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Become a part of UNG history by writing the university's alma mater


In the ongoing process of consolidation, the University of North Georgia invites students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni to help create a new alma mater for the university. Both Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University have had their own alma maters, developed by faculty members of the respective institutions. The alma mater is traditionally performed at university functions and special events to instill a sense of unity, pride and commitment.

The alma mater will be performed for the first time at the April 26 inauguration of UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs and lyrics will be included in the event program. The alma mater also will be performed shortly after the inauguration at the first UNG commencement exercises, set for May 4 and May 10-12.

For the new alma mater, individuals or groups are invited to submit lyrics to Andy David, chair of the Department of Music, who will lead a selection committee comprised of faculty and student representatives from each campus. Submissions should represent original work and reflect the identity, mission and educational experience of the University of North Georgia. Entries should be no more than 100 words. The creator of the winning entry will receive $500.  Once the winning entry has been selected, a composer will set the lyrics to music.

Lyrics should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5 to or by mail to Andy David, Department of Music, University of North Georgia, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597.

All submissions to the Alma Mater Lyrics Competition become the property of the University of North Georgia (UNG).

Competition Rules:

By submitting your entry, you transfer to the University of North Georgia any and all rights you have to the lyrics under the laws of the United States, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, privacy and publicity rights and other intellectual property rights laws. To the extent any "moral rights," "ancillary rights," or similar rights in or to the submission exist, you agree that you have conveyed those rights to UNG and you shall not enforce any such rights as to UNG or its licensees, distributors, agents, representatives and other authorized users. UNG retains, without limitation, the right to modify (including removing lyrics) and substitute the lyrics with lyrics selected by UNG and create derivative works based upon, perform and otherwise exploit your submission, in whole or in part, in all media formats and channels now known or hereafter devised (including our sites, third party websites, on our broadcast and stations, on physical media, and in theatrical release) for any and all purposes including educational, entertainment, news, advertising, promotional, marketing, publicity, trade or commercial purposes, all without further notice to you, with or without attribution, and without the requirement of any permission from or payment to you or to any other person or entity (other than the $500 winning entry).

You represent and warrant your submission is solely your own creative work and that you own, without the need for any permission from or payment to any other person or entity, to exploit, and to authorize us to exploit, such submission in all manners. You agree to the foregoing grant of rights, consents, agreements and assignments whether or not your submission is used by UNG.

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