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The Homecoming Game: What you need to know

The Georgia Regents University homecoming basketball game against Lander on Saturday, Feb. 21, at noon will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network in 100 million homes throughout the nation, and both teams will wear military-themed jerseys that will be auctioned through the NCAA. All proceeds for the game-worn jerseys will go toward a new scholarship fund, the Veteran Military Hardship Completion Scholarship, to support veteran and active-duty military GRU students. (To access the auction site, click here).

In addition, those who make a donation of $25 or more will be guaranteed a pair of brand new #SHOWYOURSPOTS Jaguar socks. The Office of Advancement will mail out socks to those who make donations to the Jags, and they will be for sale the day of the game inside Christenberry Fieldhouse. (For more information on how to #SHOWYOURSPOTS and to make a donation, click here).

GRU Augusta’s men’s’ basketball Peach Belt Conference game with the Lander Bearcats was chosen by CBS Sports Network. It will be one of five nationally televised Division II men’s regular season basketball games in 2014-15. In addition to the live broadcast on CBS, the game will stream live on NCAA.com and the NCAA Sports mobile app, and regional affiliates will also be offered syndication.

Locally, that means you’ll find the game here:

AT&T U-verse: Channel 643 and 1643(HD)

Comcast: Channel 735 and 288(HD)

DIRECTV: Channel 221 and 221(HD)

DISH Network: Channel 158 and 158(HD)

The military-themed jerseys for both GRU and Lander are Adidas and feature the words “One Team” on the back. Both sets of jerseys from GRU and Lander will be available on the site for purchase. Fans can also make a donation to the cause without bidding on a jersey.

Starting bid for all jerseys is $100 with a “Buy Now” option of $500 available. The auction is set to launch at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, and run through 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 (Eastern Time).

The inaugural Division II military “Salute” game highlights the 2014-15 regular season schedule and brings together GRU Augusta and Lander University for a Peach Belt Conference game on Feb. 21, in a partnership with U.S. Army installation Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.

The Jaguars are in year one of a three-year pilot program to collaborate with Fort Gordon on different initiatives: SEE HERE

“We are grateful to CBS Sports Network for allowing us to be a part of their television schedule this year,” said GRU Director of Athletics Clint Bryant. “We have great student athletes, and this televised event will give national exposure to our program, athletic department, and university.”

The “Operation JAGMAW” (Jaguar Military Appreciation Week) homecoming event on Georgia Regents University’s campus will feature all nine colleges of the university engaged in military initiatives throughout homecoming week, including the unveiling of a game day Ring of Honor for Fort Gordon soldiers at the beginning of the game and the swearing in ceremony for new recruits that will occur at halftime during the men’s game. Fans will receive handheld American Flags upon entry and have a chance to get new camouflaged homecoming shirts.

Homecoming and Operation JAGMAW events at GRU

homecoming logo greporOperation JAGMAW – Throughout the week, there will be static displays strategically placed at Christenberry Fieldhouse to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.

Monday, Feb. 16-Wednesday, Feb. 18

The GRU Race

Students will participate in a virtual scavenger hunt. Email gruhomecoming@gru.edu for more information.

Monday, Feb. 16

Wear GRU, Get Food

11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom (Summerville Campus)

All students wearing GRU clothing or school colors will receive free food and have a chance to participate in other interactive events throughout the JSAC.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Karaoke Day

11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Breezeway (Summerville Campus).

GRU students will be lip syncing their favorite songs.

Operation JAGMAW – After participating, military and veteran students can show their military ID or DD-214 to receive a voucher for a free slice of pizza and drink from the JSAC Food Court.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

GRU vs. Francis Marion Basketball Game

5:30 p.m., women’s game; 7:30 p.m., men’s game

Christenberry Fieldhouse (Forest Hills Campus)

Thursday, Feb. 19

Variety Show

7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium (Health Sciences Campus)

GRU students will showcase their talents through lip syncing, dancing, and acting.

Operation JAGMAW – Military and veteran students may bring a guest for free.

Friday, Feb. 20

Jaguar Jam

7-9 p.m. in the Christenberry Fieldhouse Lot (Rain location: Christenberry Fieldhouse Mezzanines)

The GRU community will enjoy an evening of food and live entertainment around a bonfire.

Admission is $5 or free with two canned food items.

Saturday, Feb.21

Jaguar fans receive free camouflage shirts and hand-held American flags.

GRU vs. Lander University Basketball Game

Noon, men’s game; 2:30 p.m., women’s game.

Women’s Halftime: Court coronation ceremony and Pass the Paw award recipients announced.

Christenberry Fieldhouse (Forest Hills Campus)

Operation JAGMAW – Military Appreciation Day program

Ring of Honor for Fort Gordon Soldiers

Men’s Halftime: Induction ceremony for new recruits and a reading of the “Soldier’s Creed.”

Military Appreciation Week at GRU

Operation JAGMAW (Jaguar Military Appreciation Week) will take place at Georgia Regents University Feb. 16-21. Throughout the week, GRU will honor members of the United States Armed Forces with special discounts and free admission to events. There also will be static displays strategically placed at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The week will culminate with a game day Ring of Honor for Fort Gordon soldiers and a swearing in ceremony to take place during halftime at the nationally televised game on Saturday, Feb. 21. Jaguar fans will receive free camouflage shirts and hand-held American flags. Players from GRU and Lander will be wearing camouflage basketball jerseys to be auctioned. Funds from the auction will go to assist military families.

Military Appreciation Week events:

Feb. 18

GRU vs. Francis Marion Basketball Game, 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Court announced at halftime.

Feb. 20

Jaguar Jam & Bonfire, 6-9 p.m. Christenberry Fieldhouse, lower parking lot. $5 admission or 2 cans of food. Attendees receive a free meal.

Feb. 21

Tailgate Party, 9 a.m. until tip-off. GRU Athletic Complex, soccer field.

GRU vs. Lander, noon. Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Ring of Honor for Fort Gordon soldiers, halftime.

Military Appreciation Program, halftime, to include swearing in ceremony.

GRU named a top military-friendly university by Military Advanced Education  

Georgia Regents University has been recognized again for its educational opportunities for military students.

Military Advanced Education has named GRU a top military-friendly institution in its “2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities” that measures the best practices in military and veteran education.

“We appreciate this recognition, because our institution is committed to striving for new ways to improve our services for our military, veterans, and their families,” said Carol Giardina, Director of GRU’s Office of Military and Veterans Services.

MAE’s Guide presents the results of a survey of military-supportive policies at more than 600 colleges and universities which provides students with information about institutions that support veteran and military students.

This year, each institution was evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.

“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor.

GRU’s services for veteran and military personnel include the development of the VET-2-VET mentoring program, veteran discussion groups, and the GRU Military Resource Center, which is a one-stop-shop for service members.

The university also participates in several initiatives such as the Yellow Ribbon Program to assist military and veteran students to pay tuition at the in-state rate.

In addition to academic support, GRU has partnered with Fort Gordon and the National Collegiate Athletic Association to host the 2014 Peach Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship as well as develop leadership programs for student athletes and soldiers.

The university is also hosting a Military Appreciation Week in February which will culminates with  GRU men’s basketball game against Lander University being televised live on CBS at noon.

This is not the first time GRU has been recognized for its military-friendly initiatives.

Earlier this year, Victory Media, a global military media firm, ranked GRU among the top 15 percent of institutions doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

 

This was the second year in a row  GRU was recognized by the firm.

To view a complete list of the institutions listed in MAE’s “2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities,” visit mae-kmi.com.

GRU named a 2015 Military Friendly School

victory media military friendly school 2015

For the second year in a row, Georgia Regents University has been named to Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list.

Victory Media, a global military media firm, ranked GRU among the top 15 percent of institutions doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“To have been selected as a military friendly school is truly an honor, and we will continue striving for new ways to improve our services for our military, veterans, and their families,” said Dr. Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for Georgia Regents University.

GRU’s military-friendly initiatives include the development of the VET-2-VET mentoring program, veteran discussion groups, and the GRU Military Resource Center, which is a one-stop-shop for service members.

In addition to academic support, GRU has also partnered with Fort Gordon and the National Collegiate Athletic Association to host the 2014 Peach Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship as well as develop leadership programs for student athletes, soldiers, and selected GRU students.

“We appreciate this recognition, because our institution does so much to help our military students, and we are committed to continuing this work,” said Carol Giardina, Director of GRU’s Office of Military and Veterans Services.

Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, surveyed more than 12,000 schools for this research. For the complete list of Military Friendly Schools, go to militaryfriendlyschools.com.

Cranford named Chair of GRU’s Department of Military Science

Lt. Col. Jessica Cranford, an Iraq war veteran, has been named Chair Lt. Col. Jessica Cranfordof Georgia Regents University’s Department of Military Science. Cranford succeeds Lt. Col. Keith Cantrell, who is now serving at Fort Gordon.

Cranford says she is excited about being a part of a military-friendly institution that takes pride in its efforts to produce some of the top lieutenants in the United States Army.

“GRU is known for having some of the best cadets in the nation and our Military Science professors will continue to provide our students with the curriculum, training, and encouragement needed to prepare them for their leadership positions in the military,” Cranford says.

Cranford also says that during this three-year term at GRU, she hopes to recruit more cadets and increase retention rates in her department. She plans to expand and enhance the department’s current programs, includingthe Ranger Challenge, and Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program.

With more than 17 years of service in the military, Cranford has served in several leadership positions including being the Director of Emergency Services for the U.S. Army’s Garrison in Mannheim, Germany, as well as the Executive Officer for the 525th Military Police Battalion in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She was also assigned to the Pentagon as the Military Police Staff Synchronization Officer.

Cranford was commissioned into the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps at Creighton University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She also earned a master’s degree in business and organizational security management from Webster University.

Cranford is married to Lt. Col. Richard Cranford and she has three daughters, Kayla, 9; Jayden, 8; and Lauren, 4.

GRU student is USG’s second Tillman Military Scholar

 AUGUSTA, Ga.– U.S. Army Veteran and Georgia Regents University student Adrienne Kambouris has been named a 2014 Tillman Military Scholar. Kambouris is one of 58 selected from over 7,500 applicants and the second student in the University System of Georgia to receive the prestigious award.

The Pat Tillman Foundation created the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 to honor the legacy of Pat Tillman, a former NFL player who left his career to enlist in the U.S. Army after 9/11. Tillman served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before being killed in active service in 2004.

The program supports active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses through educational scholarships. As a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Tillman Military Scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, for full-time students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degrees at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution.

“With so many applying for this highly competitive scholarship, I am deeply honored to have been chosen and forever grateful to have an opportunity to share in Pat Tillman’s legacy,” said Kambouris.

Kambouris joined the Army at the age of 17 and separated from the service as a staff sergeant 10 years later to pursue her dreams of attending college. Although she knew this decision would affect her family financially, Kambouris says she is grateful this scholarship will help offset the expenses for school.

“I am a planner, and my husband and I had already moved into a smaller house to accommodate our new life,” said Kambouris. “However, I am willing to make the sacrifice and this scholarship will help us overcome many of these challenges because my children’s future is connected to what I do in school.”

Kambouris is a cell and molecular biology major at GRU, and she plans to attend the Uniform Services University of Health Sciences to become a medical doctor with specializations in obstetrics and psychology.
In her spare time, she shadows a family practice physician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon. Kambouris, a wife of a warrant officer and mother of three, also volunteers in her church’s youth ministry and serves as a math and science tutor in GRU’s Military Resource Center. When she is at home in Maryland for holidays, she gives of her time to box gifts and food packages for a local boys’ home.

Matthew Buzzell nominated for Emmy Award

Augusta, Ga. – Matthew Buzzell, Assistant Professor of Communications at Georgia Regents University, has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as a consulting producer on a recent feature-length documentary.

Not Yet Begun To Fight explores the therapeutic value of fly fishing for combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Buzzell’s contribution to the film earned him a nomination in the category of Topical Documentary. He also served as co-composer of the film’s score. Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 7, at the 2014 Northwest Emmy Awards Banquet in Seattle, Wa.

“It was an honor to receive this nomination, and an even greater honor to work on this film,” Buzzell said. “Not Yet Begun To Fight captures the struggle of so many veterans returning from war. It’s deeply moving to participate in a project dedicated to telling their stories.”

A winner at numerous film festivals, Not Yet Begun To Fight made its national broadcast premiere on PBS television in November 2013. Just weeks before his death, legendary film critic Roger Ebert gave the film “two thumbs up!” Not Yet Begun To Fightreceived a total of three nominations from the Northwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Direction/Post-Production, Editing, and Topical Documentary.

Buzzell is co-chair of The Cinema Series at GRU and instructs students in the Television and Cinema track of the GRU Department of Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the American Film Institute. He has previously collaborated with a number of artists, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, and Jimmy Scott.

For more information on Not Yet Begun To Fight, visit www.notyetbeguntofightfilm.com. For more information on The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, visit www.natasnw.org.

New programs at GRU offer tuition and student fee discount to military students

New initiatives at Georgia Regents University will provide military students with a reduction in tuition and student fees.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved GRU’s participation in the department’s Yellow Ribbon Program, an educational access program for veterans established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.
Through this program, the university and the VA will match each other dollar-for-dollar to provide veterans and eligible dependents with funds to cover all or a portion of their educational costs not already covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In addition to this, military students will also be exempt for paying the rate for out-of-state tuition.
“Our university is committed to providing a military friendly, quality education for our active duty service members and veterans,” said Roman Cibirka, Vice Provost for Georgia Regents University. “We are grateful for this opportunity to participate in a program that will reduce financial burdens and help enhance their higher education experience at GRU.”
The university also has received authorization to waive all mandatory fees, such as technology, transportation, and wellness, for active duty military beginning this fall, including the Special Institutional Fee.
Carol Giardina, Director of GRU’s Office of Military and Veterans Services, says the waiver of mandatory fees is a win-win for both the university and Fort Gordon, because this enables GRU to serve a larger number of active duty military students.
“We honor the sacrifices our military has made for our country and we are pleased to be working with Fort Gordon in providing our military with the educational assistance that will help them on their journey of becoming some of our nation’s most exceptional leaders and adaptive thinkers,” said Giardina.
For additional information on GRU’s Office of Military and Veteran Services, visit gru.edu/military