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Kinesiology professor brings cycling expertise to Augusta

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Cycling is a growing sport, expected to double in revenue in the next five years, according to an industry report by IBISWorld.

Dr. Amos Meyers, newly hired assistant professor of kinesiology in the GRU College of Education, hopes to encourage that interest here in Augusta.

“I study sports biomechanics. What equipment does an athlete use, and how can we change that to facilitate their movement? If they’re moving efficiently, does that translate to physiological efficiency?” Meyers said.

While the research theme is open to application, his dissertation concentrated on the connection between the shoe and the pedal in cycling. There are three points of contact on a bike – the hands, seat and feet. The first two are fairly static connections. The last requires a great deal of movement from the muscles and joints.

“There are so many variables you can change, and not a lot of research on what those changes should be,” Meyers said.

As a professor, Meyers brings a wealth of teaching experience at both the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, along with coaching experience in cycling, rowing and swimming.

Meyers said that he had really good mentors in the classroom and wants to model for his students what was modeled for him. That includes effectiveness and enthusiasm for the subject and for research in his field.

“I love what I do,” he said. “And I love what the field does: It’s cool, it’s exciting, it’s important. I try to pass on that feeling to students.”

Meyers has a growing list of articles and conference presentations and has worked on three different research grants. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and USA Cycling. He also reviews articles for the Journal of Emerging Investigators, a journal dedicated to exposing middle and high schoolers to the academic publication process.

Meyers received his bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University, master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and doctoral degree from the University of Miami.

GRU Literacy Center to open two satellite centers

AUGUSTA, GA. – Just in time for the school year, the GRU Literacy Center announced that it will open two new locations to serve the community. On Sept. 8, the Augusta-Richmond County Library on Telfair Street and Paine College will both open satellite locations for the GRU College of Education to address illiteracy rates in the CSRA.

“We have simply outgrown our current location,” said Dr. Paulette Harris, founder and director of the GRU Literacy Center. Harris is the Cree-Walker Endowed Professor of Education for the GRU College of Education.

The current facility only allows them to reach about 1,000 people a month, but Georgia’s Task Force on Adult Literacy estimates that one out of three adult Georgians is functionally illiterate. In the Augusta area alone, there are more than 65,000 adults whose basic educational levels are less than those of the average eighth grader. And so Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System and Paine College have offered space in partnership with the center, with Paine College focusing on mathematics literacy, also known as numeracy.

“Literacy is the foundation for civilization,” said Russell Liner, assistant director for public services for the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System. “Throughout history, the ability to read was power. In the Middle Ages, the nobility kept education from the masses to protect their power. And in American history, we disenfranchised certain groups because we were afraid they’d use their knowledge against us. The purpose of the library system is to bring access to knowledge to the public. So offering facilities for the GRU Literacy Center just dovetails with our larger mission.”

Paine College’s Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology will foster mathematics literacy with volunteers from students in their upper-level classes and faculty and alumni. The volunteers will help ensure that students have a basic competency in algebra and in the standards set in local school systems and in the colleges.

“Mathematics is as crucial to success in life as reading,” said Dr. Raul Peters, chair of the department. “Early math mastery is predictive of success in high school and college and also impacts adult lives. Career-wise, algebra is used by a wide range of professionals, from electricians to computer scientists to architects. But even in our personal lives, we use math – from calculating the best price on a sale item to figuring out an appropriate tip at a restaurant to higher-level life choices like understanding compounding interest or financing the purchase of a house.”

Both of the satellite center openings are part of the center’s celebration of International Literacy Day, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

The importance of literacy is that it impacts everything from poverty and income level to incarceration rates. Nearly two-thirds of illiterate adults are employed, but most struggle to find stable employment at a family-sustaining wage, according to the most recent data from the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). A low ability to read leads to limited opportunities for employment or income generation, higher chances of poor health, propensity toward crime and dependence on social welfare. For example, 70 percent of prison inmates cannot read.

Research makes it clear that we must do everything in our power to ensure that children do not fall behind in their reading skills,” Harris said. “With the help of our volunteers, most of whom are certified teachers, we are privileged to work on everything from born-to-read to lifelong literacy.”

All students start by getting evaluated so they can get a personalized learning experience. The center addresses learning differences like dyslexia and other problems that may not have been fully addressed in a student’s educational experience. And the staff works hard to provide a safe space for older adults, including later hours and providing additional options.

“And we will continue to work with them as long as they would like to continue to grow,” she said.

The GRU Literacy Center is located at 1401 Magnolia Dr., Augusta. Call 706-737-1625, or visit gru.edu/colleges/education/lcenter.

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.

Counseling programs receive critical accreditation

Two Georgia Regents University College of Education master’s programs recently received a very important accreditation.

The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, granted accreditation to the M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the M.Ed. in School Counseling programs.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment.  The amount of time and energy that the program puts into preparing for the accreditation process is legendary,” said Dr. Michelle Bryan, chair of the Department of Counselor Education, Leadership and Research. “CACREP is known for being remarkably stringent, right down to the number of faculty you have to have based on student enrollment and other things.  When CACREP comes to town and you’re up for reaccreditation, it’s serious business.”

The process includes meeting over 44 program and curricula standards.

The payoff, however, is twofold. The accreditation is good through 2022, and because of changes with the Georgia Licensure Board, having that accreditation has become even more valuable.

“We recently received word after September 2018, the designation of ‘Licensed Professional Counselor’ may only be given to students who graduate from a CACREP or CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education) accredited program,” Bryan said.

Currently, only nine other public universities in Georgia offer any CACREP-accredited graduate programs, and only two others offer CACREP accredited clinical mental health graduate programs.


7 ways to help kids avoid summer brain drain

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Recent studies have shown that most students lose several months’ worth of learning over summer break. Dr. Andrew Kemp, a Professor in Georgia Regents University’s College of Education, recommends the following tips to help your child combat summer learning loss:
1.      Cultivate your child’s inner bookworm: Help your child learn to enjoy reading without always associating it with school work by creating a book club with purely recreational books that are both interesting and challenging.  Take time to also read newspapers, magazines, and kid-friendly websites.
2.      Use television to your advantage: While you want to limit the amount of time your child spends watching television, be sure to make educational programming part of the routine.  However, while  watching the show, start a discussion regarding the television program.  This is a great way to discover what your child is comprehending.
3.      Take a field trip: In addition to heading to the beach this summer, be sure to add attractions such as museums, zoos, and farms to the itinerary. These locations are not only educational, but also fun to explore. 
4.      Try something new:  Do not be afraid to introduce your children to new foods, music, art, or an activity.  Trying new things will allow for critical thinking and promote confidence.
5.      Get creative: Arts and crafts, such as creating a summer vacation scrapbook, are a perfect way to let your child express their creativity while keeping their mind stimulated.
6.      Summer enrichment programs:  Keep your child engaged by taking advantage of school or community programs.
7.      Just talk:  One of the most important things that you can do is talk to your child about what is going on in their lives, in the neighborhood and in the world.  You might find that your child has interests that you did not know about. 
Click here to view Dr. Kemp sharing his tips with WFXG.
Kemp is Professor of Teacher Education in the College of Education at GRU and a former high school teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from South Dakota State University, and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida.

Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, 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. http://www.gru.edu

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis named one of Augusta Magazine’s Top 10 young professionals

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Associate Professor of Education at Paine College and graduate student in the Georgia Regents University College of Education’s Clinical Mental Health program, has been named one of Augusta Magazine’s Top 10 young professionals.

Dennis received her doctorate in educational psychology from Georgia State University. As a professor, she has developed and taught special topics classes on gender psychology and African-American education, presented at national conferences, published multiple journal articles, and earned three grants totaling more than $360,000. In 2014, she was invited to the first White House Research Conference on Girls in Washington, D.C. Currently, she serves as the Creative Director of Ananse Design Essentials, a local business specializing in handcrafted accessories.

Dennis is also the founder of Black Girls Matter, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the social and economic issues faced by young African-American women across the world.

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.

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

4 ways to keep your kids active this summer

AUGUSTA, Ga- School is out for the summer, and many kids are already trying to figure out what to do with their free time. Though lounging around in front of the TV or computer seems to be a common pastime, recent studies show inactive kids experience unhealthy summer weight gain.

Finding ways to get your kids to be more active can be a challenge, but children will be open to a healthier lifestyle when the parents make it a family affair, according to Tracey Neely, Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Georgia Regents University.

“It takes the whole family working together to stay healthy,” Neely said. “When parents adjust diet and incorporate exercise in the family routine, both attitudes and bodies will become healthier.”
So, if you are looking for ways to help your family stay healthy this summer, Neely offers the following tips:

1. Make a plan. Get the family involved in developing a meal plan. When you go to the grocery store, allow the children to help with the shopping and involve them in the food preparation.

2. Walk it out. Set aside a few days of the week for the family to engage in physical activity like walking the dog, playing hopscotch, jumping rope, or even kicking a soccer ball around .

3. Put the remote down and step away from the TV. Limit your children’s television viewing to about two hours a day and incorporate physical activity during commercial breaks.

4. Whistle while you work. Make chores fun by turning a few of them into games the family can do together. For example, see how quickly you can clean the house, play music while you are doing laundry, or allow your children to dance and sing while they help fold clothes.


Graduation celebrations and hooding ceremonies

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in Georgia Regents University’s commencement exercises on May 8, at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that developed an innovative baby incubator solution designed to address infant mortality in developing countries.

Each of GRU’s nine colleges will hold year-end ceremonies as follows:

  • College of Science and Mathematics Graduation Reception, 10 a.m., May 8, Science Hall Atrium, Summerville Campus; Psychology Hooding Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., May 7, The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street
  • Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 7, The Augusta Convention Center, 2 10th St.
  • College of Nursing Convocation , 3 p.m., May 7, GRU Christenberry Fieldhouse
  • College of Education, 4:30 p.m., May 7, Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and Honors Ceremony; 6 p.m., May 7, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
  • Hull College of Business Graduation Reception, 6 p.m., May 7, Allgood Hall North Stairwell, Summerville Campus
  • College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., May 8, Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road
  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Graduation Celebration; 9 a.m., May 8, GRU Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Summerville Campus; ROTC Officer Commissioning Ceremony, 1 p.m., May 7, GRU Maxwell Theatre, Summerville Campus
  • College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., May 8, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

GRU’s Student Government Association will also hold an Undergraduate Ceremony at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in the GRU Summerville Quad on the Summerville Campus.

For more information on graduation activities, call GRU’s Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 706-721-1411, or visit gru.edu/students/graduation/


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, 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.edu


GRU professor shares views on Atlanta educator cheating scandal

Dr. Wayne Lord, Associate Dean for Georgia Regents University’s College of Education, spoke with WJBF regarding his views on how 11 teachers in Atlanta were convicted of cheating for students on tests.

In this interview, Dr. Lord shares his thoughts on the importance of educators maintaining integrity for the sake of their students.

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