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Departments honored at DDA reception

DDA Award
Phil Collins, Tony Owens, and Darcy Hayes at the Downtown Business Reception & Awards Program. Photo courtesy of Wayne Knuckles.

Two departments were honored in February for their assistance in helping the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority (DDA) with their promotion of Dahlonega's downtown offerings.

The University of North Georgia's Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Student Affairs were honored under the category "Partnerships for Business Promotion" for the roles they played in promoting downtown Dahlonega to various campus groups, such as students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

"It benefits the city and the university to have seamless campus-community connection, and it is very exciting to see students and parents becoming better acquainted with downtown Dahlonega," said Rebecca Shirley, project coordinator for the DDA. "Phil Collins and Darcy Hayes have been amazing partners in the effort to promote downtown Dahlonega to the campus community and it is our honor to recognize them."

Phil Collins, associate vice president of alumni relations, worked with the DDA in promoting downtown as an additional activity for visiting alumni and their families to enjoy during all alumni events.

"The university is fortunate to have such a good relationship with Dahlonega and the Downtown Development Authority," Collins said. "It's a relationship that we will continue to develop for the benefit of the community and UNG."

Darcy Hayes, coordinator of first-year-experience programs, collaborated with the DDA during the university's INTRO program in summer 2012, and introduced freshmen to the many activities and destinations that downtown offers. It also gave the DDA an opportunity to invite parents to downtown while their students toured the campus and explored their new home.

"When parents and students choose UNG, they are choosing the school and the surrounding community," Hayes said. "The local vendors and downtown Dahlonega have been instrumental in helping us to welcome new students and their families."

Hayes also said new students and their families are important contributors to the local economy during their time here; local business owners value the students and the community-university relationship, and they are showing great commitment to student success.

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