School's name important

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I’ve read the letter to the editor from John Wesley Stokes, a man appalled by verbal attacks on Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz (“Stop protesting, move on,” Aug. 25).

Well, I’m somewhat appalled that anyone can believe that Azziz and Georgia’s Board of Regents did the right thing in approving the widely disliked “Georgia Regents University” as the name for the combined Augusta State University and GHSU. Azziz and the regents were deceptive and disingenuous. If a name is so unimportant, why did Mr. Stokes sign his letter with three of them?

For those of us who live in the Central Savannah River Area, the name “Augusta” means something. Friends of ours from other states may know nothing of Evans, Martinez, Grovetown or other areas – but they do know of Augusta. Just as having the word “Georgia” in the university’s name is important, so is having the word “Augusta” in it. What part of that concept do some people not understand?

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prov227
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prov227 08/27/12 - 11:07 pm
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Excellent point

This is the point.

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PKRichmond 08/28/12 - 12:24 pm
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Augusta is not an option

All the people who argue to add Augusta seems to be missing a crucial point. GHSU has satellite campuses ( like UGA has a one in Atlanta) it doesn't make sense to name it after Augusta, as the new university mission is statewide . So how are we gonna call current GHSU satellite campus in Rome. Univ Augusta in Rome? That sounds like Virginia college ( which is not that reputed).

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prov227 08/28/12 - 03:03 pm
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MCG programs

Since the affiliations in Rome, etc., are with MCG's medical programs, the MCG name could be used in conjunction with Rome, etc., rather than the umbrella name of Augusta University. Other large cities in Georgia already have liberal arts undergraduate and graduate degree-offering state universities. But then, why not rename all the senior universities UGA-Augusta (with the Medical College of Georgia), UGA-Columbus, UGA-Savannah, and so forth. Wouldn't you have the same problem in Rome? That is, UGA-Augusta at Rome. I don't think Ga. Regents U. overcomes this problem. Ga. Regents U. at Savannah? What about Armstrong-Atlantic U.? Two competing state-owned liberal arts universities? I think Savannah, Rome, etc. understand that they are relating to medical school programs only out of Augusta.

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PKRichmond 08/28/12 - 03:52 pm
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The whole point of this new name is for all the parties to go under one name. MCG name used elsewhere adds more confusion and limits expansion of other programs beyond Augusta.

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PKRichmond 08/28/12 - 04:29 pm
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No one talked about renaming

No one talked about renaming as UGA so your point is not valid, there is no move to name all universities as UGA. Its really important that the name to be place-neutral so the statewide presence can be maintained without any confusion

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prov227 08/28/12 - 06:47 pm
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I'll stand by the last sentence in my earlier post. The example of UGA, etc., is to indicate there will not be Ga. Regents University at ____, etc., etc.. These are all medical school training satellites. The renaming example was a hypothetical, although there were many who advocated for UGA Augusta, following the public university examples in SC, NC, Tennessee and Alabama. I don't think it made the "official" short list that generated a $45,500 market study.

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