Category Archives: In the News

Don’t Believe Miss Liberty – A Talk with Edgar Heap of Birds

In the national conversation on racial inequity, one group is continuously left on the sideline-those who were here first. Given that Native Americans precedently inhabited America, one would think their inalienable rights should at least match those of any settlers. But as history demonstrates, they don’t.

To read more of Department of Art Chair Scott Thorp’s eye-opening interview with Cheyenne artist Edgar Heap of Birds in Art Pulse Magazine, click here.

More Cubans migrate to the U.S.

Cuban migrants are flocking to the U.S., a trend experts attribute to fears that changing relations between the two countries could end America’s policy that permits residents of the island nation who reach the U.S. to remain here permanently.

Dr. Paolo Spadoni, a Cuba expert and assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia Regents University, was quoted in a Sept. 20 article in the Wall Street Journal on the subject.

“There is sense of urgency to beat any change in U.S. immigration policy toward Cuba,” he said.

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Challenge, walk continue for ALS funding

A year after the famous ice bucket challenge, The Augusta Chronicle talks to Dr. Michael Rivner and one of his patients about ALS care and research and the need to keep funding these efforts at Georgia Regents University.

Read: Challenge, walk continue for ALS funding
The Beat Feet for ALS Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Augusta’s Riverwalk. For more information, visit



Childhood cancer survivor gives back

Hunter Piper, right, enjoys a Blizzard at DQ on Miracle Treat Day in 2010.
Hunter Piper, right, enjoys a Blizzard at DQ on Miracle Treat Day in 2010.

Hunter Piper was told he had just two weeks to live when he was in second grade.

This Saturday, the 17-year-old high school senior is collecting donations of games, crafts, movies, toys and other items for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, where he received his cancer treatments.

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House Intelligence Committee highlights GRU cyber role

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee at House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, talks about Georgia Regents University at an open hearing on global cyber threats, which was held by the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 10, 2015.

Panelists at the hearing included NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

COE professor works with UN for new higher education policies

Olajide Agunloye Dr. Olajide Agunolye, associate professor in the Department of Counselor Education, Leadership, and Research, was featured in The Augusta Chronicle regarding his work with the United Nations to strengthen global policies for higher education.

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Agunloye joined GRU in 2008. He is a member of several professional organizations including the United Kingdom’s Association of Business Executives as well as the American Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Agunloye received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He earned his educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia and earned a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.

READ: GRHealth/Philips partnership featured on Advance Healthcare Network

“The managed services partnership model not only works in theory, but also in practice. GRHealth, the clinical arm of Georgia Regents University based in Augusta, Georgia, provides patient care, conducts research and is the only academic health center in its region,” writes Matt Bierbaum, vice president of Managed Services and Enterprise Partnerships at Philips. “Like others, GRHealth was mired in a poor payer mix, flat reimbursements, aging technology across modalities, inefficient processes, competing priorities and a need to take cost out of an already strained set of resources.”

Click here to read the full story featured in Advance Healthcare Network’s Executive Insight.

READ: Child life specialist Jami Wolfe featured in Aiken Standard

Jami Wolfe, a child life specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, was recently featured in the Aiken Standard.

“At one time in my life, I thought about going into medicine and nursing… but didn’t know if I would be able to handle it,” Wolfe admitted. “When I found out what a child life specialist is, I thought, ‘This is it.’”

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