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Graduate Student Organization to raise funds and awareness for AHA

Join the GRU Graduate Student Organization for the Ticker Trot 5K as the raise funds & awareness for the American Heart Association. The walk will be Saturday, March 16 at 9 a.m. the Augusta Canal at Lake Olmstead. Early registration is $25 before March 10; $30 after that date.  Sign up at Prizes will be awarded to top finishers.

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

Georgia 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.

Orchestra and Wind Ensemble to perform

On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre, the Georgia Regents University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Martin David Jones, and the GRU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Wojcik, will be giving a concert.  Dr. Wojcik and faculty member Kelly Odell will be featured soloists with the GRU Orchestra in Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City” for Trumpet, English Horn, and Orchestra.  Admission is $5 and free with valid JagCard.

Students to present at SEUSS in Atlanta

Six students in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work will present at the Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (SEUSS) at Morehouse College in Atlanta GA Feb. 22-23.

The following students will present during the symposium:

Thomas Schumann

Assessing Conceptions of Public Trust and Confidence in American Government Institutions

Faculty Advisor: Kim Davies


Kirsten Fitzgerald

Gender, Romance, and Authenticity in the World of Roller Derby

Faculty Advisor: Melissa Powell-Williams


Kelsey Land

Happiness Comes from Within: The Study of What Makes Us Happy

Faculty Advisor: Kim Davies


Francisco Viquez

Children Today: Do people think their children are better off now than when they were kids? Faculty Advisor: Kim Davies


Nicole Slaughter

From Symbolic Interactionism to the Labeling Theory

Faculty Advisor: William Reese


Thomas Schumann

Comparing Wallerstein’s World-System to Marx’s Understandings of Class Conflict

Faculty Advisor: William Reese


Irennah Tyler

Craftsmanship and Labor Estrangement: A Comparison of Richard Sennett and Karl Marx

Faculty Advisor: William Reese


GRU symposium to explore women’s health, human rights

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

Tuition and Fees Update

Tuition rate increases are determined each year by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents.  Georgia Regents University (GRU) approved Fall 2013 tuition and fees will be announced after April 1, 2013.

Tuition and fees for summer 2013 semesters will not be affected by the consolidation and GRU is working with the Board of Regents to minimize the impact of increases for Fall 2013 and beyond by increasing the rates gradually over time.

The following objectives will be GRU’s approach for tuition and mandatory fee rates:

  1. Existing ASU students in non-health sciences programs will continue at the Fall 2012 ASU rate plus the standard USG Fall 2013 increase. In other words, rates for currently enrolled non-health sciences students will not be affected by the consolidation.
  2. Effective Fall 2013, rates for new freshmen and transfer students in non-health sciences programs will increase slightly in addition to the standard USG Fall 2013 increase. This rate will also apply to pre-nursing students currently enrolled at ASU who are accepted into GRU’s BSN program.
  3. Effective Fall 2013, rates for returning GHSU and newly admitted GRU undergraduates in health sciences programs (other than current ASU pre-nursing) will continue at the Fall 2012 GHSU rate plus the standard USG Fall 2013 increase. In other words, rates for these students will not be affected by the consolidation.
  4. Effective Fall 2013, GRU will implement a “Finish in Four” incentive for undergraduate programs that will apply the full-time tuition rate to students who enroll in 10 or more credit hours per term. This completion incentive will apply to any of the rates described above.

Details for Fall 2013 tuition and fees will be published as soon as they are BOR approved after April 1, 2013 at For questions related to tuition and fees, please visit our FAQ page or call 1-855-TUI-TION (588-4846).

Jaguar Sports News

Wille Places Fifth at UCF

Augusta State senior Natalie Wille shot a 76 Tuesday in the third and final round of the UCF Challenge at Red Tail Golf Club. Wille tied for fifth place individually at 1-under 215 and paced the Lady Jaguars to a ninth-place finish at 890 (+26).

The tournament marked the opener of the 2013 spring schedule for the Lady Jaguars.

ASU junior Casey Kennedy joined Wille in the top 20 with a tie for 12th at 2-over 218 (67-77-74). Junior Christine Duschek-Hansen tied for 54th after an 81, while senior Marit Bjerke enjoyed the squad’s low round of the day with a 1-over 73. She tied for 64th and fellow senior Julia Stalbro posted a final-round 80.

Ninth-ranked North Carolina, the highest-ranked team in the field, cruised to a 17-shot victory over No. 30 Tulane. Tournament host UCF was third, followed by Miami and No. 18 Virginia.

The three-day, 54-hole event featured seven teams ranked in the top 50 and included UCF, ASU, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon State, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas State, Tulane and Virginia.

Full-field results of the event are available at

The Lady Jags return to action in less than a week when they head to the Central District Invitational, hosted by Michigan State, at River Wilderness Country Club in Parrish, Fla. The two-day, 54-hole event tees off Monday, Feb. 18


Track and Field Adds Paine for Feb. 22

In their inaugural season, the Augusta State Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field programs beefed up their spring schedule on Monday by adding a dual meet with Paine College for Friday, Feb. 22.

The Jaguars will face Paine College at Laney Stadium for ASU’s first outdoor track and field event of the season and the school’s first in program history. The meet will begin with eight field events starting at 1:25 p.m., before nine running events commence the day with the final event slated for a 2:55 p.m. start.

Despite being in its first season, ASU has some familiar faces to add to outdoor track and field. Ten of the 13 men’s cross country runners will be competing in track and field this season, along with 11 newcomers. The women’s track and field team welcomes five members from the cross country team to go along with their 13 other competitors.


Inclement weather changes athletic schedules

Weather issues affected five teams this past week, prompting changes to their schedules.

Baseball’s non-conference matchup with the currently 5-1 Erskine Flying Fleet will be rescheduled at a later date.

Softball’s doubleheader with Erskine will be played Tuesday, February 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Erskine.

Both tennis squads were set to take on Georgia College to open their Peach Belt Conference slates, but will head to Milledgeville Tuesday, April 2 to take on the Bobcats at 2 p.m.


This Week In Augusta State Athletics

For Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, February 17


Wednesday, February 13

WOMEN’S TENNIS at UNC Asheville, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown, Asheville, N.C., 12:00 p.m.

SOFTBALL at Erskine, Erskine Softball Complex, Due West, S.C., 2:00 p.m.

BASEBALL at Anderson, Anderson Memorial Stadium, Anderson, S.C., 3:00 p.m.

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Thursday, February 14

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL at Columbus State, Lumpkin Center, Columbus, Ga., 5:30 p.m.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL at Columbus State, Lumpkin Center, Columbus, Ga., 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, February 15

SOFTBALL at Charger Chillout, vs. Alabama-Huntsville, Decatur, Ala., 3:00 p.m.

SOFTBALL at Charger Chillout, vs. Barry, Decatur, Ala., 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, February 16

WOMEN’S TENNIS HOSTS Columbus State, Newman Tennis Center, Augusta, Ga., 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS HOSTS Columbus State, Newman Tennis Center, Augusta, Ga., 1:00 p.m.

BASEBALL HOSTS Armstrong Atlantic, Lake Olmstead Stadium, Augusta, Ga., 2:00 p.m.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL at Georgia Southwestern, Storm Dome, Americus, Ga., 1:30 p.m.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL at Georgia Southwestern, Storm Dome, Americus, Ga., 3:30 p.m.

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SOFTBALL at Charger Chillout, vs. North Alabama, Decatur, Ala., 3:00 p.m.

SOFTBALL at Charger Chillout, vs. Charleston, Decatur, Ala., 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, February 17

BASEBALL HOSTS Armstrong Atlantic (DH), Lake Olmstead Stadium, Augusta, Ga., 12:00 p.m.

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WOMEN’S TENNIS HOSTS Georgia Southwestern, Newman Tennis Center, Augusta, Ga., 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS HOSTS Georgia Southwestern, Newman Tennis Center, Augusta, Ga., 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S GOLF at Puerto Rico Classic (hosted by Purdue), Rio Mar Country Club – River Course, Rio Grande, P.R., All Day

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SOFTBALL at Charger Chillout, vs. Florida Tech, Decatur, Ala., 11:00 a.m.

SOFTBALL at Charger Chillout, vs. Indianapolis, Decatur, Ala., 3:00 p.m.

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Student News

Under the direction Dr. Heather Abdelnur, Associate Professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy, GRU history majors Joachim Veihman, Meaghan Borquez, and Joseph Willard, had their panel accepted as one of only two undergraduate panels allowed to present their research at the Americas Council Annual Conference held at Georgia Perimeter College. Borquez also won the annual student paper contest, it was the only prize awarded at the conference.

Emily Hahn, a College of Dental Medicine student, won the Pierre Fauchard Academy Mark Ritz Research Scholar Award. Brittany Waters, a College of Dental Medicine student, was awarded the PFA Scholarship for Leadership, given to a student in the profession whose participation in the university, school and community shows integrity, initiative and outstanding communicative skills. Waters recently matched and will be staying at the CDM for the two-year Pediatric Residency program.

In January, 11 students and Drs. Connie Drisko and Carole Hanes, traveled to Atlanta to observe the legislative process as it relates to dentistry. Students are given this opportunity in the hope that they will remain active after graduation. The students who attended were Patrick Barnes, Ray Cornay, John Ensley, Molly Hawkins, Amir Lamei, India Lamothe, Bridget Lyons, Alena Reich, Stephanie Silva, Jason Strever and Ray Wallace.

Lindsey Waller, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student in the College of Nursing, is one of more than 100 nursing students from across the country chosen to participate in the Mayo Clinic Student Nurse Externship Program. During the experience, she will be assigned an RN preceptor and will gain valuable hands-on experience at the Rochester, Minnesota hospital. The highly competitive program, now in its 47th year, is a 10-week paid externship that challenges rising junior nursing students to expand their knowledge of nursing and critical thinking skills. This is the second consecutive year that a GRU nursing student has been selected.

Honors Program students presented at the 30th Annual Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Feb. 8-9 in Statesboro, Ga. The following students presented at the conference: Laura Reid, A Glass Half Full: Predicting and Preventing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Mi’esha Frierson, Role of Parental Absence, Adult Attachment, and Personality Styles on Relationship Satisfaction; Audrey Lewis, (Supposedly) Wicked Women: The Development of the Role of the Voudou Priestess in Early New Orleans; Brittney Laufer and Jacob Baggett, Renaissance Humanism; Chelsea Hargrove, Psychology in Interior Design: The Effects of Color on Mood and Behavior; and Wesley Milam and Emma Echols, The History of Chess.

The Bell Ringer receives 14 awards in statewide competition

Bell Ringer GCPA Awards
By Latina Emerson, Media Relations Coordinator
Georgia Regents University’s student newspaper, The Bell Ringer, received 14 awards at the Georgia College Press Association Awards Banquet in Athens, Ga. on Feb. 2. The publication competed against college newspapers across the state and won one more award than last year’s record.
Among the awards were five first-place honors, including Best Editorial or Editorial Series, Best Campus Community Service – Features, Best Campus Community Service – Editorial and Most Improved.  The paper also took second place in the prestigious General Excellence category, said Faculty Adviser Matthew Bosisio.
“We’re competing with a lot of very fine newspapers across the state, so to take second in the category of General Excellence is a real mark of how good our students are,” Bosisio said. “We have a talented group of hard-working, dedicated journalists in the newsroom. They take it seriously. They’re serving students, faculty and staff on a daily basis, and I’m proud of them.”
Individual award winners were Travis Highfield, first place for investigative reporting; John-Michael Garner, second place in best sports story; and Jacquelyn Pabon, two second-place awards for best sports photograph and best review. In addition, The Bell Ringer won second place for its website.
At the conference, 10 students from The Bell Ringer staff had the chance to view student newspapers from across the state and attend educational seminars.
The Bell Ringer is 55 years old and is published biweekly. The staff includes 11 students who receive a stipend for their work and about a dozen additional writers.