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No longer a “Best Kept Secret”

“The university is getting well deserved recognition that underscores the value and educational experience we offer… UNG is consistently recognized nationally for academic quality and affordability.” Commencement—is one of the highlights of the year at any university and UNG is no different. In early May, we celebrated with more than 1,250 graduates who walked across …

Townsend becomes four-star general

Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, a 1982 graduate of UNG, assumed command of Fort Eustis, Virginia, and U.S. Army Training Doctrine and Command (TRADOC) on March 2. The command includes among its many units Cadet Command, which oversees 20,000 cadets in hundreds of ROTC programs and the nation’s six senior military colleges – including UNG, where …

Grand opening: New Convocation Center

Officials broke ground on UNG’s Convocation Center in June 2016 and have anxiously awaited opening the 103,000-square-foot multi-use facility on the southwest side of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. The Convocation Center officially opened to students and faculty in March 2018.   “We have been eager for this facility to open, and it is very exciting to …

Students span the globe to teach others and learn about new cultures

UNG graduates and students earn national scholarships to study abroad UNG students will venture to foreign countries to be English Teaching Assistants, conduct research and immerse themselves in different cultures to gain knowledge and skills about the international community. These students’ transformative experiences will be funded by prestigious national awards such as the Fulbright U.S. …

Where I Lead: Teaching is in her DNA

Bio Aimée Thomlinson professor of chemistry at UNG, teaching an upper-level physical chemistry course that combines chemistry, mathematics and physics. She has bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Purdue University and a doctorate in theoretical and computational chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. Where do you get your passion for teaching? I come from a …

Where I Lead: A strong spirit and self-awareness

Bio Micaiah Kimble wanted a fun college experience like most high school graduates but not a “traditional” one. When the Suwanee, Georgia native’s high school counselor suggested becoming a member of the Corps of Cadets at UNG, Kimble said “sign me up.” She has carried that same phrase into her collegiate career as she pursues …

Cadets claim ROTC Cup and place fourth overall in Sandhurst

Members of UNG’s Ranger Challenge team competed against cadets from West Point and around the world and placed fourth overall in the 2018 Sandhurst International Competition. UNG’s Ranger Challenge team placed fourth overall among 64 teams competing in the 2018 Sandhurst International Competition held April 13-14 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and …

Corps of Cadets win MacArthur Award

U.S. Army Cadet Command selected UNG’s Corps of Cadets as the 2016-17 winner of the MacArthur Award for 1st Brigade, which encompasses the nation’s six senior military colleges – UNG, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia Tech.“I’m proud that our Corps of Cadets has been named the No. 1 senior …

Georgia Guard’s Best Warrior Competition

Spc. Alexei Joya, a member of the Georgia National Guard who also is in the UNG Corps of Cadets, won the Georgia Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition in March.Joya is a sophomore from Gainesville, Georgia, majoring in general studies with concentrations in biochemistry, Russian and leadership. He also is a member of UNG’s Ranger …

Cadets ranked in top five in the nation

Two Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets at UNG have ranked in the top five out of 5,560 cadets in the 2017-18 U.S. Army Cadet Command Order of Merit List (OML). Cadet 1st Lt. Andrew Gomez of Cumming, Georgia, is ranked second in the nation and Cadet Lt. Col. Bryton Wenzel of Albany, Georgia, …

Spring 2018 Commencement

On May 4-5, UNG’s new convocation center hosted the spring 2018 commencement ceremonies for more than 1,250 graduates from all campuses and commissioning ceremonies for 62 members of the Corps of Cadets. These were the first ceremonies in the 103,000-square-foot, 3,600-seat facility.

Celebrating our success

  Enrollment has grown from 14,221 in spring 2013 to 18,782 in fall 2017. New campuses in Blue Ridge and Cumming have expanded opportunities and access to higher education.   More than 13,400 degrees and academic certificates have been awarded. The university’s international educational partnerships have grown to more than 30 around the world.   …

Forbes and Kiplinger’s names UNG as Best College Value for 2018

UNG was named one of the nation’s “best value colleges” by Forbes Magazine in its third annual Best Value Colleges ranking, marking the first time UNG has been named to the list as one of only three public universities in Georgia. To help students decide whether their college investments are likely to reward them with …

New Bachelor of Fine Arts fills student demand

Dr. Pamela Sachant, head of the visual arts department, is tremendously excited to offer the university’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in visual arts in fall 2018.   This fall, UNG’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in visual arts will expand opportunities for students. The bachelor’s degree program requires …

RISE Program helps heritage Spanish-speaking students earn college degree and job

In fall 2017, UNG and the Hall County School System embarked on a unique program to recruit heritage Spanish speakers to UNG’s College of Education, educate them to become teachers, provide them classroom experience, and supply them jobs after graduation. Since then, the program, now named by the students as Realizing Inspiring Successful Educators (RISE), …

Graduate program offers cybersecurity certificate

UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business now offers a 10-credit graduate certificate in cybersecurity.   With Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s High Demand Career Initiative identifying cybersecurity as a crucial field for business in the state, UNG growing programs to fill the demand. UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business is offering a graduate certificate in cybersecurity …

Students use experiment to research the power of groups

Do groups have better collective memories than individuals when it comes to problem-solving? Two UNG students are running a series of experiments to find out. Junior psychology majors Jacob Henze and Laura Rodes tested collective problem solving versus individual problem solving using a box of sand. The purpose of their research is to better understand …

Inaugural Science Festival entertained and educated community

Daniel Miller participated in UNG’s Inaugural Science Festival in March Whether it was gazing at the stars in the George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium, designing objects with a 3D printer, or listening to a NASA physicist, children and adults got their fill of science at UNG’s first Science Festival. Funded by a Presidential Innovation Award, …

Center for Health Aging established

As a generation of baby boomers nears retirement, aging issues and planning to care for a growing number of seniors involves a number of academic disciplines.To that end, UNG has established the Center for Healthy Aging, an academic center focused on providing a community-based organization that will provide quality education and services to older adults …

‘Nigel’s Nest’ food pantry opens at Oconee Campus

In March, UNG’s newest food pantry opened at the Oconee Campus. “Nigel’s Nest” became the third UNG food pantry geared toward helping combat food insecurity at the collegiate level. A large storage room in the back of Bishop Hall was renovated for Nigel’s Nest and cardboard boxes strategically placed throughout the campus are filled with …

Master of Accountancy degree now available

UNG’s new Master of Accountancy degree addresses students’ needs to acquire additional accounting knowledge desired by employers, to demonstrate a commitment to success in the field of accounting, and for additional education to meet the requirements for licensure as a CPA.The Georgia State Board of Accountancy requires CPAs to have 150 semester hours of education …

NASA grant allows professor to discover what is inside stars

Dr. Gregory Feiden will use his telescope for NASA-funded research to study what goes on inside stars. Dr. Gregory Feiden, assistant professor of astronomy at UNG, was awarded funding from NASA for a research grant proposal to study what goes on inside stars to produce properties that astronomers can measure. Feiden was awarded funding as …

Leading the way for UNG at the Georgia capitol

Ben Jarrard was named UNG’s director of state government relations in August 2017. The job appealed to the 2013 UNG graduate, who previously worked as a special assistant for Gov. Nathan Deal. I look to continue to build upon UNG as the Military College of Georgia and as one of the leaders of higher education …

Keller collaborates with community and business leaders in new position at UNG

Kay Keller, the new director of economic development and community engagement at UNG, collaborates with key stakeholders across northeast Georgia as part of UNG’s Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) initiative. As the new director of economic development and community engagement at UNG, Kay Keller provides leadership to UNG’s Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) …

Presidential awards inspire teaching and research

UNG faculty have responded to President Bonita Jacobs’ challenge to increase scholarly activity and innovation by devising projects ranging from capturing a range of real-world experiences with 360-degree cameras and crafting a Spanish course for law enforcement to producing a short film about a postapocalyptic world.Now, they are implementing those ideas through the Presidential Incentive …

The Artist’s Odyssey

Michael Granberry, right, decided to direct “The Odyssey” during a lunch with Jim Hammond, left, chair of the theater department at UNG and artistic and managing director of GTA. Hammond’s first year with GTA was Granberry’s senior year. When Michael Granberry was 8 years old, his father took him to see “The 7th Voyage of …

Annual gala celebrates $6.1 million in student scholarships

UNG awarded nearly $2.8 million in student scholarships during the 2017 fiscal year, a feat celebrated at the sixth annual Scholarship Gala held March 23 at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming, Georgia. The event included dinner and the presentation of the Summit, Champion and Presidential Leadership awards.The gala originated in 2013 with proceeds raised …

Cottrell Speaker Series highlights respected business leaders

7The Cottrell Speaker Series is an opportunity for UNG students, faculty, staff, and members of the regional business community to interact with and meet business executives who are seen as leaders in their respective fields. Since the Cottrell Speaker Series’ inception, the Mike Cottrell College of Business and each of its centers, the BB&T Center …

POST simulator teaches proper use of force

The new high-tech firearms simulator in UNG’s Department of Criminal Justice is a key addition for the Public Safety Academy embedded in the bachelor’s degree program that provides vital training about proper use of force. “One of the key parts of police training is teaching them how to use firearms properly and making them understand …

Starlight tradition continues!

 

Softball team wins Super Regional and advanced to NCAA Division II Softball Championship

The Nighthawks earned a place in the national title game for the first time since 2015. The team will compete in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship May 24-28. For the first time since 2015, the No. 1 ranked UNG softball team headed to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship. The Nighthawks earned a place …

Women’s cross country runs away with PBC championship

UNG runners won the first Peach Belt Conference Championship in program history. Coach Tom Williams was named 2017 Coach of the Year by a poll of the league’s head coaches.   Senior Brittany Truitt shattered UNG’s 5K record by 22 seconds and finished second as UNG won the first Peach Belt Conference Championship in program …

Women’s hoops advance to Sweet 16 in NCAA Tournament

Senior Deana Blankinship shot a perfect 12-for-12 from the field as the No. 24 UNG women’s basketball team clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, 76-60, March 4 in the UNG Convocation Center. The Nighthawks advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as the No. 3 seed, …

UNG Athletics recognizes WWI Veterans during Operation Nighthawks of Honor

UNG’s athletic department kicked off the third annual Operation Nighthawks of Honor initiative Oct. 18, as it recognized fallen service members who are former UNG students.Each of the university’s sports teams was assigned a UNG graduate or former student who was killed in action while serving the country; each team commemorates that service member throughout …

Women’s tennis team advances in NCAA Tournament

The UNG women’s tennis team finished the season with a 16-8 record and advanced through the regional round for the first time in program history. For the first time in program history, the No. 27 UNG women’s tennis team headed to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in Surprise, Arizona. The team advanced past the …

Women’s team finishes fourth in PBC track championships in inaugural season

In its inaugural season of competition, the UNG women’s track and field team placed fourth out of eight teams at the 2017 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship.Nova Southeastern set a meet-scoring record with 214.5 points to claim the team title and was followed by UNC Pembroke (159), Montevallo (154.5), UNG (74) and Florida Tech (73) …

Make-A-Wish celebration helps dreams come true for local child

A raucous celebration at UNG’s Bob Stein Stadium was held as Chandler Holcomb, the 2018 Make-A-Wish recipient from Gainesville, Georgia, was introduced to a cheering crowd before the start of the UNG baseball game against the University of West Florida on April 17.Holcomb, a 9-year-old battling leukemia, was introduced during a press conference flanked by …

Five inducted into UNG Athletics Hall of Fame

UNG Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves and the UNG Athletics Hall of Fame committee welcomed five members into the eighth induction class of North Georgia Athletics Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes Jessica Coan ‘13, softball; Brian Lauderdale ‘08, baseball; Dr. W. Guy Oliver, former men’s soccer coach; Garland Pinholster ‘49, men’s basketball; and …

UNG Alumni Weekend 2018

The Class of 1958 asked, “Remember When?” The mother of 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, a 2014 graduate of UNG who was killed in Iraq in 2017, prepares to place a wreath on the Memorial Wall on the Dahlonega Campus. The all-alumni mixer on Saturday evening Country artist, and 2000 UNG alumnus, Radford Windham, performed …

Class Notes

1980s David Williams, ’80, was recently awarded the Amway Hero Award for Generosity by the Amway Corp. He received the award for his dedication to the Kiwanis dance fundraiser he organizes that has raised more than $50,000 in college scholarships. Williams graduated from UNG with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and a minor …

In Memoriam

Alumni William Andrew Akin, ’67 December 23, 2017 William Maynard Babb, ’67 September 8, 2017 James Emory Baggett, ’60 February 19, 2018 Faye Elaine Bauman, ’63 January 12, 2018 Simeon Louis Bell, ’46 January 2, 2018 Robert Mobley Blasingame, ’51 December 23, 2017 James Neil Bohannon, ’53 November 27, 2017 Conrad Boterweg, ’62 February 1, …

Upcoming Events – Summer 2018 Through Fall 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. June June 4 Calligraphy (CE Course), 6 p.m. Dahlonega Campus June 7 Driver’s Ed (CE Course) 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gainesville Campus June 12 UNG Alumni Gathering Brunswick, …