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Old 09-08-2016, 01:12 AM
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Students at Augusta University are asking for help. They want the school to do more to help them find a place to park. With two campuses and a growing student population, students are getting to campus long before their first class to find a spot.

Joaquin Esquivel is a junior at Augusta University.

"I'm a middle grades education major," said Esquivel.

But every year, he said, students run into the same problem.

"This whole space is probably the first parking that's taken," said Esquivel.

"I found that I would just kind of waste a lot of gas just kind of going around the parking lot, so I usually have to park pretty far away," said Augusta University student, Caley Rentz.

With each semester, it doesn't seem to be going away.

"You have to come in early, if you don't come in early, you will miss parking," said Augusta University Student, Elizabeth Alspaugh.

Elizabeth Alspaugh transferred to Augusta University from Aiken Tech.

"And you would think with a bigger campus, you'd have a bigger range of parking, but you really don't," said Alspaugh.
Augusta University students frustrated over lack of parking on campus
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:38 AM
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It's only going to get worse on the Health Sciences campus if they have their way with the master plan. Two of the largest ground parking areas are planned to be turned into greenspaces on the master plan, with the only additional parking shown to be a new deck on the outskirts past the new dorms. No one will want to park there if their classes are in the middle of campus for the most part. Plus, employees use those lots as well, and the new deck is nowhere near most professional space. Couple all that with the shuttle system being divided into two routes now on the HS campus that causes your wait to be as long or longer than the previous single route, and it's going to be miserable.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:02 PM
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Augusta University and the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School will publicly sign an articulation agreement on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to increase educational opportunities for NCS students.

“Augusta University continues to build a strong academic program in cybersecurity. We are excited to sign this agreement which will enhance the collaborative relationship we have with the NSA, ultimately benefitting students of both Augusta University and the NSA’s National Cryptologic School,” said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D. “Our collaboration will provide an outstanding educational opportunity to our students, particularly our student veterans.”

The NCS offers cryptology training, leadership courses, professional development courses and education in more than 40 languages to NSA and Department of Defense employees. With this agreement, both NCS and Augusta University will commit to facilitating the enrollment of NCS students at Augusta, giving them an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“Part of the National Cryptologic School vision for the future is to ensure that our military and civilian students receive recognition and nationally recognized academic credit for the higher end learning that we provide. Articulation agreements like this are a part of the strategy to achieve that vision,” said NCS Commandant Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder.
Augusta University, NSA to Sign Education Agreement - Augusta CEO
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:49 AM
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“I think this community represents the marriage of the private and public sector,” Brennan told media members Thursday after his keynote address on Day 2 of the Cyber Georgia conference at Augusta University.
“We have Fort Gordon … and Augusta University, which is really determined to bring together the representatives from the different sectors of society and recognize that cybersecurity affects us all. It’s something that we really need to all work on,” he said.
The summit, which brings together government, academic and industry experts to exchange ideas, is in its third year at Augusta University. This year’s summit was co-hosted by the Georgia Cham*ber of Commerce. Offi*cials expect the program to continue to grow and gain more national recognition.
“We have been told to expect what’s been called a cyber tsunami,” AU President Brooks Keel said, adding that “Augusta has got to be ready.”
Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who also spoke at the event, said he used to speak about cybersecurity and get little response, but now it’s a topic no one can ignore.
“The No. 1 issue in every boardroom of American companies today is cybersecurity,” Chambliss said. “It’s that important and it’s reached that high a profile.”
He said the nation is seeing everything from 15-year-old hackers operating out of their parents’ basements to sophisticated criminals running programs to shut down entire computer programs.
With the cyber command center coming to Fort Gordon, that means cybersecurity discussions will now center on this city.
During his speech, Brenn*an discussed the “unprecedented range of threats” the country faces today in the digital domain. He said that in fiscal year 2014, federal agencies were the target of more than 640,000 cyber-related incidents.
CIA chief praises Augusta support for cybersecurity work | The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:35 AM
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Richard Franza will join Augusta University on Feb. 1, 2017, succeeding Mark Thompson, who has served as interim dean since the departure of Marc Miller in July 2015.

“Dr. Franza has a commitment to excellence with a focus on relationship building. He is a wonderfully personable individual, and I’m confident he will fit in well with the community,” Gretchen Caughman, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Augusta University, said in a statement.

Franza has been with Kennesaw State since 2002. He earned a doctorate in operations management from Georgia Tech, an MBA at Duke University and a bachelor of science in applied mathematics from Notre Dame.

Finding the right person to lead a college of business is vital because of the college’s relationship to the local business community, Caughman said. She noted that importance is heightened in Augusta because of the university’s growing cyber program, which is academically housed in Hull, and the expanding affiliation with the military.
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:28 PM
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The University System of Georgia released their Fall 2016 enrollment numbers and Augusta University's fll enrollment is 8,532, that's up from 8,333 or a change of 2.4%. I think Brooks Keel played a big roll in this and I believe that AU's enrollment will reach 10,000 within 5 years.
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Old 11-22-2016, 06:32 PM
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Default Email sent out today by the Interim President Augusta University's Chapter of the AAUP

I find the "missive" (his word) attached at the bottom of his email particularly disturbing. My issue isn't so much with the talk of the so called Dreamers having access to the University because I can at least understand the position even if I don't completely agree with it. My issue is with the fear mongering that is laced throughout his email and the attached AAUP release.

Augusta University faculty colleagues,

The recent incident of flyers that appeared on the Summerville campus last week espousing White Nationalist and other hate groups have many of us concerned. This is not just a local phenomenon; it and worse have been happening at many campuses across the nation. At the national level, the AAUP today sent out the email below this one, and sharing it with you is the main reason for my reaching out to all of you on the last class day before Thanksgiving.

We have held only one AAUP Augusta University Chapter meeting so far this semester, but be assured that your Executive Committee has been working several issues. You will be hearing more about this particular issue, and how we in the AAUP can help address it, before the semester is out.

As another issue not directly related, there is an existing Board of Regents Policy which up to now (and since 2010) has prevented any “Dreamers” – undocumented aliens who have lived here in Georgia since early childhood and graduated from local secondary schools – from matriculating at Augusta University / GRU and, before it, at GHSU and MCG. Our understanding is that BOR policy as it pertains to Augusta University has just this month been lifted. The issue is addressed more generally in the email below. Another open question is what our local response ought to be, the faculty of Augusta University, to this change.

Please read the AAUP’s missive and think about how we, the Augusta University faculty, can become more involved in making our University a safer and more welcoming place for students and faculty alike. Join the AAUP and become involved!

And to members and non-members of the AAUP alike, have a great Thanksgiving!

-- Scotty

Robert M. Scott, PhD
Interim President, Augusta University Chapter, AAUP
Mathematics Department
Augusta University
Office: Allgood Hall, Room N327
Office phone: 706-667-4032

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities.

From: AAUP [mailto:communications@aaup.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:20 AM
To: Scott, Robert <RSCOTT5@augusta.edu>
Subject: The Atmosphere on Campus in the Wake of the Elections

Dear Robert,

The AAUP's national Council approved a resolution condemning campus hate crimes and supporting the campus sanctuary movement. Sign up here for information and updates about the campus sanctuary movement. Below is the text of the Council's resolution.

Since the election of Donald J. Trump almost two weeks ago, the US has experienced an unprecedented spike in hate crimes, both physical and verbal, many of them on college and university campuses. These have been directed against African Americans, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, women, and people with disabilities. In some instances the perpetrators have invoked the president-elect in support of their heinous actions. The AAUP national Council unequivocally condemns these attacks and calls on college and university administrators, faculty, staff, and students to unite against them. Violence, threats of violence, and harassment have no place on campus.

To fulfill their missions, colleges and universities must ensure that all members of their communities may seek knowledge freely. In our 1994 statement On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes the AAUP declared: "On a campus that is free and open, no idea can be banned or forbidden. No viewpoint or message may be deemed so hateful or disturbing that it may not be expressed." But threats and harassment differ from expressions of ideas that some or even most may find repulsive. They intimidate and silence. The free exchange of ideas is incompatible with an atmosphere of fear. Colleges and universities must be places where all ideas and even prejudices may be freely and openly debated and discussed, but such discussion cannot happen when some members of the community are threatened or excluded. Our goal must be to provide safety for both ideas and for all those who wish to engage with them.

We therefore call on college and university administrators to take swift and firm action, consistent with due process rights, against those who have perpetrated violence and those whose menacing behavior threatens both the safety of members of our community and their sense of inclusion. We urge administrators to make clear to all on the campus that such assaults will not be tolerated and to encourage frank and respectful discussion instead. The call issued by administrators at Villanova University, where a violent assault on an African American student rocked the campus, urging faculty members to take time in classes "to ensure that silence on this issue is not misinterpreted as indifference or, even worse, tacit agreement with malicious actions," is worth emulating.

We also call on AAUP chapters and state conferences and all faculty members to speak out against these assaults and to support all efforts to ensure that campus communities are welcoming and inclusive of all groups and ideas. During this difficult time the faculty voice needs more than ever to be heard loud and clear. At UCLA more than five hundred faculty members have signed a petition "pledg[ing] to stand up for, support, and defend the most vulnerable among us, those deliberately targeted in the lead up to the election, and those who are now victims of hate in its wake." We encourage faculty members at other institutions to issue similar statements.

Of special importance is the status of those among our students who are undocumented, many of whom have been in this country since early childhood. Concern for the welfare of these students has already prompted a rash of petitions calling on colleges and universities to become "sanctuary campuses." We support the movement for sanctuary campuses. While colleges and universities must obey the law, administrations must make all efforts to guarantee the privacy of immigrant students and pledge not to grant access to information that might reveal their immigration status unless so ordered by a court of law. Nor should colleges and universities gather information about the citizenship or immigration status of people who have interactions with the administration, including with campus police. College and university police should not themselves participate in any efforts to enforce immigration laws, which are under federal jurisdiction. Faculty members should join efforts to resist all attempts to intimidate or inappropriately investigate undocumented students or to deny them their full rights to due process and a fair hearing.

Finally, we call on president-elect Trump to reconsider his appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and to more vehemently denounce the hate crimes being committed in the president-elect’s name and act to ensure the safety of members of threatened communities and the freedom of all to teach, study, and learn.

Sign up here for information and updates about the campus sanctuary movement.

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Old 11-25-2016, 04:31 AM
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I do not understand your point.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:15 AM
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The Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University has launched its Center for Bioethics and Health Policy to address the challenges in biomedical ethics, health policy and public health.

The CBHP’s interdisciplinary membership will include community members, faculty and staff representing various colleges within the university and its health system who will collaborate to develop a bioethical and health policy curriculum for students, create state and federal health policies, and conduct research aimed at improving population health.

“As Georgia’s only public academic health center, Augusta University has unique strengths and responsibilities in developing biomedical research responsive to community health needs,” said Dr. Bill Strong, center director. “With the launching of the CBHP, our institution continues to position itself as a leader in the field in bioethics and public health, and I look forward to our discovering innovative solutions for the ever-changing health care issues facing our nation.”

In addition to research and policy development, Strong says the center will soon begin offering a Master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy with concentrations in medical humanities, spirituality and health policy.
Augusta University Launches its Center for Bioethics and Health Policy - Augusta CEO
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:18 PM
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At the health system’s board meeting on Thursday, board chair and AU President Brooks Keel again praised Gov. Nathan Deal for his proposed $50 million Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, which would be built on AU’s Riverfront Campus and house its Cyber Institute. That will only add to ongoing collaborations the University has with entities like the National Security Agency where the two are working to provide language education such as Farsi that is important to the agency’s work, he said.

“We’re going move some of that (NSA) teaching directly onto the Summerville Campus, which will allow those students to experience a real college life,” Keel said, while allowing AU students to access language courses that otherwise wouldn’t be offered. For those NSA students, many of whom took courses at the Defense Language Institute in California, the university is creating a pathway to use those credits at the university to earn a bachelor’s degree, he said.

Also included in Deal’s budget request is $4.5 million for planning a new $70 million building that would allow the university to move its College of Science and Mathematics from the Summerville Campus to the Health Sciences Campus, putting those undergraduate students “right in the middle of all of the white coats,” Keel said. The university is working on ways to give those students early access to those health professional schools and research for early exposure to those professions, he said. It will also help attract students to those undergraduate programs, Keel said.
AU Health System holds board meeting Thursday | The Augusta Chronicle
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