Dear UNG Faculty and Staff:
It’s hard to believe, but we are already three weeks into the fall semester! I hope this has been a productive time for you and that students are making positive progress. Our campus-based Traditions Committees are being formed, and I look forward to their work over the course of this year. With that in mind, each of our campuses has already developed or planned several events to engage our students and communities:
- On the Gainesville Campus, Starlight was a really fun evening that brought students and volunteers from each campus and an estimated 4,000 people in attendance. Kudos to Richard Oates, Shannon Shockley, Facilities, Public Safety, and all of the performers for contributing to such a wonderful event!
- In Dahlonega this weekend, we will mark the first Boar’s Head Weekend, sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association, to recognize our Corps of Cadets and provide them with opportunities to network with alumni. The weekend will be capped by our first military review of the academic year in honor of our Distinguished Military Students. It will be at 2 p.m. on the Drill Field and is open to all. Additionally, at 8 p.m. the Dahlonega SGA will lead a community Candlelight Memorial Ceremony on the Drill Field in honor of first responders and to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
- In Cumming, plans are in progress to host a Community Education Summit this fall. More on that to come.
- The Blue Ridge Campus has begun a semester-long Lunch and Learn Leadership Series, tapping into campus and community resources, for students there.
- The Oconee Campus is preparing for its third annual OconeeFest on Oct. 27. This has become a great campus tradition and raises an increasing amount of scholarship funds for UNG students.
Clearly, UNG and our campuses have a significant impact throughout this region. In keeping with that important role, I encourage you to participate in the State Charitable Contributions Program to benefit a charity or community organization of your choice. As we join with colleagues from around the state, our gifts can make a powerful difference in the lives of those in need and enrich our communities. You can make a one-time donation or give through payroll deduction. To give online, see http://www.gasccp.org/. I appreciate Kate Maine and Richard Oates co-chairing this campaign for UNG, and they are happy to assist you if you have any questions.
Thank you for creating and supporting such a vibrant educational environment. The energy across our campuses and in our communities is exciting!
Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.