The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host its second annual Oconeefest on Thursday, Oct. 22, a fundraiser to support scholarships for Oconee County students attending any of UNG's five campuses.
The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the university’s new 14,000 square-foot addition. The addition includes three classrooms, a language lab, a multi-use science lab, a learning commons for tutoring and supplemental instruction, and two study rooms. The space also includes offices for full-time faculty and an additional cubicle work area for part-time faculty.
Oconeefest will immediately follow the ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the campus. UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs will host University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, Oconee County Chamber of Commerce members, parents of students who attend UNG's Oconee Campus, and all donors to the Oconee Scholarship Fund.
“This fundraiser is a tremendous help in supporting students from Oconee County, and we are pleased to have the community’s involvement and support,” Jacobs said. “There are many expenses not covered by HOPE and similar initiatives, and this helps greatly with those costs and supports opportunities like undergraduate research and study abroad experiences that increase student success.”
Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees and scholarly opportunities.
"Last year’s event was so successful that we couldn’t wait to do it again,” said Dr. Eric Skipper, UNG’s interim vice president for university affairs and CEO of the Oconee Campus. “We raised nearly $18,000 in scholarship money and with Oconee County being the number-one feeder county to UNG's Oconee Campus, this event allows us to show our appreciation to the local community for its ongoing support."
The event is not open to the general public; however, anyone wishing to make a donation may attend. Checks may be made out to the UNG Foundation and delivered at the event.
In addition to the ribbon-cutting for the Building 500 expansion, the program will also feature:
- Recognition of Hannah Harden and Courtney Poole, students from Oconee County who are members of UNG’s 2015 NCAA Division II national champion softball team
- Updates from Chancellor Huckaby and President Jacobs
- UNG Athens Area Alumni meeting