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University filling summer months with opportunity

Summer on Campus - INTRO
Students participating in UNG orientation programs will learn about the university's mission and values while connecting with fellow newcomers and faculty members.

The four campuses of the University of North Georgia are using the summer months to provide opportunity to students and the community for orientation, enrichment, and enjoyment.

Orientation events serve as an introduction to the university and campus for freshmen and transfer students. These events include SOAR, T-SOAR, and INTRO, and are required for most students, with some exceptions such as transfer students with more than 20 earned credit hours. Visit the website for more information, including how to register.

"These programs are a great opportunity for new students to become better acquainted with UNG and to learn about the university's mission and values," said Darcy Hayes, director of the First Year Experience program. "They will also have the chance to meet with their peers and faculty members so that when classes begin they will already know some of the people around them."

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration) is designed to give students a broad overview of the many campus resources available to help them have a successful experience at UNG. This event will be held June 18 on the Cumming Campus; June 5, June 22 and July 20 on the Gainesville Campus, and June 5, June 8 and July 13 on the Oconee Campus.

T-SOAR (Transfer- Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration) is designed specifically to help transfer students acclimate to the university and their new campus. This event will be held July 15 on the Oconee Campus and June 12 and July 24 on the Dahlonega Campus.

The orientation program for new freshman on the Dahlonega campus (INTRO) will offer four full sessions on June 10-11; June 13-14; July 22-23; and July 25-26 and an "express" session on Aug. 12.

In addition to orientation events, each campus also holds various camps and programs for children, teens, and adults.

Children in a summer cooking class.
Local kids participate in a summer cooking program.

"Continuing Education camps, programs and events are multi-focused and provide a great way for the community—both adults and children—to enjoy one of the area's best resources," said Jane O'Gorman, director of Public Services. "All enrichment activities are designed to be interactive, fun and educationally focused." 

Cumming and Dahlonega campus events and camps range from the exploration of Chinese culture to building machines and vehicles with Legos®. To access a complete list of these programs, click here.

In addition to the program listed on the website, there also is an Adult Photography Camp for adults of all skill levels, covering everything from the basics to advanced techniques. Subjects include camera controls, shooting techniques and digital darkroom essentials. This program will be held July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gainesville campus events range from sports camps, including fencing and karate, to art camps covering pottery, music production, and crochet, to swimming lessons and driver's education. For a complete list and description of these programs click here.

Also, the Oconee campus will be holding a Regional Economic and Educational Development Meeting on Thursday, July 18.

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