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Get ready to Get Wired

Why should you get your work news only on a Wednesday? And in an email, no less.

Don’t you get enough of those? Don’t we all?

Isn’t it time for something better?

We think so.

That’s why on Oct. 1, the Division of Communications and Marketing is changing the way you see your workplace news – forever.

You spoke, and we listened. Weekly newsletters aren’t cutting it. You’re busy – we’re busy – and to keep up with a fast-paced workplace, we need our news to move at the speed of, well, news.

Jagwire is our answer.

Stay tuned to GReport between now and Oct. 1 to learn more about the future of university and health system news and to find out what Jagwire can do for you.

In the meantime, stay the course, colleagues, and get ready to #GetWired.

GRU hosts “Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy™ – Augusta, Georgia”

Georgia Regents University widened its already broad cancer focus Friday when it hosted the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer CME- and CNE-certified regional program “Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy – Augusta, Georgia.”

Organized by Dr. Esteban Celis, GRU professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Samir N. Khleif, director of the GRU Cancer Center, and Dr. Zihai Li, chair of the department of Microbiology & Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, the one-day conference was part of a series of “Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy” regional programs presented by leading cancer authorities across the country.

Designed specifically for members of the traditional cancer immunotherapy treatment team, these programs provide an understanding of basic immunology principles in the clinical application and management of cancer immunotherapy.

During presentations, emerging drugs and concepts in the cancer immunotherapy field are also typically discussed.

The event continues until 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building, Room 1204. A list of panels can be found here.

In hosting this event, the GRU Cancer Center has once again propelled Augusta into the ranks of other prestigious cancer research destinations across the United States, sharing the spotlight with cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Princeton, New Jersey.

Earlier this month, The GRU Cancer Center made another big splash when The Community Foundation for the CSRA donor-advised fund Press On donated $2.5 million to fund pediatric cancer research and treatment at GRU. To read more about that donation, click here.

Presidential Announcement

The following message was sent to all university and health system employees:

Dear Colleagues,

I want to share some exciting news from the monthly meeting of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in Atlanta. Today, the board voted to change the name of Georgia Regents University to Augusta University.

While this change will necessitate adjustments across our university and health system community — a community that has faced a number of significant transitions in recent years — it is also recognition of the critical partnership that exists between our institution and our local community. The energy and enthusiasm generated by this partnership will be instrumental as we build our reputation as a national leader in teaching, research, health care and service.

No doubt there will be many questions, and we will work hard to engage our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends as we develop the answers. We will share more about those efforts in the coming days.

I returned to this university excited to help fulfill an extraordinary mission alongside the committed faculty, staff and students. Since my arrival, I am more convinced than ever that we have a very bright future ahead of us. As always, your efforts on behalf of the many we serve from across our region and state are immeasurably appreciated.


Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D.


For the Board of Regents announcement of the name change, click here.

The Cinema Series Presents: ‘The Look of Silence’ (and more…)

In 2013, the Cinema Series at GRU upped its game by hosting screenings of director Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” a visceral, eye-opening documentary about the individuals involved in the Indonesian killings of 1965-66.

The year before, the “Act of Killing” won best documentary at the 67th BAFTA awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

This semester, the Cinema Series brings you Oppenheimer’s haunting and long-awaited follow-up, “The Look of Silence.”

A companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” “The Look of Silence” revisits the Indonesian killings with fresh eyes, providing a less shocking, but no less compelling view of the anticommunist purge that defined a nation.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, “The Look of Silence” has been called “profoundly moving” by Variety magazine and “remarkable” by the BBC.

“The Look of Silence” screens on Thursday, Sept. 17, at both 1 and 7 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre.

Free admission to The Cinema Series for students, faculty, staff and the general public is made possible by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and by the generous support of the Westobou Festival.

Dr. Andrew Goss, Chair of Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy will lead discussions following each screening.

Curious to see what else the Cinema Series has in store?

Make time on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for the Augusta premiere of Stevan Riley’s acclaimed documentary “Listen to Me Marlon.”

Part of Westobou’s “Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando,” “Listen to Me Marlon” uses recordings Brando made of himself to both narrate the story of his life and emphasize the ideas that drove him as an artist and a man. A discussion with the director is set to follow.

“Listen to Me Marlon” tickets are available for $15 for advanced purchase, $20 for day-of purchase and $45 for VIP access. Tickets for faculty, staff and the general public are available both at the Westobou Box Office at 1129 Broad St. and online at

Tickets are free for college students and $5 for military personnel. (*This offer is only available at the Westobou Box Office at 1129 Broad St).

VIP access includes preferred seating at the screening and a reception with Stevan Riley.

Need more Marlon?

“Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando” continues on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Maxwell Theatre with free screenings of two of Brando’s finest films – “On the Waterfront” (2 p.m.) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (4 p.m.).

Two vastly different takes on the idea of the blue-collar antihero, Tennessee William’s Southern Gothic classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the union drama “On the Waterfront” represent much of what defined Brando as an actor – namely his dynamic characterizations and his ability to lose himself inside a role.

For more information on “Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando,” visit

For more information about The Cinema Series, visit

Sign-up ending soon for Day of Service 2015

Day of Service:

Reminder: The last day to sign up for Day of Service 2015 is Thursday, Sept. 10.

Join a growing Georgia Regents University tradition by lending a helping hand to our CSRA community.

Kristin Gordon, volunteer coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, Inc., said GRU volunteer help last year was an invaluable service.

“Last year, GRU helped us do our spring cleaning inside and outside of the house including the yard and all the leaves that came with it,” she said. “Maintaining the house is very important but hard to do when we are trying to take care of the families staying with us at the same time.”

Now, with an even larger facility, the RMHC (and many other local groups) need our help more than ever.

“GRU group giving their time and helping hands lifted a huge weight off our shoulders and brought ease to our minds,” said Gordon. “This year we are very excited to have your help again, especially because the new Ronald McDonald House is much larger and there is a lot more ground to cover!”

But if the chance to lend a hand wasn’t incentive enough, those who participate in Day of Service activities and present their Day of Service volunteer wristbands will be admitted free to the GRU musical event of the season:

Jazz at the G:

GPB Augusta, in cooperation with Georgia Regents University Department of Music, Garden City Jazz, The Greater Augusta Arts Council, NBC26TV and The Maxwell Theatre, is launching the second year of Jazz At The G, a series of jazz concerts held on GRU’s Summerville Campus.

The first concert of the season is and outdoor event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Amphitheatre. Wycliffe Gordon, The Mike Frost Band featuring Lauren Meccia, and The Travis Shaw Trio are scheduled to perform. Additionally, a contingent from the GRU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rob Foster, is scheduled to perform.

Jazz trombonist Gordon rarely performs with the group of versatile musicians that will join him on stage for this performance. With more players and instruments on stage, this ensemble allows him to ‘stretch out’ and bring a new energy and improvisation to the presentation,” said GPB-Augusta Station Manager Drew Dawson. “It is Wycliffe Gordon cutting loose and having fun with some incredibly talented musicians, while bringing the audience along for the ride.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for the grass-covered terraces of the Barnard Amphitheatre. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the ballroom in the Jaguar Student Activity Center.

Additional Jazz At The G concerts are scheduled through Spring 2016 at both the Barnard Amphitheatre and Maxwell Theatre.

Admission to is $10 for the general public; $5 for active military, students with a school ID, children under 13, and GRU faculty and staff with a JAG Card; and free for GRU students with a valid JAG Card. A portion of the proceeds fund scholarships for GRU music students. Tickets are available at the Maxwell Theatre box office and online at

“We are excited to bring a second season of Jazz At The G to fans of this truly American art form,” Dawson said. “Our goal is to make the campus a welcoming destination for local jazz aficionados while providing expanded opportunities for GRU music students to showcase their talents and share the stage with local, regional and nationally known jazz greats.  And there’s really no better venue than the Barnard Amphitheater. It’s an emerald jewel in the heart of Summerville. Our hope is that by continuing this series of concerts, our neighbors in Summerville and our friends across the CSRA will discover another opportunity to enjoy the creative output of artists in this area.”

There is no charge to park on GRU’s Summerville campus for this event.  The campus is designated as a tobacco-free and alcohol-free zone. For more information, see or #JazzAtTheG on Twitter.

Eager to help?

Ready to jam?

Then don’t delay! Sign up for Day of Service 2015 today.

Provost Perspective: Professional Activity Capture Tool

If you’re a faculty member or someone assisting an academic department, you’ve probably heard about the impending rollout of the Professional Activity Capture Tool (PACT), an online information management system that gives us a single database for faculty information.

I realize just how often we ask faculty for the same information, and while the reasons for asking are certainly important, we understand how disruptive these requests can be to your already busy schedules. With PACT, we are now able to have a single source of information on faculty that will help us, and you, produce reports for the annual review process, promotion and tenure review and accreditation while also providing a faculty database that can be used by both internal and external audiences.

One tool with several uses meeting multiple needs.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this tool, which comes to us from Digital Measures, is our ability to customize the information fields. Each college and department has its own individual needs, and our ability to tailor the information ensures that we can be responsive to everyone – faculty, departments and the university as a whole.

Teams have already begun working with people at the department level, and training will continue throughout October. While I understand why there might be some skepticism that one tool can handle all these different aspects of reporting, and maybe even a little frustration that we’re kicking this off during the hectic early days of the semester, please understand that the ultimate goal is to take work off your plates, giving you more time to do the things you need to do for your students, your research and your professional development.

Once the information is inputted, only routine updates will be required.

The best way to understand how PACT can help you is to learn more about it, so I’m including a list of resources, which you can also find at the Institutional Effectiveness web page.

Click here to view my short video highlighting the benefits of PACT, here to access the full training manual, or here for a quick reference guide.

As always, I thank you for all you do to make this university a place we can all be proud of.

Auctioned Baseballs to Benefit Children’s Hospital of Georgia

The Augusta GreenJackets, in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital of Georgia are excited to announce the First Annual Mystery Ball Night as a part of the festivities on Friday, Sept. 4. The GreenJackets will host the Charleston RiverDogs at 7:05 p.m. at the last home game of the season.

“As we wrap up the 2015 season we are excited to partner with the Children’s Hospital of Georgia on this fun new promotion allowing fans take home a great keepsake,” said GreenJackets General Manager Tom Denlinger. “What autographed ball fans will take home is a mystery but it all supports a great organization and we invite you to come and Catch the Buzz with us.”

More than 100 baseballs have been donated as a part of the Mystery Ball promotion. The baseball signers consist of current and former players throughout the Major and Minor Leagues. All the Mystery baseballs will be available for purchase during the game for only $10. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Guests are encouraged to get to the field early and support this great cause.

Below is a short list of names that highlight the autographed baseballs available to win:

  • Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Hunter Pence (San Francisco Giants)
  • Tim Hudson (San Francisco Giants)
  • Joe Panik (San Francisco Giants)
  • Hunter Strickland (San Francisco Giants)
  • Josh Osich (San Francisco Giants)
  • Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta Braves)
  • Gaylord Perry (Baseball Hall of Famer)
  • Jason Kendall (Former GreenJacket)
  • Bill Murray (Actor and Owner of Charleston RiverDogs)
  • Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore Orioles Second Baseman)
  • 2015 Augusta GreenJackets All-Stars (Aramis Garcia, Johneshwy Fargas, Raymundo Montero)
  • 2015 Augusta GreenJackets Team Signed Ball

The Mystery Theme night also includes one of the strongest promotional line ups of the year. Here is a rundown of the night’s planned activities:

  • Final Fireworks Show of the Season
  • An appearance by 10x Emmy® Award-nominee Justin Wheelon
  • Fan Appreciation weekend – guests can register to win prizes all-night long
  • Mystery Ball Night
  • Shepeard Community Center Blood Drive – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Donate and receive a free T-shirt)
  • Mystery Beer Promotion on the main concourse (Spin to see how much you pay.)
  • Kids Run the Bases
  • Launch-a-Ball

“As a not-for-profit hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia relies on the generosity of donations and other support from the community to help us provide excellent pediatric care for thousands of patients and families across the southeast,” said Children’s Hospital of Georgia Administrator Jim Mumford. “In fact, we recently found out that our children’s hospital was ranked as the highest in the nation in quality and safety for all of 2014, and that is something our supporters, our patients, families and staff can all take great pride in. We are a great investment for more reasons than one.”

We hope to see you there!

GRU Libraries receive grant to promote Latino American history, culture

GRU students and the greater Augusta community will get a glimpse into the history and culture of Latinos in America during a series of free events organized by the GRU Libraries during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The events were made possible through a $10,000 grant the GRU Libraries received from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The GRU Libraries are one of 203 recipients of the competitive “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant selected from across the country.

“Latinos make up the largest minority group in the United States, and they have also been a part of our local community for generations,” said Erin Prentiss, GRU Libraries’ Latino Americans project director and reference/instruction librarian. “We look forward to exploring the rich national and local histories of Latinos with the entire Augusta community during our planned events.”

The Libraries’ planned programs include screenings and discussions of the award-winning documentary series “Latino Americans” as well as other events that complement the film screenings. Below is the fall 2015 schedule:

  • “Peril and Promise” Screening and Discussion
    Learn about the challenges and triumphs of recent Latino history during the screening and discussion. Project scholars and GRU faculty Dr. Heather Abdelnur, associate professor of history, and Dr. Christopher Botero, assistant professor of Spanish, will lead the discussion following the screening.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16
    Where: Headquarters Library, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System
  • Latino Alumni Panel
    This panel discussion features Latino alumni from area colleges and universities about their experiences in higher education. GRU assistant professor of Teacher Education, Dr. Juan Walker, will moderate the panel.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29
    Where: GRU Summerville Campus, Jaguar Student Activity Center Coffeehouse
  • “Empire of Dreams” Screening and Discussion
    This screening focuses on the migration of different Latino groups beginning in the late 19th through the mid-20th century. Abdelnur will lead discussion following the film.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20
    Where: Columbia County Library, Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System
  • Antonio Martinez: A Cuban Pioneer in Columbia County History Lecture
    Abdelnur will lecture about the fascinating history of Antonio Martinez, a late-19th-century immigrant to the Augusta area and the founder of the town of Martinez.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
    Where: Columbia County Library, Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System
  • “War & Peace” Screening and Discussion
    This screening focuses on the lasting effects World War II had on Latino American communities. Following the film, Abdelnur will lead a panel of Latino veterans who will discuss their experiences in the military.
    When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
    Where: GRU Summerville Campus, University Hall 170

For more information about the series, please visit or contact Erin Prentiss at or 706-667-4912 or GRU Digital Media Coordinator Arthur Takahashi at or 706-446-5128.

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees” represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations.

Richardson joins Internal Audit intern Hall of Fame

James M. Hull College of Business student Amy Richardson has successfully completed the Internal Audit Internship Program as of August 2015.

Over the course of the summer, she logged nearly 70 hours and contributed substantially to a variety of audit projects.

Richardson joins eight other alumni in the Internal Audit intern Hall of Fame.

An accounting major, Richardson expects to graduate in May 2016. She is married with an 8-year-old child and says her creative outlet comes in the form of cake decorating. Richardson is becoming well-known in the Augusta community for her cake artistry.

The IA Internship Program is intended to provide an introduction to audit for students who are contemplating a career in internal audit. This is a volunteer internship that is particularly valuable to students who are seeking relevant professional experience as they develop their resume. The program is designed to enhance classroom learning by providing “hands-on” fieldwork and project management opportunities. The internship qualifies for course credit as a general elective if the student so chooses.

Interest in the Internal Audit Internship Program continues to build. Shannon Runger, also a student in the Hull College of Business, will begin her internship with the start of the fall semester.

For additional information about the Office of Internal Audit Internship Program, contact Kathleen Boyd, associate director of internal audit, at 706-721-9525 or

Upcoming Workforce Development educational opportunities

Human Resources Workforce Development is pleased to offer exciting educational opportunities for the Georgia Regents workforce on a variety of topics listed in the August – December Training Opportunities Calendar and Events Calendar. Our classes are informative, refreshing and are facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable instructors from all departments within GRU and GRHealth in collaboration with Workforce Development.

We are excited to offer the following spotlighted courses for the month of August and September:


Aug. 26
Retirement Strategies for Women (Lunch and   Learn – presented by Valic)

Aug. 27 & Sept. 30
Understanding and Promoting Today’s Generational Workplace

Sept. 25
Healthy Respects Civility Training

 Aug.28  &  Sept. 18
Employee Engagement Lunch and Learn (for Managers): The Power of Recognition

Sept. 1 &  24
Supervising People: Fundamentals for Success

Sept. 1
Grant Writing 101 (Part 1)

Sept. 2
Excel 2013: Level 1 ($89.00 fee must be paid at time of enrollment)

Sept. 3
Excel 2013: Level 2 ($89.00 fee must be paid at time of enrollment)

Sept. 3 & 17
Say Yes to Excellence (Part 2)

Sept. 15
Promoting the Ultimate Patient Experience Through Service Excellence

Sept. 16
Grant Writing 101 (Part 2)

Sept. 22
Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)/Worker’s Compensation (Lunch and Learn)

Sept. 23
Boosting and Sustaining Morale

Sept. 28
Behavioral Crisis Intervention Skills (BCIS) Certification


  • To enroll in any of the sessions listed above, visit Workforce Learn Online.
  • For questions about courses or enrollment, please contact (706) 721-8175.