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Helping students fulfill their potential

Six years ago, we began a systematic effort to identify and mentor students with potential to receive national competitive scholarships that range from small travel stipends to as much as $165,000.

East-West connections extend partnerships

Building partnerships around the world is one way UNG helps prepare students to be leaders in a global and diverse society.

Nationally competitive scholarships open doors of opportunity

Four UNG students will travel to Thailand, Kyrgyz Republic, Indonesia, and Russia to spend 10 months as English Teaching Assistants.

Mike Cottrell College of Business fuels economic development

Support from the Cottrells has helped the college lead in the region’s economic development.

Where I Lead: Advocating for others

This university gives students like me a chance that other universities wouldn’t.

Where I Lead: Making computer science accessible

Each year my introductory computer science courses contain a few students with disabilities, and I have seen firsthand the barriers they face.

UNG finishes third and repeats ROTC title at Sandhurst

Experience proved beneficial for UNG’s Ranger Challenge team in the international 2019 Sandhurst Military Skills Competition.

21 cadets earn Distinguished Military Graduate honor

Twenty-one cadets from UNG have been ranked in the top 20% of the nation among more than 5,000 ROTC cadets assessed by U.S. Army Cadet Command for the 2018-19 academic year.

Olmsted Foundation sponsors Corps of Cadets overseas outreach

The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation increased its annual grant to $26,000 for UNG’s Corps of Cadets’ overseas travel and cultural immersion to provide opportunities for Atlanta-area cadets at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to also take advantage of the trips.

Alumnus wins Best Ranger Competition for record third time

UNG alumnus and Army Capt. Mike Rose became the first person to win the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition three times when he and teammate Capt. John Bergman earned a victory at the event in April at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Alumnus selected as UNG’s next Commandant of Cadets

Col. Joseph Matthews, a military intelligence officer and 1994 graduate of UNG, has been hired as the university’s Commandant of Cadets.

Commandant earns governor’s commendation

Retired U.S. Army Col. James T. Palmer will retire from his role as commandant of cadets at UNG at the end of June after 20 years in the role, making him the longest-serving Army ROTC commandant in the nation.

Students mobilize for mock emergency

An on-campus epidemic struck 20 students returning to the U.S. with an unidentified viral microorganism and the university was left to handle the situation without external assistance.

A team effort

FROG Week marks the transition of incoming freshmen in the Corps of Cadets from civilians to cadets at UNG, one of six senior military colleges in the nation.

University enrollment hits new record

With 19,722 students enrolled across its five campuses and online in fall 2018, UNG grew 5% over fall 2017.

UNG’s $620 million economic impact boosts regional growth

UNG had a $620 million economic impact and an employment impact of 6,769 jobs in northeast Georgia during fiscal year 2017, according to an annual study produced for the University System of Georgia.

Nighthawks crack NSA Codebreaker Challenge

In the National Security Agency (NSA) Codebreaker Challenge — a highly competitive, 100-day, nationwide cyber contest with 377 schools — UNG placed third, just behind Oregon State and Georgia Tech.

Veteran wins national ACE Student of the Year

UNG senior Brendyn Melugin, a former U.S. Army paratrooper majoring in psychology, was named the national American Council on Education (ACE) Student of the Year, which is presented to an adult learner who has used ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.

White House interns deem experience ‘unforgettable’

Mitchell Fariss, a 2017 UNG graduate, and Evan Setter, a sophomore majoring in political science, interned at the White House during fall 2018.

Hardee leads College of Education as new dean

Dr. Sheri Hardee is the new dean of UNG’s College of Education, but it is not a new setting for her.

Mendoza to lead diversity and inclusion efforts across campuses

Dr. Pablo Mendoza, UNG’s first director of diversity and inclusion, has a big charge: promote diversity and inclusion efforts that inform and enrich the university’s teaching, learning and work.

Stars align for new observatory

A new state-of-the-art facility will replace UNG’s 20-year-old North Georgia Astronomical Observatory and will feature two new telescopes that will allow students to see deeper into space.

Oconeefest raises nearly $16,000 for scholarships

UNG scholarship recipients from Oconee County thanked the community for bolstering their dreams of a college education at the fifth annual Oconeefest scholarship fundraiser in October.

In-state tuition available to students in counties on Tennessee and North Carolina borders

Students from a handful of counties in North Carolina and Tennessee that border UNG’s service area are now able to attend UNG using in-state tuition rates.

Starlight tradition continues!


‘Southern Vines’ showcases state’s wine industry

Georgia’s wine industry has experienced a revival that is having a positive impact on tourism and the economy.

Middle grades education program expands to Gainesville

The bachelor’s degree in middle grades education is expanding to UNG’s Gainesville Campus in fall 2019.

Physical therapists’ research aims to limit pain for guide dog users

UNG’s Department of Physical Therapy is breaking new ground in its study of guide dogs, the visually impaired people who use them, and their harness devices.

Deployed Army officer, alumnus surprises daughter and family with commencement visit

Taylor Kirby was one of more than 600 students who was excited to walk across the stage to receive a degree during UNG’s fall commencement ceremonies in December, but she couldn’t have predicted tears flowing before her ceremony even began.

Associate dean retires after 40 years of service

Wes Thomas, associate dean of student involvement, is retiring on June 30 after 40 years of service to UNG.

Senior earns National Science Foundation research award worth $134,000

Caroline Brown keeps making history, and her faculty mentors at UNG aren’t one bit surprised.

Two students receive Boren scholarships

UNG senior and cadet Alexander Ross wants to serve his country as an interpreter. UNG junior Laine Hunt dreams of being a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department.

NISTS: 17 years of advocating for transfer students

Dr. Bonita Jacobs recognized an emerging national trend at the turn of the 21st century.

Annual Scholarship Gala

The seventh annual UNG Scholarship Gala held March 29 celebrated a record $1.8 million in scholarship funds awarded to students who entered or attended UNG in fiscal year 2018.

Helping first-generation students succeed at UNG and beyond

Armando Tercero-Escobar never planned to go to college. He intended to get a job after graduating from Gilmer High School.

Advance your education and lead

If you’ve been dreaming about that promotion or new job, there has never been a better time to take that step. Earning a graduate degree can open doors to personal growth, career advancement and even greater financial reward. The University of North Georgia offers a wide range of graduate degree programs designed for working professionals …

Evans to lead men’s basketball program

Dan Evans has been named as the new men’s basketball head coach at UNG - only the fourth coach in program history.

Basketball broadcast nationally on ESPN3

The national spotlight shone on UNG when ESPN3 televised the women’s and men’s Peach Belt Conference home basketball games against Columbus State on Jan. 9.

UNG baseball team wins PBC title

The UNG baseball team earned a share of the regular-season conference Peach Belt Conference (PBC) championship and the No. 1 seed in the 2019 PBC tournament.

Make-A-Wish and athletes surprise family

Hope Nix and her family experienced many memorable moments Feb. 13 at UNG. The 5-year-old Dahlonega, Georgia, girl signed a one-day contract with the women’s basketball team and was introduced with the starting lineup.

Four athletes and one coach inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

The UNG Athletics Hall of Fame committee inducted five new members in February as part of its ninth induction class.

Coach Cantrell addresses Knight Commission

UNG head baseball coach Tom Cantrell served on a panel at the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics meeting in October in Washington, D.C.

Rifle team finishes record-breaking season

The UNG rifle team completed the season with a program record for its average score of 4,612 and a program-best final national ranking of No. 18.

Softball team wins sixth straight PBC title

The UNG softball team won the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) tournament for the sixth year in a row with a string of dramatic victories in early May.

Women’s basketball team wins NCAA Southeast Regional

Head Coach Buffie Burson led the UNG women’s basketball team to the best season in its 14 years of NCAA competition, reaching the Division II Elite Eight in 2018-19.

Alumni Weekend ’19

Revel on the River at Pine Valley.

Class notes

1980s Greg Anderson, ’80, recently retired from the Cartersville (Georgia) Parks and Recreation Department. For the past 38 years, Anderson’s department has won numerous awards and increased the park acreage from 155 to more than 655.   Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, ’88, who graduated from UNG with a degree in marketing, was assigned as …

In Memoriam

Alumni John E. Armstrong ’80 December 21, 2018 Eloise Hood Ash ’39 February 2, 2019 Joy Busby Baker ’61 November 12, 2018 Merra Griffeth Bauerband ’57 December 12, 2018 Daniel Kemper Bell September 30, 2018 Geneva Williams Bennett ’38 February 15, 2019 Marjorie Pinson Black ’59 February 6, 2 019 Hannah Sarae Blythe October 18, …

Upcoming Events – Summer 2019 Through Fall 2019

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 June June 1 UNG Baseball vs NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Cary, N.C. June 2 – 7 Driver’s Education Class Gainesville Campus June 11 Alumni Gathering Brunswick, Georgia June …