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Upcoming Parents-Alumni Weekend features sports, alumni, military and academic events

This year's Parents-Alumni Weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Alumni Association's Memorial Wall. Above, Col. Paul Calvert, a 1988 graduate, helps place a wreath at the wall during the 2012 Memorial Retreat.

From the annual golf tournament to military reviews and demonstrations, the 2013 Parents-Alumni Weekend on April 19-21 on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus is packed full of events for students, alumni and families.

Phil Collins, associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving, welcomes alumni of all years to return to campus for the annual event.

"Whether you were in Dahlonega for Parents-Alumni Weekend last  year, or this is your first time back to campus in 20 years, our goal for this weekend is to provide you with a variety of entertaining and interesting things to do," Collins, a 1975 graduate. "In addition to the campus activities, enjoy some time in Dahlonega participating in the Bear on the Square Festival. Most of all, welcome home and enjoy the weekend."

PAW golf tournament
A few slots still are available in the Annual Saints
Club Golf Tournament.

The busy weekend begins early Friday, April 19 with the Annual Saints Club Golf Tournament at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega. The tournament has filled up quickly, but slots are still available for three, four-person teams. Entry fee is $125 per person; contact Julie Zeidler at 706-867-3574 to register.

Friday evening features campus tours, wine-tasting with Dr. Guy Oliver, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry open house and awards, the Class of 1953 reunion, a free show at the George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium and a home baseball game vs. Montevallo.

The weekend shifts into high gear on Saturday, April 20, with events planned across campus starting with the traditional Corps of Cadets 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m., a pancake breakfast from 9-10 a.m. and the Alumni Association's general membership meeting at 9 a.m.

Several free academic presentations are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday, focusing on topics such as military history, NATO, and Egypt. UNG professor Joseph Morgan will have a presentation and signing of his book "Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator." Also, Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, a 1984 graduate, will offer a briefing on "Lessons Learned From a Decade of War: How Army Intelligence Supports Army 2020."

Reunion events are planned throughout the day by Residence Life, soccer alumni, the Department of Psychological Sciences, and Greek Life. Also on Saturday, a dedication will be held marking the site of the university's old baseball field and the UNG baseball team will face Montevallo in a double-header.

Saturday also marks the 30th anniversary of the Alumni Association's Memorial Wall, and Gen. William J. Livsey, a four-star general and 1952 graduate, will be the guest speaker for the solemn and moving Memorial Retreat. The retreat will be followed by the Alumni Association Reception and Awards Banquet, during which 11 people will be honored. The evening ends with the Corps of Cadets' Tattoo Ceremony.

Sunday's events spotlight the university's Corps of Cadets and military alumni, including the Military Awards Review featuring Fogarty as guest speaker. The day also includes a reception for alumni and family, specialty unit demonstrations, a performance by the Golden Eagle Band and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Aggressors Platoon.

Most of the weekend's events are free, but class reunions, the awards banquet, sporting events, and some other events require pre-payment. Registration is preferred for all events. For more information or to register, visit the University of North Georgia Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving website at Registration for all events will be accepted on a first-received basis, as capacity permits, until April 15.

The university's Campus Connection bookstore will be open throughout the weekend, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival also runs all weekend in Dahlonega, with music, storytelling and crafts located around downtown.

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