New name has state appeal

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At the time in which the subject of naming the newly combined university in Augusta was broached, I think I was among the first to suggest the name “University of Augusta.” I envisioned that we could take our place among schools such as the University of Miami, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh and University of Houston.

However, the more I considered the matter from an objective standpoint, I began to see another side of the issue. Had the Medical College of Georgia (former name) been at one of the other major cities in Georgia such as Macon, Savannah, Columbus or Atlanta, I would have objected strenuously to a new name such as “University of Savannah” being used. Our only state-owned medical and dental schools (and primary state allied health, nursing and human science graduate schools) in the state need to reflect in their name the concept that they are statewide.

Similarly, we expect Augusta State University to expand and serve more people throughout the state. Limiting the name to one city would not serve a good purpose for either of these institutions at this time of change and expansion.

As for the name “Georgia Regents University,” it does not particularly excite me, but then, I have not heard of another that is better. I certainly was not supportive of the suggestion of naming the school “George Walton University,” in spite of what his name means to the history of the state. The other “university” names reflecting statewide service already are in use.

Attempting to look positively at the newly proposed name of Georgia Regents University, I hope it will bring us closer to the Board of Regents, which governs the University System’s 30-plus schools. Since Augusta has not had a regent member from here in a number of years, we could benefit by having a closer connection with that governing body.

So let’s be realistic with the new name as we remember that the entire state needs to be considered in naming the newly consolidated institution, which gets most of its funding from the state. We just happen to be extremely fortunate that Augusta has both of these fine merging institutions. Having spent most all of my professional career with the then-Medical College of Georgia, I look forward to seeing what the future brings.

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/12/12 - 04:52 am
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GRU

GRUsome it is! I agree with Mr. Puryear; let's move on. Dr. Azziz was quoted the other day in the AC -- "the Regents will not revisit the name change" (I think I'm paraphrasing, but . . .). The new name is rather tacky, but still, names always grow on people. I once knew a guy with a dog named Turd. Everyone called the dog Turdie, and eventually, the name stuck without any negative connotations. Now all we have to do is pull the name, Jaguars. A new and improved moniker, the Grinders (or the Grusome Grinders) seems appropriate. The logo could be a huge sandwich, being devoured by a mini-skirted, tatooed woman. Our new and improved Grinders would surely be the toast of the town.

A name is just a name!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/12/12 - 07:06 am
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Closer?

Mr. Puryear wrote:

I hope [the new name] will bring us closer to the Board of Regents.

False hope.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/12/12 - 07:09 am
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Sports

When the Regents’ players walk on to the basketball court or the baseball field as visitors at another school, you can already hear the crowd holler:

Rejects!
Rejects!
Rejects!

Butterbean
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Butterbean 09/12/12 - 08:35 am
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Forgive and Forget?

While the name Georgia Regents University will become the name of the new university, it almost seems as though some believe that we will eventually forgive and forget. Forget how we were deceived? Forget how we were lied to (yes, LIED TO)? Forgive those who did this?
People move on. Regents change. Presidents resign, retire or get replaced. All of these options are fine with me. The name of the university, however, will remain with us. What a shame.
Now I am reading where perhaps new school colors are being discussed. I thought that blue and white was going to remain the school colors just as "Jaguars" was going to remain the mascot.
I would like for SOMEONE (governor, regent or president Azziz) to just go ahead and tell us now if there is a "bigger picture" down the road that is being planned that we do not yet know about. That really is not asking much other than to be honest and transparent.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/12/12 - 08:56 am
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Colors

Why would anyone bother discussing new school colors, Butterbean? You know that Azziz will just pick them anyway. We might get a hint of what his taste in color is at his web site that features his paintings.

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Bizkit 09/12/12 - 08:59 am
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At a time the state is

At a time the state is financially struggling, is there a mechanism to impeach or remove the President for fraudlently misrepresenting the union because it is actually costing the tax payers more money and not saving. And if this strategy fails, which is highly likely given Rahn and past presidents have also tried to raise the research standards, will the tax payers be compensated for the failed strategy. They tried before by creating the IMMAG-institute of molecular medicine and genetics, but apparently that didn't meet the goals. So why pray tell is the effort going to be any different. Not many of the biological scientist at ASU are performing significant research, at least compared to GHSC. Will all the ASU faculty now have to participate in research (like Paine college where research in mandatory for promotion and tenure in all departments) and other universities? I don't see this will save money or make money. Unfortunately this experiment will likely fail and then we (the taxpayer) will be left holding the bag and there will be no negative repercussions for Azziz or the Regents. NO accountability!!!!

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Riverman1 09/12/12 - 06:09 pm
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What about a logical idea?

What about a logical idea? Let the medical school be The Medical College of Georgia and the undergraduate college Augusta State University. Call the whole organization GRU if you actually want to butter up the Board of Regents. Everyone happy now?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/12/12 - 08:57 pm
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What about the other "schools"?

The other schools would demand equal treatment. You have a dental school, a nursing school, a school of allied health sciences, a business school (that is capable of granting undergraduate and graduate degrees), and probably several more that I don't know about. Still, RM's idea has merit, but it needs to be fleshed out.

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Riverman1 09/13/12 - 04:08 am
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LL, sure you can have even

LL, sure you can have even smaller named parts such as we have now with Hull Business College as part of ASU. The same with the rest of the divisions. No big deal.

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Butterbean 09/13/12 - 01:58 pm
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Should have gone the logical route

The most logical route (in my opinion) would have been to name the institution Augusta State University. A university is made up of colleges. This would lead to: The College of Education; The Hull College of Business Administration; The College of Science, etc.; The Medical College of Georgia; The Dental College of Georgia; and, well, you get the picture. Pick a college, any college, and there is an appropriate name under the existing university. No name change necessary.

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