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Save the Date: Day of Service 2015

Mark your calendars now. GRU will hold its annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 12. This serves as an opportunity for employees and students to give back to the community.

Last year, more than 500 volunteers contributed their time and services to help those in need at locations throughout Richmond, Columbia, and Aiken counties. Every minute donated in service to our community makes a difference that will last a lifetime.

Day of Service was introduced in 2011, when 261 volunteers contributed more than 800 hours with local nonprofit organizations.

In Memoriam

We are saddened to report the deaths of the following members of the GRU community:

mkbThe Rev. Dr. Mary-Kathleen Gernant Blanchard died unexpectedly on March 19, at Trinity Hospital. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mary-Kathleen was the daughter of Leonard and Frances M. Adams Gernant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University in 1970 with a BA in French. Her graduate work in French included study at the University of Paris and Middlebury College in Vermont. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979. The same year, she married Paul Blanchard whose two children recall that she embraced them as if they were her own. Paul died in 1992 following emergency bypass surgery. Mary-Kathleen taught French Language and Literature from 1971 to 2006 at Augusta State University. She greatly loved her years of teaching and connecting with students and faculty. In 2006, she returned to Paris as a faculty member for a group of Georgia students enrolled in a summer program.

Even after her retirement, she remained in touch with numerous former students who remember her fondly for her teaching but even more for the difference she made in their lives – instilling in them her love of French literature and film and travel, responding to them when they were hurting or in need. They remember her rollicking sense of humor, as does everyone whose life she touched. And they are grateful for her allowing them to express themselves. Responding to her call to servant ministry, Mary-Kathleen entered discernment in the Diocese of Georgia and was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Paul’s on August 19, 2004. As a deacon at St. Paul’s, Blanchard helped those in need and was present with them during times of illness and grief. She enjoyed serving together with her shih tzu, Hope, a trained pet therapy dog. She made numerous trips to Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a residential home and model ministry for abandoned and abused girls. She served as a hospice volunteer and an Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor. She also worked with the church’s Manna Truck and Outreach, and headed the Pastoral Care Team. A private committal service will take place at Westover Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Saint Paul’s Church on Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in the River Room.


Foto-MascaroTeachingAssoc. Professor Emeritus David Joseph Mascaro died from cancer early on Thursday, March 19. As a young boy he received praise as an artist. As a young man he trained at The Art Students League, The National Academy of Fine Arts and The School of Visual Arts, and the New York Phoenix School of Design, all in New York City. Mascaro studied privately with Alton S. Tobey, noted historical painter, muralist, portrait artist and art instructor. He was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War. He trained as an MP, and was subsequently posted to security at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. Mascaro enrolled in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at the Medical College of Georgia in 1966. In 1969, he graduated with both his BS and MS in Medical Illustration. After graduation he worked at Syracuse University.

In 1971, David returned to MCG to join the faculty of Medical Illustration. His drawing and painting skills were exceptional, and he was an acknowledged master with color. As a teacher, mentor, and friend he had a positive and enduring influence on over 300 students. After 29 years, David retired at the end of June 2000. David received numerous awards for his artwork, and in 1999 he received the Br del Award for Excellence in Education from the Association of Medical Illustrators. He helped revise the illustrative work begun by the late Dr. Frank Netter for the CIBA Pharmaceutical Company. David was also a successful gallery artist and painting instructor. He was the owner of Mascaro Studio & Gallery.

The family of David Mascaro has provided this information about memorial arrangements:

You are cordially invited to a memorial celebration honoring the life of Assoc. Professor Emeritus David J. Mascaro at noon on Saturday, April 18 in the Ballroom of the Alumni Center on the Health Sciences Campus of Georgia Regents University located at 906 15th Street, Augusta, Georgia.

 A Legacy Book is being prepared for Gail, David’s wife of 36 years.

For inclusion in the book, we encourage you to send your letters,

notes, cards, sketches or photos by Friday, April 3rd to:

Bill Andrews

Dept. of Medical Illustration, CJ-1101

1120 15th Street

Augusta, GA 30912-0300.


If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to either:

The David J. Mascaro Fund

MCG Foundation, Inc.

545 15th Street

Augusta, Georgia 30901


The CSRA Humane Society

425 Wood Street

Augusta, Georgia 30904



Go Downtown, March 19

Georgia Regents University faculty, staff, and students and GRHealth employees are encouraged to Go Downtown on Thursday, March 19, to receive discounts from more than 70 downtown businesses. Go Downtown is held every third Thursday of the month. University shuttles will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m.  The shuttles will pick up from Laney-Walker near the Professional Building located across from the Student Center on the Health Sciences campus.

Downtown Shuttle Stops:

6th & Broad Street

8th & Broad Street

10th & Broad Street

12th & Broad Street

9th & Reynolds Street

10th & Reynolds Street

New GRU Transit System App Now Available

Know where your bus is any time with the new GRU Transit System App. The GRU Parking and Transportation department is pleased to announce the availability of a new app that will allow GRU transit passengers to view where their bus is.  Available for both iOS (iPhone) and Android devices, users should search for Smarttraxx (Two t’s and two x’s) in their App store. Once downloaded they should select “Georgia Regents University” from within the app. “We are really excited to provide this tool for our passengers, they will always have a way to know where their bus is”, said Beth Bryson, Manager of Parking & Transportation.

GRU Hosts Lion/Jaguar Invitational With Paine College March 7

The GRU Augusta men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will host the Lion/Jaguar Invitational with Paine College starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Westside High School in Augusta, Ga.

The Jaguar men’s team just set six personal records in their most recent meet at the Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga., on Feb. 28. The men finished second overall and bested three Peach Belt Conference schools.

The Jaguar women notched fifth in Columbus out of eight teams and had two personal records achieved.



(**all events will be on a rolling schedule…event times could change based upon number of entries)


10:00AM                 W Shot Put              FINAL

10:00AM                 M Discus                 FINAL

10:00AM                 M Long Jump          FINAL

Followed by women

10:30AM                 M High Jump           FINAL

Followed by women

11:00PM                  M Shot Put              FINAL

11:00PM                  W Discus                 FINAL

11:30AM                 M Triple Jump         FINAL

Followed by women

12:00 PM                 M Javelin                FINAL

Followed by women


10:00AM                 W 5000m                FINAL

10:30AM                 M 5000m                FINAL

11:00AM                 W 100mH                FINAL

11:10AM                 M 110mH                FINAL

11:20AM                 W 400m                  FINAL

11:30AM                 M 400m                  FINAL

11:40AM                 W 100m                  FINAL

11:55AM                 M 100m                  FINAL

12:10AM                 W 800m                  FINAL

12:20AM                 M 800m                  FINAL

12:30AM                 W 4x100m               FINAL

12:40AM                 M 4x100m               FINAL

12:55PM  Break on the Track – Highlight Field Events

1:10PM                    W 200m                  FINAL

1:20PM                    M 200m                  FINAL

1:35PM                    W 1500m                FINAL

1:45PM                    M 1500m                FINAL

1:55PM                    W 4x400m               FINAL

2:05PM                    M 4x400m               FINAL


In Memoriam

We are saddened to report the deaths of the following members of the GRU community:

Alice Pollingue, Retired Professor, College of Education, died Dec. 12, 2014.

Rosemarie Axton, Retired Media Services Director, died Feb. 17, 2015.

Jeanette Harbin, Retired Research Associate, SOM-MED Sickle Cell Program, died Feb. 22, 2015.

Shirley Smith, Retired, died Feb. 22, 2015.



Go Downtown

Georgia Regents University faculty, staff, and students and GRHealth employees are encouraged to Go Downtown on Thursday, Feb. 19, to receive discounts from more than 70 downtown businesses. Go Downtown is held every third Thursday of the month. University shuttles will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Shuttle Stops:

6th & Broad Street

8th & Broad Street

10th & Broad Street

12th & Broad Street

9th & Reynolds Street

10th & Reynolds Street

In conjunction with Homecoming and Military Appreciation Week, a few downtown businesses will host viewing parties of the nationally televised game in their restaurants on Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at noon. The participating businesses include Whiskey Bar Kitchen, Metro Coffee House, Blue Sky Kitchen, 1102 Downtown Bar & Grill, Mellow Mushroom, and Farmhaus Burgers.

The game will be aired on:

AT&T U-verse Channel 643 and 1643(HD)
Comcast Channel 735 and 288(HD)
DIRECTV Channel 221 and 221(HD)
DISH Network Channel 158 and 158(HD)