M. Bert Storey received the university’s highest honor, the President’s Award.

From the Wire: A. Spring 2017

Storey Given Highest Honor

For his transformational gifts to Augusta University, M. Bert Storey received the university’s highest honor, the President’s Award, presented by Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, at the President’s Gala Oct. 22.

The award, presented each year by the university to its friends and supporters, recognizes those who have made a lasting impact on the university and its mission of education, research and care. READ MORE

Bioethics Center Launched

The Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University launched its Center for Bioethics and Health Policy (CBHP) to address the challenges in biomedical ethics, health policy and public health.

The CBHP’s interdisciplinary membership will include community members, faculty and staff representing various colleges within the university and its health system who will collaborate to develop a bioethical and health policy curriculum for students, create state and federal health policies, and conduct research aimed at improving population health. READ MORE

Students Assist at Camp

After unsuccessfully looking for a summer camp for her 8-year-old daughter with developmental delays, Sterling Ivey made her way to the Family Y. That meeting eventually resulted in the creation of Camp IVEY, a partnership between Ivey and the Family Y.

That partnership quickly grew to include the Augusta University Occupational Therapy Department.

The July camp, which was hosted at the Family Y’s Camp Lakeside, was dubbed “Camp Awesome” by the participants, and on Sept. 23, Ivey and Danny McConnell, president and CEO of the Family Y of Greater Augusta, presented Dr. Sharon Swift and her occupational therapy students with certificates of recognition. READ MORE

Commencement Surprise

When she was 14, Kenya Alexander was at a crossroads. Her sister had recently been sent to prison, and Alexander, who was no stranger to trouble, was down to her last strike.

Meanwhile, Alexander’s mother was the first black, female police officer at the Kissimmee, Florida, Police Department.

Alexander had a choice to make. Would she follow in her mother’s footsteps or use that last strike?

In the end, Alexander chose her mother’s path. On Dec. 16, she graduated from Augusta University with a degree in criminal justice. She had already begun pursuing a master’s in public administration.

How did she turn her life around? Alexander gave the credit to Mrs. Murray, her former high school teacher. READ MORE

Fraternity Rechartered

Augusta University celebrated the addition of a new fraternity and the reinstatement of an old tradition with the formal rechartering of Pi Kappa Phi on Nov. 19.

The founding brothers celebrated their achievement alongside another very special brother – Dr. Brooks A. Keel. Now president of Augusta University and CEO of Augusta University Health, Keel was a brother of the original Gamma Psi chapter of Pi Kappa Phi as an undergraduate at then Augusta College. READ MORE

Hess Named Interim Dean

Dr. David Hess was named interim dean for Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia and executive vice president for medical affairs and integration. Both appointments were effective Jan. 17, upon the departure of Dr. Peter F. Buckley, who was named dean at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in November.

Hess, a stroke specialist and researcher, has served as chair of the MCG Department of Neurology since 2001. READ MORE

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