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UNG leads where it counts

As I write this, spring semester is ending and we are about to celebrate our spring commencement ceremonies. We will bid farewell to 1,150 students who are moving on to their new and exciting future.We will watch these students say their goodbyes, celebrate with friends and family, and possibly shed a few tears, but we trust that the …

UNG’s Center for Cyber Operations Education

News headlines across the globe highlight technology breaches and threats to financial, military and other business systems. With cyber security a growing concern, in January UNG launched the Center for Cyber Operations Education, which aims to strengthen workforce opportunities in Georgia and fill critical staffing shortages in private industry and the military. A 2015 analysis …

Stepping Up to Fight Hunger

The end of the school year can mean the beginning of hunger for many children in low-income families in northeast Georgia, where 66 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch programs. However, a community collaboration led by UNG served more than 28,000 meals in 2015 to food-insecure and nutritionally at-risk children and their families …

Developing Globally Competitive Leaders

Three Fulbright awards, one Critical Language Scholarship, two National Institutes of Health scholars, 15 Gilman International scholars, four Boren Scholars, and more – the momentum at UNG continues to build for top-level scholarships. In just the past three years, UNG students have earned scholarships valued at approximately $613,000 and opportunities to study abroad or participate in exclusive internships. President Bonita C. Jacobs launched an …

Real-world Treatment

Learning complex information and procedures is difficult enough, but when someone’s health or life is on the line, it can be stressful and scary. Preparing to treat patients in a hospital setting easily falls under this category. However, a new virtual hospital that opened this spring at UNG’s Gainesville Campus gives nursing students the opportunity to develop critical abilities and confidence before and during their …

Where I lead: teaching history

Bio Dr. Richard Byers Professor of history. A native of Adelaide, Australia Received UNG’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. His book, “Flying Man: Hugo Junkers and the Dream of Aviation,” will be out this fall with Texas A&M University Press. Q: What is your motivation to make history your life’s work? A: Understanding the connections …

Where I lead: As a Latino Community advocate

Bio Yanet Valezquez Junior majoring in international affairs Participated in a 12-week Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s internship program in the U.S. Capitol, where she was assigned to the office of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Conyers. Q: How did you become an intern on Capitol Hill?? A: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute candidates are selected based on …

Where we lead. Summer internships go global

UNG students have opportunities for domestic and international internships as they prepare for future careers. This is a sampling of some of the internships UNG students will experience this summer. 1 – Bloomington, Illinois Jessica Moskowitz Stage management intern Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2 – Huron, Ohio Laura Sanders Wardrobe intern Huron Playhouse 3 – Lexington, …

Ormond to join UNG as provost

This summer, UNG will welcome Dr. Tom Ormond as its new provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. As the university’s chief academic officer, Ormond will have broad responsibility for leading UNG’s academic programs and offerings through its colleges, institutes and libraries. “Tom is a creative, forward-looking leader who shares our commitment to academic excellence and student success,” President Bonita C. Jacobs said. “I am …

New book supports transfer student success

The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), housed at UNG, has published a book to help higher education administrators better understand the complex issues of the transfer process by providing up-to-date research and best practices.“Transferring between institutions as a pathway to degree completion is increasingly becoming a big part of the national conversation on college affordability, accountability and access,” said Dr. Janet Marling, …

UNG enters ethics exchange with Lockheed Martin

Following a national review of universities and colleges, Lockheed Martin Corporation selected UNG and five other institutions to partner with in the Academic Ethics Exchange, which Lockheed created to share the corporation’s resources and ethical expertise with students. Lockheed is working with the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership, a unit of UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business. “This is an avenue for Lockheed Martin to …

Wells leading State WWI Commission

Dr. Billy Wells, senior vice president for leadership and global engagement, has been tapped to chair Georgia’s six-member World War I Centennial Commission, which was established by the Georgia General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal to plan events, educate Georgians and encourage local observances that honor the role of Georgia in World War I. The …

Construction for convocation center begins this summer

UNG will break ground this summer on a new convocation center at the Dahlonega Campus. This new facility will replace the smaller, outdated Memorial Hall as UNG’s primary event center. UNG’s Memorial Hall was constructed in 1960 with a fixed-seating capacity of 1,049. Enrollment at then-North Georgia College was only 794 students. Today, UNG serves …

New residence hall to open this fall

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 …

UNG launches diversity certificate program

A new online, graduate-level certificate program that began in fall 2015 is helping UNG faculty and staff learn how to support and foster diversity amongst colleagues and students. The first cohort of employees to complete the three-course program received their certificates in May. “This series of courses is focusing on issues involving diversity and multiculturalism …

Le Bella Voci performs at Georgia Music Educators’ Conference

Le Belle Voci, UNG’s select women’s ensemble, presented at the Georgia Music Educators Association In Service Conference in Athens in January. Le Belle Voci was selected to perform after undergoing a rigorous and competitive audition process. This was a huge honor for UNG’s choral program.Pictured with Le Belle Voci are Mary Beth Hutcheson, adjunct professor …

Women’s Leadership Initiative continues UNG legacy

Oreva Aki is the 2016-2017 Student Government Association president for the Dahlonega Campus. She has been active in the Women’s Leadership Initiative. UNG was the first co-educational public college in Georgia and the first to graduate a woman. UNG has pioneered equal access to higher education and leadership opportunities since 1873, when it became the …

Conferences enrich faculty and students

“It’s rare for students to have opportunities to pursue research at this level before enrolling in graduate programs” In March, the fourth biannual College of Arts & Letters Conference at UNG afforded faculty and their national and international colleagues the opportunity to discuss the research they are pursuing within “culture and place.” “Culture and place …

Middle and high school students learn about poultry science

In February, 50 local students ranging from fifth-12th grade explored career opportunities in poultry science on UNG’s Gainesville Campus. Hosted by the university’s Poultry Science Club, the event — dubbed Poultry 101 — also covered topics such as poultry judging for competitions, which includes processes such as candling and egg grading. Students also toured the …

UNG doubles previous scholarship fundraising with $2.6 million

UNG raised more than $2.6 million this year for student scholarships, doubling the previous record of $1.35 million. The total was announced and celebrated at the university’s fourth annual Scholarship Gala, held April 30 in Watkinsville, near UNG’s Oconee Campus. Scholarship support for students has been a focus for UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs since …

UNG Foundation receives national award

The UNG Foundation received the John W. Nason Award for Board Service in February from the Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges for demonstrating innovation and exemplary leadership. The UNG Foundation was chosen unanimously because of “strong leadership in the face of significant challenges.” The UNG Foundation’s Board of Trustees was one of …

Women’s Education Fund supports non-traditional students

Completing college can be particularly challenging for non-traditional students, who juggle many responsibilities that often include working full-time and taking care of children. To help address this need, the Women’s Education Fund Scholarship provides support for female, non-traditional students showing academic promise. The effort began in 2010 through a group of women attending an annual …

UNG joins NCAA, Department of Defense concussion study

UNG recently joined a three-year NCAA and Department of Defense initiative that aims to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions. The Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium includes 30 colleges and universities. “Student-athlete welfare is paramount in our mission at UNG, so we are glad that we can assist with this important research initiative and return-to-play …

Earn your Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

UNG’s College of Education is introducing the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction program, which is designed for certified teachers who wish to increase their pedagogical knowledge within and beyond their own grade level and academic content. UNG’s Teacher Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and …

Starlight tradition continues!

Join us for the annual Starlight celebration at UNG’s Gainesville Campus. Saturday, August 27, 2016* Concert at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks at dark *Please note this event has shifted from summer to fall to facilitate greater involvement by UNG students and student organizations.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance staged “Once on this Island” in February. Check out GTA’s 2016-2017 season at ung.edu/gta.

Four join UNG Athletics Hall of Fame

On Feb. 13, the UNG Department of Athletics honored four alumni with induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony of the sixth class of honorees was held during a luncheon that recognized Anthony Harris, Melissa Johnson, Hugh Mills, Jr. and Casey Smith. “The collective contributions that this group has made to the …

Reeves named NCAA Athletic Director of the Year

UNG Athletics Director Lindsay Reeves was selected as one of four Athletic Directors of the Year in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Selections for the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award were made by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The honor recognizes the commitment and …

Wishes come true at UNG

In front of a record crowd at UNG’s Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium, 13-year -old Emmalee Watkins, who has a life-threatening illness, was granted a wish of a dream vacation with her family. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and UNG revealed the wish on March 29 in between games of a softball doubleheader to honor Watkins. Watkins, …

UNG Alumni Weekend 2016

UNG welcomed back hundreds of alumni April 22-24 for reunions, ceremonies and other special events at the 2016 Alumni Weekend in Dahlonega. Photos Recall One of the many events held over the weekend was the North Georgia Dahlonega Alumni Shared Interest Group (SIG) Awards Luncheon to recognize outstanding students and alumni for dedication and service …

Class Notes

Send us your news! Your classmates want to know what you’ve been up to. Send your updates to alumni@ung.edu – we’ll help spread the word. If you send a picture along, too, be sure it is at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) to ensure print quality. 1950s Bill Dove, ‘56, wrote to the Office …

Eagle Fund grows through alumni support

Shortly after the Class of 1966’s 45th-year class reunion, Paul Lockard, ‘66, and Les Redwine, ‘65, helped start the Eagle Fund Scholarship with an initial goal of raising $25,000. The Class of 1966 held its 50th-year reunion in April, and the Eagle Fund has awarded almost $75,000 in scholarships and has grown to an endowed …

UNG Alumni Weekend 2016 – Photos

Whether it was participating in a sport, working on a project, or just reuniting with former classmates, Alumni Weekend brought people together.

Upcoming UNG Alumni Events

The UNG Alumni Association is now forming local chapters to connect alumni around the country. We hope you will join us for one of the following events. Brunswick/Savannah Alumni Chapter Gathering Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Augusta Alumni Chapter Gathering Thursday, June 16, 2016 Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Gathering Tuesday, October 4, 2016 For events details …

UNG’s Blue Ridge Campus

In May, UNG’s newest campus in Blue Ridge hosted its first alumni gathering and freshman send-off, drawing dozens to connect as part of the UNG community.

RECALL 2016: Return – Remember – Reconnect

UNG’s annual Alumni Weekend included the inaugural Recall celebration, a combination “in person” and “virtual” reunion that featured three videos produced by UNG including an overview of the university, photos from throughout Alumni Weekend 2016, and the Memorial Retreat ceremony in its entirety. For those who missed Alumni Weekend or couldn’t make it to all …

In Memoriam

James Howard Abram ‘52 April 5, 2016 Donald Stribling Adams ‘56 December 6, 2015 Randall Charles Bagwell ‘46 January 27, 2016 Warren Newton Battle ‘44 January 26, 2016 Phillip Dorsey Benefield ‘64 December 15, 2015 Martha Adella Connell Bibb ‘61 March 30, 2016 Lee Oscar Bryant ‘66 November 5, 2015 Bennie Theron Chandler ‘75 November …

2016 Calendar

Below is a small selection of events at UNG; some courses and events require registration and fees. For more details and a full list, please visit calendar.ung.edu. June June 5-24 Federal Service Language Academy Session I Dahlonega Campus June 6-10 Driver’s Education Course Gainesville Campus June 15 Brunswick/Savannah Chapter UNG Alumni Gathering June 16 Augusta …