At the University of North Georgia, there are many ways for students to learn what's going on at the university, including information about university news, upcoming events, important deadlines, and school closings or emergencies.
During emergency situations, the first and official sources of notifications are the UNG Alert System and the UNG website, www.ung.edu. For more information about university policies and procedures in the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, including how students, faculty and staff can update contact information for the Emergency Notification System, please visit www.ung.edu/emergency.
Students also can find a wide variety of information via myUNG, an intranet that provides a single point of access to email, Banner and many other student services. The site can be accessed by clicking the gold-colored "myUNG" link on the upper right of the university's homepage. The site also provides listings of student events, university news and the myUNG Notice Board, which includes official university business and club announcements. MyUNG features links to frequently used student services: advising, financial aid, libraries, OrgSync, athletics, course info and registration, forms and requests, technology services, career services, and recreational sports.
UNG also distributes two electronic newsletters with official university announcements, top headlines, and upcoming events – one edition for students and one edition for faculty and staff. The newsletter is emailed on Tuesdays and Thursdays to all current students and daily to all faculty and staff. Because this is the university’s primary means of distributing official notifications, individuals are not able to opt out of the distribution. The student newsletter has been revamped to provide content specific to students, while "UNG Today" features content for faculty and staff.
Parents and others who don't have a UNG email address, but want to keep up-to-date on UNG news can subscribe to "UNG This Week," which is distributed every Friday. Subscribe by clicking on the "Subscribe to the newsletter" link at www.ung.edu/news. "UNG This Week" includes the week's top news and athletics stories and a calendar of upcoming public events.
There also are several student-produced avenues of communication, including a student-run media outlet called "The Vanguard."
Students in the Department of Communication, Media & Journalism previously operated separate news websites for each campus, but beginning this fall will produce an aggregated website and printed publication called "The Vanguard," according to Dr. Jeff Marker, head of the department.
"The Vanguard site will offer content related to all campuses as well as campus-specific, 'bureau' sites. The campus-specific sites will allow students the same educational and experiential opportunities they've always had, but aggregating the content into one site will broaden the potential readership for the students' work," Marker said. "Students will also produce a bi-weekly print publication featuring content produced by students on the Gainesville, Dahlonega and Oconee campuses. This will also increase the Vanguard's overall readership, but more importantly will give the editorial staff experience doing print layout."
There are several communication methods specific to individual campuses, including digital signs located in buildings throughout the campus and newsletters produced by Nighthawks Entertainment, the Office of Career Services and other groups.