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Jaguar Athletics to compete as Augusta University immediately

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Jaguar Athletics and all 13 NCAA championship teams will compete as Augusta University for the 2015-16 seasons, Director of Athletics Clint Bryant announced on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

 The University System of Georgia Board of Regents changed the name Georgia Regents University to Augusta University on Tuesday, Sept. 15. See the press release here.

 Jaguar Nation and its fan base are excited about the name,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “This is an opportunity to bring us back together as a united front and provide our teams, student-athletes, and coaches the kind of support that is in the best interest of Augusta University. We are overjoyed with excitement to be able to compete as Augusta University this season.”

 After more research through the NCAA, a name change can be done immediately. In the 2012-13 academic year when the university consolidated from Augusta State University to Georgia Regents University in January 2013, the Jaguars competed as Augusta State for the entire 2012-13 seasons. Since this change is solely a name change and not a consolidation of two universities, the Jags will be able to compete as the Augusta University Jaguars.

 The Jaguars will continue to use the jaguar-head logo as the primary athletics logo.

 Fans of Jaguar Athletics can subscribe to the email listserve by clicking here.Fans can follow GRU Athletics at www.jaguarsroar.com and receive short updates on Facebook at GRUJaguars and on Twitter at @AUG_Jaguars.

Bleed for your Team: Fall Blood Update

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Fall has fallen and with it the end of the Bleed for your Team Blood Drive is fast approaching.

With only one week left to donate as much blood as they (safely) can, which team will give the most for residents of the CSRA?

When last we checked in on our college competitors, the College of Dental Medicine had edged out a slight lead over their Medical College of Georgia rivals.

Have the tables turned in favor of the Medical Masters since our last Bleed for your Team update? Or will Team Tooth prove once and for all that they are, in fact, the better bleeders?

Find out here.


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.

A dietitian’s perspective: The struggle with malnutrition

Malnutrition Awareness Week takes place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

In response, the following article was contributed by Carly Moss, an inpatient clinical dietitian at GRHealth:

For the past few decades, evidence of America’s battle against obesity has been everywhere. It has galvanized health care professionals and researchers into action, instigated new government programs and served as a hot topic in the media. But more recently, another battle that is just as crucial to the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans has started to gain attention.

Malnutrition is a foreign concept to many – something almost unheard of in this country in this day and age – but in reality, it is a burden within our very own communities. Every day malnutrition impairs quality of life, increases health care costs and hinders patient recovery from illness and injury. The belief that malnutrition is a non-issue in our country is just one of the many myths surrounding this topic. Here are some other misconceptions to consider:

Myth: All Americans have access to a good food supply.

Simply put, malnutrition is imbalanced nutrition, whether it’s an imbalance in protein and caloric intake or in vitamin and mineral intake. Unfortunately, many Americans live in environments that are conducive to imbalanced nutrition. According to a 2011 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Richmond County alone has six food deserts, defined as areas that lack access to affordable, healthy foods. People living in such areas may struggle with maintaining balanced nutrition, which can ultimately lead to nutrient deficiencies and even malnutrition. Although poor food accessibility is a risk factor for malnutrition, it is actually not the primary one. This leads to another common misconception about malnutrition.

Myth: Food insecurity is the main culprit in malnutrition.

This may be true in parts of the world where food insecurity is widespread rather than isolated in food deserts. In the United States, however, injury and illness are the major contributors to malnutrition. Those of us who work in a hospital setting know that malnutrition is prevalent among those struggling with various chronic illnesses, including cancer, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease and severe gastrointestinal disorders to name just a few. Malnutrition is also not uncommon among patients with major trauma and injury. In fact, studies have shown anywhere from 20-50 percent of hospitalized patients are malnourished. The development of malnutrition is often multifactorial. These patients have increased protein and caloric needs due to chronic inflammation, wounds, malabsorption and hypermetabolism. At the same time, food intake tends to be poor due to food intolerances, inability to prepare foods or feed oneself, chewing and swallowing difficulty, depression or a combination of these factors. Over an extended period of time, these factors can ultimately result in malnutrition.

Myth: Malnutrition is easy to recognize.

Many people visualize malnutrition as wasting and atrophy to the point of a skeletal appearance, but malnutrition is rarely so obvious or dramatic. In fact, malnutrition can occur in people who are normal weight and overweight as well as those who are underweight. Diagnosing malnutrition requires physical examination to look for muscle and fat loss in certain areas of the body as well as a thorough assessment of body weight history, nutrient intake, gastrointestinal symptoms and functional capabilities. There is no foolproof lab test that acts as a marker for malnutrition, making the condition even harder to recognize.

Myth: Malnutrition is easy to treat.

Recommending increased food intake is rarely sufficient for treating malnutrition. As mentioned previously, most malnourished individuals already face many obstacles to meeting their nutrient needs. The challenge may be even greater if the malnourished individual lives in a food desert with poor access to healthy foods. It takes a multidisciplinary team to develop a nutrition plan appropriate for a malnourished patient, execute the plan and monitor progress. Some malnourished patients may require artificial nutrition support, which can be given through feeding tubes or as an intravenous infusion. In other cases, a malnourished individual may need to change the types of foods they are eating rather than the amount. There is hardly ever a simple, one-time solution for malnutrition. Just as malnutrition takes time to develop, it also takes time and effort to resolve.

Good nutrition is a vital aspect of recovery and healing, but it can also be very difficult to maintain for those dealing with illness and injury. This presents a challenge for these individuals as well as the family members and health care professionals caring for them. The first step to addressing the challenge is awareness of malnutrition and its risk factors and recognizing its presence within our own community.

Malnutrition is a burden to those who struggle with it, but the good news is that with the right plan of care, it can be managed and even reversed. In many cases, food and nutrition can truly act as medicine by improving quality of life, restoring strength and functional capabilities and aiding healing and recovery. The challenge is real, but in Augusta and across the country our health care professionals are equipped better than ever to help patients and their families meet it.


Carly Moss is an inpatient clinical dietitian at GRHealth where she works with a variety of patient populations. Her interests include nutrition support therapy, nutrition in critical illness, and education. She was recently voted Preceptor of the Year for the Augusta Area Dietetic Internship.

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.

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.

Presidential Announcement

The following message was sent to all university and health system employees:

Dear Colleagues,

I want to share some exciting news from the monthly meeting of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in Atlanta. Today, the board voted to change the name of Georgia Regents University to Augusta University.

While this change will necessitate adjustments across our university and health system community — a community that has faced a number of significant transitions in recent years — it is also 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.

No doubt there will be many questions, and we will work hard to engage our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends as we develop the answers. We will share more about those efforts in the coming days.

I returned to this university excited to help fulfill an extraordinary mission alongside the committed faculty, staff and students. Since my arrival, I am more convinced than ever that we have a very bright future ahead of us. As always, your efforts on behalf of the many we serve from across our region and state are immeasurably appreciated.


Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D.


For the Board of Regents announcement of the name change, click here.