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UNG – a place for opportunity, success, and excellence

As I write this, fall’s crisp air and colorful leaves are creating a beautiful tapestry across our five campuses that is surpassed only by the impressive activity at UNG this semester.

Women in STEM: Inspiring leaders in science, technology, engineering & mathematics

According to statistics from the National Science Foundation (NSF), women remain underrepresented in the workforce in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Meet UNG’s Freshmen

This fall, UNG welcomed a class of more than 4,000 first-year students to its five campuses and online.

Celebrating 40 Years in action

For 40 years, the nationally acclaimed Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) has entertained audiences from across northeast Georgia with its construction-savvy and technically gifted crews, professional directors and choreographers, innovative costume designers, and talented casts of students from UNG and Brenau University.

Where We Lead: In the Chaplain Corps

UNG’S Corps of Cadets’ Chaplain Corps offers guidance and encouragement for cadets and civilian students who are struggling with personal issues.

Where I Lead: Diversity in Education

Dr. Lauren Johnson, department head for the Department of Culture, Language and Leadership in the College of Education and associate professor of teacher education at UNG, has worked alongside her colleagues in the College of Education on UNG’s partnership with Gainesville and Hall County schools to train the next generation of diverse teachers.

Where I Lead: In the Classroom and Overseas

Melissa Silva, ’19, graduated from UNG with a degree in modern languages with a concentration in Spanish language and literature in August and is spending an academic year as an English Teaching Assistant in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Record 31 cadets honored as Distinguished Military Students

UNG’s Boar’s Head Brigade honored a record 31 members of the Corps of Cadets at the 2019 Distinguished Military Students (DMS) Review held Sept. 29, breaking the previous mark of 25 during the 2016-17 school year.

UNG wins MacArthur Award for 2018-2019

The Corps of Cadets at UNG has been selected as the 2018-19 recipient of the MacArthur Award for U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 1st Brigade.

Scott named commander of Boar’s Head Brigade

Cadet Col. Logan Scott is the Boar’s Head Brigade commander for the Corps of Cadets for the 2019-20 school year.

Corps of Cadets wins AUSA Most Active Company Award for third year

For the third straight year, UNG’s Boar’s Head Brigade received the Most Active Company Award from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

Cadets complete summer training programs

Some 124 members of UNG’s Corps of Cadets took part in Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, held every summer for 6,500 cadets from around the nation.

Cadets hear from Pentagon official during Boar’s Head Weekend

UNG cadets heard from Retired Col. Mark Mitchell, a high-level Pentagon leader, who shared valuable advice for their future careers during the fourth annual Boar’s Head Brigade-Corps Alumni Weekend held on the Dahlonega Campus Sept. 27-29.

Good as gold

The gold steeple atop Price Memorial Hall on the Dahlonega Campus now shines brighter thanks to a new covering of gold leaf that was applied this summer.

National rankings laud innovation, affordability

UNG jumped up four spots on the U.S. News and World Report 2020 Best Colleges list released Sept. 9, ranking 16th among all public regional universities in the South.

Region gets $667 million boost from university

UNG made an economic impact of more than $667 million on northeast Georgia during fiscal year 2018, an increase of some $47 million over the previous year, according to data released Aug. 20.

Former governor joins UNG

Former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has joined UNG as a Regents faculty member.

WWI Centennial Commission pays tribute to Eugene Bullard

In 1959, French President Charles De Gaulle presented Georgia native Eugene Bullard with the French Legion of Honor, the highest national military award given by the French government, for his service as an aviator.

Barfield becomes UNG’s first Barry Goldwater Scholar

On the last day of classes of the spring 2019 semester at UNG, Haley Shea Barfield cried tears of joy after reading an email telling her she had won the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Lecturer, student publish breast cancer research

Dr. Ramneet Kaur and her UNG research student Sidhika Sharma, a May 2019 graduate who earned a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, published a manuscript about breast cancer research in the journal Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry.

Presidential funds support geology research at Elachee

Dr. Katayoun Mobasher, a professor in the Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis at UNG, and Dr. Jerry Allison, professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, were awarded a summer Presidential Incentive Award to investigate the geology of Elachee Nature Science Center through geochemical and petrographic analyses of rock …

New groundwater well benefits hydrology classes

Every year, Ron Wallace heads to UNG to award a scholarship to a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) student chapter.

Sharma sets pace for drone mapping industry

For his final project before retirement as assistant head of the physics department, professor emeritus Dr. JB Sharma assembled a team of UNG faculty, staff and students to aid his cutting-edge research on drone mapping.

Heather Callahan-Williams recieves national Children’s Miracle Network leadership award

UNG senior Heather Callahan-Williams is one of 20 honorees selected nationally for the 2019 Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award.

Research grants fund summer projects by faculty, students

For the first time, four faculty members in the Department of Psychological Science received American Psychological Association’s (APA) Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) grants.

Mason Goad selected as UNG Fellow to Center for Study of Presidency and Congress

UNG President Bonita Jacobs selected Mason Goad as the 2019-20 UNG Fellow to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC).

Georgia filmmakers show off their talents at annual student-run festival

Hosted by UNG’s Department of Communications, Media, and Journalism (CMJ), the Georgia Film Festival was held Sept. 20-21 in the Continuing Education and Performing Arts building on UNG’s Gainesville Campus.

Team-teaching takes multidisciplinary approach for richer learning experience

As a way to teach UNG students about the history and politics of wars and how those interpretations have evolved over time in films, Dr. Lance Bardsley and Dan Cabaniss are collaborating to present the topic through an interdisciplinary learning community.

Gille named new provost

Dr. Chaudron Gille has been named provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at UNG, President Bonita Jacobs announced Aug. 7.

Morris named associate VP for enrollment management

Dr. Brett E. Morris was hired as the associate vice president for enrollment management at UNG.

FinTech Academy partnership provides opportunities for business students

UNG will collaborate with the Georgia FinTech Academy to train workers for the financial technology or “fintech” industry.

Washell named to state Board of Early Care and Learning

Dr. Cristina Washell, associate professor and coordinator of the elementary and special education program at UNG, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the state Board of Early Care and Learning.

Three students earn cyber scholarships from DOD

Three UNG students will have their education paid for plus an internship and a guaranteed job upon graduation thanks to the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship program.

Program to recruit minority teachers grows and expands to Gainesville

In 2017, seven UNG students signed up for a new program in the College of Education to become teachers in Hall County Schools.

Gainesville Campus welcomes Latin Fraternity, Lambda Theta Phi

Students Roel Aguilar, Carlos Garcia and Juan Velasquez have established a chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., at UNG’s Gainesville Campus.

Students make return trips abroad through Freeman-Asia scholarships

Three students received a national scholarship aimed at providing students with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its people and cultures.

UNG named Military Spouse Friendly School

UNG was named one of 196 schools on the 2019-2020 Military Spouse Friendly Schools list.

Blue Ridge Scholars program seeks service-oriented students

When last year’s cohort of Blue Ridge Scholars learned that a majority of local third graders were not reading at grade level, they wanted to help kids improve on this essential skill.

Nighthawks SOAR helps students during summer

More than 30 students from the Athens-Clarke County, Oconee County and Commerce City school systems took part in the inaugural Nighthawks Student Opportunities for Accelerated Readiness (SOAR) program on UNG’s Oconee Campus in June.

Nursing program earns two new accolades

UNG’s Department of Nursing has been recognized nationally by two organizations for its highly successful Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Students in new Doctor of Nursing Practice seek to fill a critical health care gap

Students in the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort at UNG aim to combat a shortage of primary care physicians and tackle the growing complexity of health care with further training as they begin their coursework this fall.

Beating pain: Research by physical therapy and music departments show that drumming may ease chronic pain

For Keith Rider, a study on drums and chronic pain at UNG provided a welcome distraction from the pain he has carried for years.

New Blue Ridge Campus opening fall 2020

In the mountains of Fannin County, UNG’s new standalone Blue Ridge Campus is taking shape.

2019 Regional Education ad Economic Develiopment (REED) summit: Connecting students with business leaders

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan highlighted opportunities for Georgia to become the technology capital of the East Coast at UNG’s 2019 Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) Summit.

Gold Rush

Gold Rush, held the third weekend in October, celebrates Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold.

They Agree: One of the nation’s top college values

VanHorn nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Recent graduate Renee VanHorn reached the second round of the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award nomination process.

Sierra Campbell named head coach of women’s golf

Sierra Campbell has been named the second head women’s golf coach in program history at UNG.

Meredith Family Student-Athlete Success Center opens

UNG student-athletes have a new place to hit the books with the completion of the Meredith Family Student-Athlete Success Center on the main floor of UNG’s Memorial Hall on the Dahlonega Campus.

Athletics Department wins top PBC awards

For the 10th consecutive year, UNG won the LeeAnn Noble Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Make-A-Wish Award for most funds raised.

Women’s tennis team caps historic run with NCAA Elite Eight appearance

Student-athlete Lexa Loden was part of UNG sports history as a member of the first UNG women’s tennis team to reach the Elite Eight.

Introducing the 1873 Circle

With annual philanthropic contributions of $1,000 and greater, 1873 Circle members put their passion for UNG to work, playing a critical role in the advancement and success of the university and its future graduates.

5 Ways to Lead

You can also participate in our annual crowdfunding campaigns – #ONEUNG in October and RISE Scholarship Crowdfund in April.

UNG alumni at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan

Pictured left to right: CPT Jordan Gomolak ’10, CPT Teale Marchette ’12, CPT Nathan Turk ’10, 1LT Nathan Patterson ’16, 1LT Jackson Henry ’14 …

Two alumni inducted into Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Two UNG alumni and retired U.S. Army generals joined the ranks of the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

UNG Department of Music

Students and faculty in UNG’s Department of Music showcase their talents during a number of performances throughout the academic year.

Class Notes

1980s Emily Dunn, ’83, was named secretary of the State Transportation Board in August. She was elected to the board and served as the first female chair in 2011. Dunn has been named an Engineering Magazine 100 Influential Women to Know for two years in a row. She earned a UNG degree in nursing. 1990s …

In Memoriam

Alumni   Mary Nabeha Arp ’82 September 16, 2019 Brian James Austin ’72 July 17, 2019 Maxine Tallie Barnes ’44 June 9, 2019 Charles Frederick Benson ’61 August 30, 2019 Charlotte Melinda Benson ’79 May 19, 2019 Janis Kathleen Black ’61 July 6, 2019 Spencer Stroud Boyd ’60 August 11, 2019 Douglas Jerrold Brown ’60 …

Upcoming Events – Winter 2019 Through Spring 2020

For event times and other details, as well as more event opportunities, please visit calendar.ung.edu. December December 2 Alumni Concert Series: Variations on Hallelujah featuring UNG Music Faculty Ed Cabell Theatre Gainesville Campus December 2 Artist Talk & Reception: Wes Beeler Hoag Student Center Dahlonega Campus December 4 UNG Chamber Orchestra Continuing Education and Performing …