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7 reasons to visit UNG's 2015 Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend preview 2015
Dozens of events are planned for Alumni Weekend, April 17-19, including reunions, sports, luncheons and ceremonies.

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) 2015 Alumni Weekend, set for April 17-19 on the Dahlonega Campus, will feature several favorite annual events and many other attractions for students, alumni and friends of the university. Phil Collins, associate vice president for alumni relations & annual giving, gave several reasons why alumni and community members should visit during the event.

1. Share your college experience with family members.

Events throughout the weekend will offer opportunities for alumni to show their family and friends how and where the university shaped their lives, including a campus tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There are also displays showcasing the university's rich history, including the Vietnam Archives at the Library Technology Center, which will be available for viewing on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Golf Tournament
The Nighthawks Athletic Club Golf Tournament will be on Friday.

2. Reconnect with old friends.

From five class reunion dinners to the popular All-Alumni Mixer scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, many events will be filled with alumni and their families catching up with old friends and making new friends. There will also be the Annual Nighthawks Athletic Club Golf Tournament on Friday morning and Friends of the Corps luncheon on Sunday.

3. See how the university's Dahlonega Campus has grown.

Visitors who haven't been to Dahlonega in a while will likely notice many changes that have occurred since their time on campus, including new residence halls, renovated buildings, the Library Technology Center, the Student Recreation Center, new dining hall, and upgraded athletic facilities, including the Coleman Field House nestled between Bob Stein Stadium and Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.

4. Celebrate our award-winning our Corps of Cadets.

The Corps of Cadets continues to set and meet new standards in excellence and leadership, including boasting the No. 1 cadet in the nation this year. Several events, including the Corps of Cadets 5k Fun Run and Memorial Retreat Ceremony on Saturday and Military Awards Review on Sunday, will give guests the opportunity to watch and interact with cadets.

5. Enjoy activities with the whole family.

A Friday evening planetarium show, alumni soccer games and cookout on Saturday, a softball double-header on Saturday, and a performance by the Golden Eagle Band on Sunday are just a few of the events that alumni and friends of all ages can enjoy.

6. Honor the accomplishments and dedication of alumni, faculty and students.

The North Georgia Dahlonega Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday in the Dining Hall banquet room. This year's awards will include: the Paul M. Hutcherson Outstanding Students, Cadet Lane Hodnett and Elle Cornett; Distinguished Alumnus, Tony Faiia; Young Alumnus, Dr. Mark Causey; Distinguished Professor, Dr. Brian Mann; Ralph Colley Spirit of North Georgia Award, Dr. Melissa Thomas Durand; Hall of Fame, Maj. Gen. James Guest and Dr. Sandra Pryor Clarkson.

7. Stock up on new UNG gear and gifts!

Of course, the UNG campus bookstore is open throughout the year (with some exceptions) but during Alumni Weekend, the bookstore will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on all events for Alumni Weekend, visit the website at,  where you may also download an Alumni Weekend brochure, featuring all of the weekend's events and their times and locations. Registration is preferred for all events and though most events are free, some require payment prior to the event. All registrations will be accepted on a first-received basis.

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