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3 names announced for consolidated university in Augusta

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:06 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:19 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
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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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HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 07/18/12 - 09:24 am
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UofA
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Hopefully UofA will be chosen!

blues550
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blues550 07/18/12 - 09:27 am
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Duh!
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There is only one logical choice - University of Augusta.

The other two are...well...stupid.

Ricky U needs a name that can be marketed and there is only one very obvious choice.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 09:27 am
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Sop

Since it will be the Board of Regents who approve the name, the committee got cold feet and put Georgia Regents University on the final list (it wasn't even on the original list, if memory serves me correctly). Hah. Those committee members know who butters their bread!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 09:29 am
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GAS U

Yeah, that name will be a hit.

faithson
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faithson 07/18/12 - 09:30 am
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U of A

has a nice 'ring' to it....

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 07/18/12 - 09:34 am
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This is all so ridicules and

This is all so ridicules and costly, MCG and ASU are good and descriptive names.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/12 - 09:37 am
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GAS U won't work. Regents is

GAS U won't work. Regents is silly. U of A is it. Was there ever a doubt?

KentDaniel
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KentDaniel 07/18/12 - 09:41 am
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GAS University wow

THE ARSENAL!!! we still have time

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/18/12 - 09:41 am
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University of Augusta for me

University of Augusta for me if the names have to be changed at all.

KNECKBONE
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KNECKBONE 07/18/12 - 09:49 am
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UNIVERSITY OF AUGUSTA

AND LETS GET A FOOTBALL TEAM

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 09:57 am
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Football

They could probably recruit some transfer scholarship athletes from Penn State.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/18/12 - 09:58 am
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I want football too. Makes

I want football too. Makes sense to get a men's and women's soccer program going to. Cheap start-up compared to football.

Oh yeah, name shmame. Wake me when something is official.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 07/18/12 - 09:57 am
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Small time School name good job GBOR

"Perception is 9/10 of Reality, The Other One 10th is Actuality"

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/18/12 - 09:58 am
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How many man hours and tax

How many man hours and tax dollars have been sunk into this so far?

The name should be "_______ University". It will save money because the name will be changed next year anyway.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/18/12 - 10:00 am
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Were these names "nationally

Were these names "nationally tested" too? Haha.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/18/12 - 11:32 am
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Augusta State University

Augusta State University is the smart choice on all levels and it isn't on the list. Why? University of Augusta is a distant second. It sounds snooty, stuffy to me and is awkward for signage and speaking but is light years ahead of the other two offered by all this "research". I went to Augusta College and was proud to be living in the town that had the name of the Medical College of Georgia in its history. I think it would be respectful to the past (I'm speaking as an alumni) to keep Augusta State University as the encompassing name for the campuses of the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta College, with the bonus that we could keep their historical lineage apparent.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/18/12 - 12:01 pm
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Cha-ching

What is that I hear?

Oh, that's the sign companies rejoicing!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/18/12 - 12:44 pm
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I'm With David Parker

The whole thing has gotten so silly that I don't care anymore.

Fools_and_sages
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Fools_and_sages 07/18/12 - 01:07 pm
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The stupidity burns. . .
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People were screaming over Arsenal University because it invoked military images. GAS U carries Holocaust connotations, which implies human rights violations. Torturing and killing people is an awesome image for a university with a health sciences/medical school. And Georgia Regents University doesn't automatically tie the school to the USG outside of GA. No common citizen has heard of the USG Board of Regents outside the state of GA. Plus GRU is the English abbreviation for the Russian military intilligence corps and the Gainesville, FL utility company.

Who was paid to vet these names? Don't they know what an acronym is? Your acronyms really shouldn't be offensive or already in use. I really hope tens of thousands of dollars (or more) didn't go into this naming process because it would have been a COLOSSAL waste of money to end up with an obvious name like "University of Augusta," a comical name like "GAS U," or a generic name like "Georgia Regents University." I hope the BOR goes with University of Augusta.

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kiwiinamerica 07/18/12 - 01:12 pm
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Podunk College
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As far as academia is concerned, "University of Augusta" is a complete wash. Zero gravitas. It's comparable to "Columbus State", "Valdosta State" and several others. Inconsequential, anonymous and altogether unimpressive.

Scientists and physicians who have to put this name on their CV will not be amused when it comes time to apply for research grants or positions elsewhere in academia, nor will it help in recruiting faculty to MCG.

"You work where, now.........??"

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/18/12 - 01:15 pm
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aug.edu

That should be one of the BIGGEST considerations in picking this name. That little possession, having aug.edu already in the pocket from ASU, would save hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours in labor for the soon-to-be merged institutions. For example, something like 6,000 email addresses would not need to be changed at all.

"University of Augusta" sounds great already. Yup!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/18/12 - 01:16 pm
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Pass the popcorn. This is going to get good.

@ Fools_and_sages... Very well put. Apparently, the academics haven't discovered Google yet.

If we think the naming debacle is bad, just wait until the merger gets into actual substantive issues. For instance, what fun we will have when the budgets, faculty senates, police departments and administrations are merged.

Pass the popcorn. This is going to get good.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/18/12 - 01:22 pm
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You can afford to think it's all silly

if you aren't the one having to change everything you work on and and having to type out "Georgia Arts and Sciences University" instead of "University of Augusta" a bazillion times a week and forever more.

You can't imagine what a pain it is typing "@georgiahealth.edu" endlessly because GHSU.edu was already taken. What if GASU.edu or even GAS_U.edu are taken as well? And GRU.edu? Really?

Ugh.

eb97
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eb97 07/18/12 - 02:11 pm
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Thank you bloggers, I needed

Thank you bloggers, I needed a good laugh and You gave me one. I laughed so hard reading these that tears were rolling down my face. I now feel so much better. You have now made this a great day. Thanks again for the good laugh.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 07/18/12 - 02:31 pm
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How is it going with the

How is it going with the other three merged universities in Georgia with the GBOR. In the proccess of their renaming of their instertotions?

"Perception is 9/10 of Reality, The Other One 10th is Actuality"

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/18/12 - 02:57 pm
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Amusing
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Quite amusing reading the car salesmen and soccer moms who populate this site thinking that the word "Augusta" actually means something in academia. Funny.

As for the "GAS" issue, perhaps I'm older than most here. Does nobody remember the '60s? The word "gas" meant "cool", "trendy", "totally hip".

"But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas!
But it's all right. I'm Jumpin' Jack Flash,
It's a Gas! Gas! Gas!"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/12 - 03:08 pm
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Regents university gives the

Regents university gives the impression of a group of small schools in a state with extension courses banded together to have a degree offered under that name. Like NY State Regents. It's hardly appropriate for one undergrad school and a med school.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/18/12 - 03:21 pm
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The name will not be
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The name will not be "University of Augusta", OK? Not now, not ever. Get over it. Not unless the Regents have completely lost their marbles and those advising them have done likewise.

You saw the intervention by the MCG student group a few weeks ago. They were insistent that the name "Georgia" needed to be somewhere in the title and it will be. Academics and physicians think likewise. That's why the initial (ridiculous) list of names has now been tossed and we now have two names with "Georgia" in the title. This is essential in order to convey to the academic world that this is a statewide college of some gravitas and not a local commuter college.

The current name is "Georgia Health Sciences University" and if there is still any sanity in this state the new name will be the proposed name which most closely resembles this: "Georgia Arts and Sciences University".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/12 - 03:38 pm
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A&M

Tom Corwin wrote:

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, vice president for development and alumni relations at ASU.

This is a curious statement. I do not doubt that 1,600 replies to the petition were received; but I thought the petition was more about protesting the U of A, Arsenal, Bartram, and Noble. Of course, I did not see the petition, but in the comments to Tom Corwin's previous stories on this subject, it seemed that the vast majority of the comments came from medical college students and they were fighting tooth and nail for Arts and Medicine, not Arts and Sciences. If that is the case, then isn't Helen Hendee bending the facts a little bit? Tom, can you reply?

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Fiat_Lux 07/18/12 - 03:47 pm
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GAS U doesn't make sense

What is UGA if not Georgia's arts and sciences university? Adopting GASU for ASU-MCG would be at least redundant.

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