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Augusta University: FAQs

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To help ease the transition from Georgia Regents University to Augusta University, a site has been created at that will serve as a landing page for all communications regarding the changeover.

Please frequent this site often to make sure you have the latest information about this process.

Here is a list of the most recently added FAQs:

Why was this name chosen?

Augusta University has always been a much-loved name choice for our institution, and selecting it is 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.

When does the name take effect?

When the Board of Regents said the change is “effective immediately,” they authorized us to immediately begin working on an implementation plan. After thoughtful discussion and careful planning to ensure a smooth transition, an official date will be announced that will likely be some months from now.

What do we call ourselves in the meantime?

We will be GRU until the effective date of the name change. In some areas, external rules direct our actions, but in other areas, we can begin to gradually transition to the new name, and we will communicate these decisions on the website, which we encourage you to check often.

How does this impact our reputation nationally?

Dr. Keel and his administration understand that the enhancement of our reputation is a critical issue, and that questions and confusion, particularly from individuals outside Augusta, will need to be addressed. Whether we are called GRU or Augusta University, it is the stories about the great students we attract, the discoveries our researchers make, the exceptional teaching of our faculty, the compassionate healing done by our health care professionals and the service we provide to this great community that are at the heart of our story.

What do we do about logos and email signatures?

While we appreciate the enthusiasm so many have exhibited about the change to Augusta University, we would ask that individuals not create their own logos or signatures in the interim period. For the time being, please use “Georgia Regents University, soon to be Augusta University” in your email signatures and similar applications and use current GRU and GRHealth logos when needed until provided new ones.

Will we have the option of having dual diplomas?

That is one of the questions leaders will address. With previous name changes, students have been given the option to select a commemorative diploma in addition to their actual diploma. We expect to be able to do the same with this name change.


Upcoming CURS Brown Bag Seminars

The mission of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) is to promote and support research, scholarship and creative activity at the undergraduate level. From the very beginning, CURS has made great strides to see that members of our undergraduate population are afforded multiple opportunities to advance themselves in both a creative and scholarly fashion.

CursBrownBagOne way they’ve accomplished this is through the hosting of Brown Bag Research Seminars for undergraduate research.

These seminars, hosted on select Fridays throughout the semester, give students a chance to flex their research muscles and show off their hard.

Each session will be held at 1 p.m. in the JSAC Ballroom. Free pizza will be provided for every event, but guests are also welcome to bring their own lunches.

For more information about CURS Brown Bag Research Seminars, call the Center for Undergraduate Research at 706-729-2094 or visit

To view a listing of upcoming Brown Bag Seminars, click the flyer above.

Georgia Regents University – Augusta University: What You Need to Know

On Tuesday, September 15, the Board of Regents voted unanimously to change the name of Georgia Regents University to Augusta University.

We understand that this decision raises many practical and important questions involving the day-to-day operations of the university and health system. While the Board of Regents made the change “effective immediately,” a period of thoughtful discussion and planning is required in order to ensure a smooth transition.

To help ease the transition, a site has been created at that will serve as a landing page for all communications regarding the changeover.

We will work hard to engage our faculty, staff, alumni and friends in the transition process and will communicate information as we have it. Please continue to conduct business as usual until further notice. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Noon Arts Concerts return, and they’re looking for performers

noon1Can you dance? Can you act? Do you play an instrument, recite poetry or sing?

Do you have a talent you’d like to show off? If so, you’re in luck.

The performing arts are returning to the Health Sciences Campus with a special series of Noon Arts concerts.

We are currently seeking students, staff, faculty and retiree performers for the next Noon Arts concert (to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3).

If you are interested in performing, please contact Tricia Perea at before Sept. 30.

Limited-time offer on select GRU products

Georgia Regents Gear available at Finish Line

image005Two styles of Georgia Regents University fleece sweatshirts are now available for purchase at athletic retailer Finish Line at the Augusta Mall.

One style comes in dark gray with GRU written on it; the other is a sportier version that comes in light gray with the Jaguar logo and GRU Augusta on it. They’re currently on sale, and GRU fans can buy the pair for $40.

“Finish Line is a premier athletic retailer, and we are proud that they have recognized the excitement building around the Jaguar Nation,” said Jack Evans, vice president of communications and marketing at GRU.

The hoodies are also available for purchase online at the Finish Line website.

Baby Roary Buy One, Give One

A plushie version of Children’s Hospital of Georgia mascot Roary is now available in the JagStore on both the Summerville and Health Sciences campuses. For $15.95 each, buyers will receive their very own (and very adorable) baby Roary doll, and will also have the opportunity to donate a second one to a child currently at CHOG – for free!

Each customer will receive a gift bag which can be signed and personalized. The JagStore will then deliver the gifts to CHOG for distribution.

So join in the fun, and light up two lives with one gift!

‘The Patient Voices’ lecture

Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner are founding directors of The Pilgrim Projects, UK – an education consultancy specializing in health care quality improvement. Hardy and Sumner established the Patient Voices Programme in 2003 to communicate patient and clinician experiences to designers and deliverers of healthcare, and to support and enrich the development of ‘delightful’ learning.

Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 between noon and 1 p.m. in the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditoria Center on the Health Science Campus as Hardy and Sumner will present “The Patient Voices” to physicians, residents, students and staff.

A livestream of the event have been scheduled for those who are not able to attend the event in person. For the livestream, please visit

Celebrate Spirit Day by wearing your Jag gear

Show your Jaguar spirit – pull out your blue and gray gear and join us as we celebrate GRU’s annual Spirit Day!

The first day of classes each semester will now be known as GRU Spirit Day for all students, faculty, staff and health system employees.

On Monday, Aug. 17, wear your blue and gray attire, take a selfie and tag @GeorgiaRegents and you might just win a $25 gift certificate valid at either JagStore.

Go Jags!