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Old 04-15-2016, 08:19 PM
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But both leaders see it blossoming to become a major force for training thousands of students and service members in cyber security and making Augusta the destination for this sector in the future while producing spin-off companies that could revitalize the downtown area.
The agreement to work together is the result of 18 months of talks between the center and the university that will truly be a partnership and should also involve the private sector, Fogarty said.
“We have some really wicked problems that we have to get after,” he said. “We just can’t do that all internally. What we’re looking for is expertise” that academia and the private sector can provide.
For instance, Fort Gordon now trains about 13,000 “signal soldiers” each year and a few hundred “cyber soldiers,” Fogarty said. “But starting next year, we will pick up the pace for the cyber training.”
That will reach about a thousand a year in cyber training, in addition to maintaining roughly the same level of signal training, he said.
“There is, we think, tremendous opportunity to partner with Augusta University” and not just on cyber but also information technology and communications training, Fogarty said. There had been a previous affiliation with Georgia Tech but AU has a distinct advantage, he added.
“Augusta University, they are right here, so proximity is very, very important in this business,” Fogarty said. “I think that is what the industry partners are starting to realize, also. You want to be in the CSRA because that is where the business is being conducted.”

Initially, the university’s cyber training will be conducted in a “state of the art cyber lab” that will also have virtual capacity to add students who can’t physically be there, said AU Provost Gretchen Caughman.
But Keel said he anticipates a number of spin-off companies will locate close to the training, which in turn could lead to the creation of a “digital village” elsewhere. Keel could envision students taking a course in one area and then walking across the campus to take an internship with a cyber company. He said the old Golf and Gardens property on Reynolds Street, which is owned by the University System of Georgia, as well as the former King and Sibley mills, could be possible destinations for this site.
In the meantime, the university is “rapidly ramping up” to provide the new education and training, including investing $1 million to hire at least six new faculty, with two already identified and four more hopefully by the fall, Keel said. Then it becomes a matter of matching the course offerings - from short courses and certificates all the way up to advanced degrees - with the training that is needed, he said.
“We want to offer a complete spectrum of educational opportunities to meet the specific and the general education needs that his workforce is going to have,” Keel said. But those offerings are bound to attract other students as well, he said.
“We are going to be a center of excellence in terms of providing education in cyber security across this country,” Keel said. “It is going to be a great magnet to bring additional students from all over that are interested in this area.”
Those students will be able to turn around and find jobs in the “virtual tsunami” of companies that will come in to take advantage of the area’s expertise, he said.
Augusta University, Army Cyber Center of Excellence begin new partnership | The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:40 PM
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Default Augusta's economy is about to grow exponentially

These are not common paying jobs, these are very high paying jobs that are coming in droves. Soldiers will be able to join the army, go to AU part time, get out and complete their degree and walk into a very high paying position that they have been an intern at for years. I think it's only a matter of time before companies like Apple, Google, Northrop Grumman and Cisco locate major regional offices to the area to get their hands on the mass of talent that they themselves won't have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to train and certify. The effects of that are massive, that's potentially tens of thousands if not more jobs and that's not including retail, entertainment and ect.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:51 PM
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New President of Augusta University says he wants to go beyond wildest dreams
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:09 PM
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In a release from Augusta University, it announces that the GRU Cancer Center will now become the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University.

The announcement comes after the January name and brand change to Augusta University. A new logo has also been designed for the center, too.

"The new name not only reflects our status as the state of Georgia's official cancer center, but our commitment to research, treatment and outreach in local community, the region and beyond," said Dr. Samir N. Khleif, director of the cancer center.

In August, plans were announced to to expand the cancer research center by 72,000 square feet, a project that will continue the Georgia Cancer Center's strides towards National Cancer Institute Construction which is expected to be completed towards the beginning of 2018.
GRU Cancer Center changing its name to Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:56 PM
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Defense bill would aid Augusta University cybersecurity program | Mobile Augusta

Augusta University administrators are waiting for Congress to pass the defense authorization bill because it contains an amendment that lets the school extend its cybersecurity program to ROTC.
Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga., sponsored the amendment at the school’s request. The House passed it, but the amendment wasn’t in the Senate version of the National De*fense Au*thor*ization Act and will have to survive a conference committee.
“The passage of my amendment will help bring cyber ROTC programs to universities across the country looking to train our future military leaders, including Augusta University,” Allen said. “Cyber is the future of modern warfare, and these projects are vital to establishing a 21st century military.”
AU had 75 students participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps in the academic year that just ended. The goal is to have 90 in the next five years and to commission 15 of the graduates as Army officers per year, according to Lt. Col. Jessica Williss, who is over the university’s program.

The University of North Georgia announced Thursday that it had become the fifth school in the state to earn designation as a National Cen*ter of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, alongside Clark At*lan*ta, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Columbus State. The designation requires teaching specific topics and terminology determined by the U.S. military academies.
North Georgia is one of just a handful of non-federal military schools, like the Citadel and Virginia Military Institute, authorized to work directly with West Point and the other military academies on ROTC-related cyber courses to prepare graduates to be cyber specialists when commissioned. Allen’s amendment opens that door to others.
“We have asked Rep. Rick Allen to sponsor this amendment to create a pathway for schools like us who are trying to work with the service academies. We are grateful for his help and leadership in getting this passed,” AU spokesman Arthur Takahashi said.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:38 AM
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Augusta University holding cyber teacher camp to local teachers
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:13 AM
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Crews are currently working to replace signage at Augusta University.

Last week, the university told News 12 NBC 26 that designing the new signs had finished, and that replacing Georgia Regents University signage should start in a few weeks.

The Annex I building at the corner of 15th Street and Laney Walker will be the first to get the new Augusta University branded sign, following the January launch of the university's new name and brand.

Additional signs will be installed throughout campus over the next several months.

The university tells us the new signs will feature the university’s shield logo. Installation of new signage on the medical center is expected to occur over the next month.
Augusta University begins installing new signs
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:19 AM
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AU Graduate students move in to new residence hall
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:24 PM
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A university can’t attract more students if it has no place for them to live. Augusta University has addressed its lack of on-campus housing by building a 700-bed residential complex on the south end of the Health Sciences Campus.

Just footsteps from the recently renovated Student Center—which houses dining facilities as well as the Wellness Center—the residence halls will let students live, eat, play and study all in the same place.

“I think it will bring sort of a breath of life to the medical campus because you’re going to have young people living and studying in the area who will be out and about doing things,” says David Barron, Augusta University associate vice president for student services. “So rather than just people going to class and going home, it will be a 24-hour living environment.”

The new rooms are split between two five-story buildings, a 312-bed undergraduate residence consisting of two-bedroom suites and a 412-bed graduate residence made up of studio and one-bedroom apartments. Both will be open in time for the start of the fall semester.

The facilities will include academic meeting spaces, study rooms on each floor and coin-free laundry rooms featuring “smart” washers and dryers that can text-message students to let them know when their loads are ready.

Barron says the new facilities, part of the master plan’s phase one, will take care of the university’s existing housing shortage. To take on additional students, the master plan’s phases two through four propose new residential buildings near the Student Center and on the northwest corner of Laney-Walker Boulevard and 15th Street.

The existing University Village apartments near the Forest Hills Campus off Wrightsboro Road would be earmarked for upperclassmen, athletes and those spending most of their time on the Summerville Campus.

“As we grow, there is going to be demand for more housing,” Barron says. “About half of our population was from out of area last year.”

The influx of students and their disposable income likely will spur the private sector to build and renovate additional housing in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as develop new retail businesses in the downtown medical district, Barron says.

“Entrepreneurs are always watching our campus,” he says. u

The new housing wouldn’t be possible if not for the university’s 2008 acquisition of land formerly occupied by the city’s Gilbert Manor public housing project.

The 15-acre tract is home to some of the university’s most recent construction, including the Dental College of Georgia and the Harrison Education Commons. It also borders the newest facility of all: the M. Bert Storey Research Building.

The $62.5 million addition-renovation project that was launched in May will add 72,000-square-feet of new space to Augusta University’s Cancer Center complex at Laney-Walker and R.A. Dent boulevards by 2018.

Named after the noted Augusta philanthropist and university supporter, the Storey Research Building will connect to the adjacent clinical cancer facility across Laney-Walker via a three-story enclosed and elevated walkway.

“It will literally and figuratively bridge the clinical research on the north side with the basic science research on the south side,” says Dr. Michael Diamond, Augusta University senior vice president for research. “It provides a fertile opportunity to generate new ideas and new hypotheses while allowing us to learn more about the patients being seen so that, potentially, we may help these patients and those patients in the future in the CSRA and beyond.”

Cancer is one of Augusta University’s three key areas of clinical and translational research; the other two being cardiometabolic disease, which includes type 2 diabetes, and neurological disease, which includes stroke. All three key areas disproportionately affect the health of Georgians.

Diamond says the increased collaboration the Storey Research Building enables is a crucial component to the university becoming a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, while its addition of new research space helps move the university toward Gov. Nathan Deal and Dr. Keel’s goal of making the Medical College of Georgia a top 50 medical school.

The college is currently ranked 70th in National Institutes of Health funding for medical schools, up from No. 74 the previous year, Diamond says.

“Space for investigators is something we desperately need as we grow our faculty,” Diamond says. “We need to have a place for these individuals, and they need facilities that are going to look like facilities at other leading institutions.”
State of the Art - Augusta Magazine - August - September 2016 - Augusta, GA
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:58 AM
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GRU signs coming down | The Augusta Chronicle
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