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Blue Ridge Campus welcomes area alumni to May 5 event

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Area alumni will have the opportunity to meet current and newly accepted students and tour UNG's newest campus at the May 5 event in Blue Ridge.

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Blue Ridge Campus is holding an alumni event on May 5 to allow former students across the region to reconnect and to meet current students.

The Alumni Celebration and Freshman Send-Off, set for 6-7:30 p.m., is the first alumni event to be held on UNG's newest campus and will include comments from UNG President Bonita Jacobs, state Rep. David Ralston and state Sen. Steve Gooch.

"This is a chance for our alumni in the area to connect with their new, local campus and network with other former and future students," said Sandy Ott, director of UNG's Blue Ridge Campus. "This also gives our current and incoming students a chance to connect with alumni in their area, to see the impact UNG has had on their lives, and see the impact it can have for them."

Brandon Jordan, a graduate of Fannin County High School, started taking courses at UNG's Blue Ridge and Dahlonega campuses last fall. Jordan said having the option to take courses closer to home allows him to arrange classes around his work schedule. While he hasn't decided upon a major, a speech class he's taking on the Blue Ridge Campus this semester has sparked an interest.

"I never did many speeches in high school and never really thought about it, but when I took this class and my professor told me I was a natural, I thought that maybe I could do something in the area of public speaking," Jordan said.

He'll have a chance to practice his talents when he addresses visitors at the May 5 alumni event as one of the evening's guest speakers.

Ott said the number of full-time students has doubled since the doors opened in August, with some 75 to 100 students expected for fall semester. The application deadline for fall 2016 is July 1.

"It is an exciting time for the Blue Ridge Campus and that sense of excitement is shared by the community through the strong support that we have received from the local school systems, community organizations, parents and students," Ott said.

This fall, course offerings will be expanded on the Blue Ridge Campus for dual-enrolled high school students, adult learners beginning or returning to college, and traditional college students. Additionally, first-time freshmen on the Blue Ridge Campus can enroll in a cohort-based, interdisciplinary program guided by UNG's strong leadership mission.

Sandy Ott, director of UNG's Blue Ridge Campus, said UNG alumni from Ellijay, Blairsville and Blue Ridge already have confirmed attendance. Alumni interested in attending the May 5 event can still RSVP by contacting Anna Speessen via email at anna.speessen@ung.edu or calling 706-946-5460.

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