Adding 'Augusta' misleads

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Adding “Augusta” to the Georgia Regents University name makes it sound like this is just a branch of the university, not the mother ship!

It is sad that the editors seem to be the last to appreciate the tremendous contributions of GRU to this community both now and in the future.

Betty B. Wray, M.D.

Augusta

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/25/14 - 12:04 am
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Ole Betty

Bucking for a raise?

pja5529
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pja5529 01/25/14 - 12:57 am
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I concur

It reminds me of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

avidreader
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avidreader 01/25/14 - 06:50 am
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Agree!

As much as I distrust Dr. Azizz and dislike the GRU tag, I have to agree with Dr. Wray's comment. Adding AUGUSTA to the brand is somewhat cheesy -- kind of like "Duke University at Durham".

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/25/14 - 07:09 am
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does the community have a name?

yes, dear doctor, 'tis Augusta.
does Augusta appreciate the contributions of the universities
in Augusta?
yes, dear doctor, Augusta appreciates
does the Augusta Chronicle appreciate the contributions of the universities in Augusta?
yes, dear doctor, by its coverage do we know that
is your letter a bit paternal and condescending?
sadly, dear doctor, it is
a rose, with or without its sweetness, would be just as named
distinctly, to delineate the particular rose from the roses
a university, with or without its Augusta
isn't just as named, for the petal stem and thorns of a rose are included in rose
but the place and people and culture are nowhere in Georgia Regents
as they are all in Augusta, and if the name be sweet or sour, 'tis still Augusta
but condescension defines the writer
perhaps you, dear health care system worker, are from the sanitary nowhere of Regentsia?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/25/14 - 08:16 am
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GRU is an ugly name

It sounds GRU-SOME.....almost like EWWWW-some...

There is a difference....take a sip of buttermilk & then take a sip of sweet tea....that kind of difference.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/25/14 - 09:08 am
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What I find hilarious is

What I find hilarious is Azziz complained of the locale and how "unhip" it was and the best name they can come up with is "GRU". Yeah sure that name is so "cool" and it doesn't blend in with GSU (Georgia State University). I really don't care whether the name has Augusta or not, but this name is just terrible, and the main issue is have they really saved the State money with the union and will it save money in the future?

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Red Headed Step Child 01/25/14 - 09:15 am
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I personally was always in

I personally was always in favor of a name that would take us from being seen as a small community college to one that would have more of a national draw and some "oomph". Georgia Regents University isn't a name I would have picked, but then neither is University of Augusta. That being said, what I DO have a lot of heartburn about is the continued deception.

Don't act like you are giving the community a "say" about choosing the name, then go against what the majority voted. Don't give token appeasement to the "Save the A" group (and the community) by agreeing to have "Augusta" referenced in marketing material, etc. then don't do it.

The bait and switch is becoming tiresome and THAT is what the community is in uproar about, IMO.

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Riverman1 01/25/14 - 09:23 am
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Well Yahhh

Dr. Wray, well yahhh. We could have prevented misunderstandings by using the most wanted name, Augusta University, and simply said on signs at the medical campus:

Augusta University's
Medical College of Georgia

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 01/25/14 - 09:30 am
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Truth

Many folks take pride in the particular, especially place and its meaning.
Our city was named for Princess Augusta in 1736, the mother of George III. The campus of Augusta State University has a story that reaches to the presidency of John Quincy Adams. The twelve pounder Napoleon cannon on that campus are made from church bells donated by the people of New Orleans during the Civil War.
GRU is an artifact of a culture that embraces homogenization; the destruction of place and meaning. GRU connotes the diploma mill.
When will one of Augusta State University's benches be graced with the figure of the leading clown in this tragedy? MacDonald's has one.

And, one more thing. The writer may have an M.D. after her name, but this does not mean that she is an authority in all things. And, here, I will not provide the abbreviations for all of my degrees.
A degree is not necessary to see truth.

mrenee2003
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mrenee2003 01/25/14 - 09:41 am
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crkgrdn

Well said! In addition, you are so correct about "A degree is not necessary to see truth" because Dr. Wray, clearly, has missed the point.

Esctab
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Esctab 01/25/14 - 09:42 am
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Betty, which new vice

Betty, which new vice president title did Azziz promise you in exchange for writing this totally out of touch letter? It is the word "Regent" that doesn’t belong in the name of our university. “Regent” has same level of marketing appeal as “colonoscopy prep.”

My wallet remains closed to GRU.

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thauch12 01/25/14 - 09:58 am
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crkgrn, that's a tad false/dramatic

No one "connotes" GRU as a "diploma mill." If anything, the value of something like a history degree from the school has gone up. GRU is now one of the state's four major research institutions (along with Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and UGA) instead of merely a local "state university" (along the likes of Columbus State, Albany State, etc.) which was not even on the level of the regional universities like Georgia Southern or Valdosta. Comments like this ultimately do us all more harm than good.

Name change politics aside, give it a few years and we will be glad the merger happened because we, greater Augusta and the CSRA, will have a much better, nationally-recognized liberal arts university and we all benefit from that.

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Riverman1 01/25/14 - 10:10 am
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Question

I believe most of us are glad the merger happened, but we disagree with the name and the lack of respect shown ASU. But I'm curious if Dr. Wray wants the Rome, Albany, Gainesville and Savannah campuses to use their city name along with GRU since she says GRU Augusta is the flagship institution and shouldn't use the name Augusta?

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allhans 01/25/14 - 10:46 am
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The Name GRU only serves to

The Name GRU only serves to remind me that
GRU is also (and has for a long time) the foreign intelligence organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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harley_52 01/25/14 - 12:08 pm
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"It is sad that the editors seem to be....

....the last to appreciate the tremendous contributions of GRU to this community both now and in the future."

Sad?

What's even sadder, Dr. Wray, is that you write this LTE with sole intention of mischaracterizing the issue. Obviously it is NOT that the ACES (and tens of thousands of like minded citizens) don't "appreciate the tremendous contributions of GRU" at all.

It's that they don't appreciate the underhanded, conniving, insulting way Dr. Azziz is leading the organization and thereby diminishing its standing within the community and outside it.

Is it that you don't understand all that, or is it that you are just as underhanded and conniving as Dr. Azziz?

Which?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/25/14 - 11:14 am
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Contributions

Excellent analysis and comment, Harley.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/25/14 - 12:09 pm
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Thanks,

LL

KSL
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KSL 01/25/14 - 12:49 pm
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I don't think the 2 should

I don't think the 2 should ever have been merged. What do they have in common other than location? Stupid idea from the gitgo.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/25/14 - 12:58 pm
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Dittos to RHSC

"I personally was always in favor of a name that would take us from being seen as a small community college to one that would have more of a national draw and some "oomph". Georgia Regents University isn't a name I would have picked, but then neither is University of Augusta. That being said, what I DO have a lot of heartburn about is the continued deception."

KSL
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KSL 01/25/14 - 01:11 pm
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The name doesn't make the

The name doesn't make the reputation, the success of a medical/dental/ etc. really is not dependent on the name, but on what it contributes, the success it has. Then the name gets out.

KSL
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KSL 01/25/14 - 01:20 pm
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My spouse had to have a heart

My spouse had to have a heart procedure done. At the time, the name of MCG for being the place for this had not gotten out, but his local doc knew where the best were. I can not begin to tell you how superb they were. But for some reason, they were gone as quickly as they got there.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/25/14 - 02:28 pm
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Dr. Wray

Dr. Wray previously wrote letters to the editor supporting the GRU name in 2012 and 2013. She's a fine person, I'm sure. She established a chair at the institution in her name. But I also believe she has ambitions that require a close alliance with Azziz.

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KasparHauser 01/25/14 - 04:32 pm
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Whine Connoisseurs
Unpublished

One would think the people in Augusta were some of the most petty folk around, judging from the amount of spleen spent on this subject, especially in these forums.

Perhaps it's just time to knuckle down and make GRU work, assuming the whingers here actually have any meaningful connection to GRU aside from knowing how to cut-and-paste the letters into their latest dyspeptic tirage, here.

If not, they're just old people yelling at the World through the picture window of their Care Home...

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Gage Creed 01/25/14 - 06:32 pm
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Perhaps Dr. Wray and her

Perhaps Dr. Wray and her contemporaries should read Dr. Strum Kenny's exit letter again.

From the AC on 3/16/2013....

In the letter’s most direct reproach to Azziz’s leadership, Kenny adds that the healing and cohesion she speaks of “cannot happen by your telling them your perspective of the truth or even listening to their views and then opining on them. It has to happen from within. It is not about you, Ricardo; it is about them. They must feel they are important, valued contributors to a great institution. ...
“There will have to be considerable fence-mending in the community. The whole town really loves ASU; it was their place; and it has been dissed and discarded, in their eyes.”

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/25/14 - 06:52 pm
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Diss

Yes, Gage Creed, in her letter Dr. Wray has continued the dismissing and the discarding. She has cast her lot in with Dr. Azziz. She will not stand long.

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raul 01/25/14 - 07:53 pm
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I wonder if we will ever see

I wonder if we will ever see a comprehensive report that provides a cost analysis of the merger and whether the merger saved any money at all. Of course, that may not have been the real intent of the merger from the git go.

moderate321
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moderate321 01/25/14 - 10:44 pm
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Dr. Wray is a Professor Emeritus

Dr. Wray has long since retired and has no career ambitions that would require aligning opinion with Dr. Azziz.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/25/14 - 11:23 pm
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That explains it . . .

addlebrained.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/26/14 - 09:20 am
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Dr. Wray has it backwards. It

Dr. Wray has it backwards. It is MCG and Augusta College/Augusta State University that contributed so much to this community. GRU is just a rotten name forced upon two long-standing institutions of higher learning against the wishes of the community that created them, supported them and grew in knowledge in them. As for the name making it sound like a branch of the University System in Georgia? Uh, no, Dr. Azziz did that when he changed the name to Georgia Regents University. The name Augusta should have remained in it from the beginning to honor its origins and heritage, instead of being left off at every opportunity. That would point to it being the "Mother Ship". Every time the word "Augusta" is left off it is a slap in the face to everyone that ever attended it and/or supported it. The new name is generic, provincial and just plain ugly without Augusta in it. The new commercial about it doesn't include Augusta either. Another smack in the face. I'm sick of it.

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 01/26/14 - 01:04 pm
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The name is now less important than...

The name is now less important than the deceit, lying and manipulation that Azizzzzz and the other perpetrators of
corruption and self promotion have engaged in. Does anyone
remember the class and sophistication that Dr. Dan Rahn
brought to the position? That level of leadership is greatly
missed.

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