Bus Routes Change due to new Cyber Building

By Skyler Mitchell |
Staff writer

Mitch Skyer, a representative of the Solstice Transportation Group, led a discussion over how the new Riverfront Campus Cyber building will influence the school transportation and bus routes. (photo by Skyler Mitchell)

With the development of the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (GCITC) underway on Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, the JagExpress bus routes are expected to shift to accommodate the change. Continue reading “Bus Routes Change due to new Cyber Building”


Education lecture will emphasize needed work for equity in K12

By Kashalah Robinson |

Dr. Patricia Alvarez McHatton, UTRGV interim-vice president for Academic Affairs and College of Education & P-16 Integration Dean on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at the Education Complex in Edinburg, Texas.
UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

Augusta University’s College of Education will host the spring Dean’s Lecture Series on Thursday, March 15 in the Ballroom of the Jaguar Student Activity Center from 6-7 p.m. Continue reading “Education lecture will emphasize needed work for equity in K12”

Art Department holds spring Mad Potter Sale

By Kashalah Robinson |

Mike Wetzel takes part in his 17th Mad Potter Sale at AU. (photo by Kashalah Robinson)

The Augusta University Art and Design Department held its spring semester Mad Potter Sale on March 5-7 just outside the Jaguar Student Activities Center building.  Continue reading “Art Department holds spring Mad Potter Sale”

Crime, censorship and authority are the themes for Augusta University Theatre’s spring 2018 production

By Will Cheney |

(From left-right) Austin Canterbury as Tupolski, Allison Berres as the little girl, Michael Silvio Fortino as Ariel and Benjamin Evans as Katurian rehearse a scene from the Pillowman, written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Augusta University’s Doug Joiner. (photo by Todd Bennett)

Written by Martin McDonagh and first produced in 2003, The Pillowman follows the story of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a totalitarian state. Katurian is brought in by law enforcement for interrogation about the content of his stories and the similarity they share with several child murders, which have taken place. Continue reading “Crime, censorship and authority are the themes for Augusta University Theatre’s spring 2018 production”

Art department holds ceramics building grand opening

By JoAnn Lindfors |

AU President Brooks Keel speaks to attendees at the sculpture and ceramics lab grand opening. (special to the Bell Ringer)

After more than a year of planning and construction, the Department of Art and Design opened the newly renovated sculpture and ceramics lab in a ceremony on Monday, March 5. Continue reading “Art department holds ceramics building grand opening”

AU’s Brown Bag Seminar highlights CURS scholars

Skyler Mitchell |
Staff writer

The Brown Bag seminar, sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship was held in the JSAC on Friday, Feb. 23.

Undergraduate students had the opportunity to present their research in front students and faculty during the Brown Bag Seminar held on Friday, Feb. 23 in the JSAC. Continue reading “AU’s Brown Bag Seminar highlights CURS scholars”

Jags sweep season series against rival USC-Aiken, clinch home quarterfinal game in PBC Tournament

By Leeroy Francis |
Staff writer

AU junior Aaron Byrd cans a free throw to add to his 19 total points in the Jags’ win over USC-Aiken. (photo by Chris and Paula Toole, AU Athletics)

The Augusta University men’s basketball team defeated rival USC-Aiken 80-75 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to sweep the regular-season series against the Pacers. Continue reading “Jags sweep season series against rival USC-Aiken, clinch home quarterfinal game in PBC Tournament”

AU Cinema Series will host discussion with noted author Steve Ryfle

By Tyler McNeely |

The Cinema Series at Augusta University will host a discussion with author Steve Ryfle on collaborations between Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Ishiro Honda before a screening of Kurosawa’s “Dreams” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 22, at the Maxwell Theatre. Continue reading “AU Cinema Series will host discussion with noted author Steve Ryfle”

Augusta University hosted the African American Read-In 2018 to celebrate black history month

By Madison Brown and Rachel Shomer |
Online/Design Editor and Co-Editor in Chief

Sa Jules gives a spoken word performance at the African American Read-In on Feb. 12. (photo by Rachel Shomer)

Augusta University hosted the African American Read-In 2018 on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to highlight literature written by African American authors in celebration of black history month. Continue reading “Augusta University hosted the African American Read-In 2018 to celebrate black history month”

AU hosts the 21st Conference of the Americas

By Skyler Mitchell |
Staff writer

Students and faculty gathered in the JSAC ballroom to attend the 21st Conference of the Americas. (photo by Skyler Mitchell)

Augusta University hosted the Annual Conference of the Americas for the very first time. 

The main goal of the Conference of the Americas is to spread knowledge about the Americas, where the faculty of several universities within the University System of Georgia can show their expertise on the USA, Latin American, and Canadian history.

The Conference of the Americas was held on Feb. 9 and hosted by the Augusta University Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy in conjunction with Department of English & Foreign Languages.  This conference was sponsored by The Americas Council, Augusta University, Armstrong Atlantic/ Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and the University of North Georgia.

The first event of this conference was opened by Dr. Heather J. Chiero, who talked about the history of this event and expressing gratitude that the council decided AU should host for this year.

“I hope that (this event) will continue to grow as big as it was in the past,” remarked Dr. Chiero happily, speaking about how the continued hosting of this event will hopefully go.

The day started with a presentation by Dr. Alvis Dunn, who gave a presentation on the life of Pierce Manning Butler Young. Dr. Dunn talked about Young’s career as a Major General in the Confederate Army, along with how he served as US minister to Guatemala and Honduras.

Dr. Dunn went on to mention the many cases Young worked on that dealt with incidents between Guatemala and the United States, along with the relationship between Young and Guatemalan President José María Raina Barrios. Dr. Dunn explained the character of Young and how it related to the time period in which he lived, whether it was his prejudiced actions to his professional ones.

The next event consisted of panels focusing on several different subjects, from Hispanic farmworkers to issues of communication in aviation.

One such panel focused on the latter, moderated by Dr. Chris Botero of the English and Foreign Languages department. Dr. Botero helped present the information of Rachelle Udell and Genggeng Zhang, both MA candidates from Georgia State University.

The subjects were focused on how miscommunication between pilots and air traffic controllers has led to major tragedies within the aviation community. They also talked about the problem of a looming pilot shortage within 20 years, which is also when the need for pilots will double.

The third event held by the conference consisted of more panels, focusing on language learning and literature. Dr. Kristi Hislope of the University of North Georgia, Dr. Giada Biasetti of Augusta University, and Dr. Karen Guffey of Georgia State College hosted these events.

Dr. Hislope focused on the subject of birthmarks and the common beliefs of them in different cultures of the Americas. Dr. Biasetti talked about her study on how cognitive workload can determine how well a person can learn a second language. Dr. Guffey also talked about how studying abroad could help people step out of their comfort zone and learn new things about themselves they wouldn’t have learned at home if they willing to participate.

The events of the night concluded with a musical performance by Dr. Martin Jones and Dr. Clara Park. Dr. Jones and Dr. Park are both Doctors of Musical Arts and did a piano duet of Astor Piazzolla’s music, ending the conference beautifully.

Dr. Martin Jones and Dr. Clara Park performed a piano duet to end the conference. (photo by Skyler Mitchell)

Overall, the first day of the conference was an overall success and there is hope this event will become bigger in the next few years by Dr. Heather Chiero.


Contact Skyler Mitchell at skmitchell@augusta.edu