20 plus days and counting until alumni from all four corners of the earth converge back on campus in Dahlonega for Alumni Weekend. And while the earth doesn’t literally have four corners, North Georgia alumni truly are all over the place, which makes coming home all the more special!

Alumni Weekend kicks off with the Nighthawks Athletic Club Scholarship Golf Tournament. Team #7 featuring Paul Coleman ’74, Sonny Ballard ’76, Bob Bowers ’75, and Gary Lauderdale ’79, will go up against team #8 featuring Vince Collier ’73, Andy Ford ’72, Bill Johnson ’72, and Bil “Rooster” Johnson ’72, as well as a number of other HIGHLY qualified teams for the win. The tournament raises much-needed scholarship funds to support student-athletes and over the past seven years has raised nearly $300,000.

Saturday morning you can either join the Corps of Cadets 5k Fun Run at 8 AM or attend the Annual UNGAA Board Meeting, open to all dues-paying members at 8:30 AM. If you do decide to join the Corps for the Fun Run, I’m certain they won’t mind walkers. Just showing up in support means more than you realize, and although they might not say it, the Boars Head Brigade is always proud to host alumni.

At 11:30 Saturday the UNGAA Board will host the Annual Awards Banquet. This year we will recognize another group of very deserving individuals for the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Young Alumni, Hall of Fame, Ralph Colley Spirit of North Georgia, Distinguished Professor and Paul M. Hutcherson Outstanding Student Award(s). In addition we will award the Dot Strother Scholarship. These awards have a long history at North Georgia and to be selected speaks highly of all our 2019 recipients. We look forward to celebrating all of their accomplishments, as well as their association with UNG.

Those who haven’t been back to campus in some time are invited on a campus tour at 2 PM. The bus only holds twelve, so if you are interested, it might benefit you to go ahead and sign up. If you aren’t interested in the campus-wide tour, but would like to see the interior of the Convocation Center, someone will be on-site and the doors to the facility will be unlocked. Either way I have no doubt that you will be impressed. The North Georgia Dahlonega campus facilities have come a long way in a relatively short period of time. If you haven’t had the opportunity to tour any of the newer buildings, you should.

Rain or shine, at 3 PM alumni, family and friends (as well as faculty, staff and students) will begin heading out to Pine Valley for “Revel on the River”, a live music event from 3-9 PMish. Band X, a great cover band from Atlanta will play at 6 PM. The free, family-friendly event includes food trucks, bounce houses for children, and two elements of the Dean Mike Hyams Pine Valley Rope Courses. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and nerf footballs and plan on reliving your glory days! (Registration helps with the planning and is requested but certainly not required.)

The Memorial Retreat featuring speaker retired Brig. Gen. Mike Scholes, ’88 will be at 4 PM on Saturday. Mike’s father, NGC graduate retired Maj. Gen. Ed Scholes, ’61 will be speaking at the Corps of Cadets’ Military Awards review at 2 PM on Sunday. This is the first time in North Georgia history a father/son team has shared this distinction as dual speakers. For those who would like to attend both the retreat and “Revel on the River”, for convenience we will be running shuttles from the Convocation Center to Pine Valley, all afternoon, starting at 3 PM. Alumni Weekend closes out on Sunday with the Corps Advisory Council Luncheon at 11:30 AM and the traditional Aggressor and Columbo demonstrations following the Military Awards review.

With so much going on, we hope that all alumni will join in on the fellowship and fun! Keep in mind that Dahlonega’s 23 rd annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is also that weekend, providing an alternative for the times you aren’t hanging out with your classmates telling tall tales. UNGAA board member Roman Gaddis and his band Ugly Cousin will be on the MainStage on Saturday at 1:30 PM. Ugly Cousin’s members are all natives of Dahlonega, and several are North Georgia grads. So spread the love and head downtown to support them as well if time permits! 

Wendi Huguley, '90
Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Alumni Weekend 2019
April 26 - 28, Dahlonega
Achasta Golf Course
Registration required

UNG Dining Hall Banquet Room
Registration required

8 a.m. Corps of Cadets 5k Fun Run
Drill Field
No registration required

8:30 a.m. Annual UNGAA Annual Board Meeting
UNG Convocation Center
All active UNGAA members welcome

UNG Dining Hall Banquet Room
Registration required

2 p.m. Campus Tour
Meet at Convocation Center
Limited to 12 people

Pine Valley (Shuttles from campus available)
No fee, registration requested

4 p.m. Memorial Retreat
Memorial Wall
No registration required

UNG Dining Hall Banquet Room
Registration required

2 p.m. Corps of Cadets Military Awards Review
Drill Field

3:30 p.m. Aggressor and Order of Colombo Demonstrations
RECALL 2019 - A Virtual Reunion
Can't make it to Dahlonega for Alumni Weekend?
Log in to RECALL online and join in on the alumni events!
  1. WHO: All interested alumni from all years and all campuses.
  2. WHAT: Log in to participate virtually in RECALL 2019; a virtual outreach to interested alumni that can’t be in Dahlonega for Alumni Weekend.
  3. WHERE: Worldwide; log in on your personal computer or device to https://ung.edu/recall/ and/or www.Facebook.com/UNG.UniversityofNorthGeorgia.
  4. WHEN: Anytime, beginning with the Memorial Retreat Ceremony on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 4 PM EST for the live stream and Facebook posts, or anytime thereafter for the recorded version and continuing strings through Sunday, April 28th, 2019 from a variety of events across campus. We will have stringers posting all weekend and we want and value your interaction while seeing what your Alma Mater is doing during Alumni Weekend. Engage with us using #UNGrecall and #UNGalumni on social media posts!
  5. WHY: To join fellow alumni across the globe in gathering virtually to celebrate your experience as a student and/or cadet at the University of North Georgia.
Upcoming Alumni Events
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The University of North Georgia Alumni Association, Inc. (UNGAA) is a membership based association. Membership is offered to all alumni who have who have been enrolled in a degree-granting program at the University of North Georgia for two semesters (quarters) or more.

Annual Membership: $25 individual / $35 joint
Lifetime Membership: $400 individual / $550 joint

Benefits of Membership:
  • Quarterly printed issue of the UNG Alumni Bulletin
  • 50% discount for UNG Recreation Center membership in Dahlonega
  • 20% off Gainesville Theatre Alliance tickets (Call our office for promo code if ordering online or in person: 706-864-1547)
  • 10% discount at the UNG Campus Connection Bookstore in Dahlonega
  • Invitations to member-only events including the Alumni Reception at Gold Rush
  • UNG Libraries Privileges (all campuses): Borrow up to 3 books for 28 days and guest access to computers in libraries
Your Membership:
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  • Supports Shared Interest Groups
  • Supports Student Scholarships
  • Supports the Alumni Awards Banquet honoring alumni, faculty and students
  • Supports the advocacy and partnership with UNG on behalf of UNG alumni
  • Supports ower registration prices for class reunions
  • Supports access to our alumni database through UNGConnect
New Auto-Renewal Feature:
Starting this year, the UNGAA is offering the option to renew your membership automatically each year. Make sure to check the AUTO-RENEW checkbox when activating your membership online!
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