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In this weekly podcast, Raysean Ricks, an Augusta University alumnus, catches you up with university news, events and breaks down what life is really like for a college student. Join him as he discusses pop culture, interacts with the AU community and keeps you updated with everything happening ‘in the wild.’ New episodes drop every Tuesday.
158 Episodes
Tiffany Ashford, Residence Life Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life at Augusta University, joins us with Andre'l Shuman and Antinett Ampiah, two resident assistants, to share what new students can look forward to when they move in this fall.
Get ready to thrive in your first year with our ultimate survival guide! In this exciting and fun-filled episode, we bring you the best recommendations from those who know the campus inside and out. Join us as we chat with Orientation Leaders, who share their top tips for making the most of your college experience. From joining clubs to making friends, they’ve got you covered.
We dive into the essential topic of campus safety. Join us as we share fun and engaging tips for students and employees to stay aware and practice the best safety measures on campus. Plus, don't miss another exciting segment of "Pardon Our Progress" with Dale, where he'll update us on what's coming up for the fall semester.
In this episode, ShaRon Dukes, EdD, director for student life, Elizabeth Huggins, EdD, director for First and Second Year Experiences, and Angelica Hill, First and Second Year Experiences coordinato, will share invaluable insights, tips, and resources to help you navigate the fun, challenges and opportunities of your freshman year.
We dive deep into the essential support systems available to our students. Join us as we explore the vital roles of Multicultural Student Engagement and Testing & Disability Services in fostering an inclusive and supportive campus environment. Learn how these units within Enrollment & Student Affairs provide crucial resources and assistance to help you navigate your academic journey and personal growth.
Welcome to the podcast's first Summer Series! We're partnering with the Office of New Student and Family Transitions to bring you episodes to help new Jags transition into JagNation. Mark Myers, director for NSFT, joins to share all the things you can expect this summer.
A farewell to Dr. Keel

A farewell to Dr. Keel


Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD, reflects on his tenure at the university. Special guests form across Georgia make an appearance to give their best wishes.
In this episode, we delve into the heart of sustainability initiatives at Augusta University. Join us as we sit down with passionate students from the Food Recovery Network, a national organization with a local chapter dedicated to reducing food waste on campus. Discover how their efforts are making a tangible impact on our community. Additionally, we speak with Dr. Ankit Jain, an esteemed anesthesiologist and assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia. Jain sheds light on innovative strategies employed in operating rooms to minimize waste and promote sustainability.
In this special episode of our podcast, welcome to a nostalgic journey back to campus for Alumni Weekend 2024. As the university welcomes back its former students, we sit down with two remarkable alumni: Patti Peabody, Class of 1987, and Stacie King, Class of 2016 and recipient of this year's Outstanding Young Alumni award.
Join us as we sit down with the newly crowned Homecoming King and Queen Jaden Scott and Je'Bria Fullwood to unravel their enchanting journey through Augusta University's Homecoming festivities. From the electrifying moment of being crowned to their favorite highlights of the week, we explore the exhilarating experiences and cherished memories that define their reign.
This week, Brad and Havird Usry, the dynamic father and son duo behind Fat Man's Hospitality Group join us. With a portfolio boasting iconic eateries like Sno Cap Drive-In, Fat Man's, The Southern Salad, and the soon-to-open Bradley's Barbecue, Brad and Havird share insights into their journey, from family legacy to community support. As a proud alumnus and avid supporter of Augusta University, Brad reveals their special bond with the institution, discussing their roles as advocates and champions for AU Athletics. But that's not all—tune in as we welcome Sarah Childers, Experience and Community Development Manager for Destination Augusta, who shares insider tips on Authentic Augusta Experiences every Augustan should savor. From local gems to JagPerks partnerships, discover the vibrant tapestry of Augusta's offerings, enriching both residents and visitors alike.
Hannah Bennett, PhD, and Steven Page, EdD, from Augusta University's College of Education and Human Development join us to explore the dynamic world of kinesiology and sports management, we'll discuss how these programs intersect with personal wellness. Plus, don't miss our interview with Dr. Jedidiah Ballard, Emergency physician and fitness enthusiast from the Medical College of Georgia, as he shares simple yet effective tips for a healthier lifestyle. Get ready to elevate your fitness game with insights from educators and physicians alike!
We dive into Augusta University's innovative approach to crafting "Job-Ready Jaguars." We sit down with Veronica Wilson, Director for Academic Advisement, and Amanda Boland, CAPE Director, to explore how the university equips its students with the skills and knowledge needed for success beyond the classroom. From personalized academic advising to experiential learning opportunities, discover the comprehensive support system in place to prepare students for life after college.But that's not all! We also chat with Sharn Varicella, Assistant Director for Career Services, and Charmaine James, Director for Health Professions Outreach, to learn about the exciting new resource, Health Professions Outreach (HPO), designed to guide students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Tune in as we uncover how Augusta University is shaping the future of its students and fostering a community of thriving professionals. Learn more about Career Services:
Join us on a behind-the-scenes journey into Augusta University's vibrant theater scene in this episode of "In the Wild." Dr. Melanie O'Meara and Doug Joiner, share the process of crafting student-led productions and sharing career anecdotes. Hear from Theatre AUG students Avery Lewis and Destiny Barrett, whose plays take center stage this semester, as they recount the transformation of written words into captivating performances. They also provide a sneak peak into the plays.
Join us for an inspiring episode as we sit down with two remarkable women leaders, Jennifer Sullivan, PhD, dean for The Graduate School, and Nancy Young, DMD, dean of The Dental College of Georgia. In this thought-provoking conversation, we delve into the experiences and triumphs of being women in STEM and in higher education.
Swing into Augusta University's golf scene as we sit down with the Steven Paine and Caroline Haas-Hegg, our men's and women's golf coaches, to discuss the anticipation surrounding their upcoming tournaments and gain a unique perspective on the ongoing season. Also, Stefan Jacobs and Kennedy Carroll, two talented student athletes, as they share their experiences on the course, and get insider tips as one of them demonstrates the art of driving, chipping and putting.
We dive into the captivating worlds of literature and jazz with Dr. Seretha Williams, department chair of English and World Languages, and Wycliffe Gordon, the renowned program director for Jazz Studies.
In this heartwarming episode of "In the Wild," meet two extraordinary AU Sweetheart couples shaping the Augusta University community. Drs. Klaus Ley and Lynn Hedrick, co-directors of the Immunology Center of Georgia, share insights into their illustrious careers and the transformative impact their new center will have in Georgia. Following that, recent graduates and newlyweds Tate and Piper Allen reflect on their university experiences, offering a glimpse into the challenges and joys of being a married couple on campus.
Discover the exciting journey of AU's Speech Language Pathology program, a new addition to our academic offerings, as Joann Denmark sheds light on the program's unique features and contributions to the field. But that's not all – we also delve into the Dental Hygiene program with insights from Erin Boyleston, Program Director, and Eva Rainieri, a dedicated dental hygiene student.
Join us as we hit the slopes with Augusta University's Outdoor Recreation team on their annual ski trip to Winterplace, West Virginia. In this episode, we chat with Matt Davis, the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, along with two adventurous students who share their experiences skiing and snowboarding.