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GRU Lyceum Series features “The Pirates of Penzance,” Golden Dragon Acrobats

BicycleGroupGeorgia Regents University’s 45th Annual Lyceum Series has two performances remaining in the 2012-2013 season. The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. All shows will be held at Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville campus.

“The Pirates of Penzance” is the story of Frederic, whose nurse was told to apprentice him to become a pilot when he was a young boy. However, she heard the word incorrectly and apprenticed him to a band of pirates, which begins the shenanigans. The musical theater production features pirates and Victorian maidens as they make a boisterous romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. Performed in its original format with costumes, sets, a large cast and live orchestra, “The Pirates of Penzance” is directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris. The performance is made possible in part by a grant from Georgia Presenters and the Fox Theatre Institute.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the rigorous art of Chinese Acrobatics. The group is recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of present day. Originally from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have toured for more than 30 years to international acclaim, traveling to over 65 countries on five continents and to all 50 states. The 25 acrobats are athletes, actors and artists who have trained since childhood.

World-renowned entertainer Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, stunning costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of unique skill and beauty.

To purchase tickets, call 706-667-4100 or visit Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for children 17 and under. GRU faculty and staff can attend the shows for $10, and admission is free for GRU students.

GRU theatre students to perform in Louisville, Ky.

Julius CaesarStudents in the Theatre Program at Georgia Regents University have been invited to perform Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at the 64th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference, the largest theatre convention in the United States, March 8 in Louisville, Ky.  Conference officials invited 16 GRU students and four actors from Le Chat Noir, an Augusta theater company, to perform after watching a DVD of the university’s Spring 2012 adaptation of the play.

The production is directed by Doug Joiner, GRU Lecturer and Artistic Director at Le Chat Noir. A collaboration between the GRU Theatre Program and Le Chat Noir, the play is set in an action-filled, Mad Max post-apocalyptic world. Twenty percent of the play’s lines have been modernized so that “real people” can understand and enjoy Shakespeare. Last spring’s performance earned a standing ovation from hundreds of Richmond County high school students.

“I think this is the greatest opportunity to showcase Augusta student theater that the university has ever had,” said Dr. Walter Evans, GRU English Professor. “We’ll be appearing before the most knowledgeable and demanding audience that has ever witnessed a theater performance at our university. President Azziz wants to establish the brand. This is going to be one big step in that direction. People from all over will see an excellent production and come away really impressed with the kind of quality that we can produce.”

Charles W. “Skip” Clark, Dean of the GRU Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has funded the student conference registration fees, and GRU Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs Carol Rychly has supplied funds for the set and props. Le Chat Noir is donating material and services, and additional support is expected from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship committee and the Pamplin Student Research and Travel Committee, but $2,000 is still needed to cover travel costs, Evans said.

The Theatre Program will hold free performances Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in GRU’s Maxwell Theatre for the campus community and over 400 local high school students.

Intel’s Chief Economist to speak at GRU

Paul Thomas, chief economist for Intel
Paul Thomas, Chief Economist for Intel

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Paul Thomas, chief economist at Intel Corporation, will present The Health of the Economy and the Economics of Health at 7 a.m. and noon Friday, Feb. 22 at Georgia Regents University in the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium on the university’s health sciences campus.

Thomas, an internationally renowned speaker on the regulation of scientific research, the airline industry, social choice and organizational theory, will explain the current state of our global economy and how we can use lessons from economic studies to better understand today’s healthcare challenges.

“The impact of the economy on our health care system is such a timely issue, and we are very pleased to have Dr. Thomas share his expertise with our community,” said David Hefner, Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs at GRU and the Chief Executive Officer for Georgia Regents Medical Center and Medical Associates.

Thomas holds a Ph.D in business economics from the Olin School of Business at Washington University. His other areas of expertise include the financial crisis of 2007-2012, the PC industry, economic geography and economic growth.

The presentation is free and open to the public. To view the program on the web, go to For more information, please call 706-721-1150.


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.


GRU symposium to explore women’s health, human rights

Dr. Susan Bordo
Dr. Susan Bordo

The Women’s Studies Program, Women’s Studies Student Association and Iota Iota Iota Honor Society of Georgia Regents University will present the third biennial Women’s Studies Symposium from Feb. 28 to March 2.

The symposium’s theme, “Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Voices: Health and Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century,” references a book on comprehensive women’s health, Our Bodies, Ourselves,” first published in 1970, which was ground-breaking at the time, said Dr. Marie Drews, Director of the GRU Women’s Studies Program.

“The book, along with its associated women’s health foundation, empowers women to become agents of health and wellness in their communities by providing access to accurate healthcare information,” Drews said. “The symposium, which reflects the vision and mission of the newly formed Georgia Regents University, proposes that accessing information via multiple platforms – inclusive of art, music, literature and theater – strengthens our understanding of the diverse health and wellness issues our community faces.”

On Feb. 28, the symposium will feature the lecture “Sickle Cell Research and Its Relevance to African Women” in the Jaguar Student Activity Center Ballroom on the Summerville Campus from noon to 1:30 p.m. and a play “Sickle Cell: Crisis and Courage” by Dr. La’Veda Wallace Page, followed by a discussion, from 6 to 8 p.m. On March 1, artist Mahera Khaleque will have a gallery exhibit at Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St. from 6 to 8 p.m.

On March 2, the symposium is a day-long event featuring speakers from GRU, University of South Carolina, Auburn University, Norfolk State University and other universities. At the luncheon and keynote address, guest speaker Dr. Susan Bordo of University of Kentucky will discuss “The Anne Boleyn ‘Diet’: What Young Women Today Can Learn from the Story of Henry VIII’s Second Wife.” The event is scheduled from 12:15 to 1: 45 p.m. in the JSAC. The cost of the full symposium and lunch is $20.

The symposium is co-sponsored by GRU’s Student Activities, World Humanities Program, Life of Mind Program Committee, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Division of Professional and Community Education and Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work, in addition to Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

For additional information and to register for the symposium, visit  and

Buffalo Soldiers to visit GRU

Georgia Regents University will hold Buffalo Soldiers Day Monday, Feb. 18, in honor of Black History Month.
Photo Phil Jones

Georgia Regents University will hold Buffalo Soldiers Day on Monday, Feb. 18, in honor of Black History Month.

The Buffalo Soldiers of Greater Atlanta will provide horse demonstrations following a brief presentation by Michael Searles, also known as Cowboy Mike, on the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. Established by Congress in 1866, Buffalo Soldiers was the nickname given to the first all-black U.S. Army regiment.

The presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the Coffeehouse on the second floor of the Jaguar Student Activities Center on the Summerville Campus and horse demonstrations will begin at noon on the field adjacent to the JSAC.

American Association of University Professors (AAUP@GRU) Meeting Feb. 15

aaupThe AAUP@GRU is an advocacy group for faculty on all issues involving academic freedom and in ensuring that fair practices are abided by in all university matters.

We encourage faculty on the Health Sciences campus of our newly consolidated university to join us.

Our next meeting is Friday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. on the Summerville campus in the History, Anthropology and Philosophy (HAP) Seminar Room on the second floor of Allgood Hall (Room E-223A) located just inside the HAP Department office (E-222).

Please contact Mike Bishku (, president of AAUP@GRU

Clinical use of MRI is focus of Pool Society Weekend March 2-3

MRI-roomClinical use of magnetic resonance imaging, from helping diagnose degenerative spine disease to stroke, is the focus of the 2013 W.H. Pool Jr. Society Weekend March 2-3 at Georgia Regents University.

The course, which also covers the physics of MRI technology, is for diagnostic radiologists and other health care professionals interested in MRI and provides continuing medical education credit. Dr. James V. Rawson, Warren Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU, is Course Director.

Lectures begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the GRU Alumni Center, 919 15th St. The eight-year old society honors Pool, a 1952 MCG graduate and Professor Emeritus who chaired the Department of Radiology from 1974-87.

For more information, call the GRU Division of Continuing Education at 706-721-3967 or 800-221-6437 or visit  Lectures are supported in part by the Dr. John Scott Coleman Lecture Fund and the MCG Foundation, Inc.


GRU to host panel on gun violence, legislation

The Georgia Regents University Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work will present Gun Violence and Gun Legislation:  A Public Panel Forum from 7 to 9 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 11 at Maxwell Theatre. The program is free and open to the public.

Each panelist will speak briefly about their experience with gun violence or gun legislation, and then the group will take questions from the audience. The panel will include:

  • Dr. Richard Schwartz, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
  • Robert Partain, Colonel of Operations at Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ashley Wright, District Attorney of the Augusta Judicial Circuit
  • Honorable Danny Craig, Superior Court Judge of the Seventh Division of the Augusta Judicial Circuit
  • Honorable Edward Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia
  • Gordon Rondeau, Founder and CEO of the Renee Olubunmi Rondeau Peace Foundation
  • Dr. Kim Davies, Chair and Professor in the GRU Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work and author of The Murder Book
  • Jack Batson, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Dr. Bill Reese, Moderator and Professor in the GRU Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work

“We’re doing this as a public service to allay the local public’s fears or anxieties,” Reese said. “We think there’s plenty of people concerned about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and equally concerned on the other side of the issue are plenty of people that are worried about the government taking away their guns.”