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GRU forum focuses on athletics, campus life

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 7:21 PM
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The future students of Georgia Regents University can expect an enhanced campus life, recreation and more career advising, even if they won’t be able to cheer for their own football team on the weekends, school officials said.

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Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz (right) sits with the audience during a university consolidation forum at Augusta State.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz (right) sits with the audience during a university consolidation forum at Augusta State.

GRU officials touted two key aspects of the new institution at forums at Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities Friday: athletics and student affairs. It was the last set of forums planned for the year.

ASU political science junior Jose Lugo said he didn’t hear any new information but was expecting to hear some different news about a possible football program.

“I kept hearing rumors this past week that they were actually backing football, so I was kind of surprised about that,” said Lugo, who is a senator with the Student Government Association.

ASU Athletic Director Clint Bryant said the new university will offer several new sports, including rowing, swimming, men’s soccer and equestrian competition. Football, at the moment, is too costly, with $1.5 million needed for scholarships alone and $2.5 million per year in operating costs.

Eleven sports teams at ASU compete in Division II athletics, and men and women’s golf are in Division I. Bryant said officials are still deciding whether to incorporate more of GRU’s teams in Division I and whether that would be beneficial to students.

“We don’t want to do that haphazardly or by the seat of our pants,” Bryant said.

Whatever level of competition, Bryant said he sees the future of GRU’s athletic program as a glue that can bring the community and student body together and keep the public excited about the school.

“We do know athletics is not the most important part of the university,” he said. “But it serves as the front porch to the university. … That carries a significant amount of responsibility. Just ask the folks at Penn State.”

Kevin Frazier, the vice president for student services and development at GHSU, said officials will be taking the best aspects of each campus and combining them to create a better student life.

For example, ASU’s Greek life, which GHSU lacks, will be part of the new university. A new Student Life and Engagement Department will incorporate ASU’s student activities center and GHSU’s campus life, Frazier said.

The health components of each campus will combine to create a new Health and Coun­seling center, while the fitness components will evolve into improved recreation facilities.

“As you can see, nothing has been lost,” Frazier said.

At the morning forum, GHSU President Ricardo Azziz asked how the cultures of each campus will be able to blend when combining these departments.

Frazier said one tool that will facilitate that is the new student government structure, which will have independent undergraduate and graduate divisions but will have former ASU and GHSU students in each.

“That is probably the easiest and most attractive way to mix and blend the student culture,” he said.

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Techfan 11/17/12 - 06:16 am
We'll keep sports that no one

We'll keep sports that no one watches (and have a ridiculous athletic fee per semester to boot) and add frats to MCG. Fantastic.

omnomnom 11/17/12 - 06:35 am
no student health clinic? no

no student health clinic?
no future for University College?

I *am* glad they are bringing back rowing though.

Can't wait to see those proposed "savings" students will be seeing next year.

Techfan 11/17/12 - 09:22 am
Since most of the students at

Since most of the students at MCG were over 21 and they allowed alcohol to be served at functions, what are they going to do since they just added the AC students?

soapy_725 11/17/12 - 10:25 am
Way to go on the Save the A. LOL

File it away with removal of RR tracks. Security on the River Walk. Affordable garbage collection. Fair and equal ARC taxes. Decent government housing. Science Center. Perpetual care at city cemeteries. Legal bid contracts. Building maintenance. Street and sewer maintenance. Land title searches. Reading before voting. Honest government.

Bah, Bah, Bah. You had better get out before the shears cut in some vital anatomical areas. You can grow more wool.

CC is building at least two house right now for each and every one of you. Remember the 1960's thru the 1980's. You can do it. Rip off that bandage. Scale that wall. Just Over the Hedge is a different world.

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