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UNG: Rooted in tradition and leadership development

What defines UNG? The UNG community continues to work toward fulfillment of our Strategic Plan for 2014-2019, and one of our goals is focused on building institutional unity and campus identity. By their very nature, universities are changing, living entities, and the university remembered by alumni from 1960 is different than the one remembered by …

Biology department earns a rare three-peat

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) chooses no more than 16 students a year nationally for its prestigious Undergraduate Scholarship Program, an extremely competitive opportunity that includes $20,000, a 10-week summer laboratory experience, and one year of full-time employment at NIH. Yet, for the third year in a row, a biology student from the University …

Goethe-Institut Partnership Bridges Culture and Language

With people from a multitude of nations crowding the halls, the end of a class session at the Goethe-Institut in Frieburg, Germany, seems like a model united nations with one exception – many are speaking German instead of their native language. “You’re more fully immersed here because you have so many people from other countries who …

From Voice to Influence

Building Civically Engaged leaders While issues smolder and fizzle, political platforms shift, and technology broadens and deepens, faculty at the University of North Georgia work to help their students develop an interest in politics and a keen understanding of how some trends have changed while others are remarkably unchanged from centuries ago. “Studies have shown that voting …

A Decade of Distinction

Doctor of Physical Therapy program celebrates 10 years Since 2007, the University of North Georgia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has trained and produced hundreds of therapists with exceptional knowledge and skills – resulting in an impressive 97 percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination. However, it is the hands-on, practical learning …

Where I lead: Going for Gold

Bio Cadet 1st Lt. Addison Albershardt is devoted to two goals – the gold bars of a U.S. Army lieutenant and the chance to compete for Olympic gold in cycling. Junior from Charlotte, North Carolina Became a professional cyclist at 15 and achieved success on the international circuit. Training to return to competition while finishing …

Where I lead: On the track and in the classroom

Bio Brady Boswell Business Administration major, 3.88 GPA Will compete in the ARCA Racing Series this year, a professional league and NASCAR feeder series. How did your racing career begin and evolve? I started learning the ropes at nine years old in a bandolero race car — a racing car somewhere between a go-kart and a car — …

Fireworks & Fun

Fireworks & Fun The annual Starlight Celebration at UNG’s Gainesville Campus was part of Welcome Week this fall and entertained thousands of students, alumni, and community members. Mark your calendars now, Starlight 2017 is set for August 26.

UNG: Growing as a regional university

This fall, UNG’s enrollment has topped 18,000 students. With five campuses in northeast Georgia, 80 percent of UNG students are from a 30-county region, indicated by the lighter color above. Ninety-four percent of all students are in-state residents, with top counties being Hall, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Jackson, Fulton, Oconee, Barrow, and Lumpkin. Blue Ridge 112 students UNG’s newest campus …

New bachelor’s program tied to security studies

Next fall, students at UNG will have the chance to pursue a degree in a new field of study – strategic and security studies.A new Bachelor of Arts degree in strategic and security studies has been introduced by UNG’s College of Arts & Letters and offers concentrations in military science, language, history, international affairs, or cyber security. The degree is geared toward students interested in …

UNG garners national accolades

UNG has increased its national recognition in recent months with rankings on both Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges and U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities lists. “UNG’s inclusion in these rankings is indicative of our increasing national recognition and the momentum we have established,” President Bonita Jacobs said. “UNG offers an exceptional educational experience that is built on a commitment to student success, high quality …

Blue Ridge freshmen blazing trail to success

Emma Long is one of 15 freshmen in the new Blue Ridge Scholars program, designed to help first-time freshmen succeed in college. Fifteen freshmen at UNG’s Blue Ridge Campus were chosen this summer for the inaugural Blue Ridge Scholars program, which provides first-time freshmen with integrated instruction and support. The program fosters student success through strong faculty-student interactions, a …

UNG first in Georgia to offer International Baccalaureate teaching certificate

UNG’s College of Education has become the first in Georgia to feature the globally focused International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning as part of its teacher education program. The certificate supplements teachers’ experience and education with rigorous, systematic investigative work and professional development to further their knowledge. Graduates will be prepared to teach in any IB school in the world and have access to …

UNG debate team places highest among US teams in international, spanish-speaking championship

Students from the University of North Georgia debate team participated in the University World Debate Championship in Cordoba, Spain, this July. More than 500 competitors from 90 countries participated as either debate judges or team members for the eight-day tournament. The group of nine UNG students competes nationally in Spanish and English language debates — some even competed in the Pan-American Universities Debating …

Cottrell MBA tracks record growth

Last year, to address the growing needs of the regional business community and professionals, UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business expanded its Cottrell Master of Business Administration (MBA) program to the Gainesville Campus – an area that continues to experience economic growth, and has since experienced record enrollment. According to the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan …

NSF grant backs STEM educator program

To bolster the number and ability of STEM-prepared secondary education teachers in north Georgia, UNG is launching a cross-department collaboration this year backed by a $74,979 grant from the National Science Foundation. The North Georgia Undergraduate Education Program, or NGagE, will involve faculty from the university’s departments of physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and education. The project is under the direction of UNG faculty Drs. Mark Spraker, …

A promising partnership

Pushing at-risk students toward graduation UNG has partnered with the Georgia Department of Labor, Hall County Schools, and community and business leaders to bring the Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) program to northeast Georgia. JGG is focused on preventing dropouts among high school students who are most at-risk by providing training, mentoring, counseling, and leadership development. The three-year pilot program includes …

Digging into field work

This summer, for the first time, UNG students had the opportunity to participate in an international archaeological dig. The four-week program led by Dr. Bill Balco, assistant professor of anthropology at UNG, took students to Alcamo, Italy, to investigate the site of an ancient settlement on Monte Bonifato. The now-forested mountaintop once held an Iron Age city that could be 2,800 …

Branching Out: GIS team helps assess state’s tree canopy

The Georgia Forestry Commission wants to know how much tree canopy the state had in 2015, and they have contracted a team from UNG’s Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) to conduct the study. Joan Scales, sustainable community forestry program manager for the Georgia Forestry Commission, said this project will help the agency encourage communities to …

Summer Honors: More than making the grade

Each summer, UNG hosts some 50 high-achieving local high school students who have distinguished themselves among their peers and provides them with a weekend of leadership training, team-building activities and college preparation seminars. The program is open to students who have completed their junior year, have at least a 3.5 GPA and who have the …

‘On Time & On Target’ for Graduation

To ensure that students make the most of their college careers and that they graduate in a timely manner, UNG is implementing a blended advising model involving professional and faculty advisors. Advisement is one of the strongest high-impact practices to promote student success, and the “On Time & On Target” initiative increases the number of …

New scholarship fund honors late alumnus Gibson

First Row: Capt. W. R. Fuller; 1/Lt. J. N. Hayes; 2/Lt. C. J. Whitley; 2/Lt. R. Hollar; 2/Lt. R. I. Rabb; 2/Lt. W. Gibson. Second Row: 1/SGT. S. F. Cheatham; SFC. G. W. Griggs; SFC. H. L. Horta; SFC. T. E. Herring; SFC. M. B. Kunzig. Third Row: Cpl. A. L. Clements; R. L. Sanders, …

Celebrating philanthropy at the University of North Georgia

Thank you! During November, the University of North Georgia will celebrate our donors, who provide support for our students, faculty, staff, and programs. The celebration will begin with our President’s Club Dinner, honoring the past year’s donors of $1000 or more, lifetime donors of $10,000 or more, and loyal donors who have contributed annually for …

Collins commends UNG military program

ILSS Advances Leadership Mission The Department of Military Science at UNG commissioned 83 cadets for the total Army (active duty, Guard and Reserve) this past academic year, and Cadet Ryan McCaughey was the first cadet from UNG to commission into the Army Cyber career field. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a 1988 UNG graduate and who continues to serve in the Air …

Patrick, Mathews inducted into national ROTC Hall of Fame

Retired Lt. Gen. Burton Patrick, ’57, and Bob Mathews, ’71, were among the inaugural class of inductees into the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame in a June 10 ceremony at U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Hall of Fame honors ROTC graduates who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. Patrick, of Thomson, Georgia, earned a bachelor’s …

Boar’s Head Weekend connects current, former cadets

UNG recognized this year’s top 25 cadets as Distinguished Military Students during the annual review, held on Sunday, September 9-11. This fall, the first ever Boar’s Head Weekend drew alumni to UNG’s Dahlonega Campus to connect current and former cadets during a weekend of mentoring and networking. The weekend was sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets …

Advance your career and lead with UNG

Learn moreung.edu/graduate Earning a graduate degree can open doors to personal growth, career advancement and greater financial reward. UNG offers many programs that are convenient for working professionals and several that are completely online. Business Administration Clinical Mental Health Counseling Criminal Justice* Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Family Nurse Practitioner History International Affairs* Middle Grades Math and Science* Physical Education* Physical Therapy Public …

Cool Tools and Cybersecurity

Forty high school students completed a two-week Cyber Warrior Academy at UNG this summer and got to use tools like robots and drones while learning about cyber operations and cybersecurity.

Coulombe nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Shannon Coulombe, a 2016 UNG graduate, was recognized by the NCAA’s Woman of the Year program this fall as she advanced to the second round of the awards program. Coulombe joined the top 142 women in the nation for the honor, and was one of only 37 women representing all of Division II athletics. In the final selection round, the Woman of the …

UNG adds track and field to line-up

Nighthawks will have a new sport to cheer on this year with the addition of women’s track and field to UNG athletics, which brings the university’s offerings to 13 intercollegiate sports. “It is an exciting opportunity to add track and field to the North Georgia sports lineup,” said UNG Athletics Director Lindsay Reeves. “The new program will enhance the championship experience …

UNG Athletics Hosted Its 5th Make-A-Wish Day

UNG Athletics hosted its 5th Make-A-Wish day on October. 12, making 6-year-old Alexis a member of Nighthawk Nation.

Join UNG Outdoors

Looking for some adventure? UNG Outdoors is a new program through the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving that aims to engage alumni in outdoor activities together. The first program, a “Gold Rush Ride”, was led by alumnus Mark Agerton, ’87, during Gold Rush Weekend in Dahlonega. Agerton and fellow motorcyclists met for breakfast on Oct. 15 and then enjoyed a scenic ride through the …

Discover Scotland

UNG Alumni Association presents Discover Scotland Featuring The Royal Edinburgh Military Tatoo July 30 – August 8, 2017 For details, contact Phil Collins at phil.collins@ung.edu.

Class Notes

Tommi Ash Ward, ’67, found her grandfather’s (Wesley Leonidas Ash) 1905 diploma from then North Georgia College. She generously donated it to the UNG Alumni Relations Office to be displayed in the Alumni House on the Dahlonega Campus. The family presented the diploma to Wendi Huguley, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. 1980s COL …

In Memoriam

Alumni James Cameron Bozeman ’57 May 25, 2016 Robert Dean Bray ’56 August 26, 2016 Mary Frances Clemmer ’59 June 3, 2016 John Thomas Coleman ’51 September 10, 2016 Marie Derry DeLamar ’42 September 10, 2016 Carlo Albert Dilalla ’73 April 29, 2016 Eva Anne Dowdy ’67 September 4, 2016 Melissa Duncan ’73 May 9, …

Upcoming Events: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Below 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 8-19 Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents Beauty and the Beast Hosch Theatre, Brenau University November 13 UNG Singers present Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Portion) Duluth United Methodist Church Duluth, …