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Cares for Kids
Radiothon at Children's Hospital of Georgia

Media Advisory
for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 4-6


Patients and families will share inspirational stories about the care they have received at the Children's Hospital of Georgia during the 14th
annual Cares for Kids Radiothon, an annual fundraiser for the region's only children's hospital.


Radio stations 104.3 WBBQ, 96.3 Kiss FM, and G 105.7 will broadcast live from the Children's Hospital lobby on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 a.m. to Noon.

Pledges can be made online at www.caresforkidsradiothon.com and during the Radiothon by calling locally at 706-922-KIDS (5437) or toll-free
at 1-866-412-KIDS (5437). Donors can become "Miracle Makers" by pledging just $15 a month. The Radiothon is the largest single Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraiser for CHOG. Nearly $190,000 was raised in 2013.

The 154-bed not-for-profit Children's Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children's hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

Time and  Location:

There will be a check presentation at NOON Saturday, Dec. 6 at the culmination of the Radiothon to announce the money pledged during the
three-day event.

Faculty and Staff Matters

MCG Dean honors two neurosurgeons for their commitment to medical education

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A Medical College of Georgia graduate and Chairman Emeritus of the MCG Foundation, Inc., and a retired neurosurgeon who ran Rome's famed Harbin Clinic were honored Thursday by Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Dean of MCG at Georgia Regents University.

Dr. William E. Mayher III, a 1964 graduate and the MCG Alumni Association's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus for Loyalty, received the Professionalism Award during Buckley's May 1 State of the College Address. Dr. J. Paul Ferguson, a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine long honored for his contributions to his profession and community, received the dean's Community Advocate Award.

"With their very distinctive styles, Drs. Billy Mayher and Paul Ferguson have made and continue to make invaluable contributions to the state's public medical school and to the education of the next generation of physicians for our state and nation," Buckley said.  "Our medical school and our profession are infinitely stronger because of their commitment."

Mayher's 20-plus year membership on the MCG Foundation Board of Directors includes two terms as Chairman, and has dramatically impacted its exponential growth. Foundation assets have increased by nearly 60 percent during his tenure, from $25.5 million in 1994 to $190 million currently. 

Mayher was instrumental in securing the largest donation ever made to MCG and its foundation, a $66 million gift by fellow MCG graduate. the late Dr. J. Harold Harrison, in 2013 that is supporting student scholarships and additional endowed chairs.

A retired neurosurgeon from Albany, Mayher has served as President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society and as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Board of Trustees. He is an avid pilot and businessman who was Chairman of Gray Television Board of Directors for more than 18 years.

Ferguson, former President and CEO of the Harbin Clinic, chairs the Advisory Committee of the medical school's Northwest Campus, based in Rome. The campus, which became fully operational last year, is MCG's newest regional campus and part of a network that has medical students living and learning across Georgia. Northwest Campus partners include the Harbin Clinic, Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center, Georgia Highlands College, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center, Berry College, Shorter University, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Ferguson is an avid community advocate, also serving on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors and the Technical, College System of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees, the Rome City School System Community Advisory Committee, and the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation Education Committee.

He has served as Vice President and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and is a Past President of the Rome Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a recipient of the Heart of Community Award for Rome and Floyd County.

Ferguson has been President of the Neurological Society of America and the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. During his tenure in the U.S. Army Special Forces, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Vietnamese Honor Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and National Defense Medal.


Media Contact:


Toni Baker

Communications Director

Medical College of Georgia

Georgia Regents University

706-721-4421 Office

706-825-6473 Cell



May 1, 2014

Student Achievements and Notifications


GRU History student awarded undergraduate paper prize

Augusta, Ga. – Georgia Regents University History major Abraham Wilson has won the 2014 undergraduate paper prize from The Americas Council of the University System of Georgia.

His paper, “Being a Sandinista: An Intersection of the History, Experience and Propaganda of the Nicaraguan Revolution, 1961-1990,” was presented in February at the 17th annual Conference on the Americas, an interdisciplinary and intercultural conference hosted in Milledgeville, Ga.


The conference is jointly sponsored by The Americas Council, Armstrong Atlantic University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Kennesaw State University, and the University of North Georgia, and provides an opportunity for presenters and participants to explore critical issues facing Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

“Every history student at GRU has these kinds of opportunities. Abe took advantage of the opportunity and ran with it,” said Dr. Heather J. Abdelnur, Associate Professor of History.

Wilson, 38, of Grovetown, Ga., is a former member of the U.S. Army and describes himself as “a non-traditional student” who would like to become a professor in history after pursing his Ph.D. He is also a recent recipient of GRU’s Neely Award, given each year to the Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy student with the best research paper.

“My paper started looking at Nicaraguan and Iranian news on the Iran-Contra Affair. It turned into something very different,” Wilson said. “I was looking at the influence of propaganda, focusing on people’s memoirs and memories of the event itself. I was just hoping for a good grade, so this far exceeded my expectations.”

An abstract of the paper, written in Fall 2013 for Abdelnur’s Modern Latin America class, was submitted along with work from GRU History majors Emily Hardaway, Joseph Willard, and Chester Smith. Each presented in a panel titled, “Latin America's Modern Era—Foreign Intrusion, Revolution, and Dictatorship,” at the Conference on the Americas.


Messages from the Administration


Georgia Regents University


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  http://www.gru.edu


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