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GRU to celebrate Military Appreciation Day

Over 300 soldiers will fill the stands of the Christenberry Fieldhouse as Georgia Regents University honors members of the United States Armed Forces with a Military Appreciation Day basketball game against Young Harris College on Feb. 8.

Prior to the women’s game at 1:30 p.m., fans will line the Fieldhouse Mezzanine to welcome and honor the soldiers as they enter the gymnasium for the Ring of Honor. During the halftime of the women’s game, local high school drill teams will perform, and the men’s halftime will feature Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson conducting the induction ceremony for the new recruits along with the reading of the soldier’s creed.

Admission is free to veterans and active duty who present their DD-214 or valid military ID.

For more information, contact Taylor Lamb, Director for Athletic Media Relations, in GRU’s Office of Athletics, at 706-731-7925.

Innovation in Management Speaker Series features leading computer expert

Lars Mathiassen
Lars Mathiassen

Lars Mathiassen, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University, will serve as the guest speaker for Georgia Regents University’s Innovation in Management Speaker Series. This free program will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. in University Hall, room 170, on the Summerville Campus.

In this session, Mathiassen will share his review of software and information technology development maturity models, how they have spurred innovation, and how they could be used to stimulate innovation in health care.

Mathiassen is the co-founder of the Center for Process Innovation at GSU’s Robinson College of Business. He has co-authored several books on the subject of computer system development, and his research has been published in several leading academic journals including MIS Quarterly and Health Services Research.

He has taught degree and non-degree programs on all levels of university education, and he has served as visiting scholar for various international business schools such as the London School of Economics and the Viktoria Institute in Sweden.

Mathiassen received his master’s degree from Aarhus University. He earned his doctoral degrees from Oslo and Aalborg universities.

This event is presented by GRU’s Hull College of Business. For more information, call 706-737-1418.

GRU graduates more than 700 in Fall Commencement

Fall 2013 Graduation caps
Photo by Phil Jones, Senior Photographer

More than 700 graduates were honored on Sunday at Georgia Regents University’s first Fall Commencement ceremony at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Becky Blalock, Managing Partner of Advisory Capital and former Chief Information Officer of Southern Company, delivered the commencement address, urging the graduates to reach their goals by stepping out of their comfort zones.

“I challenge you to set stretch goals for yourself,” said Blalock. “To dream bigger than you think possible, because you are more capable than you realize. You are now armed with a degree from one of the most respected institutions in this country. There isn’t anything you can’t do.”

Blalock went on to share three pieces of advice that have helped her which included knowing what you want out of life, being unafraid of expanding your boundaries, and staying focused on the important relationships in your life while giving back to help others.

“Do your best to notice the positive things around you and go out into this world with the great accomplishment you achieved today,” said Blalock. “Focus on what it is you want, be bold in going after it, and remember that our relationship with others is what is truly important in life.”

Blalock is a best-selling author as well as a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Foundation.

Blalock earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia, and she received a master’s degree with honors in finance from Mercer University. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Program for Management Development.

GRU to receive diversity award

Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA)  logo

Georgia Regents University has been selected to receive the 2014 Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association. The award will be presented at the NCAA Convention Association Luncheon on Jan. 16 in San Diego, Calif.

“I am both honored and exhilarated by this recognition,” said Dr. Kent Guion, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at GRU. “Our office strives for excellence, creativity, and inclusiveness in all of our activities, and this prestigious award certainly challenges us to raise the bar even higher.”

According to NCAA and MOAA officials, GRU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion was selected for this award as a result of the university’s initiatives, community service, and professional development opportunities that foster diversity and inclusion within the intercollegiate athletic community.

The university’s diversity and inclusion activities have included an annual summit to foster diversity through community dialogue, partnerships, and a shared framework; the sponsorship and promotion of monthly cultural events across campus; and the presentation of diversity and inclusion information to student athletes and the coaching staff.

The office was also commended on its facilitation of the Healthy Perspectives program, a nationally recognized, cultural competency training program. The university had more than 9,000 faculty and staff complete the training.

“I am grateful for the NCAA and the MOAA for promoting diversity and inclusion as a key priority and equally as thankful for all the supporters and champions at GRU who have contributed to our success,” said Clint Bryant, Director of Athletics at GRU.

GRU ranked among the best in Georgia for teacher education

University Hall
University Hall

Georgia Regents University has been named one of the state’s top universities for teacher education by the Online College Database, the most current and comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data.

In the Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Georgia Shaping the Next Generation,” GRU’s College of Education was ranked among the top 15 post-secondary institutions in the state for graduating the most education and teaching professionals in 2012.

“Our faculty and staff truly work hard at making GRU one a top learning destinations for our nation’s educators,” said Cindi Chance, Dean of the College of Education. “We are very appreciative that the Online College Database has recognized us.”

The group’s top colleges must be a four-year and not-for-profit university in the U.S that is fully accredited with a minimum of 10 graduates from education or teaching programs.

For a complete list of The College Database’s top colleges in Georgia, click here


GRU receives approval from SACS Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved today a report from a SACSCOC peer review committee which found Georgia Regents University compliant with all areas of the accrediting body’s selected 39 Principles of Accreditation.

“This day marks another great milestone for Georgia Regents University,” said GRU President Ricardo Azziz. “I am very appreciative to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for its approval and for its recognition of the work that has taken place in such a short amount of time.”

The committee conducted an on-site visit in September and commended GRU officials on the university’s progress and continued focus on students since consolidating in January.

“We are grateful to have received this approval from the SACSCOC Board of Trustees,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman.” This is a great step forward on our journey to become the next great American research university.”

Chance selected to join Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has selected Dr. Cindi Chance, Dean of the Georgia Regents University College of Education, to help lead a grant program focused on transforming the state’s educator preparation and entry systems to the profession.

For the next two years, Chance will work with other academic leaders in Georgia on the Council of Chief State School Officers. Through its Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Initiative, the group will identify key areas they can improve to ensure teachers and principals are prepared to help students meet raised expectations.

“We have a responsibility to ensure educators are prepared to help students have successful academic careers and become lifelong learners,” said Chance. “I look forward to working with educators, preparation programs, institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit education providers, and districts and individual schools to improve the way we prepare our educator workforce.”

Chance has been Dean of the GRU College of Education since 2012, having previously served as Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southern University and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Prior to her work in Louisiana, she served in leadership roles at the University of Memphis, including Assistant Dean, Director of Undergraduate Curriculum and Teacher Education, and Associate Dean. Chance also spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and eight years as a principal in Milan, Tenn.

Chance recently completed a three-year term on the board of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and presently serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia AACTE. Her research for the past 15 years has been in global education. She has researched countries whose P-12 students outscore American youth, and she completed a Fulbright Specialist experience in Wuhan, China.

Chance holds degrees from Lambuth College, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis.

GRU art exhibition to highlight the human body

“A Cast of Many” is the title of the student art exhibition being presented by the Department of Art on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Dome Room of Washington Hall located on the Summerville Campus. This exhibit features two- and three-dimensional freestanding sculptures of various objects including the human body. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-667-4888.

Great American Smokeout Recognition Ceremony tomorrow

Great American Smoke Out BannerIn recognition of their support of GRU’s Tobacco-Free Campus Policy and Augusta’s Breath-Easy Coalition, Richmond County Commissioners Corey Johnson, William Fennoy, Bill Lockett, and Donnie Smith will be named Public Health Heroes during GRU’s Great American Smokeout Recognition Ceremony. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center located on the Summerville Campus.

For more information or to learn more about GRU’s Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, visit

Robinson participates in Global Entrepreneurship Week

robinsonGRU Marketing Professor Anthony Robinson will serve as a facilitator for the Global Entrepreneurship Week Luncheon Symposium being held Nov. 20 at the Partridge Inn. This event is part of Augusta’s participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. GRU students interested in attending this event will receive a discounted ticket price. However, they must contact Dr. Robinson at or call 706-737-1455.