Six Words. One Story.

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AU saved me 25 years ago.

Walter Ray - Chief Information Security Officer

Walter Ray

AU saved me 25 years ago.

Augusta University saved my life. When I was 14 years old, I was over at a friend’s house, and he accidentally shot me. They brought me here to the trauma center. My parents camped out in the waiting room. The doctors took very good care of me. I had extensive injuries, and they had to perform an above-the-elbow amputation on my left arm. I stayed in the hospital for 45 days, but I made a full recovery. It was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It gave me a sense of urgency to do something good with my life. I pursued my education, and then I worked in a couple of other places before a position opened up here. My job is about keeping health care records secure so that our patients don’t have their identification stolen or their privacy breeched. We also help protect student privacy through IT security. Since this place saved my life, I can really relate to the mission. I’ve experienced it from the patient side, and those experiences were extremely positive. Coming back every day and being able to contribute is a really good feeling. Working here makes me feel proud, and that keeps me coming back. 

Walter Ray - Chief Information Security Officer

Blending research with education for advancement.

Soma Mukhopadhyay - Lecturer, College of Science and Math

Soma Mukhopadhyay

Blending research with education for advancement.

I love to teach. I believe that educators have the most wonderful job as they can shape the future, nurture curious minds, create wonderful learning experiences by sharing knowledge, and make positive influences on growing individuals. For me, education is not just limited to the classroom and textbooks. The human body is complex, and new discoveries are coming to light every day. I bring the advancement in research about the human body, recent studies of molecular evolution and the way we are heading toward personalized heath care to the classroom. Also, I remind my students that every individual should be a responsible citizen and be willing to give back to the society outside of their career and job. By incorporating new discoveries in science into our courses, we can bring advancement for students, society and ourselves as well.

Soma Mukhopadhyay - Lecturer, College of Science and Math

Smart millennial mindsets give magic innovation.

Theo Bennett - Office Specialist, Dental College of Georgia

My soul's satisfied by students' successes.

Amanda Boland - Senior Career Consultant with Career Services

Amanda Boland

My soul's satisfied by students' successes.

My greatest fulfillment is getting a “thank you” from a student who was lost and who, after coming in for our services, feels empowered and competent and has a plan. It especially resonates with me because I was once that lost student, but I was given bad advice by a professor. It took me a long time to find my path, but eventually I came to then-Augusta State to earn a master’s in clinical psychology. When I went to Career Services to get help with my resume, they told me they were looking for a counselor. The job they described sounded like a perfect fit for my education, personality and experience. I joined the team and got licensed as a professional counselor. That was almost 10 years ago, and it has been a perfect fit! I love working with students. We do a lot of mock interviews, and many of them come back and say, “They asked the same questions and I was prepared!” There’s nothing more satisfying than feeling like I helped a student find their way. And we all feel that way — it’s such an incredible office and the most supportive team I’ve ever seen in my life.

Amanda Boland - Senior Career Consultant with Career Services

Helping "color" your Augusta University world!

Kelly Fincher - Graphic Designer, Copy & Print Services

Kelly Fincher

Helping "color" your Augusta University world!

Every day I get to play a role in how our brand is represented. Copy and Print Services is so much more than your average black and white copy (no pun intended). It’s where the university’s stationery comes from — the medical forms, appointment cards, brochures, mailings, research posters, invitations, individual department’s needs and designs — you name it, and we will find a way to make it possible. When I first started this job, I didn’t have much faith in myself, being young and battling a chronic illness that has taken so much from me. I was afraid of the things I lacked. They say coloring is a type of therapy, and I’d say that’s true. My job has given me the opportunity to overcome a lot of those trials. It’s rewarding to bring a smile to a customer’s face when they see what I’ve helped them create, and it feels good to see your work floating around campus. Knowing that you are a tiny part of something so much bigger is a humbling experience. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some phenomenal people. I could not have asked for a better group of people to be a part of. It’s a privilege to design for this university and for all of you.

Kelly Fincher - Graphic Designer, Copy & Print Services

Don't ever stop. Keep pushing forward.

Shante' Stallings - Instructional Systems Analyst

Hearing those who often feel forgotten.

Cory Zeller - Clinical Nurse Leader

DREAM! Big things have small begininngs!

Tiffany Smith - Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator 2

Making research relevant, feasible and fun!

Megan Buning - Assistant Professor of Educational Research

Developed critical thought through political philosophy.

Patrick May - Pamplin Alumnus, BS Political Science ’12

Patrick May

Developed critical thought through political philosophy.

When I think back to my time as an undergraduate, I can see how the teaching and example of my political science professor, Dr. Craig Albert, helped me develop and engage in a more refined approach to critical thought through political philosophy. I really enjoyed his classes, and the educational experience was incredible. I consider Dr. Albert a mentor because his words of wisdom challenged me to analyze my opinions by developing a more careful examination of my political and philosophical beliefs. I also admired the intricate way that Dr. Albert discussed different political matters, which allowed our class to engage in healthy and unbiased discussions without the influence of his own personal preference on the topics. Through this strategy, Dr. Albert enabled students to develop their own conclusions based up reason and critical analysis. We can grow as individuals through these types of open discussions on topics that may expose vulnerable elements of our own opinions on various issues. I will continue to apply the critical thinking skills acquired at Augusta University to influence my model of leadership that encourages people to grow in virtue. The lessons I learned have helped my seminary studies and I know they will help me better serve the church and the community.

Patrick May - Pamplin Alumnus, BS Political Science ’12

Daily miracles in our children's hospital

James Mumford - Administrative Director of Pediatrics

One heart, one love, one destiny.

Karen Hensley - Administrative Assistant, Georgia Cancer Center

Six words. One story. What’s yours?

stories and counting. Share yours with Jaguar Nation.

Teaching history, representing faith, fostering inclusivity.

Heather Chiero - Associate Professor of History

Pamplin

Tents, tables and chairs – oh, my!

Brittany Addison - Facilities Services Coordinator

The glue that holds it together.

Nicole Aenchbacher - Nurse Navigator, Georgia Cancer Center

AU made me who I am.

Craig Albert - Assistant Professor of Political Science

Pamplin

Beauty shines, hope thrives, cancer loses.

Sherry Brooks - Image Boutique Manager, Georgia Cancer Center

AU students are the best around.

Chris Botero - Assistant Chair of English and Foreign Languages

Pamplin

I witnessed 30 years of history.

Danene Carter - Utilization Review Nurse, Augusta University Medical Center

Teamwork to deliver excellent patient care.

Catrina Crawford - Senior Staff Nurse, Cardiology

Prevention is less costly than treatment.

Yanbin Dong - Associate Director of Georgia Prevention Institute

Amazing opportunities. Positively impacting people daily!

Brennan Francois - Associate Director of Pastoral Care

Being a catalyst for significant learning.

Ashley Gess - Assistant Professor of STEAM Education

Helping my students impact their world.

Jim Grayson - Professor, Hull College of Business

Hull College of Business

Come as you are. Go anywhere.

Melissa Hall - Career Consultant

Education is the fuel of life.

Robyn Hatley - Pediatric Surgeon

Restoring life flow through occupational therapy.

Michael Iwama - Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy

Using play to help kids cope.

Mandy Lee - Child Life Specialist, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Thrilled. Fulfilled. Never a dull moment!

Stephanie Maciaszek - Physician Liaison, Medical Intensive Care Unit

I saved a father last night.

Kathryn Mathis - Senior Staff Nurse, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Every day, I share my passion.

Shannon Morris - Director, Mary S. Byrd Gallery

Optimism, eternal. Opportunities, countless. Work, privilege.

Karl Munschy - Director of Auxiliary Services

Joy to help restore their lives.

Molly Nettles - Lymphedema Service Coordinator, Georgia Cancer Center

Making a difference. Changing a life.

Patricia Parrish - Senior Staff Nurse, Interventional Radiology

Love that my smile helps heal!

Rosie Rhodes - Desk Operations Specialist, Pediatric Radiology

Arrive a stranger. Leave a friend.

Eddie Roberts - Parking Control Officer, Lot 3

Phenomenal experiences. Lifelong friendships. Community partnerships.

Patricia Salley - Senior Staff Nurse, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Lighting the way for Augusta University.

Bill Sealey - Maintenance Lead Specialist

Caring, protecting with hands, heart, mind.

Karen Wilson - Pediatric Nurse, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Challenge, persistence, joy and lifelong learning.

John Wojcik - Director of Bands

Even med students need a momma.

Alise Vega - Clerkship Coordinator, Medical College of Georgia

Shaping minds. Changing lives. Enjoying mine.

Marsha Loda - Associate Professor, Hull College of Business

Hull College of Business

I bleed Jaguar blue. Do you?

Ralph Herndon - Executive IT Analyst

Daily opportunities to be the best.

Carolyn Ward - Buyer

Augusta University transforms careers and communities.

Will Hatcher - Director of the Master of Public Administration program

Pamplin College of Arts

Keeping a pestfree campus is important.

Bobby Azar - Pest Control Specialist

Never be afraid to help another.

Mario Enriquez - Facilities Support Services Manager

Who are you? Smile, camera, JagCard

Pam Lightsey - JagCard Coordinator

Many diverse initiatives. One extraordinary impact.

Bettie Williams - Academic Planning & Strategic Initiatives Project Coordinator

Honor and privilege to serve others.

Cynthia Long - Financial Quality Control Representative

Find the keys to your future!

Chris Bolton - Physical Security

A chance to serve, while growing.

Rachel Martin - Administrative Assistant/Graduate Student MPA

From Oregon to Georgia: Go Jags!

Amy Swenson - Career & Employer Relations Manager

Why Oncology? It's where I belong.

Kimberly Gaddy - Senior Staff Nurse

I choose AU for lifelong learning.

Ryan Harris - Associate Professor, Georgia Prevention Institute

Helping others is my greatest joy!

Debra Arnold - Director of Employee Relations

Customer service; living the example everyday.

Kim Koss - Alumni Affairs Coordinator

Watching children heal through purposeful play.

Kim Allen - Child Life Manager, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Daily miracles in our children's hospital

James Mumford - Administrative Director of Pediatrics

Children's Hospital of Georgia

Connecting the classroom and our community

Allison Foley - Director of the Center for Public Service

Pamlin College of Arts

Caring the utmost for children, always.

Austin Lively - Pediatrics Resident

Compassionate customer service, daily WOW opportunities.

Lisa Mitchum - AVP of Health System Human Resources

Changing one life at a time.

Mariah Clay - Social Work Student

Seeing miracles in patient lives everyday!

Sheila Hall - Nurse Navigator, Georgia Cancer Center

Believing, teaching, learning, serving and sharing.

Olajide Agunloye - Associate Professor of Education

Hope discovered as we live intentionally.

Jeff Flowers - Director of Pastoral Care

Making research relevant, feasible and fun!

Megan Buning - Assistant Professor of Educational Research

Family moments, quiet connections with babies.

Deborah Wall - ECMO Transport Specialist

Experiencing, expressing and connecting through music.

Sok Hwee Tay - Music Therapist

I'm here to make a difference!

Jennie Brantley - Human Resources Training Specialist

AU, about thriving, not just surviving!

Tony Wagner - Executive Vice President for Administration & Finance

Developed critical thought through political philosophy.

Patrick May - Pamplin Alumnus, BS Political Science ’12

Pamplin College of Arts

Lifelong friendships: 25 years, six continents.

Courtley Winter - College of Education Alumnus, Physical Education

College of Education

Having great drive, energy and strength.

Tammy Harris - Staff Nurse, Family Medicine Clinic

Medical College of Georgia

Essential purpose, amazing colleagues, inspiring outcomes.

Jack Evans - Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Research to reality is my goal.

Gianluca De Leo - Chair of Clinical and Digital Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences

College of Allied Health Sciences

Knowledge is power, diversity is key.

Octavia Williams - Administrative Assistant, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Keeping it organized with ICD10 4Life.

Sabra Smiley - Medical Coder

I want to be that sunshine.

Chawnette Boyd - Financial Quality Specialist

Enabling others to achieve their best!

Doug Patten - Associate Dean, Southwest Clinical Campus, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

AU is creating the future today!

Chris McKinney - Associate Vice President of Innovation Commercialization

Working CPT/DX codes to get paid.

Sheila Redmond - Reimbursement, Patient Accounts

Proud to be a Woman Leader.

Pavani Rangachari - Associate Dean for Practice & Community Health

Providing access to care for all .

Sara Gorrell - Manager, Ambulatory Patient Access Services

Serving others is a daily pleasure!

Deb Davidson - Administrative Assistant, Facilities Operations

Life is precious and YOU matter.

Grace Henry - Pastoral Care Coordinator

Medical College of Georgia

Improving, changing children's lives through therapy.

Elizabeth Bishop - Senior Occupational Therapist, Pediatrics

Striving to make a difference everyday.

James Grigg - Director, Facilities Operations

Mending your heart by opening ours.

Lyndi Baldy - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Nurse Clinician

AU saved me 25 years ago.

Walter Ray - Chief Information Security Officer

Sugar is not good for diabetes.

Matthew Nicholson - Endocrinologist

Best part of patients' worst day!

Michael Hocker - Professor and Harrison Chair of Emergency Medicine

Medical College of Georgia

YES, Together Each Achieve More (TEAM)!!!!

Barbara Outlaw Bynes - Nurse, Children's Hospital of Georgia operating room

Worth the distance away from home.

Kenny Susanto - Neurology resident, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Never stop learning for our patients.

Haley Cabe - Physicians assistant student, College of Allied Health Sciences

College of Allied Health Sciences

Caring for haves and have nots.

Anna Ramanathan - Director of Administration, Family Medicine

Medical College of Georgia

Compassion is the most powerful tool.

Deonte' Screven - Lead Student Manager, Campus Recreation

Hull College

We're the Jaguars. Hear us roar!

Dallas Smith - Project Leader, Jaguar Collaborative

Medical College of Georgia

Future nurse. Future leader. Forever learner.

Catherine Edmonds - Nursing student, College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Prescription for serving our own family.

Vicki Edwards - Pharmacy Tech, Employee Pharmacy

Blending research with education for advancement.

Soma Mukhopadhyay - Lecturer, College of Science and Math

College of Science and Mathematics

Smart millennial mindsets give magic innovation.

Theo Bennett - Office Specialist, Dental College of Georgia

Dental College of Georgia

Twenty years here, I love it!

Susan Reynolds - Procurement Audit and Compliance Specialist

Seeing God's miracles and love everyday.

Lynn Wood - Radiology Scheduling

Connecting with our community through service.

Kristina Baggott - Associate Vice President, Volunteer Services & Engagement

Caring for the marginalized, my blessing!

Steven Maynard - Registered Nurse, Georgia Correctional Healthcare

Medical College of Georgia

Who we are, what we do.

Laura Harriott - Senior Staff Nurse, Cardiology Practice Site

Arrived 1977 youngster, leaving 2017 adult.

Cindy Bishop - Health Information Management Systems Tech

Creating smiles for a brighter future.

William Bachand - Associate Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, Dental College of Georgia

Dental College of Georgia

Explore the world and discover yourself.

Hannah Carley - Study Abroad Advisor

Helping "color" your Augusta University world!

Kelly Fincher - Graphic Designer, Copy & Print Services

Helping people create lives worth living.

Amy House - Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Perfecting your print order every time.

Heather Howard - Copy & Print Services

Helping students find their passion daily.

Samantha Shore - Career Advisor

My soul's satisfied by students' successes.

Amanda Boland - Senior Career Advisory

Infinite potential in children. Behold joy.

Gene Fisher - Chief, Pediatric Critical Care

Medical College of Georgia

Student first. Now retired. Ever faithful.

Deb Barshafsky - Retired employee and alumnus

Pamplin College

Patient care with compassion, empathy, tolerance.

Loretta Humes - Senior Staff Nurse

Opportunity flourishes when leaders work together.

Frances Toole - Director of Employee Health & Wellness

Work willingly. Letting Christ's light shine.

Sharon Adams - Health Information Management Systems Tech

DREAM! Big things have small beginnings!

Tiffany Smith - Office Coordinator, Biological Sciences

College of Science and Mathematics

Listening can help patients feel better.

Pat Jones - Communications Specialist

Serving others, HIS LIGHT shines brightest!

Diana Torres - Environmental Service Technician

Medical College of Georgia

Lives saved ... no matter how small.

Michelle Stevenson - Senior Staff Nurse

Coding to provide accuracy and excellence.

Stacy Palmer-Carpenter - Coder 1, Health Information Management Systems

Embracing diversity, fostering inclusion, increasing awareness.

Lovoria Williams - Director for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Nursing

College of Nursing

One heart, one love, one destiny.

Karen Hensley - Administrative Assistant, Georgia Cancer Center

My inner Jaguar strength can roar!

Stephanie Cohen - Administrative Assistant, Georgia Cancer Center

Helping others gives me much satisfaction.

Saucony Hunt - Office Associate, Dental College of Georgia

Dental College of Georgia

Engaging students, supporting colleagues, always learning

Kim Davies - Chair of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work

Pamplin College

Never stop learning, never stop giving.

Catherine Hardy - Alumni Affairs Coordinator

Pamplin College

Engagement with others to influence culture.

Connie Sutton - Director of Workforce Development, Human Resources

Practicing exceptional pediatric care with all.

Rebecca Pierce - Chief Pediatric Resident, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Never underestimate the power of words.

Ramon Parrish - Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Medical College of Georgia

Witnessed growth, change, partnerships and friendships.

Linda Sandifer - Accounting Assistant, Finance & Administration

Smile. It makes you feel better.

Peggy Boyd - Senior Staff Nurse

Amazed at the MIRACLES performed everyday.

Bonita Wynn-Wiley - Office Associate, Neonatology

Medical College of Georgia

Advocating for those without a voice.

Brian Collins - Social Work Student

Pamplin College

Physics department: collaboration, community, creativity, fun!

James O’Meara - Physics and Computer Science Student

College of Science and Mathematics

Happy employees make for happy patients.

Ashley Lesley - Director, Employee Relations

Experiences! The memories worth living for.

Nakia Boyle - Hull College of Business Student

Hull College

Discovering tomorrow's care through today's research.

Al Dallas - Chief of Staff, Georgia Cancer Center

Medical College of Georgia

I made my mark through leadership.

Raysean Ricks - Student Government Association President

Pamplin College

Love God; love people; work hard.

Denise Parrish - Senior Media Relations Coordinator

Pamplin College

Some must watch while others sleep.

Joanna Konczal - Registered Sleep Technologist

Working to make my students succeed

Giada Biasetti - Assistant Professor of Spanish

Pamplin College

Becoming a stronger, more assertive leader

John Aiu - Coder-1, AU Medical Associates

Don't ever stop. Keep pushing forward.

Shante' Stallings - Instructional Systems Analyst

Collaborate. Because together we achieve greatness.

Shikhar Vyas - Pathology resident, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Speak. I will listen to you.

Katie Mixon - Speech Pathologist

Placing people first kindles positive outcomes.

Mark Williams - Facilities Engineering Manager

Faculty sets foundation for student success.

Deborah Richardson - Director for Faculty Development

Serving military-affiliated students - my privilege!

Carol Giardina - Director, Military & Veterans Services

Living, loving life to the fullest

Sheila Tinsley - Transfusion Services Manger

Change the impossible to I'm possible.

Sonya Cobb - Buyer, Purchasing Department

Shaping our future scientists and doctors

Jennifer Bradford - Assistant Professor of Biology

College of Science and Mathematics

Never let a clock stop progress.

David Munoz - Marketing Specialist, Enrollment and Student Affairs

Mentoring the next generation of physicians.

Dixon Lee Freeman - Site Clerkship Director, Rome Campus

Medical College of Georgia

I am one making a difference!

Wanda O'Brien - Senior Training Specialist, Workforce Development

Be blessed and be a blessing.

Jean Jenkins - Communications/Service Officer, Public Safety

Hearing those who often feel forgotten.

Cory Zeller - Clinical Nurse Leader

College of Nursing

Living vicariously through my students' successes.

Laura Newman - Physiological and Technological Nursing

College of Nursing

Caring and sharing with children everyday!

Sharon Washington - Unit Clerk/Telemetry, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Walking deeply with those deeply hurting.

Brian Cook - Physical Therapist

Helping our specialized students move mountains.

Patricia Frederickson - MD/PhD Program Manager, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Research is the foundation of knowledge.

Haley Clark - Clinical Research Associate, College of Science and Math

College of Science and Mathematics

Being super flexible every single day.

Amy Judson - Clerkship Coordinator, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Advocate, create, initiate, motivate, participate, celebrate

Sharon Brown - Dental Assistant

MCG, GHSU, GRU, AU — Still home.

Jacquelyn N. Dogan - Office Associate, Office of Students, Admissions, and Alumni

Dental College of Georgia

Glad I chose this medical school!

Brandford Adobaw - Student, Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

Dear Colleagues,

From the moment I arrived on our campus, I recognized the extraordinarily high caliber of the people who work here. You are without a doubt the heart and soul of Augusta University.

We could not fulfill our mission of training the next generation of innovators, leaders and health care providers without you, the educators, researchers, patient care providers, valued support staff and administrators of our university and health system.

Over time, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many of you and hear your stories — the stories that brought you here, the inspiration you bring to and take from your work every day, the joy you feel when you see the light in a student’s eye or the healing in a patient’s body.

Today I am pleased to introduce Six Words. One Story. A place where we can share our stories and showcase the world of compassion and talent we all are privileged to be a part of at Augusta University.

Please read and share the inspiring words of your colleagues. When they inspire you — as I’m sure they will — please use the website to submit your own stories, too. A special thank you to the individuals who expanded their six words with stories about the experience of working at Augusta University. When you submit your six words, you’ll have the option, too, to tell us more about the work that inspires your six words.

While the stories may be short, together they form an impressive picture of a committed and proud community. It is a pleasure to work alongside each of you. Thank you for your dedication and support.

Sincerely,

Brooks Keel
President, Augusta University