/12 - 09:02 pm
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Augusta National University

I've always been impressed with the appeal of Augusta College and MCG to students from all over the world. Augusta National University would recognize this aspect as well as tie into Augusta's main claim to fame.

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 09:28 pm
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I have to admit that I have

I have to admit that I have never heard of the U of CF.

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 09:32 pm
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Augusta National U. Sounds

Augusta National U. Sounds like a school where you could major in golf with a minor in surgery!

Willyhyena
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Willyhyena 06/15/12 - 09:40 pm
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university

university of augusta; be proud you haters... u of richmond, u of cincinnati, u of pittsburgh, u of chicago... augusta is getting strong - the city and the university!

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 09:50 pm
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You forgot Boston U., U of

You forgot Boston U., U of Miami., Syracuse, UNLV, Pitt. I could go on.

Correction, you did mention Pitt. But I question why you jump to call people "haters " Seems a bit over the top.

moralcompass
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moralcompass 06/15/12 - 09:54 pm
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ANU

I Agree Augusta National university is the coolest name
Would make an awesome sweatshirt
If we can have augusta green jackets why not

Btw univ cent Florida has almost 60000 students
I predict it will surpass fsu in 10-20 years and rival even UF
They have a new med school

Our new mascot could be the "caddies"

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 09:58 pm
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LOL!

LOL!

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:05 pm
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I am not certain that just

I am not certain that just because a school is drawing from all over the country and the world it needs to have National or International in its name. GT, for example, has long drawn foreign students without the need to insert "international" in its name, thank goodness.

Willyhyena
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Willyhyena 06/15/12 - 10:18 pm
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@ksl

because alot of previous posters seem embarrassed by any association with anything Augusta

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:26 pm
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Well, that annoys me also.

Well, that annoys me also. And I don't live in Augusta. Thank you for you explanation. I really appreciate it.

Willyhyena
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Willyhyena 06/15/12 - 10:26 pm
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exactly

i forgot alot cause i did not feel like typing all of the cities that have thriving universities, forgive me would you?

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 06/15/12 - 10:28 pm
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The Arsenal and Noble

The Arsenal and Noble explanations were not in the initial column.

As I understand it, when "University" is in the name, it means more funding; certain criteria must be met in order to be deemed a university.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 06/15/12 - 10:29 pm
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Medical College of Georgia....

I agree with a citizen who stated the obvious... "Medical College of Georgia--with its Summerville Campus".

We are the Medical College of Georgia–known to be one of the most prestigious medical schools in the south and beyond.

**None of the names on the options list mean anything. To have changed the name in the first place to GHSU was wrong. For what reason did they change it in the first place? Did they really think long and hard prior to this change? Seemed very flippant.

For the folks again looking at this issue now for a new name tells me they really did not believe too much in GHSU name change... **with them so willing to change it so soon. **tremendous waste of energy and money...not something I'd advise them to attempt to do again. Not well thought out at all.

Put the 'Medical College of Georgia' back and move on. There was never anything wrong with the "Medical College of Georgia" name..... it's a timeless name that has a several more hundred years ahead of it.

add, "Summerville Campus"...."MCG/Summerville Campus"...or "MCG/ASU Campus"....

bottom line..those six other choices lack the strength needed and is still present with, the "Medical College of Georgia"....

**I wish I knew what folks were thinking messing with something that "was" not broken in the first place!

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 06/15/12 - 10:30 pm
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Augusta National University

Augusta National University sounds cool, but, some gentlemen with green blazers may have something to say about it. Plus, there maaaaay be trademark issues as well.

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:34 pm
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I didn't either. I am

I didn't either. I am watching TV and using a painfully slow stylus on a tablet, willey.

Willyhyena
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Willyhyena 06/15/12 - 10:41 pm
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points?

@ksl how does one get 3000+ points?

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:42 pm
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ptp, I totally agree with

ptp, I totally agree with you. I don't understand why there has not been more hue and cry from the MCG alumni. I guess they are too busy doing their jobs. I think the whole merger is wrong. Were they to try that in Atlanta with GT and GA State the alumni of both would crush it in a moment.

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:44 pm
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Post a lot. Get thumbs up.

Post a lot. Get thumbs up. But ask the master, retired army.

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:46 pm
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Riverman has been back just a

Riverman has been back just a few days and he has over 500.

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:49 pm
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Willey, you just got 2 from

Willey, you just got 2 from me.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/15/12 - 10:53 pm
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Augusta State University

How about naming it Augusta State University which could include and could retain the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta College names and campuses? ASU sounds so much better than AU and is already pretty well-known and less duplicated throughout the US than AU. More colleges in the ASU entity can be included as they form in coming years. Oh wait: Would that be too much name recognition, too simple and too cost-effective?

KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 10:51 pm
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Sorry, Willy does not have an

Sorry, Willy does not have an "e"

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