Class Notes


Jim Minter, ’51, is the 2017 recipient of the Erk Russell Spirit Award from the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in honor of his dedication and enthusiasm for covering sports in the state of Georgia. Minter was a sports writer and later executive editor of the Atlanta Journal- Constitution. The award was presented on Feb. 25 at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony.


Correction The Fall 2016 issue of UNG Magazine highlighted alumnus Lt. Hoot Gibson, who, in addition to the honors and decorations noted in that article, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. The omission was due to an incomplete resource, and we value the opportunity to share all of Lt. Gibson’s honors.


The class of 1975 initiated a gift at its 40-year reunion to leave a lasting mark at the university. The class established two scholarships awarded annually to juniors at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus, one cadet and one non-cadet, who are in good standing and who have demonstrated leadership. The class members are proud to announce that they have awarded scholarships every year since the scholarship’s beginning, but they still need to achieve their endowment goal to continue making the annual awards. While 22 donors have raised $85,000, the goal is to raise $250,000 from 75 classmates. The class still needs $165,000 from another 53 classmates. To give online, visit https:// form-2 and mark “other” and indicate “Class ’75 Scholarship.”

Bob Bolz, ’78, is the new city manager for Dawsonville, Georgia. He previously served the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant, training director and director of the office of professional standards. Before that he worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


Laura Angel, ’85, was promoted to vice president for advancement for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation. The CDC Foundation advances the mission of the CDC through effective philanthropy and public-private partnerships that protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

Susan Carter, ’83, was hired in March 2017 as the new chief financial officer for the Jefferson County Public Utility District.

Louie Stephen Williams Jr., ’86, lives in Forsyth County and has been happily married to his soulmate, confidant, best friend Mary for more than 13 years. They have three ‘fur babies’ (cats).He is in Toastmasters in Cumming and the Forsyth County Lions Club, where he was president 2012-16 and currently serves the Georgia Lions District 18-I as a zone chair for six Lions Clubs in Forsyth, Dawson, Hall, and Lumpkin counties, and Buford (the Lake Lanier Lions Zone). One of his role models is fellow alumnus retired Lt. Col. Bill Mundy, ’51, who has served his community in the Dahlonega Lions Club for decades.

He also wrote, “Enjoyed watching the video of fellow ’86 alumnus Brig. Gen. Ron Stephens, M.D., administering the commissioning oath to 2nd Lt. Nate Cutler, ’16. On that very day, I can envision Nate’s dad, the late Capt. Thornton Culter, ’86, smiling down from

heaven and saying ‘Well done, son.’ Dr. Ron is and will be a great role model for Nate and my prayers are with Nate as he follows in Dr. Ron’s and Thornton’s footsteps as a great leader and servant to our great nation.”


Eric W. Norris, ’90, a Superior Court judge of the Western Judicial Circuit in Georgia, was designated to serve in place of Justice Michael P. Boggs in the appeal of DLT List, LLC et al. v. M7ven Supportive Housing & Development Group (S16G0646) in January 2017. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Judge Norris to the Superior Court of the Western Judicial Circuit in April 2016. The Western Circuit covers both Clarke and Oconee counties.


Melissa Gooch, ’08, recently completed her master’s degree in education from the University of West Georgia. Melissa graduated with honors and a 4.0 GPA. She was inducted into Delta Epsilon Iota academic honor society and Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education. She works at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Information Technology Services as a business systems analyst IV with student services. Melissa and her husband, Kevin, have two children, Matthew and Meredith. Matthew recently joined the Georgia Army National Guard and aspires to attend UNG after completing coursework at Georgia Military College.


Ryan Sinteff, ’12, is currently attending the critical care emergency nursing fellowship at Fort Sam in San Antonio.

Congratulations to Captain Michael Rose, ’12, for being named the “Best Ranger” – again. CPT Rose and teammate Master Sgt. Josh Horsager – both of the 75th Ranger Regiment — beat out 53 other teams for the title of Best Ranger. Michael Rose also won the 2014 competition when he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.

Taylor Wood, ’14, early childhood education, and Jennifer Decker Wood, ’14, applied environmental spatial analysis, were married in May 2015. Taylor is currently working at Oakwood Elementary School as a math interventionist and Jennifer is working at an environmental and engineering consultant firm.