A. MAGAZINE: IT'S FOR EVERYONE

Technically, A. is written for alumni, but it’s about JagNation, so it’s really for all of us: faculty, staff, students and the community we inhabit. 

So go ahead and explore. There’s something here for everyone.

Ten years ago, Augusta University’s men’s golf team — a Division I team at a Division II school — did the unthinkable: They won an NCAA DI national championship. A year later, they did it again. 

For Dr. Saumya Dave (MD ’15), being a writer was never just something she wanted to do on the side; it was always part of the full equation.

“When you look at some of these orchestras and theaters around the country that have just canceled everything or are completely dark, I feel like we’re in a good position and doing the best we can with the situation we’ve been dealt.”

In early April 2020, Alissa Eckert was certainly the most famous medical illustrator in the world. Not only had her iconic image of the coronavirus captured the world’s imagination, but the media’s hunger for COVID-19-related news made her a celebrity.

Denton Adkinson (BA ’06), director of photography for Tulsa, talks about his takeaways from making Tulsa, the biggest misconceptions about filmmaking and how filming is different in 2020.

“There’s no comparison to the quality of the education you get in the size classrooms we have here. Coming back [from the University of Georgia], I didn’t feel like I was giving up anything.”

The global pandemic forced Augusta University to do the unthinkable: Go from a traditional, face-to-face university to a totally online university in a matter of two weeks. It changed everything, but not the student-centered focus of the faculty, staff and administration.

The illuminated shields on the east and west sides of the building measure 18 feet wide by 18 feet tall, making them the largest of all the building shields, and they represent a shining, obvious example of the university’s investment in — and commitment to — Augusta and its downtown.

It’s hard to imagine a more eventful first five years for President Brooks A. Keel, PhD. From the name change to the global pandemic, the only constant has been change … and Keel’s inspirational “Go Jags!”

“We have all faced challenges we never could have imagined and found ourselves in situations that have tried our will and tested our resolve, yet through it all, I’m proud to say Augusta University has remained committed to our No. 1 priority: our patients and our students.”

Augusta University’s first Black female chief diversity officer is always willing to have the difficult conversation because conversation leads to action. And she’s made a career out of turning action into results. 

Day Job: Chair of the Department of Music

Secret Life: Dog agility competitor

When Dr. Gretchen Caughman, the longest-tenured provost in the University System of Georgia, retired in August, she had the distinction of being the last provost at the Medical College of Georgia, the only provost at Georgia Health Sciences University and the first at Augusta University.

The history books will remember 2020 as a year of global struggle, monumental change, immense suffering and overwhelming uncertainty. And though all of that is absolutely true, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

While many people in the Augusta area are familiar with the College of Nursing’s Healthy Grandparent’s Program because of its annual backpack giveaway for children living with grandparents, there’s a whole lot more to it than that.

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