Boar’s Head Weekend connects current, former cadets

Corps of Cadets Annual Review
UNG recognized this year’s top 25 cadets as Distinguished Military Students during the annual review, held on Sunday, September 9-11.

This fall, the first ever Boar’s Head Weekend drew alumni to UNG’s Dahlonega Campus to connect current and former cadets during a weekend of mentoring and networking.

The weekend was sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association (NGGCA) and included a variety of events, classes, socials, and speakers, including guest speaker Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger portrayed in the movie “13 Hours.”

“We want to build a professional network available to UNG cadets that can help open doors – no matter their career path after UNG,” said John Douglas, NGCCA chairman emeritus and an alumnus. “We also want to foster interaction between the members of the Corps of Cadets and our corps alumni to build a larger sense of camaraderie.”

Networking opportunities included career-based panel discussions for juniors and seniors who do not plan to commission as military officers; commissioning cadets attended military briefings featuring active duty junior officers who have been recently deployed. Freshman and sophomore cadets attended panels that addressed topics such as internships and other resume-building opportunities.

Tony DaSilva talking to Corps of Cadets
Alumnus Tony DaSilva, ’77, talks to cadets about opportunities with the Corps and his experiences in the Boar’s Head Brigade.

The weekend also included two events to recognize this year’s 25 Distinguished Military Students, the top cadets from UNG’s Corps of Cadets who have excelled academically and as leaders.

Bob Mathews, president and CEO of Colliers International and an alumnus, congratulated the 25 recipients as keynote speaker for the Sunday review. Along with Mathews, the reviewing party included President Bonita Jacobs; Col. Brent Cummings, professor of military science; and retired Col. Tom Palmer, commandant of cadets.

“What you do here is important; you are the future of the United States Army and the security of our nation,” Mathews said. “You have distinguished yourselves by your selection, and I challenge you to use it for good for all of those who will know you and those who will be led by you.”

Bob Mathews talking to Corps of Cadets
What you do here is important; you are the future of the United States Army and the security of our nation.