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Augusta State officials optimistic on annual campaign

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 3:50 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 31, 2012 1:53 AM
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 Though officials are optimistic about the annual fundraiser for Augusta State University, giving among faculty members and staffers has not yet met the goal.

Athletic Director Clint Bryant sent out an e-mail declaring “overtime, extra innings” in the on-campus portion of the A Day for Augusta State University campaign by extending it for a week to Sept. 7.

“I need the additional time to gather some funds that will allow us to meet our on campus goal of $150,000,” Bryant wrote, and the campaign is more than $25,000 short. He also asked those who had already given to consider giving more.

“My wife, Trish, and I are giving an additional $500 to the campaign, and I hope that some of you will join us in this worthwhile cause that allows our students to excel in so many ways,” he wrote.

David Alalof shares the frustration over the new name for the consolidated university created out of ASU and Georgia Health Sciences University; he just doesn’t want anger over the Georgia Regents University name to end up harming ASU.

Alalof, the chairman of the off-campus fundraising part of the campaign that will launch next week, said he is trying to steer people back into giving.

“A lot of people are upset with the name – this stupid name that I am not in favor of – and some people are taking their frustration out with not giving any money to the university,” he said. “I reached out to a lot of people and said, ‘Hey, why are you punishing the university because of what the (University System of Georgia Board of) Regents have done?’

“In the beginning, I had a lot of people tell me they weren’t going to give, but I’ve been able to change most people’s minds, even though I haven’t really officially started the off-campus campaign.”

In fact, Alalof said he received a call this week from someone pledging $20,000 to the campaign. With calls like that, “We’ll have no trouble reaching our goal” of $555,000, he said. He concedes some people will want to withhold their contribution over the new name but says he is determined to overcome that resistance.

Even with the extension of the on-campus campaign, “I still feel very good about it,” Alalof said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/30/12 - 03:18 pm
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Fundraiser-in-Chief

Fundraiser David Alalof asked, ‘Hey, why are you punishing the university because of what the (University System of Georgia Board of) Regents have done?’

Well, David, because the university belongs to the regents. How do we know this? Because they named the university after themselves. That's a good enough reason to punish the university.

grinder48
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grinder48 08/30/12 - 03:47 pm
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Not a dime
Unpublished

not a dime to anything associated with azziz

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 08/30/12 - 05:51 pm
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ASU Campaign

I feel sorry for David Alalof. He is running a campaign with a noble purpose. Unfortunately, the Regents have named the University after themselves, thereby taking out the name of Augusta and thereby changing the character and purpose of the institution that was once Augusta College. One of the few ways that get the Regents' attention is voting with your feet and the dollars in your pocket. I hope David Alalof does not take it personally when people give 1 and 2 cent donations, as they have to list EVERY donation. It is a message that needs to reverberate loud and clear to Dr. Azziz and the Regents: we hate this #(*%#(_@(*#% NAME!

So please people, get out your change purses and make a VERY small donation to ASU. Stand down and be counted.

JustLilMe
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JustLilMe 08/31/12 - 03:05 am
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Nope. Not gonna happen. No

Nope. Not gonna happen. No more money from me. Let the Regents themselves fund it in my sted. They've ruined any feelings of sentimentality I held for my alma mater.

NoHayManera
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NoHayManera 08/31/12 - 03:23 am
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How is this news surprising?

Every article about the ASU name change has at least one comment that protests giving donations to the institue. I always thought that this was the most logical, obvious, and powerful way for the community to show its dislike for the new name... Surely Mr. Alalof can't be surprised.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/31/12 - 05:20 am
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A Wise President Realizes What Affects Fundraising

Before you change the name of a school you should consider the effects on fundraising.

noway
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noway 08/31/12 - 07:52 am
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it is hurting ASU

Not giving money does not hurt Azziz, it doesn't hurt the BOR, it doesn't send a message. The money goes to the ASU Foundation, that funds things for the students, faculty and staff at ASU as it is today and for the next academic year. After that, the ASU Foundation will still be the ASU Foundation. After June 30, who knows what happens. Messages will be sent when fundraising is done under the new moniker of "GRU". That's when to send the fundraising message. Giving money now says, we support ASU - ASU, not anything else. Giving money now says, "NO to GRU". That's how I see it.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 08/31/12 - 09:12 am
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no pain....

they say enrollment in down....they say fundraising is slow.....

they say the things that don't kill you make you stronger.....

In the end, the Governor and the Board of Regents will listen to the courts...the lawsuit from the other Regents University will slap them hard and into submission... They would not listen to us but they will listen to the courts. The court case will then cost all of us tens more thousands to defend and then when the Governor and BOR lose they will then have to pay the other sides court costs as well!

When all is said and done and the names appear as they should...then we will be stronger.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/31/12 - 10:27 am
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Two Cents

I like createyourfuture's idea — put your two cents worth of advice in by sending in two pennies in an envelope to the fundraising campaign. (By the way, I am an alumnus of another school and have never contributed to ASU.) They call the fundraising campaign "A Day." What will they call it next year — Grooo Day ?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/31/12 - 11:59 am
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$45,000 Could Have Helped

That $45,000 study they did concerning the new name, yet disregarded, would have helped the school a good bit.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/31/12 - 01:45 pm
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Not only that

The school spent more than $45,000 on personally lobbying the 18 regents individually to vote for GRU. There was travel time, long distance charges, meals, hotels — all the trappings of lobbying done by school employees.

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pwburt 08/31/12 - 02:49 pm
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NO GRU - Withhold funds and support of any kind....

I urge everyone contact our Governor and to withhold any funds and support of any kind from both institutions until the name issue is revisited. Vote with your money and your time.

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