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Georgia Regents University held their first alumni weekend since the merger bringing together alumni from both Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Some said it was like being in school all over again, lots of old and new faces.

"It's good because you know we were two different universities," said ASU Alumni President Adam Williams. "It's still a good opportunity to meet new people and we've got a lot of great people to introduce them to as well."

Williams is now one of six alumni presidents. Since the merger GRU now has alumni associations from Augusta State University, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia and the College of Nursing.

"We are working on all the merging of all the alumni associations and working hard on that," said Williams. "We have had a couple of conference calls and we are working hard to try to make everybody happy and do things the right way."

However, the new brand was not the only thing on people's minds.

"To see all of the changes that are occurring, the new buildings that have occurred," said MCG Alumna Sandra Freedman.  

Changes that have brought these schools together, a reality that many have now come to accept but there are some things that may never change.

"I'm still going to be an ASU Alum," said Williams. "It's still hard for me to get on board with the GRU Alum but in time you know that may happen but I'm still going to wear my ASU colors proud."

There were lots of proud alumni, proud of their educational background regardless of the new name.

Bob Woodruff, former anchor for ABC News and World News Tonight was the key note speaker at GRU this weekend; giving advice for students.

"I said to someone earlier today, the most satisfying for us is when we talk to someone and  give advice to young students," said Woodruff.  "We have made our mistakes over the years, all of us have made mistakes, and if we could just help these younger people out when they graduate college to not make the same mistakes did, then that's a success."

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