New amphitheater honors Barnard

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Former U.S. Rep. D. Douglas Barnard Jr. returned to his alma mater Tuesday as Augusta State University honored him by dedicating the school's new amphitheater in his name.

Former U.S. Rep. D. Douglas Barnard Jr. acknowledges the cheering crowd before speaking at a dedication ceremony for Augusta State University's new amphitheater. The theater was named in his honor.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Former U.S. Rep. D. Douglas Barnard Jr. acknowledges the cheering crowd before speaking at a dedication ceremony for Augusta State University's new amphitheater. The theater was named in his honor.

Mr. Barnard stood with his old neighbor former Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders and his friend Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet as they cut the ribbon on the newest addition to the campus, which has witnessed significant growth and has seen several new buildings rise in the past eight years.

"The naming of this facility in my honor is the highest honor I could ask for," Mr. Barnard said.

The open-air, 1,000-seat facility was built in the "hub of the campus" on the site of Hardy Hall, one of the school's old warehouse buildings that was torn down several years ago, said Therese Rosier, ASU's assistant vice president for plant operations.

"It is the center of campus and intended to be an architectural bridge from the buildings from the 1800s and the newest buildings that surround us," Ms. Rosier said.

"It had to be both spectacular and useful," she said.

Officials hope the theater's wi-fi capability, coupled with a series of productions on the site, will make it a gathering place for students in the heart of the campus.

"The kids have already found they can just sit around here and linger," Ms. Rosier said.

The facility was named after Mr. Barnard at the behest of Judge Overstreet, who donated money for its completion.

Introducing Mr. Barnard, Mr. Sanders called him a "vital cog" in the university's development by helping it acquire property on Wrightsboro Road to house the Christenberry Field House.

"Doug Barnard has had an integral part in everything I can think of in reference to this college," Mr. Sanders said.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/23/08 - 07:12 am
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Outstanding person.

Outstanding person.

augustadog
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augustadog 04/23/08 - 08:00 am
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3 Outstanding Augustans, Doug

3 Outstanding Augustans, Doug Bernard, Carl Sanders, Judge Overstreet.....

walter
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walter 04/23/08 - 08:25 am
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The trio are not only

The trio are not only ourstanding persons but have local community interest in mind in what ever they do. This is what we deserve. we need more of 'you' here in CSRA. Congrats.

georgeem
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georgeem 04/23/08 - 10:24 am
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Doug Bernard, a good man.

Doug Bernard, a good man.

Iceman
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Iceman 04/23/08 - 01:01 pm
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All of you lauding Doug

All of you lauding Doug Barnard must have forgotten about the $200K+ in campaign donations he pocketed when he left office. Just another greedy politician in my book that is unworthy of any recognition.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 04/23/08 - 01:37 pm
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Just curious.. why does

Just curious.. why does everything have to be named after a politician?

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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 04/23/08 - 02:35 pm
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i think asu,the community at

i think asu,the community at large, and the young black kids of the area would have been better served if the new facility had been named after clint bryant.
he is one of those men that any race can and should be proud of, his contributions to the area are numerous, and go way beyond his coaching a class b-ball team.
i think they missed on this one.

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anotherlook 04/23/08 - 02:38 pm
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Hillguy, I beg to differ with

Hillguy, I beg to differ with you; not everything is named after politicians. For example, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Bobby Jones expressway-he was a world renown golfer, and Jimmy Dyess Parkway-as a teen he rescued a woman from drowning and in later years he was a war hero, James Brown arena, a local road that is named Essie McIntyre-after a politician's mother, and another local road named after the persons who previously owned the land, Agerton Drive. There are many schools named after persons, male and female, who were educators. But you are correct, there are several roads, parks, and buildings etc. that are named after politicians. I guess that its one of the ways people choose to honor them for their public service. I don't know very many others but I think that I'll take the time to look them up because it would be fun to see the history behind such things. With the Augusta area being steeped in so much history, I don't know why I didn't think about this before. Thanks Hillguy for bringing this up!

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 04/23/08 - 04:30 pm
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anotherlook...read dr. ed

anotherlook...read dr. ed cashin's history books on augusta, you will recognize names all through the book that are now names of streets,buildings and such. dr. cashin did a great job on the books,they are an easy ,but informative read.enjoy!!!

anotherlook
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anotherlook 04/23/08 - 09:39 pm
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Thanks so much PLT2. I was

Thanks so much PLT2. I was wondering where to start. You've been a big help!

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