It's a sign: "Augusta" to be added to Georgia Regents signs

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "Georgia Regents University will be adding the word Augusta to the permanent gateway signage," said David Brond with Georgia Regents University

The announcement of new signs has been made, but Kristy Salman isn't buying it.

"We'll see if that happens, it's unlikely it will happen," said Salman, a student at Georgia Regents University Augusta.

Just last month, the university unveiled the new signs, originally planned to include "Augusta" like these original drawings show.

But for some students like Stephanie Daltry, it came as no surprise when augusta was no where to be found.

"We fought hard to get Augusta put back in the name and they go through and they leave it out anyway," said Daltry.

The university responded to the angry students and "Save the A" supporters with this saying, "We certainly have included Augusta in all of the names, and all of the athletics branding."

But somehow they failed to tack that one word Augusta, to more than 30 gateway signs across the entire campus.

"Concerns raised by the community and how it fit with what the future of where the university's going," said Brond with GRU.

Now, they're trying to fix what they admit was a mishap by adding Augusta to those campus signs. Those are scheduled to be completed by the end of February.

"Can we trust what they're going to say later on down the line," asked Daltry.

Questions, many students and university supporters continue to ask. Until the change is done, Salman and Daltry will keep fighting for the "A".

"With Georgia Regents University in there, it doesn't tie anything to Augusta, we definitely need to get Augusta back in the name," said Salman.

In 2012, there was a campaign to "Save the A," with huge protests and rallies with students and alumni responding to Dr. Richardo Azziz's request to just embrace the new name. In the end, leaders agreed to add "Augusta" to the end of GRU for branding.


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