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Committee continues search for Hull dean

The search continues for a new dean of the James M. Hull College of Business, and the mission is clear: find the right person for the job.

Finding someone who can not only perform the required duties of the position, but also live up to the impressive standard set by former dean Dr. Marc Miller, however, may prove difficult.

It is for that reason the search committee has reached out to Parker Executive Search, a leading global retained executive search firm with a proven record of filling executive positions with qualified individuals. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard it before – Parker Executive Search was the same firm that ran GRU’s latest presidential search.

“The Hull College of Business offers us a powerful presence in the Augusta community in terms of cultivating an understanding of healthy economic environments,” said Dr. Zach Kelehear, dean of the College of Education, who is chairing the search committee. “We are eager to find a person who understands scholarship, research and effective teaching as well as the significant space that the college occupies in the CSRA community.”

Earlier this year, Miller left his position as dean when he was named Georgia Regents University’s Director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurial Engagement.

In order to ensure the university finds the best individual for the job, the search committee is asking for your help in the form of recommendations. If you know of a candidate qualified for this position, please forward all recommendations to:

Jacob Anderson, Associate

Parker Executive Search

770-804-1996, ext. 111

A detailed explanation of what the position entails can be [found here].

Care Facilitation Division goes live

On July 1, the new Care Facilitation Division in the Georgia Regents Medical Center embarked on an initiative to redesign their current care management services, and its administrative director, Gregory Oliver, said the division promises to bring more efficiency to the way the hospital interacts with patients, families and physicians.

The new Care Facilitation Division was created through the Philips partnership and encompasses case management, social work, utilization review and bed management.

One of the keys to ensuring a better patient experience is the creation of the nurse care coordinator, a new role aimed at creating a more proactive approach to facilitate patient care and patient flow throughout their episode of care.

“In today’s world at GRU, the functions of discharge planning, utilization review and patient placement are separate,” Oliver said. “This leads to a disconnect among functions and a lack of a global view of the patient’s episode of care resulting in inefficiencies in the planning process, progression of care and payor communications.”

Upon admission, the care coordinator will see a patient at the beside and interview that person in order to assess needs so that the patient has a safe and efficient discharge as well as correspond with payors to ensure authorization. Consequently, that new, more individualized care should translate into a better experience for the patient with a clear understanding of his/her financial responsibility.

“It will help improve our patient satisfaction and quality of care,” Oliver said. “This is because the patient has a single point of contact who possesses the clinical and financial knowledge associated with their current hospital stay with the goal being to restore the patient to the highest level of health as efficiently and quick as possible”.

Oliver said this more collaborative approach represents a move away from traditional management practices and toward a more proactive approach to the planning of patient care.

Step Afrika! performs at the Maxwell Theatre Sep. 22

“Step Afrika!,” the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, returns to the Maxwell Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 for a night of percussive dance.

Since their last sold-out performance in 2007, they’ve been on Broadway and the show has been completely revamped.

According to Kelly Thomas, director of the Maxwell Theatre, the show is not only bigger and better. It’s more educational as well.

“You won’t just see a step show when you come to ‘Step Afrika!,’” he said. “You’ll learn about step as well.”

The brainchild of founder C. Brian Williams, a graduate of Howard University who learned to step as a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, “Step Afrika!” performs at more than 50 colleges and universities every year.

Arriving a day early, the company will participate in a series of workshops put on by Student Life and Engagement, helping students prepare for a student step show on Nov. 20.

Tickets are free for GRU students with a valid JagCard, $5 for staff, students and children, $10 for alumni and military and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online here.

Materials Seminar Series to start Friday

Over the past 20 to 25 years, the world has witnessed a major health crisis as a result of the dramatic increase in the emergence of multiple drug resistant pathogenic microorganisms (MDROs).

This emergence has resulted in a growing ineffectiveness of current antibiotic therapies. In turn, this has also stimulated a renewed interest in the development of new antibiotics that similarly adapt.

As part of the Materials Seminar Series, Dr. Rickey Hicks, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, will present “Antimicrobial Peptides: Design, Biological Evaluation and Biophysical Characterization or the search for a SMART DRUG,” on Friday Sept. 11 from 4 -5 p.m. in Room W1002 of the Science Hall on the Summerville Campus.

Attendance is open to the public.

For more information on the Materials Seminar Series, please contact Dr. Trinanjan Datta (, Dr. Christopher Klug ( or Dr. Shaobin Miao (

The Materials Seminar Series is sponsored by the Georgia Regents Research Institute, the College of Science and Mathematics and the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

CSRA College Night 2015

GRU will be front and center at the annual CSRA College Night, where high school students will have an opportunity to meet recruiters from more than 130 colleges and universities and win $13,000 in scholarships.

This year’s event will occur on Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-8:30 p.m., in the James Brown Arena.

Admission is free and open to the public.

College Night provides a way for CSRA students and parents to:

  • Obtain information on educational opportunities, admission requirements and tuition;
  • Speak with representatives from various professional societies who will be on hand to provide information in areas such as engineering, management, chemical science and nuclear science;
  • Attend seminars to get information about HOPE and LIFE scholarships, financial aid and essay writing for college admissions, scholarships and joint enrollment;
  • Visit a counseling center that will be open throughout the evening where students and parents can seek advice about the college application process from high school advisors and admissions professionals;
  • Visit a career exploration area where students can discover their options after college. Students will be able to participate in a quick “card sort” interest inventory to validate their career choice.

To qualify for a College Night scholarship, students must be high school juniors or seniors and graduate with a GPA equal or above 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).  Students must attend and register in person at CSRA College Night to be eligible.

For more information, visit:

IGRU: Community Giving

We started off strong, but let’s keep the momentum going!

This year’s IGRU kickoff events brought in more than $250,000, which is up 20 percent from last year’s first-day total, but we’re not done yet.

Come join us for a “sweet treat” to celebrate our success so far, this Friday, September 11 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Summerville campus, main entrance
  • Heath Sciences campus, corner of 15th and Harper Streets and the J. Harold Harrison M.D. Education Commons lawn

Still need motivation? How about a new video to really drive the message home?


Bleed for your Team: Wednesday Blood Update!

On Sept. 1, the Medical College of Georgia and the College of Dental Medicine undertook a mighty challenge – one, we might add, that isn’t for the faint of heart.

Which college, they asked,  could donate the most blood?

Now the question stands: Will the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school edge out a victory over the young dental upstarts? Or will bright smiles and fluoride pave the way to glory?

Click here to see #TeamMCG and TeamCDM’s standings as of September 4.

To get your own blood into the game, simply visit Blood Donor Services in room BI1200, located on the first floor of the main hospital, and tell them you want to give to Team MCG or Team CDM.

Remember, when the challenge is donating blood, no matter who loses, everyone wins.

GReport Summer Vaycay Contest winner

Tyler Schumann was the winner of the GReport Summer Vaycay Contest.

Throughout June, the junior from Hephzibah explored Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the surrounding National Parks as part of a mission trip.

Tyler’s photo of Grand Teton was chosen the best of the best. It appeared as this week’s GReport email header and it will remain as the GReport website header until Wednesday.

Here’s the full photo:

photo contest winner