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GRU’s Unsung Heroes: Athletic Trainers

They walk the halls with us and work diligently beside us. However, many of us are not aware of the lengths to which many of them have gone to ensure our patients and students receive quality care when they arrive on our campuses.

In an effort to show our appreciation to these employees, Georgia Regents University is kicking off the GReport series Unsung Heroes as a way to highlight individuals or professions that make a substantive yet unrecognized contribution to the university and our community.

Today, we highlight: GRHealth Sports Medicine Center
With the NBA Playoffs in full gear, many of us will be glued to the television cheering on our favorite basketball teams and players. However, before the first fan enters the arena and long after the sports reporters have left the court, you will find athletic trainers working closely with coaches and athletes to make sure the team is being provided with the proper course of care.
As a society, most of us would agree that sports plays a major role in our culture and we hold our top athletes in high regard . But, it will be the unsung heroes we call athletic trainers that will be the first responders to prevent or treat the injury when our favorite athlete falls on the playing field.
According to Tim McLane, Senior Athletic Trainer in GRHealth Sports Medicine Center, athletic training is a healthcare profession that specializes in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses as it relates to sports. Although it requires countless hours of work behind the scenes, McLane says it is a rewarding experience to help athletes achieve their physical best.


“Whether it is finding ways to prevent injuries or providing care after an incident happens, our priority is always the health and well-being of the athletete,” says McLane. “So, to know that I can make a difference in this capacity in the field of health care is a task that I do not take lightly, but I am honored to take on.”
In addition to working in sports, many certified athletic trainers are increasingly being hired to not only assist with performing art productions such as Cirque du Soleil, but they provide tactical medical care for law enforcement agencies including the FBI.
The staff in GRHealth Sports Medicine Center provides health care for many of the schools in the Augusta area and they assists with city-wide sporting competitions including IRONMAN 70.3  and the GRU Augusta Half Marathon and 10K.
Do you know someone or a department that should be featured in GRU’s Unsung Heroes series? Email us your suggestion at GRU_News@gru.edu

PA student receives Beard Award

Jenny DicksonAUGUSTA, Ga.- Selfless, optimistic, and nurturing are a few of the sentiments used to describe Physician Assistant Program graduate Jenny Dickson, this year’s winner of the John F. Beard Award for Compassionate Care at Georgia Regents University.

The $25,000 award was presented to Dickson on May 7 during the GRU College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and Honors Ceremony. The Jefferson County native says she was humbled to be honored by her peers and faculty.

“When I heard my name being called that evening, I was in complete disbelief and felt beyond blessed to be recognized for such a prestigious award,” said Dickson.

Her passion for excellence in health care made an impression on fellow classmate Courtney Brooks, whose nomination letter, states how Dickson’s work ethic throughout her clinical rotations exemplified what it meant to make patient care a top priority.

“She holds patients when they cry, takes the time to listen and accurately diagnose the patients’ illnesses, and maintains a humble and happy attitude with everyone she meets,” Brooks wrote. “Most recently, Jenny took on 24-hour shifts in a rural emergency room voluntarily and saw each patient with the same individual attention and high standard of care regardless of time of day or level of injury. She is truly deserving of recognition.”

Another nominator, Stevie Redmond, Assistant Professor in GRU’s Physician Assistant Department, wrote, “While on her Psychiatry rotation, a 19-year-old female was admitted with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Jenny worked with the patient on a daily basis and eventually got her to make a list of both short-term and long-term goals while keeping the mother involved.” Dickson was commended for contributing to this young patient’s emotional and physical health.
During her time at GRU, Dickson volunteered for the John Barrow Health Fair and worked with the Christ Church Health Clinic to provide screenings to uninsured patients in Augusta.

She attributes her work with the non-profit Hearts and Hands Clinic in Statesboro as her inspiration to pursue a career in the medical field.

“I will never forget working with the clinic and how I fell in love with helping people, even with simple things such as making sure they had their prescriptions,” said Dickson. “Those were indeed special moments.”

Dickson previously earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Georgia Southern University, and this month completed her master’s degree to become a Physician Assistant from GRU. She holds certifications in Advance Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support and is a member of several professional organizations.
The $25,000 annual John F. Beard Award is endowed by William Porter “Billy” Payne and his wife, Martha, to a graduating GRU student who exemplifies caring and compassion in health care. Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, established the Beard award in 1998 in memory of his father-in-law, who died of cancer in 1997. The award honors GRU President Emeritus Francis J. Tedesco and Beard’s physician, Dr. Mark F. Williams, a 1988 GRU Medical College of Georgia graduate who treated Beard during his hospitalization at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
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

GRU to recognize distinguished alumni, Jag20 winners

Georgia Regents University has announced the recipients for the institution’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni and Jag20 awards. The winners will be formally recognized during the university’s Alumni Weekend, April 23-26.

The following distinguished alumni will be presented their awards at the  Alumni Weekend Signature Event on Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre on GRU’s Summerville Campus:

  • Elizabeth Adams, BA ’87, will receive the Distinguished Alumna and Presidential Alumna awards for the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • Sandra Carraway, BA ’85 and MEd ’94, has been named the recipient of the College of Education’s Distinguished Alumna and Presidential Alumna awards.
  • Ronald (Ron) W. Courson, BS ’89, is set to receive the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Distinguished Alumnus and Presidential Alumnus awards.
  • Krishnan (Kris) Dhandapani, PhD ’03, will receive the Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumnus and Presidential Alumnus awards.
  • Nick W. Evans Jr., BBA ’72, has been named the recipient of the Department of Athletics’ Distinguished Alumnus and Presidential Alumnus awards.
  • Mary Jane Hamilton, BSN ‘60, has been named the recipient of the College of Nursing’s Phoebe Kandel Rohrer Distinguished Alumna and Presidential Alumna awards.
  • Brooks A. Keel, BS ’78 and PhD ’82, the College of Science and Mathematics’ Distinguished Alumnus and Presidential Alumnus awards.
  • Debbie Layman, BSN ’78, will be awarded the College of Nursing’s E. Louise Grant Distinguished Alumna award.
  • Kimford J. Meador, MD ’76, has been named the recipient of the Medical College of Georgia’s Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement.
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Menger Morrison, BBA ’87, will receive the James M. Hull College of Business’ Distinguished Alumna and Presidential Alumna awards.
  • Peter M. Payne, MD ’64, has been named the winner of the Medical College of Georgia’s Distinguished Alumnus for Loyalty and Presidential Alumnus.
  • Richard Weinman, DMD ’76, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus and Presidential Alumnus awards for the College of Dental Medicine.

GRU’s Jag20 awards will be presented during the Alumni Weekend Farewell Brunch on Sunday, April 26,  at 11:30 a.m. at Legends Club in Augusta. This award will  be given to 20 emerging alumni leaders  under age 40 who have made a significant impact in their career, community, and the university. Below is a list of those recipients:

  • Scott Argo, BA ’04, MPA ’08
  • Hannah Beriault, BS ’05
  • Allison Buchannan, DMD ’05
  • Cathleen Caldwell, BA ’00
  • Graeme Connolly, MED ’00
  • Thomas Cullen, BS ’06
  • Amy Horne, BBA ’97
  • Nina Krimshtein, MD ’04
  • Donald Loebl, MD ’03
  • Wendy Madkan, MD ’04
  • Amber McCall, BSN ’05, PHD ’11
  • Kara Moore, DMD ’05
  • Brandy Quarles, BS ’10
  • Stevie Redmond, MPA ’10
  • Cynthia Rhodes, BA ’03
  • Kyle Scott, BBA ’03
  • Rhoda Sword, DMD ’03
  • Lauren Wieme, PA ’08
  • Tom Wieme, PA ’08
  • Mark Witcher, MD ’09

Health Center Credit Union is the presenting sponsor for GRU’s Alumni Weekend. Tickets for the Signature Event are $10 for alumni and $15 for non-alumni. Tickets for the Farewell Brunch are $35 per person and $55 if tickets are purchased after April 3.

For ticket information, contact the GRU Office of Alumni Affairs at 706-737-1759. To register for Alumni Weekend events, visit gru.edu/alumniweekend/.

GRHealth honors laboratory medicine teams during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25, 2015, GRHealth specially recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as a crucial member of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care, contribute to disease prevention and enhance efficiency of healthcare delivery. GRHealth has the good fortune of having a strong and supportive group of distinguished clinician scientists within the Pathology Department who seek to provide excellence, working at the cutting edge of development for new tests and treatments.

From small practices in rural towns to metropolitan hospitals, more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals deliver accurate test results every day and serve as part of the health care team to guide diagnoses and assess patients’ ongoing treatment and care.

“I salute our outstanding laboratory professionals and all laboratory teams across the nation working together to provide accurate and timely results for patients and healthcare providers. You are the cornerstone of diagnosis and an integral part of the larger patient care team, directly contributing to preserving and enhancing patients’ lives, and health” said Gurmukh Singh, MD, PhD, FCAP, MBA, CPE a physician who specializes in pathology, and is the Clinical Laboratory Director at GRHealth.

During Lab Week 2015, GRHealth is celebrating laboratory professionals’ contribution to patient care. Lab Week’s theme, Laboratory Professionals Get Results, recognizes the proactive, collaborative role laboratory professionals play in advancing patient care.

GRHealth plans to celebrate and recognize lab professionals all through the week with various activities beginning with breakfast to kick off the week. The celebration will include lunches including an outdoor barbeque filled with games and Zumba. There is a friendly Blood Donor Drive completion between the labs, employee massages, chances to win prizes and they plan to finish the week with an ice cream social.

Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, laboratory professionals perform and supervise services that lead to the early detection of potential health problems; the sooner a disease is caught, the likelihood increases for a positive outcome and improvement in efficiency of healthcare. We invite you to visit with us to learn more about Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

ADP names 29 GRU students as scholars

Automated Data Processing (ADP), an American provider of business outsourcing solutions, has named 29 students from Georgia Regents University to be among the company’s 2015 scholars.

The scholarships are funded through a $700,500 three-year grant from ADP to Georgia Regents University, Paine College, and Augusta Technical College to enhance science education and to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and STEM-related fields.
In addition to scholarships, ADP also provides funding support for tutorial centers to help GRU students excel in rigorous STEM disciplines.
“We are grateful for ADP’s investment in the STEM education efforts taking place at each our institutions,” says Dr. Thomas Gardiner, Associate Dean of GRU’s College of Science and Mathematics. “The company’s generosity shows just how much they are about the success of our students, our state, and our nation.”
Below is a complete list of GRU’s 2015 ADP Scholars:

Atique Alam, third-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Phillip Armstrong, first –year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Berkeley Bolin, second-year ADP Scholar, Biology


Shelby Buckner, first-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Lindsey Burden, second -year ADP Scholar, Physics

Genevieve Coe, first -year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Stephanie Cipollone, third- year ADP Scholar, Mathematics and Psychology

Phillip Dukes, second-year ADP Scholar, Management Information Systems

Christopher Evans, first-year ADP Scholar, Computer Science

Kyle Finnegan, first -year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Bailey Fisher, second-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Robert Fisher, first-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Kyle Gebhard-,fourth-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry and Math

Oluwaseyi Jibade, second-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Courtney Johnson, third-year ADP Scholar, Physics

Keri Jones,second-year ADP Scholar, Cellular & Molecular Biology

Kevan Khaksarfard, second-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Rachel Latremouille, first-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Juliette Lynn, first-year ADP Scholar, Math

Murray Macnamara, first-year ADP Scholar, Math and Physics

Marjorie Marchman, first -year ADP Scholar, Biology

Rebekah Martin, second-year ADP Scholar, Computer Science

James O’Meara, second-year ADP Scholar, Physics

Tanner Mobley, first-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Alexander Price, second-year ADP Scholar, Physics

Kaitlyn Rouillard, first-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Ashton Stallings, first-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Yat Wang Ying, third-year ADP Scholar, Mathematics

14 GRU docs are tops in nation

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fourteen physicians at Georgia Regents University and GRHealth have been included in the 14th edition of “America’s Top Doctors,®” a national patient reference guide published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. that identifies the top 1 percent of doctors in the nation by specialty, helping patients find recognized experts. For more than a decade, Georgia Regents Medical Center, which specializes in tertiary and quaternary health care, has been the only hospital in the Augusta-Aiken area with physicians included in this prestigious list.

This year’s specialists include:

Dr. Cargill H. Alleyne Jr., Neurosurgery: Alleyne is Marshall Allen Distinguished Chair and Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at GRU’s Medical College of Georgia. He is Chief of Neurosurgery at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Georgia’s first Joint Commission-designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, where he specializes in skull base surgery and in treating blood vessel diseases of the brain and spinal cord, including strokes, aneurysms, and AVMs. Alleyne investigates novel treatments for cerebral vasospasm, strokes, and aneurysms.

Dr. Ricardo Azziz, Reproductive Endocrinology and Surgery: Azziz, President of Georgia Regents University, has clinical and research interests in endoscopic pelvic reconstruction and reproductive endocrinologic disorders in women, particularly androgen excess, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, non-classic adrenal hyperplasia and hirsutism. Azziz also serves as CEO of the Georgia Regents Health System.

Dr. Sharad A. Ghamande, Gynecology/Oncology: Ghamande is Professor and Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at GRU’s Medical College of Georgia and Associate Cancer Center Director at the GRU Cancer Center. His clinical and research interests include robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers and chemotherapy trials in recurrent ovarian cancer. Ghamande has worked with the National Cancer Institute-funded Georgia Gynecologic Oncology Group studying innovative ways to prevent and treat pelvic malignancies and is currently the principal investigator on the NCI-funded Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program.

Dr. David C. Hess, Neurology: Hess is Professor, Chairman of the MCG Department of Neurology and Presidential Distinguished Chair. His research focuses on novel treatments for acute ischemic stroke, including cell and restorative therapies. Recently, he is working on developing remote limb ischemic conditioning as a therapy for stroke and vascular dementia. He co-founded REACH Health, Inc., a telemedicine company based in Georgia, and the REACH telestroke system is now being used in many academic medical centers and integrated delivery networks throughout the country, enabling stroke and other specialists to provide timely care to patients in rural and underserved areas.

Dr. Walter J. Moore, Rheumatology: Moore is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Section of Rheumatology and Adult Allergy. He is MCG’s Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Veterans Affairs. He treats inflammatory soft-tissue and connective-tissue disorders and provides medical staff leadership with his engagement in Patient- and Family-Centered Care with patient, resident, and medical student education.

Dr. Julian J. Nussbaum, Ophthalmology and Vitreo-Retinal Disorders: Nussbaum is Professor and Chairman of the MCG Department of Ophthalmology; Co-Director of GRU’s James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute; and Assistant Dean for Ambulatory Care Services. He treats diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, and other degenerative and vascular disorders of the retina.

Dr. Gregory N. Postma, Voice and Swallowing Disorders: Postma is Professor and Director of the Georgia Regents Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders. He treats voice disorders (including those of professional singers), swallowing disorders, airway disorders, gastroesophageal reflux and chronic cough. He helped pioneer in-office surgery and also researches extraesophageal reflux and swallowing disorders.

Dr. Satish S. C. Rao, Gastroenterology: Rao is a Professor, Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Director of the GRHealth Digestive Health Center. His research focuses on the pathophysiology and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, fecal incontinence and visceral pain, particularly esophageal chest pain. Rao has pioneered biofeedback therapy for dyssynergic defecation and several techniques for evaluating esophageal, gastric, colonic, and anorectal function, in particular the brain-gut axis.

Dr. Kapil D. Sethi, Neurology: Sethi is Professor and Director of the Movement Disorders Program. His clinical interests are movement disorders, including Parkinson Disease and botulinum toxin injections. His research interests include identifying better therapies for PD, Dystonia, and other movement disorders.

Dr. Sandra G. B. Sexson,* Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Sexson is Professor and Chief of the Section of Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry in the MCG Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. She specializes in psychosocial aspects of children and adolescents with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and cancer. Her research interests include pediatric oncology, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and school continuity for ill children. She is a national leader in psychiatric education.

Dr. Robert A. Sorrentino, Cardiac Electrophysiology: Sorrentino is the Creel Professor of Medicine at MCG and Director of the Georgia Regents Heart Rhythm Center at the hospital. He evaluates and treats patients with heartbeat abnormalities, fainting and assesses patient’s risks for cardiac arrest. He has particular expertise in the implantation and management of pacemakers, defibrillators, biventricular ICDs and laser-assisted extraction of pacemaker or defibrillator wires.

Dr. David J. Terris, Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery: Terris is a Regents Professor and the Surgical Director of the GRU Thyroid/Parathyroid Center. He performs robotic and minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He investigates surgery techniques for thyroid and parathyroid tumors, has published 5 books on endocrine surgery topics, and pioneered a technique that eliminates a visible scar.

Dr. Martha K. Terris, Urology: Terris is Professor and Chief of the Section of Urology, holding the Witherington Distinguished Chair in Urology. She also serves on the urology faculty at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She performs open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery to treat kidney, bladder and prostate cancer. She also performs nerve-sparing prostatectomy and radical cystectomy with neobladder (creating a new bladder out of intestine).

Dr. Jack C. Yu,* Pediatric Plastic Surgery: Yu is the Milford B. Hatcher Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery at MCG and Director of the Craniofacial Center at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. He performs cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniosynostosis corrections, as well as aesthetic surgeries such as facelift, blepharoplasty, lip augmentation and rhinoplasty. He is the Editor of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal and his research focuses on stem cell therapy in ischemia-reperfusion and the anti-inflammatory effects of whole body vibration therapy.

Three of these physicians – Ghamande, David Terris, and Martha Terris – were also named to “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer®” in 2015, ranking in the top 1 percent of cancer doctors in the nation. The book by the same name is now in its 10th edition.

Published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the “America’s Top Doctors” guides are based on nominations from tens of thousands of doctors and healthcare executives across the country. A physician-led research team then reviews the credentials of each nominated doctor before the Castle Connolly selection team makes the final choices.

The most important criterion for physician selection is excellence in patient care. Other criteria include experience, education, board-certification, fellowships, hospital affiliation, medical school faculty appointments, honors and awards, and professional reputation. Learn more at www.castleconnolly.com.

*Denotes Children’s Hospital of Georgia physicians

About Castle Connolly
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is America’s trusted source for identifying top doctors. Founded in 1991 by John K. Castle, (Chairman) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D. (President and CEO), who served as board chairman, President and CEO of New York Medical College, respectively, its mission is to help consumers find the best healthcare. They achieve that mission through their consumer guides such as America’s Top Doctors their web site and various consumer and business-oriented print and online partnerships. Under the direction of its physician-led research team, Castle Connolly surveys tens of thousands of physicians and hospital executives in order to identify, screen, and, ultimately, select those physicians regarded by their peers as leaders – among the very best in their specialties and for specific diseases and techniques. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly guide or online directory. Learn more at www.castleconnolly.com.

The Phoenix rises thanks to writer’s flesh-pierced suspension

The Phoenix, GRU’s award-winning student-run magazine, recently added two more accolades, both from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Phoenix editorial staff – Editor-in-Chief Matthew Johnson, Assistant Editor Anna Garner, Creative Director Drew Greiner, and Business Manager Kaitlin Keller – was a finalist in the best magazine category, and Erica Ruggles won the Region 3 feature story category for “Hooked,” her first-person account of flesh suspension.

As a regional winner, Ruggles’ story will go on to compete for best feature at the national level.

“Erica is a talented writer,” said Dr. Debra vanTuyll, the magazine’s advisor. “They didn’t tell her they were submitting the story because they thought she’d tell them it wasn’t good enough.”

While the subject matter – being suspended above the ground by a series of hooks pierced through the skin – might raise some eyebrows, the writing is eye opening.

“My body starts to leave the ground as the rope pulls me up; the tugging on my skin becoming more intense, more earnest, as my entire body weight begins to be supported by nothing more than the hooks in my thighs, calves and back,” she writes. “I feel myself bounce a little, but before I can ask to be steadied, cheers and applause come from the small crowd gathered around me, and I realize that I am fully off the ground.”

VanTuyll said all the students are communications majors who realize the advantages of being associated with a regularly published magazine as successful as the 21-year-old Phoenix.

“It’s a good pathway to open up doors when you graduate,” she said. “Because people know you can get a product to market, so to speak.”

The Phoenix is published three times a year. The fall issue, which includes Ruggles’ story about suspension, is still available in print form and can also be found online here.

GRU Child Care receives 3-star rating, Shape Award

The GRU Child Care Center just achieved a 3-star rating, the highest possible, from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) for the third consecutive year. It is one of only a handful of centers in the state to do this for three years in a row.

In addition, the Child Care Center was also recognized as a model Early Care and Learning Program in Nutrition and Physical Activity from the Governor’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, Georgia Shape.

As a Georgia Shape Award winner, the Child Care Center will be recognized on the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning website as an official Georgia Shape Award winner. It will also receive a prize pack and a window cling signifying the Child Care Center as a Georgia Shape facility.

Outstanding Faculty Awards

The following received Outstanding Faculty Awards at the Georgia Regents University University Senate Campus-Wide Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, March 19.


College of Allied Health Sciences

Miriam Cortez-Cooper, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Pamela Hayward, PhD, Professor, Communications

James M. Hull College of Business

Todd. A. Schultz, PhD, Professor & Director, Computer & Information Sciences

College of Dental Medicine

Solon Kao, DDS, Associate Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

College of Education

Paulette Harris, EdD, Cree-Walker Professor, Counselor Education, Leadership & Research

The Graduate School         

Lawrence Layman, MD, Professor

University Libraries

Julie Gaines, MLIS, Associate Professor and Head, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus Library

College of Nursing

Stephanie Wright, DNP, Assistant Professor, Physiological & Technological Nursing

College of Science and Mathematics

Trinanjan Datta, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Physics

Medical College of Georgia

Walter Moore, MD, MACP, Senior Associate Dean for GME & VA Affairs and

Professor, Rheumatology & Adult Allergy

Keshun Sherrill Earns NABC All-American Honors

GRU Augusta sophomore All-American, All-District, All-Region, and All-Conference for 2015

As well as earning All-District honors earlier today, Jaguar sophomore guard Keshun Sherrill has been named to the 2015 NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America team. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division II, these 16 student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.


Sherrill, a Daktronics/DII Conference Commissioners Association All-Region Team member and Peach Belt Conference first-team selection, averaged 18.7 points per game and shot had a 50.8 field-goal percentage and an 84.7 free-throw percentage to help lead the Jaguars into post season play. He joins Montevallo’s Troran Brown on the All-American list, the only two representing the Peach Belt Conference.

Sherrill is now an All-American, All-District, All-Region, and an All-Conference player for his efforts in the 2014-15 season.

The sophomore-guard from Cleveland, N.C., was voted first-team All-Conference for the Peach Belt. He was third in the league with 561 points and was the best three-point shooter with a 47.9 three-point percentage. Sherrill paced the Jaguars in scoring with 18.7 points per game and in field goals made with 189.

He played the most minutes of any Jaguar and his 127 free-throws made were third best in the league while his 84.7 free throw percentage was sixth best. He led the team in scoring in 16 different games – highlighted by his career-high 37 points in the season opener against Anderson on Nov. 14, 2014.

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.