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GRU to produce radio show in partnership

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 9:16 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 1:26 AM
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Georgia Regents University will go live on the radio waves in January when it begins a partnership with WACG 90.7 and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

The school will hire a full-time station manager to cover news events and local issues while increasing awareness on the consolidated university’s identity to listeners, according to David Brond, Georgia Health Sciences University’s senior vice president of communications and marketing.

Brond said the radio program will use the existing studio at Augusta State University and will coordinate airtime so that it does not overlap with popular, scheduled shows syndicated from National Public Radio, such as All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation.

“This is not a takeover of GPB,” he said. “This is a collaborative work.”

Officials from ASU and GHSU discussed the new radio partnership and other branding and logistical updates at a Consolidation Working Group open meeting Wednesday. It was the group’s last scheduled meeting before the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges decides on the consolidated university’s accreditation in January.

Brond said school officials are working with Trend Influence advertising agency to finalize logos, colors, the university seal, alma mater and fight song in time for accreditation in January.

The school will submit three logo options to students, faculty, staff and alumni in an e-mail survey after Thanksgiving and will present the chosen branding to the public in a media release and video message from GHSU President Ricardo Azziz on Jan. 8.

Officials will also launch a visual campaign through the holidays to raise awareness of the GRU branding and support the name change. The school will create a “Great people doing great things” video, which will be broadcast on YouTube and local TV stations during prime news spots through the holidays, Brond said.

After accreditation is finalized, the school is planning several celebratory events, including on- and off-campus thank yous and a celebration at the home Jaguar basketball games Jan. 12.

The working group also heard initial plans for merger of the two universities’ Student Government Associations. ASU SGA President Andrew Phillips and GHSU SGA President Caitlin Madigan said GRU will have separate undergraduate and graduate SGAs.

Each body will have its own representatives, but there will be one joint executive cabinet and joint committees to allow for communication between the graduates and undergraduates.

GHSU Provost Gretchen Caughman and ASU’s vice president of academic affairs, Carol Rychly, also updated the group on the progress 40 committees have made in areas ranging from financial aid and enrollment to alumni relations and transportation.

Most of the committees are still working, but some issues have been finalized. May 2013 will be the first commencement ceremony for the new university, and Gov. Nathan Deal is tentatively scheduled as the guest speaker, Rychly said.

GRU is also planning a 50 percent increase in online course offerings to encourage continuing education and is working on a strategy to get outside organizations involved in more community education programs.

The work will also not be finished with accreditation. School officials are already preparing the first Site Visit Report, an update on how the institution is functioning that will be given to SACS in July before its campus visit.

“This is again the heavy work of consolidation,” Azziz said. “This is the true machinery. This is the reinvention of the university. Hopefully it’s more than just putting the parts together ... and sticking them with masking tape.”

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/14/12 - 11:09 pm
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Oh, boy! Dear Leader will

Oh, boy! Dear Leader will address us with his own radio show!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/12 - 07:52 am
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Hail Big Brother, Hail BB
Unpublished

He even looks the part. Uni-brow? Eastern European? Stalin-est?
Could this man have actually been brought to the CSRA to "fundamentally change the way we live" by the money brokers? Is Azziz the puppet or the puppeteer?

Is he a medical doctor? Did he take the Hippocratic Oath? First, do no harm.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/15/12 - 08:29 am
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Save the ACG

More narcissism evident from the Z.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/15/12 - 08:30 am
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Sunday Morning Coming Down

They could replace the hideous show that runs Sunday mornings at 7:00 with the Dr. Z Show. No one would notice the change.

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David Parker 11/15/12 - 08:45 am
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uhhh, alt music? Thought the

uhhh, alt music? Thought the article was about a college radio station!?! Oh, more "talk" radio, meh...

prov227
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prov227 11/15/12 - 09:56 am
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There he goes again ...

"Brond said school officials are working with Trend Influence advertising agency to finalize logos, colors, the university seal, alma mater and fight song in time for accreditation in January." ... Isn't it great to have an ad agency give us all this heritage. Idea for fight song ... "Save the A".

"The school will submit three logo options to students, faculty, staff and alumni in an e-mail survey after Thanksgiving and will present the chosen branding to the public in a media release and video message from GHSU President Ricardo Azziz on Jan. 8." ... Can't we save a lot of time and money by just asking Dr. Azziz to give us his sketches?

"The school will create a “Great people doing great things” video ... " ... shouldn't it be "Gru-ate people doing gru-ate things"?

"... the progress 40 committees have made in areas ranging from financial aid and enrollment to alumni relations ..." ... It will take a lot of committees to undo the work Dr. Azziz has performed in alumni relations.

“This is again the heavy work of consolidation,” Azziz said. “This is the true machinery. This is the reinvention of the university. Hopefully it’s more than just putting the parts together ... and sticking them with masking tape.” ... Yes, hopefully.

Jake
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Jake 11/15/12 - 10:20 am
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Try Duct Tape Instead

It holds better than masking tape, Dr Azziz.

razordog
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razordog 11/15/12 - 10:22 am
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So It's Over?

I guess the fight to either change or add Augusta to the GRU name on everything is over? Like many, I still feel that what we are stuck with is totally unacceptable. What a disgrace! Looks like the Z won again.

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 11/15/12 - 10:30 am
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Why Waste Everybody's Time?

"The school will submit three logo options to students, faculty, staff and alumni in an e-mail survey after Thanksgiving and will present the chosen branding to the public in a media release and video message from GHSU President Ricardo Azziz on Jan. 8."

Why waste everybody's time? Azziz is going to select the logo he likes; that is his MO. Why go through the motions to suggest he cares about what the students, faculty, staff and alumni think?

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!

Just publish the logo and be done with it.

Tullie
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Tullie 11/15/12 - 11:18 am
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Who Cares..

No one is going to listen to that.

The school will submit three logo options to students, faculty, staff and alumni in an e-mail survey after Thanksgiving and will present the chosen branding to the public in a media release and video message from GHSU President Ricardo Azziz on Jan.

OMG..he has the nerve to do another survey..LOL

omnomnom
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omnomnom 11/15/12 - 12:01 pm
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I do hope that students will

I do hope that students will get airtime. the article didn't mention them at ALL. #sameasiteverwas

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/15/12 - 12:36 pm
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Edward1968
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Edward1968 11/15/12 - 12:38 pm
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I will support this radio station!!

I will support it if, and only if, the first broadcast is Azziz giving his farewell address.

Ben There
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Ben There 11/15/12 - 12:55 pm
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Don't Do the Survey!

As an ASU graduate, I strongly urge all students, alumni, faculty, and staff to boycott the survey of the three logo options since none of them will have University of Augusta in them! I know I not participate.

mycomments
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mycomments 11/15/12 - 11:10 pm
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Already dropped "Augusta" -

Already dropped "Augusta" - "Georgia Regents University will go live on the radio waves in January.." and the "A" - "GRU is also planning a 50 percent increase..." What was the fight for?

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