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The Audit Connection, Fall 2015 issue available online

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The Fall 2015 issue of “The Audit Connection” is now available. Produced by the Office of Internal Audit, “The Audit Connection” is the best source for the latest information about the overall health of Georgia Regents University.

To view the latest edition of “The Audit Connection,” click here.

Below is an excerpt from the Fall 2015 edition featuring the newest OIA intern, Shannon Runger.

Audit Intern“I think the greatest thing about this internship is the inclusion of the intern in the various audits that are being handled by the office. I feel like I will get a wellrounded understanding of internal audit through this experience.” – Shannon Runger

Shannon Runger became interested in the internship after attending a student luncheon at the Office of Internal Audit. There she learned that auditing encompassed more than the stereotypical idea of searching for fraud. She became increasingly interested while attending a course taught by Prof. Steve Loflin, who has a background in audit and frequently incorporates audit policies and procedures into his accounting lectures.

Through the internship, Runger hopes to gain a better understanding of the role and benefit of internal audit for the university and health system. She was delighted to have the opportunity in May to job shadow Anthony Wagner, the executive vice president of administration and finance for Georgia Regents University, and had a chance to see how the various systems work together to achieve a common goal. The experience opened her eyes to the many employment opportunities offered by GRU.

Runger is originally from Iowa, but an enlistment with the Air Force and a position at Fort Gordon brought her to Augusta in 2005. After an eight-year military career, she decided to pursue a degree in accounting and enrolled at Augusta State University. She saw the university through the consolidation into GRU and has been impressed with the degree of professionalism and aid to students that the Hull College of Business provides. She intends to continue her studies through a master’s degree program and hopes to obtain multiple professional certifications.

Beat the Bug: Get your flu shot early

FluShotNo matter how the years come and go, flu season always seems to sneak up on us. This year, get the jump on the bug by getting your flu shot as early as possible. You (and your co-workers and classmates) will be glad you did.

To view a listing of flu shot clinics, see the schedule below:

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16 Sept. 17 Sept. 18
Open Flu season

 

 

Satellite Clinic

8:00am to 11:00am

 

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Sept. 24 Sept. 25
Georgia War Veteran’s Nursing Home

7 a.m.-
10 a.m.

Pharm. D

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sept. 28 Sept. 29 Sept. 30 Oct. 1 Oct. 2
Georgia War Veteran’s Nursing Home

7 a.m. – 10a.m.

Pharm. D

Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm. D

Annex

GRMA Benefits fair

8 a.m. –
10 a.m.

Pharm. D

Kick Off -Cafeteria

Terrace Dining

9 a.m. –
2 p.m.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 8 Oct. 9
Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Oct. 12 Oct.13 Oct. 14 Oct. 15 Oct. 16
Magnolia Room

Cafeteria

7 a.m. –
10 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Oct. 19 Oct. 20 Oct. 21 Oct. 22 Oct. 23
Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Oct. 26 Oct. 27 Oct. 28 Oct. 29 Oct. 30
Magnolia Room

Cafeteria

7 a.m. –
10 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nov. 2 Nov. 3 Nov. 4 Nov. 5 Nov. 6
Magnolia Room

Cafeteria

7 a.m. –
10 a.m.

 

Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

 

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 11 Nov. 12 Nov. 13
 

 

Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Nov. 19 Nov. 20
Magnolia Room

Cafeteria

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Satellite Clinic

Location BA1343

8 a.m. –
11 a.m.

Pharm D

 

Augusta University: FAQs

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To help ease the transition from Georgia Regents University to Augusta University, a site has been created at au.gru.edu that will serve as a landing page for all communications regarding the changeover.

Please frequent this site often to make sure you have the latest information about this process.

Here is a list of the most recently added FAQs:

Why was this name chosen?

Augusta University has always been a much-loved name choice for our institution, and selecting it is recognition of the critical partnership that exists between our institution and our local community. The energy and enthusiasm generated by this partnership will be instrumental as we build our reputation as a national leader in teaching, research, health care and service.

When does the name take effect?

When the Board of Regents said the change is “effective immediately,” they authorized us to immediately begin working on an implementation plan. After thoughtful discussion and careful planning to ensure a smooth transition, an official date will be announced that will likely be some months from now.

What do we call ourselves in the meantime?

We will be GRU until the effective date of the name change. In some areas, external rules direct our actions, but in other areas, we can begin to gradually transition to the new name, and we will communicate these decisions on the website au.gru.edu, which we encourage you to check often.

How does this impact our reputation nationally?

Dr. Keel and his administration understand that the enhancement of our reputation is a critical issue, and that questions and confusion, particularly from individuals outside Augusta, will need to be addressed. Whether we are called GRU or Augusta University, it is the stories about the great students we attract, the discoveries our researchers make, the exceptional teaching of our faculty, the compassionate healing done by our health care professionals and the service we provide to this great community that are at the heart of our story.

What do we do about logos and email signatures?

While we appreciate the enthusiasm so many have exhibited about the change to Augusta University, we would ask that individuals not create their own logos or signatures in the interim period. For the time being, please use “Georgia Regents University, soon to be Augusta University” in your email signatures and similar applications and use current GRU and GRHealth logos when needed until provided new ones.

Will we have the option of having dual diplomas?

That is one of the questions leaders will address. With previous name changes, students have been given the option to select a commemorative diploma in addition to their actual diploma. We expect to be able to do the same with this name change.

 

Last call to register for Innovation Summit 2015

If you want to turn your great idea into the next big thing in the marketplace, you have one last chance to register for the Innovation Summit 2015.

“We encourage anybody who wants to become a successful innovator to come to the Innovation Summit,” said Chris McKinney, associate vice president of Innovation Commercialization at GRU. “This is a great chance for you to learn from successful people who have already walked that path. It’s a path that you can walk, too.”

There’s no cost to attend the summit, as the event is fully sponsored by the Office of Innovation Commercialization, the Georgia Regents Research Institute and the Hull College of Business at Georgia Regents University and the Savannah River National Laboratory.

“We wanted to give back to the community not only by helping people become innovators but by also doing so for free,” McKinney said.

Experienced innovators speaking at the event will share trends, strategies and advice and can assist in transforming big ideas into great products and services. Key speakers include:

  • Retired Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, owner and CEO of ViziTech USA, a company that develops 3-D and interactive and augmented reality technology for educational purposes. In 2012, ViziTech was named Georgia’s “Coolest Technology Company,” and Rodeheaver was chosen technology “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Technology Association of Georgia.
  • Jordan Eisenberg, founder and president of UrgentRx, a company that produces powdered medications that come in credit-card-sized packets. Eisenberg has extensive experience with innovation, including the creation of a web company with more than 100,000 users across the globe and collar stays that come in credit-card-sized wallet cards.

Innovation Summit 2015 also features more than a dozen “short takes” talks — brief and dynamic pitches of less than eight minutes each — highlighting innovations and routes to market taken by successful innovators. The summit will also have a shark tank with five companies pitching to investors right in front of the audience.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 1833 Broad St. in Augusta. You must register in advance at http://gru.edu/oic/summit/ to attend the summit. Breakfast and lunch are included.

For more information, visit http://gru.edu/oic/summit/ or contact Rachel Solomon in the Office of Innovation Commercialization at RSolomon@gru.edu or (706) 721-0153.

Alumni BBQ tickets now on sale

Open to the public, the annual GRU Alumni Barbecue and Celebration will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the D. Douglas Barnard, Jr., Amphitheatre on the Summerville campus.

Alumni BBQThis year’s event, which is the culmination of the IGRU campaign, features food by local favorite, Sconyers Bar-B-Que, as well as live music, a Kid’s Zone with games and inflatables, followed by fireworks at dusk.

Food service will end at 8 p.m.

President Brooks Keel will be in attendance, so come and show your support!

Get your tickets now, and pay a discounted rate!

Buy your tickets online now at www.grualumni.com/bbq or by calling 706-737-1759.

GRU faculty and staff give big for IGRU

It’s safe to say GRU faculty and staff have more than risen to the challenge set forth by last year’s IGRU campaign.

So far, we have surpassed our goal of $325,000 by raising a total of $326,519.09 – a 24 percent increase in giving from this time last year.

On Friday, Sept. 11 faculty and staff celebrated that success with a sweet treat from Kona Ice. The Community portion of the campaign kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 17 with a luncheon at the Augusta Country Club and will continue through Oct. 9.

Still want to give? There are plenty of ways left to contribute. From now until the end of the IGRU campaign, you  can still make a gift at giving.gru.edu/IGRU.

You can also give by joining us at one of the following events:

GRUB for GRU  – Thursday, Sept. 24
IGRU Alumni BBQ & Celebration – Friday, Oct. 9
Jaguar Jaunt 5K – Saturday, Oct. 10

In the meantime, if you’re thinking about giving, enjoy this special message from President Brooks Keel.

Confucius Institute to host Moon Festival

 

 

People in the Augusta area may share in a taste of Chinese culture as Georgia Regents University celebrates the Moon Festival and Confucius Institute Day on Oct. 1.

“The Moon Festival and Confucius Institute Day will be a fun family event where people can learn a new tradition,” Confucius Institute Director Dr. Cindi Chance said. “It’s a unique way of celebrating family, and it’s very much like our American Thanksgiving.”

The free event will feature traditional Chinese music and dance, including the lion dance. The lion is an important Chinese legend, a symbol of power, majesty and courage, capable of warding off evil spirits. A Chinese lantern parade will traverse the Summerville campus.

People are encouraged to bring homemade lanterns to the parade and enter them in the lantern competition. Lanterns should be illuminated, but no flames are allowed. Judges will give $100 awards for biggest lantern, most creative and most culturally relevant. The best lantern out of these three will earn its maker a cultural gift.

People will also have a chance to taste Chinese moon cakes, and moon pies will be served.

“We will have one table that will have moon cakes and hot tea and another that will have moon pies and lemonade,” Chance said.

The Moon Festival and Confucius Institute Day celebration will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the D. Doug Bernard Jr. Amphitheatre on the Summerville campus. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the JSAC ballroom.

To register for the lantern contest, please e-mail Yilin Lou at ylou@gru.edu. The first 100 people who register will receive a free lantern and light. The first 200 will receive a free light.

Grub for GRU on Sept. 24

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, September 24, 2015 is GRUB for GRU Day in Augusta.

Please make plans to eat at local participating restaurants on September 24 and 10% of all proceeds that day will be given back to our university as part of the IGRU campaign.

Get more info at https://giving.gru.edu/participating-grub-restaurants

Participating Restaurants include:

Ø  PeachWave Frozen Yogurt

Ø  FatMan’s Café

Ø  Firehouse Subs (Walton Way)

Ø  Buffalo Wild Wings

Ø  Wild Wings Café

Ø  Yo Pizza

Ø  Belair Doughnuts

Ø  Subway (Central Ave)

Ø  Beamie’s at the River

Ø  Pita Pit

Ø  Farmhaus Burger

Ø  Craft & Vine

Ø  Sunrise Grill (North Augusta)

Ø  Village Deli

Ø  Mellow Mushroom (Downtown)

Ø  Shane’s Rib Shack

Ø  Soy Noodle House

Ø  Atlanta Bread Company

Ø  Wifesaver (Furys Ferry and North Leg Rd)

Ø  The Pizza Joint (Downtown)

We look forward to seeing everyone eating out this Thursday as we all GRUB for GRU!

Register now for the Jaguar Jaunt

Whether you’re training for a marathon, looking for competition or just interested in a family-friendly run, join us on Saturday, Oct. 10 for the 2015 Jaguar Jaunt 5K.

Part of the IGRU campaign, this run will help support the areas of greatest need within the Georgia Regents University system.

Race registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Maxwell House on the Summerville Campus. The race itself starts at 8 a.m.

GRU student registration is $15. For the rest of the community, registration is $25 before Oct. 4 and $30 from Oct.4 to race day. All forms of registration include a race t-shirt.

For more information, including a link to register online, visit the Jaguar Jaunt site by clicking here.

Dance Dash 5k swings into Augusta on Nov. 14

Dance Dash 2014 44The second annual Dance Dash 5k swings into Augusta on Nov. 14, and supporters are already on the move. But what should you know before lacing up your running shoes?

In its own words, Dance Dash describes itself as a 5k with a twist. In a way, that’s appropriate, because at any time Dance Dash might very well involve doing “The Twist.”

The hope is that Dance Dash participants will run (or walk) to raise money for their area’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital wearing whatever ridiculous (but appropriate) costumes they can muster. Last year, a couple of notable superheroes raced next to a troupe of pink-tutu-wearing fairies while a gaggle of overdressed Santas cheered them on from behind. And those weren’t even the most imaginative competitors.

But the real craziness begins at the stops.

Every mile of Dance Dash (or three times total in a traditional 5k), participants will have a chance to learn a new dance move or routine.

Why, you ask? Because at the end of the race, Dance Dashers will be encouraged to join a giant flash mob dance party to celebrate their achievement.

Dance Dash 2014 49While fun and entertaining, the true magic of Dance Dash is that 100 percent of all funds raised go directly toward providing the best care possible for sick children in our community. And the best part is you can start giving today.

The process is simple.

First, register for yourself or create a team with your friends and coworkers. Know a group of people you’d like to run, walk or dance with? Have an awesome costume idea you’d like to show off? Then come out and Dance Dash.

Second, share your individual or team race page on Facebook and Twitter to let your other, non-Dash Dancing friends know that you’re competing. Remind them that if they won’t join you, then the least they can do is support you. With donations. For sick children.

And lastly, join us for Dance Dash Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in front of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia in your best costume, craziest outfit and best attitude.

Individuals and teams can pick up their Dance Dash 5k packets from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 13 or 7-9 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the CHOG lobby.

Dance Dash 2014 30From now until Oct. 10, registration is $10 off for all participants. GRU-affiliated participants can receive an additional discount by contacting Jessica Seigler at 706-446-0232 or at jeseigler@gru.edu.

Registration ends at noon on Nov. 13. To guarantee yourself an official Dance Dash T-shirt, though, you’ll need to register by 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Interested? Excited? Ready to dance to make the world a better place for children?
Then register for the second annual Dance Dash 5k by visiting dancedash.org/event/augusta/.