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Engler 5K celebrates late artist’s memory

For those who knew Kath Engler, this spring has been – and will continue to be – a time of closure and celebration.

First came the private sale of some of the late artist’s remaining artwork, and on Saturday, April 18, anyone who remembers Engler will be able to participate in the first annual 5K Run with Art in Memory of Kath Engler, which is open to anyone of any age or ability who can “run, walk, or roll.”

Engler, a nurse and artist who produced some of GRU’s most visible pieces of art, including “The Cultural Triad” in front of the Maxwell Theatre and “The Nature of Healing” that greets visitors to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, died last June at 63, but her legacy lives on though the many lives she touched with her art and with her Run with Art camps, where she introduced hundreds of local children to two of her greatest loves – art and physical fitness.

A true product of what would become Georgia Regents University, she earned a degree in art from Augusta College and a nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia.

“She took you for who you were,” said Jennifer Anderson, Director of Respiratory Care for Georgia Regents Medical Center, who was one of Engler’s close friends. “She had that unique perspective of looking at things differently, but I believe Kath looked at people differently, too.”

Much of her artwork was recently displayed at her home, where friends and select members of the arts community were invited to purchase some of the remaining items in the extensive collection. The larger sculptures were exhibited on the lawn, with the smaller work displayed on tables inside, particularly her noted assemblage pieces, which she made out of objects she collected during her day-to-day.

“She had such a gift for taking all these things and putting them together,” Anderson said. “You immediately noticed how beautiful the composition was, but when you really started looking at a granular level, it was like, wow – I know that.”

Pre-registration for the run is $25 ($10 for children 12 and under) and includes a T-shirt. On the day of the event, registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the cost climbs to $30.

Both the 5K and the 1-mile fun run begin in the circle of HealthSouth/Walton Rehabilitation Hospital at 9 a.m.

For more information, visit waltonfoundation.net/5K.

Writers Weekend at Summerville brings National Book Award winner to GRU

The Third Annual Writers Weekend at Summerville, which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17, with a reading and signing by National Book Award-winner Phil Klay, is a literary event geared for writers.

Unlike the Sandhills Writers Series, which in the past has enjoyed a substantial budget and has targeted such luminaries as Ray Bradbury and Maxine Hong Kingston, the Writers Weekend at Summerville focuses on writers who are early in their careers or have recently started a new chapter in their career; writers who could connect with the current writing students and those the school is looking to recruit.

“The students are young, they’re full of enthusiasm and energy, and they really want to make writing a career,” said Assistant Professor Anna Harris, who is the director of the event. “So we wanted to put them in touch with people who remembered what that felt like, not people who had become successful and had lost touch with what it means to be an aspiring writer and a student writer.”

The ultimate intent, she said, is to grow the creative writing program, which has already expanded substantially over the last few years. The addition of several new classes, some course revisions, and some extra opportunities for student writers to work on and share their craft, has sparked so much interest that Harris said the department is in the process of hiring a creative nonfiction specialist who would teach workshops similar those being taught in poetry and fiction.

“One of the things that I think is atypical for an undergraduate creative writing program is the fact that we have a course called Literature for the Creative Writer,” Harris said. “It’s a literature class, but it’s geared for creative writing students and people who want to learn to think and read like a writer instead of reading like a critic.”

Writers and critics alike have both been vocal about their admiration for Phil Klay, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran who wrote “Redeployment.” As the only ticketed event of the weekend, the Friday night keynote is sure to be a popular one. Tickets are $16 and $28 depending on whether an audience member wants a paperback or hardcover copy of the book.

Proceeds will be shared between the Book Tavern, Augusta’s independent bookseller, and the Writers Weekend at Summerville.

Saturday, which has free events running from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., will feature a craft lecture by Klay and presentations by fellow writers Wiley Cash and Aja Monet, each of whom represents a different style of writing.

“We have a very eclectic, diverse group of people coming to campus, and that was international, because we’re trying to target a bunch of different populations,” Harris said.

And for those who like the informality of Saturday’s sessions, the Summerville Campus will be hosting the similarly structured Georgia Literary Festival the first weekend in November.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.

Drummer Dion Parson brings a taste of the Caribbean to Jazz at the G on April 16

New Information: Joining the GRU Jazz Ensemble for this concert will be Wycliffe Gordon, Dr. John Wojcik, Dr. Martin Jones, Dr. Rob Foster, Matt Henderson, and Dr. Howard Rosen, a retired gastroenterologist  and current student

When Grammy Award-winning drummer Dion Parson takes the Maxwell Theatre stage with the GRU Jazz Ensemble for the semester’s final Jazz at the G concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, audience members will experience jazz with a distinctly Caribbean flavor.

“It’s more in the rhythm of what I bring,” Parson said from his native St. Thomas. “We’re going to be improvising, and we’re going to be swinging, just with a couple of different rhythms.”

Parson and his group, the 21st Century Band, are recognized for their mixture of traditional jazz harmonies fused with Caribbean rhythms, a style known as the “New Sound of the Caribbean,” and though Parson will be appearing solo, he’ll nevertheless be sharing that sound with the GRU Jazz Ensemble. In return, the ensemble will offer him a couple of island-flavored tunes of their own, courtesy of artist-in-residence Wycliffe Gordon, who’s known Parson since the two met in the McDonalds All-American High School Band in 1984.

Dion Parson and 21st Century Band’s new CD will be available in June

“I came up playing trombone,” Parson said. “I always joke that when I heard Wycliffe playing trombone, I switched to drums.”

Parson was picked to perform after a conversation between Gordon and 90.7FM GPB-Augusta Station Manager Drew Dawson.

“We talked about wanting to take Jazz at the G beyond just local artists coming in to perform and actually bringing in people who might never have been in the market before,” Dawson said. “It’s just another contribution Wycliffe is making to the university community by using his extensive contacts in the music business to call in people who would otherwise be out of reach and might not consider performing in this area, never mind arriving a day early to share their knowledge and skills with aspiring musicians.”

Parson will conduct a Master Class at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in room C1 of the Fine Arts Center on the Summerville Campus. The class is free and open to the general public.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this in connection with the Jazz at the G,” Dawson said. “It’s something Wycliffe has been a driving part of in terms of making that educational component an important part of what we’re doing here.”

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in music education and then a master’s in jazz performance from Rutgers, Parson moved to New York City, where he’s made a name for himself with the quality of his work as well as versatility. Not only does he play traditional jazz and Caribbean jazz, he’s also spent time on Broadway playing with the musical “The Color Purple.”

In fact, he’s going to work that versatility into his Master Class.

“One of the things I’m going to talk about in my workshop is bridging the gap between a jazz musician and playing Caribbean music and other styles of music,” he said. “Versatility is the key, and I’m happy for the many musical experiences I’ve been able to share with all these wonderful musicians out there.”

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for GRU faculty, staff, and students with a valid JagCard.

For additional information:

The Jazz Spot

The Maxwell Theatre


Money Smart Week @ your library

The Georgia Regents University Libraries are hosting three of the estimated 3500 programs that will take place during Money Smart Week, April 18-25, 2015. All programs are free and open to the public. GRU Libraries’ programs are:

Money Smart Week: Reconciling Your Bank Statement
Monday, April 20, 1 pm to 2 pm
Reese Library
Second Floor Gallery

Learn how to make sure that your bank account accurately reflects your spending and deposits from Dr. Mike Dugan of the Hull College of Business.

Money Smart Week: Eat More, Pay Less
April 21, 2 pm to 3 pm
Reese Library
Second Floor Gallery

Learn how to reduce your monthly food bill with practical shopping strategies. Presented by Erin Prentiss, Reference and Instruction Librarian with the Georgia Regents University Libraries.

Money Smart Week: Student Loan Repayment Strategies
11 am to 12 pm, Reese Library
Second Floor Gallery
Videoconference at Greenblatt Library
Room AB-211

Learn how you can manage what you owe in student loans. Presented by Kelly Savoie, Director of Business Development at Sallie Mae.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.

“Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy,” says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the country on topics including kids and money, unemployment, managing student debt and retirement. To learn more about Money Smart Week® or to find other events in your area, visit www.moneysmartweek.org

Sexual Assault Awareness Month events generate support for assault survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Georgia Regents University, in partnership with Paine College and Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, a local nonprofit that provides services to victims of sexual assault, are planning several events to highlight campus and community awareness.

“We want people to attend all our events, but the big things are always the Take Back the Day 5K  and the Take Back the Night Rally,” said Shannon Nix, a counselor and interpersonal violence outreach coordinator at GRU’s Counseling Center. “The 5K is a fundraiser for Rape Crisis, and all funds raised provide therapy for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.”

Click here for the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services website.

Participants in the 5K are encouraged to sign up online at active.com before April 16 to secure a complimentary T-shirt. The fee for runners is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the race, which is Saturday, April 18. Student walkers are only $5. Faculty and staff walkers are $10.

One of the most entertaining aspects of the 5K is the “It’s on Us” run, which is part of a White House campaign designed to change the culture around campus sexual assault, where men take a quick jaunt around the amphitheater in women’s shoes.

And for those who want to participate in the 5K but might be leery about their conditioning, Nix stressed that this is the easiest 5K in Augusta.

“One of the big things we talk about is that it’s all downhill,” Nix said. “We start at GRU Summerville Campus and end up at University Hospital.”

Shuttles will be on hand to bring everyone back up the hill – except those walking or running with their dogs. They will have to walk back up the hill or find their own transportation back to Summerville, since dogs are not allowed on the shuttles.

Now in its 19th year, the Take Back the Night Rally on Thursday, April 23, celebrates the triumphs of survivors and raises the community’s awareness of sexual victimization of children, women, and men. Starting at 6 p.m., community agencies that work with sexual assault survivors will have informational tables. The speaking portion begins at 7 p.m. Speakers include District Attorney Ashley Wright and Judge Sheryl Jolly, with Dr. Mark Allen Poisel giving the special welcome. Then, after survivors talk about their healing, the evening ends with a candlelight march.

Other events include the Clothesline Project, where supporters and survivors make T-shirts, which will be displayed on the Summerville Campus for the week leading up to the Take Back the Night Rally, and a screening of “It Happened Here,” a film about college campus sexual assault.

For more information, including a list of all the events, visit rapecrisisaugusta.org or Click here for a full schedule of events.

Save the Date – Dr. Azziz’s State of Enterprise Address

Dr. Azziz’s final State of the Enterprise address is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at 12pm in Lee Auditorium (BC-1040). Lunch will be provided.
There will also be an overflow room located in the Small Auditorium, (BC-1400).

Summerville will have a viewing location set up in the Science Building, SCI-W1002, lunch will be provided at this location as well.

For those of you coming from the Summerville Campus, it is suggested you utilize the shuttle service, red route. The schedule can be found here:http://www.gru.edu/parking/shuttles.php. In addition to the regular shuttle, we will have an additional shuttle running with the following route:

Summerville, main entrance circle at University Hall, pickup/drop off on the hour
Health Sciences, West Entrance (faces Public Safety), pickup/drop off on the ½ hour
Health Sciences, Kelly Building, pickup/drop off on the quarter hour (15 and 45 minutes after the hour).

Sign up for emergency texts with GR Alerts

In an emergency, where would you turn for information?

GR Alerts is the alert system Georgia Regents University uses to send urgent emails, voice messages, and text messages to students, faculty, and staff.

“In a real-world emergency we turn to GR Alerts to notify our community of threats,” said Joe Webber, Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPaR) Coordinator. “Text messages are one of the best and most reliable tools we have to send mass messages quickly, so we’re asking people to please update their contacts with a mobile number. It could save your life.”

The notification system is only used to disseminate breaking developments in an emergency such as severe weather, safety issues affecting the hospital or campuses, or crime.

In order to receive urgent texts, students, faculty and staff must include an accurate, up-to-date mobile number in their Human Resources system (SoftServ, Pounce, or Unicorn). To sign up:


  • Go to gru.edu/alerts
  • Sign in to your HR system
  • Navigate to employee contact information
  • Update your contacts with a mobile number in the SMS Phone (Text) field
  • Receive text alerts in an emergency


The GR Alerts system is tested by the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response and GRU Public Safety at regular intervals and during drills on campus. Up to four email addresses and 10 phone numbers can be registered for each person, allowing employees to get notifications on both personal and work cell phones.


For more information or to sign up, see gru.edu/alerts.

College of Education to host RTI Workshop

The College of Education  will host a free workshop on  Response-to-Intervention, a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. This event will be held Monday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom on Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus.

GRU Education Professor Nai-Cheng Kuo says that the demand for educators trained in RTI is expected to continue to expand over the next 10 years. Based on multiple assessment data, special education teachers utilize tailored instructional methods to assist diverse students with different physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive needs. Accommodation and modification are incorporated to accelerate students’ learning.

“We hold professional development workshops every semester and closely work with our partner schools to ensure that all students can succeed with caring, love, respect, and evidence-based practices,” Kuo said.

This event is open to the public. However, registration is required and space is limited.  A certificate will be provided to those who complete the two-hour workshop and PLU credits will also be included.

For more information on the RTI Workshop, contact Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo at 706-667-4776 or nkuo@gru.edu. You can also click here to reserve your spot.

View the complete workshop schedule below:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Welcome by Dr. Lucindia Chance, College of Education Dean, and Dr. Linda Crawford, Department of Teacher Education Chair
  • 5:35 p.m. – Merging RTI and PBIS, presented by Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo, Special Education Coordinator
  • 5:50 p.m. – RTI in Richmond County, presented Dr. Angela Pringle, Superintendent of Richmond County
  • 6:10 p.m. – RTI in McDuffie County, presented by Pam Walker, McDuffie Elementary School Counselor
  • 6:30 p.m. – Break
  • 6:40 p.m. – RTI in Columbia County, presented by Alice Pretlow, Assessment/504/RTI Coordinator, and Cindy Canaday, RTI Facilitator
  • 7 p.m. – Statewide RTI, presented by Lynn L. Pennington, Executive Director of the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE)
  • 7:20 p.m. – Closing

Celebrate nurses with red carpet film screening

14-0645 American Nurse film poster (6)A red carpet film screening at Georgia Regents University’s Maxwell Theatre aims to inspire audiences with newfound appreciation of an indispensable figure on the frontlines of health and health care today: The American nurse.

Christ Community Health Services Augusta and the GRU College of Nursing are partnering for the regional premiere of “The American Nurse,” celebrating nurses across the region with food, live music, and the red carpet treatment. The event begins with a reception and photos at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, followed by a screening of the documentary film at 7:15, in the Maxwell Theatre, on GRU’s Summerville campus, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta.

“We are very pleased to partner with the GRU College of Nursing and bring this excellent film to Augusta. Nurses play a vital role in health care and ‘The American Nurse’ is a great tribute to these unsung heroes,” said Christ Community Health Services Executive Director Jeff Drake.

Award-winning photographer Carolyn Jones traveled across the United States to record the unique experiences of nurses for her book of personal interviews and black and white photographs, published in 2012. The book project grew to include a scholarship fund and the full-length film, which premiered to sold-out crowds during National Nurses’ Week 2014 in theaters across the country.

“This is an important film for nurses, nurse educators, and healthcare professionals and anyone navigating our healthcare system,” said Dr. Lucy N. Marion, Dean of the College of Nursing. “The population is growing, aging, diversifying and facing substantial health problems. Nurses are there through it all, at the heart of the U.S. healthcare system.”

“The American Nurse” follows five nurses along with their patients: Tonia Faust with maximum-security prison inmates; Jason Short with home health patients in Appalachia; Brian McMillion with soldiers returning from war; Naomi Cross with mothers giving birth; and Sister Stephen with nursing home patients at the end of life.

“The compassionate, caring spirits captured in ‘The American Nurse’ represent nurses around the world and will give the audience a greater appreciation of the incredible work they do,” Drake said.

Tickets are $10 for GRU students and $25 for the general public, supporting nursing student scholarships and patient care and operations at CCHS. Buy tickets online at gru.edu/maxwelltheatre.

Nurses who watch the film will be eligible for Continuing Education credits through Nurse.com. A portion of all proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for nurse education through the American Nurses Foundation. “The American Nurse” screening in Augusta is made possible thanks to the support of Master Automotive and Regions Bank.