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.
Reslife plays key role in student development
As the demand for on-campus housing increases, UNG’s Office of Residence Life has expanded holistic, engaging programming for students.
Resident Assistants (RAs), students trained to be mentors and liaisons for other students living on campus, organize events ranging in focus from school spirit, healthy living and service, to alcohol and drug education.
“The programs that RAs plan for their residents consist of life skills that we believe will help our students to develop and grow into well rounded and successful graduates,” said Genae Dorsett, coordinator for residential education.
Residence Life recently added a “financial literacy” programming standard, which is designed to help students overcome those issues, Dorsett said. Residence Life worked closely with UNG’s Student Money Management Center to provide information on budgeting, saving, and planning for a secure financial future.
Residence Life is also involved in planning the “Naked Roommate” series, which features engaging, interactive seminars about topics many students face.
In the past, the series has organized events like “Roommates in a Fishbowl,” which explains how to deal with potentially awkward living situations, “#beYOUtiful,” which encourages positive self-image, and “Boozefest,” to raise awareness of alcohol safety.
“Sometimes teaching in more than one avenue is needed,” said Jamie Taylor, coordinator of first year transitions. “I believe that we all play a key role in every student’s life that we deal with. As long as we are all investing in them in some way, we will have the chance to make a positive impact.”