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High-caliber guests to visit UNG in March

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A Grammy-winning musician, a renowned educator and the chief operating officer of the High Museum of Art will be sharing their talents on consecutive days at the University of North Georgia (UNG) later this month.

On March 24, Grammy award-winning jazz musician Terence Blanchard and his quintet will perform live beginning at 8 p.m. in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on UNG's Dahlonega campus. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or at the door, or $10 with a valid university ID. For tickets, call 706-864-1423, visit the Department of Music in the Nix Fine Arts Center, or email

Blanchard is renowned in jazz circles as a remarkable trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. Despite more than 29 albums, five Grammy awards, and countless Grammy nominations to his credit,  Blanchard is perhaps even more widely recognized for his work as a film composer, working on "Do the Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues," "Jungle Fever," "Malcolm X," "Clockers," "Summer of Sam," "Inside Man," and "Red Tails."

On March 25, Kim Bearden, co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Hoag Student Center Auditorium on the Dahlonega campus as part of the Hoag Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Bearden speaks to thousands of educators each year and teaches workshops on creativity, brain-based research, the Multiple Intelligences, authentic assessment, technology integration, and learning styles. With an award-winning teaching career that spans more than 20 years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer and middle school principal.

On March 26, the chief operating officer of the High Museum of Art, Philip Verre, will be speaking in Dahlonega at the Library and Technology Center, David L. Potter Special Collections Room, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to promote the "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting" exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Verre will be offering a number of discounted tickets to those interested in going to the High to view the exhibit. His presentation is free and open to the public. "Frida & Diego" features more than 120 paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and photos of the couple and Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s.

Other March events include:

  • Open houses will be held on all four UNG campuses for students and their families interested in learning more about the university. Students can meet faculty and staff, tour the campuses, and ask questions. Dates are: March 23-Oconee campus; March 26-Cumming campus; April 13-Dahlonega campus; and April 20-Gainesville campus. For more information and to register for the free events, visit
  • UNG's Office of University Affairs will be hosting a Complete College Georgia briefing on March 27 on the Gainesville campus. The briefing will feature information about UNG's plans to meet Gov. Nathan Deal's initiative, including how schools, higher education, the community, and business partners can work together to create a more educated Georgia.
  • The Department of Political Science and International Affairs will be hosting the 15th annual Georgia Public Administration Academic Conference on March 22 on the Dahlonega campus. The event, held each year by the Georgia chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), features students and faculty from public administration programs across the state visiting and presenting their research. In addition to the election of ASPA chapter officers, the annual meeting also features discussions on ethics, higher education administration, emerging public policy issues, and social and economic policy.

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