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AVPs named in the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs

AUGUSTA, Ga.- David Barron has been named Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, and Dale Hartenburg has been named Assistant Vice President for Student Services in the Division of Enrollment and Student Services at Georgia Regents University.

“David Barron and Dale Hartenburg are passionate about GRU’s mission and we are delighted to have them a part of our leadership team,” said Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, Vice President for GRU’s Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs. “With their extensive background in enrollment and student affairs, I believe they have the qualities needed to strengthen our efforts in providing students with the programs and services they need for optimal success.”

David Barron

Barron, the Executive Director of Enrollment Management for Rogers State University, brings 18 years of higher education experience to GRU, including five years at Rogers State.

At RSU, Barron chaired the university’s Strategic Enrollment Planning Group and developed the institution’s first ever Strategic Plan for Enrollment Management. Through his recruiting initiatives, the university experienced record numbers in freshman retention, diversity, and applicant quality.

Prior to arriving at RSU, he spent five years at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences where he served in various leadership roles such as being the Acting Director of Admissions and Registrar as well as Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

He is an award-winning speaker who has shared his work in enrollment management at conferences throughout the country and he has been featured on the lifestyle magazine show TULSA Live.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Theological and Historical Studies at Oral Roberts University.

dale hartenburg

Hartenburg joined GRU in 2002 as the Director of the university’s Wellness Center and, after five years in that position, he became the Director of Student and Auxiliary Services. In 2013, he was named Director of Student Services in which he managed a $5 million budget as well as developed strategic plans for new service facilities including housing, recreation, and dining.

With almost 20 years of experience in the field of student services, Hartenburg has conducted webinars and presented his research at conferences throughout the state.

He is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for College Auxiliary Services and he currently serves as the basketball coach for Westminster Schools of Augusta.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and an Education Specialist degree from Georgia Southern University.



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 offers two-day orientation for freshmen

The Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs at Georgia Regents University  is now offering  two-day orientations for new freshmen and their parents.

According to Scott Wallace, GRU’s Dean of Student Life, this new format of orientation is just one of the many ways the university is providing students and families with services they need for optimal success at GRU.

“We are always looking for new ways to engage our students and their parents,” said Wallace. “So, we are using these orientation sessions as a way to inform them of the resources and the various educational opportunities available at the university.”


Orientation activities include campus networking sessions for students and their families, panel discussions, ice cream socials, and a cookout.

For more information on GRU’s Freshmen Orientations, visit http://gru.edu/students/orientation/freshmanorientation.php

Fixing Ronald’s heart

11259687_10150581688584999_5830558428567303930_nThe most selfless causes are those that become personal missions.

Three Georgia Regents University physician assistant students showed the world just what selflessness means when they took it upon themselves to save the life a 15-year-old Ugandan boy named Ronald.

Ronald was born with a life-threatening condition known as congenital atrial septal defect (ASD). To truly understand the dangers of ASD, however, one must first understand the heart.

The normal human heart is separated into four chambers – the right and left atria, and the right and left ventricles, respectively. In a healthy heart, a dividing wall known as the interatrial septum prevents blood from the left atria from entering the right atria directly, forcing the blood to instead circulate through the entire heart. Ronald’s heart, however, has a small hole in its interatrial septum. As a result, the right side of his heart works much harder than necessary to compensate, resulting in an abnormal, visible heartbeat.

Sufferers of ASD often have extreme difficulty with physical exertion. In Ronald’s case, he is often unable to make the trip to school, more than a mile’s walk from his village. He is also unable to play soccer, a sport he follows religiously.

In the United States, ASD is most often treated before it becomes a threat to its victim’s health. Unfortunately, Ronald, whose family lives nine hours away from the nearest cardiologist, is in life-threatening danger.

Shelby Boggus, James Torrell, and Lauren Beatty, three GRU PA students who visited Kabale, Uganda, for their clinical rotation, met Ronald after a social worker brought him to a clinic for a checkup.

After meeting Ronald, and later meeting his family, Boggus, Torrel, and Beatty, along with their colleague Alana D’Onofrio, set up a GoFundMe campaign to pay the $30,000 surgery needed to save the boy’s life. As of June 8, the campaign had raised more than $15,000 dollars. The remaining amount was donated on June 9 by the Daniels family in honor and memory of their father, Ted Daniels.

Scheduled in July, surgeons from America, Canada, India, and South Africa will attempt to fix Ronald’s ASD at the Uganda Heart Institute.

With luck, Ronald may soon have the chance to lead a normal life.

GRU to break ground on new residence halls Friday

Georgia Regents University, in partnership with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and Corvias Campus Living, will break ground on the site of a new 723-bed student housing complex on Friday.

Located on the Health Sciences Campus, the complex will consist of one residence hall for undergraduate students and one for graduate and professional students. The 413-bed undergraduate hall will have two-bedroom suites while the 310-bed graduate hall will have studio and one-bedroom apartments.

“The new housing complex is our first step at building a more comprehensive student life experience for all of our students. Adding new student housing to our current portfolio will allow GRU to provide a much better student experience for our new incoming students,” said Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, GRU Vice President for Enrollment Services and Student Affairs.

The ground breaking ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Residence V, across from the College of Dental Medicine.

The new complex will replace existing facilities that have a combined 220 beds.

Demolition of existing facilities will begin in May, with the new residence halls scheduled to open in fall 2016.

GRU is one of nine institutions in the University System benefitting from the $517-million agreement with Corvias Campus Living. The Public-Private Partnership designates Corvias as the developer of 3,683 new beds and the manager of 6,195 existing beds of on-campus housing with the University System for the next 65 years. The partnership is the first time a state higher education system has privatized residence hall living.

At GRU, the new residence halls will provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to meet new people and engage in enriching campus activities to make the most of their college experience.

“The location will be very convenient for the graduate and professional students and will allow them the convenience of living close to their classes, labs, and clinical experiences. The new freshmen will now be located on campus and in walking distance to the wellness center, the health sciences student activity center, and the student health center,” Poisel said.

Undergraduate Preview Day showcased GRU to prospective Jags

On Saturday, March 28, approximately 180 high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the educational opportunities offered by GRU descended on the Summerville Campus for a day of fun and exploration.

After a greeting by Scott Argo, Interim Director of Academic Affairs, students received information about GRU’s vision from Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, as well as presentations covering student life, career preparation, and the admissions process.

After lunch in the Quad – called Grill on the Hill – students had time to visit with representatives from a variety of student and academic services before heading to breakout sessions covering student involvement, campus housing, financial aid, and enrollment.

The prospective students were also invited to tour the Forest Hills and Health Sciences campuses.

For photos of Undergraduate Preview Day, click here.


GRU Meets the Harlem Globetrotters

Come out and get a group photo with the Harlem Globetrotters during halftime, while also enjoying the game!  This will be a night to remember!

Friday, March 13th: 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
GRU Meets the Harlem Globetrotters
James Brown Arena
601 Seventh Street Augusta, Ga 30901

Each GRU student with a valid Student ID is provided one free ticket with the option of buying two additional tickets for $15 each.   To receive tickets or more information go to: www.gru.edu/students/crew or call the box office at (706) 667-4100. Make sure to bring your Student ID to the game to check in and receive your purchased tickets.

Augusta Chronicle: MCG students buy toys for CHOG

The Augusta Chronicle: Dec. 19, 2014

A half-dozen students from the Medical College of Georgia enjoyed the fruits of their labor Wednesday, as they loaded more than 250 toys into a giant box wrapped like a present at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

The toys will brighten the faces of children in the hospital and clinics throughout the facility, and that is what the medical students have been working for all year.

Read MCG students buy toys for children’s hospital patients

Wallace named GRU’s first Dean of Student Life

AUGUSTA, Ga.– Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi has been named the first Dean of Student Life for Georgia Regents University’s Division of Student Affairs.
Dr. Scott Wallace, who has nearly nine years of experience in academic and financial settings, will assume his new role on June 26.
“We are looking forward to Dr. Wallace joining the student affairs team, because his experience and knowledge will be a terrific asset to the university,” said Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, Vice President for Student Affairs at GRU.

At the University of Mississippi, Wallace served in many capacities including spending over seven years working in the area of student conduct. He also served in the university’s Dean of Students Office as the Budget Officer and Policy Manager.

In addition to these roles, Wallace assisted student leaders with governmental initiatives in his position as the Associated Student Body’s advisor. He also served as the primary advisor for the university’s Greek community which is comprised of 35 organizations and over 6,000 students. Under his leadership, the university added two sororities, one of which had one of the largest colonies in Panhellenic history with nearly 310 women being accepted.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Georgia Regents University, and the city of Augusta is truly a wonderful area,” Wallace said. “GRU has such a bright future, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide our students with an unrivaled college experience.”

Wallace, a native of Dover, Tenn., is a member of several leadership and professional organizations including the Association for Student Conduct Administration and the Mississippi Association of College Student Affairs Professionals.

He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Mississippi, and he attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

We Went There: Freshman Orientation

“I’m excited about getting out of my parent’s house and out on my own!”

Those words could be heard Thursday as the first batch of incoming freshmen arrived at GRU, finally free of high school obligations and with their attention on their college careers. It was orientation, and for many the first time they had been on campus. And while they were excited about the prospects of their freedom, a little nervous energy filled the air.

Students showed up at 8 a.m. for registration, some receiving their new JagCards. Anticipation was high as they waited to enter the Maxwell Theatre for the Welcome Ceremony.

When they filed in, they received warm greetings from big names.

“This day is about you, and we’re here for you,” Vice Provost Roman Cibirka told them. “We want you to find that passion and find that greatness.”

Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Allen Poisel encouraged students to get involved in student life.

“Going to college is not a passive experience; you have to get out there and be a part of it,” Poisel said. “You have to make connections and be willing to walk up to people and ask them questions.”

Then Poisel made them a unique offer:

“The first person to come up and introduce yourself to me, I’ll take to lunch,” he said. “And the Vice President of Student Affairs isn’t a bad guy to get to know.”

Students were introduced to their orientation team leaders, upperclassmen who help guide the students. An upbeat video boomed on-screen, and team leaders filled the stairwells and stage as they clapped and chanted and pulled the crowd in.

“Go Jaguars! Go Jaguars! Go!” they shouted and followed with “At GRU you can’t go wrong, GO big BLUE!”

After several rounds of chants, growing louder and louder each time with increasing group participation, it was time for bookkeeping in a session titled “What’s your financial fitness?”

GRU financial counselors and representatives presented some of the problems students face, ranging from managing student loans to paying tuition on time. There was also talk on the benefits of graduating in four years and what the Health Center Credit Union can offer students.

Lessons learned can be the key to helping students avoid headaches at the start of future semesters – as well as after graduation.

The students then separated into smaller groups with their orientation leaders to get more individual attention. The teams consisted of about 10 students each, and they ventured to University Hall to continue orientation while the parents attended separate orientation activities.

The “Reese Group” participated in icebreaker exercises, getting to know each other and their leaders.

First, they played “My name means” where students talk about their names and how they came by them. This activity loosened students up. And while some were unsure of the origins of their names, others had interesting stories.

“My name is Amelia, because my father is a pilot, and he told everyone that he had the perfect name for me,” Amelia Cooper said, referencing the famous aviator Amelia Earhart.

“I hope you stick around a while,” orientation leader Vernon Blount quipped, as everyone enjoyed a good laugh.

The orientation leaders also covered the day’s schedule and things students should keep in mind, such as the importance of JagCards and the JagStore. They also answered student questions.

The students returned to the Maxwell Theatre for the “It’s All Academics” presentation that focused on academic advisement and its benefits.

The presentation was filled with tips on how advisors help students and some problems students have when they don’t discuss things with advisors first. They offered study tips as well as general tips for academic success, such as the importance of checking email daily. The advisors also informed students of the value of graduating in four years and how it’s possible by taking 15 credit hours a semester.

After advising, students were split into two groups – one going to Galloway Hall for hands-on training with POUNCE and the Desire2Learn system, while the other headed to lunch and to the “Walk Down Jaguar Lane” event held in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom.

While students ate in the center of the Ballroom, a variety of organizations from across campus set up tables along the walls, allowing the chance to sit down and invite students to learn more about them.

Organizations from Greek Life, SGA, Libraries, Baptist College Ministry, HCCU, Student Health, Wellness Center, and others were on hand.

“I’m ready for Greek Life,” Biley Anderson said. “But I’m a little nervous about the shift from high school to college.”

The students appeared taken aback by the large amount of information. But that was by design, according to Poisel.

“We want to get them moving and thinking fast,” Poisel said. “This is what college is all about, and we want them to understand that this isn’t high school anymore.”

At the same time, they seemed to be having fun and were very excited about the future.

The activities continued into the night, ranging from learning what each college has to offer to how to use the computer system. They also heard more from student life organizations and about student support services, like Public Safety and Counseling Services.

Many students spent the night at University Village and participated in games and discussions focused on life outside the classroom, including sexual safety awareness and the dangers of alcohol.

They finished the night with campus Ghost Tours and a variety of games at the residence areas.

Earlier, a brief rainstorm wedged itself between all of the afternoon activities, forcing a pack of students to seek shelter on Bellevue Hall’s porch. While they stayed dry, Poisel passed by on his way to an important appointment with a student – and lunch is on him.

3rd annual Come Out for Health Week activities planned

A provider panel, community resource fair and a workshop on policies and practices will highlight Come Out for Health Week at Georgia Regents University, March 24-28.

The week’s activities are focused on health awareness for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or those who may be questioning their sexuality. Events are being coordinated by GRU Equality, an independent alliance of GRU faculty, staff, and students bettering the campus experience for LGBTQ employees, students, patients, and visitors. Activities are co-sponsored by the GRU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Nursing, the Medical College of Georgia Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs, and the GRU Lambda Alliance.

Planned events include:

  • A Patient-Provider Panel and Community Resource Fair at noon, Monday, March 24 in Room 1103 of the Hamilton Wing of the Carl T. Sanders Research and Education Building.
  • A lecture, “Diversity vs. Inclusion in Academia and In Practice, from Dr. Laura Hein, an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina, at noon, Tuesday, March 25, in Room 1222 of the Health Sciences Building. Hein is a member of the Board of Directors of the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center and of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Her research focuses on health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and the community.
  • A Policies and Practices Workshop on Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Patients with representatives from the Atlanta-based Health Initiative, which works to improve the health and wellbeing of Georgia’s LGBTQ community through education, support, access to care, and advocacy. The workshop will begin at noon, Wednesday, March 26, in Room 1809 of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
  • A training session for GRU the Safe Zone Program on Thursday, March 27, in the GRU Alumni Center. The Safe Zone Program is part of a national initiative to train faculty, staff, students and support services at colleges and universities in creating safe and inclusive environments for individuals of all sexual and gender identities. Pre-registration for the training session is required.
  • A screening of the documentary “Transgender Tuesdays,” which tells the story of the Tom Waddell Health Center, the first low-cost public health clinic opened specifically for transgender clients. The movie starts at noon, Friday, March 28, in Room 1222 of the Health Sciences Building.

For more information about Come Out for Health Week, visit the event page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GRU.CO4H or call the MCG Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs, 706-721-2522.