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Ribbon cutting July 28 for new residence hall set to open this fall

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The Commons will begin hosting students this fall on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega Campus.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new, four-story residence hall, The Commons, on the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Dahlonega Campus, is scheduled for July 28 at 10 a.m.

The new, co-ed, two-building facility will add 540 beds to UNG's residential on-campus housing portfolio. The single- and double-occupancy, suite-style housing is located across the street from UNG's dining hall and is adjacent to the Walker Drive residential parking deck.

"The amazing amenities combined with the unique architecture and landscaping of the new residence hall will enhance our students' residential campus experience," Dr. Janet Marling, vice president for student affairs at UNG, said. "With a show-stopping rooftop deck and amazing mountain views, these buildings are designed to foster community while providing creative meeting and study spaces."

Senior Oreva Zaudu Aki, who is president of the Dahlonega Campus Student Government Association, toured the building twice during its construction and is very excited to have a spot reserved in the hall for the fall. Aki is pursuing a double-major in international affairs and Arabic language/literature. 

"I think that Corvias Campus Living put a lot of planning into this space, and Choate Construction did a great job building them, in such a short amount of time," Aki said. "The Commons are located in a prime area of campus; the views that you get from the building are phenomenal, and I think students will really enjoy living in them. The living space will encourage students to emerge outside from their rooms and use the available chat rooms within the buildings, as well as getting them out and into the community." 

Corvias Campus Living was selected to develop, construct, manage, renovate, and maintain student housing by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents in an unprecedented public-private partnership for several institutions, including UNG.

Corvias has funded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to students through the Residence Life Leadership Scholarship. The program provides scholarships for UNG juniors and seniors living in non-cadet housing who hold leadership positions across campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

"With the rising cost of living and tuition, every little bit of financial support helps," Treva Smith, director of residence life, said. "Because of the tremendous generosity of Corvias, we are able to help out those students who are good examples of how to successfully balance organizational leadership and service to other students."

Building One of The Commons will contain 61 suites that house up to 187 students, while Building Two will contain 108 suites that house up to 351 students. The Commons will also provide basic cable and Wi-Fi access points and will be staffed with 17 resident assistants and a resident director.

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