Armstrong students and Armstrong alumni – Today is the big town hall.
Posted on January 19th, 2017 @ 8:31 am

Today is the big town hall where they try to explain way the merger.

At the moment, I plan on going to the meeting. I plan on wearing a maroon shirt I have. I urge others going that support Armstrong to wear maroon and gold, too. I have an old AASU notebook with paper.  I might take that to take notes on the following questions I submitted:

  1. Who suggested this merger? I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago. I am talking about the VERY first day this came up.
  2. When was it decided it was to be Georgia Southern and Armstrong to merge? Again, I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago. I am talking about the VERY first day this came up. We know it didn’t take less than a week to do the study on this merger.
  3. How long has this merger been in the works without public input? Be honest with us. The dishonesty shown in this merger so far has led to a lot of anger.
  4. When did the faculty and staff of both school find out about this merger?
  5. What will happen to the student athletes of Armstrong? I think they are getting the worst deal in this all.
  6. Why are we waiting until AFTER the official vote to perform town halls and meetings to perform the merger with a deadline of 1/1/18 for the merge? Look, I understand wanting to keep people from ruining this for the BORUSG, but the way this has been handled has been poor. Instead of trying to get us to to rally behind this, all this has done is foster anger and worry that this is a dirty deal.
  7. What are the benefits for Savannah? Are classes moving? Will both campuses be offering classes for a major? Not every student who goes to Armstrong wanted to go to GSU. Not every student going to Armstrong has the capacity to handle a school the size of GSU. Not every person in Savannah wants to drive to GSU.
  8. How will tuition costs be handled? Are you going to increase the fees at Armstrong to subside GSU. How do we know if the money for Armstrong will be reinvested into Armstrong? I think this is a major factor that should have been addressed as trying to pass this merger along.

We’ll see if any of them get answered. As for anyone that can’t make the meeting, they are live streaming it at http://consolidation.armstrong.edu/. I’ll try to post later, when I can, to summarize the meeting.


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“Misty water-colored memories of the way we were”
Posted on January 18th, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

You can kill my school, but you can’t kill my memories of it. I know people are coming to my site about my comments about Armstrong.  Here is a sample of many of the memories I wrote down.

2002-05-31

Funny thing happened at Armstrong on my way to the bookstore. ABC22 News – I think- was doing a story for the Sunday night’s news. The female reporter stopped me and asked that I walk in the shot to make the campus look busy, even when it”s in-between semesters. I did that take three times. My back will be in a news story!

I forgot about this, believe it or not. It wasn’t the first time I was on TV for a reason or another at Armstrong.

2003-10-08

Funny, free booty fits so well with my school. After all, we’re the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates. 😆

Today was Celebrate AASU Day! It’s a mini fair to celebrate the school and the many activities the school has to offer. This was the third one I attended. I attended one in 1998 and one last year. The big deal about the whole thing is each student gets a free t-shirt. This year’s shirt is red. I like last year’s shirt better. Also, one booth gave away free ice cream and there’s an endless supply of hot dogs and soda. The wait on hot dogs and soda comes from the lines and cooking of the dogs.

Also, you can get free goodies like pens. The student loan companies each have a table and give away pens, pads of paper, highlighters and other goodies. You come away like a bandit just from them. I must have gotten 15 pens from them. I also got a few pads of paper. My bank offered a travel Band-Aid cover. However, Bank Of America gives on the best goodies. I scored a pen, a pencil, a big water bottle, and a pack of playing cards from them.

Stopped by the Honors booth but again, not impressive. It didn’t scream “STOP!” at me like some of the other booths did. This year’s theme was Greek. For students that are supposed to the be brightest Armstrong has to offer, they have no creativity in promotion. Hiding in the corner like they did this year does not promote them well. Hardly anyone was stopping by. It’s good if you’re smart but students don’t like smart students come across as being smug. I guess that’s why our lei campaign worked. We were just regular college students that just happened to be in the honors program.

The only sad thing about to today is I had no one to be with. 🙁 Oh well, complaining about no in-town friends and no boyfriend should be left to another post. I did, however, speak to one of the girls from my Math 1113 course and gave her my e-mail.

This day held year year was the best day on campus for many people. The lei campaign of 1998 was frowned upon by many. People thought it was sexist and demeaning.  If it was demeaning, I wouldn’t have been a part of it. It was a pun of “get laid.” We sold leis for a dollar.  We sold out and made some money for the Honors Program.  Besides, I wore a Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt with the get lei’d sign. I was having fun.

When I attempted to go back to Armstrong, my mother had called the school to look for accommodations for my mental issues, she mentioned that I was shy, yet could be outgoing when the time was right.  Apparently, this stint was a good way to get me out of my shell for a few hours. I don’t know to whom she talked to, but the person said they remembered the stint 6 years later.

2004-05-07

Well, last night, the concert was fun. Just remind me not to ever go to a small venue again for an act geared to the teenage/young 20-year-old age group. As soon as Maroon 5 opened the show, people started standing up and girls dressed in skimpy outfits rushed to the stage. The same happened a few years ago at the LFO concert I had to attend at the Civic Center. But, like that LFO concert, I didn’t have a bad seat. This time, I was on the left side of the fine arts hall, on the left center aisle seat in the 12th row. I could see the lead singer sitting or standing. To me, I think the opening act, Sara Bareilles the best part. It was her first time in Georgia, since she is a west coast act. Beth wanted her CD but we didn’t have any extra cash on hand last night. I didn’t tell Beth but I wanted her CD, too. 😆 I will have to download her MP3s off her site when I have a chance.

Maroon 5 played at Armstrong in 2004. It was the hottest ticket in town that year. I am pretty certain Sara sang “Love Song” on that night. When it came out in 2008, I knew a lot of that song. I remember there was on song that night she did that kept going on in my head the next few days and “Love Song” is catchy.

2004-09-16

Sorry, my mind is drifting on other things today. I’ll start by talking about my classes. In Theater, I must work on a 3 minute comedy for class on Tuesday. My group is working on one based on “Cinderella” and features Martha Stewart. I get to be Martha. 😆 As the professor was giving directions for the assignment, I thought about Johnny Appleseed and how we could pull that one off. I just started laughing in class all about it.

I met one of my friends named Heather in this class. I miss her so much. She, along with our mutual friend, Wes, we could have a great time talking. I miss Wes, too. I miss a lot of my friends that don’t live in town.  I miss the ones that do and we don’t have time to visit anymore.

2004-09-23

According To My Co-Workers 😆 I am a Republican! 😆 One of my co-workers watched the local news last night and there was an article about Sen. Eric Johnson at the campus and the College Republican fundraiser. I knew there was a news crew there but I didn’t think they were filming at the time I was there talking to Gennie. Well, they were. 😆 So, the joke at the Center is that I am a Republican.

I’ve made reference to this story before. A good story about what you see in news clips on TV may be manipulated.

2005-10-11

Yes, I have a defiant streak. Yes, it gets me in trouble at times. However, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s part of my personality and it helps me stay unique in this world. Higher education has only made me embrace my personality even more and tell the rest of the world to shove it.

My response to one of my brother’s English professors at Armstrong threatening my brother on charges of violating the school’s honor code. My brother seemed to write in a paper or quiz that what he was reading depressing and he didn’t want to read about cannibalism. My thought on such an issue is that the professor was stifling my brother’s right to find the subject objectionable and encouraging my brother to shove his opinions in the background. I can’t remember who the professor was. My parents taught us to question anything and to speak out if something is wrong.  I think this professor was in the wrong.  Maybe his feelings were hurt. How dare my brother disagree with him!

College is about opening up to new worlds. Professors expect that students be a little more open minded.  I think it’s time professors do the same as well.  Not all students want to be clones of their professors.  Some students go to college to challenge and be challenged.

As for the comment I made about myself, I may still be shy and meek to a degree, but I am a lot more assertive in many ways. It was the BAD professors, and not the good ones, that caused me get a tougher skin and flip them off behind their backs. 😉

2005-12-02

And the only thing I can say I took out of my Economics class yesterday was that I need to get a passport.

I have my passport, now. Even when I didn’t have one, this remark stayed in my mind. I didn’t enjoy the subject of microeconomics, but I did take a lot of life knowledge from this class.

Three days after this entry, my mother died. Dr. McGrath told me to skip the final; he’d weigh my previous tests accordingly. My grade in his class didn’t matter in the long run. The advice he gave me that day was the same my mother would have told me: take the grade and go. That conversation still brings tears to my eyes to this day. A small, yet powerful meeting in my life at a devastating time.

2006-02-26

“So Don’t Mind If I Fall Apart / There’s More Room In A Broken Heart”

I’m home from the GWSM retreat. I’ll have pictures uploaded as soon as I can. I broke the camera as we were about to leave Camp Glisson. I’ll have to take in tomorrow when I have a chance to get it fixed and get the pictures off the card. Maybe someone at school can do that for me. However, I have as few snapshots in the moblog.

I had a lot of fun. We AASU people stuck together. It was an all-female crew. We didn’t get into Dahlonega until 9PM on Friday. It’s a long trip to there from here. We didn’t get to bed until after midnight. We got to Friday’s worship sermon as soon as we got there. The speakers for the weekend were the Reverends Denise Watson and Marty McLeod. Rev. Watson spoke Friday night and Saturday morning. Rev. McLeod perform a music set Saturday night and worship service this morning. They were as different as different can be, but they both have great messages.

The theme of this year’s retreat was about back to the basics. Fitting it took place as a camp in the North Georgia mountains, complete with trees, a creek, and a waterfall. There were 4 workshops. We could attended two. I attended the ones on Art and Spirituality and Grace. I decorated a scrapbook/journal in the Art workshop. Stressed in the decoration, I added some baseball and rabbit stickers. I wrote the lyrics of two Céline Dion songs, “Ten Days” and “Dans Un Autre Monde.” “Ten Days” is in English. It’s about getting through the tough times and making it to the other side. “Dans Un Autre Monde” is in French and about moving on to better things. It’s in French. One of the Mercer girls thought I could speak French. I also added my favorite line from Amy Grant’s “The Water,” a line from Carly Simon’s “Coming Around Again,” a poem and a quote handed out during the art session, a name tag, signatures from my schoolmates Sheronda, Ashlee, and Leslie. Other stuff’s in it and I plan on adding to it.

Speaking of Carly Simon, I heard “Coming Around Again” while in downtown Dahlonega, where we spent some free time. I lost it in the store I heard it in. At the same time the song was on the radio, I found a music stand that my mother would have loved. About 30 minutes earlier, I heard Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me” in the fudge shop. For those that don’t know, I’ve been supersensitive to “You Needed Me” since I was 4-years-old and my mother would play it on piano. Having heard those songs when I was a child, I just thought about my mother and was missing her. Later, during the Grace workshop, memories of my mother flooded back into my mind. I had to leave that workshop for a minute. My mother would have enjoyed the message Melissa was delivering in it. After the workshop, Melissa could see I was upset and sat down with me. Another girl, a Claire from Valdosta State, saw my 180 mood swing and came to comfort me after the session. My mother would have been smiling seeing it.

My mother would like Melissa, the campus minister, and her family. Melissa’s husband, Chris, and her baby son go to all the events. Chris watches the baby and drives us college kids to these events. Melissa and Chris remind me of my parents. My mother’s thing was Girl Scouts. My dad, when he wasn’t out-of-town or overseas for the Army, would help my mother with Girl Scout events and watch Matthew and Beth. Melissa and Chris are positive people to be around. They are a good force to have in my life.

Except for the sadness of missing my mother, the weekend was great. It was refreshing to be around other students focused on living a decent life, being kind to others, and having a relationship with God. My relationship with God is not as forthcoming and extroverted as others. Maybe that’s the Catholic in me. However, I’m not beating myself over my life after this weekend. I don’t know how long that will last. At the moment, I feel like I’m on the right path.

I’m tired. I think I’ll get some sleep. I had a bad dream last night that stems from my missing my mother.

This was the first trip I made after my mother had died. I was a wreck. Sure, I looked strong on the outside, and I probably was strong, but I felt so alone on the inside. I was lost, confused, hurt, and angry. Being active in Wesley Foundation was a rock I needed in college.

2007-01-22

Today’s Wesley lunch was fun. Jessie, some of the guys, and I somehow got into a conversation about the Duggar family. Mainly, we all had a bunch of question we couldn’t answer about having 16 kids. As for the sermon, it came from Luke 4:16-21. At the end of lunch, Jessie asked if we would come to an animal benefit concert at The Sentient Bean on Saturday. Jessie’s passionate about animals. I’m not a coffee house person, but I don’t mind helping animals.

I’m sorry, Jessie, I never made it to the fundraiser! But we’ve had great time in Wesley and I need to visit you again. I met many friends through Wesley.

2007-12-08

Well, I finally did it. I finally earned a college degree. I have a Bachelor of Information Technology, pending on grades from this semester being posted. I have no doubt I have that degree. I only have one project for one class left to complete and turn in next week. The class doesn’t even matter for my degree, but I want to get an A in that class and make the Dean’s List. Joey says my life is shaped on how I perform academically, and he’s right. I am not satisfied with Cs. I want those As. My other classes, the ones that really matter for my degree, are complete.

I didn’t get a degree today; instead, I got a diploma cover stating I’ll get my degree in a few weeks. At practice yesterday, they said it would be February before we get the diplomas in the mail. I was the only one in the School of Computing to graduate Magna Cum Laude. A few others, like sweet Daniel, graduated Cum Laude in the School.

This picture highlighted is one taken before the ceremony began. The graduates lined up in two different lines that would snake into the arena. With the way seating and presentation of departments went, I was second in line, overall, for line A. The IT department was split up into the two different lines. 5 of us were in A. 6 were over in B. So, as we’re waiting to start the ceremony, Joey came over and snapped this picture of Will, Sean, Duy, and me in line. I like how it looked. Believe it or not, the IT department is a very close department. We may hate each other and want to kill each other, but we’re a big family. We help each other when needed. I’m going to miss them all.

The pictures from today are okay. The ceremony ended just after 11, so the pictures from after it are hard to see. The sun was directly overhead and even using my circular polarization filter couldn’t stop washout in the photos. I have the Dean of the School of Computing asking me for photos. He could see me from the stage and saw I was taking pictures during the ceremony. He wants a few from them. He was also glad to see me graduate. He had me 9 years ago during my failed attempt at college. He knows how far I fell and how far I came back. My Computer Ethics professor told me she was sad to see me leaving Armstrong. I wasn’t just a great student, but I’m a pleasant person to have around the department. My Data Com professor asked me when I was going to start the graduate program. I told her I needed a break. However, the department was so glad and proud to see me and the others graduate.

After the ceremony and the after ceremony talks, my family, Matthew’s girlfriend Jessica, Joey, Lindsey, and Chris all celebrated my graduation at lunch. We went to Cracker Barrel and had a good time. Lindsey got me a gift for birthday/graduation. She got me Hymns For The Journey, a compilation of Amy Grant hymns from Rock of Ages and Legacy… Hymns & Faith.. 🙂 It’s funny she chose that CD, and that’s where we had lunch. When I was there with Joey last week for lunch, I was looking over the CD and thinking of getting it. Those two know me well. I will miss seeing them everyday like I got use to since June.

Joey is out of my life, but my friendship with Lindsey is still strong. I’m verklempt re-reading that Dr. Jodis saw me at my lowest and and my highest.

2008-06-23

Can Some Calculate This Probability For Me? Today was my first day at work. It was mainly a general orientation on how to use company computer systems for payroll, time sheets, e-mail, and getting our badges. It was like being at college again.

And in a way, it was. Just before the day started, I went to the restroom. As I walked out, I saw a person checking in at the reception desk. I glanced over the guy and realized I knew him! And he knew me! It was a college classmate of mine that graduated the same day as me. He had already moved to Atlanta since his wife got a job here and her family is around here. I was still in Savannah. We both were contacted by this company about employment and we both were hired. We were both shocked at seeing each other and couldn’t believe of all the people that could have been hired, they chose 2 graduates from Armstrong for the position.

Just shows to me that even in the recession, the Armstrong name and classes we 2 took meant something to a company. I was found via the network through Career Services. When I went on the interview and offered my transcripts, the client declined and told me they had looked into my grades already. I had never heard of them until they contacted me.

2008-12-17

This Christmas card from Ashlee, the girl pictured, had my eyes swelling when I read it tonight:

Dear Shawn,

Thanks so much for the Christmas card. It’s great that you are celebrating Christmas this year. I know that you have had it rough there past few years, but along with the bad there always come good. You have been to many places and met many people, graduated from college and now you are holding down a good job in Atlanta. What a great opportunity! I know your mother must be proud of you and wants you to be happy. You have your whole life full of opportunities and exciting things to come. Remember to trust in God and keep Him first in life. I wish you a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I met Ashlee at Wesley Foundation at Armstrong. Like me, she did nearly everything with the group. She such a bright light and has taught me many things. The biggest lesson learn from this girl is nothing let anything stop you.

All these years later, Ashlee is still an inspiration. If it weren’t for Armstrong, I would never had met Lindsey, Jessie, Ashlee, Shannon, Melinda, and many more dear and near friends I have.

Just a sample of memories, but a sampling of life experiences that Armstrong opened to me. Things that the Board of Regents and their little buddies are Armstrong that pushed a merger can’t steal from me.


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Asking the important questions now. Armstrong-Georgia Southern merger
Posted on January 12th, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

Armstrong State University will host a Town Hall Meeting that is open to the public on Thursday, January 19, at 4:30…

Posted by Armstrong State University on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ok, so now that the merger, I mean takeover, of Armstrong by GSU has been approved, they have scheduled a town hall at Armstrong.

Since they are soliciting questions for it, I e-mailed the following questions to the solicitation e-mail. I also left a few comments with my question. I tried not to be rude, but assertive.

My question list:

  1. Who suggested this merger? I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago.  I am talking about the VERY first day this came up.
  2. When was it decided it was to be Georgia Southern and Armstrong to merge? Again, I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago.  I am talking about the VERY first day this came up. We know it didn’t take less than a week to do the study on this merger.
  3. How long has this merger been in the works without public input? Be honest with us. The dishonesty shown in this merger so far has led to a lot of anger.
  4. When did the faculty and staff of both school find out about this merger?
  5. What will happen to the student athletes of Armstrong? I think they are getting the worst deal in this all.
  6. Why are we waiting until AFTER the official vote to perform town halls and meetings to perform the merger with a deadline of 1/1/18 for the merge? Look, I understand wanting to keep people from ruining this for the BORUSG, but the way this has been handled has been poor.  Instead of trying to get us to to rally behind this, all this has done is foster anger and worry that this is a dirty deal.
  7. What are the benefits for Savannah? Are classes moving?  Will both campuses be offering classes for a major? Not every student who goes to Armstrong wanted to go to GSU.  Not every student going to Armstrong has the capacity to handle a school the size of GSU.  Not every person in Savannah wants to drive to GSU.
  8. How will tuition costs be handled?  Are you going to increase the fees at Armstrong to subside GSU. How do we know if the money for Armstrong will be reinvested into Armstrong? I think this is a major factor that should have been addressed as trying to pass this merger along.

I hope the Alumni Association and the majority of the faculty and staff knows that the anger of this takeover is not directed towards them. They are getting the wrath of the public, including from me, but they are the facilitators between the public and the administrators at the Georgia Southern, Armstrong, and The Board of Regents. The administrators behind this quick push of the merger without public input BEFORE the fact is where my anger lies.

And that is why I am pushing these questions. It’s why I’m going to that meeting. I want accountability from them. I want the truth.

In the Savannah Morning News article posted today, there is the quote from the president of Armstrong (I can not type her name. I have never liked that woman since she took over.):

Our student athletes’ wherewithal will be maintained. If they have been promised a scholarship, that scholarship will continue. We will not turn students out.

Is she just deaf to the outcry from others? The comments on the petition have other stories. Is she telling me to kids that have been told one thing is wrong? I hope an athlete with a different story speaks up and explain their situation.

In the same article:

Asked about the commute after the meeting, Georgia Southern President Jaimie Hebert said there are already students and staff commuting to Statesboro from Savannah and Hinesville and vice versa.

“It’s not a long commute in this day and age,” Hebert said. “… All of these roadways and commutes exist already. What we have the opportunity to do now is improve on those efficiencies of those commutes and the offerings for those students.”

Again, are they bullheaded?

Does it matter if the commute is nothing today? It’s the fact many of us don’t want to make the commute. At the moment, some of us are going to have to assume the improvement is shifting majors to a single campus, i.e nursing to Savannah and Liberal Arts and Technology to Statesboro. Wouldn’t that be the efficiency they are talking about?

I had a Facebook friend mentioned that she went to Armstrong because she had public transportation available to commute to the school. Unless GSU can have an express shuttle bus between Statesboro and Savannah, people trying to better themselves, but left at the mercy of public transportation to get to school will not be able to go to GSU. They will choose to go to Savannah State if transportation is their major factor.

I urge people concerned and/or anger about this merger takeover to submit questions and attend/or stream the town hall next Thursday.


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Poking the Bear
Posted on January 11th, 2017 @ 7:26 pm

My father said today I like to poke the bear.  I said a lot has been learned from someone poking the bear.

Well, it happened.  They approved the proposal to have Georgia Southern absorb Armstrong. Absorb is not the right word.  It was a takeover.

And what gets me is how people are saying it will be for the better.  Fine.  Prove it to me in other ways besides a press release. Don’t wait for the public input AFTER the vote.  Where was the public input and education BEFORE the vote?

There are 11 key questions that should be answered NOW:

  1. Who suggested this merger?
  2. When was it decided it was to be Georgia Southern and Armstrong to merge?
  3. How long has this merger been in the works without public input?
  4. When did the faculty and staff of both school find out about this merger?
  5. What will happen to the student athletes of Armstrong?
  6. Why are we waiting until AFTER the official vote to perform town halls and meetings to perform the merger with a deadline of 1/1/18 for the merge?
  7. What are the benefits for Savannah?
  8. How will tuition costs be handled?  

All viable questions in my mind.

They are planning a town hall at Armstrong (or should it now be the school formerly known as Armstrong) at 4:30 on the 19th at the Fine Arts Auditorium. I believe I will go.  If you are a student, I say go. They owe you that much.

I had a smaller Twitter discussion with a local reporter today. I asked why hasn’t anyone investigated the back story.  He replied that there is the town hall next week.  I think that got to me even more.  Why do we have to go forward?  Why can’t we know the history? What happened to investigative journalism? Perfect story for investigation.

A friend of mine that is an alumna of the now dead Southern Polytechnic State University said what else did I expect.  If the BORUSG wants it, they are going to do it. What happened to making them accountable? They did the same to SPSU as they did to Armstrong. See this article: Merging Into Controversy.

After this news, I went to the Armstrong Alumni Facebook page and asked about getting an Armstrong Alumni sticker for my car. They are going to send me one. I urge other alumni to get their Armstrong gear as fast as they can. The BORUSG will never take the following away from me, as much as they are going to now:

  1. I graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
  2. All my college memories are from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
  3. My diploma will always be from AASU.  You can change my transcripts to GSU and you can reissue my diploma as being from GSU, but I will tell ANYONE that asks that it was from AASU.
  4. I will always be a Pirate.

 


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Rest In Peace, Armstrong State University. 1935-2018.
Posted on January 11th, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

Armstrong State University

I will always be a Pirate. Such a shame they gave you little dignity when they killed you.

You will not have died in vain.


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The latest in the Georgia Southern takeover of Armstrong
Posted on January 10th, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

What more can I do to question this merger? Well for one, call it for what it is, a takeover.

This morning, I did call the man that is the district rep about this merger.  I left a message with his secretary.  I don’t know if he got it or not.  I basically called them out for doing this in secret, that I don’t want Armstrong to lose its charm.  I explained my history and why Armstrong worked for me.  And finally, I said what they are doing to the athletes is shameful.

It’s out my hands now. Based on all the information I know, there is no stopping it.  The best thing I can do is pray that my Armstrong family survives.

Even with this merger most likely going through, I don’t have to be quiet about it.  I’ll call it out for the dirty deal that it is. It is dirty because it was done with giving the public less than a week to provide input. Not that the public input is need since they are going to do it, no matter what. And that’s where my anger and disgust are focused on.

I was reading over the petition entries today and one caught my eye:

Amy Cortez
Savannah, GA

9 hours ago
Reason for signing

This was brought up in a 2015 student leadership meeting (presidents of clubs in attendance etc), and it was unanimously opposed. We thought the guy was crazy for even bringong it up, and that it was not even on the table…. not to mention we JUST spent all that money rebranding Armstrong and put up the signs. I did not apply to any other college because I knew Armstrong was for me. Don’t ruin it.

It got me questioning things again. I guess being the granddaughter of a journalist does that. Who was the person that proposed this to the Student Leadership Meeting? What ideas were brought up? What happened in that meeting? This comment there tells me this has been in the plans for months.

By the way, the petition is at 2,744 entries.

There is an article by WTOC today that has a few quotes that I believe should be shared.

First, from Prof. Tony Morris:

It would have been nice to have a little more heads up that this was happening.

I never had Prof. Morris, but I recognize his name and his face is in my mind. I agree more notice was owed to the Armstrong community.

And the second quote to share from Faye Kirschner:

We’ve heard it’s pretty much a done deal.

So, we have professors basically being told, as I infer from these quotes and the letter a friend shared with me that “Armstrong, you’re dead and you’re going to obey your new Georgia Southern overlords.” Well, not quite that way, but I love the hyperbole in that statement.  Hyperbole is a beautiful thing at times.

At this point, it’s no longer about the merger to me.  It’s about the callus way the Board of Regents went about to get this done.  We the people, the citizens of Georgia, shouldn’t take it lying down.  Make them answer our questions.  Make them give details.  Call them out for the secretive way they did this.


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Cart Before The Horse
Posted on January 9th, 2017 @ 6:36 pm

I’ve been reading the stories about the Georgia Southern takeover of Armstrong, because let’s face it, it’s not a merger, it is one school absorbing the other.  There was a Facebook entry on the protests today on WTOC’s site.  One of the comments was as follows:

Omg the snowflakes….

I have to support the students protesting in this.  I may not agree with ever single student protest there is, but I think the Armstrong community can smell some manure when it’s being plated in front of them. They aren’t snowflakes all the time, and in this case, I’m not going to call them snowflakes.  They are asking deep questions that deserve some answers.

The Armstrong community is keeping each other in the loop when we can.

Well, there was a post on the Reddit stating that Armstrong would cease to exist on 1/1/18.

The comment:

Well, a friend sent me a letter from a professor of her. I trust the letter as I had the same professor. I’m not going to post it for now, because it’s not my place to share the whole thing. However, there are 2 lines in the letter that are very interesting. I think they should be shared.

The most interesting line in the letter is:

We will remain Armstrong throughout 2017.

Does that NOT line up with the Reddit comment or what? As another friend of mine as said, who knows the true story and who hasn’t been in the loop in get go?!  The Reddit comment at this point is not a rumor, but a fact.

The other line in the letter is:

The main point of this document is to ensure that you understand what is known, and can differentiate that from rumors.

Well, I’m sorry, but that point of the letter doesn’t help.

“Rumors” are going around because the Board of Regents has placed the cart before the horse. They are so HELLBENT on this merger, it has been done behind the community’s back without an input or questions about why this is going to happen, besides “it we better both communities.” To me, all that is  talk and buzz worthiness. It doesn’t give me answers and it doesn’t make me feel better.  Due to the time ratio between announcement and the vote, yes, it bothers me as it bothers others.  That should bother everyone.

The community has no answers. Our source of answers to our questions is that from those that post on Facebook and the petition on THEIR viewpoints. Students crying fowl because of the bait and switch tactics of the commitments and scholarships of student athletes.

Also mentioned in the letter is that basically, no one knows how the merger is going to take place. I think a former state legislature and local newsman has said it well:

Some have messaged me with questions or concerns about the status of the Armstrong “merger” proposal. As previously…

Posted by Sonny Dixon on Monday, January 9, 2017

So yes, there are questions that need to be asked and answered:

  1. Who suggested this merger?
  2. When was it decided it was to be Georgia Southern and Armstrong to merge?
  3. How long has this merger been in the works without public input?
  4. When did the faculty and staff of both school find out about this merger?
  5. What will happen to the student athletes of Armstrong?
  6. Why are we waiting until AFTER the official vote to perform town halls and meetings to perform the merger with a deadline of 1/1/18 for the merge?
  7. What are the benefits for Savannah?
  8. How will tuition costs be handled?  

I know there are more specific questions and answers to be had, but for now, these are the big ones for me. These should have been answered before this process started, not after the fact.

The friend that sent me the letter thinks it will be a good thing. She shared the numbers about Armstrong having a low rate of graduation being “on-time.” Who or what defines “on-time?” As for Armstrong, it is not a “traditional” college. Yes, it does have a lot of transfers to Georgia Southern, but mainly of these transfers are kids that aren’t ready to move away from home. An environment like Armstrong allows these kids that extra growth they need before moving to another school. A lot of the students are non-traditional to begin with. Life is going to dictate when they can graduate, not a per-determined “on-time” schedule. A majority of my classmates were non-traditional. Very few were traditional. As for some of the traditional students, they came to Armstrong for reason they have stated in the petition. Basically, Armstrong provided them the environment they needed, not Georgia Southern. Some came for a smaller campus. Some came for the athletics. Some came for a school that wasn’t known as a party school. I do not like that push to increase “on-time” graduations when not everyone can be full time students.

Why am I and others having to have to ask if this environment will preserved BEFORE the vote? Again, this should have been resolved before the vote! Many of these questions should have been asked and answered.  If they were asked and answered, why doesn’t the public know?

Yes, I am probably beating a dead horse at this point. To me, it’s not about the merger in many concepts. To me, it’s about how this whole “merger” takeover came about. It’s the lack of transparency and communication.

By the way, rumors aren’t rumors if they are true.

I have e-mailed the BOR.  I called them today, only to be told to leave a message.  They probably took my information and placed it directly into the garbage can. I really think they have turned into the Vancome Lady plugging her ears.

Overall, as far as I can tell, this process is just a turd sandwich with a nice shiny wrapper. That’s my opinion for now.


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School Memories
Posted on January 8th, 2017 @ 9:46 am

Additional information on the Armstrong Atlantic State University situation:

  • The Board of Regents has a contact form and an Instagram account (@borusg). Contact them there was as well as the other ways I’ve mentioned.
  • On Facebook, people are using the tag #NoMerger
  • Share information with one another! I know the Armstrong Alumni has an extensive network, even if we’ve not members of the official group.
  • Attend the rallies other people have scheduled. I would love to go if my job gave me more than 30 minutes for lunch. Information as below:

Merger Protest at Armstrong in front of President Bleicken’s office Monday AND Tuesday starting at noon. We need to…

Posted by Sonny Dixon on Sunday, January 8, 2017

Here is an example of one of my Instagram posts for Armstrong, highlighting some of my time there:

Just some memories from my time at @armstrong_u #nomerger #armstrongstateuniversity #AASUforever

A photo posted by Shawn Latta (@peachy92) on

I urge others to do the same! The petition has 2059 signatures on it. Believe me, it was only at 47 when I signed it on Friday. I know it doesn’t represent the full amount of people angered by this.


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Armstrong-Georgia Southern Merger stories
Posted on January 7th, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

For people that aren’t in the Savannah, GA area, but did attend Armstrong, links to news articles on this matter.

Original posting date: Jan 7, 2017 at 2:27 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2017 at 6:09 PM

WTOC:

WSAV

WJCL

WTGS

Savannah Morning News: (may require paid login)

Connect Savannah:

If you know of any other links I’m missing on this subject, please link to them in the comments section.

There is also the Reddit discussions: Discussion #1 Discussion #2, and the petition which shares a lot of comments from alumni and students alike.


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I graduated from THE ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY!
Posted on January 7th, 2017 @ 10:18 am

Bits of my diploma from @armstrong_u. Nice to know the Board of Regents killed you.

A photo posted by Shawn Latta (@peachy92) on

This is a fact that the Board of Regents can never take away from me. AASU FOREVER.

Since my post yesterday, I have tweeted a couple of our local news stations that they should look into the fact that the merger is a done deal. Sent them a link to a comment in the Reddit post about the whole deal.  From the /r/Savannah thread, it’s these ones that really have my blood boiling:

No discussion from the public and the community whatsoever. As for the posts, I have screenshots of them in case they disappear.

I have left a comment on the Board of Regents Facebook page AND tweeted them.

At the moment, the petition has 1354 signatures on it.  As I was reading the posts, I see that they are telling the kids they already promised scholarships to start looking for another school as they can’t honor them.  How rude! Really, it’s such a wrong thing to get the coaches to recruit, and then basically tell the coach and his team members that they aren’t wanted or needed. That has to do damage to one’s psyche.  Those kids may not be the the type of player to play in Division I sports, but they work hard in their sport and are winners in Division II.

As I type this, I just got an e-mail stating I got a person to sign the petition. So far, at least 4 people have signed the petition from a link I shared.  I hope more sign it.  Even if we can’t save the school, we can at least tell the BOR how we really feel.

Also, my dad I and I were discussing the merger last night.  He hated the thought of people commuting to Statesboro for classes if they move them from Armstrong to Georgia Southern. The people that enrolled in Armstrong didn’t enroll to make that commute.  If they wanted to make the commute, then they would have enrolled at Georgia Southern.  That third Reddit post above alludes to such an idea. That post mentions that the death of 5 nursing students may have played a role. And while I am sadden and disgusted about that tragedy (making sure I do a sign of the cross passing the scene of the accident every time I’m on I-16 East), moving classes like that opens more students to an opportunity for such an accident. How can they do that?  Many kids and adults go to Armstrong because it is here in Savannah, not Statesboro.

I also started beaming when I read on the petition that a lot of people chose Armstrong for the sense of family and the high standards of academics.  I never thought much about such a standard as I went there, because I have always had a high standard of academics for myself. (I only took the C in Microeconomics because my mother died that semester; the professor telling me to take it and go is exactly what my mother would have told me to do, too, in that situation. I don’t think Dr. McGrath knows how much that little talk means to me.)

I’m also wondering about the chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) and Phi Kappa Phi (ΦKΦ). I was a member of them (I really need to go back and pay my ΦKΦ dues) both. What can we members say now?  And what about the other kids that have chosen Greek life that isn’t academic at all?  Are they booted out or forced into Georgia Southern’s groups.  Will GSU’s members resent ASU’s members.

So, if you are like me and upset about the merger, all I can tell you is to do the following:

  • Sign the Opposition of merging Armstrong State University with Georgia Southern University petition. Speak out on your feelings about the matter.
  • Comment on any of the social media articles from about the matter.  Let the media know how you feel. If you are a kid impacted by the athletics situation, definitely speak out about what happened. If feel the public NEEDS to know about this.
  • Leave a comment on the BOR’s Facebook page and tweet them.
  • Instagram and Tweet your memories of attending Armstrong.  Pictures tell a thousand words. Let others know what the school means to you. Tag @Armstrong_U in all your posts. Show off that Pirate Pride.

We may not be able to save the school, but don’t go down without a fight!


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