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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 7:34 PM
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A group of local businessmen met Wednesday to form a committee to keep the name “Augusta” in the new university being formed by the Georgia Board of Regents.

A group of local businessmen met Wednesday to form a committee to keep the name "Augusta" in the new university being formed by the Georgia Board of Regents.   CHRIS THELEN/FILE
CHRIS THELEN/FILE
A group of local businessmen met Wednesday to form a committee to keep the name "Augusta" in the new university being formed by the Georgia Board of Regents.

Named “Save the A,” the group intends to launch a statewide campaign to persuade the regents, along with University system Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Gov. Nathan Deal, to reconsider the decision to name the new school Georgia Regents University, said John Hall, the group’s spokesman.

Hall said the group isn’t opposed to the merging of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, just the name it has been saddled with.

“We totally support what the governor and the Board of Regents are doing for Augusta,” said Hall, president of Hall Marketing. “We are for all the growth, all the expanded educational opportunities. All that is a major plus and we are looking forward to that.”

Hall said the group thinks it is a mistake to discard Augusta from the name, since it is a brand already known the world over.

“If you went to Europe and asked someone where Auburn is or where Clemson is located you probably would not get a correct response,” he said. “But if you asked them where Augusta was, most would be able to tell you it was in Georgia. It is a good brand with global recognition.”

Hall said the “Save the A” committee doesn’t have any specific plans yet, but will be reaching out to politicians and holding rallies to bring attention to the issue in coming weeks.

Hall wasn’t prepared to reveal the names of the members Wednesday, he said.

“We are just in our embryonic stage now; we are just starting out,” he said.

CONTACT THE GROUP

Comments and letters of support can be sent by mail to “Save the A,” P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928; or by e-mail to savethea@ymail.com.

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justputtin
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justputtin 09/19/12 - 08:12 pm
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Yes!

Yes, yes, yes!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 09/19/12 - 08:33 pm
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SavetheA!

Thank goodness - we are getting the ball rolling!! Terrific!

YES!!!!

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 09/19/12 - 08:35 pm
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For Heritage, Community, and Continuity

Graduates from Augusta College and Augusta State University are at work, with their families, and identify with the source of their education, preparation and inspiration all across this great nation and the world. "Augusta" is a name associated with place, relationships and meaning.
This is a noble and good fight.

Skooter
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Skooter 09/19/12 - 09:20 pm
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Good luck! If the board of

Good luck! If the board of regents had been interested in Augusta business' leaders input/feedback, they would've asked for it before the decision was made. The original name of the college/univ did not have Augusta in it (Medical College of Georgia), the current name does not (Georgia Health Sciences Univ.) nor does the 3rd evolution of the name (Georgia Regents Univ.). Funding for the schools come from state taxpayers and not from the city of Augusta.

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palmetto1008 09/19/12 - 11:38 pm
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No one in europe or in he
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No one in europe or in he united states who is not somehow affiliated with ogled knows where Augusta is. That's not a good argument...history/tradition and community/alumni support may be. But I think the state really isn't interested in those justificaons. Good luck..

rebellious
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rebellious 09/20/12 - 12:07 am
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Great News

Some business people are stepping to the plate.

Hope they succeed!

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Tullie 09/20/12 - 04:19 am
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palmetto1008

You are wrong. The europeans know of Augusta, GA because of the Masters.

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Riverman1 09/20/12 - 04:50 am
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Rebel...ha. But,

Rebel...ha.

But, seriously...let them have GRU as the umbrella name of the combined schools while the individual schools keep their name. ASU Jags remain that, etc. See that sign that says ASU with University System of Georgia under it? Add GRU under ASU. Same with GHSU. Problem solved.

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avidreader 09/20/12 - 05:40 am
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"Y" mail.

When did Y-mail come onto the scene? What is its origin? I'd like to know.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/20/12 - 06:36 am
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Finally!!

Some are putting verbs in their sentences...thank you.

wordwright
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wordwright 09/20/12 - 06:42 am
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Palmetto1008--go back under your rock

Augusta is known the world over because of the Masters. When I traveled in Europe a few years back, I was asked by the Europeans I met where my home was. When I answered Augusta, most would exclaim, "The Masters." A few even knew it was the home of James Brown.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 09/20/12 - 07:13 am
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Excellent!
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Hope it works!!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 09/20/12 - 08:40 am
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@avidreader

Ymail is just Yahoo's mail service. I imagine they were running out of decent-length addresses to use @yahoo.com, so they added ymail.com to the mix. So many people use Yahoo mail as a throwaway junk mail account (myself included) that I'm sure any name or specific word you wanted in your email only left you with choices like yourname569871 @ yahoo.com

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/20/12 - 08:43 am
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Amphitheater

On the Augusta State campus is an attractive amphitheater. The two brick column roof supports on either side of the stage each have a large letter "A" on them in the tasteful blue color of the Jags. It is a simple, elegant way to provide a sense of indentity, of place, and space.

When the place becomes Grooo, will the A's be surreptitiously removed under cover of darkness? Will the A's be replaced with Grooo's?

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PghSteelersFan 09/20/12 - 10:27 am
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I live in New Mexico, USA. I

I live in New Mexico, USA. I have a Masters cap with just the Master's logo on it. No names. When I wear it, people stop me and say 'have you been to Augusta?' They don't say 'have you been to the Masters?' I tell them that I am from Augusta and used to go to the Tournament where I got the cap.
Augusta has 'name recognition'. I believe that it should be furthered by placing 'Augusta' in the combined Universities name. I hope the group succeeds in getting it there.
As for the one poster who said Augusta is not mentioned now and that it used to be MCG and then Georgia Health Sciences University, they are forgetting that Augusta does appear now and has for years, first as Augusta Junior College when it occupied the 3rd floor of ARC and when it first moved to the Walton Way campus, then Augusta College, and now Augusta State University. There are two parts being put together that need to be considered not just one.

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kiwiinamerica 09/20/12 - 11:49 am
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Remedial reading....
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Yes Mr. Hall, people in Europe have heard of "Augusta". That's nice, isn't it? Now go play a round of golf.

Unfortunately, the people in Washington who provide money to fund the biomedical research which occurs at MCG/GHSU in the form of grant support, don't give a fig about golf. Got it? Neither does the rest of academia. To them, ASU is a "nothing" school which teaches people how to read, if they've even heard of it.

Are we making progress?

In order for GHSU to attract and maintain high quality faculty and to sustain its mission as serious research institution, the name "Augusta" must go. It's the state medical school, OK?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/20/12 - 11:51 am
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woodwright is Right!

My daughter is in Ireland right now. When the locals ask where she is from and she says Augusta they immediately know exactly where she is from. Guess what? They love it!!!

We just have to keep the thread alive and make sure that no money is allocated for name change until it is on the Board of Regents meeting agenda and is discussed again!!

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Willow Bailey 09/20/12 - 02:15 pm
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Just received an email

Just received an email petition on this matter. Lots of signatures.
Go Augusta!

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PoppaTiger 09/20/12 - 06:32 pm
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GRU? I think NOT!!!

What self-serving idiot came up with the name "Georgia Regents University"? GRU...the connotation is not a happy one for me; it does not have a comfortable feel, nor should it for anyone.

I am a grad of AC and easily went along with the change to ASU, it made sense, but forget about calling MY school GRU! I doubt very much that the folks further down the hill are very happy about yet another name change, either. There is NO sense of continuity for either school, and can make only the Regents feel good about naming the bastardized mating of ASU and Georgia Health Sciences for themselves.

Regents, think again about what you're trying to do to two outstanding schools; maybe you can do like so many other states have done and you call ALL schools "University of Georgia - Whatever city". Then you could change Georgia Tech to University of Georgia - Atlanta and see how far you get with that.

As for doing away with the "A's" on the pillars, maybe they could be replaced with the Russian "ГРУ", huh? (See below...)

Personally, not long after leaving AC, I served almost 25 years in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). DIA's foremost adversary in the old USSR, and later, the Russian Federation, was/is the Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye, or GRU, the "ГРУ", the foreign military intelligence main directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation The GRU is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency, six times the size of the old KGB, or now, the SVR.

Yep, let's hear it for the good old GRU! I think NOT!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/20/12 - 06:43 pm
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Good luck!

You're going to need it.

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