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GRU explains Republican Primary

AUGUSTA, Ga. – American voters will watch the top 10 Republican presidential candidates face off in the first GOP debate at 9 p.m. Thursday on Fox News, with the remaining candidates debating four hours earlier also on Fox News.

Dr. Craig Albert, assistant professor of political science at Georgia Regents University, teaches courses on American politics, political philosophy, war and terrorism; he also directs the Model United Nations Program. In a new video, he discusses why Republicans have so many candidates and weighs in on why Donald Trump is a problem for the GOP.

“This is the largest number of candidates for a Republican Primary in about 100 years,” Albert said. “It’s been growing since 2008 this lack of identity for the Republican Party and so many different voices. They don’t know who they are; they are so fractured right now. So everybody is trying to be the new voice, the new face, trying to show to the American voters who the Republican Party actually is.”

As a leading scholar in American politics and foreign affairs, Albert’s research interests include Islamic extremism and the rise of ISIS, the Russo-Chechen conflict and the life and work of French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville. Albert is also a political contributor to The Augusta Chronicle and a blogger for ROAR: Renaissance for American Responsibility. He’s done interviews with many different media outlets, including a live interview with Megyn Kelly for Fox News Channel about the Boston Marathon bombers. He has also testified to the U.S. Congress on Islamic Extremism.

The Aiken Standard: Arthritis affects children, too

Nurse Clinician Barbara Kienzle in pediatric rheumatology at Children’s Hospital of Georgia explains how juvenile arthritis affects the body’s joints.

Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, according to the Arthritis National Research Foundation.
July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month.

Appeal hearing over Columbia County hospital ends

Testimony concluded on Monday in the appeal hearing regarding Georgia Regents Medical Center’s certificate of need to build a hospital in Columbia County.

The following is a letter from Shawn P. Vincent, Sr., GRU’s Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare, and Strategic Affiliations regarding the hearing’s conclusion.

“Dear Colleagues,

The appeals hearing regarding the Department of Community Health awarding  a certificate of need to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County concluded yesterday. These hearings gave us another opportunity to emphasize the uniqueness of our proposal.  Our plan includes a state of the art, high touch and high tech community hospital which meets the health and wellness needs of Columbia County and the surrounding communities. In collaboration with the County, we worked to identify Grovetown as the ideal location as it meets the current and projected growth needs of the community. Our expertise in trauma and teaching are cornerstones to our vision. After presenting a compelling case, we remain confident in our efforts and in the Department of Community Health’s CON process.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your continued support. This entire process would not have been possible without our faculty, staff and community involvement.

We will continue to keep you informed as we take the steps to move our Columbia County hospital project forward.”


Shawn P. Vincent, Sr.
Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations

Jaguar Men’s Basketball signs seven for 2015-2016 season

GRU Augusta head men’s basketball coach Dip Metress signed seven student-athletes for the upcoming 2015-16 season and gained six true freshman and one senior to compete for the Jaguars in the upcoming slate.

The Jaguars added freshmen Jashawn Brooks, Aaron Byrd, Trey Maloney, Tyvez Monroe, Ben Ursich, Deane Williams, and senior Tommy Williams.

We have an eclectic group of seven newcomers that have joined a seasoned group of veterans that will hopefully help lead us to our third straight NCAA tournament,” Head Coach Dip Metress said. “This is probably one of our larger classes in recent memory, but it is a talented group with a lot of upside. Hopefully these guys can help us add another banner to the rafters in Christenberry.”

Profiles of the seven student-athletes can be found below:

Jashawn Brooks is a local standout from Laney High School in Augusta, Ga., where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 29-2 campaign that included a region title and a third consecutive state semifinal appearance. As a senior in 2014-15, Brooks sunk 52 3-pointers in 31 games, including 11 in four state playoff contests.

Aaron Byrd averaged 22.1 points as a starting point guard at Landon High School in Bethseda, Md., in the 2014-15 season. Byrd was named an All-Met honorable mention by DC Basketball in Washington, D.C. for his senior-season efforts. He joins 15 of his fellow Landon HS seniors to sign and commit to playing college athletics in 2015-16.

Trey Maloney is a 6-6 left-handed forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who aided his Dillard High School team to a 23-8 record while averaging 8.2 points per game as a senior in 2014-15. Maloney carried the Panthers to the FHSAA 5A Tournament playoffs last season and reached the Sweet 16.

Tyvez Monroe is a 6-3 wing who posted 16.5 points per game for his Edison High School team in Alexandria, Va. Monroe brought the Eagles to a 19-6 overall record and a 7-4 mark in the region in his senior season. Monroe was named first-team All-Virginia Conference 13 in 2015.

Ben Ursich is a versatile player who played for The Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association Inc. (K&MDBA) in Victoria, Australia, the largest basketball association in Victoria with over 1,050 teams. Ursich brought down 15.7 points per game in 2014-15 and shot 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point land.

Deane Williams will also travel overseas to play for the Jaguars in 2015-16. Williams played for the Bristol Academy Flyers Basketball Club in Bristol, England. The 6-7 forward averaged 12.3 rebounds per game last season and is currently playing for the English U20 National Team in the Euro World Championships.

Tommy Williams graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Ga., where he made a state semifinal appearance in 2011. After starting his college career at East Georgia State College and most recently at East Tennessee State University, Williams will return home and conclude his career in Augusta for his senior year. Williams will look to make an early impact in the front court.

READ: Drew Belt’s 3 fundamentals of golf

Drew Belt, part-time golf coach at Georgia Regents University, was recently featured in the Columbia County News Times to talk about his ideas on the three fundamentals of golf.

Belt, who has taught at the Nick Faldo Golf Institute, Jones Creek, and Sage Valley, has been teaching golf for 14 years. He is currently the West Lake Country Club golf pro.


Read the full Columbia County News Times story here.

GRU launches Cyber Institute

Georgia Regents University is creating the GRU Cyber Institute to develop research, new curriculum, and outreach opportunities in cybersecurity starting this summer.

“We want to be known for cyber,” said Joanne Sexton, Director for GRU Cyber Security Educational Initiatives. “The Augusta area has been growing in this aspect, and we want to be a major player in that.”

GRU has been working toward creating the Cyber Institute for a few years and has already established a cyber curriculum, said Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost . The news that Fort Gordon would become the new headquarters for the U.S. Army Cyber Command only accelerated the process.

“We have made cybersecurity a major strategic priority,” Caughman said. “And the University System of Georgia endorsed that priority and provided new funding that will aid in launching the Cyber Institute. GRU is making a commitment as well.”

The creation of the institute is also a step toward getting recognition as a Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.

“I congratulate GRU on this proactive step to enhance educational opportunities for its students and contribute to the Augusta community’s growing role in our nation’s cyber defense,” said U.S. Congressman Rick Allen. “I have heard firsthand from GRU faculty about their vision and commitment to building an excellent program that equips its students to excel in this increasingly important field. I look forward to seeing the great things accomplished by the GRU Cyber Institute.”

U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland also endorsed GRU’s efforts.

“Georgia’s support for the men and women protecting our country is well known and respected across the nation, and I am thrilled to see GRU’s new Cyber Institute will contribute to that excellence,” said Rep. Westmoreland, who is Chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Cybersecurity is a highly skilled and critical field in our nation’s defense strategy, and being prepared is imperative to keeping our homeland safe. I look forward to supporting GRU’s success in both student education on cyber defense and security, and their contributions to our national security.”

The Cyber Institute will provide the framework for all things cyber at the university, in cooperation with several of GRU’s colleges, which currently offer cybersecurity courses and degrees. They include cybersecurity programs through the Hull College of Business, a medical informatics program focused on protection of health information through the College of Allied Health Sciences, and courses on cyberterrorism through the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

“We have the opportunity to collaborate across the university, to take advantage of the unique offerings of each of the colleges,” Sexton said. “That’s what the institute is in a unique position to do.”

To watch this story on WFXG Fox 54, click here.

Dennis Murray talks measles with Augusta Magazine

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Dr. Dennis L. Murray

Dr. Dennis Murray, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, spoke with Augusta Magazine recently regarding measles outbreaks in the United States. Murray, a University of Michigan Medical School graduate, has been Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Infectious Diseases since 2010.

Click here for the full story.


WATCH: COE Dean talks to WSAV about teacher-prep programs

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Dr. Cindi Chance, Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Regents University.

Cindi Chance, Dean of the College of Education, spoke with WSAV in Savannah about the new evaluation system universities in Georgia will begin using to measure the quality of Teacher-prep programs.

Click here to watch her interview.

Chance regarding the new evaluation system was featured in The Augusta Chronicle and the Athens Banner-Herald.