COVID-19: WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Our CSM alumni are on the frontlines as healthcare workers, in laboratories, hospitals and government agencies. Meet three of these alumni:

  • Dr. Mark Causey, B.S. Biology ’06, an orthodontist in Cumming, Georgia, has worked with Dawson County High School engineering teacher John Skorich, B.S. Middle Grades Ed. ’09, to design and coordinate fabrication of masks for the medical community.  Check out Causey’s TV interview to see how it’s done! UNG faculty, Dr. Jon Mehlferber, professor of visual arts, and Enes Aganovic, assistant director of technology integration, partnered with Causey to update the design for 3-D printed masks. Dr. Ted Forringer, assistant department head of physics & astronomy, and three of his students are printing 150 masks a day in the Digital Fabrication Laboratory on UNG’s Gainesville campus. We are grateful Causey also serves on the Nighthawks Athletic Club Board.
  • Dr. Clifton Hastings, B.S. Chemistry/Pre-Medicine ’80, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, is chief of staff for medical staff at Northeast GA Medical Center (NGMC).  He says, “NGMC has increased its capacity in the critical care units by more than 50% in less than three weeks in anticipation of the surge of new COVID-19 infected patients.”  Hastings feels his team has really stepped up to care for our community and the region and credits the incredible response from our nurses, physicians, ancillary care givers and support staff. 
  • Dr. John McManus, B.S. Chemistry/Pre-Medicine ’88, a retired Colonel, served 24 years in the military and today is an emergency room physician, professor of emergency medicine and Director of EMS Fellowship and Paramedic Program at Augusta University. We appreciate Dr. McManus’ service on our STEM Advisory Board.
Kathryn Smith, Sergeant of Patrol, UNG Police Department, Oconee Campus.
  • Teams from the College of Science & Mathematics,the College of Health Sciences & Professions, and Student Health Services joined forces on March 27 to help UNG police officers pack and load thousands of nitrile gloves and other personal protective equipment from UNG supplies. These were donated to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for use by Georgia hospitals and healthcare facilities fighting COVID-19.