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Visiting artist LiHong Li on display at Morris Museum of Art

IMG_9136_mr1427515369885The Chinese artistic tradition is one of the world’s oldest and most storied institutions.

Divided into two classifications – that of a “Northern,” more realistic school, and a “Southern,” more interpretive style – Chinese art typically focuses on the relationship between nature and the self. One of the most easily recognized forms of Chinese art is shuǐ mò huà, otherwise known as ink wash painting.

Also known as sumi-e or literati painting, shuǐ mò huà is a popular Southern style that focuses on the use of quick, deliberate brush strokes in order to create richly detailed works with the feel of traditional watercolor paintings.

LiHong Li, an artist visiting Georgia Regents University from Nanjing, China, is an expert in the art of shuǐ mò huà. Over the course of her career, she has created a series of beautiful works using only water-thinned ink and animal hair brushes – the traditional tools of the literati painter.

Alan MacTaggart, an art professor at GRU, said Li’s visit has been very enlightening.

“To date, Mrs. Li has given lectures for both Humanities 2001 and 2002,” said MacTaggart. “She taught my Drawing II class, covering traditional Chinese techniques in watercolor. After that, she led students in a calligraphy demonstration.”

MacTaggart said Li’s artwork is very popular among his students.

Li mastered the art of shuǐ mò huà while studying at the University of Nanjing Art College and Nanjing Normal University, both of which are located in her hometown of Nanjing. Currently, she lives with her husband near Shanghai, and teaches at Jiangsu University of Science and Technology.

Li’s work is on display at the Morris Museum of Art until June 21. Her exhibition, titled “From Nanjing to Augusta: The Aesthetic Conception of Chinese Painting,” encourages viewers to reflect upon their own spirit to help them find their spiritual balance.



GRU launches Cyber Institute

Georgia Regents University is creating the GRU Cyber Institute to develop research, new curriculum, and outreach opportunities in cybersecurity starting this summer.

“We want to be known for cyber,” said Joanne Sexton, Director for GRU Cyber Security Educational Initiatives. “The Augusta area has been growing in this aspect, and we want to be a major player in that.”

GRU has been working toward creating the Cyber Institute for a few years and has already established a cyber curriculum, said Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost . The news that Fort Gordon would become the new headquarters for the U.S. Army Cyber Command only accelerated the process.

“We have made cybersecurity a major strategic priority,” Caughman said. “And the University System of Georgia endorsed that priority and provided new funding that will aid in launching the Cyber Institute. GRU is making a commitment as well.”

The creation of the institute is also a step toward getting recognition as a Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.

“I congratulate GRU on this proactive step to enhance educational opportunities for its students and contribute to the Augusta community’s growing role in our nation’s cyber defense,” said U.S. Congressman Rick Allen. “I have heard firsthand from GRU faculty about their vision and commitment to building an excellent program that equips its students to excel in this increasingly important field. I look forward to seeing the great things accomplished by the GRU Cyber Institute.”

U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland also endorsed GRU’s efforts.

“Georgia’s support for the men and women protecting our country is well known and respected across the nation, and I am thrilled to see GRU’s new Cyber Institute will contribute to that excellence,” said Rep. Westmoreland, who is Chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Cybersecurity is a highly skilled and critical field in our nation’s defense strategy, and being prepared is imperative to keeping our homeland safe. I look forward to supporting GRU’s success in both student education on cyber defense and security, and their contributions to our national security.”

The Cyber Institute will provide the framework for all things cyber at the university, in cooperation with several of GRU’s colleges, which currently offer cybersecurity courses and degrees. They include cybersecurity programs through the Hull College of Business, a medical informatics program focused on protection of health information through the College of Allied Health Sciences, and courses on cyberterrorism through the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

“We have the opportunity to collaborate across the university, to take advantage of the unique offerings of each of the colleges,” Sexton said. “That’s what the institute is in a unique position to do.”

To watch this story on WFXG Fox 54, click here.

Jags post 102 student-athletes to 2015 Spring AD Honor Roll

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University had 102 student-athletes earn a spot on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for their excellence in academics during the Spring 2015 semester.

“Our student-athletes continue to excel at a high level academically, and we continue to strive for academic excellence,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “The challenge academically remains a top priority, and we push our students to remain on the road of growth in this area.”

To be eligible for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must register a term GPA of 3.0 or better.

The students, listed by athletic activity, are:

Baseball (17): Edwin Arias, David Bermudez, Matthew Buckalew, Fureous Caldwell, Nate Crown, Bradley Dennis, Connor Gilbert, David Hagelston, Eddie Kongquee, Matthew Kuhlenberg, Chase Loyd, Trey McAvoy, Gage Patton, CJ Reed, David Rivera, Jamie Suggs, Frank Warren

Softball (13): Ashley Benton, Haley Birkle, Kendyl Conner, Paige Deschaine, Brianna Dickens, Alannah Long, Kristen Mills, Erin Rozier, Casey Rowland, Lindsey Stokes, Brigette Taylor, Hannah Vaughn, Molly Walton

Men’s Basketball (3): D’Angelo Boyce, Vlad Cobzaru, TJ Custer

Women’s Basketball (7): Samantha Carlson, Marianne Davignon, Camille Gee, Sabrina Montgomery, Whitney Rohrbach, Lonna Turner, Erika Waters

Men’s Cross Country (4): Boyd Guttery, Preston Jones, Josh Thompson Caleb Watson

Women’s Cross Country (5): Jordan Humphrey, Diana Petrmichlova, Tia Ponsell, Olivia Rodriguez, Morgan Ryffe

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field (6): Albert Acheampong, Taylor Coxwell, Shane Huckeba, Mathew Johnson, Payton Newman, Dustin Ross

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field (5): Angelica Clayton, Heather Hammett, Ashley Johnson, Dejah Johnson, Aaliyah Pettway

Men’s Golf (8): Viktor Edin, Broc Everett, Jack Heasman, Jake Marriott, Meechai Padung, Robin Petersson, Cody Shafer, John Yi,

Women’s Golf (7): Maggie Ashmore, Lexi Bollant, Jessica Haigwood, Sonya Knebel, Josefine Nyqvist, Shannon Pak, Eunice Yi

Men’s Tennis (11): Arthur Andrade, Gustav Anderson, Romain Brunie, Caio Camara, Jose Cobo, Gabriel Dos Santos, Romain Ferriera, Joao Gabriel Frietas da Silva, Moritz Gehlhaus, Thomas Sevel, Nameer Shamsi,

Women’s Tennis (7): Aida Castany, Gisela Font, Monica Gonzalez, Maria Nadal, Maria Cecilia Pimentel, Amelia Pinoargote, Marie Vin,

Volleyball (9): Kailla Baptiste, Katie Beresford, Kali Boatwright,  Maggie Darling, Cat Desilvester, Paige Elliot, McKenna Heath, Kristen Koch, Sadie Thurston

Watch: One year after NCAA D2 military partnership

In 2014, Georgia Regents University made history alongside the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II,  the Peach Belt Conference and Fort Gordon by becoming part of a unique joint-venture focused on strengthening the Augusta community. To date, the project – designed to inspire a sense of camaraderie and support between rising leaders in both the collegiate and military communities – has been a tremendous success.

Clint Bryant, GRU Augusta Director of Athletics, was chosen to chair the Division II Military Project Team shortly after the NCAA and local U.S. military leaders agreed to form the project in December 2013.

“[The project] becomes a part of the culture, it becomes a part of the community fabric,” said Bryant, describing the partnership. “And if we, as colleges and universities, can play a role in bringing that type of relationship together, that’s what we’re supposed to do. That’s our purpose.”

To see the entire Year One Recap, please view the video below.

Azziz represents GRU at two prestigious conferences

Early April saw President Ricardo Azziz representing Georgia Regents University at two major conferences.

On Thursday, April 2, Azziz spoke about GRU’s diversity and inclusivity strategies at the Harvard Medical School 2014-15 Leadership Forum, and a week later, he also appeared in Panama City, Panama, where he was invited to participate in the First Forum for University Presidents, which was held in conjunction with the Summit of the Americas.

The Summit of the Americas, a high-level conference that brings together leaders of North and South America to discuss important issues impacting both continents, made headlines for several reasons this year, most notably the historic handshake between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

The trips represent a continuation of Azziz’s long commitment to increasing the visibility of GRU though elite speaking engagements and high profile outreach. They also came just weeks before his final State of the Enterprise address on April 22.

Earlier this year, Azziz announced that he would be stepping down on June 30. A national search is currently underway to name a replacement.

Regents announce tuition rates

On Tuesday, April 14, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) approved the tuition rates for the 2015-16 academic year. GRU students will experience a 5.5 percent increase.

“To ensure we can continue to offer quality public higher education, we must continue to invest in our institutions,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We have carefully assessed the tuition rates for our institutions to make sure we are balancing the increasing costs of providing public higher education while keeping tuition and fees as affordable as possible.”

GRU is among 10 USG institutions to have an increase of more than 2.5 percent, though several of the 10 received a more substantial increase. The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Middle Georgia State University, and Atlanta Metropolitan State College each received a 9 percent increase, while tuition at Georgia Gwinnet College will rise 8.3 percent.

The Board of Regents considers the increase necessary to keep the costs of public higher education balanced at a level that’s roughly 50 percent state funding and 50 percent tuition, and while a tuition hike obviously increases the financial impact of a college education on students and their families, the USG continues to offer some of the lowest tuition rates among its peer public higher education systems.

Of the 16 states that make up the Sothern Regional Education Board, the USG is the seventh lowest in tuition and fees for four-year institutions.

Student fees for Health Sciences students will increase by $45, while students at the Summerville Campus will see a $75 increase. Students across both campuses will see a $30 increase in athletic fees, a $5 increase in student health fees, and a $10 increase going toward technology. The activity, wellness, and transportation fees will remain unchanged.

‘Amen Corner’ proposal goes viral

By now it’s no secret that the story of GRU sports information director Taylor Lamb’s proposal to his fiancé, Alyson Dukes, at “Amen Corner” during Monday’s practice round at the Masters has become an Internet sensation.

Everyone loves a good proposal story, and that photo of Lamb down on one knee while Dukes tries to contain her emotions was golden even if it didn’t have one of the most famous views in all of golf as a backdrop.

But it did, and that made all the difference.

“Honestly, I had thought that if I did it on a Monday and there wasn’t any crazy news that happened that day at the Masters, it might get some coverage,” Lamb said. “I figured the Chronicle might publish the photo, and I thought it would be awesome to have a published article of it.”

He got the Chronicle story, of course, and a whole lot more.

USA Today. SB Nation. The Golf Channel. The Washington Post.

By the time they left the course, their phones were filled with congratulatory voicemails and texts. And that photo was everywhere.

“I had talked to the Chronicle people ahead of time,” Lamb said. “They showed up on cue, and my girlfriend didn’t know what was happening – I went up to talk with them, and she thought I was just talking with friends.”

After a few minutes, he went back to Dukes, but the photographer, Jon-Michael Sullivan, kept motioning for them to go to the corner so he could take a picture of them. Eventually, he finally just told them what to do.

“He basically just orchestrated the last part of it,” Lamb said. “I was like, all right – this is my window.”

Why the Masters? When Lamb moved to the area to take the job at GRU, Dukes, who grew up in Grovetown, took him to the tournament.

“That was one of my first strong memories of Augusta,” he said. “So when I knew I wanted to do it, I knew I wanted to do it at the Masters.”

However, the entire plan nearly fell apart when the tickets he was relying on didn’t come through. If not for the last minute heroics of Athletic Director Clint Bryant, who managed to produce the needed tickets, Lamb would have had to rely on Plan B.

Luckily, Bryant stepped in, because according to Lamb, there was no Plan B.

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.

Click here to view the article.

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