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Volume 1 - No. 7 Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Ofce of Communications & Marketing
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Editor’s note: A more in-depth
version of this article will be
published in the summer 2013
edition of Gravity, GRU’s alumni
Several members of the
Georgia Regents University
community were among those at
the Boston Marathon April 15.
Their perspectives, responses,
and experiences varied, but they
share the common denominator
of surviving one of the most
shattering experiences of their
Dr. J. Allan Panter, a 1981
Medical College of Georgia
graduate, was at the fnish line
waiting to cheer on wife Teresa
when the frst bomb exploded at
2:49 p.m.
“The thing was so loud and
right next to me, so I thought
‘bomb’ immediately,” Panter
says. “The second one didn’t
feel like 10 seconds later; it felt
almost immediate. At that point,
I defnitely thought ‘bomb.’”
Panter, Medical Director of
Harris Regional Hospital in
Sylva, N.C., recalled, “I looked
behind me and saw people going
down,” he says. “All the people
between me and the bomb
took it. The fact that we were
all packed in is what kind of
protected me.”
His extensive skills, along with
experience gleaned in numerous
disaster drills, kicked in
immediately. “I turned to the left
and pulled a man out from under
a lady. His legs were gone. I put
tourniquets on the guy, then gave
CPR to the lady on top of him.”
The woman was 29-year-old
Krystal Campbell. She didn’t
make it.
Panter had no time to refect on
the loss. He turned his attention
to dozens of other wounded
victims literally lay at his feet.
“It was basically a matter of who
I could reach frst.”
Hundreds of others were
offering assistance as well.
“The people on the streets who
were left standing just poured
in to help,” Panter says. “Then
waves of other volunteers were
on hand. It was the same at the
medical tent: they were prepared
for a huge infux of dehydrated
runners, so nurses, doctors, cots,
the whole bit were on hand. I
was only one of hundreds who
were working and helping.”
Ninety minutes would pass
before he was able to reconnect
with his wife, fnding her in
the middle of a nearby street.
They embraced as they reunited.
“That’s when I felt emotional,”
Panter says softly.
Dr. Mike Rogers can relate.
Rogers, a member of the GRU
College of Dental Medicine
adjunct faculty who completed
his orthodontics residency at
GRU, had fnished the race
moments earlier when the
frst bomb exploded. He was
collecting his belongings when
he heard the frst explosion.
“Right as I got down to the buses
to get my race gear was when it
went off,” he says. “Everyone
was in a panic. People came
running down the street and told
us to run. So I ran. If I was about
GRU alumni, faculty share stories
of horror at Boston Marathon
PhOtO by Phil JOnes
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued
an Executive Order calling for
fags to fy at half-staf April 16
as a mark of respect for those af-
fected by the tragedy in Boston.
See Boston, page 24
Looking at the future
of health care
Currently, many changes and
challenges are facing health
care providers in America,
and everyone is trying to stay
ahead of the curve. Cleveland
Clinic CEO Delos Cosgrove
visited GRU on Friday, April 26
to discuss some of the unique
strategies his organization is
“There are forces that are
shaping our future,” Cosgrove
said. “We have an aging
population, the national debt, and
changes in medical regulations.”
Health care providers shouldn’t
just be reactive to these changes,
according to Cosgrove, but take
the initiative and meet them head
“We are changing the way we
look after our patients; we want
to do away with variation and
increase quality, which will
decrease the costs,” he said. “We
have improved patient safety
while decreasing the wait time
for appointments.”
The Cleveland Clinic has
improved the quality of patient
care by looking at three major
areas: the clinical outcome, the
Phil JOnes PhOtO
CEO of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, Delos Cosgrove spoke
on the GRU Health Sciences Campus on April 26.
Dr. Delos Cosgrove’s presen-
tation was only one of many
events going on during Alumni
Weekend. See much more from
the cookout to the Woodruf’s
presentation on pages 12 and 13.
See Weekend, page 12
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News, events and more
State of the Medical College
MCG Dean Peter F. Buckley will give
his annual State of the College Address
Friday, May 3 at noon in the Natalie and
Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium.
Children’s Miracle Network
The Health Center Credit Union is co-
sponsoring a Children’s Miracle Network
raffe with the Augusta Credit Union
Chapter. Tickets are $1 each or $10 for 12
and the top prize is $1,000. Contact HCCU
Financial Services Representative Kyle
Scott at 706-434-1637 for tickets, on sale
through May 16. The drawing will be held
May 17 at the Evans Branch of HCCU and
you do not have to be present to win.
Therapy dogs
Certifed therapy dogs from the Jae-Mar-S
obedience school will visit the Robert B.
Greenblatt, M.D. Library on May 2 from
1 to 2 p.m. to offer stress relief to students
as they study for exams. The library will
have other special treats as well every day
at 2 p.m. April 29 to May 3.
Customized training
The Human Resources Workforce Devel-
opment Team offers customized training
to all departments based on specifc needs
submitted through service requests. Top-
ics include:
• Current issues or challenges
• Expected performance outcomes and
learning objectives for training
• Methods to reinforce training
• Metrics to measure training outcomes
and track success
To schedule a meeting, contact Connie
Sutton, Interim Director of Workforce
Development, at 706-721-7623 or Wanda
O’Brien, Senior Training Specialist at 706-
PTO fund
The PTO/Catastrophic Leave Fund, em-
ployee contributions to assist colleagues
during emergencies, is in need. For more
information or to make a donation, call the
Human Resources Benefts Offce at 706-
721-9348. All donations are anonymous
and the program maintains confdentiality
of the employee in need.
Walk/Run set for May 4
The inaugural “Trot to Clot” walk/run
will be held Saturday, May 4 at the Savan-
nah Rapids Pavilion. The event will raise
funds to send children with hemophilia to
camp in July. For more information or to
register, visit
Wellness Center May Special
Grab a partner and get ft at the Wellness
Center in May. Two individuals can join
for three months for only $150 (valid for
employee memberships only). Call 706-
721-6800 for more details.
HR Workforce Development
Launches New Webpages
The Human Resources website features
new pages on training opportunities and
orientation. Visit http://www.georgia-
html and
training/startwise.html. For more informa-
tion, contact Workforce Development at
706-721-7856 or 706-721-3196.
Long-term care
GRU will close open enrollment for a
new long-term care option on May 3. The
insurance covers anything from services
administered by a registered nurse to help
with meal preparation and housekeep-
ing. Care can be provided in the home,
community-based facilities and nursing
homes. Contact your HR representative to
learn more.
Spring Faculty Assembly
The Spring Faculty Assembly will be held
on May 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room
1222 of the Health Sciences Building. For
more information contact Janet Hopkins at
Intramural grants
A new intramural funding opportunity is
available for researchers: TUPP: Collab-
orative Proposal Preparation Awards. The
maximum one-year award is $50,000, and
applications are accepted year-round. The
deadline for Pilot Study Research Program
submissions is June 15. Applications for
Extramural Success Awards (maximum
one-year award: $25,000) are accepted
year-round via email. To review revised
submission guidelines for the latter two
programs, visit
IGPmain.html. For more information
about any of the programs, contact Wanda
Price at 706-721-6479 or waprince@gru.
Adopt-a-Spot will be held Saturday, May
4 (weather permitting) on the Health Sci-
ences Campus. Volunteers are needed to
help out with seasonal color plantings. Stu-
dents, faculty, and staff may partner with
the Landscaping and Grounds Department
to enhance the campus landscape. Twelve
fowerbed locations are available for adop-
tion. For more information or to volunteer,
contact Scott Davis at 706-721-3661 or Or visit www.georgia-
Memorial Day Ceremony
Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will
conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony on
Monday, May 27 at 9 a.m. in the court-
yard. Col. Robert A. Barker, Fort Gordon
Garrison Commander, will be the guest
speaker. Fort Gordon’s U.S. Army Signal
Corps Band and the Post Ceremonial
Detachment Color Guard will participate.
The public is invited. For more informa-
tion, contact Karen Yonce at 706- 721-
AUPhi Ceremony
The sixth annual AUPhi Ceremony will
be held on May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Lee Au-
ditorium, followed by a reception. The
ceremony will honor senior students who
were are nominated by their colleges
based on service and leadership. The pub-
lic is invited.
Breast health screenings
A walk-in mammography clinic for em-
ployees worth $100 toward health savings
accounts is held the frst Friday of each
month from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the
Breast Health Center on the frst foor of
Georgia Regents Medical Center.
See Briefs, page 17
Georgia Regents University GReport 3
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By AdRiAn GReeR
Georgia Regents University will host
its frst commencement May 10 at 2
p.m. at Augusta’s James Brown Arena.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver
the commencement address.
Approximately 1,100 graduates are
expected to cross the stage during the
ceremony, including graduates and
undergraduates from both campuses.
All available guest tickets have been
allotted, and organizers are expecting
a capacity crowd of 7,400 graduates,
guests, and faculty. Bell Auditorium,
where the event will be telecast, will
seat guests without a ticket on a frst-
come, frst-served basis. The event will
also be live-streamed on the Internet
and copies will be available for
purchase after the ceremony.
“We are excited to host the frst
graduation ceremony for the
university,” Director of Student
Services Dale Hartenburg said.
“But there are many new issues that
come with the frst time and we are
making the fnal adjustments getting
everything ready.”
Everything from banners, to
the university mace, to the new
presidential medallion will be new
for the ceremony. And, of course, the
ceremony will feature the new alma
“We commissioned a new
presidential medallion and a new mace
for GRU,” Director of Community
Relations and Museums Kathy Schofe
said. “For both, we used local artists
and designers and incorporated
elements from the history of both
campuses. Brian Rust, Associate Chair
of the Art Department, is sculpting
the mace, and we worked with a
metal manufacturing company on
the presidential medallion and chain
of offce to bring the artists’ ideas to
The gowns will be black, and
each college will have specifc trim
colors for students graduating with a
GRU graduation to ofer many
frsts for students, school
File photo/phil Jones
Graduation for the frst class of GRU will be a special event.
Graduation events
Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony
Thursday, May 9 • 2 p.m., Bell Auditorium
College of Education Celebration
Thursday, May 9 • 3 - 5 p.m.,
Jaguar Student Activities Center, Summerville
College of Nursing Convocation, Health Sciences
Thursday, May 9 • 4 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Augusta
College of Nursing Convocation, Summerville
Thursday, May 9 • 7 p.m.
Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Summerville
College of Science and Mathematics Reception
Thursday, May 9 • 4:30 p.m.
Science Building Lobby, Summerville Campus
College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and
Honors Ceremony
Thursday, May 9 • 6 p.m.
Bell Auditorium
Hull College of Business Reception and MBA
Graduate Hooding Ceremony
Thursday, May • 9 -6 p.m.
Allgood Hall North Stairwell, Summerville Campus
College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 10 • 8 a.m.
Warren Baptist Church
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Graduation Ceremony
Friday, May 10 • 9 a.m.
JSAC Ballroom, Summerville Campus
College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 10 • 10 a.m.
First Baptist Church of Augusta
Department of Psychology Graduate Hooding
Friday, May 10 • 6:30 p.m.
Pinnacle Club
Friday, May 10 • 2 p.m.
James Brown Arena
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Staff RepoRtS
In an effort to offset the cost of
tuition, GRU is offering a Finish-
in-Four plan. This plan, based
on Complete College America’s
mission to increase the number
of Americans with quality career
certifcates or college degrees
encourages student enrollment
in 15 or more credit hours per
semester in order to complete their
bachelor’s degree program in four
years. This is a model currently
used at other USG institutions
including Georgia Tech, University
of Georgia, and Georgia College &
State University.
“We are taking steps to
minimize the impact in the rise of
educational costs while ensuring
the university has the resources
necessary to provide students with
the best academic opportunities
and support services,” said GRU
Provost Gretchen Caughman.
With the new Finish in Four
plan, a student taking a 15-credit
hour course load per semester and
who graduates in four years will
save over $5,000 in tuition and fee
costs when compared to a student
enrolled in 12 credit hours who
takes longer to graduate.
“The majority of our entering
students have strong entering
high school GPA and SAT scores.
We believe these academic
qualifcations are indicative of
their ability to handle a full-time
course load that will enable them
to complete their degree in a
timely manner,” said Caughman.
“Students who complete their
bachelor’s degree in four years
save on their total educational
investment and begin their
career earning potential that
much sooner.” This information,
provided by the Bureau of Labor
“We are pleased that the Regents
allowed us to differentiate
our undergraduate tuition in
consideration of our recent
consolidation. In an effort to
continue our commitment to
returning former Augusta State
University students, GRU is
holding tuition rates constant,
except for normal increases
approved by the University System
Georgia Board of Regents,” said
Caughman. In addition to the rate
for continuing students that were
enrolled at ASU during the prior
academic year, there are rates that
are applicable to former Georgia
Health Sciences University
students as well as new students
attending the institution for the
frst time as indicated in the table
For more information regarding
GRU’s tuition, call 1-855-5-Tuition
during business hours.
Finish in Four to help students
By Latina emeRSon
Georgia Regents University will
launch four new bachelor’s degree
programs following recent approval
by the University System of Georgia
Board of Regents.
The following academic degrees
programs will be established at GRU
in the Fall 2013 semester: Bachelor
of Science in Applied Information
Systems & Technologies (Hull
College of Business), Bachelor of
Arts with a major in Anthropology
(Pamplin College of Arts,
Humanities, and Social Sciences),
and the Bachelor of Science with a
major in Cell and Molecular Biology
and Bachelor of Science with a major
in Ecology (College of Science and
“Georgia Regents University
is excited to expand its academic
offerings for undergraduate students,”
said GRU Provost Gretchen
Caughman. “Our university strives to
offer programs of study that appeal to
our students and will provide a strong
foundation for their future careers.
We also look forward to launching
new degrees in Anthropology,
Ecology and Cell and Molecular
Biology, which will make us even
more attractive to potential students
across the state.”
GRU has two existing computing
related programs – a Bachelor of
Science in Computer Science and
Bachelor of Business Administration
in Management Information
Systems – but the degree in Applied
Information Systems & Technologies
has a more technical emphasis than
an MIS degree and a more applied
orientation than a CS degree. Courses
will include network security,
interface design and digital forensics,
and the program will require a senior
project in software development.
The Bachelor of Arts with a
major in Anthropology will focus
on intercultural understanding,
archaeology and cultural heritage
studies. Students will also select a
minor program of study depending
on their career and educational goals.
For the Bachelor of Science in Cell
and Molecular Biology and Bachelor
of Science in Ecology, GRU has
converted two existing Bachelor of
Science tracks or concentrations.
Previously, the Department
of Biology offered a single
undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of
Science with a major in Biology, and
allowed students to select one of three
tracks: general biology, ecology and
cell and molecular biology. General
biology will continue as a major,
while the tracks in cell and molecular
biology and in ecology will be
discontinued with the establishment
of new majors in these areas of study.
The Georgia Department of Labor
projects employment opportunities
in the life sciences will increase by
730 jobs (10.8 percent) from 2008
to 2018. During this 10-year period,
opportunities related to cell and
molecular biology are projected to
increase by 430 jobs (3.4 percent), and
those for felds related to ecology are
projected to increase by 300 jobs (11.5
GRU to ofer four new
bachelor’s degree programs
new academic degrees for fall 2013



Georgia Regents University GReport 5
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By AdRiAn GReeR
The GRU Child Care Center
received the highest score
possible, three stars, from a
recent state assessment.
“We’re very excited about the
honor,” Center Interim Director
Nancy Webb said. “The process
was very labor-intensive, but
this is just one more piece of
evidence that shows just how
hard the teachers and staff work
The rating, based on a
center-compiled portfolio and
a site visit, was assigned by
Georgia’s voluntary quality
rating and improvement system,
Bright from the Start: Georgia
Department of Early Care and
“We started work on the
portfolio in May 2012 and we
fnished in December,” Webb
said. “It was very complex and it
required a lot of work.”
The portfolio addressed
fve standards, including
information about the facility,
training, student-teacher ratios,
and, of course, curriculum. The
center received a 15, the highest
possible score, on the portfolio.
The site visit followed.
“The assessor went into the
classrooms and spent several
hours in each room and created
a score for each one,” Webb
said. “Then the scores are used,
along with the portfolio score
to assign a star level, one, two,
or three, with three being the
And now, all that hard work
has paid off. The center was the
frst in the Southeast Region (34
southeastern Georgia counties)
to earn a three-star rating.
Along with the recognition,
the individual teachers each
received $250 and a Quality
Rated apron. The center is also
eligible for state technical,
training, and enhancement
grants for participating in the
“It took a lot of teamwork,
but we did it!” Webb said. “We
want to thank everyone who
has helped us, and we always
encourage people to come by
and see what we have to offer.”
Quality Rated
The Quality Rated program,
founded in 2012 by the Georgia
Department of Early Care and
Learning, aims to recognize
the best centers in Georgia and
give parents a way to measure
quality at centers around
the state. Over 1,125 centers
currently take part in the
voluntary program.
Child Care Center earns top distinction
AdRiAn GReeR photo
Center Interim Director Nancy
Webb and teacher Sasha Rivera
with fag signifying designation
as a three-star center.
GReport Georgia Regents University Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By Toni BakeR
A small Minnesota-based
medical direction and support-
company and Georgia’s public
medical school have teamed up
to provide supplemental medical
support to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation’s feld operations.
Vighter Medical Group and
the Medical College of Georgia
at Georgia Regents University
have signed a fve-year contract
that ensures the FBI always has
physician or medic support on
the ground or on the phone as
needed to support the FBI’s feld
operations. The contract also
includes arranging transport of
injured individuals to medical
facilities, setting up feld
hospitals when needed and
training the FBI medics.
The front line includes Dr.
Jeffery A. Lee, CEO of Vighter,
a retired military medical
offcer and former U.S. Army
Special Forces Medic; Rob
Mulry, Director of the MCG
Center of Operational Medicine,
a retired FBI medic; and Dr.
Richard Schwartz, Chairman
of the MCG Department of
Emergency Medicine and, a
former member of the U.S.
Army’s Special Forces who has
led the contract with the FBI for
10 years and, worked closely with
the Drug Enforcement Agency,
the military and other police
agencies to optimize safety and
survival in high-risk operations.
This is the second renewal of a
fve-year contract with the FBI
for MCG but the frst partnership
with Vighter to provide the
support services. The pairing
was prompted by a new federal
contract requirement that a small
business take the lead but proved
a logical ft because of the two
groups’ respective expertise.
In fact, Lee and Schwartz
immediately thought they’d make
good partners in the venture.
“Our capabilities line up very
well,” said Schwartz. Vighter
provides primarily additional
medic as well as occupational
medicine support to a feld
operation either by phone or
in person and MCG provides
primarily physician support.
“How it works depends on what
the bureau needs. If there is a
need for direct medical support
from emergency physicians, the
bureau will contact me directly.
We already have a process that
works well. If there is a need for
medic staffng or occupational
medicine support, they will go
directly to Vighter and Dr. Lee.”
Vighter oversees 60 medics
skilled in these on-the-scene
maneuvers with other non-
medical organizations in
high-risk areas such as ground
operations to support the war
effort in Afghanistan.
About one-third of MCG’s 35
emergency medicine physicians
have the Department of Justice
security clearance needed to
work with the FBI. Additionally,
MCG currently has one medic
assigned full time to the FBI
in Quantico, Va., and works
closely to assist FBI operational
medical providers on a regular
basis. This includes bringing
FBI medics to the Georgia
Regents Health System for hands
on training in areas such as the
operating room and emergency
“We will deploy with the FBI
as needed,” Schwartz said. “If
there is a large feld operation
that is very remote from what
we would consider modern
medical facilities, for example,
we have the capability of setting
up a surgical unit close to the
site of the operation where we
can stabilize casualties and
determine how to get them from
that location to where they can
safely get the defnitive medical
care they need.”
“Perhaps especially for a small
organization like ours, it’s an
incredible privilege to support
the premier law enforcement
agency in the world, and we’re
pleased to team with MCG to do
this,” Lee said. “It’s a huge big
deal for us.”
Schwartz concurs. “It’s exciting
that we have the continuing
opportunity to support the FBI
and the new relationship with
Vighter takes that support to the
next level,” he said.
Vighter, (see www.vighter.
com) founded fve years ago
and based in Winona, Minn.,
regularly works with government
organizations, such as the U.S.
Department of Defense and
Department of State, as well as
Vighter Medical Group and MCG team up to support FBI
Phil Jones Photo
Dr. Richard Schwartz
See FBI, page 14
Georgia Regents University GReport 7
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By LaTina EmERson
On April 19, GRU’s Earth Day
celebration, in partnership with
Paine College, drew a crowd of
500 people. “We had a great
turnout, with more students in
attendance than in previous years,
which was wonderful since we
had to move indoors,” said Linda
Saunders, event organizer. “The
vendors were all happy with the
interest shown.”
The event was held in the
Wellness Center on the Health
Sciences campus due to the
threat of thunderstorms that day.
Popular vendor exhibits included
tree seedling giveaways by GRU;
Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farms,
a local honeybee farm; Costa
Farms, a Florida perennial plant
division that gave away plants;
and Southern Swiss Dairy, which
sells locally-made food and was
almost unable to attend the event
because of a recent tornado that
destroyed the farm’s barn.
Attendees also dropped off
items for recycling at collection
points and received free recycled
items such as recycled Styrofoam
coolers and ice packs.
More than 80 volunteers
from GRU and Paine College
participated in Earth Day,
including GRU staff and students
from the Medical College of
Georgia (second year), GRU
College of Graduate Studies
and Paine College. Kathleen
McCarty, who works in the
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Department, received the
Clean Commuter award for her
dedication to carpooling. She
was recognized by the Clean Air
Campaign for neutralizing 25,000
pounds of pollution by carpooling.
A dozen employees rode their
bikes to work along one of
three routes, the North Augusta
Greeneway, the Augusta Canal
and down the “Hill area.” Dr.
Alan Saul, Assistant Professor
in the GRU Department of
Ophthalmology, who doesn’t own
a car and rides his bike to work
and around town each day, led one
of the routes.
“There’s too much motor vehicle
traffc, and we need to reduce
that…people driving to campus
and driving everywhere,” Saul
said. “It’s an easy and lovely thing
to do to get to campus by riding or
walking. We’re trying to improve
the campus, and hopefully
the city, to make it more bike
friendly. We’d like to see more
people doing it. Bikes can also be
brought onto the GRU bus, which
provides convenient rides up and
down the hill between campuses.”
2013 Earth Day
celebration draws 500
Phil Jones Photos
GReport Georgia Regents University Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Staff RepoRtS
The Georgia General Assembly
recently wrapped up its 2013
session, and several legislation
items will impact higher education
and health care in the communities
we serve.
For higher education, the
University System of Georgia
passed bills to extend the sunset
provision for Carry Forward (HB
45), the employee/employer rate
setting for the Optional Retirement
Plan (HB 231), and the transfer of
the archives functions to the USG
(HB 287). Each piece of legislation
awaits signature by the Governor.
Under HB 45, Carry Forward
allows the University System of
Georgia to write off small amounts
and carry forward unexpended
student technology fees, continuing
education fee revenue, indirect
cost recovery, departmental
sales and services, and up to 3
percent of tuition revenue. For
HB 231, the Board of Regents
will determine the employee
and employer contribution rates
to the Optional Retirement Plan
annually and perform a review of
rates every three years. Under HB
287, the Georgia Archives, which
identify and preserve Georgia’s
most valuable documents, will be
transferred from the supervision of
the Georgia Secretary of State to
the University System of Georgia.
Students applying for the
HOPE scholarship must currently
complete a FAFSA form to qualify
and prove their legal status.
Legislation that would remove this
requirement (HB 324) was passed
during the 2013 session and awaits
signature by the Governor. Once
signed, it will go into effect July 1,
HB 516 was certifed as a fscal
bill and would allow for a one-
time transfer from the Optional
Retirement Plan to the Teachers
Retirement System. A study on the
fscal impact of the legislation will
be conducted this summer.
In health care, SB 24 authorizes
the Department of Community
Health to implement the Medicaid
Financing Program to maintain
federal fnancial participation
for Georgia’s Medicaid program,
which includes triggers to end the
program if the federal matching
funds end or if Medicaid rates are
reduced. However, critical access
hospitals, psychiatric hospitals
and state-owned hospitals, such as
Georgia Regents Health System,
will continue to be exempt.
The following healthcare
legislation awaits the Governor’s
-HB 209 allows prescription
pad or paper that is approved by
the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services. It was amended
to include regulations regarding
compounding pharmacies and
remote order entry.
-HB315 requires ongoing
education for registered nurses’
licensure renewal starting in
2016. It allows hospitals to verify
competency for employed nurses
and requires the reporting of
suspected violations of licensing
regulations to the state Board of
-HB 499 establishes that payor
guidelines and criteria under
federal law will not establish a legal
basis for negligence or a standard
of care for medical malpractice.
Georgia General Assembly legislation to impact GRU, GRHS
By Sharron WallS
Opening science and health
care students’ eyes to career
opportunities they may have never
heard of and giving freshmen a
frm foundation in college are the
hallmarks of two efforts piloted by
College of Allied Health Sciences
faculty and their Summerville
Campus counterparts at Georgia
Regents University.
As the spring semester began,
Lindsey Burden, Mallorie Shaw,
and Ashley Close seemed to speak
different languages. They all
understood English just fne, but
when they found themselves in a
Physics of Radiation Oncology class
on the Health Sciences Campus,
their subject matter comprehension
was miles apart.
Lindsey, a physics major, talks
with ease about harmonic motion,
centripetal force, standing waves,
Coulomb’s law, and the Venturi
Effect, topics that initially made
her radiation therapy technology
classmates dizzy. But on the fip
side, Lindsey knew nothing about
brachytherapy, what cobalt 60 is
used for, or how to use electron
beams to treat patients, topics
Mallorie and Ashley comfortably
understood after participating in
their program’s clinical applications.
Within a couple of weeks, however,
conversation and comprehension
vastly improved as six Summerville
and seven Health Sciences students
flled in the gaps for each other.
“It’s an exciting collaboration,”
said Dr. Andy Hauger, who holds
the Callaway Chair in Physics on
the Summerville Campus. Hauger
has been teaching the class for
several years at the invitation of
Radiation Therapy Technology
Program Director Lynne Eggert.
So when Georgia Health Sciences
and Augusta State universities
consolidated into GRU in January,
they had a head start on integrating
students from different disciplines.
Hager enjoys building such
collaborative programs. He and
Eggert began by discussing
possibilities with a small group
of like-minded people, including
physicists at the Georgia Radiation
Treatment Center, where
undergraduates, including Lindsey,
began taking part in research last
fall. Bringing Summerville students
into the radiation oncology class was
a natural extension.
“It’s an opportunity for students
to learn how to apply physics to a
very useful, potentially life-saving
profession – one of those felds that I
think we don’t really showcase very
much,” Hauger said.
Radiation therapy, which kills or
controls cancer cells while sparing
normal tissues, is often confused
with chemotherapy and radiology.
“A lot of people don’t know about
our profession,” said Ashley, a
radiation therapy technology junior.
“So this is a good way for our
program to get more exposure.”
The now cross-listed class, a
required course for students in the
program, attracted Summerville
physics, chemistry, and biology
students, from sophomores to
seniors. Some students, Hauger said,
signed up out of curiosity. Others
had more practical motives.
“I had always had an idea about
oncology and medicine, but I liked
physics,” said Lindsey, who plans
to pursue medical physics and
took the course as preparation for
graduate school. “Until this class, I
didn’t know you could put the two
While Summerville students
traveled the short distance to the
Health Sciences Campus this spring,
several members of the College of
Allied Health Sciences faculty made
the trip in reverse last fall for a pilot
Freshman Year Academic Seminar
enabling new students to explore
allied health topics and adapt to the
demands of college.
The seminar, developed by
Department of Biology Chairman
Richard Griner and College of
Allied Health Sciences Associate
Dean for Student and Academic
Affairs Doug Keskula, is a joint
project that Griner and Keskula hope
will spread to other colleges and
“The goal is to develop a truly
robust frst-year experience for
students to explore topics from
an academic perspective, to use
that as an engagement tool, and
to ultimately improve graduation
rates,” Griner said. “We’d like to see
such a program develop throughout
the university because there is true
value in it.”
Four College of Allied Health
Sciences faculty members –
Keskula, Dr. Barbara Russell,
Lisa Daitch, and Kitty Hernlen,
representing physical therapy,
clinical laboratory sciences,
physician assistant, and respiratory
therapy, respectively – led the
two-credit seminar and recruited
guest professors from other health
sciences disciplines throughout the
“We saw it as an opportunity for
the college to engage with students
early so they understand there are
career paths they might not know
about and to advise them on courses
they will need to take to be strong
candidates for our programs,”
Keskula said. “We hope that by
showing them what they can work
toward, they’re going to be much
more serious students.”
The discipline-based seminar
is designed to appeal to students
with common interests. A cohort
recruited during summer orientation
is placed in block scheduling for at
least their freshman year, attending
several classes as a group in addition
to the seminar.
The concept clicked for pre-med
student Leigh Ann Kilpatrick, who
admits she had no idea what she was
getting into when she started college
last fall.
“I was a straight-A student at
a magnet school without even
trying, so I came to college
thinking it would be a breeze,” she
recalled. “But I got overwhelmed
immediately, the frst week.”
While her initial attraction to
the seminar was the promised
introduction to health professions,
Leigh Ann found the class benefcial
in other ways.
“It helped me realize what I had to
do to change my previous thinking
about college,” she said. “It helped
me slow down and focus.”
Rachel Clay, who plans a career
in pediatric dentistry, pointed out
another advantage.
“It’s made the whole transition a
little bit easier,” she said. “We help
each other and feed off each other.
This class was also about learning
how to cope in college so you don’t
become one of those kids who
doesn’t do well.”
The block scheduling and
freshman seminar concept has been
successful at other universities, said
Griner, citing robust programs at
Georgia Southern and Appalachian
State universities.
“We studied what they do and
started small,” he said. “This is
not an orientation course, but
we believe that practically every
student coming in the door needs
this. Almost none of them are truly
prepared for the rigors of today’s
college experience.”
Taylor Aune, a pre-med student,
echoed his fellow students.
“When Dr. Griner described the
seminar in orientation, I processed
it for about 30 seconds, and then I
immediately wanted in. There’s just
no negative to it. It really helps with
pretty much everything.”
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Freshman Year Academic Seminar biology students and College of Allied Health Sciences faculty ex-
plore health care career choices and ways to succeed in college.
Physics, chemistry, and biology students from the Summerville
Campus join radiation therapy technology students on the Health
Sciences Campus to learn about radiation oncology.
College builds bridges across campuses
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weekend...from page 1
physical experience, and the
emotional experience, according
to Cosgrove.
“In the past, we focused on
only the clinical outcome,” he
said. “It used to be when you did
cardiac surgery, if it went well,
you got a big hug. But now, we
want to work on the one-on-one
relationship with the patient.”
Cosgrove cited an experience
while making a presentation
years ago at an Ivy League
school. After his presentation
about the Cleveland Clinic, he
opened the foor for questions.
One student stood up and said
that her family had chosen to go
to a different hospital because
her family felt the Cleveland
Clinic lacked “empathy.
“What could I say?” he said
about the comment. “But we took
that experience and have worked
to improve our care.”
The clinic hired a Chief
Experience Offcer to focus on
making the patients’ experiences
more intimate. The clinic also
opened medical records to the
patients, hired a greeter, put
art on the walls, redesigned the
rooms with a patient-friendly
feel, eliminated limitations
to visiting hours, redesigned
patient gowns, and even provided
massage and pet therapy for
“Our patient satisfaction went
up 90 percent,” he said. “Our
nurse communication went up,
our doctor communication went
The clinic is also focusing on
keeping costs down.
“We have been working to
avoid unnecessary lab tests,”
Cosgrove said. “Also we have
been consolidating our services
to streamline care and lower
The Cleveland Clinic operates
eight community hospitals and
the main campus in northern
Ohio, but to increase effciency
and care, the clinic consolidated
labor and delivery services down
to only three locations, according
to Cosgrove. This allowed those
three locations to really focus
on labor and delivery and offer
the best quality, and keep costs
The clinic is also looking at
how to minimize internal health
care costs. The clinic not only
banned smoking on grounds, but
also won’t hire smokers. Transfat
has been removed from hospital
menus and employees are offered
free health programs and gym
“We also enroll employees in
chronic disease management,”
he said. “Health care costs were
down 1 percent last year.
In the end, the clinic has been
and continues to look for ways
to increase patient care and
satisfaction, and also increase
effciency to lower costs.
Phil Jones Photos
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corporations around the world.
MCG’s Center for Operational Medicine
works with local and state police, as well
as the FBI and other federal agencies to
provide medical training and support to
their forces as well as the medics assigned
to them.
In fact, the MCG center developed a
Special Tactics for Operational Rescue
and Medicine (STORM) course patterned
after the military’s Tactical Combat
Casualty Care course, for front-line agents
in the FBI and other federal agencies that
helps law enforcement personnel take
better care of each other.
The center also has helped develop a
series of courses now used around the
world that help a wide array of providers
– from police to paramedics to hospital
administrators and frefghters – work
optimally together in the aftermath of
natural and manmade disasters.
FBI...from page 6
Find out more
about GRU
branding & brand
guidelines at www.
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By Danielle HaRRis
The University System of
Georgia Board of Regents recently
approved GRU President Ricardo
Azziz’s request to award an
honorary degree to James M. Hull,
the namesake of the university’s
business school.
“Mr. Hull has been a great
supporter of our university and
we are very excited about the
opportunity to honor him in this
way,” said GRU Provost Gretchen
An Augusta native and
philanthropist, Hull has served on
the boards of Historic Augusta,
Inc., Gertrude Herbert Institute
of Art, Morris Museum of Art,
Augusta First Tee, Augusta
Preparatory Day School, Episcopal
Day School, and the Community
Foundation of the CSRA.
Hull is owner of Hull Storey
Gibson Companies, LLC, a
shopping center acquisition,
development, and management
frm based in Augusta. The
company’s current portfolio
includes more than 20 enclosed
malls and 25 retail shopping
centers throughout Georgia,
South Carolina, North Carolina,
Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Texas,
and Tennessee.
Hull will be awarded the degree
during GRU’s commencement
May 10. This year’s graduation
speaker will be Georgia Governor
Nathan Deal.
Hull to receive honorary degree
James M. Hull
By Denise PaRRisH
Tad A. Gomez, Administrative
Director of Pharmacy,
Rehabilitation and Respiratory
Care Services at Georgia
Regents Health System, has
been named a Fellow of the
American Society of Health-
System Pharmacists.
Gomez, who joined the health
system in 2003 as Director
of Pharmacy, is also Director
of the Pharmacy Residency
Programs for Georgia Regents
and is a Clinical Associate
Professor at The University of
Georgia College of Pharmacy.
Gomez is the former Director
of Inpatient Pharmacy Services
for Ben Taub General Hospital,
Lyndon B. Johnson General
Hospital and Quentin Mease
Community Hospital in
Houston, Texas. He holds a B.S.
degree from the University of
Kansas School of Pharmacy
and an M.S. degree in Hospital
Pharmacy Administration from
The Ohio State University.
He completed a residency in
Pharmacy Practice Management
at Ohio State Medical Center.
He is a member of ASHP, the
Georgia Society of Health-
System Pharmacists, Georgia
Pharmacy Association,
American College of Healthcare
Executives, and Georgia
Association of Healthcare
Executives and serves on the
Board of Directors of Augusta’s
Health Center Credit Union.
Gomez named an ASHP Fellow
Tad Gomez
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Retirement counseling
Individual, confdential counseling
sessions on retirement will be held
on both the Health Sciences Cam-
pus and Summerville Campus this
spring. TIAA-CREF will offer ses-
sions on the Health Sciences Campus
in room 1107 of Annex 1 on May
23 and June 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. TIAA-CREF will offer sessions
on the Summerville Campus in the
Skinner Conference Room on May
24, and June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Call 800-732-8353 to schedule
an appointment.
VALIC representatives are available
on each campus each day from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. to assist with retirement and
complete fnancial planning needs.
For more information or to schedule
an appointment, contact 706-722-
4600 or
Military and Veterans
Services ofce
The Offce of Military and Veterans
Services has moved to the second
foor of Washington Hall. The de-
partment assists service members,
veterans, and affliated family mem-
bers. The offce hours are weekdays
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 706-729-2255.
HR Training opportunities
GRU Human Resources Workforce
Development is offering a variety of
classes in May on topics to include
Customer Service, Management and
Leadership, Procedure Courses, and
Personal and Professional Develop-
ment. To see the full schedule of
courses or for more information, visit
Please note our Summerville Cam-
pus Professional and Community
Education Department also offers
a variety of courses covering topics
for training in computer applications
and Professional Development. To
see the full schedule of courses for
the Summerville location, please visit
Eat for a good cause
Eat dinner at Carolina Ale House on
Tuesday, May 14 and 25 percent of
proceeds from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. ben-
eft patient transportation and other
needs at the GRU Cancer Center.
Email for additional
Briefs...from page 2
See More Briefs, page 22
Phishing attacks get serious
On March 28, 2013, nearly 400 Georgia Regents
email accounts received a message titled, “1 New
The email itself was quite simple. It stated the
recipient had one important new message, which
had to be viewed by visiting a weblink. The link
opened a web browser to what appeared to be the
GRU Outlook WebAccess (OWA) login page. The
recipient would have to login to OWA to view the
message, which seems correct. A login attempt to
OWA appears to fail and direct the individual back
to the login page. The second login succeeds, but
there is nothing in the email account that appears to
be important, so this must have been a computer er-
ror… or was it?
This seemingly innocent but important email was
one of the most targeted phishing attacks experi-
enced by our institution. We are going to examine
both the message and the website as an exercise to
better equip GRU faculty, staff, and students to rec-
ognize and repel a phishing attack.
Let’s frst take a look at the email message itself.
It merely stated “You have 1 New Important Mail
Message, Press the Link Below to View Message.”
And below, it had a hyperlink labeled “Press here to
View Message”, with a bottom line reading “Geor-
gia Health Sciences university –Webmail-Services.”
Several things should be noted when examining
this message. The frst thing that should be noticed
is the institution is referred to as Georgia Health Sci-
ences University. Offcial Information Technology
Services communications have been updated to cor-
rectly refect the new name of our new university.
See Phishing, page 18
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Georgia Regents University
Promotion and tenure
policies ratifed
The new promotion and tenure
policies have been ratifed by the
faculty assembly.
The senate received 354 votes or
30 percent of the eligible faculty.
The GRU Policies for Promotion
and Tenure had 268 or 76 percent
in favor and 86 or 24 percent not in
According to the University Sen-
ate Bylaws, the senate needed a
“Quorum of Whole Faculty for
Electronic Voting. Twenty-fve per-
cent of the membership of the whole
faculty as defned in II, 3 and II, 4
also constitutes a quorum for the
electronic vote, except as noted in
Article V, 1.2.”
GRU named Super Site
Quintiles, one of the largest con-
tract research organizations (CRO)
in the world, has offcially named
Georgia Regents University a “Su-
per Site.” Super Sites are essentially
very large, high-performing, usu-
ally hospital-based sites with which
Quintiles has worked for years and
with whom it desires a closer, more
alliance-like relationship. The desig-
nation means Quintiles will provide
access to all of its larger studies
before offering them to other, non-
super sites. Some of the therapeutic
areas currently in Quintiles’ pipeline
include cardiology, dermatology,
endocrinology, gastroenterology, he-
infectious disease, neurology, respi-
ratory, rheumatology, psychiatry,
and urology.
If you are a physician interested
in conducting industry-sponsored
human clinical studies in any of
these therapeutic areas, or any other
area, send an email to Barbara Cov-
ington at and
include your contact information
and therapeutic/indication interests.
Covington maintains a database that
matches researchers with new stud-
ies and works closely with the Quin-
tiles Super Site manager to ensure
expectations are properly aligned
and GRU researchers have the sup-
port they need.
A headline in the April 17 edition-
incorrectly identifed the Alumni
Weekend speaker Bob Woodruff.
The GReport apologizes for the er-
phishing...from page 17
The next anomaly is that the From:
and Reply-To: addresses contain an @ address. Any offcial GRU
communication will not originate
from another university email system.
The third incongruity is the message
subject contains [BULK/SPAM].
This is a fag placed on the message
by our anti-spam/malware protections
to notify the recipient there is content
that is suspicious, but did not meet
the rules to block the message for
Up to this point, this attack re-
ally was not much different from the
phishing attacks experienced nearly
every day by our customers. This at-
tack deviated from the norm when the
site in the email was visited.
The page appears in all ways but
one to be the offcial Georgia Regents
University Outlook WebAccess login
page. Even the logo has been copied
from our offcial site to raise the legiti-
macy of the phish. The only visible
difference is the web page name in
the address bar: This is not a GRU
website. The legitimate login sites for
GRU web mail are https://owa.gru.
edu for the Health Sciences campus
and for the
Summerville campus. This false page
captured any login credentials entered
into it then redirected the browser to
the true GRU Outlook WebAccess
Information Technology Services
identifed the computers that visited
the malicious site, and has contacted
the computer owners and instructed
them to change their password if
their credentials were entered into the
phishing site.
Steps were also taken to block the
phishing web site. If you believe your
account credentials may be compro-
mised due to this attack or another
attack, please contact the ITS Service
Desk at 706-721-4000 or itservice@
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By Toni BakeR
Pain is an undeniable focal
point for patients with sickle cell
disease but it’s not the best focus
for drug development, says one
of the dying breed of physicians
specializing in the condition.
Rather scientists need to
get back to the crux of the
disease affecting 1 in 500 black
Americans and fnd better ways
to prevent the hallmark sickling
that impedes red blood cells’
oxygen delivery, damaging blood
vessel walls and organs along the
way, said Dr. Abdullah Kutlar,
Director of the Sickle Cell Center
at the Medical College of Georgia
at Georgia Regents University.
“We have one drug that reduces
sickling and we need more,”
said Kutlar, the 2013 Roland B.
Scott, M.D., Lecturer for the
7th Annual Sickle Cell Disease
Research and Educational
Symposium and National Sickle
Cell Disease Scientifc Meeting
April 14-17 in Miami.
“Pain is very important to
someone who is suffering, but
by using pain as an end point,
we are missing opportunities
and wasting drugs that could be
very helpful,” he said. “Moving
forward, I suggest we develop
new combination therapies that
have anti-sickling capabilities at
their center,” said Kutlar, noting
such cocktail approaches have
worked well for cancer and HIV.
Kutlar completed an extensive
historical review of patient and
study outcomes in preparation
for the lecture honoring the late
Howard University physician
who made it his mission to
improve the lives of children
with sickle cell disease.
Scott’s contributions include
prompting the National Sickle
Cell Control Act of 1972, which
established the frst federally-
funded comprehensive sickle
cell centers, including the one
at MCG led by Dr. Titus H.J.
No doubt Scott, Huisman and
others have made a tremendous
difference to patients, whose
average life expectancy has gone
from the teens to the 50s in the
past 30 years, Kutlar said. Much
of that progress grew out of
focusing on the basics, including
developing hydroxyurea,
still the only Food and Drug
Administration-approved drug
that targets sickling.
Approved 15 years ago,
hydroxyurea works by increasing
expression of fetal hemoglobin,
which can’t sickle. However,
it’s still not widely used – about
35 percent of Kutlar’s adult
patients take it, for example
– probably for a combination
of reasons that include a side
effect of weight gain and
unsubstantiated concerns that
it increases cancer risk. He
and his colleagues need to do a
better job communicating the
benefts of this drug in addition
to fnding new ones, Kutlar said.
Reduced sickling means less
damage to blood vessels and
organs, he said, noting that the
major cause of death in adults
and children is acute chest
syndrome, a severe pneumonia
resulting from cumulative lung
damage. A handful of new anti-
sickling drugs are in various
stages of development, including
a thalidomide- derivative
pioneered by MCG researchers
that also enhances fetal
hemoglobin expression.
Other good endpoints for drug
development include downstream
effects of sickling, such as the
unnatural adhesion of red blood
cells to blood vessel walls, Kutlar
said. Unfortunately work was
recently halted on a drug that
reduced adhesion but not pain,
Kutlar said.
Pain needs to be the primary
endpoint only for pain
medications, he noted. The
good news is that many new
pain medications are available
for these patients, whose pain
crises can be severe enough
to require hospitalization and
Anti-sickling therapies should be
focus for sickle cell science
Phil Jones Photo
Dr. Abdullah Kutlar
See Sickle, page 20
GReport Georgia Regents University Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By ChRisten CaRteR
More than $64 million in funding
– for Georgia Regents University
cancer research and clinical care, and
health sciences educational space –
is included in the University System
of Georgia’s proposed 2014 budget.
“I am extremely appreciative and
encouraged by the support from
Governor Nathan Deal, the Regents,
and the Georgia General Assembly,”
said GRU President Ricardo Azziz.
“Today’s approval of our request for
funding to support health care and
educational needs demonstrates the
state’s investment in our university
and in the health and well-being of
the citizens of Georgia.”
Included in the system’s $1.883
billion proposal are $45 million
for construction of a new cancer
research building, $5 million for J.
Harold Harrison, M.D. Education
Commons Building equipment,
$10 million for cancer research, and
$4.6 million for other institutional
priorities which include Complete
College Georgia, new academic
programs, new faculty recruitment,
and College of Dental Medicine
enrollment growth.
Other highlights of the system’s
budget proposal include:
• Theoverallbudgetincreased
from $1.828 billion to $1.883 billion,
an increase $54.6 million or 2.98
• $63millioninnewformula
funds to support enrollment growth.
• $29.1millionreceivedfor
full funding for health insurance,
retirees, TRS and ERS.
• Over$300millioninfunding
received for capital projects.
For more information, visit www.
More than $64 million
included in University
System budget for GRU
sickle...from page 19
whose chronic pain can impair
daily living. However, that
circles back to the complex
causes of pain. The pain initially
likely results from tissues crying
out for more oxygen and later
from nerve and organ damage
resulting from ongoing impaired
oxygen supplies. Pain control
can get even more complex and
opiates, a common analgesic
for sickle cell patients, actually
increases pain sensitivity, Kutlar
therapies, physicians who treat
sickle cell patients need to help
cultivate the next generation of
caregivers, Kutlar said. He’s in
the minority in that he opted
to take care of patients with
sickle cell disease rather than
pursue the more common – and
generally more professionally
lucrative – hematology path:
treating cancer. “We don’t have
enough hematologists, period,”
said Kutlar. The problem does
have a good cause: the reality
that more patients are living
longer. However, the number of
physicians to treat adult patients
is dismal. Helping cultivate
the next generation is a focus
of a study led by Kutlar and
Dr. Robert W. Gibson, a GRU
occupational therapist and
medical anthropologist. They
are reaching out to primary care
physicians – who also are in
short supply in this country – as
a permanent medical home for
patients as they reach adulthood.
Kutlar and Gibson are co-
principal investigators on $7
the National Center on Minority
Health and Health Disparities of
the National Institutes of Health
supporting this initiative as well
as the search for new drugs and
MCG physicians follow about
1,500 adults and children with
sickle cell disease.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Georgia Regents University
Campus Safety
Editor’s note:
Please contact GRU Police at 706-
721-2911 with any information about
the following incidents or other crime-
or safety-related issues.
Entering a vehicle
On April 17, GRU Police were
notifed that fve fshing poles had been
stolen from the bed of a pickup truck
while parked on the second level of
GRU Parking Deck 21, adjacent to the
Georgia Regents Ambulatory Care
Center. The victim stated that the fve
fshing poles were left unsecured in the
bed of his pickup.
Entering a vehicle
On April 17, GRU Police were
notifed that a purse had been stolen
from a vehicle parked on the second
level of GRU Parking Deck 21,
adjacent to the Georgia Regents
Children’s Medical Center. The victim
stated that the purse was taken from the
trunk of her vehicle and there were no
signs of forced entry.
Weapons / Drug Violations
On April 17, GRU Police were
dispatched to University Village
Apartments to investigate marijuana
plants found by a maintenance
worker. Contact was made with four
subjects, the resident of the apartment
and three visitors. The resident gave
permission to search the apartment,
but no plants were found. A search
of two of the male visitors found two
loaded handguns and two small bags
containing a substance that tested
positive for marijuana. William Curtis
was booked into the Richmond County
Jail for carrying a weapon within a
school safety zone and possession,
purchase, distribution of marijuana.
Augustus Harper was booked into the
Richmond County jail for carrying a
weapon within a school safety zone.
Stolen Automobile
On April 11, GRU Police were
notifed of a stolen automobile that
occurred in GRU Bio Tech Parking Lot
located on 15th Street. Contact was
made with the owner of the vehicle,
who stated that his primer gray 1979
Chevrolet pickup truck had been stolen
on April 10 between 3:30 p.m. and
Safety Tips
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Use the Campus Escort Service,
available 24 hours a day.
• Avoid poorly lighted areas.
• Avoid walking alone, especially
after dark.
• Carry your vehicle keys in your
hand and be ready to unlock the door
as soon as you get to your vehicle.
• Lock your door when leaving an
unattended offce.
• Keep valuables locked up.
• Record the brand name, model
numbers and serial numbers of
computer components and other
equipment. Have this information
available when reporting stolen
• Wear your photo identifcation on
• Keep your car or truck locked at
all times, using an anti-theft device
such as an alarm or ignition failure
system if possible.
• If your vehicle stereo is equipped
with a detachable face, remove it from
your vehicle or place it out of sight.
• Call the GRU Police if you
see someone on campus who looks
suspicious, lost, confused or out of
GRU Police: 706-721-2911
By Toni BAkER
Dr. Jose A. Vazquez, Director
of the Microbiology and
Infectious Disease Translational
Research Center at Henry Ford
Hospital in Detroit and Professor
of Medicine at Wayne State
University School of Medicine,
has been named Chief of the
Section of Infectious Diseases in
the Department of Medicine at
the Medical College of Georgia
at Georgia Regents University.
Dr. Vazquez, an expert in
systemic fungal infections and
bacterial infections, joins the
MCG faculty Aug. 1.
He currently serves as
Protocol Chair of the Fungal
Resistance Protocol Team of
the Community Programs for
Clinical Research on AIDS/
National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases,
Division of AIDS. Vazquez is a
member of the Food and Drug
Administration Anti-infective
Drugs Advisory Committee and
a member of the Mycosis Study
Group. He is also a member of
the Infectious Disease Society
of America/MSG Committee
developing International
guidelines on diagnosing and
managing candidal infections.
He has served as a Scientifc
Advisory Board Member for
the Community Programs for
Clinical Research on AIDS in
Detroit for over 15 years.
He researches the molecular
epidemiology of fungal
infections, mechanisms
of antifungal resistance,
antifungal susceptibility
and the characterization
of polymicrobial bioflms
in infectious diseases. His
clinical research includes the
epidemiology and management
of mucosal and systemic
fungal infections - specifcally
oropharyngeal candidiasis and
oral disease in HIV-positive
patients. He has participated
in over 70 clinical trials
evaluating new antimicrobials,
antivirals and antifungals in
infections such as candidemia,
aspergillosis and complicated
urinary tract and intra-
abdominal infections.
Vazquez received the
2011 American Society for
Microbiology -Pan American
Health Organization Infectious
Diseases Epidemiology and
Surveillance Professorship. He
is on the editorial board of HIV
Clinical Trials Journal, World
Journal of Clinical Infectious
Diseases and Clinical Practice.
He replaces Dr. J. Peter
Rissing, Section Chief for more
than 30 years, who will continue
as hospital epidemiologist for
Georgia Regents Medical Center
and oversee the Ryan White
HIV/AIDS Program at MCG
and GR Medical Center. The
program ensures that uninsured
patients get medication and
other treatment needed and
that an outreach team provides
ongoing rapid testing, education
and treatment referral in the
community. Rissing is principal
investigator on the $3.4 million,
three-year grant from the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services supporting the
Vazquez named new Chief of
Infectious Diseases
GReport Georgia Regents University Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Look good… feel better
A workshop about appearance-
related side effects for women with
cancer is held the second Wednes-
day of every month from 1:30-3:30
p.m. in the Cancer Center Com-
munity Room. Pre-registration is
mandatory. RSVP by calling 706-
721-0466 or visit
Breast cancer support
A support group for women and
families affected by breast cancer
meets on the second Thursday of
each month from 12:30-2 p.m. in
the Cancer Center Community
Room. Call 706-721-4109 for more
information or visit georgiahealth.
Moms’ connection
A support group for new moms
meets Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. in
Building 1010C at 1225 Walton
Way. For more information, call
ext. 1-9351 or visit georgiahealth.
Prostate cancer support
A support group for those with
prostate cancer meets the third
Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30
p.m. in the Cancer Center Commu-
nity Room. For more information,
call 706-721-0550 or visit georgia-
Talk cancer
Let’s Talk Cancer support group
meets the second Tuesday of each
month from 5:30-7 p.m. in the
Cancer Center Community Room.
For more information, call 706-721-
0550, or visit
Volunteers needed
Schizophrenia study
Adults age 18-50 with a history
of schizophrenia are needed for a
psychiatry medication study con-
sisting of fve visits. Participants
will be paid. Contact Courtney
Caulder at 706-721-3048.
Psych study
Adults age 18-70 with either a
history of or no history of mental
illness are needed for a psychiatry
study. Participants will be in-
terviewed and give blood/urine
samples. Participants will be paid.
Contact Courtney Caulder at 706-
Diabetes study
Women age 18-50 with Type II dia-
betes are needed for a GRU study.
Participants will be asked to com-
plete an anonymous questionnaire.
Call 706-721-0084.
Pressure study
Adults age 55 and older with high
blood pressure are needed for a
GRU study. Participants, who will
be paid and receive free blood pres-
sure medication, will have blood
pressure readings and provide
blood samples. Contact Heather
Anderson at 706-721-9684.
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Georgia Health Sciences
Art Schedule
Student Recitals
May 1 • 6:00 PM Sophia Ryoo, pianist and 7:30 PM Ken Davis, pianist
Maxwell Theatre
Garden City Chorus
May 4 • 7:30 PM • Maxwell Theatre
Sand Hills String Band
May 5 • 7:30 PM • Maxwell Theatre
Beethoven Student Piano Recitals
May 6 • 8:00 PM • Maxwell Theatre
Richmond County String Orchestra Concert
May 14 • 7:00 PM • Maxwell Theatre
one minute slower, it would
have gotten me.”
The perspective of Dr. Miriam
Cortez-Cooper and her husband,
Craig, was somewhat more
removed. Cortez-Cooper, a
physical therapist in the GRU
College of Allied Health
Sciences, and her husband
completed the race in under
four hours and were far enough
from the fnish line to have
only the vaguest sense of alarm
upon hearing the blasts. Only
when emergency vehicles began
whizzing past them did they
contemplate a tragedy. “We
moved away from the area as
quickly as possible,” Cortez-
Cooper says.
“It’s hard to describe the
sense of innocence lost for this
community,” Cortez-Cooper
says. “My heart is broken for
Yet the survivors are decidedly,
defantly unbowed. “My wife
plans to run the Boston Marathon
again,” Panter says.
Dr. Lawrence D. Devoe, an
MCG Professor Emeritus who
has 17 marathons under his
belt, including the 2001 Boston
Marathon, applauds his fellow
runners’ determination to live on
their terms. “Quite simply,” he
says, once we cede the pursuit of
our passions, whatever they may
be, to the fear-mongering tactics
of terrorists, we, as individuals
and as a nation, in smaller or
larger measures, will have been
defeated. My recommended post-
terrorism strategy is to continue
to lead the lives that we choose,
knowing that the future will
always be uncertain and that we
can take nothing for granted.”
Dr. Richard W. Sattin,
Professor of Medicine and
Research Director of the
Department of Emergency
Medicine at GRU, concurs.
Sattin, a former runner and
Boston native, wrote in a guest
editorial for The Augusta
Chronicle shortly after the
tragedy, “Let’s all keep our focus
on the fnish line—whoever we
are, wherever we are—and not
let fear or intimidation keep us
from running the great race of
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