Welcome Back!

Dear UNG Faculty and Staff:

Congratulations to you all for a fantastic start to the new academic year! This fall, we are serving more than 19,000 students across our five campuses, and we experienced one of the smoothest opening weeks that I can remember.

I spent much of last week talking with students – at convocation ceremonies on various campuses, a welcome event for student-athletes, at a welcome session for students in our new Ed.D. program, and at our annual Starlight Celebration. Without fail, they are enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead of them.

I share their enthusiasm, and I am pleased with UNG’s trajectory. As I noted at the Faculty-Staff Convocation events, we provide students with an exceptional education built on high quality academics, affordability, accessibility, and a commitment to student success and leadership development. Because of our success, UNG is an emerging institution on the road to national prominence.

If you were unable to attend Convocation, and you would like one of the UNG refillable water bottles that I gave out to support of our Nighthawks Wellness Program and our new Sustainability Initiative that day, please visit the Office of University Relations (Dahlonega – Downtown Office Building, 308 or Gainesville – Oakwood Building, 116) to receive one.

Claudia Nelson, ACE Fellow and associate professor of political science at Coppin State University

Finally, please join me in a warm UNG welcome to Dr. Claudia Nelson, who will be with us this year as an ACE Fellow. Claudia is an associate professor of political science at Coppin State University in Baltimore, and she served as president of Coppin State’s Faculty Senate in 2016-2017. Through her Fellowship Project, she intends to develop a plan to establish an Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement at Coppin State. The office will comprise service-learning, community-based research, study abroad, internships, co-ops, and field trips. Claudia selected UNG for her fellowship based on our strong track record in these areas and because we have earned the Carnegie Community Engaged Institution designation. I am glad she is here and look forward to the opportunity to share our work.


Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.

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