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Creating bright futures and strong communities through higher education

“UNG has several initiatives focused on increasing educational attainment, including our dual-enrollment program for high school students, online graduate programs, and our first Regional Education and Economic Development Summit to highlight career opportunities in high-demand career fields.” Earlier this year, the Georgia House of Representatives, under the leadership of UNG alumnus Speaker David Ralston, established …

Moving the needle to fill healthcare jobs

From the Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) Summit to a pair of new degrees, hosting post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (ppDPT) students from overseas and partnerships across the healthcare industry, the College of Health Sciences & Professions at UNG is preparing students to fill one of Georgia’s fastest-growing career fields. Titled “Not Everyone in …

There’s always time to earn a degree…online

Whitney Hicks spends a Saturday afternoon playing with her son. The Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, resident works full-time and takes online courses to earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at UNG.   For three years, Whitney Hicks had a routine, including raising her son, working full-time and taking online courses toward a Master of …

Best of Both Worlds. Growth in dual enrollment

  Janet Mendoza, a current dual-enrolled student at UNG, is the clarinet section leader in the marching band at East Hall High School.   Every weekday morning, Janet Mendoza rides the school bus from East Hall High School to the Jones Early College campus, where she takes a college English course three days a week. …

Where I Lead: In the pitching circle

Bio Kylee Smith was named the Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaching Association Division II National Player of the Year. The international affairs major from Suwanee, Georgia, finished the 2018 season as the NCAA Division II leader in three categories: 36 victories, 338 strikeouts and a 0.59 ERA. She was also the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of …

Where I Lead: Helping students be the best version of themselves

Bio Stephen Pruitt, ’91, became president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)in July after previously serving as education commissioner in Kentucky. Pruitt also served as senior vice president at Achieve Inc. for five years, focusing on Next Generation Science Standards. What made you want to go into the education field? I’m a third-generation educator. …

Army Chief of Staff visits UNG and shares lessons of leadership

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, left, spoke with UNG President Bonita Jacobs and praised the university’s history of producing leaders.   Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, visited UNG’s Dahlonega Campus on Aug. 28 to meet with President Bonita Jacobs …

Wright takes over as professor of military science

Col. Joshua D. Wright has been around the world with the U.S. Army, serving in places such as Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Haiti. His latest assignment brings him to UNG as the new professor of military science. With more than two decades of Army service, Wright is focused on developing leaders at UNG. …

108 cadets face Advanced Camp trials at Fort Knox

Cadets spend their junior year at UNG preparing for Advanced Camp, including exercises at the Pine Valley facility.   This summer, 108 rising seniors in the Corps of Cadets at UNG spent about a month getting tested on their military and leadership skills, allowing the U.S. Army Cadet Command to assess their proficiency as a …

Corps honors 17 as Distinguished Military Students

Seventeen UNG cadets were honored as Distinguished Military Students on Sept. 30 during the annual Boar’s Head Weekend.   On Sept. 30, UNG Boar’s Head Brigade held the 2018 Distinguished Military Students (DMS) Review, which is conducted annually to honor senior ROTC cadets who have excelled academically and as leaders. “UNG and the U.S. Army …

Boar’s Head Weekend 2018

The Boar’s Head-Corps Alumni Weekend returned to UNG for its third installment Sept. 28-30 on UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. Organized by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association (NGCCA), the weekend offered cadets mentoring and networking opportunities provided by Corps of Cadets alumni. “First Call” guest speaker, Jeff Struecker. The Corps of Cadets sings the Army …

Faculty Undergraduate Summer Engagement Project

UNG senior Kati Hornick works on a sculpture of a turtle for the Faculty Undergraduate Summer Engagement project with Heather Foster, instructor of visual arts at UNG. Hornick and Foster were inspired by the Eastern box turtle research conducted by Dr. Jennifer Mook and Dr. Natalie Hyslop, associate professors of biology at UNG.

#ONEUNG Crowdfund Many projects, one legacy

“Leadership is the power of one harnessing the power of many.” – John C. Maxwell Many members, one family… Many stories, one mission… Many campuses, one home… Many ventures, one vision… Out of many, #ONEUNG November 27 — December 7, 2018 unggive.org/oneung   For more information on #ONEUNG, contact the Office of Annual Giving at …

UNG continues to rise in rankings

UNG is ranked 20th among all public regional universities in the South on the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Regional Universities list released in September.In U.S. News’ annual ranking of universities and colleges, UNG was also ranked for the first time on the magazine’s Most Innovative Schools list, earning the 13th spot among …

Strategic studies program builds on Five Eyes trust to forge new partnerships

Building on national partnerships forged in the wake of World War II, UNG’s Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies is developing opportunities for faculty and student exchanges and conference attendance with colleges, universities and programs in “Five Eyes” nations. Five Eyes refers to the agreement to share intelligence between five English-speaking countries: the United States, …

DoD awards cyber scholarships and internships, authorizes cyber institutes

UNG has been awarded $96,138 from the Department of Defense (DoD) through the Cybersecurity Scholarship Program to fund one-year, full-ride scholarships for two students. The scholarships, which can be renewed annually through completion of graduate school, include tuition, fees, books, a laptop, and living expenses. The students also were awarded paid summer internships and agreed …

Two faculty members named Governor’s Teaching Fellows

UNG had two faculty recently selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellows (GTF), a prestigious program established by former Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia higher education faculty with professional development opportunities focused on teaching. Lisa Diehl, lecturer of English, was part of the GTF 2018 Summer Symposium, and Dr. Ahmad Ghafarian, professor of computer science, is …

Conference crosses Atlantic to come to UNG

The Transatlantic Studies Association’s (TSA) annual conference made its first stop on this side of the Atlantic when it was held July 9-11 at UNG. Dr. Christopher Jespersen, dean of the College of Arts & Letters at UNG and chairman of TSA’s management committee, was one of the conference’s speakers. He spoke about Martin Luther …

Taylor earns two scholarships to study in China

UNG junior Kate Taylor has earned a highly competitive Chinese Government Scholarship to study for a year at Zhejiang Normal University this fall, as well as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Chinese Government Scholarship will cover her tuition, room and board, and the Gilman Scholarship will cover her airfare and other items. “I …

UNG wins national “Pledge Against Plastic Straws” competition

Students Madison Conner, left, and Matthew Terrell are part of the team making glass straw use a viable choice at UNG.   UNG’s Dahlonega Campus placed first in the “Pledge Against Plastic Straws” national competition, conducted by Simply Straws. More than 550 UNG students agreed to not use one-time-use plastic straws in April 2018. Dr. …

Environmental project leads to Tree Campus honor

Dr. Allison Bailey, left, associate professor of environmental studies at UNG, and senior Jessica Stehlin coordinated an effort with students to identify and map the trees on all five UNG campuses.   A project that started in Dr. Allison Bailey’s environmental communications class at UNG’s Gainesville Campus evolved into an effort by students to identify …

Faculty and students search for fossils on Georgia’s coast

UNG students assisted with the paleontology excavation at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.   Searching for late Pleistocene-aged fossils by digging holes adjacent to a water canal in Brunswick, Georgia, may not appeal to some students, but it did for UNG faculty members David and Jessica Patterson, alumna Kayla Allen …

Hilliard A. Wilbanks Foundation forms partnership for Corps of Cadets scholarship

UNG President Bonita Jacobs, seated at right, signed the partnership agreement with Wilbanks’ sister Patricia Dewitt, seated. Also on hand were UNG representatives Pam Stoffel, Phil Collins, Jeff Tarnowski (far right) and Wilbanks’ daughter-in-law, Virginia Wilbanks, and son, John Wilbanks. Hilliard A. Wilbanks received the highest military accolade, the Medal of Honor, posthumously Jan. 24, …

Faculty named Fulbright Specialists

Dr. Carly Womack-Wynne Two UNG faculty named as Fulbright Specialists this year are sharing their expertise with international colleagues. Dr. Andy Novobilski, associate provost for research and engagement and UNG’s chief research officer, spent time in Belize earlier this year helping develop a curriculum for a business degree with a focus on entrepreneurship, and Dr. …

UNG leading efforts of Georgia WWI Centennial

The Georgia World War I Centennial Commission has raised the money for a statue honoring Eugene Bullard, the first African-American fighter pilot, who flew for the French in World War I. In the latest efforts to commemorate the centennial of World War I, Dr. Christopher Jespersen, dean of UNG’s College of Arts and Letters, was …

Regents recommend $13.6 million for Lanier Tech campus renovations

The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents has recommended $13.6 million in state funding for UNG to begin renovations on the former Lanier Technical College campus space, located adjacent to UNG’s Gainesville Campus. The funds are part of USG’s overall funding request approved by the Board of Regents at their September 2018 meeting …

Undergraduate students present research at state conference

Students and faculty members from UNG and other colleges from the southeastern region presented their research Nov. 2-3 at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC) at UNG’s Gainesville Campus. UNG will host GURC in 2019 at the Dahlonega Campus. “GURC allows students and professors the opportunity to see the research others are conducting in our …

Nighthawk Emergency Loan Program available to students

A car breaking down or a trip to the emergency room can wreak havoc on a student’s finances, especially if they are unexpected. To alleviate the situation, the Student Money Management Center at UNG can offer students a safety net with its Nighthawk Emergency Loan Program. Established in fall 2017, the loan program is designed …

Professor named a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow

Dr. Rosaria Meek, assistant professor of Spanish at UNG, has been named to the University System of Georgia’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellows Program, which is limited to 10 participants each year. The program supports educators from the state’s public colleges and universities as they design and develop classroom-based research projects with the …

Conneely named new vice president of student affairs

Dr. James F. Conneely Dr. James F. Conneely has joined UNG as the new vice president of student affairs. Conneely brings more than 35 years of higher education administration experience in public and private institutions to the position, including serving as the senior student affairs professional at Eastern Kentucky University from 2003 through 2012. Conneely …

Delaney is new dean of students in Dahlonega

Dr. John Delaney is the new associate vice president and dean of students at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. “I look forward to serving on an active, vibrant campus where colleagues are passionate about helping students succeed in every way possible,” Delaney said. Most recently, he served as vice chancellor of student engagement and student development at …

Sheila Schulte takes reins of Center for Global Engagement

Sheila Schulte Sheila Schulte has spent her entire professional career working diligently to help U.S. students to experience their own “A-ha!” moment while they were studying in a foreign country. At the same time, she has made a point of making international students at American colleges and universities feel welcome and accepted. Now, she is …

UNG Career Center takes leading role in new Junior Achievement Discovery Center

The partnership forged between UNG and Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia years ago to improve financial literacy and leadership development has grown stronger with the development of a Career Center inside the new Mike and Lynn Cottrell JA Discovery Center at North Georgia, which is only the third JA Discovery Center in the state. The …

Children’s book celebrates history of Dahlonega Campus

UNG President Bonita Jacobs has written the first in a series of children’s books that will feature each of the university’s five campuses.Published by UNG Press, “UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus,” tells the story of a young boy and his family during their visit to the campus. “UNG The …

Faulkner chairs UNG Foundation, new trustees added to board

“Privileged” and “honored” is how Dr. Mark Spraker and Jack Elrod felt when asked to become the newest members of UNG’s Foundation Board of Trustees this fall. “I was very proud and North Georgia is a unique university, which has progressed throughout the years,” Elrod said. “As a trustee, it is my responsibility to make …

Breaking ground on new Blue Ridge Campus

Rep. David Ralston and Sen. Steve Gooch helped secure the funding for the future facility located off Ga. 515.   UNG broke ground this fall on a new standalone Blue Ridge Campus on the heels of exponential growth. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 17, with numerous officials in attendance, including Speaker of the House …

REED Summit – Connecting students with healthcare industry professionals

Students from Lumpkin County High School attended the REED Summit to learn about the future of healthcare in Georgia.   As a UNG freshman, Halee Stone knows she wants to work in the healthcare field, but is not sure which profession to pursue within the industry. To find a possible answer, the Ellijay, Georgia, resident …

Upcoming Events – Fall 2018-Spring 2019

This is a small selection of events open to the community. For event times and other details, as well as more event opportunities, please visit calendar.ung.edu. November November 29 Harlem Globetrotters Convocation Center Dahlonega Campus December December 1 Holiday Choral Festival Grace Episcopal Church Gainesville December 3 A Little Night(hawk) Music Concert Series: Ed Cabell …

Preparing leaders in healthcare

UNG’s College of Health Sciences and Professions provides innovative and high-impact health science programs that prepare students for one of Georgia’s fastest-growing career fields. All programs, including our newest bachelor’s degree in healthcare services and informatics administration, are backed up by real-world experiences and highly qualified faculty who are among the best in their fields. …

Join the world of cybersecurity leaders

The demand for highly skilled cybersecurity professionals for government agencies and other enterprises has never been greater, and UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business now offers a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity as well as a graduate-level certificate in cybersecurity to help you develop the advanced skills to be a leader in this growing field. UNG, …

UNG student-athletes post record-high GPA

UNG’s student-athletes posted the highest-ever grade point average in an academic year in 2017-18, earning a 3.19 GPA, which was nearly three-tenths higher than the general student population’s mark of 2.90. This academic year also saw 66 student-athletes complete the year with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. “Our student-athletes continue to overachieve in …

Worley named as golf director

Bryson Worley has joined UNG as the university’s new director of golf. In addition to serving as the head coach of the men’s team, Worley is responsible for the overall development, planning, maintenance, and evaluation of the men’s and women’s programs. Worley came to UNG from nearby Gainesville High School (GHS), where he coached the …

Cross-country team to host NCAA regional

The UNG cross-country program will host the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Nov. 17 on UNG’s Gainesville Campus, marking the first NCAA event in Hall County and the first NCAA event secured by bid for UNG. It has previously hosted 19 events at the Dahlonega Campus based on seeding. “North Georgia is honored to …

Rifle competitors named Scholastic All-Americans

Eight UNG rifle student-athletes have been named Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Scholastic All-Americans. UNG also won the 2017-18 Southern Conference title.   After winning their second Southern Conference championship in as many years, eight UNG rifle student-athletes were named Scholastic All-Americans by the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association. Ruthanne Conner, Arica Hayes, Kimberlee Nettles, Hannah Peevy, …

Former player signs pro contract

Shaquan Cantrell ’18 signed a contract to play professional basketball in Germany.   Former UNG men’s basketball player Shaquan Cantrell has signed a contract to play basketball professionally with the Nördlingen Giants in Germany. “Signing professionally is one of those moments where you dream about it, you put the time into the game and work …

Friends are forever memorial scholarship

“Friends are Forever original members have friendships that span over 65 years. My hope is that each recipient will realize they are now part of an elite group. Perhaps when recipients learn the history behind Friends are Forever, they too will value the importance of having friendships that last a lifetime.” Neal Matthews, Hoss Matthews’ …

Class notes

1930s   Maj. Gen. George M. Johnson, Jr., ’38, retired U.S. Air Force, is still going strong at 100. He has experienced the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, America’s first man on the moon, the advent of television, computers and cellular phones, and 18 presidents beginning …

In Memoriam

Alumni Joel McDonald Adams, ’62 September 2, 2018 Earnest Richard Archer, ’58 August 15, 2018 Edward J. Austin, ’42 May 28, 2018 Edward Tarver Averett, ’62 August 14, 2018 Irish Elaine Blackburn, ’45 June 17, 2018 James Welton Booth, ’48 August 22, 2018 David Eugene Boozer, ’62 September 16, 2018 Barbara Lynette Callaway, ’63 May …