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UNG Creates Leaders

“As our graduates begin the next step of their journey, I am confident they are well equipped to become civic, professional and military leaders who will make a positive impact in communities throughout Georgia and around the globe.” In early May, we celebrated the graduation of some 1,800 students from the University of North Georgia. …

UNG scores record number of Fulbrighters

UNG set a new record this year with nine students selected as Fulbright finalists for 2017-2018, placing UNG among the top-producing institutions nationally for the U.S.  Student Fulbright Program. Overall, 10 of the 14 applicants from UNG were selected  as semifinalists for the prestigious Fulbright award, eight more than the previous  year. One of the …

New 3D printer lab fuels creativity

UNG is home to Georgia’s first MakerBot Innovation Center, a specialized 3D printer lab that encourages students to conceptualize, create and produce new projects and products.Earlier this year, UNG partnered with MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, to open the learning and creation lab on the Dahlonega Campus, the 15th of its kind …

Language Lessons: Building global skills

UNG has emerged as a preeminent school for strategic language instruction and has received significant federal funding for language initiatives. A report published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in February asserts that the ability to understand, speak, read, and write in world languages, in addition to English, is critical to success in …

Where I lead: Serving my community

Bio Cristian Ramos, a communications major with a concentration in organizational leadership, is a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow and one of only 273 students leaders selected for the award nationally. He was also awarded a scholarship to participate in the Leadership and the American Presidency Fall 2017 program through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and …

Where I lead: Sharing hope and inspiration

Bio Beth Brownlee is a 1979 graduate of UNG. A motivational speaker and cancer survivor, she has found that sharing inspiration and stories of hope are an incomparable way to give. As co-founder of Trust Your Journey, an online company offering ecofriendly women’s apparel, jewelry and accessories, Brownlee’s vision is that her message and website …

The way of tea

UNG students learn about Japanese society and culture in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony during a campus visit from the Japanese Consulate.

“Pitch Challenge” competition to help launch entrepreneurs

The newly renamed Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a unit of UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business, will help new businesses take flight this summer through the StartItUp Pitch Challenge. The top contestant will receive $10,000 to support a business venture. Second place will receive $5,000, and third place will receive $2,500. The challenge calls …

Presidential awards fund faculty and staff projects

Dr. Katayoun Mobasher, associate professor of geology and recipient of a 2017 Presidential Semester Incentive Award, examines a rock with a magnifying glass, an imortant process in studying geology that can prove difficult for students with visual disabilities. Using her award,she plans to remedy these challenges. More than $250,000 will support various faculty and staff …

Professor receives state’s highest teaching award

UNG biology professor Miriam Segura-Totten was selected as one of the 2017 recipients of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) most prestigious teaching award, the Regent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Segura-Totten was selected unanimously by the review committee based on her commitment to not only teach students but to nurture “engaged citizens.” “The committee …

Students stage international film festival

The Skyline International Film Festival (SIFF), sponsored by UNG’s Department of Communication, Media and Journalism, returned to the Gainesville Campus, May 19-21, and featured films from UNG students and filmmakers from across the globe.SIFF is a student-run festival that aims to educate and support up-andcoming filmmakers. For students in UNG’s film program, the event also …

UNG grads selected as interns for Department of Energy

Sonia Alcantar is a first-generation college student who has been involved in undergraduate research since her sophomore year.” Recent UNG graduates Katie McCullough, Kimberly Wright and Sonia Alcantar received internships with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest National …

Faculty and students research primates in Africa

Dr. David Patterson is the co-principal investigator on a project that will enable him and students to travel to Africa to study the diets of savanna baboons.” Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, Africa, will receive visitors from UNG this year thanks to a $394,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support research on …

Faculty selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellows

UNG faculty members Drs. Michallene McDaniel, associate professor of sociology and human services, and Ken Martin, associate professor of Spanish, were Governor’s Teaching Fellows for the 2016-17 year. The program has only 12 individuals each year, making McDaniel and Martin part of a select group of faculty. The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program provides Georgia’s higher …

Planetarium events highlight solar eclipse

Dr. Lesley Simanton-Coogan, director of the George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium at UNG and a lecturer in physics, is prepared for “The Great American Eclipse.” On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will temporarily darken portions of north Georgia, and UNG has events planned in advance to help viewers have a safe and educational experience. …

Kinesiology Department in full swing

UNG’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is now the Department of Kinesiology, a change reflecting a more streamlined approach to the degree programs offered within the department.“Physical Education is an umbrella term for a number of related disciplines, such as physical education, exercise science, health education, athletic training, and many others,” said Dr. …

CVS Grant supports graduate nursing students

UNG received a $5,000 scholarship grant from the CVS Health Foundation to assist graduate students in the Department of Nursing complete the Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. The grant will be used to award five $1,000 scholarships to rural FNP students with financial needs, including bilingual students serving in primary care …

UNG Press publishes military titles

The UNG Press released two war and military titles this spring. The first is a reprint of the World War I story “Over the Top,” which was originally released in 1917, just weeks after the war had begun, and became a New York Times bestseller. The UNG Press released the book on April 6, the …

Corps of Cadets news

Thirty-four UNG cadets are ranked in the top 20 percent in the nation and earned Distinguished Military Graduate honors among more than 5,000 ROTC cadets assessed on the national Order of Merit List. Victoria Wilder (left) became the first female from UNG to commission into the Infantry when she graduated this spring. UNG’s military programs …

Military merit. Producing leaders.

One of only six senior military colleges in the country, the University of North Georgia produces exceptional leaders and future military officers. UNG has produced 53 flag officers, including 8 currently serving in key positions around the world. Our Corps of Cadets is an internationally recognized program of choice for students pursuing careers in the …

Annual gala celebrates $1.7 million in scholarships

The UNG Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million in student scholarships during the 2016 fiscal year, a total celebrated at the university’s fifth annual Scholarship Gala held March 3 in Gainesville, Georgia.Honorary co-chairs of this year’s event were Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal and Dr. John and Mrs. Jane Hemmer, both university alumni. Scholarship support …

Lamb leaves transformational gift to UNG

John Lamb attended the University of North Georgia for one year in 1946. Nearly 60 years later, he shared with UNG advancement staff Fred Link and Bruce Howerton, retired vice president for advancement, that that year was the “happiest time of his life.” Lamb died in December 2016 and left his entire estate, appraised at …

Parent and Family Association supports student needs

UNG’s Parent and Family Association (PFA) is providing $40,000 in scholarships and resources to the university and its students for academic, recreational and service activities in 2017. The PFA plans to give $20,000 to the Center for Global Engagement to provide scholarships for students studying abroad and participating in modern language programs, $12,000 to support …

One Gift. Your Gift.

In May, UNG awarded more than 1,800 degrees, culminating years of hard work by students. Commencement reminds us how far these students have come. It also reminds us of the work that remains to be done. For each graduate walking, there is a freshman trying to make ends meet. For each first-generation graduate shattering expectations, …

Land conservation at Cloudland Canyon State Park

Micaela Tierce and 17 other UNG students cleared trails and learned about land conservation at Cloudland Canyon State Park as an alternative spring break project supported by a UNG Presidential Innovation Award.

Rangel Fellowship puts Dietrich one step closer to Foreign Service

Jacob Deitrich is serving as a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C., this summer and will begin a graduate program in security studies at Georgetown University this fall. Rangel Fellowship puts Dietrich one step closer to Foreign Service. Jacob Dietrich, ‘15, has received a highly competitive Rangel Fellowship to continue toward his goal of working in …

Graduate programs growing

This year, UNG launched two new graduate degrees and moved a third one entirely online. “The curriculum of our graduate degrees is designed to meet the economic needs of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Tom Ormond, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at UNG. “Offering new degrees and new delivery mechanisms allows …

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 …

Godspell

The Gainesville Theater Alliance staged “Godspell” in February. Check out GTA’s 2017-2018 season at ung.edu/gta.

Starlight Tradition Continues!

Starlight Tradition Continues! Join us for the annual celebration at UNG’s Gainesville Campus. Saturday, Aug. 26* Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks at dark *In the event of inclement weather the rain date for Starlight is Saturday, September 9.

UNG wins NCAA DII National Award

Hannah Peevy, Lindsay Reeves, and Dr. Bonita Jacobs accept the 2017 NCAA DII Award of Excellence from Steve Scott, Chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, at the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. UNG earned the national 2017 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence in recognition of its Operation Nighthawks of Honor initiative. Through …

Athletics News

Baseball Champs For the first time in program history, UNG’s baseball team achieved the top rank in the nation in a Collegiate Baseball Division II Poll released in March. The team won the Peach Belt Conference championship and the NCAA DII Southeast Regional Championship. Socon Champions UNG claimed the 2017 Southern Conference Rifle Championship, and …

Five enter UNG Athletics Hall of Fame

The 2017 class of the UNG Athletics Hall of Fame includes Haines and Carolyn Hill (Carolyn is not pictured above), Keisha Hall Cassese, Courtney McGuire, and Richard Coleman. UNG welcomed five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 4: Richard Coleman, Keisha Hall Cassese, Haines and Carolyn Hill, and Courtney McGuire. “Welcoming …

Alumni Association recognizes achievement and leadership

Dr. Jim Crupi, ’70, president and founded of Strategic Leadership Solutions, received the Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Mary Helen McGruder, ’68. Ten individuals were recognized during UNG’s Alumni Weekend 2017 for outstanding leadership, service and excellence in their roles serving or attending the university. This year’s Alumni Hall of Fame Award was given …

UNG Alumni Weekend 2017

Alumni from near and far participated in Alumni Weekend at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. New events included performances by UNG alumni Shawn Mullins, ‘90, Jay Drummonds, ‘91, and Wayne Baird, ‘89, and Dahlonega native Kurt Thomas. Check out upcoming alumni events, including gatherings at cities around the U.S., at www.ungalumni.org.

Class Notes

1950s Jim Minter, ’51, is the 2017 recipient of the Erk Russell Spirit Award from the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in honor of his dedication and enthusiasm for covering sports in the state of Georgia. Minter was a sports writer and later executive editor of the Atlanta Journal- Constitution. The award was presented on …

1st LT. Weston C. Lee

1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, a 2014 graduate of the University of North Georgia, died April 29, in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol. “Lt. Lee made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country, and our hearts and thoughts are with his family and friends,” UNG …

In Memoriam

Alumni Mrs. Joy Freeman Allen, ’45 December 28, 2016 Mr. Bobby Johnathan Baker, ’99 February 6, 2017 Mr. William Lawrence Banks, ’64 January 3, 2017 Mrs. Elizabeth Crouch Benefield, ’65 March 28, 2017 MAJ (Ret.) Charles Daniel Bowdoin, ’66 January 27, 2017 Mrs. Martha R. Chapman Boyles, ’43 November 14, 2016 Mr. James Camp Brewer, …

Upcoming Events – Summer 2017 Through Fall 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. June June 5-7 Women’s Basketball Camp Dahlonega Campus June 6 Alumni Gathering Brunswick, GA June 7 Alumni Gathering Savannah, GA June 8 Alumni Gathering Augusta, GA June 8-10 Men’s …