JagNation’s Gia Johnson makes concepts come to life for AU faculty and staff

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Gia Johnson with Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD.

This Jagwire series features people from around Augusta University and AU Health who keep JagNation running. Email the media relations team to share your story. This week we talk to Gia Johnson with the Office of Protocol and Special Events.

Where is your spot in the JagNation?

Lead event producer in the Office of Protocol and Special Events.

How long have you been a part of JagNation?

Twenty-one years.

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Most interesting thing about your job?

I get to make concepts and visions come to life in a tangible way. My  job requires me to take ideas and develop them, organize the needed resources and services, and then finally execute the idea. When all those things come together, I have created an event that highlights Augusta University, communicates a message and moves the university’s mission forward.

Favorite thing about JagNation? 

My wonderful co-workers and the genuine care, concern and support we have for each other.

Family:

I am married with two daughters and one fur baby. My husband Eric and I have been married for 23 years. We met in college at the University of South Carolina. Kendall, 11, is a sixth-grader at Evans Middle School. She plays soccer, loves art and music. Mallory, 20, is a senior at Vanderbilt University, dual majoring in public health and Spanish. Koda is my sweet and sassy rescue dog.

Johnson and her two daughters
Johnson, left, and her daughters Kendall, 11, and Mallory, 20.
Hobbies:

I love to read, watch movies and travel.

Something the JagNation does not know about you?

I am a huge movie buff and I often speak in movie quotes.

How has COVID-19 changed/affected your job?

My job has changed completely as a result of COVID-19. During quarantine almost all in-person events stopped and we are currently unable to hold any in-person events with external guests on campus. Because of this, my colleagues and I in the Office of Protocol and Special Events had to quickly educate ourselves on how to shift from in-person events to virtual events. We compiled resources on our website, including updated event guidelines, tips for safe and creative non-face-to-face events, and considerations and checklists for converting to and executing virtual events. I have shifted from planning and executing to advising and educating.

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Lisa Kaylor is Media Relations Specialist at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-5292 or lkaylor@augusta.edu.

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