New residence hall to open this fall

Housing Partner Funds Scholarships for Students

Construction on a new four-story residence hall, The Commons, on UNG’s Dahlonega Campus is nearing completion and will be open for students by August. Located at the intersection of West Main Street and Walker Drive, across the street from UNG’s Dining Hall, The Commons will add 536 beds for campus housing.

The two-building facility will feature suite-style living, and the main floor in one building will have a large, multi-purpose room. There also will be areas on each floor that combine laundry, lounge and kitchen functions.

“The amazing amenities combined with the unique architecture and landscaping of the new residence hall will enhance our student’s residential campus experience,” said Dr. Janet Marling, vice president for student affairs at UNG. “With a show-stopping rooftop deck for programming and amazing mountain views, these buildings are designed to foster community while providing creative meeting and study spaces.”

Corvias Campus Living was selected in 2014 to develop, construct, manage, renovate, and maintain student housing by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents in an unprecedented public-private partnership for several institutions, including UNG. As part of this partnership, Corvias has funded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to students through the Residence Life Leadership Scholarship Program.

The program provides scholarships for UNG juniors and seniors living in non-cadet housing who hold key leadership positions across campus and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

“With the rising cost of living and tuition, every little bit of financial support helps,” said Treva Smith, director of residence life. “Because of the tremendous generosity of Corvias, we are able to help out those students who are good examples of how to successfully balance organizational leadership and service to other students.”

Scholarships in the amount of $500 per semester were automatically awarded to qualifying students involved in various campus organizations including the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and UNG Ambassadors for the fall and spring semesters.

“I am an early childhood/special education dual major, and that requires me to drive everyday either to the UNG Gainesville Campus or my internship site in Oakwood,” said Elizabeth Jagus, president of the UNG chapter of Campus Cursive, and a resident assistant. “Getting this scholarship was precisely what I needed to help cover the cost of being in the education program.”

For future semesters, the Residence Life Leadership Scholarship will involve an application process. The Office of Residence Life will be soliciting applicants among students who have signed housing contracts for the 2016-2017 school year.

Student leaders touring The Commons.
Student leaders got a sneak peek of The Commons this spring.