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Students, city leaders not satisfied with Georgia Regents University name choice

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 4:21 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 8:46 PM
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Distaste lingered Tuesday afternoon among many in Augusta over the name approved by the Georgia Board of Regents for the city’s new consolidated university despite strong objections to it.

“I don’t know why they would name it this,” Kaitlyn Browning, a student in the College of Allied Health Sciences at Georgia Health Sciences University, said of the new name: Georgia Regents University. “I don’t think I’ve heard a single person that’s liked this at all.”

Browning said she’s “irritated” that GHSU has its second name change in two years.

Chris Nabholz, a junior at Augusta State University, feels the Board of Regents did not consider input from students or the community.

“They’re obviously not in it for us,” Nabholz said.

After watching a live feed of the board meeting at the student activities center, he fears that GHSU President Ricardo Azziz is more concerned with the prospects of a research university than with the student body. Ultimately, Nabholz hopes students can develop pride in the new name.

“We’re still the Jaguars,” he said. “We will come together as Jaguar nation and will slowly, but surely, come together as Georgia Regents University.”

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said he regrets that Augusta was not included in the consolidated university’s new name. While the mayor said he doesn’t prefer Georgia Regents University, he hopes the city, students and alumni can embrace it.

“I’ve got to trust that the committee did their due diligence and the regents did theirs as well,” Copenhaver said.

On the other side of the debate, ASU junior Jamie Lowe was excited about the new name and its acronym, GRU.

“It’s really great. A strong name that’s very reflective of what we’re trying to do and convey,” she said. “Either way, it’s just a name. What we’re trying to do is bigger than a name.”

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau said it hopes the new university will develop a branding strategy tied to Augusta.

“Anytime the word Augusta is said or heard, it helps to keep our destination top-of-mind and reinforce our brand,” said Peggy Seigler, the vice president of sales and marketing for the convention and visitors bureau.

Commissioner Jerry Brigham, who wanted Augusta included in the name, said the city must make the best of the situation.

“I guess we don’t really know enough about the inner workings of the Board of Regents to know how they came to their decision,” he said.

ASU Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said in a news release that the school will begin competing as Georgia Regents University in the fall of 2013.

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Rudow70
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Rudow70 08/07/12 - 04:26 pm
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What was wrong with

What was wrong with UGA-Augusta? That makes more sense than this gibberish. I got an MA from UNC-Chapel Hill back in 1969. That made sense then and now. I hope the regents get their ears reamed out over this one.

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 08/07/12 - 04:59 pm
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And Augustans hated "Tobacco Road"!

This really gives meaning and understanding to Tom Hanks" character's observation on life, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/07/12 - 07:55 pm
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What was wrong with Augusta

What was wrong with Augusta State University?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/07/12 - 07:58 pm
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Follow the money

Which politically-connected companies now stand to reap in big bucks because of the name change?

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 08/07/12 - 09:37 pm
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It sucketh

Absolutely and for certain.

This absurd, regrettable name seems like nothing but the personal pet choice of someone who is likely soon to be vilified in every way possible. And deservedly so.

One thing Augusta don't like is tackiness, and this stupid name embodies tacky.

jackrussell
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jackrussell 08/07/12 - 09:58 pm
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Georgia Regents University

Georgia Regents University sounds like some cheesy online university. It's an awful name. There is no history or pride associated with that name.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 08/08/12 - 12:23 am
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bad decision...

Bad decision by poorly informed Board of Regents. By Augusta not having representation on the Board we got the worse possible choice in a new name! We didn't need new names. The decisions made over the past 2 years by the Board of Regents have hurt more than helped 'our' institutions of higher learning! **so far nothing good has happened under the new leadership of MCG....and the current Board of Regents.

scgator
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scgator 08/08/12 - 12:33 am
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Young people going to college

Young people going to college want "name association"; it is important to them. You watch enrollment numbers go down, they won't be able to give away scholarships..............kids don't want to go where there is no pride associated with the name. Who can brag about going there? It sounds like an online diploma mill...........................

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/08/12 - 04:40 am
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I'll tell you one reason the

I'll tell you one reason the name probably won't change....pending a lawsuit from the Regents University in Virginia, that is....is because anytime there is a change, people tend to complain about it. Well, that may be true, but sometimes the reason people complain about the change is because the result of it STINKS! There are several reasons people don't like the name, but all that the Board of Regents will focus on as far as all the complaints is the premise that "people don't like change", and the idea of "oh, give it some time...they'll like it after all the dust settles.". Never mind that the name STINKS...they just think the complaining is about the change, and NOT their decision on GRU. And don't forget, with President Azziz behind it all, it'll be a long time in changing from GRU. Is it just me, or has Azziz lost his Pizzaz??

townsends
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townsends 08/08/12 - 06:36 am
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Azziz just booked his flight out

The name is a self-serving joke; everyone can see that, including the regents. Just as Just My Opinion mentioned the name will probably remain unless a lawsuit is brought from the Regents University in Virginia.

What seems obvious to me is how Azziz just booked his flight out of here, not only has he managed to alienate the student body, and the faculty, but also the Alumni. It seems that Regents University in Augusta, I mean Georgia Regents University in Augusta, would be better served with someone else at the helm.

blues550
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blues550 08/08/12 - 07:42 am
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Ego Run Amock
Unpublished

Speaking of cool, Azziz and his out of control ego are not. Wonder how many more Reserved For Dr. Azziz signs he will have mounted around campus. Town clown.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/08/12 - 08:41 am
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"Not satisfied" hardly covers it

People are outraged by this choice. They are sickened and stunned.

This is not some little thing that will just blow over after the people so affected "get used to it". This is a bomb that could have a pretty destructive shock wave heading toward MCG, ASU and Azziz.

We already know Azziz is, but are those regents also totally tone deaf? Or can they do something so absolutely hateful to a community of their fellow Georgians simply because they don't have to live here?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/08/12 - 08:09 am
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Very Odd

You know I guess the Public (you and me) never mattered one bit to the Board of Regents. They were going to do what they wanted to do come heck or high water.
It's almost like they did this just to show that THEY have the power and we should recognize that. They pretend to ask the public for assistance in coming up with a name knowing full well that in the end WE didin't matter one bit.
They probably had the name chosen two years ago and all this "Top Three" was nothing more than a smoke screen.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 08/08/12 - 08:43 am
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Hopeful!

I am hopeful that something can be done to stop this ridiculous name change. GRU, as most agree, is the worst choice that could have been made. The TWO institutions are, and will always be, MCG and ASU to me and most others.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 08/08/12 - 09:16 am
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question:

Q: How many southerners does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: WHAT!??! CHANGE?!!?

I kid, I kid. Don't get me wrong, it is a stupid name. I just don't seem to have the same attachment to the old schools i guess.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 08/08/12 - 11:39 am
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Sports

To bad Clint The Universal Government Kingdom's home is still The Big South Conference Schools. GOD's Will is a Blessing there for all who wants it. As you know very well blessied situation draw evil from outsider whom are Jealous People. Hope Ypu Won't be a heater.

GRUminion
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GRUminion 08/08/12 - 01:36 pm
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GRU

Still think James Brown Downtown College of Knowledge is the best name I've heard for the school. The alma mater should be "I Feel Good" but now a lot of faculty, students, and alumni just feel sick about the name change.

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 08/08/12 - 01:44 pm
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The Board of Regents seem to

The Board of Regents seem to nothing but a group of 'publicity seeking' individuals. WHY didn't they just go ahead and call it 'Georgia BOARD OF Regents University and get it over with?
Horrible name -- it is a disservice to the City of Augusta and everyone who lives there even if they attend the school or not!

MsBlaze
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MsBlaze 08/08/12 - 09:23 pm
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Georgia Regional

that is what people will get mixed up witha "MENTAL INSTITUTION" really sad for the kids "Georgia Regional University"

sand gnat
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sand gnat 08/08/12 - 09:34 pm
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UGA School Of Medicine

It's time for everyone to understand Azziz's master plan. MCG, as we know it is going to be relocated to Athens. It's that simple. The dental school and nursing school will remain in Augusta and be a part of AC (Ga. Regents University). Azziz will likely move to Athens, along with the medical school. After the medical school is taken over by UGA in Athens, he will likely become the president of UGA. He may leave a research center in Augusta.

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