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Reaching new heights of excellence

“UNG is serving the educational needs of a diverse student population in the state’s fastest-growing region and producing high-performing graduates…” This semester started with a bang – we had a total solar eclipse on the first day of classes and then we experienced the aftermath of two hurricanes. Needless to say, it has been an …

What Lies Beneath?

Three UNG programs join forces to solve the two-fold problem of soil erosion and polluted waterways. North Georgia’s rivers, lakes and streams supply the region with water for drinking, farming and recreation, so keeping the waterways free of sediment and bacteria from warm-blooded animals is important, according to Dr. Justin Ellis, director of UNG’s Environmental …

Bringing a splash of color to the community

University of North Georgia art students Michelle Vatral and Melanie Mitchell, like many college students, were searching for an internship to fill a graduation requirement. Little did they know their search would result with one tall order. The students signed on to work with the Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) to organize, design and paint a …

Cadets prepare to lead in a global society

UNG partners with international universities and military academies to provide opportunities for military exchanges, internships and conferences that send UNG cadets around the world and bring international cadets to Dahlonega. The nation’s military forces and security agencies are seeking leaders with a range of knowledge and experience who also understand an interconnected world. That makes …

Where I Lead: Leading by example

Bio Bob Mathews is a 1971 UNG graduate. As president and CEO of Colliers International, he does not step into the spotlight often. Instead he prefers to shine a light on his colleagues’ achievements as a team. Recently, he was pushed into the limelight when the Atlanta Business Chronicle named him one of the most …

Where We Lead Abroad

Study Abroad Programs Austria, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and Estonia Cultural Understanding Learning Program (CULP) Argentina, Bulgaria, Malawi, Peru, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam Cadet Exchange Program Austria: Thereisan Military Academy Poland: Military Academy of Land Forces South Africa: Stellenbosch University Taiwan: Republic of China Military Academy International Internship Programs Estonia: …

Where I lead: Helping actors find their voice

Bio Elisa Carlson has taught voice, speech and movement classes at UNG since 2011 and is a resident director and actor with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She also finds work in the movies these days, it’s usually through word of mouth. Which is fortunate, considering that she works as a dialect coach in Georgia’s booming …

UNG campuses experience a rare total solar eclipse

On Aug. 21 north Georgia residents experienced a sight that won’t happen again for another 375 years. A swath of the country from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, was blanketed in near-total darkness for a couple of minutes during the afternoon for a rare total solar eclipse. The eclipse coincided with the first day …

U.S. News and Forbes name UNG among top universities in the country

In its annual Best Regional Universities ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNG 22nd among public regional universities in the South. UNG was also ranked No. 1 in the South for the lightest debt load among regional public universities on U.S. News’ Student Debt Load at Graduation list. “Recognition for UNG and our consistent …

UNG’s economic impact tops $625 million

The University of North Georgia’s economic impact on northeast Georgia topped $625 million during fiscal year 2016. According to an annual study of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) economic impact, UNG’s impact on the communities in its region rose nearly 15 percent, or $81 million, from the previous year. The economic impact of UNG …

Convocation Center reaches peak of construction

Similar to putting a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae, UNG celebrated the Convocation Center reaching its construction pinnacle with a Topping Out ceremony in July on the Dahlonega Campus. “It’s a symbolic gesture of installing the steel that reaches to the highest point of the building,” said Ken Crowe, UNG assistant vice …

UNG, Forsyth County Schools partner on new high school

When Forsyth County Schools first discussed building a seventh high school adjacent to UNG’s Cumming Campus, Jason Pruitt was ready and willing to assist. “When Valery Lowe (the college and career development director for Forsyth County Schools) said they were thinking about a magnet school, I was thinking there is an opportunity here for us …

Food pantries thrive on Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses

Student volunteers restock the shelves at the Food Pantry on UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. While University of North Georgia assistant professor Dr. Carly Redding and lecturer Rosann Kent dislike that UNG and other college campuses across the country have to have pantries to feed food insecure students, faculty and staff, both are pleased the UNG community …

Film students win Audience Award at Athens festival

Several UNG students from the film and digital media program won the Audience Award at the 2017 Athens 24 Hour-ish Film Festival for their horror-comedy short film, “And Beyond.” The students wrote, shot and edited the film in less than a weekend, beginning April 26. The students involved in the production were Tatianna Pangle and …

IESA program earns national recognition

IESA becomes Georgia’s only National Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences. The Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) has been selected as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Geospatial Sciences, making UNG the only university in the state with that designation and one of only 25 in the nation. …

Mike Cottrell College of Business renews prestigious accreditation

UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business has maintained its accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), keeping its place among the less than five percent of the world’s business schools to have earned this hallmark of excellence. AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools in the world. …

Football at UNG…temporarily

UNG served as a safe haven from Hurricane Irma for members of the Savannah State University football program this fall. Football players, coaches, trainers, two public safety officers, and two bus drivers from Savannah State arrived at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus a day after their Sept. 9 game against Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. …

Partnership provides meals, develops skills

UNG’s Summer Food Program allows students to use the skills they have gained to address hunger. Statistics show that 11,000 children in Hall County alone do not know where their next meal will come from. So, UNG has partnered with several agencies to provide thousands of meals to those children and others across multiple counties. …

Faculty member selected for Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad

Dr. Lauren C. Johnson, assistant professor and coordinator of diversity and recruitment initiatives in UNG’s College of Education, studied in Chile this summer through the Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Program. Johnson is the second UNG faculty member selected for the program, which provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences …

Dean of Libraries earns 2017 Award for Excellence

More than four years ago, Dr. Deborah Prosser made it her mission to build the University of North Georgia’s libraries’ archives for three reasons: to preserve the history of the former institutions before consolidation; build the research collections in anticipation of UNG’s growth; and collect and preserve documents related to the history and culture of the communities UNG serves. …

Meet Cyndee Moore

Dr. Cyndee Perdue Moore is the new executive director of the University of North Georgia’s Oconee Campus. Moore previously served as regional vice president for operations for American National University, with oversight of 15 campuses of the for-profit institution. Prior to that, she worked as an elementary and high school teacher as well as a …

New weather stations provide forecast for campuses, community

The weather stations at UNG provide important data for environmental science, geography, and geographic information systems classes. Checking campus weather conditions is now a breeze thanks to the five weather station systems – one at each UNG campus – purchased and installed by UNG’s Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) for …

Community coalition to improve health care

There is a perception that when it comes to health care in Georgia, there are two distinct, and unequal, levels of care when meeting the needs of people. There are the urban areas, such as Atlanta, with numerous access points for doctors, services, and treatment; and rural communities like Lumpkin County, where opportunities for quality …

Upward Bound grant to change lives

Change is coming to a couple of communities in north Georgia It is change in the form of an academic lifeline, for students who previously could only imagine an education beyond high school. In addition to creating opportunity for students, area leaders believe it will strengthen the community’s workforce and economy. The University of North …

Mother-daughter duo overcomes obstacles to pursue education

As a young mother, Blanca de Jesus Ruiz Lopez wanted a better life for her and her 3-year-old daughter, Astrid Torres. At 23, she scooped up her child and walked out of her home in Honduras and headed for the U.S.“It took us 23 days,” Ruiz said. “We walked. And we took buses. We came …

Boar’s Head Weekend 2017

Boar’s Head Weekend returned to UNG’s Dahlonega Campus on Oct. 6-7 with a goal of connecting current and former cadets during a weekend of mentoring and networking. The weekend, sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association (NGCCA), included a variety of events, classes, speakers, socials, recognitions, and remembrances. The Distinguished Military Students also …

UNG Foundation Board of Trustees

The University of North Georgia (UNG) Foundation Inc., the philanthropic arm of the university, added four new members to its volunteer Board of Trustees, effective July 1: Carol Burrell of Northeast Georgia Health System; Oscar Baldwin “Bo” Fears Jr. of Tharco Packaging; Patrick Magill of Coca-Cola Co.; and Jenny Muller of Smith & Nephew. Carol …

Stringer establishes endowed scholarship

Paul Stringer is a 1953 graduate of the University of North Georgia and is well-known throughout Lumpkin and Hall counties. Stringer grew up on a farm in Lumpkin County and lives in the house built by his grandfather. Through determination and hard work, Stringer has succeeded in farming, real estate, banking, and insurance, currently owning …

Save the Date – Nov. 28, 2017

Join us on November 28 when we will launch the #OneUNG crowdfund campaign #OneUNG will start on #givingtuesday, (November 28, 2017) and close on the 5th Anniversary of consolidation, (January 8, 2018). This is an opportunity for the entire UNG community to come together and support current and future UNG students. Visit unggive.org/OneUNG

The Jungle Book

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance staged “The Jungle Book” in October. Check out GTA’s 2017-2018 season at ung.edu/gta.

BOD POD

UNG kinesiology students have access to state-of-the-art technology with the BOD POD — a body composition tracking system used to determine fat and fat-free mass in adults and children.

Athletics wins trifecta of top PBC awards

The University of North Georgia captured the school’s first-ever Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup at the league’s annual awards dinner in Hilton Head in May. The Commissioner’s Cup is annually awarded to the league’s most successful overall athletic department. The Nighthawks’ previous best finish was third in 2015. UNG capped a remarkably successful athletic season …

Taylor Allen ’17 nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Taylor Allen, a 2017 University of North Georgia graduate, was one of 117 female DII athletes from across the nation nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year. UNG graduate Taylor Allen hit a personal goal, tied a school record and won a tournament during her career with the UNG golf team. Because of that …

Cantrell takes top honors as Coach of the Year

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) has named UNG baseball coach Tom Cantrell the 2017 Diamond NCAA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year, as well as the 2017 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Coach of the Year. This past season, Cantrell led the Nighthawks baseball program to a 46-12 overall record and its second …

Athletic injury awareness task force

UNG is now part of a new NCAA Division II task force that seeks to boost awareness and future participation in a long-standing, data-collection program that informs decisions around student-athlete health and safety. The task force is the brainchild of the Division II Management and Presidents Councils, formed after the groups learned during their spring …

Class Notes – Fall 2017

1960s Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts, ’60, was named Florida’s 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Dr. Roberts dedicated 35 years of service to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where she championed policy changes for the advancement of Florida’s agriculture industry, trade and production practices. The award, now in its 33rd year, …

Mary Rice Cleveland remembered

Mary Rice Cleveland, age 103, of Gainesville, died Oct. 10, 2017. Cleveland, a former university trustee, was considered one of the UNG Gainesville Campus’ “Founding Mothers” by many for the work by her and her late husband, Ralph Cleveland, in helping to start the campus in 1964 as Gainesville Junior College. The school was started …

In Memoriam – Fall 2017

Alumni Mr. Charles V. Abbott, ’77 August 20, 2017 MAJ William Maynard Babb, ’67 September 8, 2017 Mrs. Carol M. Blasingame June 6, 2017 Mrs. Nelma Laverne Gray Brackenrich, ’68 July 22, 2017 COL (Ret.) Perry L. Bridges, ’77, July 14, 2017 COL (Ret.) James Miles Burdette Jr., ’45 October 5, 2017 Mr. John H. …

Upcoming Events – Fall 2017 Through Spring 2018

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 7-18 Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents Crazy for You Hosch Theatre, Brenau University November 10 Veteran’s Day Ceremony Drill Field, Dahlonega Campus November 7-18 Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents …