Fall 2020 commencement to be held with no guests

After extensive discussions, Augusta University has decided to exclude guests from its Fall 2020 Commencement, which will be held next Friday (Dec. 11) at James Brown Arena with three socially distanced sessions. Only the graduating seniors, faculty and administrators will attend the sessions with two colleges going at a time. The decision was made because of the recent national spike in COVID-19 cases and warnings that the situation will get worse during the winter holiday season. An email was sent Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, to AU students, faculty and staff from Dr. Zach Kelehear, interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, stating the following:

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University in a pandemic

Students are experiencing a slow-passed, empty university atmosphere. More classes are online and students are staying home due to the coronavirus. Class rooms have limited number of students, hallways are barren and seating has been spaced six feet apart. (photos by Aunarey Herbert)

In-person commencement in December

By Haley Knight |
Editor-in-Chief

Augusta University has announced through email that an in-person commencement ceremony for all spring, summer and fall graduates will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, at James Brown Arena.

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Lakeside H.S. senior commits to AU cross-country program

Lauren Michael has helped Lakeside to several cross-country victories this fall and has committed to AU. (photo by Kevin Methany, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Lakeside High School cross-country standout Lauren Michael has ended her recruitment process with the decision to attend Augusta University for the 2021-2022 academic year. This decision pairs one of the winningest coaches in the Peach Belt Conference in Adam Ward with another building block to a strong freshman class. Continue reading “Lakeside H.S. senior commits to AU cross-country program”

The COVID Report with David Blake: College outbreaks

Tuesday, Sept. 1

University System of Georgia colleges are back in town, and COVID is spreading at some of them.

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Fall break eliminated; Thanksgiving break extended

Screenshot taken of email sent to students.

By Haley Knight |
Editor-in-Chief

Augusta University administration has sent an email stating that students will no longer be receiving fall break in Fall 2020; instead, three days have been added to Thanksgiving break. Continue reading “Fall break eliminated; Thanksgiving break extended”

Orientation moves to online as news students prepare for the start of Fall 2020

By Hannah Joslin |
Staff writer

Orientation for Augusta University’s new students was moved to fully virtual sessions for summer 2020 due to COVID-19. Continue reading “Orientation moves to online as news students prepare for the start of Fall 2020”

Pamplin College to introduce new degree program, certificates in Fall 2020

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is housed in Allgood Hall on the Summerville campus. (photo by Jenna Ingalls)

By Jenna Ingalls |
Staff writer

The Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will introduce in Fall 2020 five certificates and a new degree program for students at Augusta University. Continue reading “Pamplin College to introduce new degree program, certificates in Fall 2020”

AU president’s cabinet member named as a finalist for top post at UNLV

The campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where AU’s Karla Leeper is a finalist for the president’s position. (courtesy of UNLV)

By Emily Garcia |
Staff writer

Karla Leeper, executive vice president for operations at Augusta University, is one of four finalists to be interviewed next week by a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) committee for the presidential position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Continue reading “AU president’s cabinet member named as a finalist for top post at UNLV”

Do films get book adaptations right?

By Brett Swain |
Staff writer

There have been many movie adaptations of books. “Into the Wild” is based on Joe Krakauer’s book; “The Graduate” is based on Charles Webb’s novel; and “Jaws” is based on Peter Benchley’s novel. Movies have nearly every time changed the books’ plots and characters. The question is: Why do movies do this? Continue reading “Do films get book adaptations right?”