News 12 at 11 o'clock, April 22, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---There's something new on the campus of Augusta State University. A new amphitheater, sitting right in the heart of the campus. It's named for a man who's given years of service to his community.
The Doug Barnard Amphitheater was dedicated Tuesday with hundreds of guests there to see it. It's a stunning addition to the college campus with lots of potential uses.
Dr. Jim Garvey is a professor in ASU's Communications Department. He says, "I already see students having their lunch out here meeting with each other, socializing with each other, it's just became a wonderful center...the center of energy...outdoors...that's really, really nice I think."
Doug Barnard is a former congressman who also happens to be a 1940 graduate of what is now Augusta State University.
His longtime friend and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders was also there today for the dedication, along with Judge Carlisle Overstreet.
The amphitheater is next to the student activity center. It includes lighting and sound and a band shell for acoustics with seating for up to 600 people.