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Convocation Center awarded for its innovation

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The University of North Georgia (UNG) won the Innovation Award for the Convocation Center on the Dahlonega Campus from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Real Estate and Facilities staff awards. Accepting the award were Todd Bermann, director of capital planning and project management at UNG, and Hank Haynes, project manager in the facilities and plant operations department.

Every year, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Real Estate and Facilities staff awards schools for various projects ranging from distinguished service to lifetime service. This year, the University of North Georgia (UNG) won the Innovation Award for the Convocation Center on the Dahlonega Campus.

"I was thrilled," said Ken Crowe, assistant vice president of facilities at UNG. "I felt we had a good chance to receive the award, because the Convocation Center is a monumental facility for our institution."

Crowe explained it is monumental because it connects all students on all of UNG's five campuses.

"Their first UNG event will be orientation followed by freshman convocation," he said. "They will also attend sporting events and concerts during their time here. Finally, they will walk in their caps and gowns in the facility to graduate."

Crowe also thinks the building's position on the south side of campus contributed to UNG earning the award. It acts as an anchor with Price Memorial Hall on the north, Library and Technology Center on the east and Health and Natural Sciences on the west.

"It ties into the campus," he said. "When you are on the balcony, you feel part of the campus."

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