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Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 7:24 PM
Last updated 8:03 PM
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It has been a consolidated university for awhile but Georgia Regents University could be getting new signs that show that in coming months.

A University System of Georgia Board of Regents committee approved GRU’s request for the new signs on Tuesday and the full board is expected to take it up Wednesday.

The university and its health system have a budget of $3.8 million to replace existing signs and improve signs guiding traffic around the campus, said Phil Howard, vice president of facilities service for GRU. The money will come from accumulated funds from the margin allocation that the health system transfers to the university every year and some directly from the health system, he said.

Officials have said they had money set aside for new signs before the Medical College of Georgia became Georgia Health Sciences University in 2011, but held off once consolidation began to be discussed.

Design work for the new GRU signs still needs finalizing, probably in late September, and then the projects can be put out to bid, Howard said. Changing all of the signs will be spread out over two fiscal years, he said.

“Gateway” signs, at entry points into the various campuses, will be newly built at the health sciences campus. On the Summerville campus, formerly Augusta State University, most will be modified.

The large electronic sign on Wrightsboro Road for Christenberry Fieldhouse will be new and the large lit signs on the health sciences building will also be replaced.

There will also be new signs directing traffic, primarily on the health sciences campus, Howard said. The health system’s and the university’s satellite campuses will also get the new signs, he said. The idea is to try to achieve a single look, Howard said.

“The design of all of the gateway (signs) is a consistent theme now on all campuses,” he said. “So it is going to tie in a whole university look. They won’t look different at the various campuses, for the most part.”

New signs could start appearing in about four months, Howard said, pending approval.

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triscuit
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triscuit 08/13/13 - 08:39 pm
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What design firm was hired to

What design firm was hired to do this? anyone, anyone?.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/13/13 - 09:54 pm
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Deck Chairs

Changing signs at Grooo reminds me of the folks re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Riverman1 08/13/13 - 09:55 pm
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I assume the name Augusta as

I assume the name Augusta as in the logo will also be displayed as promised.

Talktothehand
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Talktothehand 08/14/13 - 03:44 am
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Atlanta's revenge - Change the name of their college to GRU

Atlanta politics...they will never forgive their most famous son, Bobby Jones, for making Augusta the mecca of golf - the only major sporting event in the world held in the same city every year! Tens of millions are bestowed every year upon Augusta due to their shining son's decision to choose Augusta for his home course. Let the record show we understand their dart throwing, and name changing ways, just like their decision to stop golf from coming to Bobby's tuna-ment course during the 96' Olympics. We can only hope Atlanta's junior event called, The Coca-Cola Open or Player's Championship, will be as successful as The Master's has been for Augusta... the next 80 plus years!

Augustans will never forget the name of their school. The ASU jaguars won TWO Div. 1 back-to-back National Championships in golf and that my friend is history and can't be erased with the stroke of a pen or be claimed as their own by an envious political rival. Long live "Harvard on the Hill - we'll never forget you." Wp

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nocnoc 08/14/13 - 08:30 am
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Sell the old Signs

They are part of history and should be collector items.

Good money for a Student Activity fund.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/13 - 10:10 am
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Signs

I remember a verse from Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land:

As I was walkin’ out on the highway

I saw a sign, it said “Private Property.”

But on the other side it didn’t say nothin’.

This land was made for you and me.

grouse
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grouse 08/14/13 - 10:17 am
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$3.8 million? $3.8 million???

Unpublished

$3.8 million? $3.8 million??? On signs?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/14/13 - 10:21 am
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Yeah, much as I loved Woody's

Yeah, much as I loved Woody's music and life, he was a socialist.

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Fiat_Lux 08/14/13 - 11:29 am
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We haven't had a raise in 6+ years, but there's plenty for signs

Oh, yeah. We have our priorities straight, don't we?

You betcha.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/14/13 - 01:17 pm
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The old ASU signs

will rapidly become collectors' items and sell for a lot on eBay. I want to buy some!

charles6780
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charles6780 08/14/13 - 05:23 pm
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Waste of money

$3.8 million to replace existing signs and improve signs guiding traffic around the campus - what a waste of taxpayer money; in a time when educational spending is at an all time low, we have money for this? This boondoggle would not be expounded upon had the name change debacle been forthright and not underhanded; this ranks with the "decorating" expenses (i.e. chairs, custom curtains, desks etc) for the provost and company on the Summerville campus.
Can we spell waste?
Consolidation of MCG/GHSU and Augusta State University. And I am not holding my breath that the name Augusta will be included with prominence. Google GRU - no listing of Augusta State University under the main heading - as if it NEVER existed. What a sham.

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a.patel30901 08/15/13 - 04:37 pm
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The money was there before

The money was there before MCG became GHSU? Sure. I'm sure there will be another special fee added to my tuition and fees next year, just like all the new ones added this year.

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