Alumni Weekend 2019 has come and gone and if you missed it, you missed an exciting weekend! Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and the UNG Alumni Association (UNGAA) hosted close to 600 alumni and guests back to Dahlonega for various events spread over three days.

Before I recount the excitement of Alumni Weekend 2019, follow me for a moment as we play a numbers game. The weekend following Alumni Weekend - Friday, May 3 thru Saturday, May 4 - almost 1,300 graduates crossed the stage at the UNG Convocation Center as part of North Georgia’s spring 2019 commencement ceremonies. This number doesn’t even include those graduates who, for whatever reason, opted out of walking.

In 1952 there were 491 students total enrolled on the Dahlonega campus. In 1971 there were 1,366 students in Dahlonega, while in Gainesville, which opened in 1966, there were 1,036. Digging a bit further, this past spring there were 802 self-identified legacy students in Dahlonega, 711 in Gainesville and another 249 combined in Blue Ridge, Oconee and Cumming. In total we’re looking at 1,762 sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandsons or granddaughters of alumni enrolled at one of UNG’s five campuses. If you don’t see where I am headed, stay with me.

As we have planned Alumni Weekend over the past few years, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association have made tremendous strides in looking at the entire weekend experience, asking ourselves who would come back, and for what compelling reason? The reason we do this is simple. Thirty percent of the living bachelor’s degree alumni in the University of North Georgia’s database have graduated since 2009.

This means that one in three of our bachelor’s degree students, many of who are your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, or grandchildren, have graduated in the past ten years. While the Class of 1959, and yes, even my own Class of 1990 loves a good class reunion, most of our recent graduates will likely never attend a class reunion. Unlike those who have gone before them, alumni who are younger in age will never know what it’s like to go 20, 30 or even 60 years without seeing the classmates they loved the most. This is a national trend and, for better or worse, social media has changed our world and the way we connect, forever.

So when you wonder what in the heck the Alumni Association is thinking with events like Revel on the River, which is financially supported through your gracious memberships in the Association, understand that it is actually with much thought that these decisions are made. We don’t always hit the mark. Many times we don’t. But you have my word, we are as fully committed to doing what it takes to welcome our newest alumni home to North Georgia as we are those who have gone before.

Alumni Weekend 2019 was epic. Truly it was. If you missed it, we missed you. We played golf, reunited with old friends with whom we lived in Barnes Hall, gave out awards, and honored our fallen at the Memorial Retreat. And for the first time I can remember in the history of this very special weekend, we had alumni of all ages on one evening, in one place, Pine Valley, enjoying one event, Revel on the River, in fellowship. Some played Frisbee and corn hole while others simply chatted with old classmates or watched a great band, Band X. A handful slipped down the bank of the Etowah to get their feet wet in the water, while others crossed the old bridge to explore the other side of the bank.

So in closing, if you didn’t “Revel” this year, there is still plenty of opportunity to be had. Mark your calendars now for next year, April 17-19, 2020. We plan on making Revel on the River an annual event, and look forward to seeing the crowd as it grows larger and larger, and with a more diverse group of alumni than ever. Until next time my friends and fellow alumni, rock on! We’ll see you in 2020.


Wendi Huguley, '90
Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Upcoming Alumni Events
RISE Campaign
Since April 1, RISE, a crowdfund for UNG scholarships, has raised over $40,000. Thank you to all of those donors who supported one or more of the featured scholarships.

The following scholarships met their fundraising goal:
 
  • 1LT Weston Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • LeeAnn Noble Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Eagle Fund
  • Women’s Educational Scholarship

There is still time to support these scholarships! We will keep the RISE web page live until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2019. Feel free to visit unggive.org/rise-ung before then and give to a scholarship of your choosing.
Have you joined the UNGAA?
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:
  • Supports events sponsored by the Alumni Association
  • 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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