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Voting continues for consolidated university's new name

Friday, June 22, 2012 4:44 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 23, 2012 2:00 AM
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More than 3,200 people have voted on a short list of potential names for the new university that will arise from the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, a co-chairwoman of the name-selection team 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.

GHSU Chief Development Officer Susan Barcus said the blog post revealing the six names her committee offered last week generated more than 400 comments.

“This outpouring of feedback – what could be best described as a cacophony of opinion – is a clear indication of the high level of investment we all have in the future of our consolidated university,” Barcus wrote in an update on the blog. “Thank you.”

A student-generated online petition to push for three other names, all with Georgia in them, had drawn nearly 1,400 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

Voting on the official short list was supposed to end Friday, but because of the level of response it will continue until Wednesday’s meeting of the Consolidation Working Group, where three finalists will be picked.

“We asked for your feedback, and we are considering and assessing all of it,” Barcus wrote.

The Augusta Chronicle is also asking for submissions through its comments section and Facebook page and will allow readers to vote on their top pick beginning Monday. Those results will be provided to the naming committee.

“The plethora of opinions, and the passion surrounding them, signify that this process will produce the best possible name for the new university,” Barcus wrote.

The three finalists will go before the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in August, which could pick one of them or decide on its own name, she noted.

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mycomments 06/22/12 - 06:53 pm
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George Walton University

George Walton University

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/23/12 - 12:00 am
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Not Noble

If the new merged university is to be named after a person, I must agree with mycomments that Walton is wa - a - a - a - a - a - a - ay better than Noble.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/23/12 - 12:07 am
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Criteria

Let us remember that Dr. Ricardo Azziz laid down three criteria as non-negotiable requirements for the name:

1. It must consist of no more more that three words.

2. It must include the word "University."

3. It must not contain the words "medical," "medicine," or "health."

How hard can that be for the petitioners to understand?

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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 06:09 am
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GHSU Can Keep Their Name

The medical college part will keep a distinctive name separate from the umbrella name of Augusta University. It could even be GHSU. Hull College of Business is the example at ASU currently. Maybe if people understand that point they won't be as upset about certain things not being in the name.

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americafirst 06/23/12 - 08:39 am
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While I realize that Azziz is

While I realize that Azziz is president of GHSU, I don't understand why he gets to dictate the "non-negotiable requirements" for the new name. He is not from Augusta, he has only been here a year or two and in a few years he will have moved on to somewhere else.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/23/12 - 10:04 am
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Elitists

In Tom Corwin's earlier article about the petition, many of the organizers were posting comments explaining their aims. When you got to page 4 of the comments, it became apparent that the petition drives were organized and dominated by a bunch of GHSU students who disdain Augusta. They probably can't wait to get their medical degree and set up a practice as far away from Augusta as they can.

Following is a link that I hope will go directly to page 4 so you can see what I mean.

1,000 Names

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 10:19 am
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LL, there were only 1340

LL, there were only 1340 names on the petition from both schools. That's a tiny percentage of all students. In addition, they were not voting on a specific name. It was just a call to consider the other names. There's no indication if it came down to them voting on one Augusta U wouldn't win. In addition, I have pointed out in the past a list of schools in Georgia using Georgia in the name. The list is long and that dilutes any effect of state over city name.

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specialist 06/23/12 - 12:39 pm
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Name

Cannot believe that all you good folks are either forgetting or just ignoring that Patriot "WILLIAM FEW"!!!!!!!

AugustaProf
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AugustaProf 06/23/12 - 03:42 pm
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William Few University

Hmm, I might be convinced to rally behind this one. I think he and/or his family owned slaves at some point, but he is also well documented as an outspoken opponent of slavery, so I would think he might pass muster on that front. Rarity for an historical Georgia figure.

Member of Richmond County Regiment during Revolution. Check.
Senator and Signer of the Constitution. Check.
Self-Made Man. Check.
Strong Supporter of Higher Education. Check
Founding Member of Board of Trustee of UGA. Check.
Son was First President of Emory U. Check.
Buried and memorialized in Augusta. Check.
Ability to Steal Marine Slogan "The Few. The Proud." Check.

Hmm, yeah, that is indeed an interesting alternative. Very interesting indeed.

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oldeschool 06/24/12 - 07:13 pm
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New School Name

Augusta International University is the only name that would make sense if we want to forge into the future. Any other name would keep trite the name change instead of making a statement of a bold and powerful nature. Augusta is as much international with its ties to world military, health, nuclear, business, education, etc. as any city in our world!

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