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'Augusta' added to redone Georgia Regents University signs

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 7:45 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 1:39 AM
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Georgia Regents University has redone five gateway signs on the Summerville campus that were installed last year without the promised word “Augusta.”

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"Augusta" has been added to Georgia Regents University's Summerville campus signs.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
"Augusta" has been added to Georgia Regents University's Summerville campus signs.

Adding the seven letters to five signs cost almost $5,000 – $2,200 to prepare the stone and design new stencils and $2,600 for letters and installation, which would have been incurred had Augusta been included at an earlier stage, said spokesperson Christen Carter.

More gateway signs to be installed on the Summerville, Health Sciences and Forest Hills campuses are still in the design phase, Carter said.

The $3.8 million project approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents last year also includes flags, posters and interior signs that will bear the name.

Many in the community were outraged in December when new signs appeared without the word Augusta. This came after school officials last summer revealed blueprints showing “Georgia Regents University Augusta” would replace “Augusta State University” on the brick pillars at the school’s entrance on Walton Way and other entry points.

The signs were supposed to be part of a compromise made in 2012 between President Ricardo Azziz and members of Save the A, a group of business people and community members opposed to the chosen name of the consolidated university.

Azziz said the GRU name would remain but that Georgia Regents University Augusta would be used by athletic teams and in the logo.

After public outcry that signs erected strayed from the original blueprints, university officials announced in late January they would redo the signs.

Save the A Chairman Nick Evans said he still does not believe university officials have lived up to their promise despite the sign change.

The agreement reached in 2012 provided that Augusta would be featured “prominently” in promotional materials and the logo.

Evans said TV commercials he has seen buries the word Augusta or doesn’t feature it at all. He said school vehicles such as the GRU Jaguar Express Bus also downplay Augusta, which doesn’t live up to the spirit of the agreement.

“I still don’t think they’re doing everything they agreed to in their compromise,” he said. “There’s still a lot of things they need to review. It’s more than signage. It’s all marketing materials. Why do they keep doing things wrong and then have to redo them? Why can’t they just do it right the first time?”

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nocnoc 02/18/14 - 07:00 am
Face it

I wonder if the change has anything to do with ARC Commissioners playing carrot on a stick with $8M?

The only winner in this mess seems to be the Protest and Building Sign making people.

Riverman1 02/18/14 - 08:35 am
What A Mess

The basketball uniforms are pathetic. They look like practice ones with Augusta in tiny letters as with the signs. It should be the other way around with Augusta in large letters and GRU beneath in small letters. What a mess we have.

southern2 02/18/14 - 08:46 am
Makes me feel like Curly when

Makes me feel like Curly when Moe slaps him around. "Hey, What's the big idea?"

Tired of political hacks playing us for chumps!

Can't wait to vote for Gov Deal's opponent, whoever that shall be.

seenitB4 02/18/14 - 09:00 am
8 million dollars--yeh

And a hospital in Mtz/Evans...still have a bad taste in my mouth..

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 02/18/14 - 09:43 am
Frog Hollow

Look at the first sentence in Tracey McManus’ story:

Georgia Regents University has redone five gateway signs on the Summerville campus that were installed last year without the promised word “Augusta.”

What about the signs at the Frog Hollow campus down around Laney-Walker? All the GRU signs on the medical campus buildings and grounds need to have “Augusta” as well. It sticks in Rickey Ricardo Azziz’s craw so much that he will play chess with every move.

TakeAHike 02/18/14 - 10:08 am
Keep it in Summerville

I'm glad this silliness didn't spread to the former MCG campus. MCG was not ASU.

GuyGene 02/18/14 - 10:15 am
They do not get it.

They really think this is what we wanted? Is there a "GRU" (whew, that is hard to write) in say, Macon? It was simple - we NEVER wanted this ridiculous naming mess. MCG and Augusta State was great. Unfortunately, past tense.

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