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Board endorses MCG name change

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The Medical College of Georgia will still refer to its School of Medicine, but the rest of the university will be changing names.

The boards of MCG Health Inc. and MCG Health System met Wednesday by conference call to endorse the name change.

MCG Health System's meeting was not publicly announced, as required by the Georgia Open Meetings Law, which means whatever action it took can be challenged in court during the next 90 days. Public notice was given for the MCG Health Inc. meeting.

MCG President Ricardo Azziz, who has been pushing for the name change as recognition that MCG is more than just a School of Medicine, said the misconception is widespread.

As part of his recruiting efforts, Azziz said, he spoke Tuesday to the dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who told him, "I thought you only had a School of Medicine."

A survey in 2008 found that 80 percent of MCG alumni thought that MCG referred to the School of Medicine, he said.

"We have significant name recognition (for the medical school)," Azziz said. "I think all of us recognize it."

Though the medical school and the clinical system will retain the MCG name, the university will take on a new name, "most likely along the lines of Georgia Health Sciences University," Azziz said. The rest of the schools also will become colleges, he said.

"We will have a College of Dental Medicine, a College of Nursing, a College of Allied Health Sciences and a College of Graduate Studies," Azziz said.

The plan is to run a tag line underneath the new name for some period of time during the transition.

"For example, we will use the tag line 'Georgia Health Sciences University,' and underneath that it will say, 'Home of the Medical College of Georgia,' " Azziz said. The plan is to change all of the signs to reflect the new name within the next two years, he said. The resolution passed both boards unanimously.

The cost will be about $2.8 million and will spread over a couple of years, Azziz said after the meeting. It is money that was already budgeted and planned for several years to improve the signs on campus and will now be used to incorporate the new names, he said.

More to come

The new name, which is already up on MCG's Web site, is just one of the changes envisioned by MCG President Ricardo Azziz in his push to set the course for the next three years. In fact, there is an Enterprise-Wide Strategic Planning initiative that is seeking input on the university's future direction. You can e-mail in your thoughts to: esp@mcg.edu. The initiative's Web site is esp.mcg.edu.

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floridasun 09/08/10 - 11:37 am
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Sounds like a good

Sounds like a good decision.....to encompass all the schools under a "University" name

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countyman 09/08/10 - 11:38 am
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The closing of Laney Walker

The closing of Laney Walker in the Medical District is smart. It will definitely make it feel more like a ''campus''.. That's one of ASU's biggest problem in Summerville.. They now have to build around wrightsboro/damascus/highland.. A pedestrian bridge over 15th street needs to be constructed...

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fishman960 09/08/10 - 11:39 am
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Not crazy about the new name.

Not crazy about the new name. Why not just name it Talmadge ?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/08/10 - 11:56 am
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Sounds like re-arranging deck

Sounds like re-arranging deck chairs to me.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/08/10 - 12:02 pm
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"A survey in 2008 found that

"A survey in 2008 found that 80 percent of MCG alumni thought that MCG referred to the School of Medicine". I find this a little, actually a lot, hard to believe. Ask any alumni, where they went to school and they'll say MCG, yet they believe it only refers to the School of Medicine? It's on our freakin' diplomas-Medical College of Georgia! This isn't some diploma mill where anyone off the street can be admitted. Graduates of this, or any other medical university, are an intelligent and educated lot yet don't think the name of the school applies to them? It sounds more like the second step in having all the medical students in Athens under the banner of MCG and leaving the rest in Augusta under the existing school. We'll see how this plays out in the coming years.

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countyman 09/08/10 - 12:33 pm
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Counting the 40 students at

Counting the 40 students at the Athens campus, MCG's freshman class this year is 230 students, the ninth-largest freshman class of any U.S. medical school, Miller said.

By 2020, the MCG freshman class size will be second-largest in the country, he said - plans call for a class of 300, with 240 at the Augusta campus and 60 in Athens.
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/081010/new_692880682.shtml

The school of medicine will still be called MCG in Augusta.

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countyman 09/08/10 - 12:35 pm
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MCG didn't waste

MCG didn't waste anytime...
http://www.mcg.edu/

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whyme 09/08/10 - 01:13 pm
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I don't like the game plan.

I don't like the game plan. Who cares? If you know who you are, it doesn't matter if we're called university or college. And why just the school of medicine? Laughed at the deck chair analogy...like on the Titanic perhaps?!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/08/10 - 02:01 pm
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Countyman, I did not see

Countyman, I did not see anything in the article about closing Laney-Walker. You also need to refer to it as the 1400 block of Laney-Walker because I suppose you are talking only about 1 block. The name change will cost thousands of dollars in signage, stationery and countless other items we can't think of. Dr. Azziz hit the ground running with all of his ideas but I bet if you polled faculty and staff they are fed up with him already.

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Fiat_Lux 09/08/10 - 02:31 pm
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GHSU sounds like "guess who".

GHSU sounds like "guess who". I like that. Not that the acronym will become common usage, but it would be lots of fun if it did.

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countyman 09/08/10 - 02:37 pm
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Sweet Son... The Laney Walker

Sweet Son... The Laney Walker closing is mentioned in the WRDW article..
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/102402134.html

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SFARRIS 09/08/10 - 02:45 pm
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Does it REALLY matter if the

Does it REALLY matter if the names changes. I would think its a good thing if I were a student there. I would think the name would bring better recognition to an academic career I work hard for. So in retrospect, those of you who oppose the name change, did it bother as much when Augusta College changed its name to Augusta State University?

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scorehouse 09/08/10 - 06:34 pm
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absolutely disgusting. waste
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absolutely disgusting. waste 3 million dollars for this megalomaniac's desire for a name change! why is he so worried about what his taxpayer sucking academic politburo think of the name? your tax dollars at work. government at its finest. why not use the 3 mil to reduce tuition?

scorehouse
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scorehouse 09/08/10 - 06:46 pm
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why is this prima donna
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why is this prima donna exempt from the open meetings act of the STATE of GEORGIA? the arrogance here is obamanesque, United Nations and the NCAA all rolled into one. fun fact. if you paid off your mortgage(including investment properties and vacation homes), cars, credits cards and all other bills including bank business loans, etc. and then paid your utilities and property taxes a year in advance, how much in debt would you be? thanks to your government at work, the current figure is 68,000 a person. sweet!!!! go government! can't wait for obamacare!

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KSL 09/08/10 - 07:13 pm
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Georgia Health Sciences

Georgia Health Sciences University. You have got to be kidding me. Health was one of the crip courses in high school one took if they were not up to a challenge.

Sounds like a tech school or Phoenix University.

KSL
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KSL 09/08/10 - 07:31 pm
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Ga. Tech doesn't seem to have

Ga. Tech doesn't seem to have to have "University" in their name. Can you name the 5 Division I universities that don't have "university" in their name?

scorehouse
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scorehouse 09/08/10 - 07:44 pm
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who cares? why do freaks of
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who cares? why do freaks of nature get academic scholarships based on athletic ability? we need to start a football program at this joint and give out scholarships based on athletic ability. that's the next generation of government doctors on the horizon. love it!

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disssman 09/08/10 - 09:28 pm
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Who cares? A business is

Who cares? A business is still a business no matter what you call it. Amazing the number of multi-million signage programs we have in Augusta and we still have traffic jams and people get lost because they can't identify where the new names are located. And to think the new guy has been on the job just a few months and he came up with this winner as a priority.

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Chillen 09/08/10 - 09:39 pm
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This is a total W-A-S-T-E of

This is a total W-A-S-T-E of taxpayer money. Imagine the thousands of signs, business cards, letterhead, web sites, etc etc etc that will have to be changed. Then they will spend "PR" money explaining it to everyone. Don't forget the shiny new logo that will likely have to go along with it.

This will cost taxpayers millions. Unbelievable. In a recession too. Have some fiscal discipline folks!

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3doghouse 09/08/10 - 09:56 pm
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Countyman, MCG has used the

Countyman, MCG has used the "Georgia's Health Sciences University" tagline since 1994( www.mcg.edu/history/moments/oct31.asp ), and its been prominent in the website header for over ten years:

http://web.archive.org/web/20000815063529/http://www.mcg.edu/

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mcg.edu

freespeach
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freespeach 09/08/10 - 10:22 pm
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Waste of taxpayer dollars
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Waste of taxpayer dollars

myusername
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myusername 09/08/10 - 10:47 pm
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Forget "MCG." "GHSU" does

Forget "MCG." "GHSU" does have a certain ring to it...

KSL
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KSL 09/09/10 - 01:06 am
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Division I school status is

Division I school status is not all about athletics.

KSL
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KSL 09/09/10 - 01:08 am
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You have got to be kidding.

You have got to be kidding. GHSU. GooseU?

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 09/09/10 - 03:50 am
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Ever hear of U.C.L.A.? It's

Ever hear of U.C.L.A.? It's all in the name. Anything short of The Medical University of Georgia, The Georgia Medical University at Augusta, The Medical University of Georgia at Augusta, Or last but not least The University of Georgia Augusta. Maybe some where along the line with Augusta, Georgia in the title. The name of a Insitution should always sound bigger than the itself...!!!

PART_TIME_PUNDIT
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PART_TIME_PUNDIT 09/09/10 - 10:01 am
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"A university is what a

"A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students."
John Ciardi, American poet, translator, and etymologist
1916-1986

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 09/09/10 - 10:49 am
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Going to be like J. Strom

Going to be like J. Strom Thurmond Dam, BETTER known in Georgia as Clarks Hill Dam. Either way it's still going to be Clark Hill. So MCG will be MCG to home town people.

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Techfan 09/09/10 - 12:41 pm
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KSL:Boston College, the three

KSL:Boston College, the three military academies, and Ga Tech. Who holds the record for the highest score in a college football game? Ga Tech- 222, Cumberland-0.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/09/10 - 12:46 pm
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That would also be the record

That would also be the record for the largest margin of victory.

PART_TIME_PUNDIT
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PART_TIME_PUNDIT 09/09/10 - 12:58 pm
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"A university is a college

"A university is a college with a stadium seating over 40,000."
Leonard L. Levinson, American producer, writer, and director
1904-1974

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