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Opening weeks of fall semester filled with events for faculty, staff, students


Whether new to the University of North Georgia or returning, the first week of school is always the most exciting – and the busiest – for faculty, staff and students. Faculty return to campus Aug. 12 and classes start at noon Aug. 19 on all four UNG campuses.

Faculty and staff meetings begin on Aug. 13, with opening convocation events set for 8:30 a.m. on the Gainesville Campus and 2 p.m. on the Dahlonega Campus.  College and departmental meetings are scheduled for Aug. 14-16.

Gainesville Campus
The University of North Georgia's Gainesville Campus will have tents set
up during the first three days of classes to welcome students to campus
and help with parking passes, student handbooks and information.

Fall semester starts a little early for the some 275 new cadets taking part in Freshmen Orientation Group training, also known as FROG Week, beginning Aug. 13. Commonly called FROGs, the new cadets spend six days learning about UNG, the Boar's Head Brigade and military life. FROG Week culminates on Aug. 18 with the traditional Crown Mountain Run and FROG Week graduation.

For many new freshmen, the excitement begins on Aug. 16 with move-in day on the Dahlonega Campus. Returning students begin moving in on Aug. 17, and this year IT staff members from Cumming, Dahlonega and Gainesville are pitching in to work the service desk in the Library Technology Center Aug. 17-18. Resident students can get help with anti-virus software installation and testing connectivity to ensure they can connect in their rooms.

There also are various events planned throughout the first few weeks of classes on every campus to welcome students. These events encourage new and returning students to branch out, make friends, and introduce students to school clubs and organizations, while enjoying what the campus communities have to offer.

The first event for students on the Dahlonega Campus is Student Convocation, set for 10 a.m. Aug. 19 in Memorial Hall Gym.

For the first three days of classes on the Gainesville Campus, faculty and staff welcome students to campus and will assist with parking passes, distributing student handbooks, and answering questions in welcome tents set up from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19 through Aug. 21 on the Student Center patio and at the Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building.

On the Oconee Campus, students are welcomed back with a cookout on the quad on Aug. 21. The Office of Student Involvement invites students for free food, fun, free stuff, and music by the a cappella group Ball in the House from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 21.

Other Welcome Week events at UNG include:

  • Aug. 22: Downtown Dahlonega invites the university downtown for free music, food, and other activities during Nighthawks on the Square. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 from 4-8 p.m.
    Dahlonega Campus
    All University of North Georgia faculty, staff and students are welcomed
    to attend Nighthawks on the Square on Aug. 22 in Dahlonega.
  • Aug. 24: During the First Saturday of Service, UNG students will work on community service projects throughout Dahlonega and Lumpkin County from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. The starting location will be the Hoag Student Center.
  • Aug. 28: Weeks of Welcome Picnic, Club and Vendor Fair is planned on the Gainesville Campus from noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Students can enjoy a picnic and find out about student organizations at the Student Center quad. T-shirts will be handed out at this event.
  • Aug. 28: Students on the Oconee Campus are invited to join UNG President Dr. Bonita Jacobs for pizza on the quad as she welcomes students for the fall semester. The event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Please note this event has been rescheduled to Aug. 28 due to a conflict with the original date.)

Make sure to check with your campus's Office of Student Involvement or Student Activity Board, and the website to stay connected with upcoming events on all four campuses. Various departments also may hold orientation events for students, and student organizations also will be holding meetings and other events.

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