Dear UNG Faculty and Staff:
UNG is an incredibly vibrant university and it’s challenging at times to keep up with everything that is happening. However, at the center of it all is our focus on student success, academic excellence and leadership development. Here are few recent highlights:
- Our Nighthawks’ women’s soccer team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA DII championship for the first time ever. They will take on Columbus State this evening in Miami Shores, Florida, as the tournament continues. Congratulations to Coach Chris Adams and the entire team. Go, Nighthawks!
- As one of only six Senior Military Colleges in the nation, I am proud that UNG has been recognized again this year as a Military Friendly institution. In addition to educating students in our Corps of Cadets to become military officers, UNG serves numerous student veterans across our campuses. This year, we honored these students, our alumni and community veterans with a Veteran’s Day military review at the Dahlonega Campus and by participating in the National Veterans’ Day Roll Call at the Gainesville Campus.
- Congratulations to our award-winning Gainesville Theatre Alliance for its sold-out production of Beauty and the Beast that began Nov. 8! This consortium is amazing, and the caliber of their work continues to impress audiences. Make plans now to attend one of their future performances.
- I am pleased to announce that Tom Ormond will chair the ongoing implementation of the UNG’s Strategic Plan. Work on our strategic plan began in 2014 and is designed to be implemented through 2019. I am grateful to Dr. Ormond for assuming leadership of this initiative as he becomes more fully immersed in our institution.
- Please join me in congratulating Sandy Ott, director of UNG’s Blue Ridge Campus, who received the USG’s Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award, which honors employees who continually go above and beyond their responsibilities. Sandy has been an outstanding addition to our staff and has been instrumental in the development of UNG’s newest campus. Congratulations, Sandy!
- In our Executive Council meeting on Nov. 7, we had a great presentation by Dr. Eddie Mienie and Tate O’Rouke, who lead our economic development and community relations initiatives, and a follow-up discussion about how UNG enhances economic development in our region. I think many were surprised by the various ways that UNG supports economic development. As one example, yesterday, I participated in the groundbreaking celebration for the Forsyth County Schools’ new Alliance Academy for Innovation. UNG is partnering with this new school to expose students to potential career paths and college opportunities. Initiatives like this result in a vibrant workforce that serves as the foundation for economic and social prosperity.
Thank you, all, for your leadership and support of UNG and our students!
Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.