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Name suggestions still being considered for consolidated university

Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:27 PM
Last updated Friday, June 22, 2012 2:14 AM
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There is still a chance to offer suggestions for the new name of the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, right up to a meeting Wednesday where three finalists will be chosen, the co-chairwoman of the naming committee said today.

Leave a comment below to give us your suggestion for the naming of the new consolidated university. We'll put the 10 most popular suggestions to an online vote Monday morning. 

That includes an online petition from ASU and GHSU students with three new name choices, but the committee is also monitoring comments on a consolidation blog, The Augusta Chronicle Facebook page and the comments under online stories, said Susan Barcus, co-chairwoman of the name selection committee and chief development officer for GHSU.

The student group wants to add these choices to six potential names announced last week:

• Georgia Arts and Medicine University (Georgia A&M);

• Georgia University of Arts and Sciences;

• Georgia Southeastern University.

“We would like to see the word ‘Georgia’ as part of the institutional name,” the petition reads. “We feel that it reflects an essential aspect of our new school, namely our status as a public university in the state of Georgia.”

Since apparently being posted on Wednesday, the petition claims more than 1,000 signatures, although quite a few are anonymous and some are duplicates. The petition has the naming committee’s blessing after the two student representatives to the committee reported that students were unhappy with the six suggestions and wanted alternatives, Barcus said.

“We are pleased with the student petition,” she said. “Actually that comes from our request to them” for feedback. On Wednesday, she said, she will present the whole petition to the Consolidation Working Group, which will choose three finalists that will then be forwarded to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The regents are expected to decide on the new name in August.

The six potential names released last week unleashed a flood of online comments on The Chronicle Web site and on a consolidation blog announcing the names, and the overwhelming majority wanted something else.

“We are so pleased with all of the noise that is coming from this, really thoughtful comments that are being posted on the blog,” Barcus said. “There is some negative stuff, but all of it is being very, very helpful. So we are going to keep the survey open.”

The committee will not only consider those suggestions but is looking at the newspaper’s Facebook page, where readers are voting and commenting, as well as the comments posted under stories about naming. All of that, as well as data from national testing, goes into consideration, she said.

“We’re hearing it from all sides and really excited because we think we are going to come up with good suggestions,” Barcus said. “And I think the Consolidation Working Group is going to have a lot to look at, and I think they are going to make a great” final decision.

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allhans
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allhans 06/22/12 - 11:55 am
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galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 06/21/12 - 12:57 pm
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Name

May as well just be part of UGA with those names.

floridasun
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floridasun 06/21/12 - 01:17 pm
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New University Name

I think all of the names suggested above are better than the 6 the "naming committe" released last week.
Using the word Augusta in the name of the new university makes the school sound too provincial. I thought they were creating a new institution that was going to be a national leader.
The former school was Medical College of Georgia not Medical College of Augusta. Like seeing Georgia in the name

Staler172
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Staler172 06/21/12 - 01:31 pm
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THANK YOU SGA!!!

Im glad I might not have to drive by Noble University every day...
The petition:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-the-asughsu-consolidation...
The survey:
http://kwiksurveys.com?s=MLEKNI_2ef85cc8

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/21/12 - 01:35 pm
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Done Deal

Give it up, guys. The fix is in.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/21/12 - 04:55 pm
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A&M

The first name proposed in the list above shows why there were no college sutdents (i.e., children) on the naming committee. There are many historic and honorable institutions around this country with the initials "A&M" in their name. In every one of them, the initials A&M stand for Agricultural and Mechanical. Answer me, does that reflect the mission of the new merged university?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/21/12 - 01:47 pm
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Tunnel Vision

The terms "Arts & Medicine" and "Arts & Sciences" show the shallow focus of these anonymous students. They don't understand the very nature of a University. A university is an umbrella institution covering many colleges offering a wide variety of courses of study and degree options. What will our merged university offer?

Liberal Arts (including foreign languages)
Fine Arts
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences (including mathematics, the language of science)
Medicine
Dentistry
Nursing (along with other medical-related majors)
Business
Education

You don't need to put two branches of study in the name and leave the others out. It's a university. It will grow and expand. One day they might even add law school.

Imagine it, The Joe Neal College of Law at Augusta University!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/21/12 - 01:55 pm
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Provincial?

FloridaSun wrote:

Using the word Augusta in the name of the new university makes the school sound too provincial.

University of Chicago is reknown world-wide for its superior education. It has had several Nobel Prize winners in its faculty and graduates. There is nothing provincial in naming a university after the city where it is located.

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eurekaplease 06/21/12 - 01:59 pm
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How about

Eastern Georgia University...?

KSL
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KSL 06/21/12 - 01:57 pm
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I pointed out the very same

I pointed out the very same thing the other day about the A&M, LL.

KSL
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KSL 06/21/12 - 01:59 pm
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Isn't there already an East

Isn't there already an East Georgia?

KSL
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KSL 06/21/12 - 02:04 pm
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Yep, it is a 2 year college,

Yep, it is a 2 year college, but who knows? It could grow to become a university. I doubt they would like their name usurped.

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WW59 06/21/12 - 02:13 pm
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SGA Thinking

This is to clear up some comments on here, although it is clearly impossible to please everyone! The students are aware of the traditional meaning of A&M. By using Arts & Medicine, it is a 'modern' spin on the familiar acronym. It is marketable. Whereas agriculture and machinery were the tools of the future when other A&M universities were founded, Arts and Medicine are our tools now. In choosing 'Arts and Sciences,' the students are aware of the lack of other nationally recognized institutions with those words in the name. They are also aware of the other studies not individually listed, but some would argue that all studies can be grouped into either 'Science' or 'Art.' The students are, in fact, aware of the flaws in all three names. The point wasn't necessarily to rename the University, but more to show the Consolidation and Branding Committees what they were hoping for in a name. At the end of the day, the Board of Regents can and will choose whatever they want.

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Edward1968 06/21/12 - 02:30 pm
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Here's an Idea!

Send Azziz back to Calif. Then change GHSU back to MCG. Next, hire forward-thinking presidents for both ASU and MCG who want to develop the respective universities for the betterment of education and not to just build up their egos.

Staler172
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Staler172 06/21/12 - 02:38 pm
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@Little Lamb

Augusta, Arkansas
Augusta, Georgia
Augusta, Illinois
Augusta, Kansas
Augusta, Kentucky
Augusta, Maine
Augusta, Michigan
Augusta, Missouri
Augusta, Montana
Augusta, New York
Augusta, New Jersey
North Augusta, South Carolina
Augusta, West Virginia
Augusta, Wisconsin
Fort Augusta, Pennsylvania
Mount Augusta, Alaska

Yeah. University of Augusta or Augusta University? No thanks.

WW59
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WW59 06/21/12 - 02:43 pm
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Students are not Children

Also, for the record Little Lamb, there were student representatives on the committee. It was students who organized the petition and united the leadership at both campuses. Students made this news article happen. Students reached out to Faculty, Administration, Alumni, other students, and the GHSU-ASU-Augusta-GA community to present a new, united voice to the committee. I wouldn't call that childish.

Staler172
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Staler172 06/21/12 - 02:46 pm
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Quote from the petition

"The undersigning faculty, staff, students, and alumni of GHSU and ASU, as well as concerned community members, request that the Branding Committee reconsider the proposed names for the New University to be submitted to the Consolidation Working Group and the Board of Regents. We ask that they reopen the naming process to consider at least the following ideas and potential names."

The petition wants the committee to slow down and reopen the process, whether these names are considered or not, we can most agree that the original six are awful.

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pikeka 06/21/12 - 02:46 pm
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Also, A&M stands for

Also, A&M stands for Acquisitions and Mergers. It fits as well.
http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/A%26M

Texas A&M only retains the A&M because of historical significance. It's a research university and 6th largest in the country and it's not because of agricultural and mechanical.

Being hung up on what A&M stands for or did once stand for is narrow minded. Why not be the first Arts and Medicine University.

If students were concerned that their A&M university didn't include or encompass their discipline in the name of the institution, Texas A&M wouldn't have had 50k students in Fall 2011.

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NrthAugustaSam 06/21/12 - 02:46 pm
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Waisting Time

Well so far we have 9 inadequate names. That should be a clue that nothing was wrong with 2 universities and the 2 names we already have. But here's the real state of things: The name will be whatever Dr. Azziz has already chosen. Sorry Deke.

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GA1234 06/21/12 - 02:50 pm
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Name

I think there is real importance in keeping Georgia in the name. Many programs at GHSU/ASU are made up of students from all 50 states and abroad. While "most" American and international students know the names of the U.S. states and the names of our large cities, I don't think Augusta is one of the well-known cities, like Chicago (i.e. U of Chicago)and might not make the university as recognizable as if Georgia were in the name.

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countyman 06/21/12 - 03:05 pm
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Georgia Southern, U of GA,

Georgia Southern, U of GA, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, etc... The word 'Georgia' will do absolutely nothing for Georgia College & State University, Georgia Perimeter, etc...

What's wrong with being unique?

Staler172... Are you really trying to compare those mostly small towns versus Augusta?? The only city worth mentioning on the list outside of Georgia is located in Maine.... Augusta, Georgia is ALOT more famous throughout the US compared to the capital of Maine.. None of those cities actually have a University of Augusta either... I mean several of those places you mentioned are villages/unincoporated areas in counties with less than 1k people..

If you Google the word 'Augusta' the city in Georgia is the first one to come up...

The University of Augusta would easily win over these choices....

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kiwiinamerica 06/21/12 - 03:10 pm
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Folks, this farce has now arrived at the point where the new name is almost inconsequential. MCG/GHSU is being brought into serious disrepute by this circus. The problem is not the name, it's the very fact that the name is being changed which is now the issue.

Tell me folks, what tertiary educational institution of ANY gravitas has this public debate and write-in process for changing its name with suggestions, counter suggestions, petitions and an ongoing bickering in the columns of the popular press amidst seemingly complete confusion?

Is this the state medical school we're talking about here or some Mickey Mouse T-ball team? This is the same school which the GHSU president wants to transform into a national powerhouse, right?

What a joke. Recall the President..........now!

Staler172
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Staler172 06/21/12 - 03:16 pm
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Completely Wrong

“We are pleased with the student petition,” she said. “Actually that comes from our request to them” for feedback.

They never ONCE asked the students for feedback...otherwise, the SGA committee would have never done this...The petition was mostly done by the students; they had some faculty support, but mainly the students. And remember, they did this because their voice wouldn’t have been heard otherwise. Now some faculty is scrambling...

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Riverman1 06/21/12 - 03:23 pm
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Countyman said what I said

Countyman said what I said before with all the colleges with Georgia in the name. Super, with Countyman and me on the same side. Keep it with the names suggested. So let's go over this once more.

We are not part of UGA. We are not only an arts and medical university. What about the business school and divisions that can be added later? This does not mean the med school can't have a name of their own under the AU umbrella. Georgia Southeastern Univeristy is simply silly. Ever heard of Georgia Southwestern University?

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pikeka 06/21/12 - 03:23 pm
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re: countyman and google

Of course Augusta Ga comes up first, because you are in Augusta Ga. If your IP address was in Maine, you'd get Maine.

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ghsuKid 06/21/12 - 03:24 pm
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Names and Things

For the record, as somebody who was heavily involved with this whole matter and as one who helped get the ball moving in the first place, I can assure you all that NO FACULTY OR STAFF at GHSU or ASU and NOBODY on the naming committee asked us to do this.
Personally, I did submit feedback when the entire campus was asked for it many months ago. But, what has transpired over the past week was not asked for by any administrators at either school. It was completely from student dissatisfaction with the names that we were provided with. We did ask for the advice of some of the faculty within our schools who more than likely would also wish to remain anonymous just like us. However, this anonymous group is comprised of true leaders within the campus.

That being said, we would like to thank the naming committee for their hard work, and after a meeting that was recently held by many class leaders, we now know how difficult it is to satisfy everyone. One thing they were able to do was decide on 3 main things.
We wanted to be able to honor our state by including "Georgia" in the title. We wanted to be able to honor our rich tradition and past by having some reference to medicine and science (we are one of the oldest medical complexes in the country). Thirdly, we wanted a name that we felt would be marketable as we are hoping that this merger is the inception of a destination university.
So for the record, this as a completely student driven process and I am more proud than ever of my classmates and student leaders.

ghsuKid
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ghsuKid 06/21/12 - 03:29 pm
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@littleLamb

little lamb, you are right. uchicago, mumphis univ, nyu, cincinatti, ucLA, rochester, etc.
per your example, chicago is a world famous city with well over 1 million inhabitants.
name one highly reputable institution off the top of your head that is known across the country that is named after a city with less than 500,000 people.
I will wait...

ghsuKid
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ghsuKid 06/21/12 - 03:35 pm
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sorry for posting away

sorry for posting away, but this city should be proud of its students for showing enough enthusiasm over this issue that they were able to band together in less than 5 days, put a plan together, and utilize their right to protest over something that they truly believe in

Also, the med school may be able to keep its name under New University, but the other schools who were attached to the medical school name do not have that luxury anymore. their history is somewhat lost in the name change. people across Ga recognize MCG college of dentistry or MCG school of allied health... but they dont get that anymore

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Staler172 06/21/12 - 04:03 pm
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Anonymous

The people that are petitioning anonymous are mostly faculty and students that are nervous about the uproar that this is causing...Remember, everyone has a boss to attend to, and so, we gave them that option...

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Riverman1 06/21/12 - 04:10 pm
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This is getting to be silly.

This is getting to be silly. What names do you suggest besides AU? We have pointed out ad nausea how many schools there are with Georgia in the name. We have pointed out there is more than one grad school involved and we are not part of UGA.

I've seen Chronicle writers, students and staff members unhappy with the names suggested, but I don't see a single suggestion that doesn't have the rest of us guffawing. What is the psychology that has everyone throwing their two cents into the Surrey Center Fountain?

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