This week, our university community is attentive to some noteworthy concerns.
First, earlier this week President Trump announced a decision to end the DACA program with the goal of developing a more permanent resolution through the U.S. Congress. We know this announcement is troubling to many of our students and their families and friends. We value all of our students and the contributions they bring to our community, and our Student Counseling staff is prepared to provide counseling services to them as needed.
Second, all of Georgia, including UNG, is preparing for the impact of Hurricane Irma. We are actively monitoring, and our Public Safety and Facilities teams, as well as others, have taken many measures to prepare for the storm. While we don’t expect any campus closures next week, please stay alert and respond to emergency notifications as needed. Savannah State’s football team will be at our Dahlonega Campus next week until they are able to return to their campus. They will arrive Saturday night after an away game and will be staying in the currently unoccupied Lewis Hall Annex and using our Dining Hall. Join me in welcoming them and thanking our personnel who have led this act of hospitality and service!
Finally, on Monday, we will observe Patriot Day – the commemoration of the 9/11 attack on America. Though it has been 16 years since that fateful attack, it is a day that remains etched in our minds. On our Dahlonega Campus, the Student Government Association has planned a candlelight ceremony to memorialize those who lost their lives and to pay tribute to the first responders and our military who defend and protect us around the world. The event begins at 8 p.m. on the promenade or in Memorial Hall, depending upon the weather. Georgia Rep. Kevin Tanner, one of our alumni, will serve as the guest speaker. I hope you will join us for this important tribute, if you able to do so.
Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.