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3 names announced for consolidated university in Augusta

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:06 AM
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A committee overseeing the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities announced Wednesday three names for the new university that will be submitted to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Carol Rychly (from left), the vice president of of academic affairs; Susan Barcus, the Chief Development Officer for Georgia Health Sciences University; Helen Hendee, the vice president for development and alumni relations at Augusta State University; and Gretchen Caughman, the provost of GHSU gather at the GHSU Alumni Center to reveal three names for the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Carol Rychly (from left), the vice president of of academic affairs; Susan Barcus, the Chief Development Officer for Georgia Health Sciences University; Helen Hendee, the vice president for development and alumni relations at Augusta State University; and Gretchen Caughman, the provost of GHSU gather at the GHSU Alumni Center to reveal three names for the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities.

The final choices are:

• Georgia Arts and Sciences University

• Georgia Regents University

• University of Augusta

“We can build this next great university under any of these names,” said GHSU Provost Gretchen Caughman, who will be provost of the consolidated university.

The names emerged from more than 1,200 initial submissions, two preferred lists from a working group, and internal and national market testing.

“Actually, all three of them tested very well,” said Susan Barcus, the Chief Development Officer for GHSU and a co-chair of the branding working group.

The names will go before the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Aug. 8. The board will select the name for the consolidated university.

The regents are not bound by the unranked submissions, however. In two renamings of consolidated Georgia schools earlier this year, the regents went with one of the suggested names in one instance and went outside the recommendations in another.

Of the three submissions, only University of Augusta has made it through all of the previous rounds of suggestions.

Georgia Arts and Sciences came from an online student petition protesting previous name suggestions that garnered more than 1,600 signatures.

“That was in response to the students’ overwhelming feeling about arts and sciences and Georgia,” said Helen Hendee, the vice president for development and alumni relations at ASU.

Georgia Regents University would offer the board the chance to name a university after itself, but Augusta officials said that was not a concern.

“I think if it happens, it will not be perceived that way,” Hendee said.

The Regents name “does a couple of things,” Barcus said. “No. 1, it clearly identifies us as a member of the Georgia state university system. The other thing is it comes from the word that means ‘ruling’ and we do want to be a leading university. We thought that was really strong.”

Whatever the name, the consolidated university has a serious ambition to be “in league with Georgia Tech, Georgia State, University of Georgia, as well as nationwide,” Caughman said. “We intend to be a destination university. We will be well-positioned with any of these names.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/12 - 04:03 pm
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Still Puzzled By Chronicle People

Remember when we had two Chronicle reporters get upset and actually make comments when the first 6 names were presented a while back? They never did suggest anything better, but they didn't like UA. That was unusual.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 04:08 pm
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It's Everywhere

To expand on Fiat's previous post, arts and sciences are taught in every university in the state, large or small. University of Georgia is most known for its College of Agriculture.

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David Parker 07/18/12 - 04:19 pm
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I'm pullin for you Fiat. I

I'm pullin for you Fiat. I figure you have a unique perspective on it all and if it ruffles you, it ruffles me.

Tom Corwin
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Tom Corwin 07/18/12 - 04:46 pm
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Student online petition

Little Lamb,

You are partially correct. The online petition asked for support to reopen the naming process and offered three more names, all with Georgia in the title. One of them was Georgia University of Arts and Sciences, although in our Facebook poll and in the comments most seemed to favor another suggestion, Georgia Arts & Medicine University. Officials said they did not want the A&M acronym because they felt it was too tied to the old Agricultural & Mechanical (or Mining or Military, as the case may be) schools.

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Riverman1 07/18/12 - 05:10 pm
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Assuming UA is it, you could

Assuming UA is it, you could easily just put UA above GHSU and keep that name. Like this:

University of Augusta's
Georgia Health Sciences University.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 07/18/12 - 05:40 pm
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What everyone is not

What everyone is not considering in all of this is GHSU's Athens campus. Do you think they want a University of Augusta in Athens? We will find out in a few weeks what the official name will be, but I already have my ideas, and I think the BOR already knows what the name will be. Hide and watch.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/18/12 - 05:59 pm
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@ rmwardsr

Maybe it can be the University of Augusta's Georgia Health Sciences University at Athens or UAGHSUA for short.

JM88
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JM88 07/18/12 - 07:05 pm
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Disgusted

This is absolutely horrifying! There's a two-out-of-three chance our school is going to be saddled with a name that will make us a laughingstock. Georgia Arts and Sciences would be OK if not for the very unfortunate acronym. Georgia Regents University is just abominable. It sounds cold and bureaucratic. A truly awful name.

Please, Board of Regents, do the right thing and pick University of Augusta. It's simple, elegant, and would allow us ASU students to mostly maintain our identity.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 07/18/12 - 08:13 pm
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What, are we bowing down to

What, are we bowing down to Azziz and the BOR, begging them to pick a name. Surely, maybe they will let us lick the dust off their wingtips as they laugh at us, all the while knowing what they will call We all know it will be called "The Azziz School of Disease"

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/18/12 - 08:25 pm
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University of Augusta

The clear choice and, I hope, the favorite and final one.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 09:43 pm
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Shame on Helen

Thank you, Tom Corwin. I stand by my post that Helen Hendree overstated her case in her statement to you:

“That was in response to the students’ overwhelming feeling about arts and sciences and Georgia,” said Helen Hendee, vice president for development and alumni relations at ASU.

We now know that it was not an overwhelming feeling of students who wanted ‘arts & sciences’ in the name of the school. But it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that the committee has grown weary of the criticism, and they wish to melt into the background of anonymity and cushy accumulation of pension benefits.

Very few students voted for ‘Arts & Sciences.’ The medical school students wanted A & M, and the ASU students wanted U of A. Let us watch and wait.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 07/18/12 - 10:10 pm
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Consolidated Georgia Unitervisity School Names

Maybe one my previous submissions can be of some for the other three Universities that are to be consolidated in the State of Georgia! Hopfully they are not the ones comming up with these unrealistic names for the school in Augusta, Georgia. One name I think is outstanding right now is:

"Spectrum University"

Could have been a cool Unitervisitie's name for the school in Augusta, Georgia! A Unitervisty name that no one would be able to bring down, and a Uniterverisity name that would be able to always be able to hold it's self to the hightest integrity! If i told you all the saling points for the name Spectrum I would have to get paid in full for it. Yeah real $$$.

"Perception is 9/10th of Reality, The Other One 10th Is of Actuality, And The Remaining 99 point 9% Is of Society's Opinionated Unrealistic Virtuality"

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 11:04 pm
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Ruling

Helen Hendee, the vice president for development and alumni relations at ASU, said:

Georgia Regents University would offer the board the chance to name a university after itself, but . . . that was not a concern . . . The Regents name “does a couple of things,” . . . “No. 1, it clearly identifies us as a member of the Georgia state university system. The other thing is it comes from the word that means ‘ruling’ and we do want to be a leading university. We thought that was really strong.”

Ruling, huh? The Democrats are firmly in control of the Board of Regents, I would say.

quincy57
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quincy57 07/19/12 - 12:41 am
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What about athletics?

Has anyone considered the fact that any name for the merging colleges other than something with "Augusta" is going to require a complete renovation of the athletic department (uniforms, facilities, signage, etc.) That costs money.

Not to mention tradition...Augusta State has developed a strong basketball program that has been in the national conversation in D-II for a while now. Oh yeah...and don't forget about the back-to-back D-I golf titles. Using a name that doesn't have Augusta in it makes all of those accomplishments seems like a distant memory. It will almost seem like the school doesn't exist anymore.

For example...
Basketball player from USC-Aiken: "Hey, man. We have a conference game this week with GAS U."
Other basketball player from USC-Aiken: "Who is that? Some new school?"
Basketball player from USC-Aiken: "Yeah. they just started a basketball team this season."
Other basketball player from USC-Aiken: "Oh. We will kill them, then."

See what I mean?

JggrNAUT
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JggrNAUT 07/19/12 - 05:42 am
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Football?

I understand the desire for football, but sports shouldn't come into play if you want this school to have a high academic reputation. There are enough schools that have football. Give it a rest.....

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 07/19/12 - 06:42 am
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Will they change our mascot, too?

I am an alumna of Augusta State University. Graduating as an adult and having attended 4 colleges (late husband was military) I have to say that ASU was the most difficult, anti non-traditional student designed college I have ever attended. I graduated from ASU, and they made it extremely tough on those of us with real jobs and families attending night classes. The non-traditional students generally were the ones who had the best GPAs as well. It was discussed in several "adult"groups that ASU always wanted to be another UGA with a more traditional student body. I'm not sure what the true overall objective might be, but Augusta must want that football team badly. First, the powers that be might want to consider traffic issues. Augusta doesn't have the infrastructure to support this type of school. I sure hope GASU isn't chosen...it's just awful.

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southern2 07/19/12 - 07:36 am
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Seems like a lot of "baiting

Seems like a lot of "baiting and switching" just to move the entire MCG to Athens. I would hate to see a physician's diploma with any of these names highlighted. What a fine mess!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/19/12 - 08:23 am
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Why?

So southern2 thinks that a doctor of medicine diploma from University of Augusta would be embarassing or shameful. Why? Would you also be ashamed to have a doctor of medicine diploma from Syracuse University? It's the same thing.

University of Augusta merely tells you the location of the school. It provides no information of the quality of instruction or facilities.

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southern2 07/19/12 - 08:42 am
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Just thought MCG or Medical

Just thought MCG or Medical College of Georgia had a much better ring to it. Sorry, just personal preference.

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earthmother3 07/19/12 - 08:44 am
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small town mentality

Why is the medical school getting slammed with an inferior name?? No one from GHSU wants the name UA, AU, ASU, or similar on their diploma. There is no prestige in ASU in any medical community. Almost anyone, including GED recipients, can get into ASU. All the small town people want Augusta in the name because it doesn't affect them or the opportunities that a respected name can afford. I love Augusta and never want to live anywhere else, but these names are a HUGE detriment to the medical school and our community. GHSU/MCG generates far more money for the community than ASU (as reported in the Augusta Chronicle). So why is it that all the name decisions revolve around ASU? Azziz has obviously sold out, he'll be anyone's puppet now for the stepping stone to greater power and money. I respected him until this decision and watching him sell the med school out...and realized he is about Azziz not the students he was hired to represent. Augusta University medical degree? Ohhh, nice, and did you get your undergrad from University of the Bahamas? ITT Tech??

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/19/12 - 09:32 am
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GED

earthmother3 posted:

Almost anyone, including GED recipients, can get into ASU.

The same can be said for Harvard's undergraduate school.

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knightweather 07/19/12 - 10:50 am
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GAS U? Please say it isn't so!

University of Augusta....Is that in Maine? Augusta, Maine is the state capital. Georgia Arts and Medicine is still the best name possible. Georgia A&M. Sounds like a major institution.
I think some people need to take a look at the big picture that there is more than one Augusta. In fact there is an Augusta, GA, Arkansas,Kansas, and one in Montana that I know of.
Georgia A&M is clearly in Georgia and would have the same name recognition and individuality as Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia. There is also a University of Maine at Augusta. Just worth thinking about this before we spend all that money again on new signs. If you lived in Atlanta, Columbia, Charleston, of say Memphis where would you rather go to school, Georgia A&M or the University of Augusta??????? Just saying......
Time for the students to stand up and raise the roof and speak out on this before it is too late!
If there is a desire for any major sports for the future, Georgia A&M stands a better chance of attracting players for football than the University of Augusta. Lets be realistic for a change and not maintain small town thinking on something that can potentially have a significant impact on the future of this new combined university.
The Augusta Chronicle should get behind this and push to support Georgia A&M. Guess that might not be politically correct...Have to keep those advertising dollars coming in. What happened to the power of the press to stand up and support a cause such as this?

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Tom Corwin 07/19/12 - 11:10 am
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nevertoolate, southern2, earthmother3

A couple of clarifications:
@The mascot will still be the Jaguars;
@The medical school retains the name Medical College of Georgia so that is what will be on the diplomas for those students, along with whatever new name is chosen

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Cosima 987 07/19/12 - 12:05 pm
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Horrible!

The new merged entity will be the laughingstock of the country if they pick the name with initials that, unfortunately, are GAS U. The Georgia Arts and Sciences University name MUST be eliminated to save the school from future continual embarrassment.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/19/12 - 01:57 pm
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Tech

knightweather asked:

If you lived in Atlanta, Columbia, Charleston, or say Memphis where would you rather go to school, Georgia A&M or the University of Augusta?

Well, since A&M schools feature agriculture majors and engineering majors, I would choose UGA if I wanted to study agriculture, or Georgia Tech if I wanted to study engineering.

I would choose University of Augusta if I wanted to study medicine.

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PghSteelersFan 07/19/12 - 02:27 pm
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University of Augusta has a

University of Augusta has a nice sound. As some one said GAS U doesn't quite have a very good academic sound to it.
That name would make it the laughing stock of the entire USA but if there was a football team, that would be a great chant for the students to yell. GAS U, GAS U, Go GAS U! ROFL

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/19/12 - 03:17 pm
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Three of my favorite football cheers:

Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon rind;
Look on the scoreboard, see who's behind.

and

Pork chop, pork chop, greasy, greasy;
We want a touchdown — easy, easy.

and

Rah, Rah, Ree;
Kick ’em in the knee.
Rah, Rah, Rass;
Kick ’em in the other knee.

(That one is dedicated to the New Orleans Saints)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/19/12 - 04:51 pm
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Diversity

Just looking at the picture, it doesn't look like they put much diversity on that committee.

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